10/23/14 - The Dodge County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to urge the state of Wisconsin to form a state-wide task force regarding on-farm liquid manure management systems at its meeting last night. Prior to action being taken, the board received a presentation from land conservationist Marc Bethke regarding the matter. He says that the storage and handling of manure has changed over time and that the volume of it has increased. Bethke says that the problems begin when facilities become full and the matter starts running into unintended places. He claims that this is an issue that affects counties throughout Wisconsin and can often lead to well contamination. Bethke says that the manure can also run into roads and bodies of water, which can lead to aquifers being negatively affected. He wants the state to form a task force that will investigate the problem and come up with a solution. Bethke says that reaching that solution begins with aiding the farmers. He wants to see systems installed on the farms that will help farmers minimize the volume of liquid manure that they must handle. Bethke says that the technologies to deal with the matter are available, and he hopes that the state government will soon intervene.
10/23/14 - Badger Honor Flight has announced their departure dates for next year. The program transports veterans from World War Two and now the Korean conflict to Washington DC to visit the memorials; Vietnam veterans with health issues are also given priority. As in previous years, four flights are planned. The dates for next year are: April 25, May 16, September 12 and October 10. Badger Honor Flight departs from the Dane County Airport and serves veterans in south central Wisconsin. Jim Bublitz, with the Dodge County wing of the Madison-based hub, notes that each trip costs around $100-thousand dollars to get off the ground. For those interested in donating or applying for a trip, go to badgerhonorflight.org.
10/23/14 - A former sergeant with the Jefferson County Drug Task Force was sentenced Wednesday to eight months in jail. Timothy Madson was convicted on a felony count of Misconduct in Public Office. According to the criminal complaint, Madson served as the supervisor of the Task Force from 2003 until late 2011. During that time, he filed over $20,000 in case-related expenses. Madson attributed the expenses to case-related work, even though he was not directly involved with any of the cases. The 56-year-old was in charge of disbursing funds from various task force accounts to investigators and was also responsible for approving expense claims. Because of that, prosecutors say Madson was in a position to fraudulently claim expenses. Waukesha County Judge Lloyd Carter, who presided over the four-day jury trial in Jefferson County this past July, withheld sentence and placed the defendant on 18 months of probation. As a condition of probation, he ordered Madson to serve 240 days in jail. The first 60 days must be served straight time with no release privileges, and he granted work release privileges on the remaining 180 days. As further conditions of probation, the defendant was ordered to pay $10-thousand dollars restitution to the Jefferson County Drug Task Force.
10/23/14 - With winter soon approaching, it is once again time to consider principles of fire safety. Many people use fireplaces and wood stoves to heat their houses, but that can be dangerous if safety measures are not practiced. Heating fires make up 36-percent of resident home fires in the United States. Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel says that it is important that chimneys and other fire-starting devices are tended to on a regular basis. He advises that chimneys should be swept out for creosote buildup when necessary. In addition to that suggestion, local fire departments recommend having fireplaces and wood stoves cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist. Burning fuels safely is also stressed as it is advised to never use flammable liquids to start a fire. Mannel says that while it is important to focus on interior precautions, practicing fire safety outdoors is equally vital. He suggests storing wood at least thirty feet from one’s house and checking the chimney on a regular basis to ensure that build-up has not occurred. Mannel also reminds people that the end of Daylight Saving Time is a convenient time to also change the batteries in each of the smoke detectors in one’s house to further guard against home fires.
10/22/14 - The candidates for Dodge County Sheriff will be our guests this Friday on WBEV’s Community Comment program. Incumbent Sheriff Patricia Ninmann is running as a write-in candidate after an unsuccessful effort in the August partisan primary. Sgt. Dale Schmidt is the only candidate whose name is printed on the November 4th ballot. The two will join us in separate segments Friday on AM1430 WBEV. Schmidt will appear first at 12:35pm followed by a one-on-one interview with Ninmann around 1:30pm.
10/22/14 - Attendees aboard this past weekend’s Badger Honor Flight were greeted by a legendary Washington DC legislator. Honor Flight is a nationwide program that flies vets to their memorials in Washington DC. The Madison-based hub held its fourth and final trip of the year on Saturday. The 85 Wisconsin veterans on the flight had the opportunity to visit Arlington Cemetery, the National Monument and Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Wall, the Korean War Memorial and the Air Force Memorial. Also included on the itinerary was the World War Two Memorial, where former Senator Bob Dole was stationed at the entrance. The 1996 presidential nominee was sitting in a chair, personally meeting every veteran that passed through gates. The 91-year-old was active in getting the memorial built and says he makes it a point to be there every Saturday to thank the veterans for their service. Dole told us (quote), “This is where I belong.” Meanwhile, our guests on WBEV’s Community Comment this afternoon were on this past weekend’s Badger Honor Flight. Board member Jim Bublitz will be joined by Korean War vets Richard Tomashek of Beaver Dam and Gerald Tolsma of Fox Lake. Community Comment begins at 12:35pm on AM1430 WBEV.