Local News Briefs Saturday 11-22-14


Fire Damages FDL Home

Fire damaged a home at 180 Ledgeview Avenue in Fond du Lac Friday morning. Division Chief of Fire Prevention Troy Haase says the family left the home to drop their kids off for school and when they returned the house was on fire. When firefighters arrived the fire was well underway. He says fire was coming out of the windows and they did a search and rescue because they didn’t know everyone was already out of the home. He says they tried to extinguish the fire from inside, but the roof was getting bad so they pulled firefighters out of the structure.  Haase says he talked with the residents and it appeared the fire started in the kitchen, but they didn’t have any appliances on in the room when they took the kids to school. The time of the fire call was 8:10 a.m.



Ripon Crime Rate Drops In 5 Year Rankings

Ripon ranked among the 20 cities in Wisconsin with the most improved crime rate. The rankings were put together by Safe Choice Security and are based on FBI crime reporting statistics from 2007 and 2012. The rankings were for cities with populations of 5,000 or above. Ripon ranked in 15th place with its crime rates dropping 33.6 percent over the five year period. Portage finished first with a nearly 75 percent dip in its crime rates.



RMC Agnesian Donate To Splash Pad Effort

Ripon Medical Center and Agnesian HealthCare have donated $10,000 to support a proposed splash pad at Riggs County Park, just east of Ripon. The ground-based water play area is planned in a grassy area near the park’s Douglas Street entrance, adjacent to the shelter. The donation supports efforts by the Ripon Noon Kiwanis Club to raise $250,000 to build the splash pad.



Coffee With A Cop In Waupun Tuesday

The “Coffee With a Cop” program moves to Waupun Tuesday. The Waupun Police Department and Dodge County Sheriff’s Office will hold the program at Helen’s Kitchen from 8 to 10 a.m.  Area residents are invited to join officers and deputies for coffee and conversation.



Christmas Story Read Aloud On KFIZ And K107.1

Join News-Talk 1450 KFIZ, K107.1 and the Fond du Lac Public Library for a special Christmas Story that will be read aloud on each station through Christmas Eve. The 21-chapter story will be read aloud on K107.1 each weekday morning at 7:15 a.m. and at 7:50 a.m. on KFIZ starting Monday (today). Sarah Newtown, who heads the Children’s and Teens Service Department at the library, will read a chapter from the modern holiday classic each day. They will also be posted on the KFIZ and K107.1 websites. Only Thanksgiving Day will be skipped. The final chapter will air on Tuesday, December 23rd. The whole story will be broadcast the morning of Christmas Eve, Wednesday December 24th on KFIZ.  Mountain Dog Media is partnering with Taco Bell of Fond du Lac to provide story broadcasts.



Waupun Historical Society Donations

The Waupun Historical Society has recently received some new donations. A round oak wood stove and wooden hand cart fire truck has been donated by Vern Hagen and his wife. Joel Sterk of Sterk insurance has also donated a wind mill that was originally used as an information booth for the no longer functioning Klomenfest celebration. The Wind mill has been moved to 520 McKinley St courtesy of Waupun Equipment. The Waupun Historical Society thanks all those involved in these generous donations.