News – February 12, 2020


(Juneau) The Juneau Common Council last (Tuesday) night hired a company to remodel their new city hall. In December, the city closed on the purchase of the former Farmers and Merchants Bank. The bank sold the Jewel Street building to the city for $165-thousand dollars late last year. Kamps Building and Remodeling was hired at a cost not to exceed $100-thousand dollars. That includes $8000 to remove a wall, expanding the future council chambers for more seating. The current City Hall at 150 Miller Street, across from the Dodge County Administration Building, is in need of repairs that officials say are not cost-effective.

(Juneau) The city of Juneau will be reconstructing a stretch of South Main Street this summer without borrowing any money. The $650-thousand dollar project from Cross to Kindt (kent) streets will be paid in part with $250-thousand dollars in leftover Community Development Block Grant monies from a dormant revolving loan fund. The balance will be covered with money remaining from recently-closed Tax Increment Finance District’s Two and Three. South Main Street will see brand new concrete street, sidewalks, curb and gutter along with new, underground storm sewer infrastructure.

(Mayville) A Milwaukee developer is looking to build multi-family housing units on a property owned by a Mayville alderperson. The common council this week rezoned Alderman Gene Frings property from Single Family to Multiple Family as a first step to the potential project. Integris has proposed constructing two-story buildings with garages on the roughly seven acre property. The project could create an estimated 30 to 60 units for rent. Integris Co-Founder Thomas Baade (bay-dee) says a market survey will be conducted to determine how many units can fit on the property. Mayville’s Planning Commission will have final say so to greenlight the project.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School District is looking at a graduation rate in excess of 95-percent for the current school year. The school board reviewed numbers this week that indicate that the number of students graduating in four years will (quote) “easily” surpass their current projection of 95.6-percent. Two years ago, Beaver Dam had an 84-percent graduation rate and last year that number increased to nearly 89-percent.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce has hired a new Executive Director. Tracy Propst will start in the new position April 1st succeeding Phil Fritsche, who held the post for the past sixteen years. Propst brings over 25 years of experience in sales and marketing in both private and public companies, as well as, a non-profit organization. She spent 22 years as Vice President of Sales with Gehl Foods in Germantown. Propst is leaving a Program and Project Leader position at the Professional Dairy Producers in Juneau and has also done contracted work for the city of Beaver Dam as a Community Development Manager.

(Fond du Lac) A 39-year-old Fond du Lac man is facing charges for a stabbing incident Monday night in the 100 block of Mary’s Avenue. According to police a 34-year-old woman called authorities saying the man was threatening her with a knife and fighting with another man. Both victims escaped the residence and locked themselves in a vehicle parked in the driveway until police arrived and arrested the suspect. The suspect is facing a number of charges including second- degree recklessly endangering safety.

(Madison) The federal government is handing out some decent wages to be a Census Worker this year, but be careful that you’re applying the correct way. State consumer protection administrator Lara Sutherlin says anyone claiming that they can get you a census job by handing over an application fee and personal information is a crook. The only place to properly apply for a census job is online at 2020 Census dot gov slash jobs.

(Beaver Dam) A correction for a story we ran yesterday. The Beaver Dam School District robotics team that will be competing internationally this spring is from the middle school and not the high school.  The Masterminds are one of two teams from Wisconsin, and one of eight from the United States, to be invited to compete in Japan this May. “First LEGO League Open International Japan 2020” will feature clubs from 60 countries representing every continent except Antarctica.