News – March 25, 2021

(Beaver Dam) With both the fire chief and deputy fire chief retiring within six weeks of each other, the Beaver Dam Police and Fire Commission last (Wednesday) night approved an interim plan as the city searches for new leadership. Deputy Chief Matt Christian will serve as interim chief until a full-time replacement is found or his retirement on May 28. After that, the city plans to retain an interim chief from outside the department, likely a retired fire professional.

(Sun Prairie) Representative John Jagler says he is proud of his record in the Assembly but he can be even more effective in the Senate. The Watertown Republican told us yesterday on WBEV’s Community Comment that he held the line on property taxes while voting on what he refers to as Wisconsin values and says the $1.3-billion dollars in tax hikes in the governors proposed budget is a non-starter. Today we welcome Democrat Melissa Winker. American Solidarity candidate Ben Schmitz was our guest Tuesday and tomorrow we wrap things up with Independent candidate Spencer Zimmerman.

(Fall River) A forum was held last (Wednesday) for the four candidates squaring off for three open seats on the Fall River School Board: Keith Miller, Derek Johnsrud, Nathan Fietz (featz) and Paul Osterhaus. You can watch the full candidate’s forum at DailyDodge.com.

(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born has several budget listening sessions planned tomorrow (Friday) in Dodge County. The Beaver Dam Republican will be at the Iron Ridge Village Hall from 10am to 10:30, the Hustisford Village Hall between 1pm and 1:30pm and the Ashippun Town Hall from 2pm to 2:30pm. Those interested in attending are asked to practice CDC guidelines.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin Assembly Republicans are calling for another investigation into the 2020 presidential election and how the state gathered votes. GOP leaders say they have questions about whether or not voting laws were violated. Dems call it disappointing that Republicans keep coming back to the election even after federal level Republicans have dropped the issue now that President Biden is in office.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials recorded 10 COVID deaths Wednesday bringing that total to 6,597. Dodge County has 158 deaths with 98 active cases.

(Beaver Dam) An Oshkosh man charged with leading Dodge County authorities on a traffic pursuit followed by an eight-hour standoff entered a not guilty plea to nine felonies at his arraignment yesterday. Tyler Anderson reportedly struck three law enforcement vehicles while being pursued in January before crashing in between Beaver Dam and Juneau. Authorities used gas rounds to subdue Anderson because he was brandishing a handgun that was later determined to be inoperable. The 25-year-old was taken into custody just after 4am the next morning.

(Madison) Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says “free money” is discouraging some Wisconsinites from going back to work. Vos says unemployment benefits and stimulus checks are responsible for issues some companies have reported in trying to hire.

(Madison) Assembly Republicans want state employees to stop working from home and go back to the office. The bill is unlikely to be signed by the governor. Most state offices remain closed while the public health emergency continues.

(Mayville) Public comments are being accepted through tomorrow (Friday) for Horicon’s funding request through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program to address issues with their drinking water system and help replace lead line services. The DNR says the project will not result in significant environmental impact, though based on public comments, the state may do an analysis before releasing funds. More information is available at DailyDodge.com.