News – February 27, 2023

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has a program called Fatal Vision to teach young drivers the importance of not getting behind the wheel while impaired. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says he has drivers use a golf cart to hit cones while wearing fatal vision goggles and conduct mock field sobriety tests. The sheriff says the program is an important one for those just getting their driver’s license.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac authorities responded to multiple snowmobile crashes over the weekend. The first happened on Saturday just before 3pm. A Fond du Lac man had driven over thin ice a few hundred feet from the lighthouse near Lakeside Park by Lake Winnebago. Bystanders were able to throw him a rescue line and bring him safely to shore. The 31-year-old was arrested for suspicion of First Offense Operating Under the Influence. The second crash happened around three hours later, in the township of Calumet. A Menasha man crashed while attempting to cross Highway HHH. The 69-year-old suffered what was believed to be serious injuries. He was also arrested on First Offense Operating Under the Influence charges.

(Columbus) The Columbus City Council has narrowed their choices down to Columbia County, LRS or Pellitterri as their three potential garbage pickup contractors for the city. Alderwoman Sarah Motiff prefers Pellitterri because of personal experience, but Alderwoman Shelly Albright liked what LRS had to offer. The council is split on which company to choose, and a final decision will be made at the next council meeting.

(Dodge County) Dodge County home sales dipped in the first month of 2023 when compared to last year. According to the Wisconsin Realtors Association there were 50 homes sold in January down from the 91 sold in 2022, a decrease of 45-percent. The average median price jumped over 14-percent to $225-thousand-dollars. It was $192-thousand-dollars a year ago.

(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Fair has unveiled another one of its main acts for this year’s event. Chris Lane will play the Dodge County Fairgrounds stage on Thursday. The free performance will begin at 8pm. Lane joins Jameson Rodgers who will take the main stage Friday night. An additional performance Saturday evening will be announced at a later date. The Dodge County Fair returns August 16th and goes through the 20th.

(Beaver Dam) Organizers with Pasta with a Purpose say this year’s event was a success. Beaver Dam High School’s FFA President Max Luedtke says they raised over $2,000 for the United Way of Dodge County. The FFA is one of six student organizations at the Beaver Dam High School that put on the fundraiser. The others are DECA (the Distributive Education Clubs of America, HOSA (the Health Occupations Students of America), the National Honor Society, Student Council, and the Beaver Dam Key Club. Luedtke says the Pasta with a Purpose will be back again next year.