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13 July 2017 News


An Oshkosh teenager receives minor injuries following a high speed chase involving a stolen vehicle in Fond du Lac County. The chase started Tuesday night after a Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over the vehicle on Highway 26 near the Fond du Lac-Winnebago County line. The suspect vehicle failed to stop and the chase continued south on Highway 26. Stop sticks were placed on the road north of Rosendale. The chase ended when the driver attempted to avoid the stop sticks, striking several mailboxes and posts on the side of the highway. The 17 year old male from the Oshkosh area was treated at the scene and transported to Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh with minor injuries. Charges are being referred to the Fond du lac County District Attorney’s Office.

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A Green Lake County man is bound over for trial in Fond du Lac County for his 10th OWI offense. Sixty two year old Michel Wortman is being held in the Fond du Lac County Jail on $10,000 cash bond. Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s captain Ryan Waldschmidt says Wortman was pulled over this month on southbound Highway 26 in the village of Rosendale. Waldschmidt says a female passenger in the vehicle dialed 911 to alert authorities. Waldschmidt says Wortman was driving even though he didn’t have a valid license.

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Wisconsin Republican legislative leaders are showing no signs of progress on reaching a state budget deal. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Gov. Scott Walker met privately Wednesday to discuss how to break a budget impasse primarily focused on paying for roads. Vos left the meeting saying Assembly Republicans have accepted that there will be no gas tax or vehicle fee increases. But he says without a way to pay for additional borrowing, the only option left is to hold the transportation budget flat. Fitzgerald spokeswoman Myranda Tanck says the Senate won’t accept that position. Vos says he hopes he and Fitzgerald can meet with the governor again next week. The budget is nearly two weeks late.

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A Republican lawmaker says a proposal to require breweries and wineries to sell their products through distributors is going nowhere. Craft brewers were outraged last month when a memo emerged detailing a plan that would require breweries and wineries to worth through distributors rather than sell their products on-site directly to customers. The brewers feared the plan would force them to shut down tasting rooms and pay distributors’ exorbitant amounts of money. The brewers and wineries worried the Legislature’s finance committee would slip the requirements into the state budget with little scrutiny. Rep. Dale Kooyenga, a member of the committee, says he’s 99 percent sure the proposal is dead. He says the proposal doesn’t make any sense and committee members want craft breweries to grow.

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Officials of a grocery store chain with roots in Wisconsin say it’ll close its five stores because it can no longer compete in today’s market. Brennan’s Market officials tell the Wisconsin State Journal that it will also close its New Glarus production facility on Sept. 30. It will bring an end to the Monroe-based company’s 75 year run and leave 150 people without jobs. The company says business never recovered from the 2008 recession “and sales remained flat.” The company began in 1942 when Frank Brennan opened up a fruit stand in Monroe. He later added cheese to the stand. The company grew into its current form in 1967 when Brennan’s son, Skip Brennan, borrowed $10,000 from a bank to open a store in Madison.

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