News – January 20, 2023

(Juneau) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says that the sheriff’s department will not be affected by the recent vacancies in the District Attorney Office. D-A Kurt Klomberg resigned this month citing a statewide understaffing of prosecutors along with challenges in Juneau related to retirements and personal leave. On Community Comment this week, the sheriff said the only impact on law enforcement is that they will have different people to contact. Schmidt says the community can rest assured that criminals will not get a break from law enforcement just because the DA’s office is facing staffing challenges.

(Horicon) City officials in Horicon are going to have to start looking at updating their wastewater treatment plant. That according to Mayor Josh Maas who told us recently on WBEV’s Community Comment that it’s the city’s biggest long term need. Maas says the plant is 40 years old but was designed to last 20 to 25 years. A study would need to be conducted to explore potential solutions.

(Lomira) Fire damaged the steeple of a church south of Lomira Wednesday night. Officials with St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church say a passerby saw the flames and called in the fire. The damage was contained to the steeple of the church and nothing inside was impacted. The cross and top portion of the steeple will have to be replaced. No one was injured during the blaze. The cause is being investigated, but the cross at the top of the steeple was lighted so it may have been electrical in nature.

(Columbus) Officer Matthew Schultz was recognized for his 20 years of service on the Columbus Police Department at this week’s city council meeting. Police Chief Dennis Weiner says he has contributed a lot to the department over the years and recognizing officers like Schultz is very important. Officer Schultz was given a plaque and a metal badge engraved with his name and officer number to thank him for his service.

(Beaver Dam) A new exhibit opens this weekend at the Dodge County Center for the Arts. Tiny Humans Art features the work of kids under the age of 10. The center’s Kraig Kasten says they have been ramping up children’s education and programming since moving to their new facility on North Center and West Maple in Beaver Dam. The Tiny Humans Art exhibit kicks off with an opening reception at noon on Sunday and runs through March 12th.

(Milwaukee) Harley-Davidson is putting together a big celebration for its 120th anniversary. The Homecoming Festival will take place July 13th through the 16th at venues throughout the Milwaukee area featuring family-friendly activities and music from the Foo Fighters and Green Day.