News – November 19, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department is looking for part-time help. The station is split between paid-on-call staff who respond to a fire if it is within city limits and full-time staff who work a 24-hour shift followed by two-days off. In 2020, voters approved a binding referendum to fund a half dozen new full-time positions for the station. The hiring’s were the conclusion of a staffing study that highlighted the need for more support to be able to handle increasing call volume. However, part-time help is currently down about half of the ideal level with 16 on staff. Nick Smith is paid-on-call with the Beaver Dam Fire Department, he says there used to be 30 paid-on-call firefighters at the department. Links to applications and more information can be found with this story at

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam is in need of crossing guards. The Beaver Dam Police Department is accepting applications for part-time and substitute positions. Substitute guards are utilized by the city to supplement and back up the regular adult crossing guards. The city’s Police and Fire Commission recently increased wages for both positions. Crossing guards who work at assigned intersections now make over $16 an hour while substitute guards make over $15. Applications can be picked up at the Beaver Dam Police Department.

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers vetoes Republican-drawn maps for Wisconsin’s new legislative and congressional districts – something he’s promised to do. Evers’ vetoes move the matter to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, where justices could select new maps by early next year. A federal court has signaled it will wait to see what the Wisconsin high court decides before acting on lawsuits filed there. – WRN

(Juneau) Dodge County officials are highlighting a tool to test broadband speeds. The Madison Region Economic Partnership recently announced their broadband Speed Test initiative with the goal of showing participants their internet speeds while collecting necessary data to pursue better broadband infrastructure. Dodge County has begun steps to increase broadband coverage throughout the area and recently started a feasibility study. The county has also hired Design Nine, a firm that specializes in broadband planning, to develop recommendations and a strategic road map for better service in the region. A link to the broadband speed test tool is available at

(Wisconsin) Senator Tammy Baldwin says she’s hopeful to see how broadband expansion shakes out in Wisconsin. Baldwin says she would like to see broadband become a utility, rather than a service, but that’s not part of the infrastructure bill. She says a lot of that will be up to discussions between the federal government and telecom companies. The new infrastructure bill is an 8 year process and Baldwin says she’s hopeful that all of rural Wisconsin will get the access they need by the end of the funding. – WRN

(Poynette) The Columbia County Health Department is hosting a free walk-in COVID vaccine clinic this weekend. County health officials say the clinic will be for a first dose Pfizer shot, available for ages 5-and-up. The second dose will be provided on December 11th. The clinic will be at the Poynette Elementary School located at 225 West North Street between 10am and noon on Saturday. Contact information to schedule a vaccine shot is available at