News – December 14, 2019

(Beaver Dam) The fundraising arm of local law enforcement agency is hosting a community-wide Christmas dinner this year. In addition to turkey and all the fixin’s, Santa will be at the event on December 23.  The dinner is free but those interested in attending cannot just show up, they must obtain a ticket, fill it out, tear it in half and return the stub to the police department by this Monday (12/16). The tickets can be obtained from the police station or at the Community Action Council Food Pantry, the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry or the Watermark; the stub, however, must be brought back to the police station. The Beaver Dam Police Charities free Christmas Dinner runs from 4:30pm to 7:30pm one week from Monday at the Watermark Community and Senior Center.

(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Sheriff says there has been strong community support in an effort to install security cameras at Swan City Park. Earlier this month, the Beaver Dam Rotary Club’s Christmas light display at the park was vandalized. Damages were estimated at approximately $3,000. Sheriff Dale Schmidt, who is also the chair of the Rotary Lights Committee, says in the days since there has been a tremendous outpouring of support. Schmidt says he was contacted by John McKinstry who has pledged $3,000 to replace all damaged items at the park. Kaul Refrigeration intends to make a $500 donation and a Go Fund Me page has raised over $835 so far. Schmidt says while the electrical service for a surveillance system was not included in the quote for cameras, a Clyman business has offered to help. He says United Electric has offered to donate up to $5,000 in electrical work to power the new camera system. More information about donating is available on Checks can be made out to the city of Beaver Dam Rotary Lights and in the memo section write: Camera Program or Wi-Fi Program.

(Columbus) Columbus residents who fail to shovel their sidewalks will see an increased snow removal fee starting next month. The move comes after Department of Public Works Director Zach Navin told city officials in committee last month that the city has not charging enough to cover costs, so the penalties are cheaper than a property owner hiring a snow removal service. Residents are given 24-hour notice to clear snowy sidewalks before a DPW crew is dispatched, and the homeowner is currently assessed a $50 fee. Beginning January 25, delinquent properties will be charged $111 on the first occurrence with an increase of $25 or $50 for each additional infraction. The ordinance change adopted at a special meeting this week will also result in residents paying one dollar cost per-linear-foot of sidewalk.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School District’s spring break is going to be earlier during the next school year. The school board this week approved a calendar for 2020-2021 that has spring break during the third week of March. It has been held during the fourth week of March in recent years. The next, 172-day school year will begin on Tuesday, September 1 and end on Friday, May 28. There are three make-up days identified through Thursday, June 3.

(Juneau) Dodge County officials are looking for public help with the 2020 census. The county is seeking assistance from various community groups, including a broad spectrum of government and community leaders from education, non-profit groups, business, service clubs, healthcare, faith-based groups and other community organizations to establish a Complete Count Committee. The goal of the committee is to increase awareness and encourage Dodge County residents to respond to the 2020 census. County Board Chair Russ Kottke says $675-billion dollars in federal spending is distributed annually based on census date. He says the funding supports roads and highways, education, healthcare, libraries, police and fire services, housing assistance senior and social services and other vital programs that benefit Dodge County. For the first time, people will be able to respond by phone, internet or mail.  The initial meeting to form the committee is scheduled for December 18th at 1:30pm in Rooms 1H/1I of the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau. For more information visit

(Mount Pleasant) Foxconn could finally get some of the promised tax credits from the state of Wisconsin. Foxconn’s Jay Lee tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the company has 520 employees on the payroll, more than enough to meet the jobs goal for 2019. Foxconn missed its goals last year. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will have to certify those job numbers before Foxconn will see any of the tax credits.

(Madison) Minneapolis police are investigating discovery of tiny cameras in rooms occupied by students from Madison East High School who were in the Twin Cities for a field trip. School officials are confirming hidden cameras were found in the student’s hotel rooms during a field trip last weekend in Minneapolis. The Madison School District has put a staff member on leave in response to the incident as a cautionary measure. Minneapolis police officials are releasing little information on the ongoing investigation but did say they are trying to determine who installed the devices. The hotel involved is cooperating with the investigation.

(Wisconsin) The flu and flu-like illnesses are on the rise in parts of Wisconsin. The flu shot is the best defense against the virus, but health care professionals say proper hand-washing can cut your risk of respiratory illnesses by as much as 21-percent. Washing your hands also helps protect against germs like salmonella, norovirus, and E. coli that get on our hands by touching contaminated surfaces like countertops and doorknobs.

(Milwaukee) A judge will have to sign-off before Milwaukee Police can help ICE agents in the city. Members of Milwaukee’s Police and Fire Commission have approved a plan that will require a warrant for each case where federal immigration officials ask for help from city police. Milwaukee police commanders wanted some exceptions, like in the case of suspected terrorists or sex offenders, but the commission panel said no. The full Police and Fire Commission is expected to approve the policy next week.

(Green Bay) Think before you click on tickets for this weekend’s Packers-Bears game. The Packers say they’re getting reports of phony tickets bought through secondary sources. The team recommends you buy tickets from official sources like Ticketmaster, NFL Ticket Exchange, and Vivid Seats. You may be dealing with a bogus seller if they price they’re asking is too good to be true, or if payments are required by wire transfer, pre-paid debit or gift cards, or cashier’s checks.

(Markesan) They may not all have been on key, but no one could object to where cops in Green Lake County sung Christmas Carols this week. Police officers from Green Lake, Berlin, Markesan, and Green Lake County Sheriff’s deputies and state troopers visited nursing homes throughout the county Tuesday to sing Christmas Carols to residents. Markesan Police Chief Will Pflum (FLUM) says Sheriff Mark Podoll (PAH-doll) came up with the idea and Pflum is glad he did. They even had someone dressed as Santa and both of the Sheriff’s K9s also went along. They hope to make it a Christmas tradition in the county.