News – February 17, 2020

(Beaver Dam) The topics of streets was one addressed by all three Beaver Dam mayoral candidates last week on WBEV. Incumbent Mayor Becky Glewen says streets need to be a priority but not at the cost of doing nothing else. Former Council President Jeff Kohman says if elected he would work to put a ten-term streets plan in place. Political newcomer Al Winter criticized Glewen for only worrying about streets before an election and took a shot at Kohman for neglecting streets during his time on the council.  You can watch, or listen to, our interviews with both candidates at

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam High School student has been selected to join an honors-only program this summer for those who want to go onto the medical field. Izabelle Knight will be attending The Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston from June 24th through the 26th. The purpose of the event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the county interested in becoming a physician. Knight is currently in the eleventh grade at the Beaver Dam High School.

(Lomira) The Dodge County Sheriff is hoping a new initiative called “crime prevention through environmental design” can help curb criminal activity at a wayside along I-41. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says his office, the county’s highway department and the state DOT are working together to clear excess brush from the Lomira wayside. Schmidt says the idea came from Sergeant Joseph Nichols who wanted to make the area easier to see for law enforcement and harder for criminals to hide. There have been several notable criminal incidents at the Lomira wayside including a December shooting and a truck driver that was assaulted and robbed.

(Fond du Lac) A Fond du Lac teen is facing fleeing, second degree recklessly endangering safety and was cited for several traffic violations after leading Fond du Lac Police and a Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputy on a high speed chase early this morning in the city of Fond du Lac. The chase began about 12:08 am when a police officer spotted a vehicle doing 70 miles an hour on a city street. It culminated when the 15-year-old boy lost control of the car at the intersection of Johnson Street and Rolling Meadows striking a telephone pole and business sign before it came to rest in a nearby parking lot. The pursuit covered two-point-three miles.

(Fond du Lac) Fire destroyed a building at an automobile dealership in Fond du Lac last night. According to Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue the fire was at Auto Mart at 530 Van Dyne Road. Firefighters were called to the scene around 9 pm and had the bulk of the fire knocked down a little over an hour later. No one was injured fighting the blaze. Gas and electricity to the building was turned off by Alliant Energy. The cause of the fire is being determined.

(Madison) The state Department of Transportation is accepting public comments on their newest long-range statewide plan.  Connect 2050 is intended to be a policy-based vision plan that will help guide how the state handles Wisconsin’s multi-faceted transportation system over the next 30 years.  People can review and leave comments on the DOT’s website or by mail through March 27th.

(Madison) Wisconsin’s House delegation voted along party lines, on a measure dealing with the Equal Rights Amendment. The House voted 232 to 183 last week, to adopt a measure that would advance the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution by replacing a long-expired 1982 deadline for states to vote on ratification with an open-ended deadline. Wisconsin Democrats Ron Kind, Mark Pocan and Gwen Moore voted “yes,” Republicans Bryan Steil, Jim Sensenbrenner, Glenn Grothman and Mike Gallagher voted “no.”