News – April 9, 2021

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is asking for support to help fund an important program that is part of their SWAT team. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says they have TEMS – or Tactical EMS – embedded with their SWAT team to provide immediate medical care for anyone who is injured. Local fire departments had been assisting the program by providing  medics but in recent weeks have had to pull-back their involvement. The program roughly costs $8,000 a year to fund. For information about donating visit


(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man charged with possessing an explosive device entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment hearing. Beaver Dam police allegedly found a pipe bomb in Chad Leitner’s possession in February. The Dane County Bomb Squad was called to the scene and rendered the device – which had a kill radius of nearly 50 feet – safe. Leitner denied making the pipe bomb. If convicted, the 42-year-old faces up to 18 years in prison.


(Wisconsin) A new poll says most people in Wisconsin support criminal justice reform. The Badger Institute says nearly three-quarters of voters in the state want prisons to focus on preparing inmates for life after their sentence. The poll shows strong support for helping inmates get job skills and help keep ex-cons from committing new crimes. The Badger Institute has pushed for criminal justice reform for years, and says the poll is encouraging news.


(Town of Beaver Dam) The next Town of Beaver Dam chairperson was determined by write-in vote as no candidates were listed on Tuesday’s ballot. Township officials say Jeff Schmitt received 100 write-in votes and will be sworn-in on Tuesday, April 20th. Schmitt – who is also a Dodge County Board supervisor – was a registered write-in candidate along with Kevin Shaver who received 18 votes. Another candidate, James Mielke – who is the Dodge County Administrator – picked up 59 votes but was not a registered write-in candidate.


(Waupun) A school board race in Waupun will apparently be going to a recount. In Tuesday’s election, Jodi Schultz defeated Jessica Standke by one vote in the race for a seat on the board representing the Fox Lake/Westford area. Schultz got 807 votes to Standke’s 806. Standke is seeking a recount, which would likely take place next week.


(Wisconsin) Nearly eight-in-ten voters in Wisconsin did not cast ballots Tuesday. The unofficial vote count from Election Day shows just over 20-percent took part in the balloting for state schools superintendent. Even fewer voters checked any boxes further down the ticket.


(Juneau) The Dodge County Health Department is highlighting several upcoming opportunities to get vaccinated. Officials say they have been administering doses of the Moderna vaccine since January and just recently received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Appointments are still available for tomorrow’s clinic as well as next week Wednesday through Friday. For more information about making a vaccination appointment through the county health department, visit


(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 14 COVID deaths yesterday bringing that total to 6,667. Dodge County has 161 deaths with 11606 cases. Statewide, active cases total 8,187, a one-day increase of 472. Eighteen-percent of Dodge County residents have gotten the vaccine while 27.7-percent have had at least one dose.


(Wisconsin) The ruling by the state supreme court that struck down the governor’s emergency order means Wisconsin will begin losing more than $50-million dollars-a-month in emergency supplemental FoodShare benefits in May. The Department of Health Services says if the court had allowed the governor’s emergency order and mask mandate to continue into April, FoodShare members would have been covered through the end of next month.


(Wisconsin) The Department of Workforce Development reports more than 75-hundred people have signed up for secure messaging about unemployment benefits. The state started using a new online unemployment portal last week.