News – March 5, 2020

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam has been awarded a half-million dollar grant for the reconstruction of a portion of South Spring Street. The DOT announced the recipients yesterday (Wednesday) for the one-time Multimodal Local Supplement Program funded in the current state budget. The 2021 reconstruction of South Spring Street, between Mill Street north to Park Avenue, is the last leg of a project that begins this year with the reconstruction of South Spring from Mill Street south to the city limits. The existing pavement on South Spring dates back to 1975 while underground sanitary and water utilities date back to the 1930s. The project will see the complete reconstruction of the roadway pavement and sidewalks, ADA compliant parking stalls, and the installation traffic calming devices to reduce speeds of traffic.

(Allenton) If you are heading to Milwaukee, you can expect single lane closures on Interstate 41 beginning March 15. A 22-mile resurfacing project resumes between the Dodge County line and the Interstate 41-US 45 split in Washington County. Work will consist of milling and paving the roadway, base patching, finishing the installation of cable barrier and guardrail, and the replacement of two small structures along I-41 over a tributary to the East Branch Rock River. There will also be intermittent, short-term ramp closures implemented near work crews. Work should be complete by this fall, weather dependent. Motorists are advised to use caution when driving through work zones.

(Waupun) Dodge County prosecutors have filed charges against a 24-year-old sex offender arrested during a traffic stop in Waupun last week. Tristan Horton allegedly lied to officers about who he was and had a 17-year-old girl in the vehicle with him, which violates conditions of his registration as a sex offender. He is facing felony Methamphetamine Possession and misdemeanor Obstruction charges. His initial court appearance is scheduled for March 23rd.

(Green Lake) Green Lake has a new police chief. Former Chief Mike Ratter retired at the end of last week after 35 years with the department. Jason Reysen (RYE-sun), who had been a sergeant with the department, is the new chief. Reysen has more than 20 years with the department. He was sworn in by City Clerk-Treasurer Barbara Dugenske (DEW-GIN-skee).  Reysen says he is getting used to his new role and they recently added a new officer.

(Beaver Dam) Dodge County’s only domestic violence shelter has their biggest fundraiser of the year tomorrow. Executive Director Ashley Welak says all the money raised from Sweet Thanks will be used for programming, staff and keeping the lights on. PAVE served over 16-hundred individuals last year and provided over 31-hundred nights of shelter. The non-profit has also provided outreach and education to over five-thousand individuals, through presentations and prevention education throughout the community and in area schools. Sweet Thanks dessert auction, silent auction and dinner will run from 5:30pm to 9pm tomorrow (Friday) at the Chapel of the Archangels in Beaver Dam.

(Fond du Lac) According to a report put out by the Fond du Lac Police Department domestic violence arrests increased in the city by 7.5 percent last year. The number increased to 308 in 2019 compared to 286 in 2018. That’s down from a high of 347 in 2015 and 346 in 2014. Figures were given for the past six years with an average of just under 317 incidents a year. The department formed a Domestic Violence Intervention Team in 2013 to follow up and review all incidents of domestic violence in Fond du Lac. That has helped the department improve their overall response to those types of incidents.

(Wisconsin) The winding down of the U-S’ war in Afghanistan is not impacting Wisconsin National Guard troops currently stationed there.  The nearly 400 members of the Red Arrow brigade have been there since last July providing protection and training for other forces.  Their mission has not changed following the recent signing of a peace deal.