News – December 19, 2022

(Jefferson County) A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy was injured when their parked squad car was struck by a vehicle early Sunday morning. The deputy was providing scene security for a tow truck operator on Interstate 94, near county Road F around 5am, when an eastbound vehicle struck the squad. The deputy and the driver of the striking vehicle were transported for medical care. The crash remains under investigation.

(Beaver Dam) The Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association has set a goal of no more fire deaths for the rest of the year. With two weeks to go there have been 53 fire fatalities, compared to 40 in all of 2021. There were five deaths in two separate fires on December 9th. Three children died in a blaze in Watertown and two lives were claimed by a fire in La Crosse. Two people die in a mobile home fire in Janesville Friday. There were 52 fire-related deaths in 2020.

(Lomira) A Dodge County woman was one of 15 people charged in a multi-state drug trafficking organization. Betty Daniels of Lomira was federally indicted following a long-term investigation that resulted in the seizure of kilogram quantities of fentanyl, heroin, meth, cocaine, and marijuana. Five people from Milwaukee are also facing charges as well as four from California, three from Minnesota, and two from Illinois.

(Beaver Dam) A new restaurant is opening Monday in Beaver Dam. Pizza Ranch is holding its grand opening and “first bite ceremony” from 11am to 8pm. The business has moved into the former Ponderosa building located at 1524 North Spring Street. Other chain restaurants opening in Beaver Dam include Noodles and Company, International House of Pancakes, and a combination Dunkin’ Donuts – Baskin Robbins. A Jersey Mike’s recently opened in the strip mall off Frances Lane.

(Beaver Dam) WBEV’s Barn Show was the conduit for a wedding proposal on Friday. Carrie Yerges of Jefferson is a senior at UW Oshkosh who grew up listening to the Barn Show. She loves polka so much, that she taught her boyfriend Clint Bergsma of Evansville how to do the polka. Clint reached out to Uncle Bill and played a special song request: the Marry Me Polka by the Polka King of Canada Walter Ostanck. The couple phoned in after the song to tell Uncle Bill that Carrie said ‘yes.” They have not yet set a date, but they told Uncle Bill as soon as they do, his wedding invitation will be in the mail.