News – February 24, 2020


(Waupun) A fire at Waupun Laundry destroyed a dryer and filled the building with smoke. Crews responded to the business at 26 Brandon Street just before 6pm yesterday to find fire visible in a dryer. A bystander attempted to use an extinguisher to put out the flames before personnel arrived but was unsuccessful.  It took personnel around one hour to snuff out the fire. Everyone was able to evacuate before units arrived and no injuries were reported.

(Beaver Dam) The water level on Beaver Dam Lake will be dropping over the winter months from now on. Last month, the DNR approved the city’s application for a permit establishing the new lake level. Currently, the water level is maintained year-round with the exception of four weeks in the spring when it is reduced by seven inches. Starting this fall, the approved change will keep the lake seven inches lower from mid-October until April 1, or whenever the lake is free of ice, whichever is later. The Lake Improvement Association says the change should prevent winter damage including ice-heaving and shoreline erosion. Beaver Dam is one of the few lakes in the state without a winter reduction.

(Waupun) Energy-saving upgrades to lighting at several Waupun municipal buildings has earned the city a financial award of over $17-thousand dollars. LED light upgrades to city hall, the public library, public safety and the community center netted Waupun the incentive payments from Focus On Energy and the city’s utility. The move will also provide savings on annual utility costs totaling around $16-thousand dollars. Waupun Director of Public Works Jeff Daane says these improvements will help the city save money on energy and maintenance for years to come.

(Beaver Dam) A Mayville High School alum was recently named the Moraine Park Technical College District Student Ambassador. Haley Van Raden, of West Bend, graduated from Mayville in 2019 and went to Moraine Park to pursue a degree in Information Technology. To be eligible for the distinction, students must be nominated by a faculty or staff member at the college and give a presentation to a selection committee. As District Ambassador, Van Raden will actively serve as a member of student government, advocate for Moraine Park and represent the student body within the community.

(St. Croix Falls) The St. Croix Falls High School wrestling team competed Saturday in their sectional tournament, one day after losing two teammates in a car accident. McKinley Erickson and Kegan Koshiol were traveling together in an SUV when they crashed in icy road conditions while on their way to lift weights with teammates before school Friday morning.

(Madison) New polling from UW-Madison shows that support for Bernie Sanders is at nearly 30 percent, with the rest of the field holding at 13-percent or lower, a stark contrast from the last Marquette Law School Poll last month that showed former Vice President Joe Biden with a four-point lead over Sanders.

(Beaver Dam) The Fred MacMurray Film Series continues Wednesday with a 1938 musical comedy co-starring Bing Crosby and Donald O’Connor. Local historian Roger Noll says Sing, You Sinners includes numerous musical numbers as Cosby, O’Conner and the Beaver Dam-native try their luck on a sure thing to help their widowed mother. Those who show up at the library one hour before the 3pm screening Wednesday will be treated to an episode of the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, that features MacMurray, and is titled “Lucy Hunts For Uranium.”

(Green Bay) A false report on Twitter stating the league had awarded Green Bay the hosting rights for the 2020 NFL Draft began circulating this weekend, but team C-O-O Ed Policy says the league still has not awarded the event to anyone. But, both the team and the city are hoping they will host the event in the near future. Last year’s draft in Nashville drew an estimated 600 thousand people over three days, the economic impact of hosting the draft is said to be over 100 million dollars.