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Sometimes, what goes on behind the scenes of a massive country show is almost as life-changing as the music. For Luke Bryan fan Francis Stanaway, 88, that meant a chance to have a very touching moment with her favorite country singer. Stanaway has a terminal illness, but that didn’t stop her from going to his... Read more »...more
Other than the occasional week at summer camp when I was little, I have never camped camped. But with all the music festivals that encourage it, I started wondering if I should give it a try. I had about a million reasons why it was a terrible idea, and why an indoorsy girl like me... Read more »...more
7/25/17 - A local non-profit that helps individuals with special needs has a new place to call home. In May, Green Valley Enterprises moved its Life Academy into the former Haas Photography Building at 110 East Burnett Street in Beaver Dam. Instructor Joann Lehman says their old location was smaller and not wheelchair accessible. She says new building is an open concept which makes it easier to look across the open space to see what everybody is doing and where everyone is. Lehman says they also have wheelchair accessible bathrooms and showers. The Life Academy, which serves as a post-graduate course that grows employment and life-long independent living skills, received a grant yesterday from the AT&T Wisconsin Innovation and Investment Award program. Lehman says the money help the organization purchase new curriculum kits that teaches lessons on different vocational skills such as carpentry, banking, or any entry-level field. The grant amount is $2,650 which Lehman says will all be going to the new curriculum.
7/25/17 - No injuries were reported after a plane heading to the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh crash landed in a Green Lake County corn field. In a press release issued yesterday, Sheriff Mark Podoll said the accident occurred around 3:30pm Saturday on Phelps Road in the Town of Green Lake. A 61-year-old Ohio man was piloting the aircraft and both he and a nine-year-old male passenger were unharmed. The pilot told authorities that he was in a holding pattern waiting to fly into Wittman Regional Airport when his plane suddenly lost power and was forced to make an emergency landing. The Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene along with the Grand River/ Markesan Fire Department. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.
7/25/17 - Ground was broken yesterday on a $1.8-million-dollar addition to Moraine Park Technical College for its new Energy Education Center. Once complete, students will be trained to serve industrial, commercial and residential customers in the natural gas, propane, and gas utilities industries. College President Bonnie Baerwald says the demand for qualified gas utility technicians is outpacing the supply of skilled workers. She says the new facility and program will be an essential resource in closing that gap. Outside the Energy Center, the plans call for building what college officials call a “tiny town” of eight shed-style structures arranged as a neighborhood. Baerwald says gas and electrical connections will be built into the neighborhood allowing students to troubleshoot problems and connect and disconnect utilities. Wayne Reschke is the Vice President of Human Resources for Alliant Energy, which donated $100-thousand dollars to the new facility. Reschke says the industry is seeing a great importance in partnering with educators to ensure a pipeline of talent. Brian Johnson is the Senior Executive Advisor with the Michels Corporation of Brownsville, which donated $125-thousand dollars to the project. Johnson says the state-of-the-art facility will become a critical source of well-trained and knowledgeable skilled gas utility technicians who will be provided living wages and benefits. The new gas utility program will begin in June of next year with graduation in March of 2019 which Baerwald says is just in time for utilities to recruit for their busy summer. The college intends to enroll 15-to-18 students for the inaugural year with an anticipated 20-to-25 graduating annually thereafter. While the formal groundbreaking was yesterday, construction crews will get to work with actual earth-moving in the next couple weeks.
7/25/17 - The Mayville Common Council continues to discuss changes to the winter parking rules within the city. Mayor Rob Boelk says residents do not have enough options during the winter months. Currently, no overnight parking is allowed on the street from December 1st through April 1st without authorization from the police department. One of the changes that was discussed last night includes a permitting process which Boelk says would help those in the downtown area. The sticker would cost $30 dollars for the season and would allow citizens to park on the street during the unauthorized months. The council also discussed a one inch-rule that would be determined by the Department of Public Works, forcing residents to move their vehicle if there is snowfall equaling an inch or more of snow. Boelk says the plan is to have a vote on the final ordinance in September.
7/24/17 - The Dodge County Fair is right around the corner. In the weeks leading up to the event, Sheriff Dale Schmidt says his staff is conducting background checks on the employees and vendors working the fair. Schmidt says they will be mostly trying to identify individuals who have travelled from outside the county or state with the goal of spotting registered sex offenders. With the amount of children attending Schmidt says it is important to not create an environment that could lead to potential victims. While the background checks will not be exhaustive, they will help identify any offenders so police can remove them. Schmidt says they will continue to monitor out-of-towners throughout the festival. The public is encouraged to notify authorities if they suspect someone or know of anyone attending who cannot be around children. This will be the first year that the sheriff’s office is investigating the workers. Schmidt says this was something he wanted in 2016 but was not able to hammer out the details until this year. He says the most important was getting information from the Fair Board about the vendors and workers so they can conduct the searches. The sheriff says the background checks will be something his office will continue to do moving forward. The Dodge County Fair will run from August 16 through the 20.
7/24/17 - The 65th annual E-A-A AirVenture show begins Monday in Oshkosh. Thousands of people and vintage airplanes arrived at the show grounds on Sunday to get ready for the week-long event -- which, among other things, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo space program that put men on the moon. A reunion of Apollo astronauts is planned, which includes Milwaukee native James Lovell -- along with a panel discussion Friday night and a new exhibit for the year-round E-A-A Aviation Museum that includes a rock from the moon, brought back during the Apollo 15 mission. Numerous air shows are planned each day, and the Navy Blue Angels' flight demonstration team plans its first full appearance at Oshkosh with shows Wednesday through Friday plus appearances on the ground. The 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic and 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid will both be observed with lectures and flight recreations.