News – November 5, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The Habitat for Humanity ReStore will soon be powered primarily by solar energy. Funded in part by a grant from Renew Wisconsin’s Solar for Good program, which seeks to foster the expansion of solar power among mission-based nonprofits and houses of worship in Wisconsin. The project is the brainchild of Laura Goral, Store Manager of the Beaver Dam Habitat for Humanity Restore. The solar panels, to be installed in the spring of 2022 by Iconic Energy, are projected to provide as much as 103-percent of the nonprofit’s energy needs.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department is highlighting the promotion of two of their firefighters. Jake Zemlicka-Retzlaff has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Zemlicka-Retzlaff is a six-year veteran of the Beaver Dam Fire Department. Also promoted to lieutenant, Firefighter Eric Theel, who has been with the department for 13 years. A swearing-in ceremony for both is scheduled for November 9th at 6:30pm at the Beaver Dam Fire Department.

(Columbus) The Columbus Police Department is warning residents of scam making the rounds involving their phone number. The department says people are receiving calls from the number 920-623-5919 by an individual claiming to be with the agency. The caller is telling citizens who answer that they have outstanding warrants that need to be resolved. So far, reports suggest that that the caller is not seeking personal or financial information at this time. The Columbus Police Department say they do not conduct business this way.

(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Sheriff is sending out a call for help to set up Christmas lights at Swan Park in Beaver Dam. The effort is part of the annual Rotary Lights display. Sheriff Dale Schmidt, chair of the Rotary Lights Committee, says volunteers will be out Saturday morning starting at 9am. Anyone who helps does not need to stay for long, the sheriff notes a family could come to light up a couple of trees and leave. Schmidt says if you cannot make it out on Saturday, they could use some extra help on November 13th putting up candy canes around Swan Park.

(Wisconsin) More than a hundred people testified against Republican drawn legislative and congressional district maps them last week. A committee vote yesterday sends the maps to the full Senate next week. Governor Tony Evers has already pledged to veto the maps, which will send redistricting to either a federal court, or the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu says the vote will take place on Monday. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections has released some numbers from its random visits over Halloween to those on the state’s Sex Offender Registry. A total of 2,217 homes were visited which resulted in 192 violations, 21 people being taken into custody, and 41 apprehension requests being issued. The most common rule violations included 105 curfew violations, and 44 possession or display of Halloween decorations and candy.