News – January 6, 2022

(Columbia County) A multi-department collaboration is being credited by the Portage Fire Department in efforts that saved the life of a hunter in the overnight hours.  At 12:41AM Thursday morning, the Portage Fire Department was dispatched to N8251 Schultz Road in the township of Lewiston to assist the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office with locating and rescuing a male patient lost in the woods.  The individual, a male hunter, left to track a deer at about 4:30pm on Wednesday afternoon.  His ATV was located and following his tracks the hunter was found in a drainage ditch with a wound to the inside of his right leg, with the patient stating he was gored by a buck.  Reports state he was disoriented and possibly suffering from hypothermia.  Med Flight was contacted and made a difficult landing in a nearby field while rescue workers prepped the patient to be extricated from the area.  The Wisconsin DNR, and Aspirus MedEvac, assisted at the scene.

(Juneau) A key Dodge County department head is stepping down. Director of Human Resources Sarah Hinze’s last day on the job is January 14th. She has accepted a position at another public employer. The county will hold first and second interviews with candidates later this month with the goal of having a resolution to hire someone in front of the county board at their February meeting. County leaders say they hope to have the person hired ready to start in late March or early April.

(Dodge County) Dodge County health officials confirmed one COVID death Wednesday. That brings the total death count to 277 with 242 confirmed and 35 probable deaths. Health officials recorded 122 new cases yesterday with six additional hospitalizations. Active community cases stand at 479, a decrease of 29 from yesterday. So far, 50.8-percent of the county has received at least one dose of the vaccine while 48-percent have completed the vaccination series.

(Watertown) Wisconsin Senator John Jagler is hosting office hours in his district Friday. The Republican from Watertown will be at the Theresa Town Hall; the Juneau City Hall; the DeForest Village Hall; at the Lake Mills Library; Roots Coffeebar and Café; then at the Watertown City Hall. Times and addresses are at

(Wisconsin) An unprecedented attack on American democracy took place one year ago. A new poll by the Associated Press and the University of Chicago’s research center finds some 57-percent of respondents think former president Donald Trump deserves “a great deal” or “quite a bit” of the blame. Four of six Wisconsin men charged in the attack on the U.S. Capitol have plead guilty to lesser charges. – WRN

(Watertown) A second person charged for his alleged role in a home invasion in Watertown three years ago has made his initial appearance in court. Devon Robinson was reportedly at the scene in May of 2018. Thirty-one-year-old Tommie Plummer was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison last year for his role. In 2019, an inmate came forward who was in the same pod at the county jail with Plummer. The inmate reportedly said Plummer identified Robinson as the second person involved in the robbery. Testing allegedly found Robinson’s DNA at the scene of the crime. If convicted, the 35-year-old faces up to 52-and-a-half years in prison. Cash bond was set at $500 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 10th.

(Juneau) Additional details behind last week’s gas leak in Juneau have been released. According to the crash report, a motorist heading northbound on Highway 26 last Wednesday afternoon reported feeling ill. He (quote) “vomited in his car and apparently passed out as he did not remember anything after.” The vehicle drifted into the ditch, continued northbound, and struck an above-ground maintenance section of an underground natural gas main. Authorities had to evacuate a one-mile radius around the area to ensure the safety of residents. Gas service was shut off for around 1,100 homes in the Juneau-area while crews worked on repairs.