News – April 8, 2022

(Juneau) A Dodge County Board supervisor wants to prohibit defeated resolutions from being brought back up for a vote in the same session unless it is substantially different. The proposed rule from David Guckenberger was created after the board failed twice to approve borrowing for road repairs in as many months. The board tried a third time in March, which again failed, but some contested it was against their rules of order to reconsider the matter. Guckenberger’s rule was discussed at the board’s executive committee this week and will be brought back again next month.

(Juneau) The Beaver Dam Common Council this week approved the acceptance of a donation for Project Lifesaver. The Beaver Dam Police Department is among the local agencies offering the program that locates missing persons with a tendency to wander, perhaps due to cognitive conditions such as autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s, or Down syndrome. The $2000 donation comes from the Dementia Concerns Coalition, a group whose focus is on the quality of life for people impacted by dementia that announced recently it would be disbanding after 20 years.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam intersection is set to close next week for road repairs. City officials say the east leg of the East South Street and South University Avenue intersection will be shut down to all traffic next Tuesday through Thursday. The intersection is anticipated to be reopened to all motorists by next Friday. The work schedule is dependent on weather conditions.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff says a mailing from the Badger State Sheriff’s Association is legitimate. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the “Honorary Membership” mailing seeks support of citizens for sheriffs statewide. He says the Badger Sheriff’s Association, which he is first vice president of, represents every sheriff of all 72 Wisconsin counties. An image of the mailing can be found with this news story at

(Fond du Lac) The Fond du Lac Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials team worked for over five hours Thursday to mitigate a chemical leak at Milk Specialties. Crews were called to the plant on 325 Tompkins Street just before noon. Staff were evacuated as well as residents in nearby homes. It was also reported that the leak caused major delays in railway traffic. Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O’Leary says an investigation into the incident is underway, but the leaks cause is still unknown. There were no injuries reported.

(Wisconsin) Federal officials have announced more than $20-billion-dollars in transit funding for fiscal year 2022, including about $116-million for Wisconsin. A release from the U.S. Department of Transportation says the funding increases are authorized under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The money will support transit agencies purchasing new buses and railcars, among other things. – WRN