News – January 5, 2022

(Mayville) Tuesday was the deadline to run in the spring election. There will be new mayors in Waupun, Mayville, and Horicon where none of the incumbents are returning. Mike Jackson and John Guinn will face each other in Mayville. Joshua Maas is running unopposed in Horicon. Ron Bishop is the only candidate on the ballot in Waupun. There will be at least three new faces on the Beaver Dam Common Council with alderpersons Therese Henricksen, Kara Nelson and Heidi Freeby bowing out and newcomers Bobbi Marck and Anthony Perkins on the ballot. There are aldermanic races with no candidates on the ballot in Columbus and Mayville.

(Juneau) There is a dozen races on the 33-member Dodge County Board. There will also be two primaries for seats representing the Town of Beaver Dam and Lebanon-Emmet. As we reported last month, longtime Dodge County Board Chairman Russ Kottke is not seeking re-election.

(Dodge County) There are a number of school board seats coming due in April. There are two contested races in Waupun, seven people are vying for two open seats on the Columbus School Board, and there are four seats up for election in Beaver Dam with five people running. There are no contested races in Mayville, Dodgeland, and Horicon.

(Trenton) Cash bond was set at $25,000 Tuesday for a Fox Lake man charged with his 10th OWI offense. Daniel Kraft was allegedly drunk when he veered into the ditch in the Town of Trenton on New Year’s Day. When asked how much he had to drink, Kraft allegedly said (quote) “a lot” but that it did not matter because he was not driving. He also reportedly refused Field Sobriety Testing but was taken to the Beaver Dam hospital for a blood draw. Kraft has nine OWI convictions between 1991 and 2003. If convicted, the 57-year-old faces up to 15 years in prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 13th.

(Clyman) Three Dodge County fire departments have official merged. The departments in Clyman, Lowell, and Reeseville have been running auto-aid since 2014, meaning that each station would respond to an emergency situation upon request. The stations, referred to as CLR, are entirely volunteer based but in recent years have struggled to find willing and able bodies. In 2019, the three municipalities began studying the possibility of a merger. CLR Chief Eric Howlett says the pandemic put a hold on their plans to unite, but in 2021 efforts were reignited to get the merger done. He says the agreement became official at midnight on January 1st. He adds this consolidation means less needed equipment over time which will save taxpayers money.

(Madison) At the Capitol, Republican legislators propose a package of bills they say will help attract and retain law enforcement officers. Representative Mark Born said the $25-million-dollar package of incentives and grants would be paid for from federal pandemic relief. The Beaver Dam Republican adds that the legislature needs to take action to strengthen the state’s law enforcement agencies and these bills do that. One possible hitch in the plan though – Democratic Governor Tony Evers determines how those federal funds are allocated.