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Local News Briefs Tuesday 2/17/15

The Rosendale-Brandon School Board last night discussed the possibility of year-round school for some students, but did not vote on the issue. During the
meeting results of a survey were released. A total of 412 surveys were handed out to families. Among those responding 64 were in favor of the idea,
38 said they might consider it and 60 opposed the idea. The remainder did not respond to the survey. One possible drawback for the year round program
for Kindergartners through 5th graders would be the cost of hiring two more teachers, which could be up to $130,000. No time line was set for revisiting
the issue. There are four other school districts in

Wisconsin that offer year round programs.

Ripon Off Duty Police Officer Attacked At Grocery Store

A 24-year-old Ripon man attacked an off-duty Ripon Police officer at the Ripon Pick ‘N Save Store last Friday evening. The man became upset when the store
would not cash his out of state check. As he was leaving the store he punched a man who was entering the store in the face. That man was an off-duty
Ripon Police Officer who was able to get the suspect off of him. The off-duty officer pulled his off-duty weapon on the suspect and ordered him to
the ground. That’s when other police officers arrived and took the suspect into custody. The off-duty officer was treated for head and facial injuries
at the

Ripon
Medical
Center and released. The suspect was taken to the

Fond du Lac
County
Mental
Health
Center for evaluation. He is expected to be charged with battery offenses.









California Police Found Driver Who Killed FDL Woman

Police in
Santa Monica,
California arrested a man last month who hit and killed a visiting 61-year-old

Fond du Lac woman who was crossing a street with her daughter. The arrest of 33-year-old Eugene Cohen of Sherman Oaks ended a 10-month
search for the hit-and-run driver responsible for the death of Kathryn (Klingzing) Theis. Theis was visiting her daughter and the two
were crossing a street early one morning last March when they were struck by a car. The car sped away from the scene. Theis died about
an hour later at a hospital. Her daughter was treated for a broken wrist. Theis worked as a CPA and attorney in
Fond du Lac for many years and had just begun working again in

Fond du Lac in accounting and real estate. Cohen faces a number of charges including vehicle manslaughter while intoxicated.
The car he hit Theis with was dismantled at a chop shop. A tip to police led to his arrest.






Medical Condition Led To Mayville Accident

(WBEV-Beaver Dam)-Mayville Police say a medical condition is being considered the reason a 92-year-old man struck ten parked cars in the parking lot of
the Mayville Piggly Wiggly. Police responded to the location last Friday afternoon. No significant injuries were reported, and several vehicles were
towed from the scene. The matter is under investigation.

Primary Election Today

Fond du Lac
County Clerk Lisa

Freiberg says there will be a very low turnout for the primary election today. She says the only two races to vote on are for the 20th
State Senate Special Election and two town supervisor spots on the Calumet Town Board. There are 11 towns and villages that will be
voting on the Senate seat. She says it’s unfortunate more people won’t be voting because the 3 Republicans running for the 20th State
Senate seat are the only candidates in the election and the winner will likely have no opposition in April. The Senate seat became
available when Senator Glenn Grothman resigned to take his seat in Congress.



Stroebel Running For 20th State Senate Seat


Former
State Representative Duey Stroebel puts his seat in the State Assembly on the line last August to run for the 6th Congressional District seat
losing to eventual winner Glenn Grothman. Stroebel is now running for the 20th State Senate seat that Grothman resigned from to take his
seat in Congress. Stroebel says he would be a good fit for the seat. Stroebel says he’s in favor of right to work legislation and the expansion
of school vouchers. He says he’s not in favor of bonding to balance the state budget. He also favors the Governor’s plan for drug testing
for those receiving welfare benefits. Stroebel is one of three Republicans running for the 20th State Senate seat today. The winner faces
no opposition in the April election.


Senator Gudex Responds To High Capacity Well Opposition

State Senator Rick Gudex says a measure known as LRB 1446 would restore some rights to high capacity well owners. The state lawmaker from Fond du Lac says
prior to the State Supreme Court’s Lake Beulah decision in 2011, landowners knew that once their high capacity wells were approved by the DNR, the
could depend on those wells as long as they remained within the parameters placed on them by the DNR and state law. He says LRRB protects high capacity
well owners and in particular farmers. He says permits for high capacity wells would go with a property when it’s sold. He says as the law stands now
the DNR could reassess the permits when a property is being sold with high capacity well permits. He says LRB 1446 would also allow the landowner to
replace a high capacity well or repair it to the same substantial depth and size within a 75 foot radius of the well that’s not functioning.

Elks Club Holds Save Our Lodge Meeting

The

Fond du Lac Elks Lodge 57 is asking members to attend a special meeting tonight at 7:30 at the Club. Exalted Ruler Joe Levanthal says they would
like to revitalize the organization, which at one time boasted 1,000 members, but 20 years later has about 400 members. He says, “What I’m
looking for is for members to give a minimum of one hour a month of their time.” He says if they could get 100 members to give an hour of time
a month it would amount to 1,200 volunteer hours a year. He says they are not filing for bankruptcy and are not disbanding. But he says they
do need people to help with their charitable efforts that include the soccer and hoops shoots, working with veterans, and sending handicapped
and troubled youth to camps. The
Fond du Lac Elks Lodge is the oldest in

Wisconsin becoming an official lodge in December of 1886. They moved into their current location at the corner of
Sheboygan and

Portland in 1904.






Envision FDL Beginning

A visioning process for

Fond du Lac began with a Leadership Fond du Lac team. Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation President Steve Jenkins says the team
identified a need for what has come to be known as “Envision Fond du Lac.” He says it will be a 9 to 12 month process that will help this community
decide what it wants to be 20 years from now. He says more information about the Envision Fond du Lac is on the Envision Fond du Lac website
along with a couple of surveys people can take. The first two workshops for Envision Fond du Lac will be held at the

Thelma
Center for the Arts next week. On Tuesday, February 24th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the community can participate. Then the next morning from
8 to 9:30 a.m. business owners and managers can participate.




Money Smart Week Plans Being Finalized

Plans are being finalized for the 9th Annual Money Smart Week in

Fond du Lac
County. UW Extension Family Living Educator Shelly Tidemann says it will be held the week of April 18th through the 25th. The women’s finance
coference will be held on April 18th in the morning at

Moraine
Park
Technical
College. There will be a keynote speaker and about 12 different financial topics. A number of free classes on a variety
of financial topics will be held at the

Fond du Lac Public Library that week. She says they will also have shred fests and classes for kids. She says they
will even have a scouting night.