News – November 2, 2022

(Juneau) A number of Dodge County citizens oppose the addition of $1.9-million-dollars in debt taxy levy to the 2023 proposed budget. During Tuesday night’s budget hearing, those who spoke wanted the board to be fiscally responsible during rising inflation and increased costs. The debt levy would add 22-cents to the county’s mill rate which would be $4.39 per thousand-dollars of assessed value, if currently approved. Several supervisors say the board needs to listen to their constituents and build a budget that takes their views and financial positions into consideration. Final budget adoption is slated for November 15th.

(Randolph) The Randolph School Board has adopted their 2022-2023 district budget. The tax levy of $3.7-million-dollars is an increase of roughly $497-thousand-dollars from the current year. The mill rate of $11.73 per thousand-dollars of assessed value is a 42-cent decrease from what homeowners saw in the 2021-2022 budget year.

(Beaver Dam) A program Thursday in Beaver Dam will focus on the reality of human trafficking in the region. The non-profit group 5-Stones Dodge County is hosting “It Happens Here.” Founder Tracy Scheffler says the doors will open at 6pm for attendees to browse, shop and get refreshments. The program begins at 6:30pm and will feature videos and special guest speaker, a lived experience advocate Nancy Yarbrough. Scheffler encourages the public to attend if they want to learn how to help prevent human trafficking. It is open to the community and is recommended for those ages 13 and up. For more info on this story, visit

(Cold Spring) Jefferson County authorities says a woman struck by a vehicle in the town of Cold Spring over the weekend has died. Sheriff’s officials say Maricela Del Carmen Rivas Rivas, from the Whitewater area, was hit by a passing vehicle while a group of pedestrians attempted to Cross Highway N just before 10pm Saturday. The 30-year-old succumbed to her injuries Monday. The incident is still under investigation.

(Beaver Dam) The community is invited to attend a pinning and promotional ceremony at the Beaver Dam Fire Department this week. The department says the public is welcomed to celebrate alongside with them, the completion of the probationary training for a number of their members and others getting new career opportunities. The ceremony will be held in the lower truck room at the fire department beginning at 6:30pm Friday, November 4th.