News – April 13, 2022

(Portage) Portage Fire Fighters were dispatched for reports of a wood shed fully engulfed Tuesday night. Fire crews responded to W11110 Walker Road at 956PM, where they encountered heavy fire and smoke conditions with a wood shed and boiler fully involved. Crews battled the blaze, but the structure was a total loss, crews were able to protect a nearby propane tank and residence. The cause of the fire is undetermined, but believed to have been caused by hot ashes from the boiler.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council had to meet in special session Tuesday night because of the impact that rising interest rates is having on their 2022 capital borrowing plan. In March, the council approved $16-million dollars in bonding at no more than three-percent (3%) interest. The city’s financial advisor says with the changing economic climate, there might need to be more of a cushion. The council unanimously approved a four-percent maximum true interest rate with assurances Wednesday’s bond sale would probably not go above three-and-a-half percent.

(Mayville) There is a vacancy on the Mayville Common Council. The city is taking applications from qualified residents living within aldermanic District Four for appointment to the open seat on the council. The seat was previously held by Gene Frings who did not run for re-election in the spring. A letter of interest must be submitted to the city clerk’s office by noon on April 29th. Candidates will be interviewed during a Special Personnel of the Whole meeting on May 9th. The appointed term is for two years.

(Beaver Dam) Bayside Supper Club will host the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce Five Under 40 later this month. The event is open to the public, and recognizes individuals, all under the age of 40, who are making a positive impact in their work and where they live. The event is on April 27th. More information is at

(Dodge County) The state Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that Dodge County is among the areas of the state under a high fire danger. DNR officials say the southern two-thirds of Wisconsin are experiencing increased fire danger due to a high pressure weather system, lack of significant rain, and dry vegetation. Fond du Lac, Washington, and Jefferson counties are also in high fire danger. Columbia and Green Lake counties are in the very high level.

(Columbia County) The Department of Natural Resources is taking comments on a proposed permit for an agricultural field development project in Columbia County that may result in the incidental taking of a rare turtle. DNR officials say the presence of the state endangered ornate box turtle is confirmed in the project area near Poynette. They add that the proposed project may result in the incidental taking of some turtles. Comments can be sent to the DNR by Friday. More information can be found at

(Wisconsin) Thousands of turkeys have been killed at the site of the state’s latest bird flu outbreak. Over the weekend, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza at a Barron County turkey farm owned by Jennie-O. All the birds – a total of 46,507 turkeys – were killed and will be composted on site. – WRN