News – January 30, 2023

(Waupun) Monday marks a solemn anniversary in the city of Waupun. It has been 40 years since the prison riot at Waupun State Prison, which is now Waupun Correctional. It happened in 1982 and 15 people were taken hostage, including 11 civilians and four guards. Mayor Rohn Bishop says while no one was injured, the emotional scars lived on long afterwards. As mayor, Bishop says he attends quarterly meetings with corrections leadership, elected state representatives, local police, first responders, and local citizens at the conference center at Dodge Correctional to air out issues and address concerns about the prisons.

(Mayville) The mayor of Mayville is thinking of innovative ways to keep taxes low for its residents. John Guinn says that it is a challenge because the city is landlocked in their opportunity and ability to grow. Guinn says residential home values have gone up from around 50-to-52-percent to as high as 80-percent. The mill rate did decrease from $8.11-per-thousand-dollars of assessed value to $5.29-per-thousand in the city budget.

(Beaver Dam) Work to upgrade the Horicon School District’s track and field earned those involved an award from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin. The Horicon High School Athletic Complex, Iron Ridge-based Wondra Construction, as well as designer – Point of Beginning – received the Silver Award for sitework, landscape, and hardscape of the $3-million-dollar project. Sword Field, named for prominent donor Sword Financial and the Schwertfeger family, opened last August.

(Columbia County) The state of Wisconsin has revoked the wholesale dealer license for 18 Columbia County dealers for failing to follow administrative requirements. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles says each dealer violated state law when they failed to maintain a licensed business facility. The businesses are co-located at 101 Skyline Drive in Arlington.

(Beaver Dam) January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. National and local organizations are encouraging residents to continue the fight against this issue by raising awareness and reporting tips to the Human Trafficking Hotline. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimates trafficking to be a $150-billion-a-year global enterprise and is the world’s fastest growing criminal activity. It is believed that 25 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking. Support lines and more information can be found with this news story at