News – August 14, 2019

(Juneau) Juneau Mayor Dan Wegener told the public at last (Tuesday) night’s council meeting that they should anticipate increases in water, sewer and electric rates in coming months. The Utility Commission recently funded a study of all three of the city-owned utilities and it is recommending the hikes. Wegener says the increases have been put off for too long and with the size of some recent utility projects, cash on-hand has been used-up. He says without the increases, the utilities would have to borrow money for future projects. No word yet on the financial impact of the water and sewer increases but the electricity increase would target the base rate, which is projected to increase from $6.50 per month for residential customers to around $10.

(Juneau) The city of Juneau is looking for a new clerk-treasurer. The Common Council last (Tuesday) night accepted the resignation of Valerie Knetzger, who had been with the city for around two years. The resignation was effective August 6. Cheryl Giese was named the interim clerk-treasurer as the city searches for a full-time replacement.

(Waupun) A convicted sex offender was charged yesterday (Tuesday) with assaulting his cellmate at the Dodge Correctional. Donald Coughlin, who has been moved to Boscobel, allegedly denied assaulting the other prisoner in 2017. Tests of the victim reportedly confirmed the presence of his DNA. Coughing is serving a 48-year sentence for assaulting numerous children in Juneau County. If convicted, the 62-year-old could face an additional eighty years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for August 29.

(Beaver Dam) Authorities have identified the contractor that struck a gas main outside Beaver Dam Menards yesterday morning, leading to its evacuation. Full Range Maintenance of Oshkosh was working on an upgrade to the entrance of a lumber yard when its backhoe punctured the gas main around 7:50am. Alliant Energy was able to stop the leak within an hour. Menards reopened shortly after.

(Beaver Dam) It’s opening day for the Dodge County Fair. A new Fairest of the Fair will be crowned later today. The Badger State Tractor Pullers are slated for opening night tonight and will include various pro stock tractors and some of the top-running diesel trucks in the country. The fair will have three main stage music acts this year. Classic country act Sawyer Brown performs tomorrow (Thur). The country band Lanco is on tap for Friday. Saturday will see two rock bands take to the main stage: Great White and Slaughter. The admission price is $7 to get in before noon and $10 after that. Season tickets are $35 dollars.

(Beaver Dam) With the Dodge County Fair getting underway, the Sheriff’s Office is reminding attendees to stay safe while enjoying the activities. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says they will once again be giving away child ID’s. The cards are small enough to be stored inside a wallet or pocket and can be quickly presented to first responders and includes the child’s name, birthdate and any identifying information. The ID’s will be available at the sheriff’s office booth which is located underneath the grandstand at the fairgrounds. Schmidt says his office will also be on the lookout for counterfeit bills being used at the fair. Schmidt adds that security cameras will be in place to monitor the grounds for criminal activity.

(Milwaukee) It’s been another record year for the Wisconsin State Fair. This year’s attendance for the fair topped 1.1-million visitors. That’s the second highest attendance for the event.  The 1948 State Fair was the most attended event, but officials say that’s because that year the fair was 23 days long in celebration of Wisconsin’s centennial.