News – February 10, 2020

(Beaver Dam) Applications are being accepted for the Beaver Dam Police Department’s 17th Annual Citizens Police Academy. Officer Bill Linzenmeyer says the 12-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 2nd and continue on most Monday’s through May 18th, typically between 6pm and 9pm. The deadline is this Wednesday, February 19. Additional contact information can be found with this news story at


(Madison) A couple local companies were singled out as part of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s 2019 Excellence in Construction Awards held recently in Madison. The Large Contract trophy went to Michel’s Corporation of Brownsville for work on the south and central segments of the I-94 North/South project in Racine and Kenosha counties.  The Excellence in Grading award went to Mashuda Contractors Inc. of Princeton for work on the US 151/County ID interchange in Iowa County, a safety enhancement that included a new overpass and realigned roads. The director of the Bureau of Project Development, Beth Cannestra, says “Wisconsin is fortunate to have so many talented, hard-working contractors who help produce quality infrastructure for millions of users.”


(Fond du Lac) An investigation continues into a possible drive-by shooting in Fond du Lac early Saturday morning. Police say they were called to near Harrison Place and Forest Avenue after someone claimed to see a person firing two shots towards a home during an argument. Police were not able to find any victims or damage.


(Fond du Lac) Two people were thrown from their snowmobile when it hit an ice shove on Lake Winnebago Sunday afternoon. Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s officials say it happened about 50 yards from the shore behind N8689 Sylvan Bay Road in the Town of Calumet. Nineteen-year-old Jacob Moder of Fond du Lac was operating the snowmobile, he wasn’t injured. His passenger, 20-year-old Hannah Carter of Hales Corners, suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac. Weather conditions were believed to be factors in the accident. Speed and alcohol were not. No citations were issued.

(Madison) The days of countless robocalls to your house could soon be numbered, thanks to new federal legislation. State consumer protection director Michelle Reinen says the new laws allow phone companies the ability to spot scam calls as they happen. The law allows companies to check to see if phone calls are coming from legitimate sources, and if they are not, they are allowed to prevent the call from completing.


(Madison) Struggling Wisconsin farmers received millions in federal farm aid last year. The Wisconsin State Journal reports applicants to the Market Facilitation Program through Wisconsin Farm Service Agency offices received more than 432 million dollars between September 2018 and November 2019. That’s according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More than 2,600 Wisconsin payment recipients received less than $1,000. Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden said in many cases the MFP payments weren’t enough to keep struggling farms afloat.


(Beaver Dam) The music acts at the Dodge County Fair this year include the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Thursday and Blue Oyster Cult along with Starship featuring Mickey Thomas on Saturday. While not officially announced, the Fair Association said at their annual stockholders meeting over the weekend that the county act on Friday is up-and-comer Jordan Davis. Opening night Wednesday will once again feature the Badger State Tractor Pullers while two demolition derby’s close out the grandstand entertainment on Sunday. No change in the ticket prices for the Dodge County Fair which runs August 19th through the 23rd.