News – March 10, 2023

(Wisconsin) State ag officials are reminding poultry owners about the risks of bird flu. The spring migratory period for wild birds brings an increased risk, so the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection recommends that poultry owners continue using the strongest biosecurity measures to protect their birds. In Wisconsin last year, 29 domestic flocks in 18 counties were confirmed with bird flu including Jefferson County. Nationwide, more than 58.5 million birds have died in the largest animal disease outbreak in U.S. history.

(Beaver Dam) The Badger Honor Flight’s 2023 spring season is nearly here. The Madison-based hub of the national Honor Flight network brings veterans on a one-day trip to Washington DC to tour monuments dedicated to their service. The next flight is April 8th and will include General Marcia Anderson. It will also mark the organizations four-thousandth veteran that they have sent to DC. The other spring flights are on May 6th and May 20th.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council this week approved a lease agreement for a new cellular tower. Cingular Wireless / AT&T will pay $2750 per month with a three-percent (3%) annual increase for placing their antenna on a monopole next to the downtown water tower. The pricing is in-line with what other entities are paying for antennae space.

(Trenton) A Mazomanie woman was placed on three years’ probation Thursday for running then hiding from Dodge County authorities. Autumn Gernon fled police on August 23rd after lying about her identity when she was stopped in the town of Trenton. She abandoned her vehicle in a cornfield and hid from the authorities until they located her at a mobile home park in Waupun two days later. Law enforcement reportedly found heroin when they later search the 43-year-old’s vehicle.

(Horicon) The Horicon Police Department encourages the public to call them if traffic is backed up at railroad crossings in the city. The department says their administrative staff or officers will notify the railroad companies to allow traffic hindered by trains stopped at the Highway 33 crossing to resume. Authorities say railroad companies do their best to keep track of the highway during am and pm peak travel times, and whenever possible, will cut the crossing to limit the time they are blocking the roadway. It is unlawful for any train to stop for longer than 10 minutes while occupying a crossing.

(Columbia County) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting to discuss improvements to Highway 23 in Columbia County. The project will resurface 2.8 miles of 23 between Highway 16 and Gulch Road in Wisconsin Dells. Officials say 23 will remain open to traffic during construction with flagging operations. The meeting is scheduled for March 23rd from 4pm to 5pm at the Wisconsin Dells City Hall. The project is slated to begin in 2028.