News – December 9, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Authorities say quick action and sound strategy were key factors in locating a missing three-year-old in Beaver Dam last month. Police Chief John Kreuziger says the sooner a search starts the better the outcome will be generally, adding their strategy was to start small, and work their way out. Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson notes, they searched the child’s home first as sometimes kids will hide in the bathtub or a closet, before they moved their search door to door. The child was located asleep in a neighboring apartment that had been left unlocked and was quickly reunited with family.

(Portage) A Portage home was damaged by fire Wednesday evening. Crews were called to 612 East Conant Street around 5:20pm. Upon arrival, smoke and fire was coming from the exterior of the structure. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze before it extended to any neighboring homes. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was from a burn pit not fully extinguished before those who used it left the area.

(Waupun) A man originally from the Waupun-area was identified as the remains found in Winnebago County’s Town of Vinland over six years ago. The body of Roland Klug from Oshkosh was found by a resident near a set of railroad tracks that cross County Highway GG in April of 2015. Klug was born in 1949 and was a veteran who served in the Vietnam War. The identification was made in large part with the assistance of a private DNA laboratory in Texas. Investigators developed a profile for the unknown man to search for distant relatives and DNA comparisons that eventually led to Klug’s identification.

(Beaver Dam) Green Valley Enterprises has a new executive director. Kevin Huddleston replaced Rob Servais who sought a new opportunity after 11 years in the position. The nonprofit assists individuals with special needs, and their families, achieve maximum potential and independence with programs targeting early childhood development, transitioning from high school and employment. Huddleston will be guiding the nonprofit through a possible merger with Fort Atkinson-based Opportunities Incorporated over the next couple months.

(Beaver Dam) A part of nearly $4-million-dollars released by Governor Tony Evers in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will go to two Dodge County entities. The program grants are awarded to assist local public bodies and private, non-profit agencies with providing transportation services for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The county will receive $35,200 to help pay for the replacement of a side-loaded minivan. Green Valley Enterprises is also receiving $40,646.

(Wisconsin) More people in Wisconsin are getting coronavirus booster shots than first- and second-doses. State health officials say 19-thousand first- and second-doses were administered in Wisconsin during the last full week of November. Meanwhile, Wisconsin is averaging more than 16-thousand booster shots a day. The Department of Health Services says about one-point-one million people in Wisconsin have had a booster shot. More than three-point-four million people have gotten at least one initial dose of the vaccine. – WRN