News – April 15, 2019

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Police are investigating a Sunday morning shooting that sent one person to the hospital. Police Chief John Kreuziger says officers from his department along with paramedics were dispatched to a shooting at an apartment building at 106 Lake Crest Drive at 9am. A 20-year-old male was flown by helicopter to a hospital due to the extent of his injuries. A 28-year-old female is in custody. The shooting is under investigation. The incident comes a few weeks after Beaver Dam experienced its first shooting death in decades.

(Trenton) Dodge County Sheriff’s deputies used a spike strip to pop the tires of a SUV that refused to stop for authorities in Columbia County. The GMC Yukon entered Dodge County just before 5pm on Friday in the northbound lanes of Highway 151. The vehicle was stopped near County Highway A. The 32-year-old driver, whose last known address is in Madison, was taken to the Columbia County Jail. There was a positive K-9 alert for drugs on the vehicle.

(Fond du lac) Fond du Lac County is the first county in the state to use Smart911. County Executive Allen Buechel says they are excited to be able to provide the service to county residents. Smart911 allows individuals to create a Safety Profile for their household at, or on the Smart911 App, that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and responders to have in the event of an emergency. The Smart911 App is available on the Apple Store or Google Play.

(Beaver Dam) A program tomorrow (Tuesday) night in Beaver Dam will focus on the reality of sex trafficking in the region. The non-profit group 5-Stones Beaver Dam is hosting the community awareness event. 5-Stones Organizer Tracie Scheffler says the group will be presenting material that focuses on educating the public about sex trafficking. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt will also be speaking. The public is invited though it is recommended for those ages 13 and up. Fighting The Giant Of Sex Trafficking starts at 6:30pm tomorrow at Harvest Church on Highway 33.

(Beaver Dam) An open house will be held Wednesday at the new Seippel Center for Music and the Arts. The new non-profit acts as a hub linking music teachers with students and also has music events planned. Music Director Richard Zeman says the gathering will give the community a chance to see the changes undertaken at the Seippel Homestead. For years the North Spring Street building housed the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association, which recently moved downtown and changed its name. The Seippel Center for Music Open House will be this Wednesday from 4pm until 7pm. To learn more visit

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam’s 2019 Summer Recreation Guide is now available online and in paper form.  The guide details all city recreational activities and includes club and sports schedules, lesson times, registration information and related costs for youth and adult programs.  There is also a schedule of community events, the line-up for the “Music in the Park” series, a complete list of park amenities and shelter and equipment rental costs, beach information and boat launch fees. The rec guide is on the city website and in paper form at the library, chamber, city hall and various other locations. Online registration begins today while paper forms will be filled on Wednesday and walk-in registration starts Friday.

(River Falls) There are several public hearings set this week for people to comment on the next state budget.  The State Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee will hold a hearing at UW-River Falls today.  Meanwhile, Governor Evers and Lieutenant Governor Barnes will continue their listening tour at UW-Superior today, then in Eau Claire Tuesday.

(Racine County) Weather permitting, work will start this week on Wisconn Valley Way for the Foxconn project.  The new four-lane road in Racine County will connect Wisconsin 11 with County Road KR to the east of I-94 to help preserve the current frontage road.  The nearly 17-million dollar project is expected to have traffic on it by the end of this year.

(Madison) It isn’t just Wisconsin considering an increase in their gas tax.  Other Republican-dominated states like Ohio, Alabama and Arkansas have decided to raise their respective tax to help raise more money for infrastructure repairs.  Michigan is also considering a gas tax increase of 45-cents a gallon, which may indicate politicians are more willing to increase taxes if it goes towards roads.

(Madison) A national advocacy group has found Wisconsin added nearly 18-hundred new clean energy jobs last year.  The biggest growth came in energy efficiency and renewable energy generation.  Nationwide the study found clean energy jobs declined in 2018, putting blame on President Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels.  Wisconsin wasn’t impacted by this due to using small installations.

(Eau Claire) A woman and her son are in custody after causing an unusual retail theft incident at a Walmart in Eau Claire Saturday.  Police say the 46-year-old woman used her dog to distract people so she could try to steal items.  She was arrested after she left the store and fought with officers.  Her 25-year-old son stripped naked and tried to leave with new clothes, who was stopped on his scooter by officers.