News – November 10, 2022

(Lowell) A Reeseville man was killed in a motor vehicle crash in the township of Lowell. Troy Burkhalter was operating a Ford passenger car westbound on County Highway J Sunday afternoon when he failed to negotiate a curve. His vehicle traveled off the road where it struck an embankment and vaulted. The 58-year-old was flown to UW Hospital in Madison where he died from his injuries on Monday. The crash remains under investigation.

(Juneau) A Dodge County supervisor wants to see a key departmental opening filled. The finance director position has been vacant since March after David Ehlinger resigned. Board Member David Guckenberger says he plans to forward an amendment to the 2023 budget to add $15,000 to the finance department’s budget. He says it is his hope that the finance committee will use that money to put together a plan to fill the position. Final budget adoption is slated for next Tuesday.

(Fond du Lac) The Fond du Lac County Board of Supervisors will be asked to approve the 2023 county budget and tax levy tonight. The proposed levy is $50.8-million-dollars which works out to a tax rate of $5.20 per thousand-dollars of assessed value.

(Juneau) Dodge County highway maintenance trucks are going green. Wisconsin legislatures recently amended state statutes that allows green lights on government-owned highway maintenance vehicles. Dodge County Highway Commissioner Brian Field says this provision has been in effect in Michigan already and is (quote) “proving to be very beneficial.” He says according to Michigan officials the green color can be detected more clearly and brightly by the human eye than traditional amber lighting, which makes it easier to see in heavy snow.

(Columbus) Friday the community is encouraged to head to Columbus and celebrate recipients of the Purple Heart at Light to Unite. The event schedule includes a march of colors, the Star Spangled Banner, and a lighting of purple lights. It will be held at the Civil War Monument on Dickason Boulevard from 5pm to 5:30. More information is available at DailyDodge.com.

(Wisconsin) Republicans who control the Wisconsin legislature have fallen short of their goal of winning veto proof majorities in both the State Assembly and Senate. Republicans would have needed to win two thirds majorities in each chamber in order to gain the power to override the vetoes of Governor Tony Evers, who was reelected on Tuesday. In the Senate, Republican Romaine Quinn won the seat vacated by Democratic State Senator Janet Bewley, giving them 22 of 33 seats. Republicans are also expected to pick up two northern Wisconsin districts in the Assembly giving them 64 seats – two short of what they’d need for the supermajority in that chamber. Since January of 2021 Evers has vetoed 126 bills passed by the legislature-WRN.

(Green Bay) A preliminary hearing for a Green Bay girl accused of killing a passenger in a high speed crash is delayed. The 15-year-old appeared in Brown County Court on Wednesday without an attorney. The girl is charged as an adult with First Degree Reckless Homicide, Hit and Run Involving Death, and Auto Theft. She was allegedly doing more than 100-miles an hour when she collided with two vehicles last month. Seventeen year old Cruz Beltran of Milwaukee was killed in the crash-WRN.