News – January 19, 2023

(Juneau) An effort to replace the Dodge County Board chairman failed. During their monthly meeting this week, supervisors discussed the motion brought forth by Supervisor Dan Siegmann to hold another election for board chair. The seat is typically filled during the board’s first meeting following its two-year election cycle in April. Siegmann says this move was not motivated by a personal vendetta against current Board Chairman Dave Frohling. He says Dodge County is not doing things the right way and they need a chairman who is going to stop that. Other supervisors argued that even having this debate was a disservice to the constituents and others called it a ‘political maneuver.’ The motion ultimately failed with 26 no votes to six yesses.

(Beaver Dam) Officials in Beaver Dam are asking residents to take an online survey about the future of its parks. The two parks of focus are Edgewater and Crystal Lake. The survey is available until February 3rd and hard copies can be picked up at city hall, the Beaver Dam library, the chamber of commerce, and at the Watermark. Officials say completed copies can be returned to those same locations. A link as well as a QR code is available with this news story at

(Mayville) A GoFundMe has been established for the Mayville man seriously injured in a weekend snowmobile accident in Minnesota. Cody was thrown from his sled and broke his back and severed his spinal cord Sunday. He is paralyzed from the lower chest bone down. Funds raised will go towards medical and rehab. Organizers set a $350-thousand-dollar goal and have raised just over $33-thousand-dollars so far. A link to the GoFundMe can be found at

(Juneau) The Dodge County sheriff says they are still looking for a Huber inmate that walked away from the jail but they know where she went. Jessica Shafer failed to return from a medical appointment over the weekend and now has an active arrest warrant. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the 27-year-old never went to her medical appointment, instead she went to Milwaukee County. He says they know where she was dropped off but are still searching for her. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. A picture of Shafer can be found under the news tab at

(Wisconsin) Thursday is National Conservation Dogs Day. The day celebrates dogs helping advance conservation through scent detection of endangered, invasive, and elusive species. It was started by the Conservation Dogs Collective, a non-profit organization that trains scent detection dogs to sniff out plants, animals, and insects to boost conservation efforts. The group – along with their sniff dogs – are helping remove New Zealand mud snails from the Black Earth Creek Fishery Area near Madison, an invasive species that could spread to other waterways in the state.