News – July 10, 2019

(Juneau) Mayor Dan Wegener called for a moment of silence at the onset of last (Tuesday) night’s Juneau Common Council meeting. Ward Three Alderman Clarence “Butch” Chase passed away in his sleep on the Fourth of July. Wegener says Chase was proud to call Juneau home and served at least one stint on the city council in every decade since moving to the city around 50 years ago. Chase was 74-years-old.

(Juneau) Mayor (Dan) Wegener has tabbed a replacement for the vacancy created in Ward Three by Chase’s passing. John Schuster would serve through the spring of next year. Schuster was unable to attend last (Tuesday) night’s meeting but is expected to be sworn-in during or prior to next month’s meeting. The Juneau Common Council last (Tuesday) night did approve the appointment of an alderman in Ward One. Common Council President Jason Buske moved out of the city, creating the vacancy. Paul Shanks was sworn-in to fill out the remainder of Buske’s term, which runs through April of 2021. Cheryl Braun was unanimously elected by her peers to replace Buske in serving as council president.

(Juneau) The deadline has been extended for filling a vacancy on the Dodge County Board. District Nine Supervisor Stephanie Justmann stepped down from the Mayville-area seat. The original deadline was July 2. County Clerk Karen Gibson says the deadline is now July 15 to send letters of interest to County Board Chairman Russell Kottke [at 127 East Oak Street in Juneau], who will make a recommendation to the full county board.

(Horicon) Horicon Bank has announced the closing of its merger with Markesan State Bank. Sword Financial Corporation, the holding company of Horicon Bank, says the acquisition should be finalized when information technology and data processing systems are converted, which is expected in October. At that time, Markesan State Bank will operate under the Horicon Bank brand. Horicon Bank President Fred Schwertfeger (schwert-figger) says until October, it’s business as usual. Markesan State Bank has locations in Markesan, Randolph, and Waupun. Horicon Bank currently operates 15 locations in Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago, Calumet, and Washington counties.

(Markesan) Scam artists are spoofing the Markesan Police Department’s phone number. Authorities say they would never call a resident about a warrant or ask to send money, which these scammers are using as a pretext for information or cash. The caller is identifying themselves as being with the US Legal Support team and claim there are three warrants out for their arrest otherwise they are going to jail. The number that shows up on caller ID is 920-398-2121.

(Beaver Dam) The finalists have been announced for the 2019 Dodge County Fairest of the Fair. 20-year-old Kennedy Ferron of Beaver Dam is a junior at University of Wisconsin Platteville. 18-year-old Kendra Gillett of Fall River is an incoming freshman at UW Madison. 20-year-old Krista Justman of Mayville is a sophomore at Fox Valley Technical College. One of the three will be crowned on opening night of the Dodge County Fair, Wednesday August 14.

(Milwaukee) Farm Aid tickets will go on sale Friday morning. Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Bonnie Raitt are just a few of the big names at the 2019 benefit concert at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy on September 21st. Farm Aid started in 1985. Since then, the concerts have raised 57-million dollars to support farmers and the programs and industries that help them. Tickets go on sale at 10am.