Local News Briefs Saturday 12/19/15

Leads To Cooperation


Fond du Lac County Sheriff Mick Fink says its
important to make sure the state legislature follows up on correcting issues
with the state’s Chapter 980 violent sex offender statute. A Milwaukee County
judge this week decided not to place a violent sex offender in the Town of Eldorado. Fink says he
knows from past experience that a little controversy can make a difference. He
points out then State Representative John Townsend was instrumental in getting
median barriers placed on Highway 41 after a series of multiple-fatality
accidents in 2003. He says it was a proactive approach and this should be too.
He says that’s why he’s been nudging area legislators to get at it. He says
it’s a serious issue and he doesn’t have an answer for it.


FDL United
Way Raises Millions Over The Years


The Fond du Lac Area United Way
has put millions into supporting agencies over the years. United Way Executive
Director Amber Kilawee says the first year they staged a United Way campaign was in 1950 when they
had a goal of $90,000, but fell a little shy raising $82,000. But she says the
impact in their 65 years of fundraising is in the millions of dollars. She says
the United Way
has contributed $42.8 million to agencies and services over the years. This
year’s goal is $756,000 and so far a little over $602,000 has been raised.


Named To 4H Foundation Board


A youth
from the Rosendale area has been elected to the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation Board. Denise
Retzlaff the 4-H Youth Development Educator for the Fond du Lac County
UW-Extension says Allison Opheim is the only student representative on the
board. She says Opheim is the first student from the area to be elected to the
board and it’s quite an honor.  She the
board meets regularly throughout the year and their purpose is to raise and
develop funds that can be used to support 4-H programs across the state.  Opheim is very involved in 4-H. She has also
served on the Wisconsin Youth Leadership Council and the Fond du Lac Teen Leaders Association.


Needed For New DFP Awards


Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership is seeking nominations for two new awards to
be presented during the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership Annual Meeting on January
21. The public is invited to submit nominations for the Downtown Legacy Award
and the Best New Business Award. Nominations are due by January 8th and may be
submitted at www.downtownfdl.com. 
Businesses that have been located in downtown Fond du Lac for more than 50 years are
eligible to be nominated for the Downtown Legacy Award. There are currently 21
downtown businesses who fit the award criteria. 26 new businesses opened in
downtown Fond du Lac
in 2015 and are eligible to receive the New Business Award.


Students Donate Toward K9 Ballistic Vest


The Student
Council at Friendship Learning Center
in North Fond du Lac recently held a fund
raiser to support the purchase of a Tactical Ballistic vest for the Fond du Lac
Police Department’s K-9 Rony. The students sold scented pencils and were able
to raise $451.00 to go towards the purchase of the vest.   The student council presented the check to
Officer Beckford and K-9 Rony.