News – February 1, 2016

Cabin Fever Fest Ushers In The 175th


2/1/16 – Beaver Dam officially kicked-off a yearlong celebration of the 175th anniversary since its founding with the annual Cabin Fever Fest. It was an unseasonable warm and slushy weekend at the Crystal Lake Park. Community Activities and Services Coordinator Evonne Boettge says hundreds of people had fun. The event featured live ice sculpting, a chili cook-off, an outdoor cooking demonstration from the boy scouts, and the snowball drop of hundreds of white ping pong balls dropped from the ladder of the city fire truck.  The event was capped off with a dozen people jumping into the icy waters of Crystal Lake for the Mayor’s Plunge. Boettge and Kennedy were among the plungers and both called it an exhilarating. Cabin Fever Fest, like all city events this year, had free birthday cake both days.


Winter Storm Warning Begins Tuesday Morning


2/1/16 – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning beginning Tuesday morning at 6am and continuing through Wednesday at 6am. A band of heavy snow will arrive early tomorrow morning from the south with snow mixed with sleet at times persisting throughout most of the day and into the evening. Snow accumulations of six to ten inches are expected north of the Wisconsin Dells; five to eight inches expected in the Dodge County area. Dodge, Fond du Lac, and Columbia – and counties to our north and east – are under the Winter Storm Warning while the southeastern portion of the state – including Jefferson and Washington counties – are under a Winter Weather Advisory with more rain than snow expected.


Snowmobile Death Reported In Pierce County


2/1/16 – There was a snowmobile death in Price County over the weekend. Authorities say a 55-year-old woman was crossing Solberg Lake east of Phillips on Saturday night, when her machine crashed into the shoreline. Officials say the unidentified woman was then ejected and thrown into a tree — and she died later at a Park Falls hospital. According to D-N-R records, this is the state’s third snowmobile death of the winter.


Body Of Oshkosh Girl Pulled From River


2/1/16 – An autopsy is planned Monday on the body of a 17-year-old girl pulled from the Fox River in Oshkosh during the weekend. Authorities say the girl was last seen on Tuesday of last week. Police say rescue divers recovered her body close to where she was last spotted on the river. Her name was not immediately released.


WIAA Sex Offender Policy Sparked By Markesan Referee


2/1/16 – A Markesan sex offender who worked high school sporting events in Dodge County is one of the cases that led to the WIAA more closely monitoring its referees.  Aaron Schreiber officiated five different sports in Beaver Dam, Mayville, and Waupun for a few years before his license was revoked in 2013.  During a recent edition of WBEV’s Community Comment, an unidentified caller raised concern over sex offenders being put in contact with children.  State Representative Mark Born was our guest that day and was surprised that, in his opinion, the WIAA did not show the same level of concern that local schools had over ensuring the safety of the student-athletes.  However, WIAA Assistant Director Tom Shafranski says the Schreiber case and a few others throughout the state led to the organization running background checks in 2013.  In addition to checking new officials, Shafranski says the WIAA looked into the referees that were already working games.  He says they revoked the license of those who turned out to be registered sex offenders.  Shafranski is unaware of any further issues since the background checks started.


Absentee Voting Begins Today


2/1/16 – Absentee voting for the February 16th primary begins today. Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson reminds voters that they will need a photo ID such as your driver’s license or a passport. She also recommends checking with your municipal clerk for hours you can vote. Gibson says in more rural areas those hours will be limited. She reminds those who will vote absentee by mail that they will also have to include a copy of a driver’s license or passport when they ask for a ballot. There are exceptions to that rule for overseas military and those indefinitely confined. More information is available on the state Government Accountability’s Voter ID website at


BDUSD Hosting Community Info Session Tonight


2/1/16 – Tonight the Beaver Dam School District is holding the first community informational session related to a possible referendum. The session will include a presentation from Superintendent Steve Vessey on a recently-completed facilities study followed by a tour of the high school campus. The community listening session will be held from 6pm to 7:30pm tonight in the high school cafeteria.


Ribble Not Seeking Re-Election


2/1/16 – Both major parties will soon start looking for nominees to replace Congressman Reed Ribble, who announced Saturday night he won’t seek re-election this fall. On Sunday, Governor Scott Walker and House Speaker Paul Ryan gave glowing praise to the northeast Wisconsin Republican from Sherwood. Ryan says Ribble has played a “critical role” in advancing conservative reforms. Ribble says he has achieved his goals to cut back federal discretionary spending and make the Bush tax cuts permanent — and now, he’s keeping his final promise to limit his House tenure to eight years, by leaving two years earlier than that. State G-O-P leaders are confident the seat will remain in Republican hands, while Brown County Democratic leader Rich Langan calls it a “swing seat” — and Brandon Weathersby of the state Democratic Party calls Ribble’s retirement an opportunity to bring what he calls “common sense” to the House.


Beaver Dam Citizens Police Academy Sign-Ups Underway


2/1/16 – Applications are being accepted for the Beaver Dam Police Department’s 13th Annual Citizens Police Academy. Officer Bill Linzenmeyer says the ten-week course covers a number of topics including firearms training, defensive tactics, OWI procedures and cadets even participate in a ride-along.  The course is free of charge, but is limited to 12 applicants who must be 18 years old with a clean record and either reside, work or own property in Beaver Dam. The programs begin March 7th and continue on most Monday’s through May 16th, typically between 6pm and 9pm. Applications can be picked up at the police department. The deadline is February 22.


Property Taxes Due


2/1/16 – Sunday was the due date for the first installment of property taxes. Because government offices were closed, the payments can be made today. The first installment needs to be paid at your local municipal treasurer’s office while the second installment – due by July 31 – needs to be directed to the county treasurer’s office. Taxpayers mailing after the deadline are subject to interest and a penalty of one and a half percent (1.5%) of the total amount for the first month, and that increases by 1.5% percent for every month the tax remains unpaid.