News – March 2, 2022

(Waupun) A dust collector caught fire Tuesday afternoon at the Waupun High School. It was believed to have started in a drum sander, but the cause is still under investigation. All students were evacuated prior to the fire department’s arrival around 3:35pm. Damage was contained to the dust collector and drum sander. No injuries were reported.

(Juneau) Dodge County is now at a low COVID community level following updated guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recently changed its recommended indicators for monitoring the impact of COVID on communities from community transmission to community levels. Each level is marked as low, medium, or high. Dodge County is in the low category which means masks are not recommended.

(Dodge County) Dodge County is inching closer to having half of its residents completely vaccinated against COVID. According to the state health department, 49.9-percent have received both doses of the vaccine while 52.4-percent have had at least one shot. The seven-day daily average of new cases in Dodge County is nine.

(Beaver Dam) The SSM Health Beaver Dam physician offices in Beaver Dam are expanding their services. Patients will benefit from a new therapy space on the clinic’s second floor. The three-thousand-square-foot area will house two physical therapists and one occupational therapist. The space is slated to open in early May.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce is highlighting several grant opportunities. Chamber President Tracy Propst says if there are grant dollars available, she wants to make sure those funds are directed to people who need it in Dodge County. She says the application window for the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant is open until April 2nd. The grant is for those who market their own agricultural products. Other grant opportunities include the Main Street Bounceback Grant and the Meat Talent Development program. Links to more information can be found at

(Beaver Dam) A company that started here in Dodge County acquired radio stations in Los Angeles and New York. Good Karma Brands, parent company of WBEV, 95x and DailyDodge, was established in Beaver Dam in 1997. Good Karma Brands CEO Craig Karmazin said Tuesday that ESPN Los Angeles and ESPN New York have officially joined the company.

(Waukesha) Waukesha charity leaders will soon disperse money raised to help victims of last year’s Christmas parade attack. Five-and-a-half-million-dollars has been donated to the United for Waukesha Community Fund. Monday was the deadline to apply for a share of the money, but fund officials say more requests are still trickling in. A former Beaver Dam educator was among those killed in the attack. – WRN