News – June 19, 2016

Beaver Dam Relay Raises $105K And Counting


6/19/16 – The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of the Beaver Dam Area was a “huge success.” That’s according to Event Chair Kristin Fabisch who says the preliminary total for the annual fundraiser was $105,616.77. The Relay was held at the Beaver Dam High School track and brought together 263 participants on 25 who took turns walking the track from 4pm Friday to 8am Saturday. Donations will be collected through August 31 as part of the effort to find a cure for cancer.


Officer-Involved Shooting In Hartford Under Investigation


6/19/16 – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation of an officer-involved shooting in Hartford Friday afternoon.  Police were called to the Walmart in that city because a shoplifting suspect had gotten into an argument.  He fled the scene in a car and refused to pull over, then stole a pickup after he crashed his car.  When the suspect drove that truck at the Hartford officer, the officer fired a shot at him — but missed.  The man crashed the pickup not far away and was finally arrested when he tried to run inside a business.  Both the officer and suspect are uninjured.


State Health Secretary Passes Away Suddenly


6/19/16 – State Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades passed away Saturday in Madison after becoming ill earlier this week. Calling her a “dear friend,” Governor Scott Walker said in a statement that the 65-year-old died surrounded by her family. Walker said Rhoades (quote) “dedication and service to the state have changed Wisconsin for the better” adding that it “was an honor to serve with her.” Rhoades was appointed by Walker as secretary of the Department of Health Services in February 2013 and she had been with the department since 2011, previously serving as deputy secretary. Rhoades also served as a Republican in the Wisconsin Assembly representing the Hudson area for 12 years, co-chairing the Joint Finance Committee. Attorney General Brad Schimel said in a press release that Rhoades “dedicated her career to improving the lives of Wisconsin citizens.”


Beaver Dam Council To Consider Developers Agreement


6/19/16 – Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy has his regular listening sessions scheduled on Tuesday. Kennedy opens his door for city residents to meet with him, one-on-one, without appointment on the first and third Tuesday of every month. The listening sessions are held in Room 158 on the first floor of City Hall from 10am until noon and again from 5pm to 6pm.  Kennedy also makes himself available for private meetings by appointment by contacting the mayor office.  He says it is important that constituents have the opportunity to speak with him the day after each regular meeting of the common council, which is typically held on the first and third Monday’s of the month. On the council agenda tomorrow night: a resolution approving a developers agreement with K & M Investments of Beaver Dam LLC for the proposed Gateway Plaza near Highway 151/ North Spring Street and County Highway B; also the awarding of a contract to pave and mark the parking lot of the new Watermark Community and Senior Center to Northeast Asphalt for $60-thousand.


Beaver Dam Mayor Proclaims Monday Alzheimer’s Awareness Day


6/19/16 – Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy is proclaiming Monday as Alzheimer’s Awareness Day. It’s part of an effort by a local assisted living facility to demonstrate to the public what it is like to experience dementia. Sylvan Crossings Assisted Living and Memory Care in Beaver Dam is hosting a Virtual Dementia Tour tomorrow. Organizers say the dementia simulation is meant to offer a hands-on opportunity to caregivers and family members to walk in the shoes of someone who has dementia or Alzheimer’s. The mayor’s proclamation reads, in part, that the city (quote) “encourages citizens to come together and support one another and promote education and understanding of a disease that affects one in three seniors.” Sylvan Crossing at Hunter Ridge is located at 626 Monroe Street and the Virtual Dementia Simulation Tour. The tour will take approximately 15 minutes and will take place from 10am until 3pm.


Dodge County FSA Accepting Committee Election Nominations


6/19/16 – Nominations are now being accepted for Dodge County Farm Service Agency County committee elections.  County FSA officials say the committee makes decisions about the local administration of federal farm programs, like disaster and conservation payments, establishment of allotments and yields, producer appeals and other local agricultural issues.  In Dodge County, producers being elected come from the townships of Clyman, Elba, Emmet, Hustisford, Lebanon, Lowell, Portland and Shields. Officials says farmers can nominate themselves or another producer to run for a seat on the county committee, and organizations representing minorities and women may also nominate candidates. Eligible voters may circulate or sign nomination petitions for as many candidates as they choose, including themselves. Forms are available online or at the FSA office in Juneau. The deadline for submitting nominations to the local office is August 1 and the elections will take place this fall. The FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning November 7. Ballots are due back in the Dodge County FSA Office by mail or in person no later than December 5. All newly elected county committee members and alternates will take office January 1, 2017.


Dodge County UW Extension Offers Aquatic Summer Camp


6/19/16 – A series of day-long summer camp sessions will teach kids about aquatic life this summer.  The Dodge County UW-Extension is holding three ‘Wild Wacky Weekdays.’  This year’s theme is ‘Crazy Ocean Creatures.’  The sessions will be held July 8 in Beaver Dam, July 15 in Horicon, and August 9 in Ixonia.  Each will feature five sessions, including a nature hike, and runs from 8:30 am to 2 pm.  It is targeted towards kids ages five through nine.  Registration cost is $18 per child and is due by July 1st for the first two sessions or July 22nd for the August class.  Forms are available on the Dodge County UW-Extension website.


New Columbus, Fall River, Rio Fundraiser ‘Rooted As One’


6/19/16 – A new fundraiser is underway for those in need in the Columbus, Fall River and Rio communities. It is called “Rooted as One” and is an opportunity for individuals or families to receive some help if they are facing a tragedy at home or serious illness situation. The Savanna Oaks Community Center is coordinating an inaugural fundraising event and is the point of contact for those interested in obtaining an application. The applications are confidential and are due by June 30th. Additional contact information can be found at or call Savannah Oaks at (920) 484-6257.


DOT Installing New Technology In Construction Zones


6/19/16 – New technology installed along two Wisconsin Interstate construction zones is designed to give motorists advance warning about possible traffic back-ups and help prevent rear-end collisions. The traffic queue warning systems, installed along I-39/90 north of Janesville and I-39 in Stevens Point, use traffic speed sensors connected to electronic message signs. When Interstate speeds drop below 40 miles per hour, the system senses a traffic back-up. This activates electronic signs warning motorists approaching the work zone to slow down and be prepared to stop. Wisconsin DOT work zone operation engineers say if the pilot projects function as planned, the system could be implemented in other major construction zones.


New Survey Ranks Wisconsin Fourth Worst Drivers


6/19/16 – A new survey rates Wisconsin as the nation’s fourth worst state for driving. Car Insurance-Dot-Com says it’s mainly because 71 percent of Badger State roads are in poor to mediocre condition, third worst behind Connecticut and neighboring Illinois which are both at 73 percent. However, Wisconsinites appear to get a break on their repair bills. The survey shows that the average extra cost to fix vehicles due to bad roads is only the 21st highest at 281 dollars per year. Car Insurance Dot Com, which provides consumer information for buying policies, says one of every eight drivers on the road violate the state’s legal requirement to have insurance. Utah is rated the best state for drivers with Minnesota second. California is ranked the worst.


Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Awards Scholarships


6/19/16 – Two local students were recently awarded scholarships by the Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Association.  Haley Justmann, who is enrolled at the University of Minnesota, received a $500 award.  Veronica Hiley is transferring from MATC in Madison to Northern Michigan this fall and was given a $250 scholarship.  The awards are given each year to students from the Dodge County area pursuing a career in law enforcement or a related field.  School and community activities as well as an essay submission are the criteria for selection.