News – April 25, 2019

(Dodge County) There is snow in the forecast this weekend. The National Weather service says there’s a possibility of rain and snow throughout the state this weekend. Meteorologist Molly Aufforth says flooding is a major concern. She says the rain will impact Southeast Minnesota initially and that will flow into the Mississippi River, which will “probably stay in the flood stage for quite a bit longer than what we’re used to.” The Weather Service is predicting two-to-four inches of snow in the Dodge County-area on Saturday. and Mississippi Rivers back to flood stages, worsening conditions that were just starting to get better.

(Madison) Governor Evers and U-S Senator Tammy Baldwin say federal military officials will review how the state National Guard handles sexual assault matters.  It comes after members have alleged harassment, assault and retaliation for reporting such incidents.  The National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations will come up with recommendations for improvements later this year.

(Madison) State Appeals Court Judge Brian Hagedorn has been officially elected to the State Supreme Court.  The state Election Commission this week certified election results from earlier this month, giving Hagedorn a 5,981 margin of victory over fellow Appeals Judge Lisa Neubauer.

(Horicon) The city of Horicon is in the process of finding a replacement for a longtime department head. Director of Public Works Dave Magnussen is retiring on June 7th after working 15 years with the city. The city council this week approved a job description and city officials will meet with applicants in the coming weeks. Mayor Jim Grigg says the goal is to have someone hired before Magnussen’s last day.

(Waupun) Waupun was recently awarded with a grant that will look to make life easier for senior citizens. The city was one of three communities to receive $150,000 through the Cargill Foundation and the UW-School of Nursing. City Administrator Kathy Schlieve says there is a need to examine issues such as cost of care and how to age well in place. She says Waupun has a long list of goals they wish to achieve with the grant money but noted enhancements to the city’s Senior Center as a priority. Schlieve says the grant will be spread out over two-and-half years and is set to begin sometime in May.

(Waupun) Despite worries with road construction, the Waupun Memorial Day Parade will continue with an alternate route. With on-going roadwork on Madison Street city officials originally decided to call off the parade. The parade will begin at 9am and will proceed west on East Spring Street towards North Madison Street. The procession will end at Shaler Park at the War Veterans Memorial at 9:45am. Anyone participating in the parade is asked to line up near Howard’s Field off of East Spring Street at 8:30am.

(Burnett) A Watertown man accused of failing to complete a barn renovation project for the Dodge County Antique Power Club entered a not guilty plea at arraignment yesterday. Steven Neuman was given a $22,000 down payment for materials and allegedly spent around $16,000 on personal living expenses. If convicted, the 54-year-old faces no more than ten years in prison.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac Police now say a second attempted abduction incident has been reported in the city. The first involved a 13-year-old boy who was bicycling when he was approached by an SUV driver in his mid-50s that happened Sunday. Another incident has been reported involving a 19-year-old man who was bicycling in Lakeside Park Monday night. In both cases the physical description of the suspect was similar. The mothers of the boy and the 19-year-old man reported the incidents to police. The suspect told them to get in to his vehicle. Police are looking for any information on the incidents.

(Fond du Lac) Juan Hurtado Olvera of Chilton marked his 40th birthday in the Fond du Lac County Jail on Tuesday and on Wednesday he was charged in connection with an eight-mile chase with sheriff’s deputies. Bond was set at $3,500 cash on charges stemming from the chase last Saturday that began in the town of Calumet and culminated in the city of Fond du Lac. Hurtado-Olvera was allegedly drunk and had his four children in the vehicle during the pursuit, which reached nearly 100 miles an hour on Highway 151. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 3rd.