News – November 18, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The state Department of Public Instruction reports about 95-percent of Wisconsin school districts have exceeded – or significantly exceeded – expectations. The DPI report card gives 399 of the 421 public school districts a three-star or higher rating on a five-star scale. The Beaver Dam School District meets expectations with a three-star rating or an overall score of 58.9. The high school received a score of 89.4 for their on-track to graduate priority area which is 32.3-percent higher than all other high schools in the state. To see the scores of area districts, visit the news tab

(Iron Ridge) A Juneau man is facing 10 years in prison for endangering the safety of his girlfriend. Anthony Gasper allegedly rear-ended the victim’s vehicle multiple times before pushing it forward for roughly 300 feet in September. Gasper denied knowing anything about the crash when questioned, but reportedly said the victim took $200 worth of his pills. The 31-year-old allegedly said that he did not care about the victim’s wellbeing and hoped she got hit by a car. An initial appearance is scheduled for November 29th.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin hospitals are starting to fill up with COVID patients once again, and the Department of Health Services is urging people to prevent the spread of the virus. Dr. Ryan Westergaard says the vaccines prevent diseases. He says if communities can reach very high levels of vaccine coverage, there is going to be less activity level. Westergaard adds that they want to prevent burnouts among hospital staff and prevent the deaths of people who are coming in from treatable situations because there’s no staff to assist them. – WRN

(Portage) The Columbia County Health Department is hosting a free walk-in COVID vaccine booster clinic in Portage tomorrow. County health officials say the clinic will be for the one-and-done Johnson and Johnson and Moderna booster shot. Doses are only offered to those 18 and older. The clinics will be at the Human Services Building located at 111 East Mullett Street in Portage between 8am and 4pm. More information about the COVID booster shot is available at

(Fond du Lac) SSM Health in Fond du Lac will be hosting a hiring event at St. Agnes Hospital from 9am to 6pm Thursday. The hiring event will feature interviews and on-the-spot offers. Those in attendance will learn more about newly-increased pay rates, benefit discount programs, and ongoing training and education paths. SSM Health is hiring for all positions. Openings are available at hospitals and other facilities in Waupun, Fond du Lac, and Ripon. More information is available at

(Beaver Dam) The deadline for parents to sign their children up for the Shop with Cops event is tomorrow. The program is geared towards kindergarten age up to 12-to-13-year-olds to help them brighten their holidays and learn a bit about law enforcement. A child is paired with an officer and given $150 dollars to shop for gifts for their families. To register reach out to the Dodge County Shop with Cops Facebook page, go to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office or call the Beaver Dam Police Department for an application. The event will be on Saturday, December 11. More information is available at