News – January 9, 2023

(Dodge County) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt highlighted a few of the accomplishments his department as seen over the last year. The sheriff highlighted individual growth within the agency, the success in both recruitment and staff retention, and the steadfast dedication of his team in bringing cases to a close. Schmidt specifically highlighted area bank robbery cases from early in 2022 and the 13-year resolution to the Baby Theresa case.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac authorities are actively looking for a domestic violence suspect. A 39-year-old woman entered the police department’s lobby around 3:30am Saturday with multiple lacerations to her neck and arms. The suspect, a 46-year-old Fond du Lac man, had fled the crime scene following the incident. They continue to look for him and anyone with information is asked to contact the authorities.

(Juneau) A key department head in Dodge County is retiring. Treasurer Patti Hilker is leaving the post following her last day on April 3rd. Hilker says she has had a wonderful career, working with people that have become her friends. She adds that she takes great pride in what her and her team has accomplished over the last 20 years. The position is an elected partisan office that holds a four-year term.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam School District Superintendent Mark DiStefano recently provided an update on the potential closure of Wilson Elementary School. He says that he sees the school campus as part of the Beaver Dam community for the foreseeable future and is proud of their efforts. The issue was first discussed in May of 2019 and a facility study was done by Zimmerman Architectural Studies.

(Waupun) Progress is being made on the first phase of a $100-million-dollar development project in Waupun. The city’s common council in June approved the United Cooperative feed production and soybean processing facility to be constructed in their southside industrial park. Waupun Mayor Rohn Bishop says the first building, a $44-million-dollar structure, can be plainly seen from anywhere around the city. Bishop says City Administrator Kathy Schlieve put in some hard work over the years attracting what will be the biggest economic development project Waupun has ever had.