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JEFFERSON — The Jefferson Common Council recognized retiring wastewater superintendent Michael Kelly Wednesday, who has stepped down after 29 years on the job. The council passed a resolution expressing appreciation and best wishes to Kelly upon his retirement, and honored him for his service since beginning his tenure as superintendent in 1984. “It would be hard to overestimate his contributions to the city during his 29-year tenure,” said City Administrator Tim Freitag. “Mike is great with his staff. He’s an extremely mild-mannered, easy-going, congenial guy who certainly has earned the respect of his staff.” Kelly oversaw the modernization and expansion of the wastewater treatment plant twice during his tenure, in 1984 and again in 2001. Freitag said Kelly’s rare combination of engineering and environmental science skills brought the most benefit to the city during the devastating flooding of 2008. “I like to think it was really due largely to Mike’s efforts and the efforts of his employees that they prevented from flooding out during the 2008 flood event.” Freitag said the rising water breached the “100-year” flood berm protecting the plant in 2008, threatening the electronics and pumping equipment inside. Kelly and his staff worked tirelessly to sandbag outside the plant, as well as protect the treatment equipment and save the city from losing all water treatment ability. Council members joined in a round of applause for Kelly, after which Alderman John Roth said a few personal words about the retiring superintendent. “I had the pleasure of working with Mike for about 20 or 25 years of his career, and I just want to thank him for all that he has taught me and how much I enjoyed working with him,” he said. Kelly then thanked the council with a simple statement. “It’s been a great 29 years here in the City of Jefferson,” said Kelly. “I’ve felt very blessed to live in the county and raise my family here and I’ve enjoyed it greatly. Thank you.” Todd Clark, lead operator at the treatment plant, has taken (Continued on page 5)
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s vow to restart its mothballed nuclear facilities raises fears about assembly lines churning out fuel for a fearsome arsenal of nuclear missiles. But it may actually be a sign that Pyongyang needs a lot more bomb fuel to back up its nuclear threats. Despite the bluster, even if Py-
JEFFERSON — Jefferson County will be conducting two Household and Agricultural Clean Sweeps this spring, one each in Jefferson and Watertown. The sweeps will take place Saturday, April 13, at Jefferson County Fair Park, 503 N. Jackson Ave., Jefferson, and on Saturday, May 18, at the Watertown Street Department, 811 S. First St., Watertown. “We have many appointments available for both events,” said Sharon Earhardt, Jefferson County Solid Waste/Clean Sweep specialist. “Call (920) 674-7430 for a Jefferson appointment and (920) 262-4080 or (920) 262-4081 for a Watertown appointment.” Household and agricultural hazardous waste accepted at these two Clean Sweeps includes: chemicals, cleaners, pesticides, oils, oil filters, solvents, adhesives, and oil paints. All pharmaceuticals are accepted, including unused prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, inhalers, vitamins and veterinary/pet medicines. Not accepted are sharps/needles, radioactive materials, oxy(Continued on page 14)
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JEFFERSON — The Wisconsin College of Osteopathic Medicine is seeking reinstatement of its nonprofit status after learning it apparently had been revoked three years ago without current school officials realizing it. Publicly available records from the Internal Revenue Service show that the college’s tax-exempt, nonprofit status was revoked automatically on May 15, 2010, after the college failed to file the required forms for three consecutive years. Dr. Gregg Silberg, current
president and dean of the college, said the revocation was the result of an administrative error that is in the process of being corrected. “As best as we can tell, it was an administrative oversight,” said Silberg. “We were unaware that our status had been revoked.” The Wisconsin College of Osteopathic Medicine has selected St. Coletta of Wisconsin’s former main campus east of Jefferson as the site for the state’s third medical school. Silberg said development of the college on the Sanctuary Ridge site will continue as planned. The Daily Union learned of the
IRS revocation action while researching information for a story about the project. When asked about this, Dr. Silberg said he was unaware of the situation and would look into it right away. According to the IRS, the college would have received a letter to its last-known address when its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status was revoked. At that point, the organization was registered in Addison, Ill., under a man named Ibrahim Ahmed, whom Silberg has described as the owner of a pharmaceutical development company with an interest in the osteopathic profession. (Continued on page 14)
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KOSHKONONG — Fire destroyed a metal storage shed in the Town of Koshkonong late Wednesday afternoon. Fort Atkinson Fire Chief Mike Reel said owner David Gaworski had undertaken some fenceline burning within the vicinity of his 32-by-40-foot metal barn at N941 County Highway K. The flames apparently spread around or into the building, which then ignited. “I was doing some burning along the fenceline down there and made sure it was all out with the hose,” Gaworski said this morning. “I went up to work on my Martin (bird) house; then
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women who filed the claims had been seeking the documents’ release. The documents include depositions by New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who previously led the Milwaukee archdiocese, as well as by former Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland and retired Bishop Richard Sklba. Victims’ advocates have accused archdiocese leaders of transferring abusive priests to other parishes and concealing their crimes for decades. Jerry Topczewski, the chief of staff for current Archbishop
Jerome Listecki, said the archdiocese will post the documents on its website by July 1. The documents will also include items from priests’ personnel files and the files of bishops and other church leaders. Topczewski said officials need time to ensure the identities of sexual-abuse victims are fully redacted. The archdiocese also plans to post timelines to provide some context for the documents. “I think what the archbishop has done is say, ‘If this is what’s needed for resolution, if this is going to help abuse survivors, then I’ll authorize their release with-
ongyang started work today on its reactor, it could be years before it completes the laborious process of creating more weaponized fuel. North Korea’s announcement, experts say, is also likely an effort to boost fears meant to keep its leadership safe while trying to extract concessions from the U.S. and its allies. North Korea has declared it-
self a nuclear power and threatened to expand its atomic arsenal after its third nuclear test in February sparked the recent rise in hostility on the Korean Peninsula. But that arsenal is estimated to be only a handful of crude devices. To assemble a cache of weapons that would make it a true nuclear power, and to back
up its threats, North Korean scientists need more bomb fuel — both for the weapons they hope to build and for the repeated tests required to perfect those weapons. “Despite its recent threats, North Korea does not yet have much of a nuclear arsenal because it lacks fissile materials and has limited nuclear testing
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pairs after being stranded off the coast of Mexico for five days in February. A second worker was rescued, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said. Aside from the weather, the two incidents were unrelated, the Coast Guard said. Both men work for BAE Systems, which runs the shipyard. Authorities are unsure of how deep the water is where the men fell in, but Carnival Cruise Lines
said on its website that its shiprepairing operation is adjacent to a 42-foot, deep-ship channel. “The search continues for the second pier worker,” Carnival said in a statement posted on Twitter on Wednesday night. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the missing shipyard employee and the family.” The Triumph was at the dock for repairs after a February engine fire that left the ship adrift
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experience,” Siegfried Hecker, a nuclear scientist who has been regularly granted unusual access to the North’s nuclear facilities, said this week in answers posted to the website of Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. North Korea nuclear capabilities are something of a mystery. What is known is that it possesses the ability to produce both the fuels that can be used to make atomic bombs — plutonium and uranium. This causes serious long-term worries following North Korea’s announcement Tuesday that it is “readjusting and restarting” all facilities at its main Nyongbyon nuclear complex, including a plutonium reactor shut down six years ago as part of now-failed nuclear negotiations, and a uranium enrichment plant. It may also be a sign of frustration from Pyongyang that (Continued on page 14)
KOSHKONONG — The Fort Atkinson Wisconservation Club is hosting an open house at the Bark River Fish Hatchery on Saturday, April 6. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be complimentary food and refreshments; demonstrations, and raffle prizes. Situated at the confluence of the Bark and Rock rivers, the hatchery is located in the Town of Koshkonong at the end of Fort Atkinson’s East Milwaukee Avenue and western end of Rock River Road. Each spring, state Department of Natural Resources employees net fish, which are spawned right on shore. The fertilized eggs then are taken to the hatchery, where they are counted and incubated in 53-degree water. As soon as the fry that hatch are strong enough, they swim through a pipe into the Bark River and, thanks to the current, on to the Rock River and eventually Lake Koshkonong. Once they hit the river, the fry need to start feeding on plankton and other microscopic food. When they get big enough, perhaps as soon as within a week, northern pike will start eating whatever they can grab ... even other northern pike fry. The northern pike probably will grow to 10 to 12 inches by this fall and the walleyes, 6 to 8 inches. The hope is to get at least 1 percent of these fish up to legal size over three years, which is a very small number considering the millions of eggs spawned. DNR fisheries technician Doug (Continued on page 14)
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Club members budgeted siderably this year compared to also should have a hatchery of its Koshkonong and the Rock River,” $15,000 and provided the volunown, so the DNR started the he said. in the past. teer muscle and countless man“It is by all evidence working hours to resurrect the local fish “We often are incubating pike Bark River Fish Hatchery in and the hatchery support is cer- hatchery. Work included mold eggs by this time, yet we have 1993. TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) just begun to see some spawning tainly the No. 1 place for the eradication, cleaning, floodproof— At least some Asian carp prob- activity,” he said. “Hopefully, we funds to be used, with habitat im- ing, mudjacking, floor leveling, ably have found their way into can collect a good number of eggs provements being No. 2,” he wall and roof removal, rewiring the Great Lakes, but there’s still and the season does not fly by inadded. “It is thanks to the local and plumbing. time to stop the dreaded in- to summer weather too quickly. fishermen that we could support The hatchery was back in full vaders from becoming estabthis project. I just wrote the service the spring of 2011. “Visitors to the open house can lished and unraveling food expect to see northern pike eggs check.” “Many thanks to our partner chains that support a $7 billion and possibly walleye eggs in Unfortunately, in 2007, the clubs for contributing their time, fishing industry and sensitive hatching jars,” Lubke added. “It Bark River Hatchery was shut talents and money for the Bark ecosystems, according to a scien- is possible some of the first pike down right after the northern River Fish Hatchery,” Lubke tific report released Thursday. Many conservation and lake pike hatch due to concerns said. “We have a great cooperawill be hatching, as well.” Written by experts who pioThis marks the third season in organizations, along with pri- statewide about Viral Hemor- tive venture going for the beneneered use of genetic data to operation since the hatchery was vate donors, have supported the rhagic Septicemia, a deadly fish fit of the anglers.” search for the aggressive fish, the refurbished in the wake of the Town of Koshkonong hatchery in virus that threatens at least 25 The Lake Koshkonong Recrepaper disagrees with government Flood of 2008. the years since. In 1995, the Lake species. ation Association recently conscientists who say many of the The next year, another disaster The facility dates back two Koshkonong Recreation Associatributed $4,000 to fund limitedpositive Asian carp DNA hits decades to when the state De- tion (LKRA) began holding a se- struck when Jefferson County exrecorded in or near the lakes in partment of Natural Resources ries of dinners that raised about perienced a 500-year flood that term employees who are working recent years could have come bought land along Rock River $100,000 over 15 to 18 years, swamped the hatchery building. at the hatchery this year. “We truly appreciate this very from other sources, such as ex- Road. In 1991 and 1992, the DNR with 100 percent of the proceeds Dealing with the Federal crement from birds that fed on stocked the Rock River with going back into the fishery. Emergency Management Agency, generous donation,” Lubke said. He invited individuals and carp in distant rivers. “That money was donated insurance companies and seversauger fry brought from a little “The most plausible explana- mobile fish hatchery on the Ya- thanks to many fishermen from al different bureaucracies to get families to see the Bark River tion is still that there are some hara River in Madison. a wide local area,” said LKRA things back up in operation was Fish Hatchery for themselves by carp out there,” Christopher a major headache for fisheries of- attending Saturday’s open house. Gary L. Peterson accompanied Treasurer Jerry Richardson. Jerde of the University of Notre then-DNR fisheries manager “Come on down and see what “The bylaws of the association ficials. Dame, the lead author, said. Don Bush to Madison to pick up state that the proceeds of the Thankfully, the Fort Atkinson we’re doing,” Lubke said.
(Continued from page 1) weeks of posturing and threats haven’t driven U.S. and South Korean negotiators back to nuclear disarmament-for-aid talks. “What they really want is a safety blanket and a blackmail tool,” Ralph Cossa, president of the Pacific Forum CSIS think tank in Hawaii, said in an email. The announcement “is primarily political, designed to signal strength and intimidate. It should not necessarily be seen as a revelation about North Korea’s capabilities and true intent,” Greg Thielmann, a senior fellow at the Arms Control Association in Washington, said in an email. A reactor at the main Nyong-
byon nuclear complex could eventually make, in one year, enough plutonium to power one bomb. It was shuttered as part of international disarmament talks in 2007, its cooling tower blown up in a dramatic show of commitment to a scrapped nuclear deal. North Korea shocked many when in 2010 it unveiled an industrial-scale uranium enrichment facility, which gives it an alternative route to create bombs. Estimates on restarting the vital facilities at the plutonium reactor vary from three months to a year, depending on the expert. North Korea has already begun construction at the reactor and it could be back in operation
(Continued from page 1) gen tanks or medical equipment. Persons should leave drugs in the original containers, but remove their name and prescription number. “We need to know the type of drug, but not personal information,” Earhardt said. “And no electronics, please.” Each vehicle will be charged $10. “We expect a very busy day, so please call soon to reserve your spot,” Earhardt noted. She said that VSQG (very small quantity generator) businesses must have registered three weeks before a Clean Sweep so all the paperwork can be processed. Businesses unable to attend the spring Clean Sweeps may call Jefferson County at (920) 674-7430 to make arrangements for disposing of unwanted hazardous waste at the fall events. They are slated Sept. 15 at the Fort Atkinson Public Works Department and Oct. 5 at the Whitewater Public Works Complex. The Clean Sweep schedule, electronic, appliance- and drugcollection sites, list of chemicals and other recycling information are posted on the Jefferson County website at www.jeffersoncountywi.gov under Zoning Department-Clean Sweep. Jefferson County also has a Facebook site where up to date information is posted.
sooner than expected, according to a U.S. research institute that analyzed recent commercial satellite imagery of Nyongbyon. Rebuilding the cooling tower would take six months, but a March 27 photo shows building work may have started for an alternative cooling system that could take just weeks, the U.S.Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies said Wednesday. But even if the reactor is now up and running, Cossa estimates it would be two to three years before scientists could obtain more plutonium for bombs. There are other challenges to restarting the reactor. North Korean scientists need to clean, check for any leaks, test components and replace ones that no longer work, according to No Hee-cheon, a nuclear expert at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, South Korea. “Nuclear material can be very corrosive. Cleaning the chemical equipment for reprocessing plutonium can be an overwhelming task,” No said. North Korea isn’t thought to have nuclear armed missiles that can hit the United States and is extremely unlikely to launch a direct attack on Seoul or its U.S. ally, knowing that military retaliation would threaten the leadership’s survival. Experts estimate it has enough plutonium for between four to eight crude plutonium-based weapons. But North Korea has yet to show that it has mastered the technology needed to shrink down warheads so they can be placed on missiles, although Py-
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North Korea used in its Feb. 12 test, its third since 2006; a confirmed uranium-based nuclear test would show that North Korea has centrifuges producing highly enriched uranium. North Korea built its secret uranium program at its main nuclear facility without the knowledge of the U.S. intelligence community, Bruce Klingner, a former U.S. intelligence officer and now an analyst at The Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington, said in an email. “As such, we do not know how many covert uranium enrichment sites North Korea has nor how many uranium weapons they can produce per year.” Still, scientists can’t make a uranium bomb overnight. Even if the North’s 2,000 centrifuges were configured properly and spinning 24 hours a day, every day for a year, they could only make one or two uranium bombs, said Kune Y. Suh, a nuclear expert at Seoul National University. The North’s plan to restart the plutonium reactor looked to some like an admission that Pyongyang hasn’t made much progress in its uranium enrichment program. “Why else would it go to the trouble of a time-consuming and expensive restart to plutonium production at a known and vulnerable facility?” Thielmann asked.
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(Continued from page 1) Recently, the college has made changes to its board of directors. Silberg said the board decided to split the former combined position of president, CEO and chairman held by Ahmed to two positions. Today WCOM’s chairman is Dr. Jerry Yee, an osteopathic physician from Mequon; Silberg took over the position of president and CEO. Silberg did not speak to the reasons for the changes. “This is a very big concern to me,” he said of the 501(c)(3) revocation. “I have not been involved in the overarching administrative functions of the organization. I’ve been the person working on trying to get the school started and move it forward and stuff. “We are a nonprofit organization, whatever our status is, and we are obviously going to get this reinstated as quickly as possible,” he added. “We just don’t want this to affect a great opportunity that’s already developing in the city, the county and the state.” Silberg said the college recently hired new law and accounting firms and they are in the process of looking at submitting another IRS Form 990, the annual reporting return that certain federally tax-exempt organizations must file with the IRS. It provides information on the filing organization's mission, programs, and finances. “Long story short, we’ve contacted the accounting firm and the IRS and we’ve started the process of reinstating our status as a (tax-exempt) organization,” Silberg said. “We just need to get the proper documentation from them and we can get the process moved forward quickly.” The IRS has no specific estimates on how long the reinstatement process could take. Tax-exemption is important for nonprofits because it allows the organization’s donors to claim a tax deduction at the end of the year. That incentive acts as an important fundraising tool, in addition to allowing organizations to remain exempt from paying certain federal taxes. Jefferson city attorney Bennett Brantmeier said the osteopathic college’s tax-exempt status should not have any bearing on the city’s development incentive agreement with the college and property developer. The city pledged $500,000 to the developer of the Sanctuary Ridge site, Todd Schultz, to aid in the costly college accreditation efforts. However, Brantmeier said, the city developed a repayment plan that allows for the city to be repaid through either tax revenues or payments in lieu of taxes, depending on the tax status of the property owner. The intention of the development would be to utilize some of the former St. Coletta campus buildings, as well as build new facilities on the site, for use by the college, beginning as early as late summer 2013. The college intends to construct approximately 90,000 square feet of new space and rehabilitate some of the existing buildings to accommodate an eventual student body of 400 undergraduates, beginning with a prospective class of 100 in the fall of 2015. Osteopathic medicine is a "whole person" approach to medicine, according to Silberg.
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