News – January 14, 2020


(Mayville) The Mayville Common Council last (Monday) night approved the referendum question asking citizens what they want done with the city-owned golf course. The non-binding referendum will ask voters if the city should sell the course with a deed restriction that only allows for the land to be used as a golf course. It also states that Mayville would have the right to repurchase the land at the original sale price should there be a proposed change in land use. Mayor Rob Boelk says it is important to get the opinions of the public when dealing with a taxpayer funded golf course that has been in existence for 80 years. The question will be on the April 7th ballot.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School District has been successful this year in practicing school violence-related lockdown exercises but district officials say there is room for improvement. The school board recently approved the safety drills that are practiced annually in the district, as required by state statute. Officials say lockdown drills took place between September and December, and all campuses were required to participate. Most drills were completed in up to 20-minutes and all staff and students followed the established protocols. Areas of improvement identified include making sure all students are out of sight from windows and making sure that substitute teachers are up-to-speed on the protocols for the exercises.

(Beaver Dam) A five-day jury trial was scheduled yesterday (Monday) in Sheboygan County for a Beaver Dam man charged in connection with an OWI-related death. John Hammen is facing three felony charges including Homicide By Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle. The 59-year-old was allegedly traveling at speeds over 100-miles-per-hour when his car veered off the road, struck a culvert and crashed into the tree line in 2016. Hammen and 61-year-old Freddie Nelson of Beaver Dam were flown from the scene. Nelson died three days later. Hammen has five prior convictions for OWI. The trial was set to begin on April 27th.

(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $20-thousand dollars yesterday for Beaver Dam man accused of punching and headbutting a police officer on Sunday night. Eric Henson is facing three felony charges from the incident that started when Beaver Dam Police attempted to take Henson into custody on Domestic Disorderly Conduct charges out of Poynette. The 39-year-old later apologized telling authorities that he remembers nothing of the incident and noted that he has PTSD; a competency exam was ordered. The officer sustained cuts and abrasions.

(Ozaukee County) An Ozaukee County judge has found the state Elections Commission in contempt of court for failing to comply with his order to remove thousands of people from the state’s voter rolls. Three commission members were fined $250-dollars each, daily until up to 209,000 outdated voter registrations are removed from the rolls. The commission as a whole was fined $50-dollars a day. The commission is appealing. The conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed the contempt motion and the judge ordered removal of the names last month.

(Madison) The state Assembly will attempt to override a Tony Evers veto. Evers vetoed bipartisan legislation in November that was aimed at reducing the shortage of Certified Nursing Assistants. Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke said members will attempt the override tomorrow (Wednesday). The legislation passed in May with the votes of three Democrats. It would have reduced the number of required training hours to become a CNA in Wisconsin to match the federal requirement, and brought the state in line with neighboring Minnesota, Iowa, and Michigan.

(Fond du Lac) The Fond du Lac County Board meeting scheduled for next Tuesday has been cancelled. County Clerk Lisa Freiberg says there was insufficient business to justify a meeting. A majority of the county supervisors signed a petition to have the meeting cancelled. The board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is Tuesday, February 11th at 6pm at the City-County Government Center in Fond du Lac.