News – June 18, 2019

(Beaver Dam) The liquor license for Johnny’s Lounge in Beaver Dam may not being renewed. The city’s Administrative Committee last (Monday) night cast that vote following a recommendation by Police Chief John Kreuziger who cited five alleged incidents in the past two years ranging from serving underage patrons to closing time fights to overserving that resulted in vehicular homicide. An attorney for Johnny’s Lounge owner Amanda Hammen individually refuted each claim, noting that several of the incidents cited have yet to be proven in a court of law. A special hearing before the full council is expected by months end to address the non-renewal recommendation. The current license ends on June 30 but would remain valid until a decision is made.

(Beaver Dam) The city’s obligation in funding the removal of the former Lakeview Hospital is coming in over $100-thousand dollars below the initial $1.2-million-dollar estimate. Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night approved the hiring of Badgerland Demolition of De Pere to raze the structure for $386-thousand dollars. In October, the city purchased the La Crosse Street building for $225-thousand dollars. Asbestos removal, which totaled $483-thousand dollars, is expected to be completed by the end of October. The deadline for demolition is on December 1 with the property is expected to be turned over to the developer next February. The dilapidated structure and an adjacent property are being developed into high-end, lakefront condominiums.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night approved filling the new position of Community Development Manager with three dissenting votes. Two individuals will split the duties of the part-time job: Mary Vogl-Rauscher and Tracy Propst. The economic development role is tasked with attracting new businesses and residents to the city. There are 29 hours per-week allotted to the new role with a salary of $21-per hour funded with monies left over from the reduction of the deputy city clerk’s position to part-time, following a retirement.

(Juneau) There is a vacancy on the Dodge County Board. District Nine Supervisor Stephanie Justmann is stepping down from the Mayville-area seat. No information was given for her departure. County Clerk Karen Gibson says any residents interested in filling the vacancy should send a letter of interest to County Board Chairman Russell Kottke by Tuesday, July 2. Kottke will make a recommendation to the county board, which will likely be acted upon at their July 16th meeting.

(Juneau) A new product is available to Dodge County residents to help combat property theft. “DNA for Property,” which is offered for free at, is an adhesive that is swabbed on an item and will permanently dry clear. Suspended in the adhesive are thousands of microscopic dots that are etched with a unique alpha-numeric PIN. The PIN would be entered into a secure database to retrieve owner contact information. Sheriff Dale Schmidt calls it an effective resource for law enforcement to link stolen property to its true owner. He says over five-thousand agencies currently utilize this technology, meaning any items recovered outside of Dodge County could still be linked to their rightful owner.

(Fox Lake) A Cambridge woman charged with bringing illegal contraband into Fox Lake Correctional made her initial appearance in court yesterday (Monday). Margaret Gordon allegedly attempted to smuggle a balloon filled with chewing tobacco inside a piece of clothing on April 19. At first Gordon denied the accusations but later allegedly admitted to her actions when informed that she was caught on camera. If convicted, the 35-year-old is facing no more than three-and-a-half-years behind bars. Signature bond was set at $1,000 and a judge will decide in August if there is enough evidence to order a trial.

(Beaver Dam) A Sullivan man made is initial appearance in a Dodge County courtroom yesterday (Monday) for allegedly fleeing from Beaver Dam police while on LSD. Cash bond was set at $500 for Victor Kleinschmidt, who was reportedly clocked going 45-miles-over the speed limit on North Sprint Street. Officers believed the 25-year-old had taken LSD because he was asking questions about (quote) “God and death.” If convicted, Kleinschmidt faces no more than three-and-a-half years in prison.