News – December 13, 2021

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff is detailing the workings of his department’s CART team. CART stands for Child Abduction Response Team. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says in addition to members of his own agency the team also consists of personnel from other entities throughout the county including police departments from Beaver Dam, Brownsville, Juneau, among others. It is also made up of members of area fire departments and emergency management officials. Schmidt says they utilize their detectives to conduct interviews and look into potential leads to help search for the missing child.

(Taycheedah) A Fond du Lac teen is facing felony Fleeing charges following a pursuit with authorities early Sunday morning. The 17-year-old fled after a Fond du Lac County deputy attempted a traffic stop just after midnight for speeding in the Town of Taycheedah for roughly two miles before he stopped. The driver and a 17-year-old passenger fled on foot before they were arrested. The passenger is also facing charges for Obstructing.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam garbage cart collections will begin today. The city enters into a contract with a new company, GFL Environmental, on January 1st. The company will begin distributing the new carts on December 13th and continue through the end of the year. Property owners are asked to not place these carts out until their regularly scheduled service day the week of January 3rd through the 7th. If anyone has not received their new carts by December 31st, they are asked to call 920-887-4635.

(Watertown) A movie theater in Watertown will be receiving funds as part of the governor’s latest round of coronavirus relief grants. Tony Evers recently announced more than $10-million-dollars to theaters around the state. Towne Cinema, LLC located at 308 East Main Street in Watertown will be receiving $45-thousand-dollars. A movie theater in portage operated by 4R Future, Inc. will be receiving $105-thousand-dollars. This is the second pandemic relief program to assist the movie theater industry in Wisconsin, bringing the total investment to $20-million-dollars.

(Portage) A survey is available through Wednesday for Columbia County residents to gage their opinion on local health trends. The survey is a collaborative effort between the Columbia County Health and Human Services – Division of Public Health and Aspirus Divine Savior Hospital and Clinics who want to hear from residents about what is working well in their community and what needs improvement. The 32 question survey takes roughly 10 minutes to complete, and all responses are confidential and anonymous. The survey must be completed and returned by December 15th. More information can be found with this story at

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s new political maps are currently in the hands of the state Supreme Court – but may yet end up in federal court. The U.S. Supreme Court last week denied a request by Wisconsin Republicans to halt a federal lawsuit over redrawing the state’s congressional and legislative districts. That means groups affiliated with Democrats may still have an opportunity for a three judge federal panel to review the maps after the Wisconsin Supreme Court concludes work on the issue, likely early next year. – WRN