Local News Briefs Tuesday 7/9/13

Sheboygan County Sheriff’s officials say a Fond du Lac couple was injured in a motorcycle accident in the Town of Mitchell Sunday afternoon. Thirty-year-old Mark Entinger of Fond du Lac lost control of his motorcycle while negotiating a curve on Butler Lake Road in the Kettle Moraine State Park area, ending up in the ditch. He and his passenger, 30-year-old Carol Koepsel, were both taken to St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac where they were treated and released. Entinger was cited for operating his vehicle too fast for conditions.


Berlin Robbery


Berlin Police are looking for two men who physically assaulted a man and took his wallet early Monday morning on West Liberty Street. The victim told police he was walking in the 100 block of West Liberty Street about 12:15 a.m. when four white men approached him. He was physically assaulted and his wallet taken.  He told investigators only two of the four men were involved in the assault and gave them descriptions of his attackers. One of the four men called another “Dylan.”  Anyone with information should call the Berlin Police Department at (920) 361-2121 or anonymously to Green Lake County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-GET-THEM (1-800-438-8436). For more information you can click here.


Sheboygan Apartment Building Fire


Residents of a lakefront apartment building in Sheboygan were displaced by a fire early Monday morning. Fire Department officials say the blaze damaged the attic, but several residential units had smoke and water damage as well. The Red Cross assisted some of the apartment dwellers with temporary lodging. Sheboygan firefighters got assistance from the Cedar Grove, Kohler and Town of Wilson fire departments. The time of the fire call was 2:10 a.m.  The cause of the fire is being determined.


Crave Brothers Cheese Recall


(WBEV-Beaver Dam)-Crave Brothers Farm in Waterloo issued a voluntary recall of several brands of their cheese. They are recalling their Les Freres, Petit Frere and Petit Frere with Truffles after several people became sick with a bacterial infection. An elderly person was reportedly killed in Minnesota on Thursday, after allegedly eating tainted cheese. Products made before July 1st or earlier are part of the recall. Any customer with those cheese products are asked to throw them away immediately and bring in a receipt for a refund. CDC press release.


Buffalo Wild Wings Opening Getting Closer


The new Buffalo Wild Wings in Fond du Lac is getting closer to its opening date. Restaurant Manager Teejay Scharf says they open August 19th and the first 100 people in line will get wings for a year. He says what will set the restaurant apart from other Buffalo Wild Wings in the state is its “Stadia” design concept, the first in Wisconsin. He says there will be bigger TVs, the bar is surrounded by tables, there’s a larger kitchen and more.They will also partner with the Boys & Girls Club on some fundraising efforts. Scharf says the company is all about giving back to the community. The restaurant is located at 121 North Pioneer Road the former Coaches Corner site.


Seclusion Or Restraint Used 69 Times In FDL School District The Past Year


Under a new state law school districts now have to report each year how they use seclusion and physical restraint and the Fond du Lac School Board yesterday got their first such report under the new law. District Superintendent Jim Sebert says they did have to make adjustments under the law having to replace any doors for seclusion rooms that could be locked. Director of Pupil Services Danica Lewis put together the annual report for the district. Sebert says the majority of students they used physical restraint or seclusion on were special need students in fact 65 of the 69 cases. He says each time that type of discipline is used the school’s principal has to report it both to the parents of the student and through a written report. Sebert says in such instances the restraint or seclusion is used to protect the student and staff. 


SAGES Gets New Teachers


When students at Waupun’s SAGES or School for Agriculture and Environment Studies Charter School return in the fall they will have a couple of new teachers. Waupun Schools Superintendent Tonya Gubin says one of those teachers has a strong science background. The other is 2001 Alice in Dairyland Sheri Hicken who has a strong agricultural background. Gubin says SAGES is the state’s first agriculture based school, but you don’t need a family farm background to enjoy the hands on learning. SAGES has 112 students.


Tours During Private College Week


Marian University in Fond du Lac is among the 23 private colleges and universities in the state this week offering tours during Wisconsin Private College Week. Ben Soman is an admissions counselor with Marian. He went to Marian as a student enjoying the small school setting. He says they will be seeing a lot high school junior and seniors this week who are shopping around for a school. Tours at Marian began Monday with other tours schedules Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and there’s an open house on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. that includes a lunch and break out sessions. He says to register for a tour call 1-800-2-Marian.


DOT Secretary Comments On State Transportation Budget


The two-year state budget plan that Governor Walker recently signed into law will allow the state to make significant investments in all modes of transportation — that’s according to Wisconsin DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb. He says the state budget recognizes that transportation is really important to growing our economy, and improving the quality of life of Wisconsin citizens. He says it prioritizes the preservation and maintenance of the existing state highway system. But he says the budget also funds critically-needed reconstruction projects across the state including I-94, the Zoo Interchange and Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee, US 41 in Brown and Winnebago counties, and the I-39/90 corridor between the Illinois state line and Madison.


House Explodes In Beloit


(Wisconsin Radio Network)-Investigators believe a gas leak may have caused the explosion that leveled a Beloit home and injured two people Sunday evening. Fire Chief Brad Liggett says a 33-year-old woman was found inside shortly after first responders arrived. Rescuers could hear her calling for help when they arrived, were able to crawl through the rafters and opened up the roof with chainsaws to pull her out. It took almost two hours more before crews were able to pull a 37-year-old man out of the rubble. Rescuers had to tunnel into the basement to get to him. Both victims suffered burns. The female victim was taken to a Janesville hospital, while the male victim was flown to a Madison hospital. Liggett says the State Fire Marshal’s office is aiding in the investigation.


Bill Establishes Rock River Trail Scenic And Historic Route


One of the bills Governor Scott Walker recently signed into law establishing the Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route. Senate Bill 41 relates to the designation and marking of a specified highway route in the counties of Rock, Dane, Jefferson, Dodge, and Fond du Lac as the Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route.  The bill states the designation’s purpose is to increase public appreciation of the scenic nature and historical significance of the Rock River.  The Department of Transportation may not expend state or federal funds to erect or maintain the route markings.  Senate Bill 41 passed the Senate and Assembly on voice votes.  A similar bill was passed in the Illinois State Legislature to cover the roads adjacent to the 320-mile long river.


Health And Wellness Web Site Unveiled


The Healthy Fond du Lac County 2020 Steering Committee recently unveiled a website that gives county residents easy access to important health and wellness related information. Important topics like weight management, dental care, mental health and alcohol abuse are covered on the website. The website can be viewed by visiting livingwellfdl.org. Fond du Lac County Public Health Officer Kim Mueller says, “We are very fortunate in Fond du Lac County to have many qualified and dedicated experts that will be providing us valuable information to share with the community. Our goal is to educate and enlighten residents so they can take action to protect and preserve their own health.” 


Scrabble Games Needed


Fond du Lac Literacy Services needs Scrabble games for a Scrabble Bee fundraising event on October 3rd. Teams will compete for highest scores and prizes. The organization is seeking donation of new or gently uses standard-sized Scrabble games to be used in the event. Boards missing tiles will be accepted. The games will not be returned. Donations will be accepted at any of the three library locations-the Main Library downtown, the branch at Journesy inside St. Agnes Hospital or Fond du Lac Public Library Express near Festival Foods. Fond du Lac Literacy Services provides free one-on-one tutoring for adults who struggle with reading, writing, math or learning English. It’s located at the Fond du Lac Public Library. 


Give Blood Get Ticket For FDL County Fair


Flight for Life will sponsor a blood drive at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Expo Center Wednesday and Thursday. All attempting donors will receive a complimentary ticket to the Fond du Lac County Fair. Hours for the blood drive are 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday. To sign up call 1-877-232-4376 or go to www.bcw.edu/FdlFair.  


In addition the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Ripon High School from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and at the Oakfield Community Center Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.