News – February 6, 2016

Ribbon Cut On Beaver Dam’s New Senior Center


2/6/16 – The ribbon was cut yesterday afternoon on Beaver Dam’s $2,100,000 Watermark Community and Senior Center. Mayor Tom Kennedy says the Watermark is for future generations of the community young and old. He says fortunately a city of our size of 17,000 can “fit this beautiful structure into our plans.” Former Alderman Glenn Link chaired the city’s Operations Committee as the final pieces of the multi-year project fell into place. Link says he had his doubts that this day would ever come but it was all well worth it for a great facility that the city will get a lot of great uses out of for a long time. Community Activities and Services Coordinator Evonne Boettge, who manages the Watermark, said of the long process to get the Watermark built: “it was a difficult decision for something we never had; going forward with will be easier I hope for people to decide that Beaver Dam is a great community and needs great facilities and [the Watermark] is the start.” The ribbon was cut yesterday and the public is invited to tour the facility on Saturday afternoon February 20.


Some Dodge County Snowmobile Trails Open


2/6/16 – Some portions of the Dodge County snowmobile trail system are now open. Dan Schultz with the Dodge County Land Resources and Parks Department says the northern portion of Zone one is open. This includes all trails to the north of Highway 151 and Highway 33 in Zone 1 only. Riders will be able to access the Wild Goose State Trail from the parking lot at highways 26/33 however, the club trail to Hogz ‘n Hunnies will remain closed. The ATV trail from Highway 33 north to Highway 49 is also open. Zones two, three, four and five remain closed. Schultz says riders are asked to refrain from riding the trails when the temperature is above freezing in order to maintain suitable riding conditions. Conditions will vary from field to field so he advises rides to stay on the marked trail and always check the trail status message before riding the trails to verify any condition changes.  More information and a map is at


Dodge County Forage Council To Meet


2/6/16 – The Dodge County Forage Council is holding its annual meeting Friday.  Registration at the County Administration Building in Juneau starts at 10:45 am.  The program, which includes presentations on crop insurance plans, precision farming, and sorghum silage, begins at 11 am.  At 2 pm, the annual meeting to plan for 2016 gets underway.  Registration forms are on the extension’s website and can be turned in to the Extension office.  Cost is $15 per person if submitted by Monday or $20 if turned in later.  To become a council member, $50 should be added to the payment.


Fox Lake Creates Dam Committee


2/6/16 – Fox Lake’s City Council approved a resolution that calls for a share in making decisions for a local resource.  The city will work with the Town of Fox Lake in managing the nearby dam.  A four-person committee will handle the operation personnel.  Mayor Tom Bednarek and Alderman Pete Hartzheim are the city’s representatives.


Horicon Man Convicted For Driving With Revoked License


2/6/16 – A Horicon man pled guilty yesterday to driving without a license.  Jonathan Wehner was convicted of misdemeanor Operating a Motor Vehicle While Revoked while a felony count of Fleeing a Traffic Officer was dismissed.  An officer tried to pull the 24-year-old over on Highway 26 in the Town of Oak Grove for going 75 miles per hour.  Wehner sped away before crashing his motorcycle at the curve near Highway 60.  He was sentenced to 9 months in jail with work release privileges.


Area Residents Reminded To Report Hazardous Substances


2/6/16 – The Columbia County Local Emergency Planning Committee is reminding business owners of the upcoming deadline for filing hazardous chemical inventory forms.  Any company with at least 10,000 pounds of a hazardous chemical or 5,000 pounds of an extremely hazardous substance must submit a report.  The filing fee is waived for any business with less than 10 full-time employees.  Forms can be filed online at or by mail to Wisconsin Emergency Management, Facility Reporting Section, P.O. Box 7978, Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7978 by March 1.


Dodge County Offering Nitrate Testing


2/6/16 – Area residents can have their water tested for nitrate.  The Dodge County UW-Extension is offering water screenings through the end of the year.  Water samples should be submitted in a clean jar and will be processed for $3 apiece.


Workshop To Teach About Nutrient Management


2/6/16 – A class will be held for farmers interested in learning more about nutrient management.  The Dodge County Land Conservation Department is holding a workshop on nitrogen management and how to grow high yielding soybeans.  The workshop runs from 1-3:30 pm on February 17 in Juneau’s County Administration Building.  Pre-register by calling 920-386-3660.


AMVETS Holding All-You-Can-Eat Fundraiser


2/6/16 – A local group is holding a fundraiser in Beaver Dam today.  Amvets Post 33 is having its ninth annual spaghetti feed at John’s Bar.  A ticket at the door costs $8.50 and includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, and dessert.  In addition to the dinner, there will be a silent auction and drawing for an American flag.  Second Vice Commander Connie Martinson says two winners will have a flag mounted onto their home free of cost.  Martinson says all veterans can get a flag installed on their house free of cost by contacting the Amvets.  The money raised at the spaghetti dinner, which runs from 11 am to 6 pm, will fund that and other local programs.


St. Katherine Drexel Women Holding Valentine Affair


2/6/16 – The public is invited to a St. Katherine Drexel fundraiser this weekend.  The Beaver Dam church’s Catholic women’s group is holding its 7th annual Valentine Affair.  A soup dinner runs from 4pm-7pm tonight, and a country brunch goes from 8:30am-11:30 am tomorrow.  A bake sale and free religious articles will be held both days during the meals.  Saturday’s event costs $5 while the Sunday brunch is $9 for adults.  Depending on age, children’s admission is a discounted price or free.  All tickets are available at the door.  Proceeds go toward school projects and Eucharistic items for the parish.


UWM Hopes To Capitalize On Hosting Democratic Debate


2/6/16 – U-W Milwaukee will get a ton of exposure — plus a reported $50,000 to cover expenses for hosting next Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will discuss the issues head-to-head, and P-B-S News-Hour co-anchors Judy Woodruff and Gwin Ifill will be the moderators. The U-W-M debate will originate from the ornate Helen Bader Concert Hall in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts. C-N-N will broadcast the debate worldwide, and U-W-M spokesman Tom Luljak says it will allow the school to showcase itself to the world. Luljak says the school hopes for what he calls a “post-debate bounce,” similar to what happened eleven years ago when U-W-M saw a rise in admission applications following the school’s surprise appearance in the N-C-A-A men’s basketball Sweet-16.