Kenosha Casino Proposal Press Conference 1-29-15 10:30AM


Menominee Nation members, state lawmakers, labor leaders and the mayor of Kenosha held a press conference Thursday morning at the state capitol to ask Gov. Scott Walker to reconsider his rejection of the Kenosha casino project.

Legislators, including Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca and State Rep. Jeff Mursau, R-Crivitz, made the same request in a letter to the governor Wednesday. But Walker says he can’t and won’t reconsider his decision unless the Menominee tribe submits a new proposal.

The Menominee wanted to partner with Hard Rock International to build an $800 million casino on an old race track in Kenosha. The governor rejected the plans last Friday after about a year and a half of consideration.

A Menominee spokesperson says tribal leaders are in Washington, D.C., meeting with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to discuss possible legal options.

Walker says the project could significantly impact the state budget, but some state lawmakers and the Menominee tribe have another view.

Super Bowl Sunday Safety Message


Football fans should not let their fellow fans drive drunk

Fans, players and coaches likely will dispute some calls by officials during the Super Bowl. But no one will dispute that getting behind the wheel while impaired this Sunday is irreversibly and indisputably wrong.

As a timely reminder of the dangers of drunken driving, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will display “Plan Ahead. Designate a Sober Driver” on message signs along major highways throughout the state this weekend.

“Last year, there were zero traffic fatalities in Wisconsin on Super Bowl Sunday, and that is our goal again this year,” says David Pabst, director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety. “Law enforcement agencies will be particularly focused on preventing drunken driving on Super Bowl Sunday because fans will be at bars and parties before, during and after the game. The key to avoiding a drunken driving arrest, or even worse a crash, is to plan ahead by designating a sober driver or finding alternative transportation.”

For a safe and fun Super Bowl celebration, the WisDOT Division of State Patrol offers the following life-saving advice:

·         Download the Zero In Wisconsin Drive Sober mobile app for free at The Driver Sober app has a “Find a Ride” feature, blood alcohol estimator and a designated driver selector to help you get home safely.

·         If you’re hosting a party, serve food and have non-alcoholic beverages available. Take care of your guests, and don’t let them drive if they’re impaired.

·         Don’t serve any amount of alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. Wisconsin’s Absolute Sobriety Law prohibits drivers under age 21 from having any alcohol in their system while behind the wheel.

·         If you’re feeling buzzed, you’re probably over the 0.08 limit and risk being arrested for operating while intoxicated if you drive.

·         Bars and restaurants participating in the Safe Ride Program can provide a ride home for patrons. for more information.

·         If you see a vehicle traveling erratically and suspect the driver may be impaired, call 911 (as soon as you can make the call safely).


Appleton Center Fire Call 1-26-15


Monday afternoon the Appleton Fire Department Responded downtown on 100 West Lawrence street for a reported structure fire. The fire was in an underground parking garage connected to the Appleton Center. Initially crews encountered heavy smoke that was captured in the garage and discovered a fully involved car fire. The heat was intense enough to than activate the sprinkler system. Due to the heavy smoke, the nearby Zuelke buildings smoke alarm system was tripped as well, and this caused Appleton Fire Department units to than need to clear the multi story office building.


(Pictures from the scene)
Photos Courtesy of: Edward Klug