News – June 7, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council tonight will consider lifting the emergency declaration issued for the pandemic, terminating the mayor’s emergency powers. The agenda item was added after Administrative Committee Chair Jaci Shelton criticized the mayor last month for requiring all council members to return to city hall but not requiring masks. Glewen says there’s no way of knowing if people have had the vaccine and individuals are making the mask choice for themselves.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers announced over the weekend that he will run for a second term. Evers says his goals are to create good paying jobs, fix the state’s infrastructure, support small businesses, and making sure everyone has access to quality, affordable health care. Evers will have a difficult time with his agenda, with Republicans likely to retain control of the legislature. No major Republicans have announced plans to run for governor next year, although several are said to be considering a run. – WRN

(Juneau) Public comments are being accepted as part of the City of Juneau’s application for funding through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program to address deficiencies in its public drinking water system. The projects primarily include the replacement of lead line services throughout the city. The DNR has determined that the project will not result in significant adverse environmental effects, though based on public comments received by their deadline Wednesday, June 16th the state may prepare an environmental analysis before proceeding with the funding process. Information about submitting comments can be found with this news story at

(Dodge County) A generous donation from a Beaver Dam area business is helping the Dodge County Sheriff’s office monitor speeds on area roads. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says Countryside GM of Beaver Dam has again donated a portion of their profits to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. In past years, the funds have helped the Sheriff’s Office purchase protective vests, AED devices for county vehicles, and a stationary speed monitoring device. This year, donated funds have helped the Sheriff’s Office replace an aging radar trailer. The Sherriff says the new radar trailer will provide valuable assistance in the county’s speed enforcement efforts.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Community Foundation recently announced that $16-thousand-dollars in grants will be disbursed to 13 Dodge County non-profit organizations as a part of their third grant cycle. Those non-profits are the Gathering Source, Church Health Services, Pay it Forward Foundation, Badgerland Youth for Christ, Beaverland Must-skis, Big Brothers Big Sisters South Central Wisconsin, Bo William Hartwig Foundation, Bridges of Dodge County, Friends of Clausen Park in Fox Lake, Green Valley Enterprises, Marsh Haven Nature Center, and Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Master Gardener Association recently awarded two $1,000 scholarships to area seniors. Aiden Bobholz, a senior at Randolph High School, plans to attend Iowa State University and major in agronomy. Aiden was a member and an officer in FFA and worked in the school greenhouse in high school. The second scholarship recipient Lindsay Propst, a senior at Beaver Dam High School, plans to attend UW Madison and major in genetics and genomics. Lindsay is a FFA member on the Parliamentary Procedure team. The Dodge County Master Gardener Association awards an annual scholarship to a high school senior who is planning a career in some area of horticulture.