News – June 1, 2021

Multiple area fire departments were dispatched to a barn fire in the Township of Calumet yesterday (Monday) evening.  The Fond du Lac County Communications Center received a 911 call at 8:15pm about a barn fire at W247 Kiel Road.  The barn owned by Lucas Steele, sustained fire damage contained to the foundation level.  Miscellaneous wood items inside the barn were destroyed, no people or livestock were injured.  Respondents include the Calumet County Fire Department and First Responders, Mt. Calvary Fire Department, St. Anna Fire Department, New Holstein Fire Department, City of Fond du Lac Fire Department, St. Cloud Fire Department, Lamartine Fire Department, Eden Fire Department, and Town of Fond du Lac Fire Department.  The fire is still under investigation

(Beaver Dam) The featured speaker at the Beaver Dam Memorial Day Ceremony yesterday noted that the day is about more than a three-day weekend and a day off work. Major Peter Woreck, US Army Reserves, says the day is a commemoration to honor the memory of all who have given the ultimate sacrifice to this great nation. The ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery also included music from the St Katharine Drexel Marching Band and Beaver Dam High School Marching Band. Full video is available on the video tab at

(Beaver Dam) There will be two years’ worth of videos released for the Beaver Dam Schools Wall of Fame, which annually recognizes an ‘Outstanding Alumni.’ The 2019 and 2020 events were scaled back this year and recorded before a small audience. Tonight, the video going live on the district’s website and social media features 1958 graduate John B. McKinstry, a businessman and philanthropist behind several non-profits. Tomorrow, the ceremony features 1972 graduate Mark Malak (mah-lick) of Grammy-winning band Asleep at the Wheel.

(Dodge County) In a break from tradition, this year’s Dodge County Fairest of the Fair will not be crowned at the fairgrounds but instead be chosen at the July 7th Press Banquet. Organizers are looking for ambitious, enthusiastic and outgoing individuals who will be age 18 by January to represent the Fair Association at this year’s county fair and other summer events. The winner will also compete for Wisconsin Fairest of Fairs.  Applications are due June 18.

(Juneau) A special tribute is planned to honor the memory of two long-time members of the Beaver Dam-community at this Christmas’ annual Swan Park Rotary Lights. Committee Chair Dale Schmidt says both broadcasting legend John Moser and former Dodge County Board Supervisor MaryAnn Miller will be remembered. The Beaver Dam Rotary donated $200 to put an angel in the park in Moser’s memory. Schmidt says he and his wife also donated $200 to put an angel for Miller, who he considered a close friend. Both Moser and Miller passed away this past January.

(Madison) A number of election bills are up for hearing today (Tuesday) in the Assembly elections committee. Assembly Bill 198 will change how elections officials can handle miswritten absentee ballot envelopes. Under current guidelines clerks are allowed to fix minor issues and accept the ballot. Bill 198 would require clerks to mail back the incorrect envelope, and notify the voter that there was an error on the state’s elections website. The Committee will also have a hearing on compensation for recount elections, and a rule that would require cities to keep any footage they take of election counts for 22 months.

(Beaver Dam) A road construction project in Beaver Dam begins today (Tuesday). The project includes West Street, between West Third Street and Oneida Street. The project area will be closed to through traffic during construction which is anticipated to be completed by October 31st, weather permitting.

(Madison) Assembly Republicans will be voting on a bill that will try to entirely circumvent federal firearms laws during a hearing on Tuesday. The bill would attempt to prevent enforcement of federal firearms laws by claiming that guns that are made in Wisconsin and stay in Wisconsin are not subject to federal jurisdiction. The bill would also prevent any state or local agency from assisting federal agencies in enforcing firearms restrictions, and further makes it illegal for anyone to enforce potential federal firearms restrictions. The bill is unlikely to be signed by the governor, and would likely be unenforceable.

(Wisconsin Dells) One of Wisconsin Dells’ major attractions had to make do this Memorial Day weekend with fewer workers. President of the Attractions Association, and Tommy Bartlett Incorporated, Tom Diehl (deal) says they are ready to welcome visitors, but the pandemic has created a shortage of so-called “J-1 workers” from other countries who come to the United States on work visas. Diehl said they are hoping to get by with one-thousand workers, when they typically get 32-hundred from overseas.