Local News Saturday 5/18/13

Unattended Cooking Fire At Same FDL Apartment Complex


Two weeks after a fire that displaced 25 people the Fond du Lac Fire Department was back at an apartment complex on West Scott Street for another cooking fire. Fire Chief Peter O’Leary says they got the call shortly before noon Friday for an unattended cooking fire at 478 West Scott Street. This time they got there before fire could do any major damage. As with the Fire on May 2nd a pot of grease was left on a stove. No one was injured and this time no one was displaced by the fire. Firefighters did need to ventilate the building of smoke.


Dodge County Landfill Operator Fined


The state Attorney General’s office has obtained a judgment against a former Dodge County landfill operator for violations of the state’s solid waste, open burning, landfill monitoring and wetlands laws. Carl Schmitt was ordered to pay $70,000 in fines and court costs. According to the complaint the violations occurred while Schmitt was operating a landfill as Carl Schmitt and Schmitt Challenges, Inc. in the Town of Lowell. Violations included operating a solid waste facility without an operating license, burning in a concrete bunker and filling wetlands without obtaining permission from the DNR.


Click Or Ticket Campaign Getting Underway


Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Departments join a number of law enforcement agencies across the state in the Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement effort that kicks off Monday. The mobilization will run through June 2nd. Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Captain Rick Olig says they issued 750 citations for seat belt violation in the County last year. He says that’s just the tip of the iceberg because deputies can’t see whether people going by on Highway 41 at 65 miles per hour or on other highways are wearing seatbelts.  Olig says 10 of the 22 fatal traffic victims in the County last year weren’t buckled up and if you discount those who died in motorcycle accident over half of those who died in traffic accidents in the County weren’t wearing seat belts.


Campbellsport Schools Moving 6th Graders To Junior/Senior High Next School Year


To alleviate crowding the Campbellsport School District next year will be moving its 6th graders to Junior/Senior High School. District Superintendent Dan Olson says they’ve been over capacity the last two years at Campbellsport Elementary. The District also has an elementary school in Eden. Olson says in June the School Board will also be getting some recommendations on the Junior/Senior High School, which was built in 1936 and has undergone ten additions over the years. The Junior/Senior High School will become a Middle and High School with the addition of the 6th graders.


Graduation Ceremonies For MPTC And Marian


About 300 students will be taking part in Moraine Park Technical College’s graduation ceremony at the Fond du Lac High School Field House this morning at 10 a.m. The students are from all three of MPTC’s campuses; Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam, and West Bend. Lane Holte is the Registrar for MPTC. He says it’s a little different for these students than your usual college students. He says a lot of MPTC students have families and full time jobs and aren’t traditionally from right out of high school. Those participating in the MPTC graduation ceremony are only a portion of the MPTC students who are graduating at the three schools. Also today Marian College will hold its commencement ceremony at the University Quad at 12:30 p.m.


4-H Scholarship Winners


The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships to a dozen exemplary 4-H youth. Three are youth were among those receiving scholarships. That included Kari Schoenike of Oconomowoc who is a member of the Juneau Victorians 4-H Club in Dodge County. Kari received a $1,000 scholarship. Jessica Gaska of Columbus who is a member of the Astico Perseverance 4-H Club in Dodge County got a $750 scholarship. Tanner Klein of Waldo, a member of the Hingham Handy Helpers 4-H Club in Sheboygan County, received a $500 scholarship.