News – November 28, 2022

(Watertown) Further details have been released in relation to a single vehicle crash that occurred near Watertown on Tuesday. Deputies with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office were initially dispatched to the Town of Oak Grove on STHWY26 after reports of a hit and run crash before being alerted to the fleeing vehicle having exited HWY26 at the roundabout for STHWY19 near the Township of Emmet and crashed. The driver, now identified as 67-year-old Joseph R. Berger of Cambria, was found trapped, unresponsive, but breathing within his vehicle. Berger, the lone occupant of the vehicle was transported by Flight for Life to Aurora Summit Hospital for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries Sunday.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff says recent changes at the state level have made putting green lights on highway maintenance vehicles possible. Dale Schmidt says the county’s Highway Commissioner Brian Field reached out to him last year asking if it was legal to put green lights on his vehicles. At the time it was not, so Field and the Wisconsin County Highway Association worked with the legislature to amend state statutes. Schmidt says a main reason for the change is to make it known to motorists that trucks with green lights are highway maintenance vehicles. He says they are also much easier to spot through the snow.

(Fond du Lac) Envision Greater Fond du Lac’s Ag Ambassador in the Classroom program is teaching thousands of kids inside and outside of the county about where their food is coming from. Amy Ries, the Director of Agricultural Programs for Envision, says during the pandemic they couldn’t get into classrooms, but the program is back on track and they will again see thousands of kids in classrooms. Ries says some kids grow up on a farm and have a pretty good idea about what goes on there, but the majority of kids they see in classrooms grow up in the city and aren’t as familiar about agriculture. She says they all end up learning something by the time they are done.

(Beaver Dam) The University of Wisconsin Extension Dodge County is offering courses for early childcare educators to help manage stress. The courses are being taught by Extension Associate Professor Pattie Carroll. She says that if anyone is interested in teaching the courses in their respective areas to give her a call, and training can be set up, most likely in 2023. For more info on this story, visit dailydodge.com.

(Beaver Dam) In a quarterly construction update from Alliant Energy, it was reported that the Beaver Dam Solar Project is moving along quite nicely. They say that civil sitework has begun and that during construction, bulldozers, scrapers, and graders will be doing most of the work. The 50-megawatt Beaver Dam Solar Project is in Dodge County and is part of Alliant Energy’s Clean Energy Blueprint. They expect it to be fully operational by the end of 2023.

(Watertown) An employee from the Watertown Regional Medical Center has been named a finalist for an award. Jennifer Lemke was recently honored as one of the finalists for ScionHealth’s “Monarch Caring and Community Award.” The company says Lemke was nominated because she brings a positive attitude to work every day and is always looking for the good in people she works with. The award is presented annually to the organization’s exceptional caregivers who go above and beyond to deliver excellent patient care.

VA clinics across the country are now handling coverage for veterans exposed to toxic chemicals during their time in the service, like burn pits and Agent Orange. Dane County Veterans Service director Daniel Connery tells WMTV in Madison that this is a major step in getting vital coverage for veterans. Illnesses covered by the PACT Act include cancers, respiratory illnesses, Type 2 Diabetes, and more. Veterans will also be getting new screenings for these diseases to see if they’re covered.-WRN