4 January 2018 News
The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation to determine why a Fond du Lac woman tried to walk from an ice shanty on Lake Winnebago to the shore in subzero temperatures. Sheriff’s captain Ryan Waldschmidt says 27 year old Lindsey Klima was at a New Year’s Eve party on the lake when for some reason started walking toward the shore. She was found dead on the shore, the likely victim of exposure to the bitter cold. Waldschmidt says the woman was not dressed for the cold, wearing only a light jacket. Fond du Lac County Public Health Officer Kim Mueller says it doesn’t take long for frostbite or hypothermia to set in. Mueller says alcohol can also be a factor.
The historic Elks Lodge in downtown Fond du Lac is being sold. Fond du Lac based Modtruss.com is purchasing the building at 33 Sheboygan Street with plans to relocate its corporate office there. Company president Patrick Santini says the final closing on the sale is expected shortly. Executive director of the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership, Amy Hansen, says there is great opportunity for Modtruss to get involved in the downtown. The former Elks Lodge was built in 1904. ModTruss, Inc. offers a large array of customizable truss components and accessories designed for both long-term building and re-use, building stages and platforms for many events including the NFL and Major League baseball.
Foxconn Technology Group will not need federal approval to fill wetlands for its new flat-screen plant in Mount Pleasant. A $3 billion incentives package Gov. Scott Walker signed to lure the plant to Wisconsin allows Foxconn to fill state wetlands. That left questions about whether the company would need permits to fill any federal wetlands on the site. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concluded Dec. 8 that a pond and 42 wetlands covering 26 acres aren’t connected to U.S. waters and thus the Corps has no jurisdiction over them. Midwest Environmental Advocates attorney Tressie Kamp says the Corps’ decision means the public will have no say in how the plant affects wetlands. State officials say the company has applied for an air permit for construction of an initial assembly plant.
Law enforcement agencies in central Wisconsin are raising money to send local officers to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington when the name of a local officer is added to the monument. Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland was killed last year during a shooting in the Wausau area. His name will be added to the monument in May during National Police Week. Capt. Robert Dickerson says many officers would like to go on the trip to honor Weiland, but only about half of the department will be able to go in order to maintain the minimum staffing needed to provide service to the community. The memorial features more than 21,000 officers who were killed in the line of duty.