December 2, 2015

Beaver Dam Fire Can Now Charge Non-Contracted Municipalities

12/2/15 – The Beaver Dam Fire Department can now bill neighboring municipalities if they use city paramedics as their primary emergency response agency. The Police and Fire Commission Tuesday night approved a policy change that allows the department to bill communities that do not contract for paramedic services the same as those that do contract with the city. Chief Alan Mannel says there was no mechanism in place to bill that other community that chooses to use Beaver Dam’s emergency services in place of its own. Townships that contract for paramedic services with Beaver Dam Fire pay $645 per call. Mannel says a municipality that does not contract with the city but utilizes the same service should be billed accordingly. He noted that the situation arises less than a dozen times a year. Mannel noted that the situation arises less than a dozen times a year. He stressed that municipalities will not be billed for large fires, mass causality incidents, mutual aid calls or during so-called paramedic intercepts where Beaver Dam personnel provide advanced-level care to neighboring agencies in route to a hospital.


Columbus Adopts 2016 Budget


12/2/15 – The Columbus city council adopted the 2016 municipal budget Tuesday night. The total tax levy figure is $2.9 million dollars. City residents will see a mill rate about a nickel below last years’ when they receive their tax bills. After school tax credits, the city mill rate will be $8.51 per thousand dollars of evaluation.

Preliminary Statewide Gun Deer 9-Day Harvest Totals

12/2/15 – Wisconsin hunters shot two-point-six percent more deer than a year ago in the nine-day gun season that ended last Sunday. The state D-N-R says almost 205-thousand animals were registered — up from 199-thousand in last year’s season. This year’s harvest is still the third-lowest since 1983. That’s because a number of northern counties banned the shootings of antlerless deer in an effort to increase the herd in the state’s most popular hunting region. The D-N-R did not announce a breakdown of the bucks-and-does taken or individual county numbers. The agency promises more detailed information today (Wednesday). More than 612-thousand hunters bought deer licenses, a six-percent increase from last year. Three hunters were shot to death during the season, the first such deaths in three years. The D-N-R also reports five injuries to hunters.

Rio Woman Sentenced Following Columbus OWI Injury Crash


12/2/15 – In Columbia County court Tuesday, a Rio woman was sentenced to nine months in jail for seriously injuring herself and another motorist in a drunken driving accident.  Tanya Hohlstein pled no contest back in October to a felony count of Injury By Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle and had a count of Knowingly Operating While Revoked Causing Great Bodily Harm dismissed. The two-vehicle head-on collision occurred in February of last year on Highway 60, just east of Wendt Road, four miles west of Columbus. The 30-year-old was driving eastbound when she crossed the centerline and struck a westbound car driven by 37-year-old Mary Klitzke of Arlington. The jaws-of-life were needed to remove both drivers from their vehicles and both were flown from the scene. In addition to nine months in jail with work release privileges, Hohlstein was placed on probation for seven-and-a-half years and ordered to maintain absolute sobriety.


Teen Flown Following Fond du Lac County Rollover

12/2/15 – An 18-year-old man was injured in a one-vehicle rollover accident in the Fond du Lac County Town of Eden Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff’s Captain Rick Olig says they got a call shortly after 1pm about a GMC pickup truck that had rolled over in field at County Highway V and Lonely Lane. Flight for Life flew the driver to Summit Hospital in Oconomowoc.

Memorial Service Friday For Justice Crooks

12/2/15 – A memorial service will be held on Friday at the State Capitol for Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks. His family will host the service at four o’clock Friday afternoon in the state Senate chamber. The 77-year-old Crooks died September 21st, soon after he excused himself from a Supreme Court administrative hearing. That was just five days after he announced he would retire next summer, after his second ten-year term on the state’s highest court was to expire.

DCSO Advising Business Owners To Avoid Phone Scam


12/2/15 – The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is warning business owners against a phone scam that has surfaced in recent weeks.  According to Sheriff Dale Schmidt, the caller claims to be from one of the local utility companies, including WE Energies, Waupun Utilities, and Juneau Utilities.  They say the business is behind on its electric payments and threaten to shut off electricity if payment is not immediately made over the phone with a pre-paid debit card.  While some calls have been reported during the busiest times of day, other calls have been outside of normal business hours to prevent the targets from directly contacting the utility company.  The caller typically says the amount due is around $800 and becomes confrontational if the business owners asks questions.  Schmidt urges folks not to make the prepaid debit card payment since that is not how the electric companies do business.  He advises the business owner to end the call and phone their electric company back at the number on their electric bill to verify legitimacy of the claim.  Anyone who needs assistance in dealing with this scam should contact local law enforcement.

BDACT: Loco Vocals Comedy Christmas

12/2/15 – The Loco Vocals music group will be on the stage of the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre tonight performing holiday classics with a comedic twist.  Loco vocalist Dr. Jay Wilkins says he has been wanting to do a comedic holiday show for years, inspired by west coast disc jockey Bob Rivers, but he had been unable to secure the rights until now. The quartet of vocalists is comprised of Wilkins, Jenny Addison, Rick Ramirez and Cheryl Zeman and they are backed by a four-piece band that includes David Carlson, Tanya Diggins, Jeff Mroz and David Saniter. While tickets for the 7:30pm shows tonight and Friday are nearly sold-out, there are several seats available for Saturday night’s performance. Ticket prices start at $10 and are available at Rechek’s Food Pride or online at

Dodge County Toy Bank In 50th Year Of Coordinating Christmas Gifts


12/2/15 – The Dodge County Toy Bank is in its 50th year of working to provide all area children with a Christmas gift.  Shirley Kitchen, who is with the toy bank, says the program started in 1965 where it served less than 100 children.  Over the years, the program has expanded greatly and is now coordinated by a committee.  Since the toy bank does not accept names without an endorsement, families in need can be recommended for the program by select area organizations, such as Dodge County Human Services, Community Action Council, Clothes for Kids, PAVE, or St. Vincent de Paul.  Once the family is accepted into the program, Kitchen says they are typically assigned to someone who has volunteered to purchase gifts for their children, based on what the kids requested.  After all of the kids’ wishes are filled, extra toys are set out for parents to select for their children on the day of the ‘shopping experience,’ which is the day all of the toys are taken home. That will run from 8-11 am on Saturday, December 12 at the Beaver Dam Middle School.  Kitchen expects the toy bank will serve roughly 500 families and 1,300 kids that day.  Donations to help fund the program can be dropped off year round at any American National Bank location.  Any family still in need of the toy bank’s services this year needs to have arrangements finalized by this Saturday.