News – May 25, 2016

Former Beaver Dam Senior Center Demolition Underway


5/25/16 – Demolition of the former Beaver Dam Senior Center began this week. Badgerland Demolition of DePere was hired to raze both the senior center and its adjacent green house for $22,500. Once complete, the former senior center land will be used to allow for the installation of a state-mandated, storm-water filtration pond and a reconfigured library parking lot. Half of the structure has been demolished over the first two days. You can see the latest pictures on today’s homepage at


Free Carnival Rides, Higher Cover Charge For Lake Days


5/25/16 – A popular Beaver Dam festival is undergoing some changes this year.  Earlier this week on WBEV’s Community Comment, Lake Days Organizer Doug Sackett announced there will be a $7 cover charge, up from $3 last year.  However, he says that will allow for unlimited use of the carnival rides.  Sackett says this year’s festival will be three days instead of four since last year proved to be too much work for a small committee of volunteers.  The 23rd Annual Beaver Dam Lake Days is July 7-9 at Tahoe Park. Headlining acts are Quiet Riot on Friday night and The Journey Experience on Saturday night.  Unlike last year, there will be fireworks both Friday and Saturday night.


Concerns Raised Over Horicon Aldermanic Candidate


5/25/16 – Horicon’s City Council did not take action last night on its District Two aldermanic vacancy.  The city’s personnel and finance committees want to meet with James Sukopp, the lone applicant for the seat.  Some city officials voiced concerns last night over a phone call from a resident who claimed Sukopp was possibly tied to a police investigation looking into damage to city property.  Police Chief Joseph Adamson says there is no evidence Sukopp was tied to the matter, and there was no prosecution in the case.  Jim Bandsma was elected last month to serve District Two but chose to remain fire chief instead of being seated.


Horicon Council Approves Goose Management Plan


5/25/16 – Horicon’s City Council approved a permit last night to kill as many geese as possible this year within city limits.  The goal is to get the birds out of city parks.  Urban Goose Management Team Chair Joseph Adamson says the city has done this each year since 1999 in an effort to keep aggressive and territorial geese away from residents.  The estimated 91 geese within Horicon’s city limits this year is far less than the 285 taken in 2002 but way above the 36 killed last year.  While this year’s cost was not given, exterminating the geese has cost the city $1,500-$2,000 in previous years.  Adamson says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will use fences to round up the geese, likely within the next month.  Adamson says the birds are euthanized and processed for food pantries.


Columbus Taking Steps Toward New Fire Station


5/25/16 – The city’s purchase of the West James Street Countryside Ford property is intended as the first step in replacing the aging Columbus Fire Department. Countryside has started construction on the northwestern edge of the city for a new facility on Transit Drive. City Administrator Patrick Vander Sanden says Fire Chief Randy Koehn has been discussing the possibility of a new, larger fire station facility for the city and Rural Fire Association ever since he returned to Columbus. The land purchased for the new fire station is at the corner of Meister Drive and West James Street.


Informational Session Tonight On Columbus Reconstruction


5/25/16 – An information and discussion session on safety concerns related to changes at a Columbus intersection is planned for this afternoon. City and state planners will be on hand with officials from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) to discuss the reconstruction project plans for the intersection of Highways 16-60 on the city’s northwestern edge. The proposed project is scheduled to begin next Tuesday (May 31).  The Highway 16-60 intersection will remain open during the five-month reconstruction and traffic signal installation. The project is expected to last until October. The public informational meeting will be held at the Columbus Area Senior Center on Dickason Boulevard from 4:30pm to 5:30pm today.


Right-To-Work Law Back In Effect


5/25/16 – Wisconsin’s right to work law is back in effect, while higher courts decide whether the measure is constitutional. Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust struck down the law in April, and he did not keep it in place while the state Justice Department appeals it. The Third District Appellate Court in Wausau ruled late Tuesday that the judge overstepped his bounds by not putting his ruling on hold. The right to work law ends the requirement that workers pay union dues as a condition of employment. Foust says the government was wrong to take away dues’ revenues without fair compensation — but appellate Judge Lisa Stark says unions will not be subtantially harmed during the court process, and she says there’s “sufficient likelihood” that the right to work measure will end up being legal.


Voter ID Court Challenge Continues


5/25/16 – Election clerks in the highly Republican Milwaukee suburbs say the G-O-P’s new voter laws have worked well for their residents. That’s what city clerks from Cedarburg and Port Washington testified, as the state has begun its defense at a trial in which liberal and voter advocacy groups are challenging voter I-D, limits on early voting, the end of straight ticket voting, and other changes adopted since 2011. The plaintiffs are trying to convince U-S District Judge James Peterson that the laws make it harder for certain groups to vote. Cedarburg clerk Constance McHugh said her voters were “glad or relieved” when the photo I-D mandate took effect — but she admitted that what works well in her city may not work in nearby Milwaukee. Testimony in the two week trial is due to end in a couple of days, and Peterson is expected to announce his verdict later.


High Court Allowing Secret Arguments In John Doe


5/25/16 – The U-S Supreme Court is allowing secret arguments over whether the state should be allowed to continue secret investigations. The high court on Monday approved sealed arguments in the latest John Doe appeal. The Supreme Court is being asked to review a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision to end the secret John Doe investigations into Governor Scott Walker. The investigations didn’t find any wrong doing on the governor’s part.


Mayville Worker Flown Following Lawn Mowing Accident


5/25/16 – Flight-For-Life landed on the Mayville Middle School/ High School campus Monday morning after a maintenance worker was injured. It happened around 9:30am when the worker was mowing the lawn. Police Chief Chris MacNeill says the 59-year-old was operating a riding lawn mower that tumbled off a retaining wall and crashed onto the driveway below. The lawnmower had a roll bar that minimized the extent of injuries but the worker was briefly knocked unconscious after hitting his head and also complained of back injuries. He was flown to Summit Hospital in Oconomowoc. MacNeill says he was conscious and alert when he left the scene.


Two Injured In Car Versus Dump Truck Wreck


5/25/16 – Two people were injured, one severely, in a car versus dump truck accident in Jefferson County. The wreck occurred around 2pm Tuesday afternoon in the Town of Jefferson. Sheriff Paul Milbrath says a car was northbound on County Highway Y near Will Road when it drifted into the southbound lane and struck the dump truck head-on. The 27-year-old woman driving the car was flown by Flight-For-Life to Aurora Summit Hospital with severe injuries. The 48-year-old man driving the dump truck sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Fort Atkinson Hospital. The accident remains under investigation.


WCI Inmate Accused Of Spitting On Officers


5/25/16 – A Waupun Correctional Institution inmate is accused of spitting on two different corrections officers in a four-day span last November.  Justin Douglas is facing two felony counts of Assault by Prisoner as a Repeat Offender.  If he is convicted, the 33-year-old faces up to 15 years in prison.  Douglas’ initial appearance is June 21.


Friendship Man Convicted In Spite Of Beer Battered Defense


5/25/16 – A 76-year-old man will spend up to seven years in prison for trying to get out of a drunk driving arrest, by claiming that the alcohol on his breath was from beer battered fish. John Przybyla of Friendship has also been sentenced to four years of extended supervision for his tenth O-W-I conviction. Judge Alan White says Przybyla failed to recognize he has a problem, and that’s what made the case more aggravating. He was stopped on Highway 13 north of Wisconsin Dells in 2014 for having a broken tail light and an expired license — and his blood alcohol level was point zero six, above the limit of point zero two for those with three or more O-W-I convictions.


BDACT Holding Auditions For Summer Main Stage Musical


5/25/16 – Auditions are being held again tonight for the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre’s summer show. Guys and Dolls is the classic musical comedy featuring hit songs including Luck Be a Lady Tonight, A Bushel and a Peck, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat and more. Those auditioning must be at least 17-years-old and be prepared to sing, act and dance. The large cast features both a variety of ensemble and star roles.  Rehearsals will begin Wednesday, June 1st and continue Sunday through Thursday evenings; however, not all actors will be needed for every rehearsal. Performance dates are July 29-August 7.  The show will be directed by Diane Lutz, choreographed by Jena Berg, with vocal direction from Marcia Paul and music direction from Tom Patterson. The auditions are tonight at the community theatre building on North Spring Street from 6:30pm to 9pm with callbacks tomorrow.

Audition packets can be downloaded at Go to and sign up for the night you plan on auditioning.  If you can’t access the website or if you have any problems signing up, you can email [email protected] for more information.  Signing up ahead of time is not required and walk-ins will be accepted. If you have questions, contact the producer, Jennifer, at [email protected]