News – March 8, 2022

(Juneau) The Dodge County administrator is retiring. Jim Mielke announced that he is stepping down from the post during the county board’s Executive Committee meeting Monday morning. Mielke, who was hired in 2008, says he has enjoyed serving the county these past 13-and-a-half years. He adds that the teamwork, collaboration, and support received has been greatly appreciated. The Executive Committee will meet on March 15th to discuss next steps. Mielke’s last day on the job is June 1st.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board’s Executive Committee heard an update Monday on efforts to fill county positions. There has been a recent push to focus more on employee recruitment and retention as several departments have had difficulties filling vacant job postings. Dodge County’s Health and Human Services Director Becky Bell says the public health officer position remains vacant as their one applicant pulled out of the interview process. She says they are also trying to fill openings for a fulltime nurse as well as a part-time position.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night approved a resolution to exceed their debt cap policy for one year. The voluntary policy caps borrowing at 65-percent of total debt allowed by the state. The city is in the process of bonding for $16-million dollars to cover the costs of streets, equipment and the $10-million-dollar relocation of the DPW. Beaver Dam currently has $45-million dollars in debt on the books with a remaining capacity of $24.4-million dollars.

(Oak Grove) Cash bond was set at $25-thousand-dollars Monday for a Horicon man charged with Vehicular Homicide. Daniel Bryfczynski was allegedly under the influence of marijuana, cocaine, ketamine, and opiates when he crossed the Highway 33 centerline last June. The 47-year-old reportedly told authorities that he fell asleep behind the wheel. A 50-year-old Lake Mills woman was killed. If convicted, Bryfczynski faces over 62 years behind bars. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 14th.

(Beaver Dam) A Green Bay man charged with running from Dodge County authorities made his initial appearance in court Monday. Omaha Tucker allegedly fled from sheriff’s deputies after they found him asleep in a vehicle last April. The car was rental and when searching the lessee’s Facebook page, officers reportedly located pictures of Tucker which was how they identified him. If convicted, the 30-year-old faces over four years behind bars. Cash bond was set at $500 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 14th.

(Wisconsin) Gas prices are climbing fast. The website GasBuddy says the average price for a gallon of regular in Wisconsin is now $3.86. That’s a whopping 50-cents higher than just a week ago. Last year on March 7th, GasBuddy says regular gas was $2.77 a-gallon. Gas in Beaver Dam is averaging $3.91. – WRN