11/1/14 - Your weekend will be one hour longer. Daylight savings time ends at 2am tomorrow (Sunday), when the clock goes back to 1am for second time. Beaver Dam Fire Department Public Education Coordinator Russ Johnson says it is especially important when you set your clocks back one hour to also replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The U-S Consumer Product Safety Commission says about 16-million homes around the country have smoke detectors which don't work -- due mainly to dead and missing batteries.
11/1/14 - Wisconsin has fewer homeless people than in recent years. The U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development counted six-thousand-55 homeless residents in the Badger State in January. That's down one-percent from the previous year, and it's four-and-a-half percent less than almost five years ago. The numbers come from an annual one-night count by local advocacy groups for the homeless. The new report also says there are much fewer homeless veterans living on Wisconsin streets. That number is down 10-and-a-half percent from last year.
11/1/14 - The Columbus public was invited to look at the "sixty percent plans" for the design of the proposed 2017 reconstruction of Highways 60 and 16 this week. Planners from have completed some of the details of the major artery rebuild. The cost of the multi-million dollar reconstruction would be split between the city and the state. The city would be paying for most of the electric, sewer and water utility upgrades. The plans call for utilities along James Street to be underground to improve the esthetics along James Street. The reconstruction of James Street is the largest of five highway projects scheduled for Columbus over the next six years.
11/1/14 - The Beaver Dam Police Department is investigating a pair of burglaries. The first one was reported on the 100 block of Stone Street Thursday afternoon. According to police records, the residence was broken into and weapons and cash were stolen. On Thursday evening, a resident on the 200 block of Vincent Circle reported a breaking and entering with various items missing. Anyone with information on either burglary is asked to contact the Beaver Dam Police Department.
11/1/14 - Daniel Bartelt of Hubertus sentenced to five years in prison in Washington County Circuit Court this week for his 2013 attack on a woman in the Richfield Historical Park. The 20-year-old is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Jessie Blodgett of Hartford. The attack occurred three days before the murder. Bartelt was also ordered to pay $2000 in restitution.
Democrat Mary Burke continued to have a slight advertising edge on Wisconsin T-V going into the final week of the governor's race. The Center for Public Integrity said today that Burke and her supports spent nine-point-seven million dollars on T-V ads through Monday. Republican Governor Scott Walker and his supporters spent almost eight-million. None of that counts the final advertising blitzes made by both candidates and their backers. Today, former President Bill Clinton appears on a T-V ad for Burke, saying she would be a governor who "brings people together across party lines, not dividing them." Earlier this week, Walker said the national figures who spoke up for Burke indicated that she's aligning herself with Washington Democrats and public unions. Burke told reporters in Madison today that her only interest is for Wisconsin and its families. Observers say Walker needs to win on Tuesday, if he wants to remain in the conversation for the Republican White House nomination for 2016.