News – February 21, 2023

(Wisconsin) Today is primary Election Day in Wisconsin At the top of the ballot, the only statewide race will narrow the field for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. There is also a race for judge in the Beaver Dam Joint Municipal Court which includes the cities of Beaver Dam, Mayville and Waupun along with the towns of Ashippun, Beaver Dam, Rubicon and the Village of Neosho. The top two vote getters advance to the April general election. The polls close tonight at 8pm.

(Juneau) Dodge County has a new emergency management director. The county board Tuesday night approved the appointment of Joe Meagher to the position. Meagher had been director before. In 2014 he swapped titles with Amy Haase who took on the director role. She left in December to take the communications and emergency management director position with Fond du Lac County.

(Juneau) Meanwhile, the board also approved an advisory resolution asking the state legislature to increase pay for assistant district attorneys. The resolution states the entry level pay for assistant district attorneys has not kept pace with the rate of inflation and is well below the national average.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night approved a resolution that would assess township property owners on Madison Street for water and sewer if they choose to annex into city limits. When the new Kwik Trip was built at the city’s southern gateway, the company agreed to pay 100-percent of the costs to run the underground utilities with Kwik Trip reimbursed for half of that from township residents when and if they annexed into the city. If Madison Street property owners choose to annex into the city, they would have to tap into city water and sewer and pay the related costs.

(Watertown) A person was killed after being struck by a train in Watertown. Police are investigating the death of an adult male pedestrian that died following a train accident that occurred on Friday night. Authorities say the incident happened around 6:35pm in the area of West Main Street and Hiawatha Street. The investigation is still on going, but law enforcement notes that there is no indication of criminal activity.

(Township of Waupun) Authorities have identified the Appleton woman killed in a two-vehicle crash in the township of Waupun Sunday. Fond du Lac County sheriff’s officials say Briana Thompson was heading northbound on Highway 26 when she crossed over the center of the road, entered the southbound lane, and was struck by an SUV. The 22-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV, a 60-year-old woman from Waupun, was treated for minor injuries. Speed and inattentive driving are considered factors in the crash.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in locating a Huber walkaway. Authorities say Andrew Zirbel failed to return from a medical evaluation and now has an active arrest warrant. His last known residence is in the city of Beaver Dam on West Burnett Street, but initial investigatory information revealed he may be at a property in the city of Waupun. Anyone with information is asked to contact law enforcement. Photos of the 35-year-old are available at

(Lake Winnebago) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources say 26 sturgeon were harvested on Lake Winnebago Monday. Three were juvenile females, 13 were adult females, and 10 males. There was one 100-pound plus fish harvested, weighing 130.8 pounds and measuring 79.5 inches long.