News – June 17, 2021

(Horicon) A Lake Mills woman was killed in a two-vehicle, head-on collision outside Horicon Wednesday afternoon. The 50-year-old was traveling west on Highway 33 in the Town of Oak Grove when an eastbound Ford truck crossed the centerline. A 12-year-old passenger in her vehicle was flown with life-threatening injuries. The 47-year-old Horicon man driving the truck was also flown, with serious injuries. It was the second fatal accident on Highway 33 in Dodge County in less than 24 hours as two people, including an infant, died in a three-vehicle crash on Tuesday afternoon.

(Poynette) In Columbia County, it is day four of a two week jury trial for a man accused of murdering his wife in 1988. Mark Bringe is charged in the death of Loreli Bringe, who was shot in the head and found in a wooded area near her Poynette home in the Town of Arlington. At the time, Mark Bringe told authorities his wife had committed suicide. The homicide investigation was re-opened in 2014. The 73-year-old Bringe was arrested in Arizona four years ago.

(Horicon) Horicon dissolved its Police and Fire Commission in March and, in its place, has convened a disciplinary board with an unusual name. The Wisconsin State Statute 62-dot-13 subsection 6-M Committee is named for the law that gives the city council the same powers as the PFC. The commission was disbanded after deciding to post the vacant police chief position externally while automatically advancing internal candidates to final interviews. Elected officials feared litigation as city ordinance requires that internal candidates be considered first. Dave Gallenbeck was named chair at yesterday’s inaugural meeting.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School District is hoping to get kids back in the classroom earlier than is allowed by the state. The school board this week approved a resolution asking the Department of Public Instruction for a waiver next year exempting Beaver Dam from waiting until September 1 or later to begin school. If approved by the state, classes would start on Monday, August 29, 2022. The move is needed to address negative impacts on education stemming from the pandemic.

(Madison) the State government would invest another 129-million dollars on broadband expansion, under a motion approved by the legislature’s budget committee. The state would borrow 125-million dollars, and move another four-million from a separate fund, to provide grants for underserved areas, mostly in rural Wisconsin. Governor Evers wants to spend 200-million dollars on the effort. Joint Finance Committee co-chair, Senator Howard Marklein suggests Evers can also use money from the latest federal COVID stimulus package to cover broadband expansion. -WRN

(Beaver Dam) The restoration of the lagoon at Beaver Dam Swan Park is the subject of a meeting at city hall tonight. The brick walls of the natural water feature at the historic park have been sagging in recent years. Representatives from the city as well as the project consultant will attend the meeting to discuss proposed concepts and answer questions beginning at 5:30pm.

(Fond du Lac) Authorities in Fond du Lac have given up their search of the river for a human hand. A resident was using a large magnet to clean debris from the river when they believed they saw a human hand. Authorities say sonar images identified several items of interest, all of which were examined further and visually confirmed to be debris. No human body or body parts were located, and the investigation was closed.

(Wisconsin Dells) As the pandemic fades, it’s shaping up to be a rebound summer for the state’s largest tourist attraction. This year, the attractions at the Wisconsin Dells are filled with vacationers. Many put off travel and family vacations last year.  Now, cases of the virus are declining, more and more people are vaccinated, and most of the parks at the Dells are filled to capacity.  Business owners in the Dells say they don’t think their convention business will fully recover until next year. -WRN