News – January 29, 2016

Snowmobile Falls Into Open Water On Beaver Dam Lake


1/29/16 – A snowmobiler drove into open water on the Beaver Dam Lake around 9:30 pm last night.  Preliminary investigation shows three snowmobilers were heading east on the lake when they arrived at open water on the east shore near Sunset Boulevard in the Town of Beaver Dam.  Two of the drivers navigated across the open water but the third snowmobile was submerged in 8 to 10 feet of water, 4 to 5 feet from shore.  The snowmobiler waded to shore and was treated by paramedics for hypothermia.  33-year-old Shaun Bradley and 50-year-old Brett Rechek were arrested and received citations for Operating a Snowmobile while Intoxicated.  The other snowmobiler was 36-year-old Jesse Riesen.  All are Dodge County residents.  The incident remains under investigation.


Vietnam Vets Now Eligible For Badger Honor Flight


1/29/16 – The Badger Honor Flight is now accepting applications from Vietnam veterans.  On WBEV’s Community Comment earlier this week, Jim Bublitz of the Beaver Dam contingent of the Madison-based Honor Flight hub said the program that takes veterans from around the country to see various war memorials in Washington D.C. at no cost is expanding beyond just World War Two and Korean War veterans.  He says anyone who served at least one day between 1961 and 1975 is eligible to apply, regardless of their duty in the conflict.  AMVET Post 33 Commander Eric Bates served in Vietnam and feels this is a great way to honor veterans of that conflict who did not return to a warm welcome. Bublitz called into the program while Bates was on discussing the Am Vets spaghetti feed, which is one week from tomorrow at John’s Bar in Beaver Dam.  While the two spring flights are already booked, there is still space on the September 24 and October 22 flights.  More information is available at


Beaver Dam Tourism Assessment Presented


1/29/16 – The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce received an update on tourism in the area during their annual meeting on Wednesday. Wisconsin Department of Tourism Regional Specialist David Spiegelberg presented the findings of a tourism assessment of Beaver Dam. Chamber President Phil Fritsche asked the department a year-and-a-half ago to help the city develop a tourism strategy. A committee was assembled and after a six month process, a 23-page report was put together on what tourism success in Beaver Dam should look like going forward. The core assets and strengths identified include the “unique tourism asset” of Nancy’s Notions, the proximity to Horicon Marsh and strong fishing opportunities on Beaver Dam Lake along with its golf courses and the county fair. Spiegelberg says the report recommends expanding opportunities with Nancy’s Notion and the annual sewing weekend. “Could Beaver Dam become the sewing tourism capital of Wisconsin,” Spiegelberg posed adding that, “it may sound funny be there’s not another community that can claim that.” Success strategies going forward include creating or expanding a “signature event” that could draw statewide or nationwide attention; focusing downtown revitalization efforts on creating a sense of a place where people want to gather. The report also concluded that Beaver Dam is noted for its theatre and arts programs and it was pointed out at the chamber meeting that some communities three and four times the size do not have the same cultural offerings.


Names Released In Westford Vehicle Accident


1/29/16 – The names of those involved in Tuesday night’s two vehicle accident in the Town of Westford have been released.  The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says a pickup truck driven by 34-year-old Raymond Cody of rural Beaver Dam and a car driven by 18-year-old Noah Obrion of rural Beaver Dam collided in the northbound lane of Highway G near Hawk Road.  Obrion was flown to Madison with life-threatening injuries while Cody and Obrion’s juvenile passenger were treated for non-life threatening injuries.  Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.


Milwaukee Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Charges


1/29/16 – A Milwaukee woman accused of trying to sell drugs in Lomira pled not guilty at arraignment yesterday in a Dodge County courtroom.  Raechelle Johnson is facing three felony Drug Possession counts.  The 38-year-old allegedly tried to sell heroin, cocaine, and pills to an informant outside the Lomira McDonalds.  If she is convicted on all counts, Johnson faces up to 31 years in prison.  She will be back in court on February 29.


Lowell Woman Accused Of Taking Car Waives Prelim


1/29/16 – A Lowell woman accused of taking her landlord’s car waived her preliminary hearing yesterday.  Joy Strader is facing one felony count of Operating a Motor Vehicle Without the Owner’s Consent.  The 46-year-old allegedly took the car to get cigarettes from a gas station and rolled the vehicle over on Highway G near Lowell while swerving to avoid hitting an animal.  Strader reportedly did not have a valid driver’s license.  If she is found guilty, Strader faces six years in prison.  She will be arraigned on February 24.


More Stolen Cheese Recovered


1/29/16 – For the second time in a week, a big load of stolen Wisconsin cheese has been found intact. Marshfield Police say a tip led officers to a warehouse near Appleton, where 41-thousand pounds of parmesan worth 90-thousand dollars were located Thursday in the town of Grand Chute. Officials say a semi-truck picked up the cheese two weeks ago from WOW Logistics in Marshfield, but it never arrived at its expected location west of Chicago in Elgin, Illinois. Earlier this week, 70-thousand dollars worth of parmesan were found intact in Milwaukee, after it was stolen last Friday from a warehouse in Germantown. In both cases, the stolen cheese was recovered away from the semi-trucks which transported them — and Marshfield Police say they’re checking out several leads on possible suspects.


St. Katherine’s Putting Own Spin On Catholic Schools Week


1/29/16 – A local institution is taking a bit different approach to the upcoming Catholic School’s Week.  Instead of focusing on the national theme of ‘Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service,’ Beaver Dam’s St. Katherine Drexel School is observing its own theme, ‘fun on the farm.’  Ruth Kaiser is with St. Katherine and says they have created a local theme for a few years running after seeing it got the kids more enthused. The week kicks off Sunday as a number of students will be involved in St. Katherine’s 10 am mass.  This year’s Alice in Dairyland, Teyanna Loether, will be at the school on Monday.  After speaking at a morning assembly, Loether will make presentations to various age groups on the importance of agriculture in Wisconsin and the careers that are available in that field.  Other events next week include a Wednesday morning spelling bee, an open house on Thursday night, and an all-school mass on Friday morning.


BDACT Seeking Directors For Short Plays


1/29/16 – The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre is looking for several directors for a show featuring a series of locally-written short plays. The ten-minute, one-act pieces were written by those currently participating in the theatre’s playwriting workshop. Coordinator Annette Kamps says the project is a unique chance to learn the process of consulting with playwrights about their work, first-hand, and then directing that work. She calls it new territory for the theatre and another step in its goal to build its education program for all ages. Each director will have the guidance of a veteran advisor. The process will be collaborative and include an instructional meeting with the directors, the playwrights, and playwriting instructor Jeremy Kamps. Casting and rehearsal will take place between mid-March and early April. The 12 performances will be on the stage in mid-April.  All benefits from the festival will go toward the theatre’s Building Campaign Fund. Those interested in directing one or two of the original plays need to submit an application by February 8. Additional information is at; a link is on our website


Director application forms are at the Beaver Dam Community Library, the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association’s Seippel Center, the Watermark, MPTC, and the BDACT office at 219 N. Spring St. (entry on Third St.). For further information, call the BDACT office, 920-885-6891, or 920-887-2093, or email [email protected] Candidates can apply to direct one or two of the original plays and must submit a completed application form postmarked by February 8, or sent by email by February 10.


Snowmobile Trails Closing


1/29/16 – Most of the snowmobile trails in Dodge County are closed. The Land Resources and Parks Department reports that  Zones One and Four as well as the ATV and snowmobile trail located on the Wild Goose State Trail closed at 6am Friday. The eastern portion of Zone Two and Corridor 34 running from Intersection 35 and to the northeast will be closing at 6am Saturday. Zones Three and Five remain closed. Officials remain snowmobilers that riding on a closed trail is trespassing and will lead to the closing of the trail system if continued.