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Construction is expected to begin next week on a major road reconstruction project in Fond du Lac County.  Governor Scott Walker has approved the nearly $11 million project on a 16-mile stretch of Highway 26 from Cattaraugus Drive to County Highway FF.  In addition to replacing pavement, a curve in the road near Willow Creek Road will be realigned and reconstructed.   Fond du lac County Sheriff’s Captain Rick Olig says he hopes the project will help reduce serious injury and fatal accidents on that stretch of highway.  Olig says that stretch of Highway 26 has been the scene of several traffic crashes over the years.  The project is slated to begin Monday and be completed in October.  There will be a posted detour using Highway 151 and Interstate 41.


One person is taken into custody after a stand off and hostage situation in Green Lake County, near the Marquette County line.  The incident happened Thursday morning at a farm on State Highway 73, North of County Highway Y in the Town of St. Marie.  According to Green Lake County Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark Putzke, a call was first placed to Marquette County 911 around 11:05 a.m. in regards to a possible gunpoint abduction.  A few minutes later, a call was placed to Green Lake County 911 from an unknown female asking for help.  Putzke says officers from Marquette, Green Lake and Wausahra Counties arrived at the location of the 911 call around 11:20am and learned a male individual at the location had fired at least one round from an assault rifle while two residents of the farm were trying to leave.  The man did end up holding an elderly woman at the farm following the shots.  Putzke says the Green Lake County Tactical Unit was paged, a perimeter established and negotiations began with the suspect.  Around 1:10 p.m. the man – identified as a 54-year-old male from Wautoma - agreed to give up his weapon and was taken into custody without incident.  The man is currently being held in the Green Lake County Jail on a charge of false imprisonment.  Putzke says the elderly woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  The investigation continues. 


A former Ripon man convicted in connection with an armed robbery at a Ripon Pick n Save is going to prison.     Fond du Lac judge Robert Wirtz sentenced 22-year-old Cody M. Schaffer to three years in prison and a year of extended supervision.  The incident happened last September 19th at Ripon’s Pick n Save.   Schaffer told police he used a toy gun in the robbery. 



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Some of America's foreign trade partners are refusing to buy Midwest egg and poultry items due to the outbreaks of the avian flu.  Over seven-million chickens and turkeys have been killed since early March -- mostly to keep the H-5-N-2 virus from spreading, after it struck dozens of farms in Wisconsin and elsewhere.  The Badger State has had six outbreaks in Jefferson, Barron, Chippewa, and Juneau counties.  Yesterday, the bird flu was confirmed for the second time in Barron County, in a flock of 90-thousand turkeys.  A few countries like China, Russia, South Korea, and Thailand have cut off all imports of poultry products from the U-S. Thirty-three other nations -- including Mexico and Canada -- have declined to bring in poultry from entire states.  Others like Hong Kong have limited their bans only to counties where the bird flu virus has been confirmed.  Jim Sumner, who heads the U-S Poultry-and-Egg Association, said he'd like to see nations with statewide import restrictions go down to the county level.  He said 110 countries still have no restrictions in their trade with the U-S.  The bird flu is expected to subside once it warms up.  Within a month after that, Sumner said it's likely that some of the import bans may be relaxed. U-S poultry exports have grown in recent years.  Last year, 39-million-dozen processed eggs were sold to other countries -- up from 15-million in 2012.


Two Republican state lawmakers want to end a long-running perk for themselves.  Senate veteran Rob Cowles (coles) of Green Bay and freshman Representative David Steffen of Howard propose to stop letting lawmakers accumulate unused sick leave, and cash it in for free health insurance after they leave the Legislature.  Current lawmakers would not lose anything, since credits already accumulated would still be honored.  Cowles and Steffen are asking their colleagues to co-sign the measure.  Cowles tried but failed eight years ago to end the perk.  The 132 current senators and representatives have built up almost two-and-a-half million dollars in unused sick leave benefits -- which averages over 18-thousand dollars per member.  Last year, former legislators got a total of 367-thousand dollars worth of free health care premiums from their unused sick leave.


Milwaukee is about to lose one of its best-known for-profit colleges.  DeVry University said yesterday it would close campuses in eleven cities throughout the U-S, including Wisconsin's only campus in downtown Milwaukee.  The shutdown is scheduled for December 31st.  Almost 250 graduate and under-graduate students will be given options to complete their course work in DeVry's online classes -- which will continue.  They could also transfer to other DeVry schools out-of-state, or transfer to a local college or university with similar programs.  David Dies, who heads the state's Educational Approval Board, said he would try to make DeVry give refunds to its newest students if they're not interested in the other options.  Milwaukee has had a DeVry campus since 1983. Many for-profit schools have had enrollment declines and tighter admission standards, due to a government crackdown on high student debt levels.  Just over 110 of the 247 DeVry Milwaukee students are in the Keller Graduate School of Management.  About half the Milwaukee students take their classes online. Eighty-percent have a mix of online and classroom-based programs. 


Folks in Lake Mills are being urged to boil their tap water until further notice. Officials said the community had a recent drop in water pressure, thus making it easier for contaminants to enter the system.  The water pressure has since been restored.  But W-I-S-C T-V in Madison says people should still boil their drinking and cooking water as a precaution, until samples can be taken that would confirm the safety of the water system.  The Lake Mills water utility plans to flush the distribution network, and increase dosages of chlorination.