News – August 31, 2022

(Beaver Dam) There were multiple injuries following a two-vehicle crash in the township of Beaver Dam Tuesday afternoon. A Volkswagen driven by a 52-year-old man was waiting for southbound Highway A traffic to go by so he could turn left onto Ollinger Road around 4:24pm. A Toyota operated by a 48-year-old woman rearended the Volkswagen. Both drivers sustained injuries. A 14 and 11-year-old passengers in the Toyota suffered serious injuries and they were transported to the hospital in Madison.

(Juneau) A teen from the community got to take on the role of Dodge County sheriff for a day. Sheriff Dale Schmidt offered up the experience as part of this year’s Good Karma Brand’s John Moser Children’s Radiothon. Michael Smith’s father was the winning bidder and last Thursday, the 13-year-old was sworn in as Sheriff for the Day. Michael took part in K-9 demonstrations, joined the sheriff’s office SWAT team, patrolled the waters of Beaver Dam Lake, and made several traffic stops with Dale Schmidt. The sheriff says it was an honor to have Michael for the day and it was a win-win for all involved.

(Jefferson County) The Wisconsin State Patrol is conducting aerial enforcement Wednesday in Jefferson County. Weather permitting, pilots will keep an eye out for traffic violators along Interstate 94. When a pilot observes a violation, they communicate with ground-based units to initiate a traffic stop.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen is excited about the influx of new chain restaurants coming to the area. Noodles & Company and Jersey Mikes are poised to open on the city’s northside. A combination Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins will be located in a new structure between McDonalds and Shopko at the Park Village Shopping Center. Also, a Pizza Ranch is moving into the former Ponderosa. That will be open sometime in October or November.

(Waupun) A pair of development projects are well underway in Waupun. Mayor Rohn Bishop says the new ownership of the convenience store where Dunkin’ Donuts is located made a decision to build a new stand-alone store for the franchise. The new Dunkin’ Donuts will be located across the street from the Piggly Wiggly on Gateway Drive. The other much larger project is the $100-million-dollar development by the United Cooperative in Waupun’s Industrial Park. The first phase is in progress now.

(Dodge County) Year-to-date homebuilding in Dodge County saw a slight uptick over last year. According to the Wisconsin Builders Association, there were 96 single-family housing permits pulled between January and June. There were 86 in 2021, a difference of 11.6-percent. Dodge County’s home construction in quarter two did not fair nearly as well when compared to its numbers last year. There were only 49 permits between April and June this year, compared to 62 in 2021, a drop of 21-percent.