Walker says wouldn't
have sent fundraising letter
MADISON (AP) Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday
he wouldn't have put out a fundraising letter sent by a fired
campaign staffer that asked supporters to donate to him rather than
buy Christmas gifts for their children. Taylor Palmisano was
fired Tuesday as Walker's deputy finance campaign director.
MADISON (AP) Gov. Scott Walker still isnıt
saying whether he will sign a Republican bill that would make it
harder to strip schools of American Indian mascots. Walker said
Thursday that he isnıt focused on the measure that passed in
November. Walker says he will "look at it some point in the future."
Walker can sign it into law or veto it at any time. If he doesnıt
take any action by Dec. 12, he has six days to act before the bill
becomes law automatically. Opponents of the bill are
pressuring Walker to veto it, saying it is racist. But supporters
say the current system for forcing removal of race-based mascots is
flawed. Walker was asked about the bill following the Capitol
Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Milwaukee police: Watch out for so-called knockout attacks
MADISON (AP) Police in Milwaukee are warning
pedestrians to watch out for so-called knockout attacks. Wednesday a
53-year-old man was reportedly seriously injured in what could have
been a knockout attack. The man, Tim Bessette, told WTMJ that a
group of teens started harassing him as he was walking Monday
evening. One of the group punched him, breaking his nose and
fracturing bones in his face. Three other attacks punched him
several more times. Knockout attacks involve groups of youth who
randomly target pedestrians with the intent of knocking them out
with one punch. The assaults have gained national attention after
high-profile attacks in several cities.
New construction management firm in West Bend
American Construction Services Inc. is a construction management
firm that began operations in Southeast Wisconsin Sunday, according
to a news release issued today. Owners Kraig Sadownikow and
Todd Weyker (both formerly with American Design & Build Inc.) will
be operating out of a building at 3350 South River Road, Unit 2 in
West Bend. They provides construction management services throughout
the Midwest, according to the news release. Read Fridayıs Daily News
for more on the story.
Dean Proefrock chosen to fill Grafton Village Board vacancy
GRAFTON The Grafton Village Board has
appointed Dean Proefrock as a trustee on the board, filling the
vacant position left by Richard Rieck's resignation. When asked
about what issues he saw Grafton facing in the near future, and what
he feels can be done about them, Proefrock cited the south
commercial district around the Ace Hardware building and the former
Pizza Hut, and the vacancies in that area. "I think there is a
challenge for Grafton, short term and long term, to try and fill
those vacancies," he said. For details, see todayıs News Graphic.
17-year Mequon-Thiensville School Board member won't run again
MEQUON The longest-serving member of the Mequon-Thiensville School Board said on Tuesday she wonıt run for another three-year term. Suzette Urbashich, who is completing 17 years as a school board member including six years as president told a group attending a chamber of commerce government affairs meeting that her current term will be her last. For details, see today's News Graphic.
PORT WASHINGTON With the apparent backing of the entire Ozaukee County Board, county officials will first get design plans for upgrades to the Lasata Senior Living Campus before asking the board to borrow an estimated $10 million needed to pay for the upgrades. The board voted unanimously Wednesday to transfer $150,000 from the general fund to hire a construction manager and architect, who will draw up plans for a new community-based residential facility and develop a comprehensive remodeling plan for the Care Center nursing home. For details, see today's News Graphic.
Former Mequon landmark razed
MEQUON The former Thoreau School, which lost its historic landmark status in January, was torn down Wednesday to make way for Mequonıs Town Center development. The Mequon Landmarks Commission had designated the former one-room schoolhouse a city landmark in 1986. But the commission reversed itself in January in a decision that was endorsed by the buildingıs latest occupant, Howard J. Schroeder American Legion Post 457. For details, see today's News Graphic.