News – May 9, 2022

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Police Lieutenant Jeremiah Johnson talked water rescues when he joined us last Friday on Community Comment. He says getting first responders to the water as quickly as possible is key. Johnson says if the individual is struggling to swim and if the water is cold, as time goes on, they become weaker and hypothermia can set in. He adds that if they go under, rescuers only have a few minutes to get them back up when there is enough oxygen in their blood to perform CPR. The lieutenant’s comments came moments after Dodge County authorities announced they recovered the body of a boater who went missing on Fox Lake last month.

(Portage) A Portage man was arrested over the weekend for fleeing a domestic incident. Marcus Williams allegedly ran from a residence in Lewiston Saturday around 9pm. The 31-year-old was pursued by Columbia County deputies before crashing near the city of Portage. He is facing charges of Fleeing, Domestic Disorderly Conduct, Domestic Battery, and Resisting.

(Empire) A 14-mile highway resurfacing project in Fond du Lac County is set to begin Monday. Work will take place on Highway 23 from Seven Hills Drive in the town of Empire to County Road P in the town of Plymouth. Crews will mill and overlay the original highway lanes not reconstructed as part of work done in 2019 and 2021. Highway 23 will remain open to traffic throughout construction with long-term lane closures planned. Work is expected to be completed by the end of July.

(Lebanon) A church in Lebanon will host a food pantry distribution event Tuesday. The monthly Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution will be at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. The cost is $25 per share and those going can purchase more than one. Organizers say each share may not be identical but will contain at least $100 to $150 worth of groceries. The event gets underway at 3:30pm and continues to six or until all 324 shares are gone. To enter, drive through the fire station parking lot directly from Highway R to get in line.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam brewery won big at the World Beer Cup. Ooga Brewing was a first-place finisher for their Holla! Jalapeno Cream Ale in the Chili Beer category. Chili beer usually contains hot pepper juice, oils, peppers – most commonly jalapenos. There were over 10-thousand entries from nearly 25-hundred breweries representing 57 countries. Each category averaged about 102 entries.

(Beaver Dam) WBEV was named the Wisconsin Broadcaster’s Association 2021 Small Market Radio Station of the Year over the weekend in Madison. DailyDodge was named the News Operation and Digital Operation of the Year. We also garnered 14 first place trophies including trophies for the 95x Morning Show and BreakTime in their respective timeslots. The Singing Eye Doc’s of Vita Park’s latest clever and cautionary Christmas Carol won for Best Commercial while the Good Karma Brands John Moser Children’s Radiothon was again singled out for its Significant Community Impact. You can listen to all the winning entries from Beaver Dam and around the state at