News – June 6, 2016

One Person Taken To Hospital Following Trenton Accident


6/6/16 – One person was taken to the hospital after a two vehicle crash in the Town of Trenton this morning.  A semi collided with a pickup pulling a trailer at Highway C and Buckhorn Road.  The road was closed while the accident was cleared but is now open to traffic.


Beaver Dam Woman Wins Sixth Tropical Vacation


6/6/16 – A Beaver Dam woman has won a tropical vacation for a sixth time from a nationally-broadcast television morning show. Janet Christine will be going to Saint Croix in the Virgin Islands – for a second time – because she successfully answered a contest question last Thursday on ABC’s “Live! With Kelly” and Kelly’s special guest co-host Anderson Cooper. Christine says as part of the contest, you have to have seen the show on previous days. As a result of vigilantly watching the program and taking notes she was able to correctly answer that musician Gloria Estefan’s mother was a movie stand-in for Shirley Temple. Christine, who is originally from Fond du Lac, first tried to win a trip in 1999 when she lived in Janesville…that’s when the show was “Live with Regis and Kathy Lee.” She first appeared on the broadcast a year later. However, she did not answer the question correctly that first time and it would be four more years – well into Kelly Ripa’s tenure – that she would appear again and answer the contest question correctly. That led to wins every three or four years, taking her to Antigua, Saint Lucia, and that previous win to St. Croix. In 2011, she moved to Beaver Dam which is where her mother is from and closer to where her husband is employed. A year later she was on her way to St. Petersburg, Florida. Last year, she won a trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico and that’s about the time that the show’s producers made a rule that the same contestant could not win more than once a year. Christine says it was nice to watch “Live! With Kelly and Michael” [Strahan] for a year without taking notes. But she was back at it again this April and was excited by the opportunity to return to St. Croix. “I still don’t understand why my name always comes up…I never win the lottery…I wish more people would enter they don’t understand how easy is to win,” Christine noted. The wins does not come without its costs as she does have to pay taxes because the tropical vacations have to be reported to the IRS as income.


Columbia County Double Fatalities Among Statewide Crashes


6/6/16 – At least three people have died in a pair of Wisconsin traffic crashes Sunday afternoon. Two were killed in a crash in Columbia County, where sheriff’s deputies say a vehicle struck a tree north of Portage on County Trunk “F” — and as authorities continue to investigate, they say high speed and alcohol were apparent factors. In far western Wisconsin, a 46-year-old motorcyclist from Blaine, Minnesota was killed on Highway 35 near Prescott in Pierce County. The State Patrol says the unidentified biker struck a guardrail, and was wearing a helmet. Also, state troopers say 53-year-old Jon Hurlburt of Colfax died Saturday night after his pickup truck rear ended an S-U-V and rolled over on Interstate 94 near Baldwin — and two others in the truck were seriously injured.


DCSO Reminding People About Summer Safety


6/6/16 – Dodge County residents are being reminded to follow safety practices this summer.  In his monthly column, Sheriff Dale Schmidt urges people to be safe in their various ways of getting around town.  Schmidt encourages pedestrians to pay attention to their surroundings at all times.  Even if someone is on the sidewalk, the sheriff says they should be on the lookout for cars that could jump the curb.  On streets without sidewalks, Schmidt says pedestrians need to walk against traffic.  He says it is also important to only cross streets at a designated cross-walk.  When it comes to riding a bike, Schmidt says hand signals should be used when turning and traffic signs should be obeyed.  Schmidt says bike riders should be on the right side of the street, going with traffic.  According to the sheriff, riders should stay as far to the right as possible to keep from blocking approaching traffic.  Schmidt says drivers should be alert for motorcycles.  He says his department responds to at least one accident each summer where a motorcycle was struck by a vehicle pulling out from a stop sign.  Schmidt says it is important for parents to go over safety tips with their children and set guidelines to keep them safe.


DOC Guard Attack Report Release Delayed


6/6/16 – The state Corrections Department is said to be six months behind schedule in releasing an annual report on how many prison guards have been attacked. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says nobody’s saying why the report has not been issued — and officials have not created a database that keeps track of incidents at the state’s Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile facilities in Lincoln County. Federal officials are investigating reports of assaults and other alleged abuses at the juvenile institutions near Irma, as well as possible civil rights violations. The state released two previous annual reports on the assaults of prison staffers. That’s after former Corrections Secretary Gary Hamblin said in 2012 that staff assaults appeared to be rising — but nobody could tell for sure, due to a lack of adequate records.


Presentation Covering Beaver Dam Brewing History


6/6/16 – People have a chance next month to learn about the role beer has played in Beaver Dam’s history.  As part of the city’s 175th anniversary celebration, there will be a presentation on breweries and bottling.  175th Committee Member Glen Link says the talk will also cover how early taverns were a reflection of Wisconsin culture.  At its peak, Link says there were over 40 taverns in Beaver Dam.  The presentation is scheduled for Monday, July 11 at the Dodge County Historical Society.


Humane Society Raising Funds Through Golf Outing


6/6/16 – The Dodge County Humane Society’s largest fundraiser of the year is just a few weeks away.  The 11th annual golf outing will be at the Horicon Hills Golf Club on June 22.  Cost is $100 for 18 holes with a cart, lunch, and dinner.  People can also attend just the dinner and evening program that includes live and silent auctions for $30.  Event proceeds go toward the humane society’s work in saving animals.  Executive Director Kensie Drinkwine says the society’s save rate is at 98%.  Since their save rate is over 90%, the society is considered a ‘no-kill shelter.’  Drinkwine says they only euthanize animals if there is a public safety concern or if they receive an animal that is too injured or sick to be saved.  Registration for the golf outing can be completed at


Fundraiser Giving People ‘Night In The Orient’


6/6/16 – The Orient is coming to Beaver Dam one night this summer.  Church Health Services is holding its annual fundraiser on August 6 at the American Legion building on Beichl Avenue.  Proceeds will fund the non-profit’s mission of providing medical, dental, and mental health care to people with low incomes and those who are uninsured or underinsured.  In addition to Asian food, Community Relations Coordinator Bev Beal-Loeck says there will be poi dancing and drum performances.  Beal-Loeck says Church Health Services is collaborating with Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties to hold the event.  Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple and are available at


Vote Against Super Delegates At State Dems Convention


6/6/16 – Wisconsin Democrats wrap up the state party’s annual convention this weekend with a victory of sorts for supporters of Bernie Sanders.  Party members approved a non-binding resolution calling on the national party to abolish super delegates.  They are the party insiders who can support whoever they want for the presidential nomination, no matter the result of the primary vote.  Wisconsin’s super delegates were urged to vote in proportion to the state’s primary results.  Sanders won the Wisconsin popular vote in April, but only has a five-delegate advantage due to super delegates backing Hillary Clinton.


Public Meeting This Month On Grey Wolf


6/6/16 – It’s been 18 months since a federal judge put Wisconsin’s gray wolves back under federal protections, and the D-N-R will discuss the effects at a public meeting this month. The agency’s spring estimate of the statewide wolf population will be disclosed — and presumably all the reasons for it — during a four and one half hour meeting June 16th at Wausau’s Quality Inn. Last year’s estimate put the state’s wolf numbers at between 746 and 771. Animal rights groups convinced a federal court to stop Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan from managing their own herds — mainly because of the wolf hunts that occurred, three of which were in Wisconsin. Supporters of state management say it’s needed to prevent wolves from attacking farm animals, since the court ruling does not allow emergency shootings to stop the attacks.