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A bird’s eye view of the Riverfest grounds from the Ferris wheel Saturday night.

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Nick Oestreicher and his son, Sawyer, take a ride on the bumble bee Saturday.


Troy and his father, Jim Tessmann, share some time together at the Riverfest car show. Here, the pair look over a 1967 Shelby GT 350.


Josh Chivers of Watertown participated in the Riverfest Carp Classic with his 2 1/2-year-old son, Malachi. The fish were not biting for the pair Saturday morning.


The Boy Band kicked off the activities at the 34th annual Riverfest celebration in Watertown Thursday night. This photo was taken by Sarah Weihert


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Tyson Foods ceasing operations at Jefferson facility; 62 positions eliminated

JEFFERSON — Tyson Foods, operating as LD Foods Inc., will be permanently ceasing all operations at its Jefferson facility, effective Sept. 16.

LD Foods Inc. is located at 1015 Industrial Ave.

The closure has been prompted by the company’s decision to discontinue the product line produced at the Jefferson location.

“As part of ongoing efforts to focus on the strategic plans of our business, we plan to discontinue operations at our Jefferson, Wis., plant in mid-September,” said Derek Burleson, a spokesman for Tyson Foods. “The closure is due to a combination of factors, including the changing product needs of our customers.”

This action, he said, is expected to result in the permanent elimination of 62 employees — nine salaried and 53 hourly positions.

While the company expects to cease all operations on or about Sept. 16, team members will remain employed until on or within 14 days of Oct. 10, he noted.

Additionally, a small contingent might remain through a later date to maintain the integrity of the leased facility and address any final customer concerns, according to company officials. The hourly employees are not represented by a union and inter-plant bumping rights do not exist.

The company will ensure that employees will be paid all earned wages and agreed upon benefits through the date of their termination.

“We are making a variety of resources available to the impacted employees to help them find new employment,” Burleson said.

“This was a very tough decision,” he added, “but because business needs have changed, we’ve decided to take these steps in order continue focusing on and investing in strategic growth priorities where we have a competitive advantage.”


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Five people injured in Elba crash

ELBA — Five people were injured Friday in a two-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 4:47 p.m. on State Highway 16/60 at its intersection with County Highway TT in the Town of Elba.

According to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department, an initial investigation showed that a 2006 Subaru and a 2021 Mitsubishi collided.

“The 40-year-old driver and sole occupant of the Mitsubishi sustained serious injuries and was transported to UW Hospital in Madison by ambulance,” a crash report stated.

“The Subaru had four occupants. The 31-year-old driver sustained serious injuries and was transported to UW Hospital in Madison by Med-Flight. The 10-year-old, front seat passenger sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to UW Hospital in Madison by Med-Flight. A four-year-old, and a 5-year-old rear-seat passenger sustained minor injuries. They were both transported to UW Hospital by Sheriff Dale Schmidt and were reunited with family,” the report said.

The crash remains under investigation by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Team.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Columbus Police Department, Waterloo EMS, Watertown EMS, Medflight, Beaver Dam EMS, Lifestar, Columbus Fire, and Dodge County Emergency Response Team.


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10 Questions — Kay Christian

If you lived in Watertown your entire life, you may have gone to school with her, run into her at the grocery store or even the hardware store.

Or if you have been involved in Relay for Life, you’ve seen and possibly met Kay Christian.

Christian, a lifelong resident of Watertown, has been married to Paul Christian for 39 years. The couple have two children and five grandchildren.

She works as the school secretary at Trinity St. Luke’s Lutheran School at the Western Avenue campus. Before she began work there, she was employed at Watertown Ace Hardware for 27 years.

That is how she became involved with Relay For Life.

She was a member of the Ace Relay team and then became a team captain. For the past 11 years, she has been the event lead, sponsorship lead or team recruitment lead. Christian has been a Relay for Life mentor and served on the American Cancer Society Leadership Board.

She loves spending time with her children and grandchildren. And, when she has time, she likes to quilt.

1. Who is the person in your life you were most influenced by?

I don’t have one person, I have two. That would be my mom and dad. They taught me to give, to love, to be helpful and to be able to talk to anyone.

2. Rolling Stones or Beatles?

Rolling Stones.

3. Where is your favorite favorite vacation spot and why?

Mogasheen Resort on Lake Namakagan near Cable, Wisconsin. We just got back from our 32nd yearly family summer vacation. There is nothing like sitting in a lawn chair and watching the water in front of you and the loons calling.

4. Why do you Relay for Life?

Because no one should ever have to hear the words “you have cancer.” Also, I have met some of my dearest friends through Relay For Life.

5. Besides sleep what do you do the day of Relay for Life?

Well, I try to sleep once the day is over but before that I want every single person who comes to our event to have a meaningful experience. I want them to see the survivors that have fought so hard against cancer and caregivers that may have lost their loved ones and say “I want to join this fight.” I want to make difference. I want to find a cure and put an end to cancer!

6. What is your favorite dessert?

Chocolate mint brownies.

7. When you blew out the candles on your last birthday cake — what did you wish for?

That my family will always love Jesus, be happy and healthy.

8. What is your favorite thing to grow in your garden and why?

Peonies. I love the way they smell.

9. When is the last time you laughed until you cried? What was so funny — if you can share it.

When I am with my three best friends on girls’ weekend. I am going to leave it at that.

10. What’s a good quick meal you enjoy?

Omelets.


Shenandoah’s lead singer Marty Raybon is shown near the beginning of the band’s Saturday night performance at Watertown’s Riverfest.


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