News – January 26, 2023

(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Board recently approved its strategic plan. The county’s Executive Committee identified a need to establish a plan two years ago to guide the board’s policy and decision-making process. Several supervisors held meetings between May of 2021 and March of last year to draft a strategic plan document including a mission statement, vision, and values. The plan features 11 key strategies but three were suggested by the exec committee as area of focus. They include coordinating cooperation of fire and EMS services county-wide and regionally, highway funding, and opioid addictions.

(Beaver Dam) Officials with a local non-profit say a large donation they received will go a long way towards expanding their facility in Beaver Dam. Church Health Services recently got a $325-thousand-dollar check from the Beaver Dam Community Hospital Foundation for expanding and renovating their building located at 115 North Center Street. Community Engagement Director Bev Beal-Loeck says plans are still in the early stages, but the proposed project is estimated to cost between $800-and-$900-thousand-dollars. The goal is to construct a reception and waiting room area and increase confidential therapy spaces.

(Dodge County) Jobless claims in the region saw a slight dip in the month of December. The state department of Workforce Development says the unemployment rate in Dodge County was 2-percent in the twelfth month of 2022 which is down from the 2.2-percent the county saw in November. Last year, the number was 1.9-percent. Dodge County jumped seven spots in the statewide unemployment ranking to 14th.

(Reeseville) A Reeseville man was found guilty Wednesday on charges that he stabbed another person in the village. Jose Damian Pineda admitted to stabbing the victim in the head and neck area three times in August. The victim survived but suffered serious injuries. Damian Pineda said (quote) “I’m not sure what went through my head when I did it, I just did it.” A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and the 22-year-old is due back in court on March 28th.

(Jefferson) One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Jefferson County Wednesday morning. A vehicle heading westbound on Highway 12 in the town of Jefferson lost control, crossed into the eastbound lanes, and was struck by a truck around 7:40am. The driver and lone occupant died of their injuries. The driver of the truck was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.

(Taycheedah) The obituary for a teen killed in a car crash in Fond du Lac County over the weekend has been published. Sixteen-year-old Nevins Zoch died at the scene on Golf Course Drive in the town of Taycheedah early Saturday morning. Authorities say 16-year-old Tommy Koenigs, who was also injured, has been declared brain dead and was taken off life support. A third teen, a 16-year-old girl from Fond du Lac was taken to St. Agnes Hospital after the accident.