Local News Briefs Thursday 8/13/15

Waupun Police say a driver involved in a traffic accident in Fond du Lac County is suspected of driving while impaired and also is a suspect is a series of garage thefts in the City. Police found a video game system in her vehicle that was reported stolen. She was arrested and a male passenger for a probation hold. The two allegedly were involved in garage thefts in Waupun. Burglary and theft charges may be considered against them in both Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties.

Oakfield School District Receives Sparsity Aid

The Oakfield School District is among the 137 small rural school districts that will receive sparsity aid payments for this school year. Oakfield will get $150,900 in aid. Other area districts receiving the aid include the Green Lake, Hillsboro, Hustisford, Princeton, Rubicon Joint #6, and Randolph. To be eligible a school district has to have no more than 725 students and receives $300 in aid for each student.

Things Will Be Blooming In NFDL

An effort is underway to spruce the appearance of some of the parks and public facilities in the Village of North Fond du Lac by planting flowers and gardens. Village Administrator Chuck Hornung says he and his wife noticed how nice other communities look that introduced flowers and gardens at publicly owned parks, memorials and other sites. He says his wife and another woman taking a master gardening class kicked off a five year project to do the same in the Village. He says they have support in the community from groups like the optimists and local nurseries. He says the Village Board gave their blessing to the effort and he says he will ask the public works crews to moves some dirt and stone, but the optimists and volunteers will do most of the work to get the gardening in shape. He says the effort will kick off this fall.

FDL School District Preparing For New School Year

Kids aren’t back in school for a couple weeks, but teachers and administrators are preparing for the new school year. District Administrator Jim Sebert says their 10 ½ month employees returned Wednesday and were treated to a kick-off lunch at Fruth Field. He says that included the elementary principals and secretaries. He says their maintenance and custodial people have been getting buildings ready all summer and on Friday, August 21st they will have their new employee breakfast. He says they will also have a back to school effort for employees coming up on Tuesday, August 25th and students return on Tuesday, September 1st. He says things have been busy at the high school for several weeks. He says that’s included athletics, marching band and practice for a musical.

Veterans Mental Health Symposium Postponed

The 2nd Veterans Mental Health Symposium at Marian University in Fond du Lac scheduled for Friday has been postponed. Fond du Lac County Veterans Service Officer Rick Patton says they will get the word out when it’s rescheduled. Salute the Troops of Fond du Lac was sponsoring the symposium. Topics that were to be covered included post traumatic stress disorder, ethics, alcohol and other drug abuse, homelessness, domestic violence and more. Patton says veteran suicides would also have been addressed.

BloodCenter Gives Scholarship To WLA Grad

Cassie Krueger, a graduate of Winnebago Lutheran Academy, has been awarded a $500 scholarship from the BloodCenter of Wisconsin as part of its summer scholarship blood drive campaign. Cassie donated blood at the Fond du Lac area scholarship drive on June 10th.  She is the daughter of Wendy and Mark Krueger and will attend Carroll University in Waukesha to pursue a degree in Exercise Science.  She was an active athlete at WLA earning letters in volleyball, basketball and softball. Cassie gives her Grandmother credit for inspiring her to make blood donation a part of her life.