News – April 30, 2021

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff says a mailing from the Badger State Sheriff’s Association is legitimate. Sherriff Dale Schmidt says the “Honorary Membership” mailing seeks support of citizens for sheriff’s statewide. He says the mailings purpose is to give citizens the opportunity to show support for the office of sheriff as they work to protect their constitutional rights.

(Green Lake County) Governor Tony Evers has appointed Gerise (Jerr-ees) LaSpisa (las-pee-sah) as the new district attorney for Green Lake County. LaSpisa is an assistant district attorney in the county and has been a prosecutor for thirteen years. The appointment fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Andrew Christenson and will fill the remainder of the unexpired term that ends January 2025.

(Fond du Lac) An interim police chief has been named while the city of Fond du Lac searches for a new chief. The Police and Fire Commission recently named Assistant Police Chief Aaron Goldstein as interim chief. Police Chief Bill Lamb is retiring on May 18th. The Fond du Lac Police and Fire Commission is in the process of selecting a search firm to assist with the search for a new chief.

(Dane County) A Dane County judge says that Republican Legislative leaders cannot preemptively spend money on private lawyers ahead of a possible fight on redistricting. The ruling from Judge Stephen Ehlke (elk-ee) means that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (lemee-hue) have to get back the money they paid to the firms. WisPolitics reported in February that one of those contracts could have cost taxpayers almost a million dollars, and GOP leaders have been paying the lawyers 30 thousand dollars a month since December. – WRN

(Juneau) The Dodge County Health Department will be holding a walk-in Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine clinic Monday (May 3rd). The pause over blood clotting concerns was recently lifted for the J and J or Janssen vaccine. The vaccine clinic is only for those 18 years of age or older. Those interested are asked to bring a photo ID. The clinic will begin at 5pm and go until 7pm on the ground floor of the Human Services and Health Department Building located at 199 County Road DF in Juneau.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported eight COVID deaths yesterday bringing that number to 6,815. Dodge County 162 deaths with 111 active cases. Twenty-six-point-eight-percent (26.8%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 34 -percent have had at least one dose.

(Wisconsin) Thousands of Wisconsinites behind on their utility bills are in for some help. Governor Evers says he is going to earmark $21-million-dollars to help pay down utility bills for 36-thousand people in Wisconsin. That comes to a little more than $580-dollars per-household. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) The deadline for the Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation’s spring grant cycle is tomorrow. Eligible non-profit organizations located in Dodge County are invited to submit grant applications for up to $2,500. Projects should be practical, set into action within a near timeframe and have prospects for long-term sustainability. More information can be found with this news story at DailyDodge.com.