News – December 20, 2022

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night approved the use of federal stimulus monies to fund a Main Street Coordinator. There are 33 Wisconsin Main Street communities that receive technical support and training through the commerce department to promote the historic and economic redevelopment of downtown. The position would be funded for one year with $33-thousand dollars in ARPA monies and $17-thousand dollars in hotel-motel bed tax revenues. Funding after the first year could include the creation of a Business Improvement District, a taxing jurisdiction that would raise revenue from downtown property owners.

(Juneau) Dodge County is taking applications for a spot on the Board of Adjustment. There is currently two vacancies on the appointed board which is responsible for quasi-judicial decisions, including final decision on zoning appeals, and variances in Dodge County zoning cases. The Board of Adjustment meets the second Thursday of each month at 9:30am and on the third Thursday at 7pm. Members are given $60 per meeting and are reimbursed for mileage. Details about applying can be found at

(Horicon) The Department of Natural Resources is stocking pheasants at 25 state properties including two in Dodge County. The pheasant stocking began in 2017 to provide hunters an additional opportunity to hunt during the holiday season. In Dodge County, state properties to be stocked include the Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area and the Mud Lake Wildlife Area. The DNR will stock 2,800 pheasants across 25 state properties over a two-day period this week. The pheasant season in Wisconsin runs until January 8th.

(Portage) Authorities in Columbia County are notifying the public that their emergency services will be holding an exercise tonight Tuesday. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office along with the Emergency Management Department, the Portage Police and Fire Departments, and the Portage School District have planned a countywide exercise to practice general emergency and hazmat responses. The drill is slated to begin at 6:30pm tonight and conclude by 9:30pm.

(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Center for the Arts needs volunteers to help with their Holiday Gift Gallery. Kraig Kasten says it has been difficult to find volunteers because of the pandemic. If people are interested, Kasten says to contact the arts center or him directly. The Holiday Gift Gallery is open through January 8th.

(Washington County) A local government in Wisconsin is taking action against the Chinese social media app TikTok. Citing security concerns, Washington County Executive Josh Schoemann announced on Monday that TikTok is prohibited on Washington County government devices. Schoemann said he discussed the issue with Wisconsin congressman Mike Gallagher, who has introduced legislation to ban TikTok in the US outright. The US Senate voted unanimously to ban the app from all US Government devices. – WRN