News – June 21, 2022

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Director of Utilities Rob Minnema has accepted another position outside the city. The Common Council Monday night promoted Utilities Foreman Jeremy Klug to replace Minnema. The position oversees water and wastewater along with the storm water utility.

(Beaver Dam) Mary Vogl-Rauscher has resigned as Beaver Dam’s Community Development Manager. The economic development role is tasked with attracting new businesses and residents to the city, primarily but not necessarily limited to the downtown. There is discussion on tailoring the position to align better with the state’s Main Street program. She will stay on through Best Dam Fest.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Administrative Committee Monday night approved the creation of a subcommittee to determine the top two candidates for the vacant position of City Administrator. The committee — made up of Administrative Committee Chair Zach Zopp, Council President Mike Wissell, and alderpersons Bobbi Marck and Kay Appenfeldt — will forward their primary and secondary choices to the mayor who will make the final decision.

(Byron) A Florida man was arrested in the overnight hours after leading Fond du Lac Sheriff’s Deputies on a pursuit on Highway 41. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle on Highway 41 northbound at County F in the Byron Township, with the vehicle refusing to yield, and increasing it’s speed. The pursuit was terminated after 1.6 miles, however the vehicle was then spotted by another Sheriff’s Deputy as it exited Highway 41 onto Hickory Street and entered a gas station. The 59-year-old suspect was taken into custody without incident.

(Waupun) Celebrate Waupun returns later this month. The three-day, community festival highlights the city and promotes its unique qualities and attractions. It runs from June 24th through the 26th at Tanner Park. Activities include a carnival, petting zoo, sculpture tours, live music, bingo, and fireworks. Committee Member Nick Rusch says the grounds open up at 2pm and the first thousand visitors on Friday get a free can koozies. He says there will also be a fish fry between 4pm and 8pm Friday. Tickets are on sale at and at the Waupun branch of the Fox Valley Savings Bank. Admission and parking at Celebrate Waupun are free.

(Madison) In the wake of yet another violent weekend in Milwaukee, Governor Evers has announced nearly $800 thousand in federal funding to the city of Racine for community safety initiatives that focus on public health and violence prevention. This adds to other efforts by Evers to quell violence in that part of the state, including $2.2 Million for the Milwaukee Police Department, and over $1 million for summer youth programs and job training in Milwaukee. Evers says “Every Wisconsinite deserves safe neighborhoods to live, work, learn, and play in, and gun violence and crime has no place in our communities.” Since October of 2021 the governor has invested nearly $100 million, statewide, for violence prevention and community safety.

(Columbia County) With hotter than normal temperatures anticipated Tuesday, Columbia County Emergency Manager Bob Koch is asking the community to look out for each other. Aside from checking in on your elderly neighbors, and those with medical conditions, he advises staying hydrated and cool. For those without cooling at home, Koch says some facilities throughout the county are available as cooling centers. This includes places like the public library in Columbus, Fall River Village Hall, and Hutchinson Memorial Library in Randolph. A full list of cooling centers is with this story at