News – November 25, 2022

(Town of Trenton) An attempted traffic stop has resulted in a fatal accident yesterday (Thursday) morning. According to a press release from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, at about 1:20am, a Dodge County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted a traffic stop on a speeding car traveling on CTH C near HWY151 in the township of Trenton. While turning around to pursue the speeding vehicle, the vehicle accelerated away. Deputies quickly located the vehicle which had crashed into a tree adjacent to the roadway, and manually extricated the driver from the severely damaged car to begin lifesaving maneuvers. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, identified as a 21-year-old Fond du Lac area man, was later pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is currently under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol.

(Beaver Dam) Some comments were made by the director of teaching and learning at the Beaver Dam Unified School District during a recent forum on racism and prejudice held at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre. Rob Meyer says that the state of Wisconsin has the largest education gap in the United States for students of color and students that have disabilities. In our continuing coverage our next story will be highlighting comments made by John Kreuziger, who is the Beaver Dam Chief of Police. For the full video, visit

(Dodge County) Helen Weisensel was named by Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development to their 2022 Hall of Fame Laureates. She has been involved for 55 years, and officials with Wisconsin 4-H say she leads by example and has been an exemplary project leader across many different projects. The Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame was established to recognize 4-H volunteers, financial supporters, staff, and pioneers who made major contributions to the 4-H movement at the local, state, and national levels.

(Dodge County) Jobless claims in the region saw a slight decline in the month of October. The state Department of Workforce Development says the unemployment rate in Dodge County was 2.4-percent in the eighth month of 2022 which is down from what the county saw in September. Last year, the number was 2.1-percent. Dodge County improved three spots in the statewide unemployment ranking to 11th.

(Beaver Dam) WBEV will be reading letters to Santa live on the air. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says letters can be dropped off at the Gingerbread House beginning on Black Friday and hopes the reading of those can begin on December 12. He also says letters can be delivered after that date too and encourages kids to write them.

Wisconsin state government has a record-high budget surplus projected to hit $6.6 billion for 2022-23. That’s according to a report released Monday by the state Department of Administration. The $6.6 billion surplus does not include roughly $1.7 billion in the budget stabilization, or “rainy day,” fund. Democratic Governor Tony Evers and Republican leaders in the Wisconsin Legislature can be counted on to differ on what to do with the surplus. Evers said the surplus presents “an unprecedented opportunity to make critical investments.” The co-chairs of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee said it’s due to Republicans’ approach to budgeting, and warned the surplus is not a “blank check” for Evers as he puts together his budget proposal.-WRN

Wisconsin ranked number one in the nation for the most prescription medications collected on the fall 2022 Drug Take Back Day. The state Department of Justice announced Wednesday that a total of 54,040 pounds of unwanted medications were collected this fall. Since the program’s start in 2010, Wisconsin has collected more than one million pounds of unwanted medications under the auspices of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Wisconsin ranks third for most medications collected since 2010 behind California and Texas.-WRN