News – August 11, 2021

(Beaver Dam) With budget talks set to begin soon, Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen is hoping to revisit the idea of restructuring the cities government to include the addition of a City Administrator.  The plan would reduce the position of mayor to part time.  As the mayor’s job description and compensation cannot be changed mid-term, Glewen tells us that it would mean a potential overlap.  She adds that with the pending closure of a downtown TIF District, there could be more wiggle room in the budget making now a good time to make the change. The next mayoral election in April of 2022.

(Madison) In Madison on Tuesday, Governor Evers vetoed a package of Republican authored bills that would have restricted ballot drop boxes and how people can vote absentee in Wisconsin. Evers equated the efforts to the insurrection at the US Capitol in January. Many of the bills would have acted on complaints from former President Trump and his allies in the wake of his loss in 2020. Senator John Jagler calls the vetoes a “final denial of the problem.” The Watertown Republican says as absentee ballots and early voting become a larger part of our elections, it is clear that rules needed to be clarified and strengthened to secure our elections.

(Washington DC) Congressman Ron Kind is not seeking reelection. The La Crosse Democrat is the longest serving member of Wisconsin’s House delegation and says he is one of “a dying breed” of moderates in Washington. Kind’s decision not to run again comes a year prior to the 2022 primaries.

(Beaver Dam) The last of three defendants connected to a string of storage unit burglaries in Beaver Dam was sentenced yesterday. Fifty-eight-year-old Melvin Lueck was placed on probation for 18 months and ordered to pay, along with his two accomplices, restitution estimated at between $16-and-$23-thousand dollars. The burglaries occurred at storage units on Bill McCollum Way in July of 2019.

(Calamus) A Madison teen was sentenced yesterday to six months in jail with work release for running from Dodge County deputies. Denaje Atkins refused to pull over after getting clocked driving 120-miles-per-hour in the Town of Calamus in October. The 30-mile pursuit covered three counties and ended in Dane County when his vehicle drove over spike strips.

(Markesan) Markesan Police say they got calls from two residents on Monday who said they received calls from someone claiming they were with the police department. Actually, the scammer identified themselves as being with the “Markesan County Police Department.” The phone number that came up on caller ID was not the actual phone number for Markesan Police.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Police Officers will be holding some training exercises next week and want the public to know that it will only be a drill. Sergeant Craig Retzlaff says there will be numerous police and fire vehicles at Jefferson Elementary School on Tuesday between 9am and 5:30pm. They will also be utilizing the parking lot of the Beaver Dam Town Hall at various points throughout the day. Retzlaff says it is only training and asks the public to refrain from calling 9-1-1 to report the activity unless you have an emergency of your own.

(Milwaukee) You’ll need a COVID-19 vaccination card or a negative coronavirus test in order to get into Summerfest this year. Summerfest operators say they made the decision in collaboration with national health experts and music industry executives. Summerfest will be held over the first three weekends of September this year.