News – January 12, 2023

(Juneau) Dodge County residents have until Friday to make changes to a new map that details who currently has access to broadband. The Federal Communications Commission recently unveiled the “pre-production draft” of the new national broadband map. Citizens are asked to visit the map, available online, and make sure it correctly reflects the access available at your home. A link to the map can be found with this news story at

(Beaver Dam) Moraine Park Technical College is offering a virtual ‘start your own business’ course that runs from January 16th to March 16th. Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce Director Tracey Propst says she hopes the class encourages young entrepreneurs in the community and that anyone interested can give her office a call and they will help with the process of starting a business.

(Trenton) A competency hearing has been scheduled for a Mazomanie woman accused of running then hiding from Dodge County authorities. Autumn Gernon originally had a plea and sentencing hearing set for Wednesday but the defendant’s attorney requested a competency evaluation. That hearing will take place on February 16th. Gernon allegedly fled police on August 23rd after lying about her identity when she was stopped in the town of Trenton. She abandoned her vehicle in a cornfield and hid from the authorities until they located her at a mobile home park in Waupun two days later. If convicted, the 43-year-old faces 25 years in prison.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County authorities are highlighting resources for those needing mental health support following an incident on Tuesday. A Fox Valley area veteran was parked near the Eldorado Marsh with a revolver and rifle and was contemplating suicide. After talking with dispatchers and an in-house crises social worker over the phone for an hour, he surrendered without incident. The individual was able to meet with the crises social worker on scene and is receiving the medical and other assistance he needs. Law enforcement reminds the public that help is available. Dodge County’s crises line is 920-386-4094 or 888-552-6642 after hours.

(Madison) A proposed constitutional amendment making changes to cash bail is moving briskly through the Wisconsin legislature. It passed the Assembly Judiciary on a 6-1 vote Wednesday. While Governor Tony Evers was in Watertown Tuesday, he said he believes bail needs to be addressed. The amendment passed both chambers of the legislature with bipartisan support last session. Proponents hope to have it before voters for consideration on the statewide ballot in April.