(Dodge County) The holiday weekend was a snowy one across much of Wisconsin. Winter storms swept across northern and central Wisconsin Saturday and Sunday. Douglas County saw the most snow — nearly 22 inches by 11am Sunday. That made for challenging travel for people headed home after the Thanksgiving weekend. The latest round of snow is on top of another storm which saw significant snowfall across much of northern Wisconsin last week. Closer to home, the Dodge County area experienced an icy weekend mix giving way to temperatures hovering around the freezing point today.
(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office reports four runoffs yesterday afternoon and two injury accidents. Both crashes with injuries occurred on State Highway 60 and Hilltop Road in the Town of Hustisford within 15 minutes of each other over the four o’clock hour.
(Town of Westford) Authorities over the weekend identified the woman killed in her Town of Westford home in a Thanksgiving night fire. Eighty-two-year-old Eleanor Neumann was rescued by a sheriff’s deputy but later died at the hospital. Her husband, Ruben Neumann, was able to exit the home on his own; the 92-year-old sustained non-life-threatening burns. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is investigating along with the State Fire Marshall.
(Westport) A sad ending to a Silver Alert in Dane County. Eighty-seven year-old Donald Soper was found dead on Saturday morning, and his 87-year-old wife Colleen died Saturday night at a Madison hospital. The couple were found in their vehicle just before 10:30am on a remote trail in the Town of Vermont. The Silver Alert was issued Thursday evening after the couple left a family gathering. Donald had planned to take his wife to her assisted living facility in the Village of Cross Plains before returning to his home in the Town of Westport.
(Montello) The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit helped deputies nab a man wanted on an outstanding warrant. Authorities attempted to conduct a traffic stop early Saturday morning after recognizing the driver, but the suspect continued on for several blocks. The vehicle eventually stopped and the suspect fled on foot. After verbal warnings, deputies deployed K-9 Blackjack who immediate apprehended the suspect, who reportedly dropped a variety of drugs while on the run.
(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam School Superintendent Mark DiStefano fully supports the bullying ordinance recently adopted by the city council. The ordinance is intended to make parents liable for the actions of their children for incidents that occur not only on school grounds, but also away from school or even online. DiStefano says children are our most valuable resources and when they make poor choices that is part of growing up; part of being a parent, he says, is being accountable. DiStefano notes that in many other situations, parents are liable for the actions of their kids, like for instance vandalism where parents would have to pay restitution on behalf of their children for any damage. The ordinance affords parents up to 90 days to get the child’s behavior under control. The penalties will be determined by the municipal court judge and could be monetary.
(Mayville) Mayville has hired a third-party firm to develop an economic plan for the city. The common council recently approved paying $15-thousand dollars to Vierbicher and Associates, which is a Wisconsin-based engineering and planning group. Mayor Rob Boelk says Vierbicher’s input is much needed and the system currently in place is not working. Boelk says the firm will begin their work within in the next couple weeks and are under contract for six months.
(Juneau) The Master Gardener Volunteer Training is being offered next year through the Dodge County UW-Extension, teaching the basics of gardening and landscaping. Master Gardner Carol Shirk says participants learn a wide variety of topics such as insects, trees, plant diseases, and weeds. Classes will meet from Tuesday evenings beginning February 4 and concluding in early May. Successfully completing the training program is the first step to becoming a Certified Master Gardener Volunteer. The 14-week program cost is $150 and includes training. Registration deadline for the class is January 17.