News – April 5, 2023

(Dodge County) Tuesday night’s election saw a new mayor seated in Columbus. Joe Hammer was the top vote getter against Ian Gray. He succeeds Mary Arnold who did not seek reelection. Columbus also had a contested aldermanic race in District Three. Molly Finkler finished with 296 votes to Nathan Anfinson’s 185.

(Beaver Dam) There were no contested races on the Beaver Dam common council or school board, but there was a contested race for Beaver Dam Municipal Court Judge. Todd Snow was elected to the bench. The Waupun attorney topped recently retired Beaver Dam city attorney Maryann Schacht in Tuesday night’s vote.

(Dodge County) A pair of Dodge County school district referenda were voted down by voters Tuesday night. The Hustisford School District was seeking $19.5-million-dollars to put towards upgrading current facilities and to construct a brand-new pre-k-through-12 school building. An operational referendum in the Horicon School District was also defeated. It sought to exceed revenue limits by $800-thousand dollars per year for five years.

(Dodge County) There were also a number of village and town races as well as some contested school board races throughout the area. To see all the election results, visit the news tab at

(Wisconsin) Milwaukee County Judge Janet Protasiewicz won a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She defeated former Justice Dan Kelly.

(Madison) The governor’s office reschedules a bill-signing ceremony. Governor Tony Evers will sign legislation co-authored by Joint Finance Committee co-chairs Senator Howard Marklein and Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam Thursday. The signing was originally scheduled for Wednesday. The bill provides the option of protective status classification for county jailers. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Two more tornadoes from Friday’s storms in Southern Wisconsin have been confirmed. The National Weather Service says a “very brief” EF-1 was on the ground for about a minute two miles north of the Iowa County village of Rewey. Another EF-1 with maximum wind speeds of 100 miles per hour was confirmed four miles west of Belmont in Lafayette County. It was on the ground for almost 13 miles. Nine other tornadoes were confirmed in Dane, Rock, Green, Jefferson and Walworth counties. – WRN