News – January 4, 2023

(Dodge County) Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to file paperwork to run in the spring. In Mayville, alderperson Jack Abbott has no challenger in Ward One and in Ward Five, Joseph Riese also has no challenger. In Horicon, District One incumbent Forest Frami filed his paperwork and is running unopposed; in District Two, incumbent Jim Bandsma is also running unopposed. Meanwhile, in District Three, Kristine Schmitz has submitted paperwork for her candidacy.

(Dodge County) There are a number of school board seats coming due in April. There are contented races in Dodgeland, where incumbent Carla Nico is facing a challenge from Bruce Haan for an at large seat. There are three people running for two seats representing the city of Juneau and the town of Oak Grove. Incumbents Nick Rennhack and Stacy Schmitt are seeking re-election while Craig Bunkoske has also filed papers. There are no challenges in Beaver Dam where incumbents Joanne Tyjeski, Lisa Panzer, and Maria Mason are all seeking another term for their at-large seat.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man charged with running from police entered in to a plea agreement Tuesday. Gideon Kloske plead guilty to a felony count of Fleeing. The court accepted the plea and placed Kloske into a deferred prosecution agreement, meaning he will avoid a felony record if he stays out of trouble while on probation for a year-and-a-half. The two-mile pursuit eventually ended when Kloske crashed into a farm field near Ollinger Road. The 22-year-old reportedly said he had bad judgment and was showing off.

(Lodi) Columbia County authorities arrested a Madison teen following a high-speed chase on New Year’s Day. Sheriff’s deputies located two stolen vehicles near Arbor Valley Road in the township of Lodi around 11am Sunday which sped away. A pursuit that reached speeds of 115-miles-per-hour and lasted for roughly 15 miles ended when one of the suspect vehicles crashed near DeForest. The other vehicle continued on. Deputies arrested a 14-year-old who appeared to be injured but was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He is facing multiple charges including felony Eluding and Resisting.

(Portage) Fire caused significant damage at Associated Milk Producers, Inc. in Portage on Monday night. The Portage Fire Department was called to 301 Brooks Street around 9:15pm. Troy Haase says the blaze started in a room where butter was being stored and as it was heated, it began to flow throughout the structure. He says the butter runoff and heavy smoke slowed access to the building. After multiple hours and assistance from several different fire departments, crews were able to contain the fire and extinguish before it could spread past the firewalls and throughout the structure.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers talked about drugs – legal and illegal – in his inaugural address. He said the state must lower the cost of medication and cap the cost of insulin. Evers added that there must be a meaningful conversation about treating marijuana much like we do alcohol. Republican legislative leaders say there’s little support among their members for legalized cannabis. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he is willing to consider medical marijuana. – WRN