Local News Briefs 8/22/14

Fond du Lac paramedics took a woman to St. Agnes Hospital early Thursday morning after she put her arm through a window. Officials say she put a tourniquet on her arm and for some reason had been out walking. They found a trail of blood over about a two block area. They caught up with her in the area of 4th and Marr. She was bleeding profusely.

Oshkosh Walmart Theft Suspect In Custody

Oshkosh Police say a 26-year-old Madison man is in custody; a suspect in the theft of sporting goods and electronics from the Walmart Store in Oshkosh last month. Madison Police arrested him for another crime and he’s currently in the Dane County Jail. Oshkosh Police are sending referral paper work to the Winnebago County District Attorney’s Office for the July 22nd thefts.

Recalled Dehumidifiers Can Cause Fire

An official with the Fond du Lac Fire Department urges residents to check their dehumidifiers to make sure they haven’t been recalled. Division Chief of Fire Prevention Troy Haase says a fire in Appleton earlier this week was the result of a faulty dehumidifier. He says dehumidifiers are often placed in a basement, which can be a real dangerous site if someone gets trapped in it. Haase says millions of dehumidifiers have been recalled some of them because they have a tendency to overheat and can cause a fire. He says a fire at an apartment complex earlier this year was started by a dehumidifier in the basement and when they checked with the manufacturer it was a model that had been recalled.

Back To School Distribution Saturday In FDL

About 1,000 kids are expected to benefit from the Back to School distribution at the Fond du Lac Boys & Girls Club tomorrow. Salvation Army Captain Telinda Wilson says the effort even includes new footwear. Gift cards are being given out for new shoes. She says volunteers will guide the kids through the distribution site picking out what they need for school. That includes back packs, crayons, markers and other things on the children’s school list. She says a lot of families need help and school supplies are one more thing that is hard for them to afford. In addition to the Salvation Army and Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Solution Center, the Family Resource Center, churches and other organizations are involved in the effort. The distribution is from 8 a.m to 12:30 p.m.  

Applications Being Taken For Emergent Labs

The new Emergent Technology Center is announcing the first business accelerator class, called Emergent Labs, for the Fall. If you have a great idea for a hardware or software project or device, this will be of interest to you. Emergent Labs is a 12-week mentor-driven business accelerator, dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. During the program, participants will learn Lean and Agile business practices to prepare them to enter the high-tech business world. Applications are due September 12 with review of the applications and acceptance to the class scheduled for September 17. Classes will begin on September 25th. Classes will be once a week from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Fond du Lac Economic Development Corporation Offices, 116 North Main Street, Fond du Lac. Those that complete the programs will be eligible for a $10,000 grant to continue to evolve the idea and business. More information and the application may be found by clicking here.  

Attendance Down At MPTC Campuses

Attendance is down at Moraine Park Technical College campuses as the fall semester begins. Classes started Thursday at MPTC schools. MPTC vice president of student affairs Stan Cram says attendance is down at technical college campuses across the state. He says MPTC was down between 3.5 and 5.9 percent as of a week ago, but that number maybe somewhat less now. He says one positive sign is that they are up when it comes to students who have declared a program by 8.5 percent. He says that’s important because they want people to be in programs working toward a certificate or diploma. Cram says his role is to make sure students get all the information they need about attending MPTC.

Habitat ReStore Move Saturday

Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac County will be moving into their new ReStore location at 65 West Scott Street Saturday. Habitat Executive Director Paul Osterholm says a celebration will be held in the parking lot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a petting zoo, education, games and more. Residents are asked to donate a canned food good for the Fondy Food Pantry, which will make you eligible to win a grilling package. He says moving from the ReStore location on South Brooke Street gives them more parking space and a lot more traffic moves along West Scott Street every day. He says they will have over 80 parking spaces and the traffic count on West Scott Street is 10,000 to 14,000 cars a day. He says everyone is invited to their big move. The actual move will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

30th Annual Empire Thresheree Saturday

The Empire Threshing Association will hold their 30th Annual Thresheree at the John and Beth Wettstein Farm this Saturday. Stu Muck is with the association. He says threshing is the way farmers used to separate the grain from the straw. He says there will be plenty to do and see. There will be an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. with a kids pedal tractor pull around 12:30p.m. and later on a deejay will play music.  He says if you have any questions members of the Threshing Association will be on hand. He says they will be dressed in blue shirts.  The event will run from about 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stu says there’s no cost, unless you want to support a couple of organizations. The Campbellsport FFA Alumni will be selling food and the Taft 23 4-H Club will be selling ice cream. The farm is located about five miles east of Eden on County Highway B. The rain date is Sunday.

Former Patients, Crew And Flight For Life Staff Sought For Anniversary Events

Flight for Life is looking for former patients, crew and staff to help celebrate its thirty years of service at three events in September. In addition to former patients, their families, and crew and staff, the celebration will be attended by fire, emergency medical services, hospital, law enforcement, and dispatch personnel from throughout the area to recognize the milestone in the organization’s history. Former patients, crew and staff can either e-mail to FFL30th@mrmcffl.org or call Kathy at 414-778-5435 with information on your name, mailing and/or e-mail address, and phone number. Former patients should include the month and year of their transport if available. Flight for Life Transport System is provided by the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center and headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin, with bases in Waukesha, Fond du Lac and McHenry, Illinois.

Cold Country Creamery Truck At the Forest Mall In FDL Today

Starting today and continuing every Thursday through Sunday through October 26th the Cold Country Creamery Food Truck will bring sweet treats to the Forest Mall in Fond du Lac. The truck will offer lava cakes, malts, and signature ice cream creations such as Chocolate Devotion® and Oreo Overload®. The food truck will be located near the main entrance of the mall from noon to 6 p.m. each day.