Local News Wednesday 5/15/13

FDL Woman Critical After Being Hit By Car


A 46-year-old Fond du Lac woman was critically injured when she was struck by a car while walking on Winnebago Drive or Fond du Lac County Highway WH near Bechaud Beach Drive in the Town of Fond du Lac last night. Sheriff’s officials say the accident happened just before 6 p.m.  A 47-year-old Fond du Lac man was heading west on Winnebago Drive when he hit the woman. Flight for Life flew her to Theda Clark Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The driver was taken into custody on charges related to an open case. In addition to Sheriff’s Deputies, Fond du Lac paramedics, Town of Fond du Lac Fire Department and First Responders responded to the scene.


Name Released In FDL County Fatal Crash


Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s officials say a 52-year-old Fond du Lac man was the person killed in a fiery crash on County Highway F under Highway 41 early Tuesday morning. The victim has been identified as John Krug. Sheriff’s Captain Rick Olig says the circumstances surrounding the crash remain under investigation. During the accident Krug was heading west in a Chevrolet Express van when he struck a bridge support. The impact caused a fire that destroyed the vehicle. He was killed in the crash. In addition to the Sheriff’s Department the Lomira Fire Department responded to the accident in the Town of Byron. 


Cause Of Fatal Fire In Sheboygan Undetermined


(WHBL-Sheboygan)-The cause of a fire last month which claimed the life of a Sheboygan man has been listed as undetermined.  The fire in an apartment on Ashland Avenue on April 30th claimed the life of 51-year-old Randi Hein.  Fire Chief Jeff Hermann said the investigation determined that the fire started in the living room, but investigators were never able to come up with a cause.  Hein was in a remote-controlled chair and managed to get to a window, but died of smoke inhalation.  Firefighters had to rescue several tenants who were trapped on the 2nd floor of the apartment building.


Fire Destroys Sheboygan Apartment


(WHBL-Sheboygan)-Fire Tuesday morning destroyed one unit in a 4-unit apartment building in the city of Sheboygan.  Sheboygan Fire Chief Jeff Hermann says firefighters were dispatched to the building on North 35th Street when smoke was spotted coming from the 2nd story about 10:30.  Hermann says one of two upper apartments was gutted by the fire with its windows blown out.  He said all of the contents were destroyed, but the occupant got out safely.  Hermann said the fire also damaged the siding on an adjacent building.  Fire officials believe a candle started the fire, which caused about $100,000 in damage.


Windhover Will Feature National And International Artists


With its expansion and renovation the Windhover Center for the Arts in Fond du Lac will also be featuring more national and international works of art.  Museum Curator Audra Gabrielson says she’s always looking for new artists to exhibit and finds a lot online. In fact she found an artist online that will be featured at the Windhover next January through March Maia Flore. In fact the Windhover’s Sunday Travel Trip to France in September will visit Flore’s studio on Paris. Flore is a digital photography artist. She will be at Windhover next January for a reception when her exhibit begins. Gabrielson and Windhover Marketing Director Jacqui Corsi say Windhover Executive Director Kevin Miller is also working on getting the Museum of Modern Art’s Traveling Exhibit to come to the Windhover. Other artists coming to the Windhover will be talked about during the reveal next month. 

Weigh In Deadline Coming Up


Area residents who would like to “Weigh-in on the Winnebago Waterways” project have less than a week to do that online. The deadline to complete the survey is next Tuesday, May 21st.  The “Weigh in” project is designed to gather as much information about the Lake Winnebago system as possible in order to protect local lakes and rivers while finding ways to reduce inefficient spending and redundant polices across the five county region. So far, hundreds of residents from Calumet, Fond du Lac, Outagamie, Waushara and Winnebago Counties have weighed-in during eight public meetings. All of the input will be analyzed and gathered into reports that will be made available to the public in the summer.


Friend Of Education Felt Truly Honored



The recipient of this year’s Fond du Lac Friend of Education Award was truly humble when he was presented with the award at the school board meeting this week. The award is presented by the school district and the Fond du Lac Education Association and this year’s winner is Kenneth Holehouse who volunteers everyday to teach youth incarcerated in the Fond du Lac County Jail. District Superintendent Jim Sebert says Holehouse has inspired kids and helped build an impressive reading collection at the jail. He says Holehouse is truly deserving of the honor. Holehouse told the school board he loves teaching and he loves kids. He said he was truly honored. The award has been given out each year since 1998.


Transition To Sixth Grade Causes Some Anxiety


School counselors in the Fond du Lac School District last week spent a day with fifth graders talking about a stressful subject, the transition to sixth grade or middle school. Kristi Serwe is a counselor at Riverside Elementary School. She says middle school counselors and principals have already visited with fifth graders to introduce themselves, but it was visits from sixth graders who have already made the transition that clicked the most with the fifth graders. One of their biggest fears something every student at one time or another thinks about, getting stuffed into a locker. Serwe says they advised the fifth graders on what they should do if they are still anxious about the transition or a situation. She says they told them to handle things in a positive way and to think of people they feel comfortable discussing things with. For more on mental health a booklet is available at the Comprehensive Service Integration or CSI website on Accessing Mental Health Services in Fond du Lac County.


Walk To Cure Diabetes Had Over 300 Walkers



Despite less than desirable weather the Fond du Lac Walk to Cure Diabetes last weekend had its best effort yet. Mark Jurgella one of the organizers says they had their most walkers yet. He says they raised more money than they ever have despite the weather and the fact that a trail they were going to use was flooded. He says they are thrilled with the outcome. He says they had more than 300 walkers who took the two mile walk. Last year’s walk raised over $46,000 and although this year’s total is still being added up Jurgella says they believe the walk raised over $50,000.


FDL Police Observe Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day


The Fond du Lac Police Department will observe their Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day today at the Public Safety Memorial in Hamilton Park. The ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. Over the years three Fond du Lac Police Officers have died in the line of duty. They are Officers William Prinslow, Nick Klaske and Officer Craig Birkholz. Birkholz had his name added to the memorial last year. He was shot and killed responding to a domestic abuse incident in March of 2011. Nick Klaske was shot and killed while chasing a burglary suspect in October of 1961 and Officer Prinslow was shot on duty and later died in November of 1898.