News – May 10, 2021

(Juneau) Police officers throughout Dodge County are being recognized for National Police Week. From May 9th through the 15th, the county’s officers along with law enforcers throughout the country are honored for their mission to safeguard the lives, property, and constitutional rights of all citizens. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says law officers are required to make spit-second decisions in the face of unknown danger around every corner. Schmidt says officers are called on to protect and serve regardless of the weather conditions, time of day, or personal commitments.

(Wisconsin) May is “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.” Traffic safety officials with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation are asking all motor vehicle operators to share the road, be extra alert and stay safe. Dodge County Traffic Safety Coordinator Scott Smith says raising awareness of the presence of motorcyclists can save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce crashes. In 2019 there were over five-thousand motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes nationwide, 112 of those were in Wisconsin.

(Wisconsin) A reminder for anyone 60 and older with a Wisconsin driver’s license that they need to be renewed by May 21, as a pandemic-based extension for this is coming to an end.  Those between the ages of 60 and 64 can renew them online, while those 65 and older will need to go in person to a DMV service center.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s prison security chief has been hired by the Iowa Department of Corrections. Iowa Department of Corrections Director Beth Skinner says Brian Foster will fill the newly created position of security operations director. Foster a former warden of Green Bay Correctional Institution, will oversee security at all nine Iowa prisons.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported no COVID deaths yesterday and that number remains unchanged at 6,904. Dodge County is reporting 164 deaths with 126 active cases. Thirty-point-one-percent (30.1%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 35.5-percent have had at least one dose.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam is offering to incentivize growth in the downtown revitalization district. A new Request for Proposals seeks a mixed-use development including owner-occupied housing with a commercial component. Proposals are being accepted through July 9.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Department of Public Works is reminding residents to avoid discharging grass clippings into the street. DPW Supervisor Dan Mulhern says the city is under mandate by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to assist in improving water quality in lakes, streams and drainage ways which city storm sewers dispense. He says grass clippings can not only clog storm drains, which can cause localized flooding, but can also cause degradation of water quality or receiving waters.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Master Gardener Association and Extension Dodge County have recently announced the opening of the Ask a Master Gardener Helpline. The public can send questions via email or call. Master Gardener volunteers can assist gardeners with identifying flowering and non-flowering plants, trees and shrubs, vegetables, insects or plant diseases. The Helpline will be open until September 2nd. Contact information can be found with this news story at DailyDodge.com.