Dec

27

A 23-year-old man was arrested for drunken driving early Friday morning after his vehicle got stuck in a snowbank.

The man, who is from the Oshkosh area, was driving on Lake Winnebago near Lakeshore Drive when his vehicle became stuck in a snowbank. A caller on shore reported the man to authorities, said Winnebago Sheriff’s Lt. Gordon Ledioyt.

The man was not injured, but he was arrested for his first drunken driving offense.

Deputies from the sheriff’s office made one other drunken driving arrest between Thursday at 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Friday, Ledioyt said.

The sheriff’s office also responded to a report of a car that fell into a crack on Lake Winnebago near Ceape Avenue, Ledioyt said.

The driver was not there, but Ledioyt said authorities do not believe they are in any danger and are trying to locate them. The vehicle was removed by a local wrecking company.

via Driver arrested for OWI after vehicle gets stuck in snowbank | Northwestern Media | thenorthwestern.com.

Dec

20

A park bench, bicycles,lily pads, rocks and other items are being found in the muck of Lakeside Park lagoons as a dredging project continues.

About 1½ miles of tubes are transporting water, liquified mud and other ground items from the lagoons to an area on the west end of the park property.

About 60 residents turned out for a meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Lakeside Park Pavilion that provided an update on the project. Fond du Lac Public Works Director Jordan Skiff, City Engineer Paul De Vries and Kent Petersen, owner of PCI Dredging based in Minocqua, were on hand to explain the work.

“This has been a good project,” Petersen said, adding that the park setting without houses at the banks has made it easier to maneuver equipment.

Hydraulic dredging involves use of barges with claw-like arms that dig the material and send it in pipes to an area where water and solids are separated.

The first phase of work is nearly complete. Crews have been working around the clock in an area south of the Promen Drive bridge. That area was nearly clogged with sediment washing in from Lake Winnebago.

PCI Dredging plans to shut operations down after this week. Work is likely to resume in March with completion scheduled for May.

“The cold weather is a challenge,” Petersen said. “We’ve proven we can work in minus-7 (degrees).”

Petersen showed residents jars of clay balls and rocks that clog equipment on a regular basis. He said the machines pump about 2,500 to 3,000 gallons of diluted material a minute.

The dredged material is being stored in an open pit at Lakeside West. Residents are asked to stay away from the storage area.

Lakeside Park dredging project shuts down soon story, video | Action Reporter Media | fdlreporter.com.

Dec

16

A 33-year-old man was snowmobiling with his brother, when he hit an ice shove and disappeared.

Heavy winds and snow made the search difficult, as white-out conditions were created.

Eventually, a DNR plane found the man, and he was rescued about two hours after the initial crash.

“The cold is a severe problem, but the wind and blowing of snow caused visibility issues and we had difficulty getting people up to the person,” said Mark Ott, Calumet County Sheriff.

Authorities say alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

The man, whose name has not been released, is being treated for hypothermia.

Snowmobiler rescued from Lake Winnebago | News – Channel3000.com.

Dec

3

OSHKOSH – There’s barely any snow on the ground, but ice fishing has already started on Lake Winnebago waters.

“Looked like a good day to be fishing. Thought I’d give her a try. Didn’t do a whole lot, but it beat working,” said Larry Kissinger, an Oshkosh resident.

This isn’t the earliest start we’ve seen, but is a departure from recent history, according to Don Herman, who’s been checking ice depths for local anglers for years.

“Actually in the last 10 years, this is pretty early. Normally it’s been the third week of December, last week of December, something like that. I’ve already seen it where during deer hunting they’ve been out, but this is kind of early this year,” said Herman with Otter Street Fishing Club.

In more sheltered lakes and back bays, the ice is already thick enough to walk on.

At Asylum Bay near Oshkosh, it was about four inches thick across most of the bay – the minimum thickness to be considered safe to walk on.

On some of these bays, the water isn’t too deep. So even if you go through the ice, you won’t go in too far.

But the risk is even greater in places like the Fox River and Green Bay.

We couldn’t find any anglers out just yet, and the Coast Guard says that’s probably for the better.

“I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t recommend that at all yet. A lot of the ice that’s forming is very suspect and thin,” according to Wayne Spritka, senior chief with the Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard.

In fact, they say it’s probably best to think twice about the ice anywhere you go this early in the year.

Even though the best fishing can be early in the season, no fish is worth a life.