News – May 23, 2022

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department is calling for better at home safety practices as there is a statewide surge in fire deaths. Captain of Fire Prevention John Jatczak says there have been an unusual increase in fire deaths across Wisconsin in 2022. He says the State Fire Inspector Association recently issued a press release to create awareness around fire safety and the use of sprinklers. The next day a 64-year-old Fitchburg man died in a structure fire, marking the 34th fire death in the state so far this year. There were 40 in all of 2021. A list of fire tips is available at

(Friendship) Deputies with the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of shots fired with an injury late Sunday night in the town of Friendship. At approximately 10:38pm deputies were dispatched to the area of Cemetery Road and Lakeshore Drive and located a 37 year old Fond du Lac woman who had been shot in the leg. Deputies provided first aid before the woman was transported to ThedaCare Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The shooter was not located at the scene, but authorities believe the shooting was targeted at the individuals at the residence with no danger to the general public. The Investigation is ongoing, those with information related to the incident are encouraged to contact the Fond du Lac Sheriff’s Office.

(Dodge County) Area law enforcement agencies are reminding motorists to buckle up. Sheriff’s departments across the state are participating in this year’s Click It or Ticket Campaign. About 88-percent of drivers wear a seatbelt, but authorities say that number has been dropping in recent years. Half of those involved in deadly traffic crashes in Wisconsin last year were not wearing their seatbelts. The campaign begins today and runs through June 5th.

(Waupun) The city of Waupun recently hosted specialized training in the field of emergency management. In 2019, Dodge County’s application got one of just 12 awards nationwide and they were supposed to host it in 2020, but the pandemic started. The training culminated with a six-hour exercise involving a large hazmat incident which resulted in a need to evacuate the city.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam mayor says she is excited to see the two new chairpersons of the city’s two main standing committees grow in their roles. Mayor Becky Glewen named Alderman Zack Zopp as chairperson of the Administrative Committee, replacing Jaclyn Shelton. She also selected Alderman Jack Yuds to replace David Hanson as the chair of the city’s Operations Committee. Glewen says she likes to use the committee appointments to grow leaders. She adds that new voices are always a good thing.

(Fond du Lac) The Fond du Lac County Board unanimously passed a resolution opposing the potential closing of at-grade railroad crossings on Brandon Road, Sunny Knoll Road, and Sheldon Road in the town of Metomen. Highway Commissioner Tom Janke says with only three accidents at those crossings in about 40 years there is no need to close them. Janke adds that cutting brush, removing embankments, and improved signage are cheaper alternatives that would improve sight distance for motorists.

(Reeseville) A Dodge County business was recently awarded a Dairy Processor Grant. The governor’s office along with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection announced 19 Wisconsin dairy companies will be receiving funds. The grant aims to foster innovation, improve profitability, and sustain the long-term viability of the state’s dairy processing facilities. Specialty Cheese Company of Reeseville is in-line for $20,000 for the development of a reverse osmosis system for low protein whey.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin Republicans failed to make an endorsement for governor. Delegates at the state party convention in Middleton over the weekend opted against endorsing a candidate for the August primary. Former lieutenant governor Rebecca Kleefisch twice fell short of the 60-percent needed in Saturday’s balloting. Only Kleefisch and state Representative Tim Ramthun advanced to a second round, with Kleefisch getting 54.6-percent and Ramthun 2.6-percent. – WRN