News – August 19, 2019

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen says the Dark Store tax loophole is an issue worth fighting over. The concept involves bigger retailers seeking to have their property assessed as if no one is operating in them which would lower how much they would pay in property taxes. Those unpaid taxes would then fall onto local taxpayers in the municipalities where those retailers are located. Currently, Beaver Dam Wal-Mart has requested two separate reassessments to lower their property taxes on both their super-center and distribution center. Glewen told us on WBEV’s Community Comment that an additional $60,000 fell onto Beaver Dam residents following Wal-Mart’s first reassessment. She says another reduction could reach the six-figure amount which would have a noticeable impact on residential property values.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man is accused of firing a gun outside the home of a North Fond du Lac man who allegedly sold a friend bogus marijuana. The purported dealer no longer lived at the residence where Jesse Rocha allegedly knocked on the door on August 11, firing one shot before anyone answered. There were no injuries. The bogus marijuana turned out to be ground-up broccoli. Cash bond recently set at $10,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for this Friday.

(Waupun) Waupun Fire Chief B. J. DeMaa says the cause of a fire that destroyed a mobile home is considered suspicious and is under investigation. The blaze at 916 South Madison Street shortly was reported before 5pm Friday. One person who was in the home prior to the fire was taken to Waupun Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries. No firefighters were injured.

(Madison) Increased deaths due to alcohol abuse and opioid use have led to a two-year drop in the state’s life expectancy.  A report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum finds the rate dropped two-tenths of a year to 80-years-old for a baby born between 2015 and 2017.  The report also found an increase in deaths for African-Americans, which is offsetting medical progress in the treatment of heart disease and strokes.

(Beaver Dam) Auditions are being held this evening (Monday) for the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre’s fall production of The Laramie Project. The drama explores reactions to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. Rehearsals begin later this month with the show on the stage in October. More information is at bact.org, a link can be found with this news story at DailyDodge.com.

(Beaver Dam) Attendance at the Dodge County Fair was higher than last year. That according to Fair Board Secretary Sally Schoenike (shay-nuh-key) who says the five-day event that wrapped-up yesterday (Sunday) was not hampered by the early morning rain on three different days. Last year’s attendance was 43,600 which is around 1600 people less than 2017.  Preliminary attendance numbers have not yet been released.

(Beaver Dam) Leipsig 4-H Leader Jason Luedtke took home the “Three-H and One-C No Hands Allowed” trophy at the 24th Annual Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Contest Friday at the Dodge County Fair. Persephone J McDougal, star of the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre’s sold out main stage summer production “Annie,” wearing the signature red and white “Annie” dress from the play, beat out the Beaver Dam Area Orchestra conductor and Citizen of the Year. And 2014 Dodge County Fairest of the Fair Carrie Warmka took home her fourth “Sweetest of the Fair” trophy. Sheriff Dale Schmidt handcuffed defending champion Thomas Rehfeldt of the 95X Morning Show offstage, but a table and cream puff were moved in front of him and Rehfeldt defeated the sheriff and the DA while handcuffed.