News – April 19, 2019

(Dodge) This is National Public Safety Telecommunicators week, and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is using the opportunity to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its dispatch center.  Sheriff Dale Schmidt says these unsung heroes work tirelessly behind the scenes and do not get the recognition they deserve.  This year will also see the retirement of Dale Marks who has been a part of the Dodge County Dispatch Center for the last 48 years and Pete Kaczmarski who has served over 30 years in the dispatch center.  Go to for a video featuring our local dispatchers.

(Mayville) The Mayville Fire Department says 2018 may have been the busiest year they have ever had. Overall, the department responded to 114 calls and logged over 1,400 hours. Thirty-one of those were fire calls, sixteen were general alarms, ten were for carbon monoxide and five were incidents were a person reported a gas leak. Fire Chief Brad Marx says his staff also put in nearly 150 hours in fire prevention and community service opportunities, reaching over 4,000 adults and children throughout Mayville and Dodge County.

(Beaver Dam) Several Dodge County schools have been recognized by the State Department of Public Instruction for the 2018-19 academic school year. Superintendent Carolyn Sanford Taylor named 114 Wisconsin Title 1 Schools honoring their success in educating students from low-income families. All of the award-winning schools receive federal Title I funding to provide services to high percentages of economically disadvantaged children. The Beaver Dam School District had two elementary schools recognized along with schools in Watertown, Waupun and Fall River.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers is seeking applicants for the Court of Appeals-District Four. The appointment will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Gary Sherman, which is effective July 5th. Sherman’s term runs through July 31st of 2020. District Four includes 24 counties among them Dodge and Columbia counties. Applications are available at Governor Evers’ website. Applications should be submitted by close of business on May 10th.

(Madison) In a statement released yesterday, Foxconn said it remains committed to its multi-billion-dollar deal with the state of Wisconsin.  The Taiwan-based tech giant released the statement one day after Governor Tony Evers said it is “unrealistic” to expect the company to hire 13-thousand workers. The LCD manufacturing facility being constructed in Racine County is smaller than the initially announced.  The company’s release did not specify the number of jobs they intend to create.  Evers wants to reopen the contract while Foxconn says it would be open to new ideas and consultation.

(Madison) Wisconsin’s unemployment rate held steady at 2.9-percent in March.  The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development says private-sector employment decreased 45-hundred jobs from February while total non-farm employment declined by 18-hundred jobs last month.  The state added 92-hundred non-farm jobs and 12-thousand-400 private-sector jobs for the year ending in March 2019.  The state’s labor force participation rate was 67.5-percent last month.  The national unemployment rate in March was nearly one point higher than the Wisconsin rate at 3.8-percent.

(Horicon) It’s a great time of the year for bird watchers in the Dodge County area. Jeff Bahls with the Horicon Marsh Bird Club told us yesterday (Thursday) on WBEV’s Community Comment that our fine-feathered friends are making their way back from their winter migration. Bahls has already seen Tree Swallows, Red Wing Blackbirds, Yellow Rump Warblers and Phoebes. Robins have been around for a while and waterfowl are at peak migration. He says everyday and every south wind brings something new. Bahls joined us in advance of the Horicon Marsh Bird Festival which returns to the area this year between May 9 and May 13.