January 29, 2015

Pope Francis not expected to visit Green Bay

Pope Francis (PHOTO: Vatican)

Pope Francis (PHOTO: Vatican)

Don’t expect Pope Francis to be making a “Lambeau Leap” anytime soon. Despite a petition drive launched by Green Bay’s mayor and others, officials with the Catholic Church says the pontiff is not currently scheduled to pay northeastern Wisconsin a visit when he comes to the United States in September.

The Pope will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, along with stops in New York and Washington. Bishop David Ricken of the Green Bay Catholic Diocese announced Wednesday that his schedule will not include a stop in the region. Diocese spokeswoman Justine Lodl said they were disappointed by the news, but offered “kudos” to those involved in the Pope to Green Bay initiative.

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt had been leading the charge to get the Pope to visit, using the Shrine of our Lady of Good Help in Champion as a selling point, or the potential for a mass at Lambeau Field. The shrine is the only Marian apparition site in the US that’s approved by the Catholic Church.

Schmitt believes the city offers a unique opportunity for the Pope to visit the Midwest, and he still maintains it could eventually happen. He says the Pope has some “close friends in Peoria and Chicago, and maybe it’s one of those trips that we could attach to.”


Menasha Corporation will build new corporate HQ in Neenah

Menasha Corporation wants to build a new global headquarters in Neenah. Mayor Dean Kaufert, who helped present the proposal to the city council during a special meeting Tuesday night, said it will keep the corporation in the Fox Cities. for decades to come. “Having Menasha Corporation willing to reinvest in Neenah is going to be a win-win for the company, for the community and for the employees,” Kaufert said.

With a projected price tag of million dollars, Kaufert says the city would create a TIF district and pay the company up one-point-five-five million dollars. The 100,000 square foot facility would double as the corporate offices for Menasha Packaging. Menasha Corporation plans to add about 25 jobs.

“This solidifies Menasha Corporation’s standing here in the Fox Valley for generations to come” said Kaufert. Neenah would also spend 400-thousand dollars on road improvements and a pedestrian path. Menasha Corporation hopes to start work in April.


One dead in Clark County plane crash

One person is dead and two injured after a small plane crashed near Owen Monday morning. FAA Spokesman Tony Molinaro said the Cessna 182 was flying from Menominee, Michigan to Litchfield, Minnesota when it crashed in Clark County around 11 a.m. Chippewa Valley Regional Airport Manager Charity Speich said they were notified that the plane was in trouble and was going to try to land in Eau Claire, but it never arrived.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Department said the pilot and one person were injured and a third person died at the scene. Initial reports are that the pilot tried to circle the area and land on Center Road, but the wing caught a tree and the plane crashed into some trees in the town of Hoard, northeast of Owen.  The Sheriff’s Department said weather is believed to be a factor in the crash. No names have been released.


Ice safety remains a concern on Lake Winnebago

In the wake of a tragic accident on Lake Winnebago near Oshkosh over the weekend ice conditions on the lake remain unpredictable.

Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Sergeant Jeff Bonack said he checks regularly with a local fishing club. Bonack said the ice has improved since earlier in the season. “The reports he’s been giving me is that the ice seems generally okay,” he said. “That being said, our stance at the sheriff’s office is there’s never 100 percent safe ice, and there’s always a level of danger going out onto a frozen surface.”

Bonack said there all types of ice, including ‘white ice’ that has air built up in it and can be dangerous, dark solid ice which is safest or honey-combed ice which can have water moving through it. He said the fishing club he gets reports from looks for “a good foot of solid ice.”

A 40-year-old Sussex man and his 8-year-old son went through the ice Sunday with their jeep. Both Andrew and Derek Doro were taken to hospitals. They both died.


Man killed after Jeep breaks through ice on Lake Winnebago

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department says a 40-year-old Sussex man died after his Jeep fell through the ice on Lake Winnebago.

The man and his eight-year-old son were out on the ice at about 7:00 Sunday morning, when an ATV rider reported seeing the vehicle fall in and called authorities. Rescue divers later pulled the man and his son from the lake, taking both to an area hospital. The man died there, while the boy’s condition has not been released.

Authorities say the Jeep went through near a 10 inch, three mile long crack in the ice, which had formed overnight Saturday.