News – November 23, 2022

(Watertown) A single vehicle crash near Watertown has resulted in serious injury for a 67 year-old Cambria man Tuesday afternoon. Deputies with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office were initially dispatched to the Town of Oak Grove on STHWY26 after reports of a minor hit and run crash. Deputies began a search for the vehicle when it was reported that the striking truck was traveling at a high rate of speed and had eventually exited HWY26 at the roundabout for STHWY19 near the Township of Emmet and crashed. Arriving on scene the man was found trapped, unresponsive, but breathing within his vehicle. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle was extricated by the Watertown Fire Department before being transported by Flight for Life to an area hospital to be treated for life threatening injuries. Both accidents are under investigation, with excessive speed believed to be a factor in the second crash.

(Randolph) Two missing juveniles were found safe Tuesday morning after last being seen playing in a yard on Jones Drive in the city of Randolph. Officers with the Randolph Police Department were made aware of the missing 3 and 4 year old children at approximately 10:35am and began an immediate search of the area with other local agencies responding to assist. A RAVE alert was sent to local residents by 11:10am the two juveniles were located safe, and unharmed. Assisting were the Fox Lake Police Department, Fox Lake Township Police Department, Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, and Dodge County Dispatch.

(Beaver Dam) Some comments were made by a Beaver Dam Unified School District bilingual family liaison during a panel discussion on racism and cultural prejudice at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theater. Betsy Ramsdale says her Hispanic and Latino co-workers do not tell her certain things. When they do tell her, she wonders how she can help. In our next story, we will be highlighting the comments made by Rob Meyer, director of teaching and learning at the Beaver Dam Unified School District. For the full video, visit dailydodge.com.

(Dodge County) A number of Dodge County School District are receiving funds to support their health services workforce. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently announced $8.3-million-dollars will go towards state districts to help hire new nurses and health coordinators, offer retention bonuses, and extend hours of existing health staff. The Beaver Dam School District is in line for $29,427, Randolph is receiving $9,293, Mayville is getting $15,054, $13,981 is going to Dodgeland, $12,571 to Lomira, $10,497 to Hustisford, $10,428 to Horicon, and $6,146 to the Herman-Neosho- Rubicon School District.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council approved their 2023 borrowing plan last month but inflation is resulted in officials approving a six-figure amendment this week. 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. The amendment approved this week adds an additional $100-thousand dollars to the Capital Improvements Plan.

(Wisconsin) This year’s opening weekend of the gun-deer season saw bigger numbers when compared to 2021. According to the Department of Natural Resources, the first days of the nine-day hunt saw a 15-percent increase from last year. That equates to 102,347 deer taken compared to 85,860 last year. This year’s initial harvest saw 55,503 bucks registered compared with 47,529 last year. Closer to home, Dodge County saw a significant increase with 2,563 deer taken this year compared to 1,030 last year. Similarly, Columbia County saw an increase from 1,612 harvested last year to 3,858. Fond du Lac posted 2336 deer taken and Green Lake County also showed an increase with 2,195 registered deer. Hunters in Jefferson County brought down 1,907 combined antler and antlerless deer while Washington County saw 1,842 deer harvested.

(Wisconsin) Expect lots of traffic out on the road this week for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Triple-A Wisconsin estimates that 1 million Wisconsinites will be driving to visit friends and family this Thanksgiving. That will meet or exceed pre-pandemic levels. There are still some major construction projects underway on Wisconsin highways, and you could still see lane or road closures, along with less than perfect driving conditions. Be sure to check 511wi.gov before you head out on your trip-WRN.

(Sauk County) A utility worker is dead following a collision in Sauk County. The Sauk County Sheriff’s office reported the 25-year-old Edgerton man was unloading equipment as part of a crew working along state Highway 23 in the town of Franklin when he was struck and killed Tuesday at around 7:45 AM. The 17-year-old driver involved in the crash remained on the scene and is cooperating in the investigation. The sheriff’s report stated that her Toyota Highlander rolled over, but it did not indicate whether the driver was injured-WRN.