News – January 2, 2023

(Juneau) Governor Tony Evers is seeking applicants for a key vacancy in Dodge County. District Attorney Kurt Klomberg tendered his resignation on Thursday and his last day will be January 13th. The new district attorney will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term that ends in January of 2025. Interested individuals must email a completed application form and supporting materials to the governor’s office by the deadline at 5pm on January 13th. Links and more information can be found with this news story at

(Fond du Lac) A Milwaukee resident is facing numerous charges after being involved in a five-mile pursuit with Fond du Lac County authorities on New Year’s Eve. It started with an investigation into an assault complaint, possibly involving a firearm and a stolen vehicle Saturday morning in the 300 block of Western Avenue. The vehicle was later located and fled before abruptly stopping. Two Fond du Lac residents exited and were arrested. The vehicle continued to flee before it collided head-on at high speed with a deputy’s squad car. The 30-year-old Milwaukee resident driving the vehicle is facing felony Fleeing and First-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety charges.

(Beaver Dam) A Wayland Academy faculty member was recently given the Navy Impact Influence Award. James Cleary was presented with the award that recognizes innovative educators who have inspired kids to join the Navy. Ensign Alexander Idonije, Wayland Class of 2016, nominated Cleary for the award. Idonije was recently accepted to the U.S. Navy’s Intelligence Officer Program, one of the branch’s most challenging academic programs. Cleary has been a teacher at the coed college preparatory school in Beaver Dam since 2010.

(Columbus) Columbus High School football player Colton Brunell is up for the National High School MVP award. Schools Superintendent Jacob Flood says the accomplishments by the athletes have sent a message to the student body, after the team won a state title this year. He adds that it has a ripple down effect, and they are seeing the outcome that can happen from hard work. Voting has closed with the winner of the National MVP award to be announced at a later date.

(Portage) The Portage Fire Department recently recognized several of their agencies finest. The department handed out several awards including Officer of the Year which went to Captain Mark Bublitz. Firefighter of the Year was awarded to Cody Kamrowski. The department also had 12 members receive Response Commendation awards for responding to 40-percent or more of calls for service over the last year.