News – December 30, 2021

(Juneau) Utility crews are still working to repair a gas leak caused by a vehicle accident from Wednesday afternoon.  The incident occurred around 230pm on HWY 26 near the Dodge County Airport outside of Juneau causing damage to an above ground section of the natural gas service for the area.  Authorities evacuated a one-mile radius around the area to ensure the safety of residents.  Additionally, natural gas service to the city of Juneau and the surrounding area was shut down while repairs were underway.  It was anticipated that the repairs could take up to eight hours to complete, with gas service shut off to about 1,100 homes in the Juneau area.  A short term warming shelter was established at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Horicon, later an overnight warming shelter was established to assist residents without heat at the Horicon High School.

(Trenton) Dodge County Board Chairman Russ Kottke is not seeking re-election. After almost 25-years on the board, including 18 as county board chairman, Kottke has filed paperwork declaring non-candidacy in the spring election. Because of redistricting, the 66-year-old would have had to face another incumbent for the District Two seat in the Fox Lake area. The candidate filing deadline for local and statewide seats is close of business Tuesday.

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers office says the Governor has issued more pardons than any Wisconsin governor since 1977.  The Evers administration announced 30 more names on Tuesday morning.  In three years Evers has granted a total of 337 pardons.  His Republican predecessor, Scott Walker, didn’t grant any during his eight years in office.  Evers said he is proud of his administration’s work to provide second chances to people.  Former Governor Patrick Lucey issued 457 pardons during his time in office between 1971 and 1977. -WRN

(Fond du lac) A first place finish at Lab Midwest’s Team Robotics Competition has turned into new equipment for the Electromechanical program at Moraine Park Technical College.  Students Anthony Biel, Timothy Vukosich, and Gregory Van Slyke participated in the Team Robotics Competition this fall, at the Wisconsin Manufacturing and Technology Show. The team was presented with an award from Lab Midwest and Fanuc earlier this month.  Biel says “The recognition is awesome, and I’m glad we were able to win some new equipment for our program,” Moraine Park Technical College has campuses in Fond du Lac, West Bend, and Beaver Dam.  More information about MPTC can be found at

(Beaver Dam) Wayland Academy has announced it’s 19th annual competition for the Mary Swan Scholarship, which awards the cost of tuition at Wayland for four years.  Established in 2004, the scholarship is named for Miss Mary Swan, a 1925 graduate of Wayland, who taught English at the school from 1956 to 1969. To be eligible, students must reside full-time with at least one parent within the boundaries of the Beaver Dam Unified School District, be enrolled in public, parochial or home schooled, entering ninth grade as of the fall of 2022, and be in good academic and disciplinary standing. Those seeking more information or to apply can reach out to Wayland Academy at 920-356-2120 or online at