News – April 13, 2023

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School Board this week hired Plunkett Raysich Architects for design work related to projects in their Five Year Facility Plan. That includes renovations at Washington Elementary School to accommodate an influx of students from Wilson Elementary, which will become a childcare and early learning site in the fall of 2025. The plan also includes an exploration of building a new middle school.

(Milwaukee) Two of the largest health systems in Wisconsin plan to combine organizations. Froedtert Health and ThedaCare announced this week that leaders have signed a letter of intent to come together as one organization. Froedtert is headquartered in Wauwatosa and has six hospitals along with clinics in Watertown and Hartford. ThedaCare includes hospitals in Appleton and Neenah in addition to clinics in Markesan and Berlin. Froedtert Health President and CEO Cathy Jacobson says location of a new headquarters has yet to be determined. Pending board and regulatory approval, the goal is to launch the combined health system by the end of this year.

(Beaver Dam) You can expect a slight uptick in juvenile criminal activity when the weather gets warmer, including curfew violations. Beaver Dam Police Lieutenant Jeremiah Johnson says the city has a curfew in place from 11pm to 6am for anyone under the age of 16. Johnson adds that parents can also be fined for a curfew violation if the children are refusing to listen to them. The fine is $124.

(Washington DC) Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin has announced she’ll seek a third, six-year term in the US Senate next year. The 61-year-old Madison native was first elected in 2012. So far there are no official challenges to Baldwin from either political party.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients being honored during their Annual Awards Gala on April 26. Innovation Awards are going to WDS Construction, Art On The Town and Green Valley Enterprises. Five Under Forty Award recipients include Matthew Berg of Horicon Bank, Drew Hamer of Marshfield Medical Center, Emily McFarland with T3 Manufacturing, Chelsea Seippel, Dr. Stephanie Tyjeski and Stacy Shane with Slumberland Furniture. Cambria Friesland High School senior Samuel Behm tabbed as an Emerging Leader.

(Madison) The state moratorium on utility disconnections ends on Saturday. The State Public Service Commission urges electric and natural gas customers without outstanding bills to make payment arrangements or apply for financial help before the disconnection moratorium expires. Customers who’ve fallen behind are encouraged first to contact their utility to set up a payment plan. They may also be eligible for assistance through the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program.