News – November 14, 2016

Local Veteran Discusses Friendship With Audie Murphy


11/14/16 – The Beaver Dam American Legion and WBEV joined forces on Friday as part of their annual Salute to Veterans broadcast. One of our guest speakers was World War Two vet Charles Brady of Juneau, who was just 15-years-old when he joined the Army in 1939. The 92-year-old was in another branch of the service, the Marines, when he was stationed at Pearl Harbor right after it was attacked and later at Iwo Jima. Brady was a driver, operating military transports like M18 Hellcat tank destroyers and amphibious assault vehicles. During training, he befriended a soldier who later became a filmmaker and noted soldier. Audie Murphy was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War Two. “He used to tell me to keep my butt down or it would get shot off,” Brady says adding with a laugh, “he was a hell of a nice kid but he didn’t have no brains, all guts.”  After the war, Murphy enjoyed a 21-year acting career. While most of his films were westerns, he played himself in the 1955 autobiographical movie “To Hell and Back” based on his 1949 memoirs of the same name. “I’ve been there twice,” Brady says. He’s not kidding either, for example Brady says he got a plate in his head serving on Yap Island, near Hawaii. To hear that harrowing story and many others, you can listen back to our Salute to Veterans broadcast by following the links below. On Friday, host John Moser also spoke with Eva Heim, the daughter of a German prisoner of war who was housed in Hartford, and World War Two Veteran Del Schultz, who is the subject of the book “Nobody’s Hero” by Karla Jensen.


World War Two Veteran Charles Brady:


Eva Heim on Prisoner of War Camp in Hartford


World War Two Veteran Del Schultz:


Sheriff Encourages Hunters To Be Aware Of Property Lines


11/14/16 – With gun-deer season approaching, law enforcement is encouraging hunters to be mindful of private boundaries.  In his monthly column for November, Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt discusses trespassing.  Schmidt says his office typically receives a large number of trespassing complaints during gun season.  He says state statute prohibits a person from going onto another’s land without express or implied consent.  While express consent is fairly cut and dry, Schmidt says implied consent is not always as clear.  Schmidt claims posting one’s property is the best way to ensure legal notification.  He says state statute requires trespassing signs be at least 11 square inches and be placed in at least two spots for every 40 acres being protected.  Schmidt says the signs must have an appropriate ‘no trespassing’ notice along with the name of the person giving notice.  Proof must also exist that the signs were erected.  The sheriff suggests a time stamped photo or credible eyewitness.  Schmidt says hunters must always get permission to go on private land, even if a deer they shot on public ground comes to rest in private territory.  Schmidt says a trespassing citation brings a $263 fine.  This year’s gun-deer season runs from November 19-27.


Beaver Dam Holiday Parade Entries Due


11/14/16 – Entries are due Friday for next month’s Beaver Dam Holiday Parade.  This year’s theme is ‘175 Years of Holiday Fun’ in honor of the city’s 175th anniversary.  Floats will be judged, and the first through fifth place winners will receive a monetary prize along with a plaque handcrafted at the senior center woodshop.  This year’s parade marshal is Local Historian Roger Noll.  Entry forms are available at the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce office and online at  This year’s parade is Saturday, December 3.  In addition to the parade, Downtown Beaver Dam Inc. is holding a window decorating contest again this year.  Participating businesses are asked to have their windows decorated by noon on December 3 and keep them decorated throughout the holiday season.


Motorcyclist Killed On Highway 33 In Ozaukee County


11/14/16 – A motorcyclist has died after colliding with a car near Saukville. It happened around 11am Sunday morning on Highway 33 at Ozaukee County Trunk I. Details were not immediately released — and neither were the fatal victim’s name, age, and gender. Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate.


Wisconsin Republicans Laud Priebus Selection


11/14/16 – Wisconsin Republicans say Kenosha native Reince Priebus will do a great job as the new White House chief of staff. President Elect Donald Trump named the Republican National Committee chairman on Sunday to what some call the world’s second most important job. Governor Scott Walker called the 44-year-old Priebus “our fellow cheesehead” who will be an “outstanding chief of staff” — and state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he’s known Priebus as a “forward” thinker since their days with the U-W Whitewater College Republicans. G-O-P consultant Stephan Thompson calls Priebus a “tireless worker” who has resurrected the Republican Party and delivered what Thompson called “historic results.” Democratic strategist and former Obama staffer Joe Zepecki says he wishes Priebus luck — but he’ll have a hard job serving a president who has never been in the military or held an elective office.


Democrats Focus On Message, Economy


11/14/16 – At least two leading Wisconsin Democrats say their party must win back voters outside Madison and Milwaukee, by being clearer on how they’d improve the economy. U-S House Democrat Mark Pocan of Madison says his party failed to spell out its economic vision to middle class voters. That’s after Donald Trump became first Republican to carry Wisconsin for president since 1984, and the G-O-P got its largest majorities in decades in the state Legislature. Former state Senate Democrat Tim Cullen of Janesville, who’s considering a run for governor in 2018, tells the Wisconsin State Journal that rural voters believe Democrats only care about public employees in the bigger cities — and the only way to change that, in Cullen’s words, “is to go up there and listen.” Republicans, meanwhile, say they’re giving voters what they want — and former Tommy Thompson aide Bill McCoshen says his party must keep solving problems to keep their majorities in the future.


New Mural To Honor Redding


11/14/16 – A new mural in a Madison neighborhood honors singer Otis Redding, as the 50th anniversary of his death approaches. Redding was 26 when his private plane crashed into Madison’s Lake Monona during stormy conditions — and his biggest hit, “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay,” came out after his death and still gets a lot of radio airplay throughout the country. Madison artist Henrique Nardi put up the new mural along with artists Jackson Alves and Cyla Costs. It reads “Try a Little Tenderness,” the title of a Redding song. The Capital Times says the project began on October 31st after got approvals from the city, and help from Madison’s Marquette Neighborhood Association to find a good location.


Beaver Dam Wall of Fame Alumni, Friend of Education Inducted


11/14/16 – The Beaver Dam School District recognized a notable graduate and an education-friendly business at their 19th annual Wall of Fame banquet last night.  Harlowe Randall Hoyt was posthumously honored as Outstanding Alumni, which honors those who have attained exceptional accomplishments in their field of work.  After graduating in 1899, Hoyt had a long career as a writer. He is best known for the book “Town Hall Tonight,” a first-hand account of Beaver Dam’s downtown concert hall in the 1890’s, a venue for such notables as Mark Twain and Frederick Douglass. Town Hall Tonight was later turned into a play, and a version of the play just so happens to be currently running at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre. Local historian Roger Noll – who is portraying Hoyt in that play — nominated Hoyt for the award and made a presentation at last night’s awards banquet.  Noll said Hoyt was constantly writing, everything from magazine articles to soap operas to a sequel to Town Hall Tonight. He said Hoyt’s accomplishments were vast and the award was long deserved.


Also recognized at the banquet last night was a Friends of Education, an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions to the district and its students.  Apache Stainless was singled out for providing students with insight into manufacturing careers that are available upon graduation. In presenting the award, School Superintendent Steve Vessey called the manufacturer a great partner, offering students youth apprenticeships, work placement, onsite visits and donations of equipment. Vessey also noted that Apache is a founding member of the Manufacturing Business Alliance, which helps promote manufacturing across Dodge County. Pam Korth, Apache’s Manager of Human Resources, says by working together amazing things can be accomplished and the company is very proud of the fact that they are working together to provide opportunities for students beyond the classroom. The Wall of Fame committee encourages nominations to be submitted for next year’s banquet.