Local News Briefs Thursday 4-16-15

Tornado Drill This Afternoon


North Fond du
Administrator Chuck Hornung says
they will be monitoring their tornado sirens during a statewide mock tornado
warning this afternoon. He says they have four sirens in the Village. He says
they have two battery-operated sirens and two others that are powered by
electricity. The National Weather Service will issue a statewide mock tornado
watch at 1 p.m. this afternoon followed by a mock tornado warning at 1:45 p.m.
Sirens will be sounded at that time. In the event of an actual weather threat
the drill will be postponed until tomorrow.



EAB In City of Fond du Lac


The Emerald Ash
Borer has reached the City of Fond du
.  Public
Works Director Jordan Skiff says that the DNR has confirmed that an ash tree
infested with the Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in the southwestern part of
the city last week.  The EAB was found
just south of Fond du Lac
in December of 2013, but this is the first within the city limits.  There are about 5,000 publically owned ash
trees within the city limits. The Emerald Ash Borer has been found to 100%
fatal to untreated trees.  The city has
already begun a process of selectively removing as many ash trees as possible
as its too costly to treat them all. 
Over the next decade thousands of ash trees are likely to be destroyed
by EAB.



History Of Supper Clubs Tonight At
FDL Public Library


The Fond du Lac Public
Library’s popular History at Home series will focus on the “History of
Wisconsin Supper Clubs” tonight. Community Information Coordinator Terri
Fleming says author Ron Faiola will give a presentation. He wrote the book
“Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience.” A documentary of his
experiences has aired on PBS since 2011. He’s visited over 50 supper clubs
across the state. He will have copies of his book available for sale and
signing. The presentation is at 6 p.m. at the library. No registration is


Next FDL City Council President


Fond du Lac
City Council President Sam Meyer says any of the seven members of the Fond du Lac City Council
including newcomer Brian Kolstad have the skills set to serve as the Council’s
next president. The Council next week will select a new president and vice
president when the organizational meeting will be held. Meyer says current Vice
President Lee Ann Lorrigan has some interest in it. Lorrigan has chaired
Council meetings several times. Meyer says the president also needs to make
public appearances on the Council’s behalf a role he was nervous about at
first, but grew into.



Water Rescue


A 54-year-old Menasha man was
pulled from Little Lake Butte de Morts early Wednesday morning.  The Winnebago County 911 Center dispatched
their water rescue team to the area at 2:48am. 
The male patient was transported to Theda Clark
where he remains
in critical condition.  The incident is
under investigation by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, but they say it
appears to be accidental in nature.   If
you have any information on the incident you are asked to contact Detective
Michael Lichtensteiger at 920-236-7375 


Main Street
Business A Contest Finalist


The Bagelmeister located in downtown Fond du Lac has been named one of five
finalists for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s Main Street
Makeover contest.  Businesses located in 36 Wisconsin Main Street
communities were asked to provide details on how their establishments could
benefit from a makeover from the WEDC. 
The winning business will receive personalized technical assistance and
up to $10,000 to implement the changes for interior or exterior design.  The winner will be announced at the 24th
annual Wisconsin Main Street Awards in DePere on Friday.



Black Maria Film Festival


A Nationally known film
festival returns to Fond du Lac
tonight.  For the 5th straight
year, the Black Maria Film and Video Festival’s national tour stops at UW-Fond
du Lac’s Prairie Theater.  These short
film’s featured at the event are described as bold, provocative and ground-breaking.
The stop at UW-Fond du Lac is the only one in Wisconsin. It’s free and begins at 6pm.   To learn more visit blackmariafilmfestival.org