An Oshkosh man who was driving drunk on a frozen Lake Winnebago in 2011 will spend a reduced amount of time in jail after being placed in the county’s alcohol-abuse treatment program.

Todd M. Anderson, 45, pleaded no contest to his third-offense of drunken driving Tuesday during a hearing in Winnebago County Circuit Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Anderson’s truck became stuck after spinning “doughnuts” on the ice on Jan. 30, 2011.

Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies realized Anderson was intoxicated while they were helping to free the truck. A preliminary breath test showed Anderson had a 0.365 percent blood-alcohol content.

The case was initially dismissed after a judge determined a frozen Lake Winnebago was not a highway. The case was re-filed and assigned to a different judge. Prosecutors argued that Anderson violated state law that prohibits drunken driving on premises held out for public use. The second judge dismissed the case and prosecutors appealed the decision to the District 2 Court of Appeals, which reversed the judge’s decision earlier this year.

Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Key placed Anderson in the SSTOP alcohol-abuse treatment program and ordered him to serve 23 days in jail, with an additional 67 days stayed, and pay a $600 fine. Anderson must also perform 67 hours of community service.

via Drunken driving on frozen Lake Winnebago leads to jail sentance | Appleton Post Crescent |



Drowning victim identified:

BROTHERTOWN – Calumet County officials have identified the man who drowned in Lake Winnebago Friday afternoon.


The man has been identified as 56-year-old Anthony Albanese, from Franklin, Wisconsin.


Calumet County officials say his body was discovered by a fisherman, just west of Brothertown.


Officials also discovered his empty vehicle and boat trailer. Both were in a parking lot for five days.

The cause of death has been ruled a drowning.

Drowning victim identified.



Boat capsizes on Lake Winnebago:

OSHKOSH – Two boaters are safe after their boat capsized on Lake Winnebago in the Oshkosh area Sunday morning.

Winnebago County Sheriff’s officials say a call came in at 6:21 of a boat that had capsized about one mile east of the mouth of the Fox River.

The two people in the boat were picked up by a passerby and dropped off at the 24th Street boat landing.

They were treated and released at the scene.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department removed the boat from the water.

via Boat capsizes in Lake Winnebago.



Emergency responders rescued three people from a fishing boat that swamped in heavy winds on Lake Winnebago Thursday afternoon.

Oshkosh Fire Department Battalion Chief Rick Krumenauer said firefighters and emergency responders received a call at 1:54 p.m. Thursday for a water rescue in the vicinity of Fugelberg Park. He said two men and a woman were in a boat that had run out of gas. As they tried to switch gas tanks, the boat turned sideways and was swamped by a large wave.

Emergency responders took the department’s Zodiac boat out to the stranded trio and transported them safely to the Pioneer Resort harbor. Emergency medical technicians checked the woman out for medical injuries, but she was not injured. All three were released from the scene.

Fire departmetn personnel referred the trio to a company that could help them retrieve the disabled boat from the lake.

via Three rescued from swamped fishing boat on Lake Winnebago | The Oshkosh Northwestern |




Sensational Summer Concerts
Leach Amphitheater, Riverside Park, Downtown Oshkosh
12 consecutive Thursdays from June 14th through August 30th
EVERY THURSDAY · 5:45pm to 11:00pm · Over 40 acts!
Plus REO Speedwagon Waterfest Finalé August 30
$8.00 before 6:00pm · $10.00 before 7:00pm · $15.00 after 7:00pm

Good News!
2 for 1 Admission before 6:00pm on 6 community nights:
June 14 & 21, July 12 & 26, August 2 & 23! Just 4 Bucks!

REO Speedwagon
$10 before 6:00pm (Gates open at 5:00pm); $15 before 7:00pm and $20 after 7:00pm
Special Patio Access or SPA Pass are available for $25 while supply lasts
Call 920.303.2265 x22 or email
Waterfest Season Passes are good for FREE Admission anytime all night.
Waterfest Day Passes will ONLY be accepted before 6PM as stated on the pass.
Best View Experience Admission is $25 and available in advance only.

Season Pass
$100 – Admit One at anytime in each of all 12 shows. A $185 Value!

Pass Packs
$100 – 15 FREE Thursday ADMISSIONS before 7:00pm. A $150 Value!
Waterfest Passes are good ONLY BEFORE 7PM (except Aug 30, 6PM).
One Pass One Admission Before 7PM Only.
Day Passes will only be accepted for any purpose before 7PM.
Call 920.303.2265 x22 or email for Pass Pack,
Season Pass and SPA Passes
Season Passes and Pass Packs will be sold at
WILL CALL at 5:00pm all summer!

Special Guests
Teachers Night: June 14th – Bring School ID and get admitted FREE! All Night!
US Veterans: Admitted FREE anytime all season including
REO Speedwagon with proof of military service
Youths under 12: Admitted Free when accompanied by a responsible adult
Teachers and Veterans please register at WILL CALL


Foxy Shazam · Something Underground · The Revivalists
Community Night and Teachers are FREE!
Admission 2 for 1 before 6:00pm.

Hairball · Road Trip · Bad Habitz
Community Night
Admission 2 for 1 before 6:00pm.

TBA · TBA · Gazettiers


Here Come the Mummies · Fountains of Wayne · A Silent Film

Marcia Ball · Alex McMurray Band · Davis Rogan Band · Tin Men
5:00pm Start!
Community Night
Admission 2 for 1 before 6:00pm.

Winger & Warrant · Crankin’ Yankees

Boogie Knights · Boogie & The Yo-Yo’z · Salsa Manzana
Community Night
Admission 2 for 1 before 6:00pm.
EAA AirVenture visitors admitted FREE with convention wrist band


The Zombies starring Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent · Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express · Tin Sandwich
Community Night
Admission 2 for 1 before 6:00pm.

Night Ranger · Mt. Olive · Lucas Cates Band

The BoDeans · Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound · Warren Hood and The Goods

Boulder County Conspiracy-Super Group (members of Poco/Fire Fall/Spirit/JoJo Gunne etc.) · Sly Joe and the Jumbo Smooth Operators · The Dead Horses
Community Night
Admission 2 for 1 before 6:00pm.

REO Speedwagon · Copper Box · Cheeseheads With Attitude · Greg Waters & The Broad Street Boogie
Waterfest Finalé, 5:00 pm start!
Admission $10 before 6PM; $15 before 7PM; $20 after 7PM
$25 Best View (Best View tickets available in advance only)



Two men were pulled from the water without injuries after their boat capsized on Lake Winnebago on Saturday morning.

According to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department, the two occupants of the boat — ages 60 and 63 — were wearing life jackets and were pulled from the water by other boaters when their boat capsized about a quarter-mile from shore.

A Winnebago County marine unit then towed the boat to a local marina.

via No injuries after boat capsizes on Lake Winnebago | The Oshkosh Northwestern |



Heavy rains over the weekend caused the City of Fond du Lac to send untreated water into Lake Winnebago from two locations.

Fond du Lac Public Works Director Jordan Skiff confirmed Monday afternoon that bypassing of the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant occurred late Sunday morning. Water was diverted from the sewer treatment plant and from a section of town experiencing extreme volumes of water. Untreated water is diverted to avoid the backup of water in basements around the city.

“Part of (the problem) is the saturation of the soil,” Skiff said. “Sunday we had more intense rain. Thursday we had more actual rain, but spread out throughout the day.”

Skiff said the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was notified of the bypass.

Skiff said Monday that he is working to gather facts and complete a detailed report for the DNR.

The system was back to normal function on Monday. Bypass of the treatment plant was a temporary, emergency action.

City officials were made aware Sunday of some isolated cases of standing water in the streets. The area received more than an inch of rain Sunday and about a half-inch on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. That is on top of about 1½-inches of rain received on Wednesday and Thursday.

The intersection of Park and Merrill avenues was one of the trouble spots, including some portions of Johnson Street, Park Avenue, Amory Street and Rose Avenue.

“To my knowledge, the storm sewer was flowing fine — it was simply overwhelmed for a brief period before noon yesterday (Sunday),” Skiff said.

There were few reports of flooded basements due to the intense rains.

He said staff was working with a resident that was dealing with water in a basement without the help of a sump pump.

Public Works staff also received a few complaints of overflowing ditches. Skiff said he was not aware of widespread problems.

via Heavy rain forces City of Fond du Lac to bypass treatment plant | Fond du Lac Reporter |



Sailing 600,000 kilometers—more than 37,000 miles—is an impressive feat even aboard modern luxury yachts. It’s downright astounding to do it without using a single drop of oil.

At 102-feet long and 49-feet wide, the €12.5 million MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is the largest solar-powered ship to sail the seven seas. It just became the first watercraft to circle the planet using nothing but the Sun’s energy.

Built by German boat-building firm, Knierim Yachtbau, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar cost €12.5 million. Its deck is covered in 5,780 square feet of solar panels—38,000 individual photovoltaic cells—producing up to 120kW of electricity. That’s fed to six massive Li-Ion battery blocks which, in turn, power four electric engines. These engines drive a pair of six-foot-wide, semi-submerged, counter-rotating carbon propellers—eliminating the need for a rudder and propelling the MS Tûranor at a respectable 14 knots. Granted, it can’t keep up with massive cargo ships like the Emma Maersk, but it also doesn’t burn 13 ounces of diesel fuel per revolution.

Since each engine only produces an average of 26 HP and the solar cells have a paltry 22.6-percent conversion rate, the MS Tûranor is designed for efficiency. Its 95 ton hull is built from a foam core sandwiched between layers of carbon fiber and resin. This makes for a lightweight but extremely durable hull while extensive hydrodynamic and aerodynamic testing have ensured minimal drag.

A crew of six piloted the Tûranor during its 585-day trans-oceanic voyage. It launched from Monaco on September 27, 2010 and sailed West for 19 months. This past Friday, May 4th, the boat came home. With a world record now under its belt, the Tûranor will be converted into a 40-passenger luxury yacht. Because, you know, Monaco.