News – January 31, 2016

Beaver Dam Announces 2016 Citizens Police Academy


1/31/16 – Applications are being accepted for the Beaver Dam Police Department’s Thirteenth Annual Citizens Police Academy. Officer Bill Linzenmeyer says the 10-week course covers a number of topics including firearms training, defensive tactics, OWI procedures and cadets even participate in a ride-along. The academy is not designed to certify citizens to perform law enforcement services. The department has graduated 144 citizen cadets in the past 12 years. The course is free of charge, but is limited to 12 applicants who must be 18 years old, have a clean record and either reside, work or own property in Beaver Dam. The program begins March 7th and continues most Mondays through May 16th, typically between 6pm and 9pm. There is one Saturday daytime class scheduled. Applications can be picked up at the police department. Contact Bill Linzenmeyer at 382-6529 or 887-4614 or email [email protected]


Property Taxes Due Today Can Be Paid Monday


1/31/16 – The first installment of property taxes are due today (Sun) at your local municipal treasurer’s office. Because government offices are closed, the payments can be made tomorrow. The second installment payments are due at the county treasurer’s office by July 31. Taxpayers mailing after the deadline are subject to interest and a penalty of one and a half percent (1.5%) of the total amount for the first month, and that increases by 1.5% percent for every month the tax remains unpaid. Also, if you are late the entire tax bill is due immediately. Dodge County Treasurer Patti Hilker says Watertown is the only Dodge County community that allows property taxes to be paid in three installments but all three payments have to be made in the city.


Thiesfeldt Co-Authors Bill For High School Robotics Funding


1/31/16 – State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt is the co-author of a bill that would provide some funding for high school robotics programs. The Republican from Fond du Lac says it helps youth develop skills that employers are looking for. Thiesfeldt says the bill would set aside funding for high school robotics programs. He says a $500-thousand dollar grant would be administered through the state’s Department of Public Instruction, which would award $5,000 grants to eligible programs. Thiesfeldt says it will help in more rural areas where corporate sponsorship monies are less likely.


Walker, Schimel Eye Lawsuit Against Expanded Background Checks


1/31/16 – A vast majority of Wisconsin voters favor President Obama’s executive order to expand background checks to buyers at gun shows and other private sales. Republican Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel are both looking into a possible state lawsuit, alleging that the order is illegal without congressional approval. But the new Marquette Law School poll shows that 85-percent of more than 800 Wisconsin voters approve the background check expansion, and only 12-percent oppose it. Even current gun owners support the mandate, as pollster Charles Franklin says 84-percent of poll respondents with guns in their homes favor more background checks. Also, 65-percent say they’re against a G-O-P bill to let concealed-carry permit-holders have hidden weapons on school grounds, and in classrooms with school board approval.


Walker’s Presidential Campaign Still In The Red


1/31/16 – Scott Walker’s former presidential campaign raised a substantial 500-thousand dollars in the last three months of the year, but the Republican governor’s financial campaign still carries more than one million dollars in debt from the failed bid. Walker’s White House campaign just over one-million dollars in obligations left and about 153-thousand dollars in cash to offset that debt. The Wisconsin governor dropped out of the 2016 presidential race in September because of the growing campaign deficit, which sources at the time described as a political nightmare.


Email Virus Complaints On The Rise


1/31/16 – Wisconsin consumer protection officials say they’re getting more complaints about computer viruses from e-mail senders posing as social media. Many of us use Facebook and You-Tube — and state consumer spokesman Jerad Albracht says high-tech thieves try to take advantage, by getting us to open “phishing” e-mails that look official. They’ll have indirect names like “Automation Facebook Service,” “You-Tube Support,” and “Whats App Notifier.” Albracht says those types of unsolicited e-mails should be deleted before they’re ever opened. And if your machine does get locked up by a scammer demanding money, Albracht says never to pay — because it will invite others to use their malware to try the same scam.


Madison Ranked In Top Ten For Tech Professionals


1/31/16 – Madison has been ranked the seventh best metro area in the country for technology professionals. The ranking comes from WalletHub-dot-com, a personal finance website. The top area for STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math professionals was Silicon Valley, followed by Austin, Texas. The Milwaukee area ranked 49th out of 100 metro areas evaluated. WalletHub’s findings are important because they suggest which areas have the most growth potential. Estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics say that STEM jobs will expand over one-and-a-half times faster than non-STEM occupations for the decade ending in 2020.


Mercury Marine Finishes 2015 Strong


1/31/16 – Mercury Marine and its parent company the Brunswick Corporation finished 2015 strong with its fourth quarter earnings report. Net sales for the Marine Engine segment, primarily Mercury Marine, were up by 2 percent for the fourth quarter to nearly $475 million. Meanwhile Brunswick officials say for the full year the corporation’s revenues increased by 7 percent. For the full year Brunswick reported net sales of $4.1 billion, which was up $267 million from 2014.


Kennedy Holding Listening Session In Advance Of Council Meeting


1/31/16 – Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy has his regular listening sessions scheduled on Tuesday. Kennedy opens his door for city residents to meet with him, one-on-one, without appointment on the first and third Tuesday of every month. The listening sessions are held in Room 158 on the first floor of City Hall from 10am until noon and again from 5pm to 6pm.  Kennedy also makes himself available for private meetings by appointment by contacting the mayor office.  He says it is important that constituents have the opportunity to speak with him the day after each regular meeting of the common council, which is typically held on the first and third Monday’s of the month. On the council agenda tomorrow night: an update on Police Department operations from Chief John Kreuziger; consideration of a contract with General Engineering of Portage to demolish the former senior center on East Third Street and a promotion of the city’s Utility Foreman Rob Minnema to the Director of Utilities. The Common Council meets at 8pm Monday evening in the Municipal Building, following meetings of the city’s two standing committees Administrative and Operations.


Born Hosting Office Hours in Beaver Dam, Horicon, Mayville


1/31/16 – State Representative Mark Born has office hours in Beaver Dam tomorrow. The listening session will be held at 9am in Beaver Dam City Hall. He will also be at Horicon City Hall tomorrow at 10:30am and Mayville City Hall at 11:15am. Born wraps up his day tomorrow at Brownsville Village Hall at 1pm. On Friday, the Beaver Dam Republican will be in Rubicon and Ashippun. Additional office hours will be held in Lowell, Clyman, Hustisford and Iron Ridge on Monday, February 22; Hartford on Saturday, February 27 and Juneau on March 6. Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner will join Born for many of the dates beginning on Friday. The office hours are meant to provide constituents an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on issues in the legislature.



Monday, February 1st

9:00 AM – Beaver Dam, Beaver Dam City Hall (City Council Chambers)

10:30 AM – Horicon, Horicon City Hall

11:15 AM – Mayville, Mayville City Hall

1:00 PM – Brownsville, Brownsville Village Hall


Friday, February 5th

10:00 AM – Rubicon, Rubicon Town Hall 10:45 AM – Neosho, Neosho Village Hall

11:30 AM – Ashippun, Ashippun Town Hall (With Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner)


Monday, February 22nd

9:45 AM – Lowell, Lowell Town Hall

10:30 AM – Clyman, Clyman Village Hall (With Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner)

11:15 AM – Hustisford, Hustisford Village Hall (With Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner)

12:45 PM – Iron Ridge, Iron Ridge Community Center (With Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner)


Saturday, February 27th

1:00 PM – Hartford, Hartford City Hall (With Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner)


Sunday, March 6th

1:00 PM – Juneau, Juneau Community Center (With Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner)