News – November 11, 2021

(Juneau) Efforts to remove $9-million-dollars in borrowing for road repairs was voted down by the Dodge County Board during their 2022 budget discussions Tuesday. The board approved borrowing the same amount last year to upgrade 25 miles of roadway. Some supervisors argued against borrowing due to objections from constituents. While other board members said current interest rates for borrowing are lower than the rate of inflation, meaning taxpayers will be saving money over the long term. The county board still needs to approve the issuance of the $9-million-dollars in bonds and their sale at future meetings. If passed, roughly 33-miles of roads will be repaired in 2022.

(Lebanon) A Watertown man has made his initial appearance in court on charges he threatened his girlfriend with a knife. Jesse Lafferty allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and said he was going to kill his girlfriend Sunday. Lafferty reportedly grabbed the woman around the neck and used her as a shield while making stabbing motions at another person. If convicted, the 29-year-old faces over a year behind bars. Cash bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 18th.

(Ixonia) A car collided with train in the Town of Ixonia Wednesday. Jefferson County Sheriff Paul Milbrath says deputies responded to River Valley Road around 1:20pm for a report of a single vehicle versus train crash. He says the preliminary investigation shows the vehicle was heading northbound on River Valley Road when it attempted to cross the tracks. An Amtrak train was heading eastbound and struck the vehicle while it was crossing. Milbrath says the lone occupant of the car was transported to a local hospital for precautionary measures.

(Beaver Dam) Nine firefighters were honored in a pinning ceremony at the Beaver Dam Fire Department Tuesday night that saw the attendance of many in the community. At the ceremony, Fire Chief Michael Wesle praised the honorees, saying each one reflected the commitment they have made to the department and the community. John Oathout with the Police and Fire Commission added the community is proud of each honoree for their accomplishments, saving property, and saving lives. A link to video of the ceremony can be found with this story at

(Pardeeville) The Pardeeville Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of its firefighters. The department reported that 32-year-old Brandon Romo has died from COVID. He had been battling the disease the past few weeks. Romo is survived by his wife Justina, a young son and two daughters. The department is accepting donations to help offset the family’s costs. A fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, November 17th at the department’s bingo night. All proceeds will be donated to Romo’s family.

(Dodge County) Dodge County health officials confirmed three additional COVID-related deaths yesterday Wednesday. That brings the total deaths to 233 with 204 confirmed and 29 probable. There were 30 new cases recorded yesterday and active community cases increased by 15 from Tuesday to 612. So far, 47.6-percent of Dodge County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 45.4-percent have completed the vaccination series.