News – December 16, 2022

(Columbus) Columbus School Superintendent Jacob Flood tells us that when he was a kid, he thought it would be an amazing power to be able to cancel school, but he says things are now different now that he actually has that power. Columbus was among several school districts Thursday that announced a late start. Flood says superintendents are in communication with the National Weather Service several days before a weather event right up through an early morning webinar. There are also conversations with highway departments, law enforcement, bus companies and other superintendents with the goal of making a decision no later than 5:30am.

(Beaver Dam) With winter parking now in effect, the Beaver Dam Police Department is reminding city residents of the rules. Lieutenant Jeremiah Johnson says if you park your vehicle on the street between the hours of 2am and 6am it must be moved to another spot. He says if you cannot park the vehicle on our property come down to the police department to purchase a $25 dollar parking pass that is good all winter season. Johnson notes that you must still clear snow off your vehicle and where it was parked on the street following a snowfall.

(Beaver Dam) A three-day jury trial was scheduled this week for a Beaver Dam man accused of inappropriately touching a minor. Armando Ortiz allegedly touched the 14-year-old victim on several occasions between June and November of 2020. He also reportedly would offer the girl money to perform sexual acts. If convicted, the 38-year-old faces up to 217 years in prison. The trial was slated to begin on February 1st.

(Juneau) Those interested in filling a vacancy on the Dodge County board have until Monday to submit a letter of interest. The District 29 seat was held by Dan Hilbert. In a letter to county leaders, Hilbert said that he has plans on moving to the south for the winter months and feels being gone that long interferes with his activities on the board. He says he has enjoyed his time on the board and will miss his fellow supervisors and the employees of Dodge County. The seat consists of wards five through eight in the city of Beaver Dam. The board chairman will appoint the replacement with confirmation by county supervisors. The term will run until April 16th or 2024. More information can be found at

(Juneau) Dodge County Treasurer Patti Hilker is reminding taxpayers that the first installment of property taxes is due by January 31st, payable to your local treasurer’s office. Hilker notes that you cannot use the county’s online payment system for first installments. If you miss the deadline, then the entire unpaid balance is subject to interest and penalties, retroactive to February 1st. The second installment is due to your county treasurer by July 31st.

(Appleton) Earning one college credit at Lawrence University in Appleton is nothing at all. That’s because the school is offering a one-credit, once-a-week class called “Doing Nothing.” The coordinator of the course, Lawrence associate professor of religious studies Constance Kassor, tells Fox 6 Milwaukee the course, which also doesn’t allow cellphones, is designed to teach college students how to unplug, be fully present, and do things other than constantly feel pressure to perform. The class–which also requires no homework, no reading, and no final exam–has became one of the most popular courses at the university-WRN.