News – February 28, 2019

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers delivers his state budget address tonight (Thursday), to a joint session of the legislature.  The Joint Finance Committee and the legislatures Republican majority will then be holding public hearings, spending months modifying Evers’ proposal. Once it is sent back to the governor’s desk, Evers can use his line-item veto, said to be the strongest in the country, on the final product. Check out the video page on to watch the address.

(Horicon) Horicon Bank will be merging with Markesan State Bank. Sword Financial Corporation, the holding company of Horicon Bank, has announced that it entered into an agreement on February 15th. Markesan State Bank has locations in Markesan, Randolph, and Waupun. Horicon Bank currently operates fifteen locations in Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago, Calumet, and Washington counties. The combined institution will have approximately $880 million in total assets; Horicon Bank has $750 million, and Markesan State Bank has $130 million. The transaction is expected to be completed in late second quarter or early third quarter, pending regulatory and shareholder approval.

(Watertown) Officials with Waupun Equipment have sent out a letter thanking all of the emergency personnel who helped extinguish a fire at their Watertown facility on Monday. No injuries were reported in the pre-dawn blaze on Frohling Road that caused $1.1-million dollars in damage. The Watertown fire chief called it a tough fire to put out because of the freezing cold and strong winds. The letter from the company says (quote) “words cannot express our gratitude for all the help, thoughts and phone calls” adding that they are “grateful to be in communities that are willing to help when something like this happens.” Investigators suspect an oil burner is responsible, though the cause remains under investigation. Even after the fire, the Watertown location is still open.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen says recent changes in city ordinance will make the city more attractive for pet lovers. Following action by the Beaver Dam Common Council earlier this month, dogs can now be walked through any city park so long as they are on a leash and keep moving. Glewen says a local citizen brought this idea forward and that she was surprised the sweeping changes were unanimously approved by the council. She says Beaver Dam looked to municipalities in Madison and Fond du Lac when adopting changes to their own ordinance.

(Green Lake County) Green Lake County Sheriff’s officials say their dispatchers fielded 400 emergency and non-emergency calls during last Sunday’s snow storm. One of the more serious accidents they responded to was on County Highway A, which involved nine vehicles. Grand River Fire District officials say three people involved in that accident were taken to the Ripon Medical Center. One had a broken leg and the other two suffered minor injuries. All available deputies, the Sheriff and Chief Deputy worked Sunday’s calls.

(Dodge County) Vehicles sales in the region in the first month of the year were a mixed bag. According to the Waterloo-based industry-tracking firm Reg-Trak, there were 324 vehicle sales in Dodge County last month, up nearly 12-percent from the 290 sold in January of 2018. In Columbia County, vehicle sales were down 14-percent with 216 sold, 36 less than the same timeframe last year. In Jefferson County, 219 cars rolled off dealer lots last month, nine-and-a-half-percent (9.5%) less than the 242 sold the previous January. The nine-county, south-central Wisconsin region as a whole experienced a two-and-a-half-percent (2.5%) decline with 3723 vehicles sales.

(Beaver Dam) A Madison-based comedy improv group will be performing at the new Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre Fine Arts Center this weekend. The Monkey Business Institute is made up of over thirty members who have spent years honing their improv craft and learning what makes people laugh. Tickets cost $14 and can be purchased at or at their box office. The 8pm show will be the first public performance in the non-profits other theatre, Encore Hall which is located on the second floor of the Fine Arts Center.