News – January 21, 2020

(Mayville) The Kekoskee and Leroy Joint Sanitary Commission has filed a lawsuit against Mayville accusing the city of breaking the terms of an agreement for sewer service. The agreement from 2015 allows the village and the township to use the city-owned utility for sewer service. According to the civil suit, the city has been improperly assessing operational costs to the commission for a nearby lift station. It also claims that in October, Mayville asked the commission for $11-thousand dollars in utility charges. The commission is asking the court to rule that the city is not entitled to the operational costs and to order a permanent injunction prohibiting the city from attempting to collect the charges. The city filed a motion to dismiss last month and the matter is set for judicial review in March.


(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel says the question of staffing his department should go to the taxpayers in the form of a referendum. Mannel made that remark recently during a State of the Fire Department conversation on WBEV’s Community Comment. A study on staffing levels is currently underway. The chief says the high volume in the understaffed department can take its toll. Mannel says his department will continue to provide great EMS service he (quote) “just hopes you’re not the second or third or fourth person at the same time period that needs services because you may need to wait.” The department has 18 full-time firefighter-paramedics, 28-paid-on-call part-timers and two chiefs covering the entire city and all-or-part of five neighboring townships. Calls for service continue to increase with over 2800 calls in each of the past two years.


(Madison) Madison police are investigating the city’s first homicide of the new year. A man killed in a shooting on Saturday in Madison has been identified as a 20-year-old from Chicago. Police found Antonio Stidhum in an apartment on Madison’s southwest side. The person who lives in the apartment wasn’t there at the time, although police say they’ve been cooperating with the investigation. No other details have been released on a suspect.


(Madison) The next head of the University of Wisconsin System may not come from another university. The school’s search committee on Friday talked about what they want to see in their next president. The committee is not requiring the next president to have a doctoral degree. That means someone from the business or political world could get the job. The university says the next president simply needs 10 years of experience in a ‘significant senior executive position’ and an understanding of public higher education.


(Madison) The American Red Cross has extended an urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets. With influenza escalating and winter weather threatening to cancel some blood drives, there’s a critical shortage of type O blood, with less than a three-day supply available for patient emergencies and medical treatments. Here in the Red Cross Badger Hawkeye Region, donors of all blood types – especially types O positive and O negative – are urged to make an appointment. Contact information can be found with this news story at


(Beaver Dam) The United Way of Dodge County is sponsoring a program that teaches young children the importance of reading. The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails to children a free age-appropriate book each month from birth up until five years old. Community Outreach Coordinator with the local United Way chapter Mary Kuntz says the Imagination Library will be available to Mayville residents who live in the 53050 zip code. More information about registering is available on