News – February 24, 2023

(Beaver Dam) February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Officials with Dodge County’s only domestic violence shelter are bringing attention to this issue. They say there is a new program starting on March 9th called One-Eleven where 13-to-16-year-olds can learn respect for each other as well as spot red flags. According to the CDC, about one in 12 high school students experience physical dating violence and one in 12 experience sexual dating violence.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Administrative Committee discussed an ordinance change this week that would allow residents to care for chickens inside city limits. Committee Chair Zach Zopp asked for the item to be included on the agenda at the request of a constituent. The committee ultimately decided to keep the ordinance prohibiting chickens unchanged.

(Beaver Dam) A product made at the Kraft Heinz plant in Beaver Dam recently won big at a national contest. The company submitted their Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese brick for judging at the US Championship Cheese Contest, which was held in Green Bay this week. The product was named Best of Class in the Cream Cheese category. The cream cheese brick has been made in Beaver Dam since 1928. Specialty Cheese Company in Reeseville also won Best of Class in the Latin American Style Fresh Cheeses category.

(Juneau) There was a special moment during the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office swearing-in ceremony Thursday. Deputy Derek Tritt, who was being promoted to patrol sergeant, got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend Kayla Crump. She said yes. Crump also works for the sheriff’s office as a corrections officer at the Dodge County Jail.

(Beaver Dam) The live radio play “Vintage Hitchcock” will be hitting the Beaver Dam High School Auditorium stage Friday through Sunday. The performance will feature three plays: “The Lodger,” “Sabotage” and “39 Steps.” Showtimes will be at 7:30pm, with a 2pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for the public and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.

(Winnebago) It was a light day for sturgeon harvesting on Lake Winnebago Thursday as wintery weather made its way out of the area. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says seven fish were speared. This makes a total of 1,027 sturgeon harvested for Lake Winnebago.