News – January 1, 2022

(Columbia County) A single vehicle crash near the Town of Hampden has left one dead and another injured.  Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputies and EMS were dispatched Thursday December 30th, shortly after 4pm to Hampden Township for reports of a vehicle accident. A preliminary investigation shows a Cadillac was heading westbound on Sanderson Road before it entered the north ditch, rolled, and struck a power pole, before coming to a rest in the ditch.  The driver of the vehicle a 34-year-old Marshall resident was pronounced dead at the scene.  A juvenile passenger was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.  Officials say speed and slippery road conditions appear to have been factors in the crash.  Assisting on scene were Columbus Police and Fire Departments, Deforest EMS, Lifestar EMS, Alliant Energy, the Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office, and 10-51 Towing.

(Horicon) The Horicon School district was recently gifted a generous donation towards the schools proposed Athletic Complex.  Recently the Beaver Dam Community Hospital Foundation donated $10,000 to the Horicon Athletic Complex.  The vision of the project includes a football field inside of an eight-lane track with hillside bleachers.  It would also feature a combination concession stand, press box, and restroom facility within a terraced plaza overlooking the stadium area.  Total cost for the project is slated for $3.4 million with a synthetic turf field or $2.8 million for grass.  Latest numbers online show the project has garnered just over $2.5 million thus far. For more information about the ongoing project visit

(Dodge County) With the colder temperatures of winter comes short days and long dark nights, and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office are advising motorists to take some time ensuring the headlamps, tail lamps, and blinkers are in working condition on their vehicle.  Officers add these lights are not only so you can see but allow other motorists to see you.  According to state law, no person may operate a vehicle upon a highway during the hours of darkness or during a period of limited visibility unless all headlamps, tail lamps, and clearance lamps with which the vehicle is required to be equipped are lighted.  Additionally, the operator of the vehicle should keep all equipped lamps, including reflectors, reasonably clean and in proper working condition at all times.  Officials say, when in doubt, turn your lights on.

(Madison) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is inviting the public to go “Take A Hike,” with a first day hike on New Year’s Day.  Each year Wisconsinites join thousands of people across the nation to kick off the new year in the outdoors, exercising, and connecting with nature, by going hiking at state parks, forests, and trails on New Year’s Day. Guided Hikes will be available at several properties including, Buckhorn, Governor Thompson, and Mirror Lake state parks as well as the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center.  A vehicle admission sticker is required to visit state park system properties and can be purchased online, in-person at individual state parks and DNR service centers or calling a local state park property office directly during office hours.