News – April 1, 2019


(Madison) Tomorrow is the Spring Election. On the ballot statewide will be the State Supreme Court race between Judges Brian Hagedorn and Lisa Neubauer.

(Watertown) Voters in Watertown will be choosing a new mayor tomorrow as Emily McFarland and Fred Smith seek to replace current Mayor John David, who is prevented from running for a third term by city ordinance.

(Beaver Dam) The only local race every Beaver Dam voter will see on their ballots, along voters in some surrounding townships, is for school board where there are five candidates vying for three open seats. There are also contested school board races in the Columbus, Waupun, Mayville, Dodgeland and the Herman-Neosho-Rubicon school districts. There are three contested races for Beaver Dam city council in wards three, five and seven.

(Oakfield) School funding referenda for operations and maintenance are on ballots for voters in the Oakfield and Rio school districts, along with big-ticket facilities referenda in Fond du lac, West Bend and Sun Prairie.

(Reeseville) There are contested village board president races in Reeseville and Rio while there are village trustee races in Randolph, Fall River, Hustisford, Lomira, Poynette and Pardeeville.

(Trenton) There are contested Town Board chairperson races in Trenton and Ashippun along with town board supervisor races in Trenton, Ashippun, Fox Lake, Emmet, Herman, Hubbard and Lebanon. There is also a contested race for Town of Columbus treasurer.

(Columbus) Multiple townships in Columbia County, and a small part of Dodge County, will see a contested race for Eastern Columbia County Joint Municipal Judge.

Look for live election coverage on 95.3 WXRO as soon as the polls close tomorrow at 8pm.

(Campbellsport) The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a weekend stabbing. It happened in a vehicle south of Campbellsport approximately 1:30am Saturday. The victim was flown to a hospital and a suspect is in custody at the County Jail. Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt says the victim and suspect knew each other and there is no ongoing threat to the public. The incident remains under investigation.

(Beaver Dam) There will be 14 agencies benefitting this year from the funds raised during the WBEV-WXRO Children’s Radiothon. The 27-hour marathon broadcast starting June 20 assists area non-profits that work with kids. The agencies include PAVE, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Green Valley Enterprises, the YMCA of Dodge County, Clothes for Kids, the Watertown Family Center, ARC Dodge County, Community Care Preschool, the Dodge County Center for the Arts, Church Health Services, CARE for Dodge County and –new this year – Bo’s Heavenly Club House, the Pregnancy Support Center and the Gathering Source. Last year, the Radiothon’s grand total was $136,311.94.

(Beaver Dam) A local non-profit is moving away from their longtime name in the hopes of spreading a new message about their organization. PAVE had stood for People Against Violent Environments for years but now the acronym is being rebranded to Protect, Advocate, Validate and Educate. Executive Director Teresa Nienow says the goal is to spread a more positive message and their new name better expresses what they do for people in need. Nienow says PAVE’s website has a new address:

(Madison) Wisconsin is in the middle of its annual fire season. The DNR says they received word of 17 wildfires this past weekend, putting the total to 60 so far this year.  That is down from 141 at this same time last year. With vegetation still trying to green after the winter season, any day that has a strong breeze and low humidity will increase the chance for a wildfire.  The DNR will set their fire danger every day in the late morning, which will determine if burning permits will be issued.  Sunday saw the southern half of the state in a high fire risk.

(Cottage Grove) A three-vehicle accident on I-94 near Cottage Grove Sunday kills a 17-year-old girl from Shorewood.  The State Patrol says another 17-year-old girl from Shorewood suffered life-threatening injuries.  Three other people suffered non-life threatening injuries.  The cause of the accident was due to two vehicles losing control, with one crossing the median to strike the third.

(Madison) A 2018 phone poll by the Wisconsin Professional Police Association found 94-percent of respondents were in favor of requiring law enforcement officers to wear body cameras.  That is up from 84-percent from a similar survey done in 2017.  It’s unknown how many police departments use body cameras.  Association Executive Director Jim Palmer says the costs of storing data the cameras collect may deter some departments from getting them.

(Oshkosh) A new report from Reviews-dot-org finds a number of metro areas in Wisconsin are some of the best for Millennials to move to.  They rank Oshkosh-Neenah second, Sheboygan fifth, Wausau 10th, La Crosse 14th, Appleton 16th, Green Bay 18th, and Eau Claire 20th.  The rankings are based on unemployment rates, migration flows, housing costs, and property crimes.

(Whitewater) The DNR is teaming up with UW-Whitewater to find a way to save one of Wisconsin’s rarest plants.  The Fassett’s locoweed is only found in three counties, and researchers have been studying on what is needed to have them grow and multiply in the wild.  Seedlings grown in a lab will be planted on a lakeshore where it hasn’t been seen in 15 years.

(Milwaukee) Marquette University is asking for help in finding the owner of a class ring that is 51 years old.  The university’s Twitter account shows a 1968 ring with the initials D-A-B engraved on it found by a motel owner.  They have contacted two people with those initials in that class, but have not heard back from them.