News – December 8, 2021

(Horicon) Two proposed projects in Horicon could bring in much needed housing. Since 2008, there have been only six new single-family homes and eleven new two-family housing units built in the city. Meanwhile, the employment base has grown, most notably with John Deere’s expansions in 2016 and 2018. Valido Homes of Columbus is proposing to construct 36 single-family homes and five duplexes on 25 acres of property in the partially complete Cityview subdivision on the city’s west side. Another developer, Premier, also has proposed building 36 rental apartments as part of Valido’s project. If built, the projects would create $13.5-million-dollars in new tax base. Horicon is asking Dodge County for a share of their American Rescue Act funding to help cover infrastructure costs. The matter will be discussed further at a February 1st meeting with county leaders.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam is naming a sidewalk near the ice rink for internationally-acclaimed, record-breaking speed skater Maddy Horn. The 1934 Beaver Dam High School graduate has 64 first place medals, even though she was not able to compete in the 1940 Winter Olympics because of the war. She holds the world record in the 220-yard sprint, which will never be broken because distances were converted to the metric system in 1967.

(Waukesha) Three children injured in the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy remain hospitalized at Children’s Hospital Wisconsin. They are listed in “fair condition” according to a Tuesday update. That update also said two other kids were released last week to continue recovering at home. Sixteen kids including three sets of siblings, were admitted to Children’s after Darrell Brooks Jr. allegedly plowed into the parade behind the wheel of an SUV. Eight-year-old Jordan Sparks died two days later. Five adults also died, including a former Beaver Dam teacher. – WRN

(Green Lake) Green Lake County Sheriff’s officials continue to seek witnesses to a minor traffic collision that happened just minutes before a fatal crash. The minor accident occurred at the intersection of State Highways 23 and 49 and County Highway A before a fatal crash on State Highway 23 near County Highway W in September. The occupants of the red or maroon SUV got out of their vehicle and assessed the damage after the fender bender then got back in and continued on, possibly witnessing the fatal accident. Anyone with information is asked to call the authorities.

(Beaver Dam) Green Valley Enterprises is in talks to merge with a Jefferson County nonprofit with similar programs. Opportunities Incorporated is based in Fort Atkinson with additional locations in Watertown, Janesville, and Oconomowoc. Both nonprofits offer services designed to assist individuals with special needs, and their families, achieve maximum potential and independence with programs that assist with, among other things, employment. Discussions have been ongoing for several weeks and any potential acquisition would not take place for the next several months.

(Dodge County) So far, 48.6-percent of Dodge County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine while 46.3-percent have completed the vaccination series. Weekly vaccine doses have also trended downward in the county since the end of August when 1,115 shots were administered between the 22nd and 29th. During the week ending on November 21st, only 262 doses were administered. The county remains in the “critically high” COVID activity level.