News – July 8, 2019

(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born is defending a bill he sponsored that would make some student information more available to the public. Current law allows for the release of what is called “directory data,” that includes student’s names, addresses and phone numbers, among other things. Born’s bill would also add the name of a parent or legal guardian. It was sparked by police who wanted to make sure they had the right student before telling them about a tragic situation. But Milwaukee Public Schools are concerned that the new information would be used in marketing to lure public school students into the state’s private school voucher program. Born notes that current law already makes the child’s name and address available. The Beaver Dam Republican says in this hyper-partisan environment things get exaggerated. The law change would not stop parents from opting out information that is shared about their child. The bill made its way through the Assembly and is awaiting action in the Senate.


(Beaver Dam) With Lake Days just around the corner, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind boaters to stay safe while enjoying the festivities on the water.  Recreational Deputy Jason Roy says boaters need to keep their navigation lights on when their boat is in motion and their anchor light on when it is stationary.  With over 300 boats expected to be on the water during the celebration, not being able to identify other boats could lead to a serious accident.  Roy also says boaters are being reminded that although we all love the look of fireworks over the water, boats and fireworks do not mix.


(Eldorado) A 63-year-old Milwaukee man died during a traffic accident Saturday evening in Fond du Lac County’s Town of Eldorado. Sheriff’s officials say Allen Richards was on County Highway I near Dike Road when his vehicle went off the road and struck several small trees. Richards died at the scene. Investigators say he may have suffered a medical emergency before leaving the roadway and ending up in a group of pine trees. The County’s Communications Center got a call about the crash just before 8:30 Saturday night.


(Green Lake) Officials in Green Lake are working with a potential buyer for the Heidel House Resort and spa. The Green Lake City Council this past week met as a committee of whole to discuss the resort. Officials say they have received a “very solid” offer. A potential buyer has been working with city officials since March. The city may be able to help with financing through the use of tax incremental financing. One possible hurdle is the buyer has only expressed an interest in buying the resort portion of the property.


(Beaver Dam) Funds are being raised to install a decorative clock in downtown Beaver Dam. MSA Professional Services, the contract engineer for the city of Beaver Dam, kick-started the effort with a $5000 donation earmarked for a downtown feature. Each month, County GM Auto in Beaver Dam directs a portion of proceeds to a need in the community, and this September has selected the downtown clock. Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen says she is researching the clock that would be on a large post, a centerpiece she says. One possible location would be on South Spring Street near the Dodge County Historical Society Museum and the Chamber of Commerce office, which is in a century-old depot. The fundraising goal is $15-thousand dollars.


(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Center for the Arts is holding their annual membership show. The event invites members to showcase their original artwork without themed guidelines. Board Secretary Kraig Kasten says the showing will feature a wide variety of arts from paintings of birds to still lifes and people as well as photography, sculptures and poetry. The exhibit is open Thursday and Friday from 3pm to 6pm, Saturday from 10am to 6pm, Sunday 12pm to 4pm and runs through July 26. The Dodge County Center for the Arts is located on Maple Avenue and North Center Street in Beaver Dam.