News – January 23, 2020

(Beaver Dam) The jury trial of a Beaver Dam man accused of murdering his ex-wife has been delayed as the suspect has changed his plea to not guilty by reason of mental defect. Ulisses Medina Espinosa pled not guilty at arraignment in May to one felony count of First Degree Intentional Homicide in the death of Stacia Hollinshead. The Illinois woman was shot to death last March inside a home on East Third Street in Beaver Dam. The homicide charge carries a life prison sentence, if the 32-year-old is convicted. The five-day jury trial is scheduled to begin on June 1.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam woman is competing in a statewide Dancing With The Stars-themed fundraiser this weekend in Waukesha hoping to raise money, and awareness, for organ donations. Dawn Lyons-Wood lost her daughter Emily Lyons in a snowmobiling accident five years ago. The day she died, Emily was supposed to be inducted into the Lion’s Eye Bank in La Crosse. Dawn fulfilled her daughters commitment and it became a major part of her life. She has spent the past several weeks learning the Cha-Cha. Each dollar raised in her name is one vote, and votes can be cast anytime through the end of the competition Saturday night, which will be streamed live. You’ll find links and more info with this news story at

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board reviewed the final report of a study of the region’s emergency medical services this week. The analysis was spearheaded by a steering committee made up of stakeholders representing emergency medical service agencies hoped to reveal solutions to significant concerns about the sustainability of EMS services in Dodge County. The report included several recommendations such as merging two or more agencies, establishing a more detailed succession plan or consider the creation of a County EMS District. Any recommendations mentioned in the report would be up to local ambulance services and municipalities to determine if they will be implemented.

(Madison) The Natural Resources Board is proposing some radical changes to the deer hunt in the future. The move comes in response to the 2019 gun deer season, when hunters killed dramatically fewer deer than in years past. One major proposal on the table is extending the gun season by another 10 days in order to help prop up harvest numbers. Other possible changes include stopping hunting for several days before the gun season, as well as limiting the crossbow season.

(Pewaukee) Wisconsin can expect a few more comedic jabs on Saturday Night Live. The late night comedy show says football star J-J Watt will host the show on February 1st. Watt grew up in Pewaukee and played college football at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Saturday Night Live has taken a number of shots at Wisconsin this season, with mixed reviews.

(Beaver Dam) Future possibilities for Beaver Dam’s Swan Park will be discussed with the public this (Thursday) evening. A survey about city parks and renovations conducted over the summer saw over 2000 responses. The community meeting, run by MSA, will start at 6pm at the Watermark Community and Senior Center on South Center Street.

(Beaver Dam) Community members and local businesses were honored last night at the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce annual dinner. The Business of the Year is Hometown Glass and Improvement. The Nonprofit of the Year is Community Care Preschool and Child Care. Citizen of the Year is Kraig Kasten. New this year, an award for the Citizen Who Has Left A Legacy. That honor goes to the late Nancy Zieman, founder of Nancy’s Notions and host of the long-running television show “Sewing With Nancy.” You can listen to entire the program with this news story at

(Madison) In his State of the State address, Governor Tony Evers said he will call another special session of the legislature next week, to address the crisis on Wisconsin’s farms. State Senator Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau says it is his “hope that the governor will spend what is left of the legislative session focusing on issues that put Wisconsin families first.” Video of the address is available on