News – August 26, 2023

(Wisconsin) The state’s Department of Natural Resources is urging youth ATV and UTV operators and their parents to operate responsibly. Over the last five years, 70-percent of crashes involving operators or passengers under the age of 18 occurred on private lands. Lack of helmets, not using seatbelts in UTVs and inexperience are among the top factors in these crashes. Lieutenant Warden Jake Holsclaw, DNR Off-Highway Vehicle Administrator, says parents and guardians need to stay alert and teach children to ride responsibly by making sure they wear helmets and seatbelts, take an ATV safety course and get mentorship from an experienced adult. Crashes resulting in injury or fatality do not only happen to kids. The same guidelines for helmet and seatbelt use also apply to adults.

(Dodge County) Vehicle sales in Dodge County through July have continued to lag behind regional numbers. According to the Waterloo-based, auto industry tracking firm Reg-Trak, 1,651 vehicles rolled off dealer lots through July in Dodge County, a drop of nearly seven-percent. Truck sales were down eight-percent with 1,479 sold. Car sales did see year-to-year improvement with 172 purchased, an increase of just under 14-percent from 2022.

(Beaver Dam) A local non-profit recently received a generous donation from American Bank. Church Health Services, which is a United Way Agency, was handed a $10-thousand-dollar check that will be used for the expansion and renovation of their facility at 115 North Center Street. Church Health Services provides dental, medical, and mental health services to low-income children and adults living in South Central Wisconsin.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council this week approved a donation from a local service group to help install a new drinking fountain at a city park. The $2,100 donation from the Beaver Dam Lions Club will go towards the installation of the new drinking fountain at Lakeview Park. The funds were directed to the Parks and Forestry Department who would oversee the project.

(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Fairgrounds will open back up today (Saturday) for its flea market and craft fair. Dozens of vendors and artists will be traveling to Beaver Dam to bring their latest treasures and newest creations. Gates open at 8am and sales takes place until 2pm. Parking and admission is free. Organizers say the event will take place rain or shine.

(Watertown) The Watertown Regional Medical Center has shared some of their accomplishments in 2022. They include adding 38 employed and affiliated providers such as anesthesiology, electrophysiology, emergency medicine, and family medicine, among others. The medical center invested $8.4 million dollars in capital improvement projects with upgrades to the cardiac catheterization laboratory and refreshing of the hospital’s central sterile processing area.