News – March 3, 2023

(Juneau) The Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Association recognized Alison Nordquist as their Citizen of the Year. Nordquist received a plaque during the Association’s recent awards banquet. She called 911 while her sister, who was driving down Highway 41, started seizing and was unconscious. Nordquist worked with dispatch to engage the vehicle’s parking brake and safely maneuver the car to the side of the road. Authorities say if it was not for her actions, there may have been a more significant event. A full list of the award winners can be found with this news story at

(Beaver Dam) Four firefighters from the Beaver Dam Fire Department recently staffed the Lake Mills Fire Department so its members could attend a funeral for its chief. Todd Yandre passed away unexpectedly on February 15th following a live fire training. Deputy Chief Lee Smith, Firefighter Heather Shoemaker, Firefighter Brennan Buschke, and Firefighter Sam Osborne staffed an engine company for a 12 hour shift so members of the Lake Mills Fire Department could attend Yandre’s funeral this past Sunday.

(Waupun) The Waupun Fire Department recently wrapped up its annual ice water rescue training. The agency says as the city of Waupun continues to grow, they find that new risks emerge with the growth. The agency learned a number of different scenarios including hypothermia, communications, operations, self-rescue, conscious and unconscious single-person rescues, as well as shoreline support during the trainings. Officials say they hope they never have to put these skills to use, but they stand ready if that call does come in.

(Juneau) A plea and sentencing hearing was scheduled Thursday for a Horicon man charged with failing to return to the Dodge County jail from a medical appointment. Dodge County sheriff’s officials notified the public on February 20th that Andrew Zirbel, a Huber inmate, failed to return to the jail from a medical evaluation. The 35-year-old was taken into custody that evening. The plea and sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 20th.

(Beaver Dam) The Belle Weather and The Zach Pietrini Band will be taking the stage in the Kamps Auditorium at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theater Saturday night. The performance starts at 7pm and goes until 10:30pm. Tickets are $20 and a link to purchase them can be found with this story at

(Marshfield) Over 300 employees of Marshfield Clinics are out of a job this week. Specifically, 346 employees have received a pink slip and another 500 some openings will not be filled. A press release from Marshfield Clinic blames high inflation and skyrocketing labor costs for the decision – with officials adding that the move must be made to protect the long-term stability of the health care system. Our inquiries with officials at Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam about the layoffs and if they impacted the hospital were not immediately answered. – WRN