Local News Briefs Thursday 1/28/16

Oshkosh Teen Missing

Oshkosh Police are looking for a 17-year-old Oshkosh girl who may have jumped or fallen into the Fox River. She was reported missing Tuesday night and was last seen near the bridge. A Winnebago County Dive team was called early Wednesday morning to search the river. There is no suspected foul play.

United Manufacturers And Faris Popcorn Moving

The Fond du Lac City Council last night approved a special use permit and resolution, which will allow United Manufacturers and Faris Popcorn to move to a bigger facility. Community Development Director Dyann Benson says both businesses operate in a building on Industrial Parkway and were ready to grow by moving to 770 West Scott Street. Council Vice-President Gary Miller says the businesses have been doing well and are ready for the next step. United Manufacturers makes safety skirts for scissor lifts and does contract sewing for other businesses and organizations.

FDL A & W Open For Season

A hopeful sign that spring is on the way occurred this week when the A &W Drive-In Restaurant on Winnebago Drive in Fond du Lac opened for the season. Owner Jim Brajdic says they’ve been located there since 1950, but A & W has been in Fond du Lac for 85 years. He says it is part of summer, near Lakeside Park and it’s a great location. He says the A & W chain has been around for nearly 100 years since 1919. He says when they opened this past Monday it was the earliest in the season they’ve ever opened. He says they have opened in January seven of the last ten years.

Data Protection Day

Happy Data Protection Day! Frank Frassetto is the Division Administrator for the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. He says today is a day designed to make think people about how important their privacy and personal data is to them. He says it’s also important for schools and businesses to make protecting data a greater priority.  He says to protect yourself make sure your security software is up-to-date. Frassetto says it is also important to make sure you have different passwords for your devices. He says your email password should be more than 8 characters, upper and lower case with symbols as well. He recommends writing those passwords down on a piece of paper and putting it somewhere safe in case you forget a password.

Snowmobile Trails Are Open

The recent heavy snowfall has opened up some snowmobile trails in the area. Dodge County Snowmobile Trail Systems Zones 1 and 2 are open. Zone 4 is open as well, but the trail from Reeseville south remains closed along the Watertown Trail from intersection 38 and south will remain closed. Zones 3 and 5 will remain closed. All four snowmobile trails zones in Fond du Lac County are now open for snowmobiling.