News – June 9, 2021

(Juneau) Dodge County is facing a housing a shortage. That was the message from the UW-Whitewater’s Fiscal and Economic Research Center as they presented their Dodge County housing analysis report to the county board’s executive committee this week. Research Associate Clayton Gallman says construction rates have remained low while demand has not waivered, pushing available homes in the market out and causing prices to go upwards because homes are being bought out and no new supply is coming in. The Executive Committee will be discussing the matter at future meetings as the housing study is still in its draft phase. The document is available on the county website. A link can be found at

(Beaver Dam) A Madison man was sentenced yesterday (Tuesday) to three years in prison and five years of extended supervision after being found by Beaver Dam police with drugs he intended to give to others. Ryan Murray was found by officers with a syringe, baggies of meth, a marijuana pipe, and a digital scale last August. Murray said he was just the middle-man and that he delivers the drugs to others to support his own habit. During sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Gilbert Thompson said that Murray’s behavior endangered the safety and well-being of the community and warranted a lengthy prison sentence.

(Watertown) A Watertown woman was sentenced to one and a half years in prison this week after failing to stay out of trouble while on probation for a drug conviction. Misty Paulson was originally sentenced in 2019 to Dodge County Drug Treatment Court, with two years of probation, but did not successfully complete the program. Paulson was found with used and unused needles, a metal cooking tin and point-zero-seven (.07) grams of meth in July of 2017.

(Oak Grove) One person was seriously injured after a semi collided with a dump truck on Highway 33 in the Township of Oak Grove yesterday (Wednesday) morning. A dump truck, driven by a 67-year-old Campbellsport man, was parked in the westbound lane when a semi, operated by a 54-year-old Waupun man, collided with the truck just before 10am. The dump truck driver was not injured but the semi driver was taken by EMS to the hospital with severe injuries. Highway 33 was closed for roughly six hours and re-opened just before 4pm.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s coronavirus vaccine numbers saw another sharp drop last week. Wisconsin state health officials say about 86-thousand COVID vaccine doses were administered last week. That is the lowest number since the first week of January, and it is the first time Wisconsin has dipped below 100-thousand weekly doses in five months. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials say there are 7,178 COVID deaths in the state, an increase of 17 from Monday. Dodge County is reporting 172 with 78 active cases. Thirty-five-percent (35%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 38.9-percent have had at least one dose.

(Portage) The Columbia County Health Department will be hosting a free walk-in COVID vaccine clinic tomorrow (Thursday). County health officials say the clinic will be for a first dose Pfizer shot, available for ages 12-and-up, and a second dose Moderna shot. The clinic will be at the Columbia County Health and Human Services Building located at 111 East Mullett Street in Portage. The Pfizer clinic will be open from 10am to 5pm with the Moderna clinic from 8am to 4pm. The public is asked to enter the facility at the ADRC entrance.

(Beaver Dam) The first major fundraiser for this September’s Good Karma Brands John Moser Children’s Radiothon is tomorrow (Thursday). Scott and Lori Smith of Beaver Dam established Noel’s Angel Walk 13 years ago in honor of their one-year-old daughter who passed away in March of 2008 from a respiratory virus. To date, the Smith’s have raised over $138-thousand dollars. The walk will be at Beaver Dam’s Waterworks Park at 7:30am.

(Juneau) We will be speaking with the candidates in the Republican primary for the 37th Assembly District beginning this (Wednesday) afternoon on WBEV’s Community Comment. There are eight Republicans vying for the seat vacated by John Jagler who won a special State Senate election in April. Today we will have one-on-one interviews with half of the candidates beginning at 12:35pm. On Friday, the other four candidates will join us.