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13 September 2017 News


Authorities say one person was killed in a plane crash in Winnebago County. Winnebago County sheriff’s Capt. Lara Vendola-Messer says the victim is a man who was the only person in the plane. The sheriff’s office and the Vinland Fire Department were called around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday about a plane that crashed into a field. The crash happened along a county road west of state Highway 76. No other details were released, including the name of the victim. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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Imagination Network recently announced its first annual award for entrepreneurs in Fond du Lac County. The Imagination Network Award for Entrepreneurship is a new award from the group to recognize the extraordinary efforts of one area entrepreneur or small business owner. The public is welcome to nominate an individual or small business for this award. Nominations should be e-mailed to info@ignitefdlc.com and include the name of the entrepreneur or small business, nominee’s contact information and the reason why they should receive the award. Nominations are being accepted now through October 1, 2017. The recipient will be awarded at the November 7, 2017 Imagination Network meeting. Sarah Spang, IGNITE! Business Success representative, says the criteria for nominations is wide ranging and anyone can nominate any small business or individual. Imagination Network is the inventors and entrepreneurs group of IGNITE! Business Success, the umbrella, go-to resource network supporting area entrepreneurs. Imagination Network socials and events are free and open to everyone.

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Economists, employers and government officials say a growing worker shortage in Wisconsin is expected to increase over the next decade. The worker shortage is due to many factors, including a low unemployment rate, an aging population and Wisconsin’s poor record of attracting college graduates. Wisconsin had an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent in July, down from a peak of 9.2 percent in January 2010. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says job openings have outpaced new hires for the past two years. Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance Director Ann Franz says the shortage is expected to worsen as more baby boomers retire. Phil Neuenfeldt is president of labor union Wisconsin AFL-CIO. He says some jobs’ wages and benefits packages aren’t enough to attract workers.

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The city of Green Bay dismantles a deteriorating 9/11 memorial on the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Law officers, firefighters and community members attended a “decommissioning” ceremony in front of the memorial on Monday. The memorial includes a steel beam from one of the fallen twin towers. The monument was dedicated in 2005 but has been falling apart and some of the information about flights involved in the attacks is inaccurate. Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt says 9/11 needs to be memorialized properly “and this monument just didn’t do that.” The steel beam was removed and taken to the Green Bay Police Department, where it will stay for now. The rest of the memorial will be taken down later and put in storage.

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