Local News Briefs Wednesday 2/24/16

Theresa Man Injured In FDL Accident Released From Theda Clark

The 24-year-old Theresa man injured in a two-vehicle accident in front of Menard’s in Fond du Lac last Friday has been released from a Neenah hospital. A spokeswoman for Theda Clark Medical Center says Travis Dennison was treated for his injuries and released. He was ejected from his vehicle after he collided with a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Jordan Winkelman of Fond du Lac. Winkelman was taken to St. Agnes Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Police say an initial investigation found Dennison failed to yield the right of way.

Names Released In Fatal Columbia County Crash

Columbia County authorities have released the names of the three people killed in a rollover crash in the Town of Pacific Sunday night. Eighteen-year-old Zia Rowin of Oxford was driving the vehicle on County Highway P at Whitetail Drive when it rolled over. She and two passengers, 26-year-old Donald Pangbum of Baraboo and 19-year-old Jack Stalker of Montello, died at the scene. Medflight flew another male passenger to UW-Hospital in Madison. Speed was a factor in the crash.

Quad Graphics Posts Fourth Quarter Loss

Quad Graphics posted a $9.4 million loss during the fourth quarter of 2015. The printing giant had a $25 million profit during the final quarter of 2014. One-time expenses including the closing of out-of-state plants are being cited as reasons for the loss. Fourth quarter sales also dropped 6.3 percent compared to the same period in 2014. Quad officials say the printing industry has seen general declines.  

Two Area Lottery Players Split Badger 5 Jackpot

Billie Diersen of Oshkosh is one of two players who split the $98,000 Badger 5 jackpot from the Monday, February 15 drawing. Diersen matched the winning numbers of 1, 15, 16, 23 and 30. Diersen bought the ticket at a Festival Foods in Oshkosh. The other winner, Michael Zahalka of Sheboygan, purchased his ticket at a convenience store in Sheboygan.

New Principal Hired For Friendship Learning Center

The North Fond du Lac School Board this week approved the hiring of a new principal for the Friendship Learning Center. Kerry jo Patten will start in July and has a two-year contract. District Superintendent Aaron Sadoff says she has the experience needed. He says she’s currently a middle school assistant principal in Beaver Dam, taught in 1st, 5th and 7th grades and on the business side has worked for Harley Davidson, WE Energies and Aurora. He says more than 80 people applied for the position and Patten rose to the top of the crop. Sadoff says a lot of people had a say on hiring Patten. He says the staff believes in her and he is excited for their kids and the community.

Algoma Man Thanked For Action During Traffic Accident

Winnebago County Sheriff’s officials are crediting a Town of Algoma man for taking action to protect a traffic accident victim during the early morning hours of February 1st. Mark Clements was driving with his four-year-old son on Omro Road in the Town of Algoma when he saw a two-vehicle crash at the intersection with Emmers Lane. After parking his vehicle he realized a woman involved in the accident would require spinal mobilization. He identified himself and entered the backseat of the heavily damaged car. He used his hands to hold her C-Spine immobile. He has firefighter and emergency medical training. He continued the traction until Algoma first responders and firefighters arrived on the scene and were able to apply a rigid collar.

Homes Sales In FDL County Remain Steady In January

Sales of existing homes in Fond du Lac County remained unchanged in January from the previous year. According to the Wisconsin Realtors Association 54 homes were sold compared to the same number of homes in January of 2015. The WRA also says the median price of a home dipped by 5.1 percent in the County. Statewide the median price was 10.1 percent higher than January of last year – coming in at almost $149,000. Association President Mike Theo credits a mild winter, improving economy, and continued low interest rates. There was also a 10.4 percent jump in overall sales, which could be a good sign for those looking to sell a home this year. Theo says the price jump was the biggest since the middle of 2013.

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FDL City Council Preview

The Fond du Lac City Council tonight will be asked to approve borrowing for the City’s annual Capital Improvements plan, Tax Incremental Finance District 10 and refinancing of an old debt. Bond consultant Paul Thompson will give the Council the final interest rates for that borrowing. The Council will also be asked to approve the levying of special assessments for curb and gutter work in the area of East 10th Street and East Arndt Street. They will also consider amending the 2016 City Budget to include $170,000 for the replacement of a dump truck and $9,500 for the installation of an emergency vehicle warning system for fire station number two on National Avenue. It’s difficult for fire trucks and ambulances to safely exit the fire station during peak traffic times. The Council meets at 6 p.m. at the City-County Government Center.

February Is Childrens Dental 

Health MonthTooth decay is the number one chronic childhood illness. That’s why Dr. Madeline Walter of Dental Associates in Fond du Lac says it’s important to get children started early taking good care of their teeth. She says contrary to what you may think, baby teeth are important. She says children keep a lot of baby teeth until they are about 12 years old. She says teeth should be brushed at least twice a day, but most importantly before bed. She recommend using a training tooth brush for children under two and supervising their brushing until they are about 6 years old. She says they should see a dentist after they get their first baby tooth or by the time they are one years old. Andra Story of Dental Associates cavities can cause young children problems. She says they might have difficulty chewing, it affects their speech, and they may not want to go to school because of the mouth pain. February is Children’s Dental Health Month.