News – March 13, 2023

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department has released accident statistics as part of their annual police report for 2022. There was a total of 246 accidents with only one of them being fatal. Lieutenant Jeremiah Johnson says the accident happened on Gateway Drive. He notes that a medical issue caused the fatality, rather than the accident itself. A link to the report can be found with this news story at

(Juneau) Dodge County residents will have the opportunity to receive severe weather safety training this week. Organized by the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the course will teach participants how to be severe weather aware. The storm spotter training is on Wednesday (March 15th) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. It will be held at the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau. It is open to the public and pre-registration is not required.

(Hustisford) The Hustisford School Board will be asking residents on the upcoming April ballot if they can spend $19.5-million-dollars to upgrade current facilities and construct a brand-new pre-k-through-12 school building. Superintendent Heather Cramer says that the new building would include classroom pods for both elementary and high school students. She says the mill rate would increase from $3.57 to $4.19, if approved. Construction would begin next April with an estimated completion date of December 2025.

(Horicon) The Wisconsin Conservation Congress and Department of Natural Resources will be hosting open houses in all 72 counties. The open houses precede the annual Spring Hearings. They will be held between April 3rd and the sixth. Dodge County’s open house will be on the third at the Horicon Marsh Education Center along Highway 28. Doors open at 6pm and the open house concludes around 9pm. A link to more information can be found at

(Juneau) Dodge County farmers have more to consider when choosing an ag carbon credit practice. University of Wisconsin Extension Dodge County’s Will Fulwider encouragers farmers to talk to carbon credit aggregators in case something goes wrong and that contracts are not established real estate law. He says that carbon should be offset for a period of 50 to 100 years.

(Madison) State Senator Andre Jacque is proposing a new penalty for first offense OWI. His bill, which has co-sponsorship from Representatives David Murphy and Ron Tusler, would require the installation of an ignition interlock device after just the first drunk driving offense. Jacque noted that Wisconsin is always the highest rated state in the union when it comes to drunk driving offenses. In fact, in 2021 the DOT reported 6,368 alcohol-related crashes in Wisconsin that killed 166 people. – WRN