News – January 6, 2016

One Person Killed In Accident Near Columbus


1/6/16 – One person was killed in a two vehicle accident on Highway 151 southbound yesterday morning.  The crash happened at 9:14 am just south of Highway K near Columbus.  According to the Columbus Police Department, a 69-year-old rural Columbus man was killed when his tractor was struck by a semi driven by a 45-year-old Iowa man.  Names are being withheld pending family notification, and the matter remains under investigation.  Assistance was received from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Highway Department, Columbus Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, and Lifestar EMS.  Highway 151 southbound near Columbus was closed for over four hours while the crash was investigated.


Traffic Deaths Rose 13-Percent In Wisconsin Last Year


1/6/16 – Wisconsin traffic deaths rose 13-percent last year, but the D-O-T says it’s still too early to tell if the increase in freeway speeds is a factor. Five-hundred-56 people died in state crashes in 2015, up from 494 the previous year — which was the lowest annual total in 71 years. Dodge County had 11 fatal accidents last year, which is the same as the five year average and three less than 2014. Columbia County experienced nine deaths, one less than average. Jefferson County had seven road fatalities while Fond du Lac County had 12, both in-line with the five-average. Washington County had nine, Green Lake County recorded three. Meanwhile, Wisconsin increased its speed limit from 65-miles-an-hour to 70 last summer on most Interstates, and on similar four-lane roads late in the year. Early reports a few weeks ago indicated an increase in crashes in the 70-zones, but the D-O-T’s David Pabst says it’s too early to tell what the statewide impact is. He blames an improved economy, a warm spring, and lower gas prices for higher traffic volumes — and the higher numbers of crashes that resulted.


Seven Contested Races On Dodge County Board


1/6/16 – There will be seven contested races on the 33-member Dodge County Board and one of those races will require a primary. Stephanie Justmann of Mayville, Douglas Schulz of Iron Ridge, and James Qualmann of Horicon will be vying for the District Nine seat being vacated by longtime Supervisor Harold Kriewald; the top two vote getters in February will appear on the April ballot. Jerry Nies is challenging incumbent Ed Nelson for his District Four, Beaver Dam-area seat. Another Beaver Dam-area seat, District 33, will see Becky Glewen go up against incumbent Rodger Mattson. In District Seven, Randy Grebel of Burnett is facing a challenge from Richard Bennett of Oak Grove. Holly Millard will face incumbent Rich Greshay for the board’s District Eight city of Horicon seat. In Mayville’s District 14, Jeremy Bartsch has mounted a challenge against incumbent Phil Gohr. Finally, Ed Benter and Julie Fleming are competing for the District One Fox Lake-area county board seat currently held by Darrell Pollesch who is not seeking re-election. Nobody is on the ballot in District 27.


Municipal Candidate Filings


Beaver Dam

On the Beaver Dam Common Council, there is only one contested race but there will be at least two new faces. 16-year council veteran Mick McConaghy has decided to not run again and Becky Glewen – who is also running for county board – is running unopposed. Ward Six Alderwoman Teresa Hiles-Olson is moving out-out-district and filed non-candidacy; Ken Anderson is running without challenge.  Ward 12 Alderwoman Donna Maly is facing a challenge from Dan Doyle. All other incumbent alderpersons in the city’s even numbered wards are running again including Mary Flaherty, Cristopher Olson, Don Neuert, and Mary Morgan.



In Mayville, there will be contested races for mayor and alderman. Current Mayor Bob Redeker is not seeking re-election. Aldermen Joe Homan and Rob Boelk will square-off against each other in April.  Homan filed non-candidacy for his Ward Six seat and no one’s name will be on the ballot.  Former Alderman Kenneth Neumann and Eugene Frings will be competing for the Wards Four/Seven/Eight seat being vacated by Vince Longo. Neumann left the council late last year after moving out-of-district. Andrew Shoemaker was appointed to his open Ward Two seat and will face a challenge from former Alderman Robert Smith.



There is a contested aldermanic race in Columbus. Andy Traxler and J. D. Milburn are vying for the District Three seat being vacated by Michael Clark. Because Clark failed to submit paperwork about not running, residents in Columbus’s Third Ward now have until Friday to jump into the race. Incumbents Rick Royem, Regan Rule and Rod Mellote are all running again and face no opposition.



There are no contested races in Horicon but the fire chief is running unopposed for city council. Jim Bandsma is seeking the District Two seat being vacated by Dwight Plautz. District One Alderman Richard Marschke, District Three Alderman Carl Fausett and Mayor Steve Neitzel are all running again without opposition.



In Juneau, Mayor Dan Wegener, Second Ward Alderwoman Kendra Hayden, and Third Ward Alderman Dam Schamberger are all running again.  Newcomer Kay Marose is currently running unopposed for the Ward One seat being vacated by Alderman Michael Breitweiser (bright-wiser). Because Breitweiser failed to submit his non-candidacy forms by the deadline, the deadline for submitting paperwork to run for that seat has been extended until the end of the week.


Fox Lake

Fox Lake Mayor Tom Bednarek is running unopposed for re-election along with incumbents Tom Jahnke, Dan Ault, and Dennis Linke of wards one, two, and three, respectively.



In Waupun, Mayor Kyle Clark, Ward Two Alderman Pete Kaczmarski, and Ward Six Alderwoman Nancy Vanderkin are each running again and are facing no opponents.  Ward Four Alderman Steve Bastian filed non-candidacy and Michael Matoushek (mat-o-shack) Jr. is running without opposition for the open seat.


School Board Filings


1/6/16 – In Beaver Dam, the three incumbents are running unopposed: Bev Beal-Loeck, Jim Jansen, and Chad Prieve.  At Dodgeland, incumbents David Beal and Serene Seufzer are running unopposed.  Dennis Bednarski filed non-candidacy.  Andrew Oemig is interested in that Town of Beaver Dam, Town of Lowell, and Village of Lowell seat.  In Horicon, incumbents Tina Streblow and Jerry Tribbey are running unopposed.  Mayville’s incumbents Norb Dornfeldt and Shannon Wild will see a challenge from Michael Amerling.  In Waupun, incumbents Bill Bruins and Glen Wilson are running unopposed while Roger Schregardus filed non-candidacy.  Nobody has shown interest in that seat, which represents five different townships in the Waupun area.  Columbus incumbents Mary Arnold and Mike O’Brien are both running for re-election while Liz O’Donnell filed non-candidacy.  Past board member Julia Hoffmann is running for that seat.


Primary Needed In State Supreme Court Race


1/6/16 – All three candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court have filed their required nomination papers by Tuesday’s deadline. A state report shows that Justice Rebecca Bradley, Appeals Judge Joanne Kloppenburg, and Milwaukee Judge Joe Donald all have well more than the two-thousand valid signatures they need to get on the February 16th primary ballot. Bradley was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Justice Patrick Crooks, who died in office last year. The top two vote-getters next month will square off April fifth for a full ten-year term on the state’s highest court.


Wisconsin Presidential Ballot Takes Shape


1/6/16 – Three Democrats and a dozen Republicans will appear on the ballot in Wisconsin’s April 5 presidential primary. A committee of officials from the Democratic Party and Republican Party unanimously agreed on the names yesterday. The Republicans on the ballot are former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and real estate mogul Donald Trump. The Democrats on the ballot are former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.


Dodge County Law Enforcement Pay Tribute To Outgoing Officer


1/6/16 – Law enforcement from throughout Dodge County gathered in the Horicon High School gymnasium to honor Officer Steve Williams on his last day in uniform.  After 25 years on the force, Williams is retiring due to medical issues that prevented him from fulfilling his duties for part of 2015.  According to Chief Joseph Adamson, Williams’ will be a huge loss for the department.  He says Williams’ two biggest strengths were his dedication to helping the residents of Horicon during their time of need and his attention to detail in his paperwork.  Captain Trace Frost of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, who used to work for the Horicon Police Department and often patrolled the streets with Williams, praised Williams for his loyalty, claiming he always knew Williams had his back.  While Williams did not speak at yesterday’s ceremony, his wife Staci thanked those in attendance for the respect they showed her husband and the long relationships he was able to build with young people in the community.  Chief Adamson says many of the dispatchers were quite emotional when Williams called in that he was reporting for duty one final time.


Mills Fleet Farm Finds Buyer


1/6/16 – One of Wisconsin’s largest hardware and home improvement chains will be sold to a New York investment firm. K-K-R will acquire Mills Fleet Farm under a purchase agreement announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but a K-K-R official says the Mills family would keep a “small ownership stake.” Stewart Mills, Senior and his two sons started Fleet Farm 61 years ago in Brainerd, Minnesota. It now has 35 stores throughout the Upper Midwest, including 18 in Wisconsin with one in Beaver Dam. Together, they employ around six-thousand people. Stewart Mills-the-Third said in October the chain needed a buyer with more capital, so the business could keep growing at a competitive rate — and K-K-R says it’s committed to investing “significan