News – February 13, 2016

Beaver Dam Council President Named D.O.C. Secretary


2/13/16 – Beaver Dam’s Council President has been named the state’s new Department of Corrections Secretary.  Jon Litscher will replace Ed Wall, who submitted his letter of resignation last week.  Wall steps aside amid an investigation into allegations of abuse at Lincoln Hills youth prison in Irma.  Litscher served as the corrections secretary more than a decade ago.  Governor Walker announced the appointment yesterday.  Walker’s staff says the governor never saw a judge’s 2012 note warning about possible criminal activity at Lincoln Hills.  His staff says the memo was not flagged since it involved a “isolated youth on youth incident.”  The state Justice Department’s investigation started early last year and is expected to run for roughly one more year.


Beaver Dam Woman No-Shows Sentencing Hearing


2/13/16 – A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Beaver Dam woman who did not appear in court for her sentencing hearing yesterday.  20-year-old Victoria Frase pled no contest last April to stealing over $12-hundred dollars’ in electronics from an acquaintance’s house in December 2013.  Frase had entered into an agreement with the court that would have kept her from having a criminal record if she stayed out of trouble.


Autopsy Results Show CCI Inmate Hung Himself


2/13/16 – Autopsy results came back yesterday on an inmate who died at the Columbia Correctional Institution early Thursday morning.  25-year-old Julio Quiles-Guzman is believed to have hung himself in his cell.  EMS tried life-saving efforts on the former Milwaukee man upon arrival at the Portage facility but it was too late.  Quiles-Guzman was in the cell by himself and had no cellmates.  The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate.


Knights Of Columbus Celebrating 100 Years In Beaver Dam


2/13/16 – The local chapter of a national group is celebrating 100 years in Beaver Dam.  Prior to arriving in Beaver Dam in 1916, the Knights of Columbus were founded in New Haven, Connecticut in 1882.  Past State Deputy Steve Haase says the Knights formed to look out for workers since it was pre-OSHA, welfare benefits, and social security.  They also took care of widows and children when a male worker passed away.  Haase says the Knights still do many of those things to a certain degree today.  Membership is open to Catholic men over the age of 18 who want to promote social and religious activities along with fraternity.  The Knights hold a number of fundraisers each year and use the money raised to help people of all denominations within the community.  In conjunction with the City of Beaver Dam’s 175th anniversary celebration, the Knights will hold an event to celebrate their 100th anniversary at the Watermark Community and Senior Center on April 2.


DCSO Youth Program Participants Honored


2/13/16 – A handful of Dodge County youth were recently honored through a program designed for kids interested in law enforcement.  The Explorer Post, which is run through the sheriff’s office, had its annual awards dinner late last month.  Bradley Kulibert of Mayville and Quinton Rennhack of Clyman won the post’s Explorer of the Year and Rookie of the Year for 2015, respectively.  Four explorers were given a Presidential Service Award, which encourages a life of service: Easton Meier, Grant Allar, and Scott Anderson, all of Beaver Dam and Kulibert.  The Dodge County Explorer Post also recently competed in a statewide competition against 33 other teams.  Out of the seven categories, there were a few notable results.  Dodge County got first in the Attorney General’s Legal Exam and second in the shoot-don’t shoot judgement competition.


Winterfest Today In Southeast Dodge County


2/13/16 – Harnischfeger Park is hosting its 13th annual WinterFest today.  A variety of activities are offered including: live entertainment, dog sled pulling demonstrations, and Native American storytelling.  Horse drawn wagon rides will replace the usual sleigh rides due to insufficient snow. The event will run from 10 am to 4 pm at the Ixonia Park.


Horicon Marsh Hosting Annual Winter Event Today


2/13/16 – An annual winter event returns to Dodge County today.  The Horicon Marsh is hosting a Winter Wonderland festival.  A variety of outdoor events are offered including snowshoeing, skiing, and hiking.  Other offerings include wildlife displays, crafts, and refreshments.  The event runs from 10 am to 2 pm in the Environmental Education Barn at N10755 South Point Road.


Obama Plans To Visit Milwaukee For Winning National Competition


2/13/16 – Milwaukee beat 19 other cities across the nation participating in the White House’s Healthy Communities Challenge, winning not just bragging rights, but a promise from President Barack Obama to visit. The White House declared Milwaukee the winner yesterday and said the president would make his visit in the near future.  The White House announced the Healthy Communities Challenge in November, with cities competing during the third enrollment period to reach the greatest ratio of new plan selections. In a statement, Obama congratulated Milwaukee and other competing cities “for their passion and innovation in finding ways to make sure they and their neighbors could get the health care and peace of mind that they deserve.”