9 January 2018 News
The Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner determines a medical condition caused the death of a Campbellsport woman involved in a one-vehicle accident. The accident happened Thursday on County Highway K, north of US Highway 45, in the Town of Empire. Initial investigation shows the vehicle traveled off the roadway and over turned, pinning the operator in the vehicle. The driver and lone occupant, a 64-year-old Campbellsport woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. Since the cause of death was from a medical condition, it will not count as a traffic fatality for statistical purposes.
The Fond du Lac County Law Enforcement Task Force arrested 31 impaired drivers during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative. Captain Ryan Waldschmidt says while the focus was on impaired drivers, officers also issued citations and made arrests during traffic stops, including 31 saftey belt violations, 112 speeding violations, 39 operating after revocation violations and more than 300 other traffic citations. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative ran from December 15th through January 1st.
An eastern Wisconsin bank opens up interactive personal teller machines that connect customers with bankers via video conference. UnitedOne Credit Union opened up the new branch in a Sheboygan apartment complex. Customers will be able to communicate with tellers located at the bank’s Manitowoc member contact center. The machines save on payroll costs since employees are centralized at one location and are able to help customers at multiple branches. They also serve as an additional security measure since it’s more difficult to rob a bank that doesn’t have any physical tellers. Tammy Pelletier is the chief operations officer at UnitedOne Credit Union. She says no employees have been laid off because of the machines, but resources have been shifted around.
The number of dairy farms in Wisconsin is falling, despite an increase in milk production as commercial farms expand. Numbers from the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection show the state lost 500 dairy farms last year. Wisconsin had just over 8,800 dairy herds licensed at the beginning of this year. Steven Deller is a professor of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Deller says it’s difficult for small-scale dairy farms to be profitable, so the number of commercial farms will probably continue to decrease. Kevin Bernhardt is a UW-Platteville agribusiness professor. He says fewer farms could hurt rural communities. But Deller says small producers can tap into the growing interest in local food and specialty crops instead.