August 19, 2016

Meat Animal Sale Highlights Day Two Of Dodge County Fair


8/19/16 – The Farm Progress Arena was packed for last night’s 54th Annual Meat Animal Auction at the Dodge County Fair.


In the Market Beef auction Braydon Lewke of Beaver Dam sold his Champion Beef for $10.00 a pound to Midwest Shooter Supply. Nathan Twardokus of Mayville had the Champion Dairy Beef which went for $3.00 a pound to Landmark Services Cooperative. Heather Nehls of Watertown had the Reserve Champion Beef which went for $3.00 a pound to A-OK Industries. Roseanne Crave of Waterloo got $4.00 a pound from United Electric for the Reserve Champion Dairy Beef.


The Market Lamb auction followed the beef. Watertown’s Brielle Blome got $14.00 a pound from ETI for her Sale Champion Market Lamb, while Kaitlyn Schwanke of Waupun got $9.50 per pound for her Grand Champion Homebred Lamb from MJ’s by the Lake. Kraus Ag Sales bought a Sale Reserve Market Lamb for $7.00 per pound from Randolph’s Aaron Bredeson, while Ty Thorson of Columbus sold a Reserve Champion Homebred Lamb to BMO Harris Bank for $7.00 a pound.


The Market Hogs finished off the auction, as Alexa Strehlow of Waupun got $7.50 a pound from Schmidt Pumping for her Supreme Champion Market Hog. The Champion Gilt, brought by Ethan Maas of Neosho, went for $6.00 a pound to Hustisford State Bank. Andrew Boschert of Beaver Dam had the Reserve Champion Barrow which sold at $4.25 a pound to Quad Graphics, and Cade Ferron of Beaver Dam sold his Reserve Champion Gilt for $9.50 a pound to Jung Seed Genetics.


One Person Killed In Columbia County Vehicle Crash


8/19/16 – One person was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Columbia County yesterday.  The crash happened at 9:54 am on Highway 60 at Highway C in the Town of Hampden.  According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, a van failed to stop at a stop sign and ran into the side of a semi that was carrying an empty flatbed trailer.  The van’s driver was declared dead at the scene while the semi driver was uninjured.  There were no passengers in either vehicle, and names are being withheld pending family notification.  Highway 60 was shut down for roughly four hours while the scene was cleared.  The crash remains under investigation.  Assistance was provided by Rio Fire and EMS, the Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office, and Wisconsin State Patrol.


BDPD Addressing Issues With Radio Communications


8/19/16 – The Beaver Dam Police Department has been using back-up equipment for radio communications. Chief John Kreuziger says after years of making repairs, the department first started having problems in December and then experienced a complete failure in June. The common council this week approved a $70-thousand-dollar budget appropriation to make the upgrade, which has a total price-tag of just over $100-thosuand dollars. Kreuziger says most of the broken equipment dated back to the 1980s and 90s and technicians were unable to fix the system this time. With parts no longer available and labor costs adding up, officials decided it would be more cost-effective to invest in a new system.  The city has been working with Dodge County Emergency Management and was given a temporary back-up system during the interim. Kreuziger notes that the borrowed equipment is outdated which is why the county was not using it anymore. The system chosen allows the city to stay compatible with the county. Kreuziger says it is important to have a system that is compatible with the sheriff’s department because the two agencies share so many resources. The goal is to get the new receivers and radio system in place this year and then return the equipment borrowed from the county. Enhancing communications on the city’s north side and the purchase of an additional antennae – which is around $50-thousand dollars of the total cost – is slated for next year.


Waupun Residents To See Utility Fee Increase


8/19/16 – Starting next month, many Waupun residents will see a dollar added onto their electric bill.  The state’s Public Service Commission approved the raise, which is the first for the city-owned utility in six years.  It’s anticipated the city will receive an extra $130,000 in revenue.      


Illegal Firearm Seized At Milwaukee Airport


8/19/16 – U-S airport security officials say they found a record 78 illegal firearms in carry-on bags last week, including one at Milwaukee’s Mitchell International. The T-S-A’s official blog says a loaded eight-millimeter pistol was found at Mitchell on August 8, and there was not a round in its chamber. The T-S-A says the total number of illegal firearms was four more than the previous record set in May. The blog included the complete list of violations, but did not go into detail on citations or arrests. Security officials say fliers can carry guns in checked bags, but they must be declared by airlines first. Carry-on bags can never have ammunition.


Voting To Get Underway Early In Madison, Milwaukee


8/19/16 – Early voting will begin one month earlier than usual in Madison, and Milwaukee expects to have a similar schedule. That’s after Federal Judge James Peterson threw out the Republican state law that limited absentee voting to two weeks before the election, Monday through Friday only, with just one early voting location per community. Peterson says the G-O-P designed the law to discourage voting in predominantly Democratic Milwaukee — and now, Madison says it will start its early voting September 26th and is working to secure multiple sites including the U-W campus.


UW System To Ask Walker For Additional Funding


8/19/16 – The U-W Board of Regents has agreed to ask Governor Scott Walker to give the university an extra $42,500,000 in his next state budget. Officials say most of the funding would go toward an “educational pipeline” program to expand the numbers of U-W courses offered as dual credits to high school youngsters, and to help meet the state’s workforce needs. The Republican Walker has told state agencies not to expect more money in the next two year state budget, but he has left open the possibility of granting more funds to the U-W for meeting certain performance standards. Regent Tony Evers voted against the funding request Thursday. He says it would not cover even one fifth of the $250,000,000 state tax dollars that were cut from the university one year ago.


Harley, EPA Reach Settlement Over Alleged Air Pollution


8/19/16 – Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson has reached a settlement with the E-P-A concerning thousands of engine devices that allegedly caused air pollution. The government says the motorcycle giant will pay a $12-million dollar penalty, and will buy back and destroy the engine devices in question. The E-P-A says Harley sold 340-thousand devices called “super tuners” that improved performance but also emitted higher amounts of certain pollution than what the firm had certified. The tuners have been sold since January of 2008, and the E-P-A says Harley will immediately stop selling them. Buying back the tuners is an “important step” to mitigate the excess pollution that was caused. Harley says it’s making a good faith compromise but it still disagrees on certain legal points, including whether it’s against the law to modify off road bikes.


Geocaching Event Returns To Beaver Dam


8/19/16 – A popular outdoor event returns to Beaver Dam next weekend.  Chamber of Commerce President Phil Fritsche says the geocaching outing, ‘Cache and Release’ is a modern scavenger hunt where participants use their smart phone and a series of clues to find objects that are hidden throughout the city.  This is the third year Beaver Dam has hosted a geocaching event.  Fritsche says there were 170 participants last year, up from 65 in 2014.  He encourages people to call the chamber to register by tomorrow’s deadline.  The hunt runs from 12:30 pm to 5 pm on August 27.  A free introductory class runs from 11 am to 11:30 am, and prizes will be awarded after the hunt is complete.


Kids, Creampuffs, Brett Michaels Highlight Day 3 Of Fair


8/19/16 – The 21st Annual Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Contest will be held today at the Dodge County Fair. The event kicks off with the county’s greatest celebrities: our veterans. Representatives from the American Legion, the US Army Reserve and its Family Readiness Group, Nation of Patriots and Badger Honor Flight will join Dodge County’s Veterans Service Officer in competing for the “Thank You For Serving Our COUNTY” trophy. Other participants this year include the sheriff, the district attorney, the majority leader of the Wisconsin Senate and local representatives from the Assembly.  Local historian Roger Noll will be competing and will have his Monarch calliope parade float at Radio Park. School superintendents from Beaver Dam, Horicon, Waupun, Juneau and Hustisford will vie for the “Excellence in Pastry Consumption” trophy. American Legion Second District Commander Dan Seehafer seeks to keep his unbeaten record going for another year as he competes for the Fastest of the Fair trophy alongside Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy and Joe Meagher of Dodge County Emergency Management. Fairests of the Fair past and present will be competing for “Sweetest of the Fair,” alongside the Dodge-Jefferson Honey Queen and a Dodge County Fire Queen or two. The celebrity judges this year are Circuit Judge Brian Pfitzinger and retired Judge Dan Klossner. The Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Contest is held on the Radio Park Stage and broadcast live during the Barn Show on 95.3FM from 5pm to 6:30pm.  Also today, the Kids Pedal Tractor Pull starts at 11:30am in front of the grandstand. There will be kid’s games at Radio Park this afternoon. Its $25 wristband day for carnival rides from noon till 5pm. On the Grandstand Stage at 8pm, it’s Brett Michaels from the 80’s hair band Poison followed by Alexis at Radio Park.