2/19/17 - A Horicon-based company was recently honored with a construction industry award for a project in Columbia County. Sure Fire Inc. was recognized by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin for work at Saint-Gobain’s Portage Plant as being exemplary in the areas of overall distinctiveness, execution of design, craftsmanship, coordination, budgeting, difficulty and safety. Saint-Gobain recently decided to expand its manufacturing facility in Portage by adding 48-thousand square feet of manufacturing and warehousing space, and the company chose Sure-Fire to provide the complex mechanical systems that were needed for medical-grade “clean rooms.” The “clean rooms” are a controlled, isolated environment for handling contamination-sensitive substances that will have direct contact with patients. Saint-Gobain’s Portage facility is a custom manufacturer of silicone and thermoplastic products for medical devices. Sure Fire, which is Dodge County largest HVAC mechanical contractor, has 35 employees in three divisions that perform commercial projects throughout the state.
2/19/17 - The Wisconsin Workforce Development Board will be holding a free resume and interview clinic Monday in Dodge County. It will be a walk in clinic with no appointment required. Officials say it will be an excellent opportunity to work on your resume and brush up on interview skills. The event will be at Moraine Park Technical College in Beaver Dam, starting at 10am. In addition, the Development Board will be presenting the South Central Wisconsin Career Fair. It is slated for March 8th at the Dodge County Airport Large Hanger.
2/18/17 - Fire completely destroyed a house in the Town of Trenton Friday evening. Firefighters from 13 different agencies joined the Waupun Fire Department in battling the blaze along Highway 151. Fire Chief BJ Demaa says the house was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived on scene around 8pm. The property is owned by Dennis Schmitt and tenants Jason Heeringa and Tiffany Dines, along with a minor, were able to escape safely. There were no injuries but one dog perished. The Red Cross is assisting the family. No other buildings on the property were affected. The scene was cleared around 2am. The fire remains under investigation however Demaa says it is not considered suspicious. Agencies assisting the Waupun Community Fire Department included fire departments from Alto, Beaver Dam, Brandon-Fairwater, Brownsville, Burnett, Fox Lake, Horicon, Juneau, Lamartine, Oakfield, Randolph, Waupun City Fire; RIT District Two; Lifestar Ambulance; Dodge County Sheriff’s Department; Wisconsin State Patrol; Dodge County Emergency Response Team and Alliant Energy.
2/18/17 - Columbus Schools continued their "Launching a New Legacy" effort this week by detailing six top priorities for the students, staff and community. Administrators, district school board and design team members have published the priority list anticipating active community development. The first priority is to create a community campus by building needed facilities and amenities. Number two is to expand hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) opportunities for all students. Third is to address students' social needs – including poverty, mental health – with community collaboration. Priority four is to offer a wide variety of course offerings and co-curricular activities. Number five is to develop and expand community partnerships. The sixth and final priority is to implement and sustain up-to-date technology within the schools. More information on the Columbus “Launching A New Legacy” initiatives can be found at the district office or on line at the districts' web site.
2/18/17 - Moraine Park Technical College is accepting applications for three positions on their District Board. The openings are one elected official member and two appointed members, each as a three-year term that expires June 30, 2020. Applicants must include at least two written references and must attend the public hearing of the District Board Appointment Committee currently set for Monday, April 3. Completed forms must be submitted through March 3. For more information, contact Jodie Schneider at 920-929-2127 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2/18/17 - Fall River School Board Vice President Jason Freedman will be leaving the district school board and assuming new duties as the Central District Police Captain in the city of Madison. Fall River Schools' Superintendent Mike Garrow says a search is already underway to fill the one-year left on Freedman's school board term. Freedman will be officially departing his post after the first school board meeting in April. More information on the open post is available on Fall River Schools' web site.