News – January 17, 2023

(Dodge County) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the assistance of area residents in locating an inmate. According to authorities Jessica Shafer failed to return from a medical appointment as permitted per her court ordered Huber privileges. The 27-year-old was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray t-shirt, white shoes, with a black sweatshirt, and a purple jacket. An arrest warrant has been issued with the Sheriff’s Office asking the public’s to provide any information that can assist in apprehending Shafer. Those with any information can contact the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office at 920-386-3726 or your local Law Enforcement Agency. Authorities ask that you contact them directly and not to put yourself in harm’s way.

(Juneau) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the sheriff’s office powers come from the state constitution and the sheriff’s department powers come from the local government. In addition, Schmidt says there are collaborations between the two such as passing budgets. He also says that his job is to answer to the citizens of Dodge County and not the city board or administrator.

(Waupun) The City of Waupun is seeking applicants for an open seat on the common council. The vacancy is in the Aldermanic District Six. It was created by the death of longtime alderwoman Nancy Vanderkin last month. Those interested in applying must be at least 18 years old and reside in that district. There will be a background check and those who applied will be required to appear before the common council at their February 14th meeting which starts at 6pm. Letters of interest should be submitted to the city no later than 4pm on February 7th. More information is available at

(Watertown) The Watertown Regional Medical Center is welcoming a new care provider. Nurse Practitioner Kristine Gay will serve as a primary care and family medicine provider at the Juneau clinic. Gay, who grew up in Dodge County and is a graduate from Columbus High School, says she is excited to be back in the county caring for the citizens of Juneau and the surrounding communities. The clinic says that appointments with Gay can start being scheduled this month.

(Horicon) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources invites the public to the Horicon Marsh on January 21st to help celebrate winter. Activities include hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Refreshments will be available including hot chocolate and cider. Warm clothing with layers, headlamps and flashlights are recommended. The event is free to attend and begins at sunset.