News – August 15, 2019

(Beaver Dam) A new Dodge County Fairest of the Fair was crowned last (Wednesday) night. Kennedy Ferron of Beaver Dam is the 36th person to receive the tiara at the fairgrounds; she succeeds Haley Justmann. Ferron tells us that being named Fairest is an honor because she grew up at the fair in 4-H and FFA, showing beef cattle. Ferron will be a junior at UW Platteville this fall, where she is majoring in Animal Science. Coincidentally, her new roommate was last year’s Fairest of the Fair in Sauk County.

(Beaver Dam) It’s day two of the Dodge County Fair. On the schedule: Senior Citizen’s Day at Radio park with bingo and music by Loco Vocals. Uncle Bill will have Barn Show Bingo beginning at 3pm. At 7pm, area youth will show and sell their top animals at the Meat Animal Sale in the Farm Progress Arena. Live coverage of the sale will be broadcasted live in audio and video formats on and on 95.3 WXRO. On the grandstand stage tonight at 8pm it’s Sawyer Brown followed by the Mad Polecats on the Radio Park Stage.

(Waupun) City officials in Waupun are hoping a housing study reveals key issues moving forward. The common council this week approved hiring Cedar Corporation at $20,000 to complete the study. The group will gather important housing and employment data, identify a wide range of housing stakeholders and provide solutions to the city on various housing needs. The analysis stemmed from a comprehensive plan adopted last year that identified the need for more housing. The study is anticipated to begin next month and should be completed by the end of this year.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School District is producing a series of video webcasts that focus on safety issues facing students today. Superintendent Mark DiStefano says the initial topics already addressed include vaping, substance abuse and sex trafficking. It is part of the district’s safety plan which includes parent and community education relative to the variety of issues that impact student safety. DiStefano says the videos include a call to action relative to the topic along with the negative impact on student learning and local resources available. Future programs will include information from school resource officers, student services staff and counselors on various topics that are applicable to students and the world they are growing up in.

(Green Lake County) A 28-year-old Berlin man that was involved in a brief standoff with police at the Kwik Trip Store in Berlin this past May was sentenced this week in Green Lake County. Justin Burkhardt entered no contest pleas to two charges and a third was read into the record and dismissed. Burkhardt was sentenced to two years of probation, and 90 days in jail with credit for 86 days already served. No one was injured during the May 19th standoff, which began with calls about a drunken man at the store who was waving a gun around.

(Waupun) The 19-year-old Appleton man wanted on a warrant for robbery out of Spokane, Washington has waived extradition. Ahlijah Collins was arrested on drug possession charges during a traffic stop in Waupun on Friday. He was in Fond du Lac County court Tuesday for an extradition hearing.  The woman driving the vehicle he was in was cited for operating after suspension.

(Beaver Dam) A Sullivan man accused of fleeing from Beaver Dam police entered a not guilty plea at arraignment yesterday. Victor Kleinschmidt was reportedly clocked going 45-miles-over the speed limit on North Sprint Street. Officers believed the 25-year-old had taken LSD because he was asking questions about (quote) “God and death.” If convicted, Kleinschmidt faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison.

(Eau Claire) A western Wisconsin man is facing his 12th OWI offense.  Eau Claire Police found Keith Bondie passed out behind the wheel at a gas station last weekend.  He told officers he had five or six beers prior to driving, and had a blood-alcohol level nearly three-times over the legal limit.