News – January 3, 2023

(Beaver Dam) Members of the Beaver Dam Fire Department were out on Beaver Dam Lake last night. While some may have had concerns over seeing rescue personnel and the departments hovercraft out on the ice, the department shared on their Facebook page that it was all part of the team’s ice rescue training. This is the second time in less than a week that the teams have had the hovercraft out on the lake, citing that fluctuating temperatures make it even more important to ensure they are able to respond at a moment’s notice.

(Juneau) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt will be the new president of the Badger State Sheriff’s Association beginning on January 1, 2023. He says that it is an honor to represent all 72 county sheriff’s offices in the state and that he would like to focus on providing mental health services to officers.

(Beaver Dam) Mayor Becky Glewen has a few priorities in 2023. She says that she would like to see the state become more involved when it comes to park improvements, because there have been several improvement plans put forward by dedicated and interested people. Another priority is a possible Swan Park improvement paid for by the taxpayers.

(Beaver Dam) Wayland Academy recently announced its 20th annual Swan Scholarship competition. Each year, the coed college preparatory school in Beaver Dam offers this scholarship opportunity to local Beaver Dam students entering ninth grade in the following school year. It is valued at about $90-thousand-dollars and covers the full cost of tuition at Wayland for four years. The deadline to apply is February 15th. More information can be found at

(Columbus) The Wisconsin Department for Public Instruction’s report card for the Columbus School District was recently released. Superintendent Jacob Flood is happy but says there is still work to do. He says the focus is evaluating how students work in small groups with the new math curriculum Bridges at the elementary school. Flood says he is proud of the progress being made and is confident that the hard work will pay off.