News – April 3, 2019

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Common Council President Robert Ballweg lost his aldermanic seat to Jack Yuds in yesterday’s election while two incumbents on the common council, Jon Abfall and Mick Fischer, withstood challenges. On the Beaver Dam school board, incumbent Jim Jansen loses his seat to Tony Klatt who will be sworn-in alongside incumbents Bev Beal-Loeck and Chad Prieve. Jenifer Quimby is the new mayor in Waterloo while Emily McFarland is the new mayor of Watertown. In the race for Columbus school board, the top vote-getters were Mike O’Brien and Keith Loppnow; Dave Beal will keep his seat on the Dodgeland School Board; Steve Chene lost to Lori Van Buren in Waupun while the Mayville school board will seat Tom Kempf and incumbent Norb Dornfeld. School funding referenda were approved by voters in Oakfield, Rio, Sun Prairie, DeForest and Fond du Lac. Trenton Town Board Chairman Russ Kottke withstood a challenge from Maily Kocinski while James Meyer was elected Ashippun town board chairman. In the village of Reeseville, incumbent Board Chairman Brian Miller was elected to another term.

(Juneau) Dodge County saw a 37-percent voter turnout in yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) election. Clerk Karen Gibson says of the 48,540 registered voters in the county, 18,106 cast a ballot. The number of registered voters does not include those who registered at the polls on election day. Gibson says the 18-thousand ballots cast were roughly 2500 more than the spring election last year.

(Beaver Dam) New details emerge as authorities release the name of the Beaver Dam man killed yesterday (Tuesday) morning after a vehicle plunged into the river off the Madison Street bridge. Jared H. Frakes was the passenger in a car that flipped upside down into the Beaver Dam River just before 2am. Four police officers were treated for hypothermia after jumping into cold, rushing water three-feet deep to rescue the driver, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The 23-year-old Frakes was pronounced dead at the hospital. The incident sparked a multi-agency search for a two-year-old child believed to be in the car.  After several hours, it was learned that the child was safe with relatives the whole time.

(Beaver Dam) The executive director of Dodge County’s domestic violence shelter is taking a job with the state Justice Department. Theresa Nienow of PAVE has submitted her resignation effective April 11. Nienow says her time with PAVE has been extremely fulfilling and that she enjoyed working with the dedicated Board of Directors and talented advocates who are passionate about their work. A succession plan is in place allowing the Board of Directors to set future leadership goals and has named Ashley Welak as PAVE’s interim director. Nienow’s new role will be with the Department of Justice, Office of Crime Victim Services.

(Madison) The Winter Energy Moratorium will end on April 15, and that means your utility can start disconnections for non-payment. We Energies spokeswoman Alison Trouy says that disconnection is their last resort, and that there are payment plans and energy assistance available to people if they’re having trouble paying their bills.