News – January 17, 2022

(Portage) The careless use of smoking materials started an apartment fire in Portage Saturday evening. A tenant of the multifamily, two-story residence on 404 East Cook Street was smoking in her bed around 11:30pm. Authorities say she thought the cigarette was extinguished, but it landed on a role of yarn and started fire. The blaze was eventually extinguished by fire crews. There was fire and smoke damage to the apartment. There were no injuries. Displaced residents were assisted by the Red Cross and will be able to return once the building can be properly cleaned and remodeled.

(Campbellsport) The Campbellsport woman killed in a single vehicle rollover Friday evening has been identified as Margaret Weaver. The 65-year-old was the driver and lone occupant of a vehicle that failed to negotiate a curve and overturned on Highway 45 near Mitchell Road in the Town of Osceola around 6:30pm. Weaver was pronounced dead at the scene.

(Dodge County) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt is reminding motorists to give emergency vehicles, snowplows, and tow trucks some room to work. Schmidt says the law is all vehicles must either slow down or move over when passing a stopped emergency vehicle, a highway maintenance vehicle, or a tow truck. He adds that when driving through a 55-mph zone, he slows to a speed no more than 35 and asks the public to consider doing the same. The sheriff says drive 200 feet when behind a snowplow, and use extra caution when passing.

(Green Lake) Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation is seeking public input on a pair of state highway projects in Green Lake County. State Highway 23 at the State Highway 73 and Pye Alley Road intersection will be improved in 2024. Meanwhile proposed improvements to State Highway 73, between State Highway 44 North and State Highway 23 South in Princeton is scheduled for construction in 2025 but could occur as early as summer of 2024. The DOT has project websites for both projects that the public can comment on through February 2nd.

(Juneau) Trees and shrubs are still available to purchase thru the Dodge County Land and Water Conservation Department’s annual tree and shrub sale. Several species are available including: Red Oak, Burr Oak, and Sugar Maple. Trees and shrubs are sold in bundles of 25 with prices varying. Orders for trees and shrubs are being taken until January 31st. Contact information for the Dodge County Land and Water Conservation Department accompanies this story on

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam residents who receive contracted solid waste collection services from the city can now place Christmas trees and boughs on their curb for collection. Trees and boughs must be free of ornaments, lights, and stands so they can be chipped. They city will not collect trees that are in a bag. Citizens can also dispose of their Christmas greenery at the yard waste drop-off site at 640 South Center Street Monday through Friday between 7am and 3:30pm. However, wreaths and boughs with rope will not be accepted at the site. The Christmas tree pickup will continue through January 28th.