News – August 26, 2019

(Town of Trenton) A Waupun man was killed in a fatal accident near Fox Lake early this (Monday) morning. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says the 26-year-old’s car was eastbound on Highway 68 just after midnight when the vehicle left the roadway near Lakeland Road in the Town of Trenton. The car struck a utility pole and came to rest on its roof. The driver was non-responsive at the scene and was transported to Waupun Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The crash remains under investigation. Both lanes of Highway 68 were closed for two hours while emergency officials cleared the scene.

(Town of Trenton) A rural Beaver Dam man was killed in a farm accident Friday afternoon. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says the incident occurred around 2:30pm at N9334 County Highway A. Upon arrival, deputies learned that a farm tractor had rolled onto John Ganske, who was operating the loader controls from the ground. The Medical Examiner pronounced the 80-year-old dead at the scene.

(Portage) In Dane County, a Portage man was arrested yesterday (Sunday) for sixth offense Operating While Intoxicated. The Wisconsin State Patrol conducted the traffic stop on Maple Grove Road and Highway 51 for extensive window tinting and speeding. The odor of intoxicants was reportedly detected. Standard field sobriety tests were conducted, and 60-year-old Thomas Braaksma was taken into custody.

(Waupun) Waupun Police are investigating to determine how a 75-year-old Mayville woman suffered severe head injuries at a home on Brandon Street Saturday morning. They got a call just before 9am about an elderly woman who was not breathing and possibly had no pulse.  When officers arrived, a 30-year-old Waupun man confronted them, threatened them, and assaulted an officer. A taser was used to subdue him. They found the woman in the basement of the home and she was taken to Waupun Memorial Hospital and later flown to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah with head injuries.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association got about two dozen more signatures than the minimum to start the process of forming a lake district. The taxing jurisdiction would raise revenue from waterfront property owners to address issues ranging from shoreline erosion to water quality. Association President Bill Boettge says the district would, among other things, greatly improve the lake’s chances of receiving grant funding. There are around 1400 shoreline property owners representing roughly 800 properties and a 51-percent approval rate, or just over 700 signatures, was needed to advance the matter to the county board for consideration.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Scholarship Foundation will be holding its 21st Annual Golf Classic on September 9th. The event helps the foundation raise money to cover administrative costs so all of the funds generated through their endowment goes directly to student scholarships. Since the start of the foundation, scholarships have been awarded to over 600 students. Last year, $190,000 was awarded to 28 students going to four or two year colleges. Those interested in sponsoring the event, or looking to register to golf, can find more information with this news story at

(Dodge County) Vehicle sales in Dodge County are down slightly compared to this time last year. According to the Waterloo-based industry tracking firm Reg-Trak, 2150 vehicles rolled off dealer lots this year in Dodge County, a decrease of 1.2-percent. Columbia County had 1500 vehicles sold this year, down 3.75-percent from last year. There were 1657 total vehicle sales in Jefferson County, a decrease of 5.5-percent. The nine-county, south central Wisconsin region as a whole saw 27-thousand sales, an increase of 1.2-percent.