News- January 21, 2019

(Dodge County) More snow is on the way this week. The National Weather Service is predicting that most of the state will see four-to-six inches of snow from a winter storm system Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued. A band from the Wisconsin Dells and Madison east to Sheboygan and the lakeshore could see six-to-eight inches. Snowfall projections in the Dodge County-area are in the five-to-seven-inch range at last word. Later in the week, the wind chill factor is expected to be 30-degrees below zero overnight Thursday into Friday.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin and the nation are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King today. The state’s official “Tribute and Ceremony” commemoration takes place in the Capitol Rotunda, beginning at noon. The program is open to the public and includes musical performances, as well as remarks by Governor Tony Evers and guest speaker Rita Coburn, an award-winning director, writer, and producer. Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes will be keynote speaker at UW-Madison’s MLK Day Celebration, which begins at 1pm in Memorial Union. MLK Day events are also scheduled for communities and campuses across the state.

(Columbus) Columbus residents will soon get a chance to put their mark on the city.  Columbus City Council recently approved a design contest to design street pole banners to adorn the 35 light poles located in the city’s downtown area.  Brought about as a result of a $10,000 donation from Bob and Janet Groh, the city’s Historic Landmarks and Preservation Commission and Downtown Beautification Task Force is holding the design contest.  Open to all Columbus residents, business owners, and K-12 students, the contest will follow a theme of “What does Columbus mean to you?”  Submissions can be in the form of a painting, photography, collage, or other mediums.  The submissions will be accepted via the city’s website at www.cityofcolumbuswi.com with a deadline for submissions of March 1.

(Beaver Dam) The Moraine Park Technical College recently held its bi-annual Manufacturing Skills Academy graduation ceremony. Twenty-three students graduated from the program; ten from the Computer Numerical Control machinist boot camp and 13 from the welding boot camp. The Skills Academy is designed to combat a shortage of skilled workers by offering a variety of boot camp sessions which allow participants a free session that are unique to a particular pathway and connect students with area employers. To see the full list of graduates, visit DailyDodge.com.

(Marquette County) An investigation continues into a burglary of a residence in Marquette County from last week.  The sheriff’s office says over 20-thousand dollars of jewelry, electronics, antiques and other items were stolen from the Town of Neshkoro home, including three handguns and two rifles.  They are asking anyone who has gotten large amounts of jewelry, coins or firearms since the 14th to contact them.

(Fond du Lac) A 27-year-old Fond du Lac man is being held in the Fond du Lac County Jail for placing a “Swatting” call just before 10pm Friday night. The man called 9-1-1 and reported that a man with a gun was holding a woman hostage in the basement of a residence in the 100 block of 3rd Street. Police set up a perimeter and brought in a SWAT team. They found no victim. Four people were taken into custody for questioning. Eventually officers tracked down the caller and he was arrested.

(Markesan) Markesan Police are cautioning residents after receiving calls from three residents about scam phone calls. Scammers had called them posing as an IRS or Social Security Administration worker. Phone numbers that came up on caller ID were from Texas and the Washington, DC-areas. Police remind residents that callers can spoof phone numbers that look like they are calling from anywhere. Markesan Police say if you don’t recognize a number or get a prerecorded call the best thing to do is hang up.