News – December 2, 2022

(Juneau) Five Dodge County municipalities were randomly selected for a post-election audit by the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Equipment used at polling locations in the city of Beaver Dam, town of Lomira, town of Lowell, Village of Neosho, and the village of Randolph were examined. Following the three-day audit held at the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau this week, County Clerk Karen Gibson says the hand tallied results matched the equipment tally from election night for all five municipalities.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam’s mayor has been appointed to the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Board of Directors. Becky Glewen says she is honored to serve on the Board in these challenging times when communities are struggling with levy limits, the weight of continued decreasing state shared revenues, flat funding for first responders, and steep inflationary costs. The League is comprised of more than 600 members, representing both small and large cities and villages in rural and urban Wisconsin.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County authorities Thursday announced multi-state charges against 10 people in a $1-million-dollar meth ring. A joint investigation that began earlier this year lead to the arrest of seven people, including a person from Michigan, while three individuals are still on the run. Roughly 280 grams of fentanyl was sieved during the investigation which prosecutors say was enough to kill every resident of Fond du Lac County. Additional defendants are expected to be charged.

(Beaver Dam) Organizers with the annual Beaver Dam Holiday Parade say there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the festivities this year. Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce President Tracy Propst says there will be a Cocoa Walk with hot chocolate and treats at a variety of different businesses starting at 10am Saturday. The parade will be held in the downtown area beginning at 5:30pm. It will also be aired and streamed live on DailyDodge TV.

(Columbus) The Columbus Red Bud Players performances of The Wasp Nest and The Patient begin Friday. Showtimes will be at 7:30pm for today’s show as well as tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) and on the ninth. The final performance is at 2pm on December 11th. Tickets are $10 dollars at the door of the Fireman’s Park Pavilion in Columbus.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s US Senators voted Thursday for a measure to avert a nationwide rail strike. Democrat Tammy Baldwin and Republican Ron Johnson voted ‘yes’ to send the measure to President Biden’s desk. The agreement will give rail workers a roughly 24 percent pay increase by 2024 and more sick time flexibility. It does not include any new paid sick leave, the sticking point that could have resulted in a disruptive rail strike by the end of next week. In a statement, Johnson said the ‘cooling off’ period should have been extended to force railroads and unions back to the negotiating table while keeping trains rolling. But he said a shutdown would have harmed people and the economy.
The Senate vote was 80-15-WRN.

(Waukesha) An unusual find in a Wisconsin lake. Look what the cat dragged in from a lake in Waukesha – a gator’s head. And the DNR says it’s the real deal, not some discarded souvenir. The owner of the cat, named Toast, says she at first thought it was a fish in the feline’s mouth but soon discovered it was the head of an alligator. DNR says there have been a handful of reports of gators sighted in Wisconsin lakes, pretty much all of them used to be pets that people released or that escaped-WRN.