News – May 26, 2023

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone who accidentally dials 911 to stay on the line. It was the messaging behind a new PSA video released by the agency. Between January 1st and May 10th of this year, the sheriff’s office communications center received 2,571 911 hang-ups and missed dials. That equates to approximately 20 unintentional 911 calls every day and nearly 10 hours spent by law enforcement responding to these situations. Sheriff’s officials urge anyone who accidentally calls 911 to stay on the line and talk with dispatch, noting that no one will get in trouble. A link to the video is available at

(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born backed an effort to support the field of mental health professionals. The Wisconsin State Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee recently voted unanimously to invest $7-million-dollars in expanding the state’s psychiatric residence program through the Medical College of Wisconsin. Born says the reason for the investment is so that the college can expand into other areas of the state. The Beaver Dam Republican adds that around two-thirds of the program’s residents already reside in Wisconsin and in general, more medical providers are needed.

(Beaver Dam) The public is encouraged to attend a meeting next Tuesday to discuss the future of two Beaver Dam parks. A public information meeting has been scheduled for the Edgewater Park and Crystal Lake Park Master Planning projects. The meeting will cover a variety of topics including a general project update and the presentation of the draft master plans for park facilities that will enhance the existing amenities. The meeting will be held at the Watermark at 209 South Center Street beginning at 5:30pm. Those with questions are asked to contact the Beaver Dam Engineering Department at 920-356-2543.

(Beaver Dam) The annual Beaver Dam Memorial Day Ceremony will be held Monday. The program honors area veterans who have passed away in the last year. It will be held at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Oakwood Cemetery on Highway 33. This year’s guest speaker is retired Wisconsin Army National Guard Brigadier General Robyn Balder. The Memorial Service will be broadcast live on WBEV and video streamed at beginning at 10:15am. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved into the Beaver Dam Veterans Center on Beichl Avenue.

(Pacific) The Columbia County Recycling Center again caught fire Wednesday after flames caused heavy damage to the facility last week. The county’s dispatch center started receiving reports around 2pm that the recycling and solid waste center was on fire. The Portage Fire Department responded to W7465 Highway 16 in the town of Pacific to find four large commercial steel structures fully engulfed in flames. Two are considered a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The facility already suffered heavy smoke and fire damage on May 14th. There was no determination on what caused that blaze.

(Reedsburg) A woman has died following a fire in Reedsburg. The fire broke out before 4am on Tuesday at a home on West 2nd Street. Firefighters had to smash out a window to reach a woman trapped on the 2nd floor of the home. She was taken to the hospital but has died of her injuries. The fire is not considered suspicious, but the cause remains under investigation. – WRN