News – May 6, 2022

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen has unveiled an ambitious strategy for the city’s use of $1.7-million in federal stimulus dollars. One plan would be to use the funds for a rental housing improvement program similar to the façade improvement matching grants that used TIF dollars to enhance downtown business. Other options outlined would include the purchase of two parcels of property for blight elimination, a childcare support initiative, and assisting with installing lights to the high school varsity softball and baseball fields. The plan is still in the early stages and additional discussions are anticipated.

(Beaver Dam) Golden shovels broke ground Thursday at the site of the future Stoney Ridge housing development in Beaver Dam. Cindy Wegner with Neumann Developments says their plan to battle supply chain issues while building 60 homes in 36 months is to order materials early for each home and begin presales as soon as drywall is up. She adds a handful of new homeowners could have keys in hand before the end of this calendar year. The new development is located near the intersection of Ollinger Road and Corporate Drive.

(Hartford) A Hartford woman has been accused in a multi-million-dollar wire fraud and money laundering scheme. Vicki Berka allegedly transferred roughly $2.7-million-dollars from Bader Rutter and Associates, where she worked as chief financial officer, to a bank account she controlled. The alleged offenses occurred between July of 2014 and September of 2017. If convicted, the 61-year-old faces up to 60 years in prison.

(Portage) About 80 gallons of diesel were spilt from a delivery truck Wednesday afternoon at a convenience store in Portage. Firefighters secured the scene at Jots Food Mart until cleanup crews were able to help with removal. Wisconsin DNR officials and the Columbia County Emergency Management assisted at the scene to make appropriate calls to start mitigation. There were no injuries reported.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is notifying residents of several long-term road closures in the area. State Highway’s 28, 67, and 175 along with County Highway TW are closed north of the village of Theresa due to the installation of a roundabout. Highway 67 south of the city of Mayville is also closed for road resurfacing. Also, County Highway M from Highway JM to Highway J will be shut down beginning Monday for reconstruction until sometime in mid-October. More information is available at

(Wisconsin) State officials are trying to determine areas in Wisconsin most in-need for high-speed internet. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has put out a survey asking people to rate their local internet and to share their internet speeds. That’s part of an effort to determine where funding should be going to expand broadband. – WRN