News – February 15, 2022

(Dodge County) Only a few Dodge County communities will be heading to the polls for today’s spring primary election. There are primaries for two seats on the Dodge County Board as well as the Columbus School District, Hartford Joint Number One School District, and the Hartford Union School District. A reminder, those who live in the towns of Hubbard and Hustisford must go to the Rubicon Town Hall to vote for the Hartford Union primary. Also, city of Beaver Dam residents have no races to vote for today. The polls are open between 7am and 8pm.  A complete list of local communities a part of today’s primary election is available under the news tab at

(Juneau) The Dodge County clerk of courts is retiring. Lynn Hron was first elected to the position in 2002 and she took office in January of 2003 after working in the Clerk of Courts Office since 1981. Hron says she has been fortunate to have worked with many talented and knowledgeable individuals. Dodge County Judge Brian Pfitzinger will appoint someone to assume the role until the end of the year.  An election will be held in the fall to fill the vacancy.

(Emmet) A Reeseville man guilty of assaulting a minor was sentenced to eight years in prison and was placed on extended supervision for eight years yesterday. Marcus Statz admitted to assaulting the 15-year-old victim between October and January at a farm in Emmet in 2020. The 48-year-old said he was crossing the line. At sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Jin H Pack said the victim will have to deal with the echoes of this crime and the injury caused to her. He says his hope for the legacy of this case is strength found for her.

(Fox Lake) A Fox Lake man charged with carrying a weapon on school grounds during a Halloween event made his initial appearance in court Monday. Jesse Denruiter allegedly had a handgun with him while in the parking lot of the school, which was redacted in the criminal complaint. Denruiter was attending a Trunk or Treat event, where roughly 100 adults and children were present. When questioned, the 28-year-old reportedly said that he forgot he was carrying the gun. If convicted, Denruiter faces three-and-a-half years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 24th.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School District is scaling back notifications to families when students have come in close contact with COVID. Superintendent Mark DiStefano says the district will continue to send out notifications when there is a confirmed cluster of COVID cases tied to a classroom. He says close contact notifications dilute the communication process as there is already a general health expectation that families are monitoring for symptoms given close contact in the general student population.

(Dodge County) Dodge County health officials confirmed one COVID death Monday. That brings the total death count to 298 with 259 confirmed and 39 probable deaths. There were 69 new cases reported since Friday with two additional hospitalizations. So far, 54.7-percent of Dodge County residents have had at least on dose of the vaccine while 51.9-percent have completed the vaccination series.