News – February 7, 2020

(Beaver Dam) Officials in Beaver Dam Monday night clashed over the numbers when talking about revenue from the TIF District that encompasses the city’s newest northside business park. DailyDodge has obtained the specific numbers from the city finance department. Annual revenue from TIF #7 is projected at $533-thousand dollars but debt-related expenses over the next three years reduces that number to just over $300-thousand dollars. That debt falls off in 2023. While new debt from a recent land purchase will cut into revenues, the city is still expected to generate over $448-thousand dollars each year between 2023 and the closure of the TIF in 2031, and that is assuming there is no growth.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers is calling yet another special session of the legislature. He wants lawmakers to allocate 250 million dollars, from a projected revenue surplus, towards K-12 education. Evers also wants to invest ten million dollars towards sparsity aid for rural districts, calling it a needed investment. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau says every time the state has a surplus, Republicans look for ways to return money to taxpayers while Democrats keep looking for ways to spend it.

(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born was awarded the Legislator of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Sheriff’s and Deputy Sheriff’s Association during their annual banquet in Green Bay. The Beaver Dam Republican was acknowledged for his strong support for law enforcement, specifically his efforts this legislative session in authoring an emergency detention transport bill. Currently, the so-called Chapter 51 transports to mental health facilities are handled by law enforcement agencies, a process that takes on officer off the streets for up to nine hours on average. Born’s legislation advanced unanimously out of a Senate committee and is scheduled for a floor vote as early as this month.

(Ashippun) An Ashippun man charged with assaulting several minors at his home is heading to trial. Matthew Courtois has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on two felony counts of Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child. Courtois is accused of assaulting three prepubescent children between January and August of last year. An arraignment hearing is scheduled next month.

(Columbia) An inmate who failed to return to the Columbia County jail earlier this week has been taken into custody. Authorities arrested Selina Littlewolf Wednesday after she did not return from work release early Sunday morning. The Wisconsin Dells woman is serving a ten month Huber sentence on Operating While Intoxicated charges.

(Pleasant Prairie) Southeast Wisconsin is about to be a gummy bear hub.  HARIBO is the world’s largest gummy bear maker. They’re announcing plans to make gummy bears in Pleasant Prairie. Managers say hundreds of new workers will be hired at the gummy bear factory. It’s HARIBO’s first-ever plant in North America. The hope is to break ground later this year. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam High School students are raising money for a scholarship established for a fallen alumna. The Emily’s Closet fundraiser takes in prom dresses and sells them at discounted prices. All proceeds go to the Emily Lyons Scholarship Foundation. Lyons died in snowmobile accident in 2015. Prom dress donations can be dropped off at Century 21 in Beaver Dam weekdays from 3 to 6pm through next Thursday. The prom dress sale will run next week Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Art On The Town on Front Street in downtown Beaver Dam.

(Winnebago) DNR Senior Sturgeon Biologist Ryan Koenigs says poor ice conditions and water clarity will affect sturgeon spearers’ decisions on whether or not to participate on Lake Winnebago during this opening weekend. Koenigs says water clarity has improved somewhat since staff got out on the lake two weeks ago. Officials are recommending the use of four-wheelers, snowmobiles or UTVs to get out on the ice. It is not thick enough to support truck or vehicle traffic. Meanwhile, ice and water clarity conditions do not play as much of a factor on the shallower Upriver Lakes. The season starts Saturday.