News – February 15, 2023

(Columbus) The overall tax bill for property owners in the city of Columbus went down, while the city bill went up slightly. City Administrator Kyle Ellefson says their main focuses on the city bill included emergency services, employee compensation, and road maintenance. Ellefson also says that community was a big focus and the amenities the city provides for citizens and visitors.

(Beaver Dam) A new chain restaurant is opening in Beaver Dam Wednesday. Noodle’s & Company will be operating at 100 Frances Lane, Suite E. The business moved into the location that had been occupied by Kay Jewelers.

(Waterloo) The Dodge County Livestock Trivia Night is set to return next month. Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will go towards the Dodge County Meat Animal Sale Committee to help put together a scholarship program for graduating 4-H or FFA members who have shown at the fair. The fundraiser will be held at the Waterloo High School gymnasium at 813 North Monroe Street on March 18th. There will be door prizes as well as raffles and a silent auction. Doors open at 4pm the day of the fundraiser and trivia starts at 6pm. More information and a link to the registration form is available at

(Lowell) A natural gas odor that Dodge County authorities spent the better part of Monday night tracing could have been caused by rotting cover crop. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says he was told the smell is rotting radishes. He says farmers are planting them as a cover crop and now that they are thawing out and rotting, the smell is being released. Sheriff’s deputies and Beaver Dam police officers were dispatched to various locations around 9:30pm. The strongest smell was initially pinpointed in the village of Lowell.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man is charged with illegally voting in the fall 2020 elections. Martin Roedl III was allegedly still on supervision for a felony case when he voted. He reportedly admitted his actions to law enforcement. If convicted, the 48-year-old faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for March 27th.

(Fond du Lac) A Fond du Lac man has been convicted of a 2016 fire bombing in the city. Jonas Johnson as paid by another individual who made the bomb to place it in a mailbox at an address on Doty Street. Apparently a resident of the home ripped the individual who made the bomb off in a drug deal. The homemade explosive was retaliation. The 24-year-old Johnson faces up to 40 years in prison. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and further court activity is on the calendar in May.

(Winnebago) Day three of the sturgeon spearing season was a slow one with the warm temperatures. The total number of fish taken on the Winnebago system was 127, with 100 from Lake Winnebago and 27 from the Upriver lakes. Over the weekend many spearers pulled their shacks from the ice with a forecast of continued warm temperatures and rain. The largest fish taken Monday was a female speared just off of downtown Oshkosh. Joe Sheilds speared a fish weighing 125.6 pounds. It measured 73.4 inches in length.