News – July 14, 2022

(Juneau) With the August primary right around the corner, the Dodge County Clerk is reminding voters requesting an absentee ballot through the mail to include a photo ID. Karen Gibson says if voters are receiving absentee ballot request forms from political groups or other third parties, a photo ID must accompany the form when it is returned to the municipal clerk. Voters can visit the my-vote website to check their voter status, register to vote, and request an absentee ballot for the upcoming elections. The partisan primary will be held on August 9th while the general election is being held on November 8th. A link to the my-vote site is available at

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Elections Commission was unable to come to a decision on what to do now that the State Supreme Court said unmanned absentee ballot drop boxes were illegal. After several hours of discussion and multiple failed votes, the Commission did not issue any guidance to clerks or voters. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) Shakespeare once said, “all the world is a stage” and starting Thursday, middle schoolers will be saying that on the stage of the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre for the first of four shows. The Tell-A-Tale youth troupe is presenting As You Like It, which was penned by the bard in 1623. The play is not only directed by Enda Breadon of Beaver Dam, but he also adapted the script, boiling it down to 90 minutes of comedy. The cast has genuinely embraced the centuries-old work, buying into their director’s philosophy that no one should ever, ever read Shakespeare… they should only watch it performed on stage.

(Waupun) There are several community blood drives scheduled throughout the area next month. SSM Health Waupun is hosting a drive – through ImpactLife – set for August 16th from 11am to 2pm. The Columbia County Health and Human Services Department is inviting the public to their building at 111 East Mullet Street in Portage to give blood on August 3rd. The drive will be held between 9am and 2pm. If giving blood, officials say to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water beforehand. Information about scheduling an appointment is available at

(Beaver Dam) The Moraine Park Technical College District Board recently welcomed three new members. Diane Guerrero and Sara Hintz, both of Beaver Dam, and Kathleen Treichel of Fond du Lac were sworn-in at the board’s July 11th meeting. Guerrero will serve as an additional member representative, filling an interim vacancy, with a term expiring in June of 2023. Hintz will serve as an employee member representative with a term expiring in June 2025. Treichel will serve as an employee member representative, filling an interim vacancy, with a term expiring June 2024.

(Fond du Lac) The alligator found in Fond du Lac County’s Long Lake has a new home. Officials were able to locate the owner of the small gator which had been turned over by the DNR to J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue in Menasha. They were able to track down the owner who agreed the best place for the reptile would be an animal sanctuary. John Moyles of J&R this week confirmed the alligator arrived safely at Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary in Athens, Michigan. Owners of the sanctuary have nicknamed their new addition “Spike.” The alligator had gotten into Long Lake after escaping an outdoor enclosure that was not secured properly.