News – December 6, 2022

(Beaver Dam) There is a new alderperson in the city of Beaver Dam. Monica Keel was sworn-in Monday night as the representative in District Nine. The district nine seat was formerly held by Jaci Shelton, who stepped down from the position in September after moving out of the area. The term runs through April of next year when the seat is up for the full two-year timeframe.

(Juneau) Dodge County officials are looking to fill a vacancy on the county board. The District 29 seat was held by Dan Hilbert. In a letter to county leaders, Hilbert said that he has plans on moving to the south for the winter months and feels being gone that long interferes with his activities on the board. The seat consists of Wards Five through Eight in the city of Beaver Dam. The term will run until April 16th or 2024. Interested individuals of the district should submit a letter of interest to Dave Frohling by December 19th.

(Waukesha) The Waukesha community came together Sunday for the 2022 edition of the Waukesha Christmas Parade. The event took a moment to remember the six people who died in the 2021 edition when Darrell Brooks drove his SUV through the parade route. Sixty others were injured. The theme of this year’s parade was “Peace on Earth.” – WRN

(Rio) The owner of a Rio sausage shop was sentenced to one year in federal prison for not paying tax withholdings to the Internal Revenue Service. At her sentencing hearing, Christa Johnson – the owner of Johnson Sausage Shoppe – pleaded guilty to one count of not paying over the employee tax withholdings for the third quarter of 2016. The Cambria woman did agree the total tax loss of the scheme amounted to $326,905. The 57-year-old was also ordered to pay back that amount, which she did immediately.

(Beaver Dam) Donations are still being accepted for this year’s Dodge County Toy Bank. Organizers say the effort started in 1965 with the goal of providing every child with at least one gift to open on Christmas. Toy donations can be dropped off at American Bank in Beaver Dam as well as the Dollar General in Juneau. Toy delivery is this Saturday.

(Beaver Dam) Nominations are now being accepted for the Beaver Dam School District’s 2022 Wall of Fame Awards. Honors are given in two categories: Friends of Education and Outstanding Alumni. Nomination packets are available at the Educational Service Center and on the district website. Packets are due back by close of business on March 10th. Award plaques will be permanently displayed on the high school’s new Wall Of Fame in the common’s area.

(Wisconsin) A warning of a new outbreak of scams targeting Wisconsin seniors. The warning from the office of Attorney General Josh Kaul and a coalition of law enforcement. The scams go like this; seniors receive a phone call from someone pretending to be law enforcement or an attorney. That caller falsely claims a family member has been involved in a car accident, was arrested, and requests thousands of dollars in cash for bond payment. A purported “bond agent” then picks up the cash payment. Over $100,000 has been lost by Wisconsin seniors in recent weeks. If contacted by someone claiming to be law enforcement or an attorney, do not provide payment without independently verifying their identity and the validity of the claims. Call law enforcement if you or someone you know has been targeted by a similar scam. -WRN