News – February 26, 2019

(Reeseville) A farm worker was injured in a barn fire near Reeseville Sunday night. Crews were dispatched to County Road I, southwest of the village, around 6:15pm. Upon arrival, smoke was seen coming from an addition on the north side of a large dairy barn. Fire damage was contained to the addition and 30 hay bales in the loft area. No fire personal were injured; the farm worker was transported from the scene to a local hospital for observation. No animals were injured. The scene was described as a sheet of ice.

(Watertown) It could be months before Waupun Equipment in Watertown is back in business after it suffered major damage from a fire early yesterday morning.  Crews responded to Frohling Road off Highway 19 at 4:19am. Watertown Fire Chief Kraig Biefeld says it was a tough fire to put out given the freezing cold and strong winds. It took eight departments rotating firefighters to extinguish the blaze. Owner Greg Kast says damage is estimated at around one-point-one million dollars. No injuries were reported. The scene was cleared around 8:30am. The cause remains under investigation.

(Beaver Dam) A week-long jury trial began yesterday (Monday) for a Beaver Dam man accused of supplying the drugs that led to an overdose death. Brian K. Larson II is facing five felony counts including First Degree Homicide by Delivery of Drugs. Following opening statements from the prosecution yesterday, Dodge County Sheriff’s Deputy Taylor Nehls and Detective Ted Sullivan were called to testify about the April 2017 incident. 25-year-old Dakoda Kline of Juneau was found dead at the Oakwood Cemetery in Beaver Dam.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man will make an initial appearance next month for burglarizing a local business. Corey Mola was allegedly observed through video surveillance stealing three video game consoles and a controller from the GameStop on Francis Lane. When confronted by law enforcement, Mola said he did not know what police were talking about and told them to (quote) “talk to his lawyer.”  If convicted, the 36-year-old faces up to 16 years in prison.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s assistance in locating an inmate who failed to return to the jail while on work release. Jennifer Petersen was serving a 270 day Huber sentence at the Dodge County Jail for Theft-False Representation and was scheduled for release on April 11. The 39-year-olds last known residence is in Portage. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement agency.

(Neenah) It may be several days before all the vehicles involved in the massive 131 vehicle pileup on Interstate 41 southbound in Neenah can be released to their owners. Winnebago County Sheriff’s officials say they are piecing together the sequence of events that led to the pileup, which led to one person’s death and injuries for 71 others. Five of the injured were hospitalized. The man killed is identified as 30-year-old Andrew Schefelker of Oshkosh, a teacher with the Iola-Scandinavia School District.

(Mayville) Officials in Mayville are exploring their options on how to best promote the city. Members of the Finance Committee discussed the matter last night which was brought forth by Mayor Rob Boelk who says a trip to a nearby city spurred this initiative. Boelk says while at a recent trip to Cedarburg to tour their library he was talking with several residents who did not know where Mayville was. Boelk says the city needs to take advantage of a nearby point of interest, the Horicon Marsh, which he says draws in 300,000 visitors a year. Mayville’s Community Development Authority was tasked with researching the matter and coming up with different resources for promoting the city.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers seeks to freeze enrollment in private voucher schools. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Evers will also call for suspending creation of any new independent charter schools until 2023. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau says Evers’ plans would do immense harm to the voucher program and create uncertainty for schools, students and families. The proposals, included in the state budget he’ll introduce this week, are unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled Legislature.

(Beaver Dam) There is a new member on the Moraine Park Technical College District Board. Renee Almeida, of Beaver Dam, was recently sworn in as an employee member representative and is fulfilling an interim vacancy with a term expiring in June 2019. Almeida is an alumnus of Moraine Park’s Nursing program and is currently an education coordinator at Beaver Dam Community Hospital.