News – January 7, 2022

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man charged with possessing illicit images of children was arraigned this week. Jose Esquivel entered a not guilty plea to two felony counts of Child Pornography. If convicted, the 80-year-old faces up to 50 years in prison.

(Waupun) Waupun Mayor Rohn Bishop stuck to his guns when it came to making sure the city’s new wayfinding signs recognized Waupun as the “City of Sculpture.” He says the city is known for the seven unique bronze sculptures gifted to it by Clarence Shaler 100 years ago. He says the agricultural logo was fine, but so many of the state’s cities are connected with farming already and Waupun’s outdoors sculptures set it apart. Bishop initially lost his battle at the Common Council level last July over getting back to being recognized for its sculptures. But that struggle caught on with city residents and last August the Common Council changed its mind. The new signs went up last month.

(Lebanon) A church in Lebanon will host a food pantry distribution event this coming week. The monthly Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution will be at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on W4661 County Road MM on Tuesday (January 10th). The cost is $25 per share and those going can purchase more than one. Organizers say each share may not be identical but will contain at least $100 to $150 worth of groceries. The event gets underway at 3:30pm and continues to 6pm or until all 312 shares are gone. To enter, drive through the fire station parking lot directly from Highway R to get in line.

(Juneau) The UW-Madison Division of Extension of Dodge County is highlighting several upcoming webinars covering the latest research on sheep and goat production. The Small Ruminant webinar series, hosted by the UW-Madison Division of Extension, provides a research-driven view of popular sheep production issues that connect sheep and goat producers around the state. The next webinar is on January 11th, followed by February 8th, then March 8th, and on April 12th. Each one begins at 7:30pm.