News – November 12, 2019

(Beaver Dam) Veterans from Vietnam and Korea joined us on WBEV’s annual Tribute To Veterans broadcast yesterday (Monday). Wisconsin Rapids native Ed Hill, who now lives in Beaver Dam, enlisted in the Navy in 1962. Hill served on the flight deck of the USS Lake Champlain and was on the aircraft carrier in 1965 when astronauts Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad returned from their mission to space. He personally witnessed the two being plucked from the ocean by helicopters. Hill told host John Moser that he even captured 8-milimeter film of the event. You can watch the Tribute to Veterans program at

(Mayville) The Mayville Common Council adopted the 2020 city budget last (Monday) night. The document calls for roughly $8.9-million-dollars in total expenditures with a tax levy of $2.7-million which is roughly $42-thousand-dollars less than last year. The mill rate of $8.32 per one thousand dollars of assessed value is a 44-cent drop from the number home owners saw last year.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man has filed declaration of candidacy papers with the city clerk’s office in the spring race for mayor. Alan Winter is a Korean War veteran who was a past state commander of the Wisconsin VFW. Candidates in the spring election can start circulating papers on December 1. Winter is the only person in Beaver Dam to file anything yet.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School Board last (Monday) night got its first look at renovation plans at Jefferson Elementary. The board approved a five-year facilities plan in July that includes the closure of South Beaver Dam Elementary and its consolidation with Jefferson next school year. Nick Kent with Plunkett Raysich Architects says initial intentions were to build additional classrooms but instead they are planning to convert the current courtyard into a 4000-square foot multi-purpose and lunch area, efficiently freeing up additional classroom space. Lunch would be moved out of the gym, freeing up both gyms for physical education. The price tag is estimated at $2.25-million dollars.

(Portage) State officials say the Columbia Correctional Institution remains on lockdown after another assault on a staff member last Friday. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Clare Hendricks says the DOC is working with law enforcement to investigate the matter and the Portage maximum-security prison will stay in lockdown until officials believe it is safe to lift the restrictions.

(Beaver Dam) A former inmate at the John Burke Correctional Center in Waupun is accused of committing a crime spree while on work release. It started when James Pederson allegedly stole a co-worker’s vehicle from Northwoods Paper Converting in Beaver Dam before stealing two other vehicles; one he crashed into a ditch and another he used to drive himself back to work. The 38-year-old also reportedly stole a vape device from a parked car, attempted to hotwire a truck and took a pair of sunglasses and a set of keys from a house. If convicted, Pederson faces up to 56 years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled in January.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers’ office is denying media request to see his emails. That’s even though Evers himself said the public should see them and that he rarely sends a single email per day. His aides rejected a request by FOX 6 Milwaukee to see a days’worth of emails, claiming the request was not specific enough.  Bill Lueders (lee-durs), president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, told FOX 6 on Monday that that’s problem, and that “the primary records of government officials should be considered public.

(Lafayette County) A proposal by a county committee to prosecute reporters for ‘misrepresenting’ facts has been withdrawn from consideration. Lafayette County’s Conservation Committee was scheduled to vote on Tuesday on a measure that would have allowed them to prosecute reporters who edited or interpreted the committee’s press releases. That resolution has been withdrawn. The measure was introduced after news outlets reported on a test that showed that 91 percent of private wells in a recent test showed contamination. Board members say those reports misinterpreted the study.