News – March 11, 2020

(Waupun) A Waupun man will spend 18 months in jail for his role in a fatal traffic crash near Waupun. James Jensen was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed head-on into another vehicle on Fond du Lac County Highway AW in November of 2016. A passenger in that vehicle, 23-year-old Brock Hoekstra, was killed and a 17-year-old Waupun teen was seriously injured. In January, Jensen pled no contest to one count each of Homicide By Negligent Operation of a Vehicle and Causing Injury While Operating Under the Influence.

(Beaver Dam) Electric vehicle owners have a new charging station in Beaver Dam. The ribbon was cut yesterday (Tuesday) at the Park Village Shopping Center, right near the Highway 33 and Highway 151 interchange. The station can charge four cars at one time. It has a pair of Level-Two chargers along with a pair of Level-Three chargers, which would be the only Level-Three chargers between Sun Prairie and the Fox Valley. The superfast chargers can bring a fully depleted electric vehicle (EV) battery back to 80-percent strength in about a half hour. Alliant Energy estimates the cost to charge your car to the equivalent of one gallon of gas at one dollar.

(Waupun) The Waupun Common Council last (Tuesday) night approved an ordinance change that specifies that service animals are allowed in city parks. Public Works Director Jeff Daane says the matter was brought to the city’s attention by a citizen who suggested that the parks current signage prohibiting dogs should clarify that service animals are the exception. The city attorney said that if the signs are going to be altered it only makes sense to update the ordinance. State law identifies service animals as either dogs or miniature horses.

(Juneau) Officials in Juneau say work on the new city hall is progressing. In December, the city closed on the purchase of the former Farmers and Merchants Bank. The bank sold the Jewel Street building to the city for $165-thousand dollars late last year. Last month, the common council hired Kamps Building and Remodeling at a cost not to exceed $100-thousand to remodel the building. Mayor Dan Wegener says the contractor has begun work on the south side of the building and has framed the structure for new windows. The current City Hall at 150 Miller Street, across from the Dodge County Administration Building, is in need of repairs that officials say are not cost-effective.

(Juneau) We will be discussing the referendum in the Dodgeland School District this (Wednesday) afternoon on WBEV’s Community Comment. If approved, the $17-million-dollar question would address educational spaces, overall safety and infrastructure needs. The district’s superintendent will join us today at 12:35pm along with the district’s financial advisor and members of the school board and we will be video streaming at

(Fond du Lac) Three different road projects in Fond du Lac County have been awarded one-time grants from the state’s Department of Transportation. Fond du Lac County is getting a $1 million grant for improvements to County Highway VV including a bicycle/pedestrian path. The Town Of Metomen will receive nearly $285,000 to improve Dixon Road and the Town of Calumet over $828,000 to make improvements to Kiel, Town Hall, and St. Paul Roads. Winnebago County and two of its townships will get nearly $1.5 million for a trio of road projects.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers is proposing legislation to help local governments with spring flooding. The Democratic governor’s announcement yesterday (Tuesday) comes as communities begin planning and preparation for spring flooding. Evers proposed a package of bills that would cover some of the costs to repair highways and bridges, assist local governments in collecting storm water and groundwater, and create an income tax deduction for flood insurance premiums. All well and good, but the state Assembly has adjourned, and the Senate is expected on the floor just once more, later this month.