News – March 8, 2023

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department is assessing 150 demerit points against the Exxon Mobile on North Spring Street for selling alcohol to a minor after hours. Under the city’s Demerit Point Ordinance, businesses that accumulate 200 demerit points in a rolling 18-month period could have their license suspended or revoked. An employee of the store sold alcohol without checking the identification of a teenage patron in January around 11pm. The business, which had a sign posted saying they sold alcohol until midnight, was given a warning for that infraction and has since removed the sign.

(Beaver Dam) In the governor’s proposed budget anyone cited or convicted of drunk driving will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle. Even for first offenses. Born called that a “pretty big jump” and adds that there should not be an overreaction. The Beaver Dam Republican says there are people who get a First-Offense OWI and never come close to getting their second. Tony Evers’ budget is now in the hands of the Joint Finance Committee, which Born is co-chair.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers has proposed more than $362-million-dollars to support child care programs, as part of his state budget. The governor says childcare centers are challenged, finding and hiring staff. Republicans on the legislature’s budget committee intend to strip the governor’s budget down to base, meaning much of what he’s proposed will not make it into a final two year spending plan. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) A local organization is raising pantry staples and meal ingredients to help feed 100 families for a week. The fifth annual Playground Movement Food Drive will be taking place on April 30th. Organizers say people can give monetary donations in addition to perishable and non-perishable food items. They note that non-perishables should be dropped off the day before the event at 5pm and perishables the morning of the 30th. Those wishing to benefit from the food drive can fill out an online registration form. A link can be found at

(Beaver Dam) A local non-profit recently received a donation to help expand their facility in Beaver Dam. Church Health Services got a $25-thousand-dollar check from Horicon Bank for expanding and renovating their building located at 115 North Center Street. The organization provides dental, medical, and mental health services to low-income children and adults living in South Central Wisconsin.

(Juneau) Officials with Dodge County Public Health encourage the public to get a free radon test kit. They say radon is a gas that you cannot see, smell, or taste and is the leading cause of lung cancer in the US. Free radon test kits are available at the Dodge County Public Health Department.