News – March 9, 2023

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam looks to avoid a workforce shortage as the city sees a number of new businesses open up. Chamber President Tracy Propst says she is concerned about it and adds that she has had numerous conversations with local businesses over their concerns with workforce availability. She says there seems to be no end in sight. Propst notes that the chamber is here for businesses to help identify needs and find solutions.

(Madison) Co-Chairs of the state’s Joint Finance Committee have announced four public hearings for the proposed state budget. The meetings will be April 5th at the Waukesha County Expo Center, April 11th at the UW-Eau Claire Student Center, April 12th at the Wilderness Resort Glacier Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, and April 26th at the Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua. The public hearings will begin at 10am and conclude at 5pm. The Committee has also created an online portal to take comments. Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam also has several upcoming budget listening sessions throughout Dodge County beginning tomorrow in Fall River. A full list is available at

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department recently released their annual report for 2022. Included were citation statistics. There were a total of 1,160 adult citations and 121 juvenile citations. Chief of Police John Kreuziger says that the citations were below the five year average. A link to the report can be found with this news story at

(Juneau) Dodge County officials are urging residents to think about how they can protect themselves and their property from flood damage. This week is Flood Safety Awareness Week and the Dodge County Public Health Department says people should be prepared. Tips include contacting the local health department to familiarize yourself with community emergency plans. Officials also encourage the public to assemble a disaster emergency kit. They say the kit should include a three-day supply of water, cell-phone charger, flashlights, medications, local maps, and a change of clothes.

(Columbus) The Columbus City Council has chosen LRS as its primary garbage collector during their meeting this week. The contract is for five years and the motion passed with a 4 to 1 vote. Other options the city had considered were Columbia County Solid Waste and Pellitterri.

(Wisconsin) The six candidates that will be in the running for the state’s 76th Alice in Dairyland will be announced Friday. The Alice in Dairyland Finals will be held in Walworth County May 11th through the 13th. The Dodge County-area’s most recent connection to Alice in Dairyland was in 2010. Christine Lindner of Fall River, who grew up on her family’s farm just outside of Beaver Dam, was the state’s 63rd Alice.