News – December 28, 2022

(Neosho) The death of a Neosho man is being investigated by Dodge County authorities. Around 3:21pm yesterday Tuesday, the sheriff’s office responded to a report of an individual who had been located laying in the Rubicon River, just west of Highway 67. First responders were able to locate the 29-year-old who was deceased. Law enforcement and the Medical Examiner’s Office are currently working to establish a cause of death and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

(Clyman) One person was injured Tuesday following a crash involving two semis in the town of Clyman. A Freightliner semi heading northbound on Highway 16/26 around 1:44pm struck the trailer of a Volvo semi turning east onto Highway CJ. The driver of the Freightliner, a 57-year-old Horicon man, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The operator of the Volvo, a 46-year-old Florida man, was uninjured. The crash is under investigation.

(Waupun) Fire damaged a metal barn in Watertown on Christmas Day. The Watertown Fire Department responded to W3855 Ebenezer Road just before 11pm. While heading to the scene, crews could see a glow from the blaze and found a fully involved structure fire upon arrival. Firefighters used multiple hose lines and provided a defensive attack while protecting nearby buildings. Around 28-thousand gallons of water was used to extinguish the flames. There were no injuries reported. Officials say there are no damage estimates at this time. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

(Dodge County) COVID booster rates in Wisconsin have health officials concerned. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID data dashboard, fewer than 18-percent of eligible state residents have received the updated COVID bivalent booster. The number for those 65 and older are somewhat better at 42-percent, but still far short of what the Department of Health Services had hoped for when the booster shots first became available. In Dodge County, just under 14-percent of the population has received the updated COVID booster.

(Juneau) An area youth was recognized at a recent Dodge County Board meeting for their work in the 4-H program. Kathryn Witzel of Columbus is the 2022 recipient of the Wisconsin 4-H Key Award. The Key Award, one of the highest recognitions a 4-H member can receive, honors a select group of participants annually. Those who receive the award are ones who have demonstrated consistent growth in their 4-H involvement, developed and applied their leadership skills, and actively participated in their club and community.

(Columbus) Columbus Schools Superintendent Jacob Flood reflects on the high school football team winning state and its impact on the district. He says the team made the district proud and rallied the community together. Flood notes that he always talks about the district being excellent and on the brink of greatness, and that the football team showed what it truly meant to be great.