News – January 28, 2019

(Town of Calamus) Two families were displaced after fire swept through a Town of Calamus duplex Sunday evening. Crews responded to the Jolene Wille residence on County Road DE around 6:40pm to find smoke and flames coming from the basement of the two-story structure. Deputy Chief Matt Christian says firefighters were able to access the basement from an outside entrance to attack the flames, extinguishing a majority of the blaze quickly. Smoke and heat damage did extend to the first and second floor and there was substantial damage to the basement-level. The cause remains under investigation. There were no injuries. Five people from two families were displaced, along with several pets.

(Oneida County) Wisconsin had its fifth snowmobile accident of the winter season over the weekend.  The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office says 44-year-old Matthew Martens of Green Bay struck a tree after his sled left the trail in the Town of Lake Tomahawk Saturday night.  Martens died at the scene.

(Fox Lake) Two men escaped injuries after their vehicle went through the ice on Fox Lake Saturday morning.  The Fox Lake Fire Department says a full-size pickup truck with an attached plow went through thin ice.  The two people inside the truck got out and were transported back to shore.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam woman was arrested for driving drunk after running into the back of a Dodge County Sheriff’s squad car early Saturday morning in Beaver Dam. The deputy was assisting a disabled semi at North Spring Street and County Highway B. Gloria Avila was northbound on North Spring Street when she allegedly struck the deputy’s squad car around 1:47am. The 46-year-old was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The deputy was in the squad car but was not injured. Avila was arrested on charges of second offense drunk driving and inattentive driving. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage.

(Wisconsin) Today is Data Privacy Day across the globe, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection wants state residents to protect their digital footprint.  Suggestions they have to strengthen one’s security include deleting apps that you no longer use, purging the application permissions list under social media accounts, and updating passwords on a regular basis.

(Madison) During his State of the State address last week, Governor Evers dubbed 2019 “The Year of Clean Drinking Water in Wisconsin.”  He plans to name a person in the state Department of Health Services to focus on replacing lead pipes across the state and securing federal grants for the work.  Evers is also focused on the issue of contaminated private wells across Wisconsin.

(Glenbeulah) Congressman Glenn Grothman has been named to a second committee in Congress. Grothman will be sitting on the Oversight and Reform Committee. He had previously been named to the Labor and Education Committee. During the last congressional session, Grothman also served on the Budget, Education and Government Oversight committees.

(Beaver Dam) The deadline is this Thursday to submit nominations for an event that recognizes excellence in local industry. The Manufacturing Business Alliance of the Dodge County Region will be hosting their annual awards breakfast next month. There are four award categories including a Manufacturing Partnership Award, a Manufacturing in Education Award, a Career in Manufacturing Award and a Youth in Manufacturing Award. All paperwork is available on the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce website, a link can be found with this news story at

(Watertown) A Watertown dairy bar is keeping a tradition going thanks to the bitter cold.  Mullen’s offered a free single scoop ice cream cone Saturday after the temperature dropped beyond 20-below, which they have done since 1932.  It’s unknown how many people took advantage of the offer, but they may have to do it again with temperatures forecast to drop below 20-below later this week.