Local News Briefs Saturday 1/4/14

Sheboygan County Sheriff’s
officials say a 32-year-old Milwaukee man was
hurt when his vehicle rolled over on Dairyland
in the Town of Mosel Thursday night. Jose Medina-Martinez
was taken to St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan
with non-life threatening injuries. Officials say he hit a patch of snow and
lost control of his car. It slid into a ditch and rolled onto its top.

United Way Fields Questions
About Affordable Health Care Act

Fond du Lac Area United Way Executive Director Tina Potter says
each year they have to check to see what changes at the state and federal level
might affect the agencies they partially fund. She says this year everyone has
questions about the Affordable Health Care Act. Potter says they’ve been
working with someone who keeps them apprised of the situation, which has been
constantly changing. She says they are pooling people together to make sure
agencies understand what they need to know about it and who they can refer for
Affordable Health Care. She says it’s affecting everyone to some extent.

Highway Monument Thoughtful Gesture

Fond du Lac County Executive Al Buechel says he was
glad to see a monument dedicated to highway workers who lost their lives on the
job included in the dedication ceremony for the Pioneer Road Project last fall.
He says that was something County Highway Commissioner Tom Janke and
former County Highway Commissioner Ernie Winter came up with to honor former
County highway worker Dennis Roeseler who was killed in an accident
on Highway 41 in 2003. He says it happens more often than you might think.
Michels Material donated the stone for the monument. He says the County had
very little cost for the monument and most of the materials were donated.

Adopt A Hydrant Reminder

Now that winter is fully
upon us Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O’Leary is renewing a call for residents
to adopt a fire hydrant. He says it’s tough enough with bitterly cold
temperatures, but if they have to shovel out around a hydrant while fighting a
fire it makes a difference in their response and getting to people and homes in
a timely manner. He says it can also be difficult to locate a hydrant if it is
covered with snow. He reminds people to also make sure their house numbers
aren’t covered up with ice and snow. 

Second Annual Women On
Winnebago Effort Coming Up

The president of the Fond du Lac Area Convention and Visitors Bureau says
sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago is a
unique winter event. Craig Molitor says it attracts visitors at a time of year
when most tourist attractions see a lull. He says it actually brings in
visitors from all over the world. Molitor says the area will host the 2nd
annual Women on Winnebago event next month hosting outdoors writers and
broadcasters who experience sturgeon spearing and what the area has to offer
than write about it later. He says those stories in turn attract even more
tourists in subsequent seasons.

Alice Applications Due

Time is running out for
those interested in applying for the 67th Alice
in Dairyland position. Applicants need to submit their materials to the
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection by 4:30 p.m.
on Monday, January 13 to be considered. Qualified applicants will be invited to
a preliminary interview in February, and finalists for the position will be
announced in March. The 67th Alice in Dairyland
will be selected at the conclusion of the three-day Finals in Clark County
on May 17. The selected individual will receive a $40,000 salary, use of a
state-owned vehicle for official business, professional travel expenses and
reimbursement of an individual health insurance premium up to $450 a month.
Applicants must be a female, a Wisconsin
resident and at least 21 years of age.

Application materials are
available at http://datcp.wi.gov/Business/Alice_in_Dairyland/Recruitment.
  For more information, contact Becky
Paris, the Alice
in Dairyland Program Manager, at 608-224-5115 or [email protected]