News – February 23, 2023

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council this week awarded a contract for improvements to the Dodge County Historical Society building. Dirty Ducts and Environmental of Madison will be paid $63,500 for asbestos removal while Windlickers Roofing and Exteriors of Oconomowoc was the low-bidder for roof replacement at $60,300. The turn-of-the-century, city-owned building on Park Avenue – known as the Williams Free Library – was Beaver Dam’s first library.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School Board recently approved the district’s five year facility plan that includes renovations to Washington Elementary. Superintendent Mark DiStefano says that the project may take additional time due to funding. If it does take more time, DiStefano says that it is okay because he wants to make sure Washington is ready to inherit Wilson students once that school fully transitions to childcare in 2025.

(Juneau) Officials with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office encourage the public to stay on the line if you accidentally call 911. They add that it is much easier for their dispatchers to confirm that there is no emergency and to get all the needed information right away. The agency is highlighting several settings on an iPhone’s Emergency SOS feature and how to set it up to avoid accidental dials. More information is available at

(Juneau) A few Dodge County municipalities ran low on paper ballots during Tuesday’s primary election. County Clerk Karen Gibson says those municipal clerks asked voters to use the touchscreen voting method to cast their ballot instead. She says her office also saw issues receiving the final numbers at the end of the night, requiring area clerks to call them in and inputting the votes manually. The whole issue, Gibson says, wound up being a simple human error.

(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born says the recently unveiled governor’s budget will be completely reworked. The Beaver Dam Republican says GOP leaders were not left with much of a choice and that Tony Evers’ budget is built on sand. Born says the goal is to have the budget ready by July 1st, which is when the new fiscal year starts. He says – right now – they are on schedule to do so.

(Columbia County) A Columbia County handgun range is closing temporarily for safety adjustments. DNR officials say the range at the Mud Lake Wildlife Area will be closed beginning Thursday to address safety concerns for shooters. They add that the closure is to ensure the backstop for the handgun range is working effectively and appropriately. The date for re-opening is undetermined.