Local News Briefs Monday 8/19/13

A Sheboygan woman is dead after a two vehicle crash in northeastern Wood County Saturday afternoon. The crash happened at about 1:30 p.m. on County Highway’s S and H north of Milladore. Investigators say 76-year-old Jacquelyn Gore died at the scene when a pickup truck failed to stop at a stop sign and was hit by a car traveling on Highway H. The impact caused the truck to flip onto its roof. Three others were injured; 77-year-old Donald Gore of Sheboygan, 45-year-old Derek Swanson and 45-year-old Jil Swanson, both of Hewitt. All three were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield for treatment.


Sex Offender Moving To Oshkosh


Oshkosh Police say a 25-year-old sex offender will be moving to 255 North Lark Street Tuesday. Joseph Pfalzgraf was convicted of repeated sexual acts against the same child in September of 2008. His victims were two girls not related to him. He will be on electronic monitoring.


Street Closure In FDL


Beginning today the Fond du Lac Water Department is repairing pavement on West 1st Street between Main and Macy Streets.  This block will be entirely closed to traffic while excavation takes place. East bound travel will be restored on Tuesday, with west bound lanes remaining closed until next Monday. Access will be maintained to local businesses.


Highway 175 Work Begins In FDL County


Starting today Highway 175 from the south Fond du Lac County line north to Highway 151 will be resurfaced. Traffic will be detoured from Highway 49 to Highway 41 to County Road B. From B to Highway 151, traffic will be reduced to one lane at times with flagging operations in effect. The project is expected to be completed by Friday, August 30th.


Equalized Value Report Released


The total equalized value in Fond du Lac County is down nearly $17 million compared to last year. The state’s Department of Revenue recently released the equalized value report. According to it the total equalized value in Fond du Lac County is $6.7 billion. The total change in real estate value is down $7.9 million. The total equalized value in the City of Fond du Lac is $2.56 billion up nearly $2.4 million. The total change in real estate values in the City is up about $7.9 million. To check out other counties, towns, villages and cities click here.



Buffalo Wild Wings In FDL Opens


The day Buffalo Wild Wings fans have been waiting for in Fond du Lac for years, is here. The new restaurant at 121 North Pioneer Road opens at 11 a.m. and the first 100 people in line will get free wings for a year. Restaurant Manager Teejay Scharf says they will have wall-to-wall HD TVs for ultimate event and sports viewing. It’s also the first Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Wisconsin to feature the stadia concept. He says they also have an incredible amount of sports memorabilia on display including, Packers, Badgers, Bucks, Brewers and High Schools sports memorabilia. He says it’s a casual atmosphere where you can enjoy yourself. In addition to having a fun and energetic atmosphere Buffalo Wild Wings is a big supporter of community efforts.


Paperless State Senate Some Time Off


The State Senate may be able to get business done in a timelier manner than the State Assembly, but they lag behind when it comes to going paperless. State Senator Rick Gudex of Fond du Lac says he’s surprised the Senate hasn’t also incorporated the use of laptop computers, tablets or other computer devices and gone paperless like the Assembly. But he says there’s an old guard in the Senate that is used to hard copy and paperwork. Gudex says he’s not that computer literate, but says it is more convenient. Still he expects the “old school” method to prevail for some time to come. He says there would be some initial costs for the Senate to go to computers, but in the long run they would realize a savings.


Meetings Start Tonight On Ag Machinery Recommendations


State Representative Joan Ballweg of Markesan says she’s particularly concerned with one of the recommendations a state Department of Transportation study group came up with regarding Implements of Husbandry using state roadways. A series of five town hall meetings will be held around the state for residents to give feedback and ask questions on the proposed size and weight limits. Ballweg is concerned about the width recommendation. She says many items on the modern farm are over the 15 foot width. Equipment 15 to 17 feet in width may need to get written authorization from local municipalities to be on the road. Height, length and weight maximums are also addressed in the proposal. She says it’s important to comment on the proposal before final recommendations are made. All of the meetings, co-hosted by the UW-Extension, will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The first two meetings will be held tonight in Madison and tomorrow night in Stratford.

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New School Board Starting Time In September


Starting in September the Fond du Lac School Board will begin its meetings at a uniform time.

District Superintendent Jim Sebert says the board made a decision during their annual retreat about changing the time to 5 p.m. The board meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Up until now they’ve met at 4:30 p.m. during the first meeting of the month and 7 p.m. during the second meeting. Sebert says one of the exciting things is with the addition of the STEM Academy, STEM Institute and Fondy Central all of their school facilities will have a chance to do the pledge of allegiance and presentation once a year at board meetings.


MPTC Service Learning


One of the ways students at Moraine Park Technical College campuses are connecting with communities is through a service learning component. Students will be able to find out more about those service learning opportunities through Community Connections Fair that will be held at MPTC campuses next month. Dr. Caron Daugherty is the Dean of General Education for MPTC. She says quite a few organizations and agencies have already responded to participate in the fairs. Daughtery says the service learning allows students to see practical applications for what they learn in real world settings. She says from March to May students put in nearly 5,000 hours of learning service, which added up to from $12,000 to $13,000 in time on community efforts. One of those efforts included work on the Solutions Center’s new family shelter. The Community Connections Fairs will be on the West Bend campus September 10th, the Fond du Lac campus September 11th and the Beaver Dam campus on September 12th.