News – July 26, 2022

(Juneau) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says his opponent in the August Republican primary lied on employment documents. Mark Colker resigned from the Waupun Police Department in 2002 but Schmidt says he was fired because of a use of force incident and then lied about it on subsequent job applications. The information was turned over to the Winnebago County District Attorney and Colker was demoted last month to a booking agent. Colker, in turn, accuses Schmidt of lying and says the incumbent has engaged in “less than ethical tactics” since Colker announced his bid for sheriff.

(Town of Beaver Dam) Fixing roads would be one part that a proposed referendum will address if approved by town of Beaver Dam voters on August 9th. The township is seeking to exceed revenue limits in perpetuity to fund increased fire and EMS costs and road maintenance. Board Chairman Joseph Kern says roads need to be addressed. He says one of the biggest reasons why their asphalt roads have issues is due to garbage trucks and delivery vehicles stopping in front of driveways. Kern notes that could be a reason why property owners see potholes developing in front of their homes. A community meeting to discuss the referendum is planned for tonight (Tuesday) at 7pm at Town Hall.

(Fox Lake) A Dodge County judge has issued a warrant for a Fox Lake man who was not in court yesterday (Monday) for his initial appearance on molestation charges. Perry Nelson allegedly assaulted three separate victims multiple times between 1992 and 1995, 2015 to 2017, and 2020 to 2021. The victims ages ranged between eight and 15-years-old. If convicted, the 56-year-old faces a maximum of over 314 years behind bars.

(Ashland) State Senate Minority Leader Janet Bewley of Ashland was involved in a three-vehicle crash Friday, that killed a woman and her daughter. -WRN

(Appleton) Health Officials say they’ve found two cases of Monkeypox in the Fox Valley. Both are Appleton Residents and were detected last week, neither is believed to be related to one another. -WRN

(Madison) Public health officials in the Madison area are once again recommending people wear masks because of high levels of coronavirus activity. The agency’s Janel Heinrich says the Madison-area advisory is a recommendation, and not a mandate. -WRN

(Horicon) Tomorrow (Wednesday) is the deadline for area youth to register for an upcoming camp. UW Extension Dodge County is hosting its first Sparks Camp at Discher Park in Horicon, open to all kids between 5K and third grade. The camp will feature a range of activities around multiple interests such as cooking, art, gross motor, and self-defense. The camp will be held on August 2nd from 9am to 2:30pm. More information is available at

(Milwaukee) The governor has ordered flags at half-staff today (Tuesday) in honor of former Wisconsin State Senator Jeff Plale (play-lee). Services are being held in Milwaukee for Plale, who passed away on July 3 at the age of 54. Governor Tony Evers says Plale was a “dedicated servant who cared deeply about his community and was often regarded for his effective bipartisanship.” He was elected to the State Assembly in 1996 and served in the senate from 2003 until 2011.