News – November 21, 2022

(Seneca) An 11-year-old boy was killed in a hunting-related incident in Green Lake County Sunday morning. It happened in the township of Seneca just after 9am. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says a 41-year-old male shooter attempted to unload his firearm while it was placed in the back seat of a vehicle. The firearm discharged, striking the victim in the chest. The boy was flown by Med Flight to a hospital where he died from his injuries. Officials say the victim and the shooter were members of the same hunting party.

(Beaver Dam) The city of Beaver Dam is holding its public hearing on the proposed 2023 budget Monday evening in advance of their vote on the document. The $19.6-million-dollar budget includes a tax levy of $13.3-million dollars, up $922-thousand. The mill rate is projected at $9.44 per thousand, compared to last year’s $9.65. Around $1-million dollars in red ink was eliminated by moving garbage and recycling costs from the levy to the quarterly utility bill. The common council meets at 7:30pm. Mayor Becky Glewen our guest on today’s Community Comment.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council approved next year’s $4.6-million Capital Improvements Plan last month but apparently inflation is resulting in a $100-thousand dollar amendment that will be considered Monday. A half-million dollars will be aside in 2023 for a new $2-million dollar fire truck. In 2024, the city is expected to borrow the remaining $1.5-million. Tonight’s amendment adds an additional $100-thousand dollars.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff says a proposed amendment floated at last week’s county board budget meeting would have had large ramifications on his Drug Enforcement Team. The change sought to cut expenses by 1.7-percent across all departments. It would have freed up just over $1.5-million-dollars to be spent on operations instead of the original plan to use sales tax dollars. The move would have slashed nearly $350-thousand-dollars from the sheriff’s office budget. Dale Schmidt says if it had passed, the agency’s three-person drug unit would have been cut. He adds that he would have had no other lower priorities within the sheriff’s office to take money from. Schmidt says (quote) “fortunately that was defeated.”

(Beaver Dam) The state Department of Public Instruction has released their annual report cards for Wisconsin school districts. The Beaver Dam School District meets expectations with a three-star rating or an overall score of 62.4. Overall performance scores at nearly all district sites saw increases from the previous rating year. District Superintendent Mark DiStefano says the improvements they saw in so many areas are a positive reflection of the focus, talent, and commitment of their staff.

(Waukesha) The governor has ordered the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff Monday in recognition of the one-year anniversary of the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy. Tony Evers says as Wisconsin remembers this tragic event, we also reflect on the first responders, community leaders, and neighbors who ran toward danger to help. Darrell Brooks was sentenced last week to life in prison without the possibility of parole for driving an SUV through the parade route, killing six people.

(Beaver Dam) There was a community dialogue on racism and cultural prejudice that took place recently at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theater. The conversation featured an eight-person panel, including Laura Goral. She talked about being blind to racism prior to being married to a black man. In the next story, we will highlight comments from Danette Machmueller who is with the Racial Justice Group. For the full video, visit