News – June 13, 2022

(Waupun) The Waupun Fire Department is investigating why a gas main was struck during street reconstruction that led to 20 homes being evacuated. A four-inch gas main was struck by construction equipment on South Street around 3pm Friday. It took around an hour to isolate the leak and crimp the lines. Residents were able to return to their homes around 6pm. No injuries were reported.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office gave insight to those considering a career in law enforcement. First, an interested applicant must complete the required six-month police academy course. After graduating, the new hire will return to the sheriff’s office to go through 16-weeks of training with a field officer. That training includes multiple phases, in which skills are learned and then built upon. The sheriff’s office says an ideal candidate is someone with high integrity, accountable for their actions, and is a team player. A link to more information about careers with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is available at

(Markesan) A Markesan man has been pardoned by the governor. Tony Evers recently announced another 56 pardons, bringing the total number of granted pardons to 554 since 2019. Among the 56 pardons was Thomas Ruetten. When Ruetten was 21-years-old he sold marijuana to an undercover officer three times. Thirty-four years later, Ruetten is a respected member of the Markesan community where he lives with his children and owns a floor coating business. The governor’s office says the court supports his pardon.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Unified School District will be providing free meals to children this summer. The district will distribute free meals to any person 18 years or younger and persons 19 or older with a physical or mental disability while schools are closed. Meal distribution will be held at a variety of locations throughout Beaver Dam, Monday through Thursday, beginning June 13th. The program goes until August 11th and there are no meal pickups scheduled for July 4th through the 8th. A list of pickup locations as well as times is posted at

(Lebanon) A church in Lebanon will host a food pantry distribution event Tuesday. The monthly Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution will be at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on W4661 County Road MM. The cost is $25 per share and those going can purchase more than one. Organizers say each share may not be identical but will contain at least $100 to $150 worth of groceries. The event gets underway at 3:30pm and continues to 6pm or until all 312 shares are gone. To enter, drive through the fire station parking lot directly from Highway R.