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JEFFERSON — An expense report from the Wisconsin College of Osteopathic Medicine shows that an incentive payment from the City of Jefferson has been the school’s sole source of funding during 2013. The report was meant to account for the way the city’s $250,000 development incentive payment was spent after a presentation by Dan Connell, a private consultant contracted by

8 1 .02 4!2%0 0!2% "..12 By Kevin Murphy Special to the Union

MADISON — Fort Atkinson Water Utility customers will be paying an average 27-percent more for water beginning next month under new rates authorized Friday by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. Typical residential customers currently paying $26.02 every other month in volume charges for 12,000 cubic feet of water will be paying $33.04 for the same amount of water when new rates take effect on Sunday, Sept. 1. Those bills will be mailed in October and be due in November, and will be prorated reflecting the new and old rates, said city finance director Matt Trebatoski. Bills mailed in November and due in December will be the first with the full effect of the new rates, he said. The new increase for the public fire-protection charge boosts the cost of the same volume of water from the current $36.73 to $45.64, a 24-percent increase, according to the rate order. Rates for the utility’s commercial, industrial and public authority customers will increase by similar percentages. The residential meter charge also will be increased, from $10.31 to $11.80 on the bimonthly bill. The last rate hike took place in 2007. The utility’s revenues have been flat in the past five years, averaging about $1.56 million annually, while expenses have increased by 30 percent, from $822,447 in 2009 to an estimated $921,353 this year. Payments in lieu of taxes and depreciation add $329,691 this year to the utility’s total expenses and would shrink its net income to $70,832, (Continued on page 16)

the college, revealed to the common council that the school lacked the necessary funding to take the next step of the project, planned for Sanctuary Ridge, the former main campus of St. Coletta of Wisconsin. According to the expense report and attorney Luke Chiarelli, who represents the college, the city’s incentive made up the entirety of the school’s funding sources over the last six months. Also, on Monday, the Wisconsin Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, the state’s

official professional osteopathic organization, announced it had retracted its support for the project amid concerns over the project’s leadership and organization. The City of Jefferson originally provided the college with an incentive payment of $250,000 to help fund the college’s development, with the promise of an additional $250,000 in the future. Since that first payment was made to the college, Connell said, the board has faced legal prob(Continued on page 12)


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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Maj. Nidal Hasan, accused in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 and wounded dozens, is about to get his best chance yet to explain his actions — though whether he will seize the opportunity remains to be seen. With military prosecutors set to rest their case as soon as Tuesday, the Army psychiatrist, who is acting as his own attorney, will be allowed to put on a defense. But Hasan has kept mostly silent for two weeks as military prosecutors called more than 80 witnesses to testify about the attack on the Texas Army post, making whether he will take the

witness stand in his own defense a key question for the remaining proceedings. Among the dead in the shooting rampage was Sgt. Amy Krueger, a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student. An American-born Muslim, Hasan began the trial by telling jurors that he was the gunman, and he has leaked documents during the trial seeking to justify the shootings as a defense of this faith. John Galligan, Hasan’s former criminal lawyer who continues to assist Hasan, does not see an upside in testifying. “Like anybody, he’ll be cross(Continued on page 16)

WFAW Radio celebrates half-century on the air By Ryan Whisner

waived in lieu of a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rock, Walworth and Jefferson Counties. “The ultimate in cow pasture radio” is cel“It is such a neat and unique event, so it ebrating its 50th year broadcasting on the seemed like a natural for us to tie into it, greater Jefferson County-area’s airwaves. and it is a great way to celebrate our 50th WFAW-AM/WSJY-FM radio, which had anniversary,” WFAW sales manager Shane its humble beginnings in a trailer home lo- Sparks said. “It’s just nice to be able to say cated in a cow pasture south of Fort Atkin- ‘thank you’ to our listeners. Like any good son, is marking its halfbusiness, without the local century this year. support, it wouldn’t be “We’re glad to be here possible to make it 50 (% $)&&%0%-#% )1 1,!++ and hopefully (we’ll) be years.” 2.4- 0!$). /321 2(%)0 here for another 50 years,” A sponsor of the Fort +.#!+ +)12%-%01 &)012 -.2 WFAW Radio general Atkinson Summer Char0!2)-'1 2(% manager James Vriezen ity Concert Series, WFAW said. “Small-market radio will be offering $2 food 7 (!-% /!0*1 81!+%1 ,!-!'%0 like we are, it’s all about plates with options of a contacts and being inbrat/hamburger or hotdog, volved in the community. chips and water. All proIf you are not involved and not there, peo- ceeds and other donations at the concert will ple are not going to take you seriously.” be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. To recognize the milestone, WFAW will be Concert-goers are encouraged to bring participating in the final Fort Atkinson their own lawnchairs, blankets, snacks and Summer Charity Concert on Wednesday, beverages for the evening. Aug. 21, at Barrie Park. “We know there is going to be a nice pubWith performances by Jill & The Jax and lic turnout and hopefully our participation The Merry Horde from 6 to 8:30 p.m, the will lead to be a bigger turnout,” Sparks concerts are free with performance fees (Continued on page 12)

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JEFFERSON — If Jefferson High School’s incoming foreignexchange students think Americans rush around too much now, wait until they experience their first school “lunch hour,” which, timewise, is a misnomer. When the community welcomed the high school’s new foreign students Friday evening with a picnic at Stoppenbach Park, the trio had been in the United States for only a short while, but they already had experienced a little bit of culture shock. “I feel like you guys are always in a hurry,” said Stian Herlofsen, 17, from Kristiansund, Norway. (Continued on page 8)


CAMBRIDGE — The sight of 50 lovely women from throughout Wisconsin appearing on stage together prompted one spectator to remark, “What a wonderful moment for Cambridge.” Another attendee gleefully observed that “Cambridge never looked so good; this will put us on the map for sure.” Both were speaking about the statewide contestants at the outdoor Miss Wisconsin beauty competition that Cambridge hosted eight decades ago. The 1933 Miss Wisconsin pageant was a suc-

cessful attempt to lure people to Cambridge, just as the Miss America pageant drew vacationers to the famed beach city Atlantic City, N.J. one week after Labor Day each September beginning in 1921. However, no encore ever was enjoyed by Cambridge. Each year at Community Park, now known as Ripley Park, situated on the west side of the lake of that name near the Dane and Jefferson county border, Cambridge played host to the annual Harvest Festival, a local tradition in area communities dating back to the late 1800s. However, in 1933, the 26th annual Harvest

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Fest event in Cambridge was none like any other in the past, becoming one of the largest and most memorable events in the history of Cambridge. Sunday, Aug. 18, marked the 80th year anniversary of one of the biggest attractions ever in Cambridge when the village was in the spotlight — for weeks leading up to the Miss Wisconsin pageant and through the publicity that lingered weeks later throughout the state. The two-day pageant, organized at Community Park on Aug. 17-18, 1933, was a celebrated gathering of beauties from around the Badger State. En-

trants from nearby small towns to larger cities far away participated in the lakeshore competition. It would be the first and last time in state pageant history that the Miss Wisconsin winner would be chosen in Jefferson County. The primary sponsor of the popular summertime event was the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, led by chamber President Orlando Hart Perry, a local real estate and insurance agent. He and his wife, Hazel (Bagley) Perry, were champions of the annual Harvest Festival, and as chamber president, he served as the (Continued on page 5)

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WFAW marks 50th (Continued from page 1) said. He pointed out that events such as the Fort Atkinson Summer Charity Concert Series are what make Jefferson County so unique. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody gives so much back to the community,â&#x20AC;? he said, citing Tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hope, Relay for Life and the charity concerts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what makes Jefferson County special. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it 50 years without those types of things.â&#x20AC;? Sparks said it would be nice to see the charity concert series celebrating its 50th year and WFAW celebrating 100 years down the road. WFAW (940 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a news talk Information format. The station mainly serves Jefferson County, but reaches as far west as Madison and south as Rockford. Due to federal regulations, the AM signal path is altered at night and the signal is lost south of Jefferson County in Rock County and north of Johnson Creek. However, the signal remains strong around Fort Atkinson, west to Madison and into Walworth County. Prior to having an actual building, the station had its beginnings in a trailer home located in a cow pasture along County Highway K. At the time, many people mistook the station office for a residence. One local man even knocked on the door to say how envious he was of what he tought was the best television antenna he had seen, the Daily Union reported in 1960. The stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slogan in those early days was â&#x20AC;&#x153;the ultimate in cow pasture radio.â&#x20AC;? However, as the area became developed, residents didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be known as living in a cow pasture and the slogan was dropped. The building that now sits at W6355 Eastern Ave. in the Town of Koshkonong and was described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;ultra-modernâ&#x20AC;? in a 1960s WFAW press released. It was designed by Fort Atkinson architect Helmut Ajango in 1962, with an addition built in 1977. According to past stories, the station moved to its Eastern Avenue location earlier than planned in 1963 â&#x20AC;&#x153;because the toilets froze up in the mobile home and we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use them,â&#x20AC;? then-general manager LaVerne Falk reportedly said. WFAW originally was broadcast as an FM station, starting on Sept. 4, 1959, on the 107.3 FM frequency. Vriezen said it went off the air on july 2, 1961, because at the time, there were not a lot of FM radios around and no AM frequencies were available. With a lack of listeners and resulting lack of advertisers, the station went off the air. In 1961, Goetz Broadcasting, owned by Nathan Goetz and Robert Goetz of Monroe, bought the station from Robert K. Brown and Merlin Meythaler. Goetz went on to own several stations in Monroe, Marshfield, Reedsburg, New London, La Crosse and other states. On Jan. 24, 1963, the station was back on the air on the 940 AM frequency, but only because the Federal Communications Commission decided it no longer needed 940 AM as an emergency frequency. It was simulcast with WFAW FM. A year later it split off. Vriezen noted that at the time, the AM frequency only could operate in the daytime hours. Lite 107.3 WSJY went off on its own in 1988 with a new license to allow 940 AM to operate 24 hours per day on its own. Goetz Broadcasting was the owner until 1998, when the station was sold to Marathon Media. WKCH Kool 106.5 FM of Whitewater was added in 1998. NRG License Sub LLC purchased the station in December 2002. After 50 years of broadcasting, Vriezen noted, the station still has three of some of its original advertisers in Felton Electric, Abendroth Water Conditioning and PremierBank. When WFAW began, about eight people ran the show. Today, the station employs 14 full-time and two part-time employees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a great staff,â&#x20AC;? Vriezen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For 50 years, you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

survive if you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a good staff.â&#x20AC;? Through the years, he said, a lot of â&#x20AC;&#x153;charactersâ&#x20AC;? have moved through the building. General managers have included LaVerne Falk, Scott Trentadue and Gary Moen. Vriezen has served as general manager since 2005. Familiar personalities who have appeared on the air included the late Lew Wendlandt, who was with the station from the beginning. He started at WFAW in 1960 on the FM station and then moved to Beloit when the station didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do well. Owner Nate Goetz asked Wendlandt to return to help open WFAW-AM IN 1962. At WFAW, Lew was the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Morning Man,â&#x20AC;? sports director and sales executive for 49 1/2 years. He reported on local sports and covered the University of Whitewater-Warhawks. In 1979, he was honored by the UW-Whitewater and the Warhawks, and became a member of the Quarterback Club. During his career, Lew met and interviewed many famous people, including JFK, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bennet Cerf and Hubert Humphrey. He also met many sports professionals from football, baseball and racing. Wendtlandt died in 2012. Trentadue was credited with leading the growth of the Goetz Group of Radio Networks, beginning in 1980, to provide program-

ming for stations in Fort Atkinson, Marshfield and Reedsburg. He recently was inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Others who have been on the air waves include state Rep. Andy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arbuckleâ&#x20AC;? Jorgensen and Carole Caine, current co-host of Dave & Carole on WKLH in the Milwaukee area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are only as good as our staff and the community around us that supports us, as well,â&#x20AC;? Vriezen said. While the technology has changed, starting first with the move in 1988 to broadcasting 24 hours a day, the general manager said he is confident stations like WFAW aways will be important. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always think your local radio, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking the small-town stations, will always be relevant,â&#x20AC;? Vriezen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The big-city stations, sure, they do their thing, but I think small town really identities with the local listeners.â&#x20AC;? Sparks agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The difference is small-town radio puts their local listeners first, not the ratings,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are in a great community,â&#x20AC;? Vriezen added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a great place to do business.â&#x20AC;? To listen live or catch a podcast of past shows, visit

(Continued from page 1) lems arising from the termination of an employee, resulting in the money being spent without producing a feasibility study or any significant development progress. According to the report, the college spent $138,000 on salary and withholding taxes for former college Dean Gregg Silberg, who was released from the position at the beginning of June; $50,000 in fees to Mid Keys Consulting, the firm owned by Connell, who is cited as preparing the feasibility study and executive summary; $30,200 in operating expenses,

should not be surprising for a project of this magnitude. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The city went first with all of this. This is a $130 million project, so somebody had to go first,â&#x20AC;? he said. Early estimates placed the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total development costs between $70 million and $85 million, while the current estimate, Chiarelli says, ranges anywhere from $100 million to $130 million. He likened the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $250,000 investment to building a $250 mailbox in front of an expensive home before construction begins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somebody had to put up the

$250,000?â&#x20AC;? he asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fortunately, the initial proposals and such all point toward Jefferson.â&#x20AC;? City of Jefferson Administrator Tim Freitag said that although the city always had known the college would require additional money, officials were not aware the city had been the sole donor up to this point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were told that to move this through the accreditation phase, that was a three-quarters-of-amillion or $800,000 process, so we always had the assumption they would need other funds to get it through that part of the process,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So our expection is they were going to raise other funds to see them through, that the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment even at $500,000 wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be enough.â&#x20AC;? The accounting report did not change the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position of support for the project, however, he said. The common council and city administration likely will wait to make any further decisions until the results of the feasibility study are available. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position we always wanted to see the use of these funds to move this forward, and we always thought the best way for us to be able to determine whether the project had standing really was to get through that feasibility study portion,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that really what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re most interested in is seeing the results of that, either in final form or an executive summary of that. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m told thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that would be discussed with the council, but probably not until October.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, in the midst of the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feasibility study uncertainty, the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s professional osteopathic association has announced it was retracting its support for the project. Dr. Silberg, who was released as dean of the college in June and currently acts as executive director of the Wisconsin Association of Osteopathic Physician and Surgeons, announced Monday that the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns about the project had led to the reversal of support. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last week, WAOPS voted and retracted our letter that we wrote back in December of 2011, and we put out a statement stating that WAOPS does not support and we are not associated with WCOM,â&#x20AC;? said Silberg. The college still was looking to build in Wausau at the time the letter was written. The board turned to Jefferson after the project there was deemed not feasible, leading the board to search

furniture and office supplies; $23,000 in legal fees to the firm of Mawicke & Goisman in Milwaukee; $5,800 in 501(c)(3) application fees to become a nonprofit organization, and $3,000 for accounting. There is no other source of income reported, and Chiarelli said the city was the only source of funds during the previous six months since the payment from the city was authorized, despite repeated assurances that the project had several interested private donors. According to Chiarelli, who represents the college, the report

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mailbox out in the driveway so you can then start building the million-dollar house,â&#x20AC;? he said. Chiarelli said the college will require additional funds to complete the feasibility study, at which point it will begin multimillion dollar fundraising efforts. He noted that the city does have valid concerns hinging on the outcome of the study. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the things the city is worried about, and rightly so, is what happens if the feasibility study comes out and the draft says, feasibility-wise, the best place for this college is Oshkosh? Sorry, but thanks for the

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for other locations in the state. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether Dan Connell is doing the feasibility study, claiming heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing the feasibility study, or whatever heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing, that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean the requirements of the accreditation body,â&#x20AC;? said Silberg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a major part of our concern, along with some other issues regarding the structural organization and some of the things that have been said.â&#x20AC;? According to Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation guidelines, a college dean must be hired six months before the submission of the feasibility study. Since the college currently still is searching for leadership, the project would not be able to submit the study to COCA, the national accrediting body, until mid-2014 at the earliest. Chiarelli explained that Connell is moving forward with the study in order to keep progress on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development advancing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The board directly told Dan Connell, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still retained, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to keep going with our feasibility study because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to meet our entering class. If thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be met, Dan Connell, you need to keep going. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll catch up with you in electing a new dean,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The feasibility study will be completed and be totally done, drafts will go down to the accreditation bureau, but a formal presentation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; probably middle of next year.â&#x20AC;? The college still hopes to welcome its first freshman class in fall 2015. Chiarelli called the loss of the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support, headed by Silberg, a case of â&#x20AC;&#x153;sour grapesâ&#x20AC;? following Silbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s termination, and said that losing the support of WAOPS would not have an effect on the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Would we like other doctors to be in support? Yeah, but the people who I would be concerned if they pulled support or wrote a letter saying that they hate this project: letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go with the mayor of Jefferson, the governor, and Todd Schultz, the owner of Sanctuary Ridge,â&#x20AC;? Chiarelli concluded.

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