News – July 9, 2019

(Beaver Dam) The city of Beaver Dam is developing a strategic plan. The common council recently approved the hiring of a GWB Professional Services to create the comprehensive framework at a cost of no more than $5000. The intent is to ensure that priorities set by elected officials are clear to employees, goals are laid-out to respond to the priorities, and objectives are achieved to meet those goals. Approximately three dozen alderpersons and department heads will participate in workshops, identifying trends. The process is expected to take three- months. Mayor Becky Glewen hopes to have answers by the time the city officials begin budget deliberations.


(Mayville) The Audubon Inn in Mayville is closed. According to the hotel’s website, the closure is temporary and asks visitors to check back for potential updates. The establishment has struggled with financial issues over the years. In 2015, the Dodge County Board approved loaning $315,000 to Mayville Hotels, LLC to be used in the remodeling of the Audubon Inn. The hotel was built in 1896 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.


(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff is reminding driver’s that OWI laws do not only apply to alcohol related offenses. Dale Schmidt says it is becoming more common for people who are arrested to have used some sort of an illegal drug or impairing prescription medication. The Sheriff’s Office is encouraging citizens that when they make the choice to use these impairing drugs, they also take personal responsibility for their actions following such use. Schmidt says he has been to far too many fatal crashes in which alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medications have been a contributing factor to the crash. He asks motorists to drive sober so that Dodge County remains a safe place to live, work and visit.


(Fond du Lac) The Fond du Lac County Health Department’s coordinator of Tobacco Control and Prevention says area cities did well in a recent Tobacco compliance check. Underage teens were not able to purchase any tobacco products at the 14 stores they visited in Berlin, Ripon and Rosendale. Sandy Bernier (BUR-near) says they even had the minors try and buy e-cigarette devices. All the teens used in the checks were asked by store employees for their IDs. The program is part of a five-county effort that also includes Green Lake, Marquette, Washington, and Waushara counties.


(Waupun) A plea hearing was scheduled yesterday (Monday) for a Reeseville man accused of threatening Waupun police and attempting to flee while driving over the yards of nearby homes in March. Austin Hernandez allegedly drove over several lawns causing significant rut damage and nearly hit two homes after policing cited him for disturbance. While he was taken was taken into custody made multiple threats to law enforcement. If convicted, the 21-year-old is facing over 12 years in prison. The hearing is scheduled for August 27.


(Beaver Dam) Recent graduates of Leadership Beaver Dam are encouraging people to sign up for the class. The program is geared towards people who work or live in the Beaver Dam community who are looking to become the next generation of community leaders. 2018-2019 alum Kurt Roeder (raider) says the course provides many great opportunities including networking, building relationships and personal growth. The classes meet from September through May, following the public-school year, and are a full day once month. There is a $550 entry fee which includes lunch. More information is available through the Chamber of Commerce, a link and contact info can be found with this news story at


(Beaver Dam) The public is invited to attend a presentation tonight (Tuesday) that will provide an in-depth look at the history of Beaver Dam’s newspapers and radio stations. Local historian Roger Noll says he will also discuss the musical traditions of the city, where they performed, local theater troupes, among other things. Noll says in this continuing history series of Beaver Dam, he will display various pictures, videos as well as some soundbites from old WBEV broadcasts. He says a video showing the construction of St. Patrick’s school will begin at 6pm in the basement of the Beaver Dam Library. The history presentation will get underway at 6:30pm.