News – February 19, 2020

(Beaver Dam) The race for mayor of Beaver Dam will pit incumbent Becky Glewen against the city’s Police and Fire Commission Chair, Jeff Kohman. Tuesday’s primary election saw Glewen secure over 57-percent of the vote with 1483 voters supporting the incumbent. Kohman received 572 votes, which is 22-percent. The third candidate, Al Winter, had        524 votes, which is roughly 20-percent.  There were eight write-in candidates. Glewen and Kohman will appear on the April 7 ballot.

(Madison) Voters have picked the two State Supreme Court candidates for this April’s spring election. Jill Karofsky and incumbent Daniel Kelly will be facing off after challenger Ed Fallone failed to clear the votes necessary to get into the race. Karofsky is a Dane County circuit judge who was placed on the bench in 2017. Kelly was appointed to the high court by Scott Walker when he was governor. The two will compete in the general election on April 7th.


(Juneau) Voter turnout in yesterday (Tuesday’s) primary election was higher than the previous primary. Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson says voter turnout was just over 20-percent with 10,003 (ten-thousand and three) ballots cast. In February 2018, when there was a justice of the supreme court race, there were around 7400 ballots cast. She attributes the increase to the race for Beaver Dam mayor.

(Dodge County) Gibson says her office has one election under its belt and three more to go this year, culminating in November’s presidential election. She says last (Tuesday) night was a good chance for poll workers to get back into the swing of things after a quiet 2019 and it also gave new poll workers a chance to learn how things run during a less busy election.

(Watertown) A three-day jury trial was added to the court calendar yesterday (Tuesday) for a Watertown woman accused of supplying the drugs that led to an overdose death. Debra Patroelj (patrol-ya) entered a not guilty plea to one felony count of First Degree Reckless Homicide. Patroelj is implicated in the January 2016 overdose of 16-year-old John Teuteberg. The 50-year-old allegedly sold the victim a half dozen methadone pills. The charge carries a maximum 40-year prison sentence, if convicted. The trial is now set to begin on June 29.

(Columbia) Columbia County authorities are asking the public for help in locating an inmate who failed to return from work release. Brandon Shearer was due back to the jail at 3am Wednesday morning but failed to do so. He is serving a 360 and 180 day sentence on charges of Mistreating Animals, Disorderly Conduct, Battery, Strangulation and Suffocation, Theft and Felony Bail Jumping. Shearer’s last known address is W10445 State Road 16 in Portage. Anyone with information should contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

(Green Lake) Totals are now coming in from other counties in a mailbox vandalism spree that impacted Green Lake, Marquette, and Waushara County property owners Sunday night into Monday morning. Waushara County Sheriff Wally Zuehlke says they received 28 complaints from the southeastern corner of the county in the Town of Warren, which borders Green Lake County. The Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office received 45 complaints. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office. You will find contact information with this news story at

(Kohler) The Kohler Company has gotten past a major obstacle in its plans to convert nearly 250 acres of land adjacent to Kohler Andrae State Park in Sheboygan County into a golf course. Last Friday the State Supreme Court sided with the District Court that the City of Sheboygan did not err when it annexed land from the Town of Wilson. The Kohler Company is again moving forward with that project, but still faces opposition from a group calling itself Friends of the Black River Forest. The group recently got a grant from the outdoor apparel company Patagonia, which support its efforts to stop construction of the golf course.