News – June 11, 2022

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is aiming to reduce the number of overdose deaths among those being released from their custody. The agency is partnering with the Badger State Sheriff’s Association to participate in the Jail Inmate Narcan Education Program. It’s goal is to provide education on overdose identification and community service options, as well as train the public and those incarcerated on the use of Narcan. Upon release, an inmate battling addiction, or their family, will be given a free dose of Narcan at their request after receiving the proper training. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says this program is just one of the many initiatives they participate in as their community, state, and country continues to battle opioid and other drug addictions each day. (Lodi) It took the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol nearly 50 minutes to clear a vehicle fire near Lodi yesterday (Friday). The incident was first reported around 1:55pm at Lindsay Road on Highway 60. Initially, all westbound lanes on 60 were closed. About fifteen minutes later, authorities closed both east and westbound lanes on Highway 60 in order to clear the scene. The situation was eventually resolved by 2:30pm. (Randolph) Columbia County emergency officials were at the scene of a motor vehicle accident yesterday (Friday). The sheriff’s office responded to the scene on Highway 73, at Highway 33 in Randolph. All lanes were blocked and a detour was put in place. The accident occurred around 10:30pm. (Dodge County) Several cadets from the area are graduating from the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy. Two were from Reeseville, one from Randolph, another from Portage, and one from Waupun and Watertown. The Challenge Academy re-shapes the lives of at-risk 16-to-18-year-olds.  It uses a structured, military-style environment and state-certified teachers and counselors to build cadets’ academic abilities, character, self-confidence, and personal discipline. (Wisconsin) The office in charge of the Republican-led elections probe has been found in contempt for failing to turn over documents in an open records case. The head of the investigation, former State Supreme Court Justice Mike Gableman, refused to answer questions in court on Friday. Gableman also objected to the fact that he was subpoenaed in this case, after his own subpoenas of elections officials and city mayors were quashed. – WRN (Watertown) Watertown Regional Medical Center (WRMC) was once again nationally recognized for their efforts in providing safer health care. The facility was awarded an ‘A’ in the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The Leapfrog Grade is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety which assigns a letter grade to all general hospitals across the country. This is the sixth period in a row that Watertown Regional Medical Center has received an “A” grade. (Waupun) SSM Health is expanding its partnership with Jacob’s SWAG through a $30,000 multi-year investment in the organizations free mental health Got You Back app. SWAG is an acronym for Support With Awareness and Giving. Jacob’s SWAG Foundation was started by Monroe residents Teri and Kurt Ellefson whose son Jacob took his own life in 2012. The app features tools that are custom-built to help users cope with anxiety and depression. It’s available for free on the Apple and Google app stores. (Juneau) The Division of Extension – Dodge County has announced its summer intern. Heather Rynearson (ryn-ear-son) is the Dodge County 4- H Youth Development Summer Intern for 2022. Rynearson has been involved in Dodge County 4-H as a youth member since the age of six and currently as an adult volunteer leader in the Watertown Badgers 4-H Club. (Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Unified School District recently honored members of their staff who have retired. For a list of names and a picture of the retirees, visit the news tab at