N7502 Radio Rd.
Ripon WI 54971
PRESIDENT SAYS COOKIE PLANT CLOSING WAS A MARKET DECISION
president of the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation
says Con Agra officials have told him the decision to close a cookie
plant in Ripon was strictly a market decision. Steve Jenkins
says he talked with Con Agra officials based in Omaha, Nebraska who
told him it was a market decision and had nothing to do with the
city of Ripon or the workforce. Con Agra announced last week
that the plant that makes Rippin’ Good cookies would be phased out
starting in September through the end of the year leaving 300 people
out of work. Jenkins says the hope is that another business
can be found to move into that facility.
MAN BOUND OVER FOR TRIAL ON CHILD PORN POSSESSION
Brandon man charged with possession of child pornography is bound
over for trial. Probable cause was found at a preliminary
hearing last week for 38 year old Scott Knuuttila on ten counts of
possession of child pornography. Knuuttila was a volunteer
with the Dodge County Emergency Response team until he was arrested
earlier this month following the execution of a search warrant at
his home. Fond du Lac
County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Cameron McGee says Knuuttila is also
under investigation for the sexual assault of a child in Stevens
WHO SURVIVED MENASHA SHOOTING INCIDENT IS HOME
mother who survived a shooting on the Trestle Trail Bridge in
Menasha is home. Theda
Clark Medical Center spokeswoman Megan Schuessler says Erin
Stoffel was released from the Neenah hospital.
The 32-year-old was critically wounded in the random
shooting on the bridge May 3rd. Her 33-year-old husband, Jon, and
11-year-old daughter, Olivia, lost their lives.
Thirty-one-year-old Adam Bentdahl of Appleton was also killed.
Despite being shot three times, Stoffel was able to get two
of her other children to safety. She was let out of the hospital
briefly to attend the funeral of her husband and daughter.
The gunman, 27-year-old Sergio Daniel Valencia del Torro,
killed himself. Authorities are finishing up an investigation into
his background and mental health history.
BROUGHT TO YOU BY BERLIN HEATING AND COOLING
Mega Millions: 1-39-52-69-72, Mega Ball 12, Megaplier 4
Five-Card Cash: Q-hearts, 6-hearts, J-hearts, 8-hearts,
Supercash: 7-10-12-16-25-39 - No Doubler
Here are the details:
As usual, the Wisconsin Legislature's finance panel has saved the
hottest items for the final week of its state budget review --
which begins today. Lawmakers have talked about reducing
Governor Scott Walker's 300-million dollar cut in state funds for
the U-W System. G-O-P co-chair John Nygren says a deal is
getting closer on the size of the cut. Also, we'll find out
if you'll pay more to register your vehicle. There's still
lots of opposition to Walker's plan for borrowing one-point-three
billion dollars for highway projects. With the news that the
economy is not expected to generate extra tax revenues, Assembly
Speaker Robin Vos talked about raising vehicle registration fees.
Also, G-O-P leaders are trying to get a revised
prevailing-wage law into the budget. Vos was not pleased
that Assembly Labor panel chair Andre Jacque called for a hearing
and a vote today on a full repeal of the wage law -- which
requires contractors for public works projects to get wages close
to those of similar projects in their areas. Finally,
negotiators are said to be close to a financing deal for a new
Milwaukee Bucks' arena. All these issues could come down to
the finance panel's final hours of budget deliberations on Friday
-- and what's sure to stretch into early Saturday morning. Today,
the committee will consider splitting up the worker's compensation
program among three state agencies to try and make it more
efficient. Some labor attorneys oppose the move, saying it
would dismantle a system that keeps a lot of industrial injury
cases out of court. Officials point out there are no changes in
the system's basic rules.
A freak accident involving a deer and two vehicles has happened
for the second time in Wisconsin in just over a month. Authorities
in the northwest part of the state said Kurtis Berg of Cumberland
died on Saturday when a Minnesota driver hit a deer. The
animal then flew through the windshield of an oncoming pick-up
truck where Berg was a passenger. It happened in the
Washburn County town of Evergreen. The deer was still in the
pick-up when first-responders got there. Berg died later at a
hospital, after getting severe head-and-chest injuries. It
was similar to a tragic mishap in central Wisconsin on April 17th.
That was when Michael Rogan of Stratford was driving his
wife to a hospital for the birth of their eighth child -- and
another vehicle hit a deer before it broke into the Rogans' van.
Michael died, and everyone else in the family escaped with
Nobody won the Mega Millions' jackpot last night, so it goes up to
233-million dollars for Friday night. Players in California
and Michigan each won the second prize of a million dollars.
We don't know yet how many Wisconsin players won smaller
prizes last night. In the previous drawing last Friday, just
over 22-thousand-300 tickets in the Badger State won anywhere from
one-dollar to 500. Last night's numbers were 1, 39, 52, 69, and
72. The Mega Ball was 12, and the Megaplier was four. Friday's
cash option is just over 143-million dollars. Tonight, a
154-million-dollar Powerball jackpot is up for grabs -- along with
a record prize of 22-point-four million in the Wisconsin-only
Megabucks lotto game.