News – June 14, 2021

(Waupun) The Waupun Fire Department and a Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Deputy responded late last (Sunday) night to a fire in the Township of Waupun.  The Fond du Lac County Communications Center received a 911 call from a homeowner reporting the ceiling being blistering hot and the smell of heat in the kitchen at N3352 Lori Lane.  Respondents located and extinguished a fire in the attic.  The single family residence suffered damage as a result which includes part of the ceiling to remove burnt material along with some structural damage.  No one was injured during the fire which is not considered suspicious but remains under investigation with the cause suspected to be electrical.   Assisting on the scene were the town of Alto and the Village of Brandon/Fairwater Fire Departments.

(Elba) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation are looking for comments about a roadway project in the Town of Elba that is in the works. The project would rehabilitate the Highway 16 bridge over the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says when work begins, there will be significant impact for motorists, farmers, and others. Due to the pandemic, no in-person public meeting will be held. Those impacted by the project are asked to submit their concerns or questions. Contact information can be found with this news story on DailyDodge.com.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board is still looking to fill a vacant Village of Lomira seat. Larry Schraufnagel (SCHROFF-nah-gul) resigned from the county board in May. The District 16 seat consists of Wards Two and Three in the Village of Lomira and runs through April 19th of 2022. Residents of the district interested in filling the vacancy should submit a letter of interest to Russell Kottke (cot-key) by Wednesday, June 23rd.

(Wisconsin) More than $8-and-a-half-million-dollars in attorney’s fees have been billed to taxpayers, by leaders in the state legislature over the last three years. The costs are contained in a memo from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Assembly Democrat Evan Goyke (goy-key) of Milwaukee requested details on the spending, which has included challenges to Governor Tony Evers pandemic response. Republican leaders hired the attorneys without consulting other members. Democrats on the finance committee on Thursday proposed requiring the Legislature to vote on hiring attorneys, but their motion failed. – WRN

(Madison) Wisconsin will be getting back some funding for military projects that was shunted to building a border wall with Mexico. The Biden administration announced on Friday that Wisconsin will be getting back around $10-million-dollars in spending that was originally earmarked for improvements at Truax Field in Madison. That money was shifted to pay for sections of a border wall by the Trump administration back in 2019. The money will be spent to build a new firing range for training soldiers at Truax. – WRN

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for the Citizen’s Academy. The program is meant to give community members the opportunity to learn about the daily operations of the sheriff’s office while also giving them an opportunity to meet and interact with staff. Classes will be held from 6pm to 9pm every Wednesday between September 8th and December 15th. Applications can be found on the sheriff’s website. A link is at DailyDodge.com.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department says to pull over when you see red and blue lights behind you. Detective Dan Kuhnz says police will radio dispatch when a vehicle is not stopping, prompting other officers to respond when it may not be necessary. The motorist can pull into a nearby parking lot if it is safer, but Kuhnz notes to do so within five or ten seconds because driving for any amount of time longer than that will raise suspicion. A law enforcement rule of thumb: pull over within a block of seeing a police cruiser’s lights.

(Wisconsin) The head of Wisconsin’s economic development agency says economic recovery will start in local communities. Almost 500 people gathered a Lambeau Field Thursday for the annual New North Summit Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. C-E-O Missy Hughes says she is optimistic about the state’s recovery from the damage done by the coronavirus pandemic. Hughes says it had a major impact on small businesses. – WRN

(Wisconsin) The Honor Flight organizations of Wisconsin are restarting their flights this fall. Old Glory Honor Flights says they are still hoping to get 300 veterans on trips this year to the war memorials built in their honor. Those flights were grounded last fall because of COVID but will be getting back into business starting August 31st. Director Diane McDonald says they will be following whatever safety procedures that are needed to ensure safety for the veterans and their guardians. – WRN