Local News Briefs Saturday 4/25/15

Pleased With Interstate Designation


Senator Rick Gudex says he’s glad to see Highway 41 has become an interstate
because it will mean more economic development for the area. The state lawmaker
from Fond du Lac
says he knows former Congressman Tom Petri worked very hard over the years to
see the highway upgraded to an interstate. He says now that’s it’s a federal
highway he’s not sure who will fund maintenance of the interstate, but the
state will be on the hook for changing about 3,000 signs over for the new
interstate designation.


SMSA Building Project Impacting Enrollment


of a single campus on the Ledge in Fond du Lac
for the St. Mary’s Springs
has helped boost
enrollment. SMSA Interim President Kelly Norton says they had about 725
students last year, 775-780 this year and expect about 800 for next year. She
says part of that increase in enrollment is likely due to the $24 million
building project which broke ground this week.

She says
they are averaging about a 9 percent growth in enrollment over the past few
years and she attributes a lot of that to the project. She says as people see
the construction going on they expect it may generate more growth in


House Auction Sunday


Over 200
live and silent auctions items will be auctioned off during the 17th Annual
Beacon House Auction Sunday at the Fond
du Lac
County Fairgrounds Cow
. Hours are from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. with the auction beginning at noon. Beacon House Executive
Director Mary Gerlach says they have nice packages up for auction. There will
also be concessions and a 50/50 raffle. She says the event helps them deal with
costs for their 125 year old facility. The Beacon House is a residential
treatment facility for women in recovery for alcohol or drug addictions.


Stroebel Receives Committee Assignments


New State
Senator Duey Strobel received his committee assignments this week.  State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald
of Juneau made
the appointments.  Strobel, who
represents the 20th State Senate District, will chair the Government Operations
and Consumer Protection Committee. He will also serve on the Workforce
Development, Public Works, and Military Affairs and Financial Institutions and
Rural Issues Committees. Stroebel won a special election to the Senate seat
formerly held by Congressman Glenn Grothman.


State Trust
Fund Loans Approved For Area Communities


The state’s
Board of Commissioners of Public Lands approved state trust fund loans for some
projects in Green Lake and Dodge
this past week.
Among the loans are a $1 million refinancing of revenue bonds for the City of
Green Lake, refinancing of a previous state trust fund loan for nearly $170,000
for the Town of Lebanon, a land purchase loan of
$168,000 for the City of Watertown.