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Mayville PFC Appoints Interim Police Chief


4/25/17 - The Mayville Police and Fire Commission has named an Acting Police Chief for the city. Captain Ryan Vossekuil will serve as interim chief while the commission searches for someone to fill the position permanently. Vossekuil, who has been with the department just shy of 15 years, says he is honored and humbled to be chosen. Vossekuil says that the department has gone through difficult times of the last several months and is ready to move forward. Adding that he is honored to led them. The position was opened when former Police Chief Chris MacNeill resigned last month amidst allegations after 17 years with the department. MacNeill reportedly altered documents in 2011 to help the son of a Mayville police officer get into the army. Vossekuil says the department has been taking each day one day at a time and credits the hard work of the departments officers over the difficult months. He says that once a new police chief is appointed the department will continue to focus on community centered policing. Applications for a new police chief must be submitted by May 31. PFC Chair Dan Bell says there is no specific time table related to hiring someone for the position permanently. Bell says that he is confident in Vossekuil and feels that he is the best person for the position of acting chief.


Senators Seek Action From Ag Secretary On Milk Dispute


4/25/17 - Both of Wisconsin's U-S senators want the nation's new agriculture secretary to act quickly to help resolve the milk trade dispute with Canada. Democrat Tammy Baldwin says Sonny Perdue should visit Wisconsin to see what dairy farmers are going through. And she wants Perdue and the Trump administration to convince Canadian provinces to drop new pricing policies, and take U-S milk again to process ultra filtered milk for cheese. Baldwin and Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson both voted to confirm Perdue Monday as President Donald Trump's new agricultural chief. Johnson also wants "swift action" from the administration, after dozens of Wisconsin farmers lost buyers for their milk after Canadian processors cut off U-S purchases.


Waupun Referendum Interest May Be Lower Than Projected


4/25/17 - The Waupun School District may see a lower interest rate than first projected for borrowing related to the $36-million-dollar referendum approved by voters in November. The school board received an update last night from their financial advisor. Superintendent Tonya Gubin says the latest interest estimates are closer to 2.4-percent which is lower than the four-percent rate voters were told prior to the election. The borrowing will be structured in such a way that taxpayers will not notice a difference when new referendum dollars are added to next year’s tax bill, which is also the final year that the district will levy for the previous referendum to build the high school. The school board last night also approved the bid package for the $4.5-million-dollar construction of an athletic complex at the Junior-Senior High School. The lowest qualified bid was accepted from each of multiple subcontractors for work ranging for everything from construction to excavation to landscaping. The bids for the facility housing a soccer field, tennis courts and track came in $14-thousand dollars below the $4.5-million estimate. That coupled with a contingency fund of $80-thousand dollars led the school board to agree by consensus to invest more in elevated bleachers if there is money left over.


Columbus School Board Organizational Meeting


4/25/17 - There is a new face on the Columbus School Board. Former Mayor Kelly Crombie was sworn-in last night alongside incumbent Cindy Damm prior to the regular meeting. Cindy Damm took over as board president as Kevin White chose not to seek another term. Mike O'Brien was voted in as vice president. Clerk Mary Arnold, Treasurer Joe Conlin and Board Secretary Pam Zander were all voted in by unanimous ballot. Joe Conlin and Mary Arnold agreed to continue on as voting delegates at the next Wisconsin Association of School Boards' Convention. Board member Julia Hoffman and Superintendent Annette Deuman will join Conlin and Damm on the Governance Committee.


New Principal Tabbed For Fall River Schools


4/25/17 - The Fall River School District will have a new elementary school principal starting July 1st. District Administrator Mike Garrow says that the next principal in the district will be Dan Grady.  He replaces Fall River K-Five Principal Jim Docter who announced his retirement earlier this year. Grady has twelve years of school administration experience in Wisconsin.


Waupun Police Take Suicidal Man Into Custody


4/25/17 - Waupun Police spent Sunday night and most of Monday morning trying to negotiate with a 55-year-old man who was threatening suicide. Police Chief Dale Heeringa says they were tipped off by a crisis/suicide hotline. He says they determined the call came from the City of Waupun in the 1000 block of Oriole Street. Police were unable to make contact with the man who has been less than cooperative with them during numerous past contacts. Chief Heeringa says they were finally able to contact the man, but to no avail. Because of the possibility the man might be armed they asked for the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team’s help late Monday morning. He says they wanted to make sure the neighborhood was safe, and the man was safe and got the care he needed. Shortly after noon Monday the man surrendered without incident. He was taken to a Fond du Lac County facility on a mental health hold and charges are pending. Heeringa says they have obtained a search warrant for the residence. 


Beaver Dam Man Has Probation Revoked For Assault


4/25/17 - A Beaver Dam man convicted in connection with the violent assault of a teenage acquaintance is looking at prison time for violating the terms of his probation. Edward Linn tried to choke, punch, and bite the 15-year-old victim while forcing himself on her in November 2014.  She was able to fight him off and fled the residence.  Linn entered into a deferred prosecution agreement last year, which allowed him to avoid both prison time and having to register as a sex offender if he stayed out of trouble. The 23-year-old was placed on probation for two years and spent 60 days in jail. Linn had felony Bail Jumping charges filed against him last year for breaking probation last October and is facing the maximum penalty for the original Second Degree Child Sexual Assault. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and a hearing is on the calendar in July.


Structure Fires Reported In Ixonia


4/25/17 - Two dozen agencies helped the Ixonia Fire Department battle two structure fires on the same property yesterday. Crews were called to W2355 Northside Road just after 6am yesterday. Jefferson County Sheriff Paul Milbrath says that a residence and a shed both had working fires. The State Fire Marshall’s Office responded to the scene.


Walker Mulls General Revenues For Transportation Shortfall


4/25/17 - Governor Scott Walker now says he's talking with G-O-P legislative leaders on something that's been a political "no no" for years -- using general tax revenues for road work. The Republican Walker brought up that possibility Monday, after clarifying that he has no interest in raising vehicle registration fees to help make up for a shortfall in the state's highway budget. A media report last week said Walker was "open" to higher license plate fees -- but he said he was "explicitly" talking about the gas tax at that time. Walker says he has told G-O-P leaders "repeatedly" that there are ways to free up more money for roads, and general revenues are among them. Senate Democrat Jon Erpenbach of Middleton says using general fund dollars would take away money from schools and safety net programs.


Democrats Form Gun Safety Coalition


4/25/17 - State Assembly Democrats are starting a new coalition to push for gun safety, as majority Republicans seek to loosen requirements to carry concealed weapons. Madison Democrats Melissa Sargent, Lisa Subeck, and Terese Berceau met with reporters yesterday to unveil the "Wisconsin Coalition for Gun Safety." The advocacy group is made up of doctors, social workers, and clergy members. Media reports say it comes two months after Berceau introduced a bill to require universal background checks for all gun purchases. The G-O-P, meanwhile, has called for letting people carry concealed weapons without state permits and to allow concealed carry on public school property.


Bill Would Legalize Baked Goods Sales


4/25/17 - A proposal is being circulated in the Wisconsin Senate that would allow the sale of homemade baked goods in the state. Wisconsin and New Jersey are the only states that prohibit the for-profit sale of baked goods made in a home kitchen. There is a pending lawsuit filed by home backers in Wisconsin challenging the law. Similar bills have passed the state Senate with bipartisan support the past two sessions but died in the Assembly.