News – October 11, 2021

(Scott) The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting incident in Columbia County Sunday afternoon. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a field near Highway 33 in the Town of Scott for a reported suicidal person who was armed with a weapon. Deputies negotiated with the person until they pointed their weapon at law enforcement who then discharged their firearms, striking the person. They were taken to a local hospital and their condition was unknown by late last night. No one else was injured during the incident.

(Waupun) A local community was named as one of the safest cities in Wisconsin for 2021. selected its Safest Cities list based on FBI crime statistics data and Waupun was ranked fifth out of the 161 cities that made the list. Ranks in part depend on a city’s violent crime and property crime per thousand people. Beaver Dam was listed at 103. Mayville made the list at 93, Columbus was at 108, and Watertown at 111. The complete list and methodology is available at

(Wisconsin) The head of a statewide group dedicated to preventing gun violence says ending Wisconsin’s current concealed carry permit system is a bad idea. Proposed legislation from Republican lawmakers at the Capitol would eliminate licenses to carry concealed firearms, and ease other restrictions on where and when guns may be carried. It faces a certain veto from Democratic Governor Tony Evers. Similar legislation proposed in 2017 failed to advance and was opposed by then Governor Scott Walker. – WRN

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board is looking to fill a vacancy after a supervisor died. Jeff Schmitt passed away on September 29th. The District Five seat consists of Wards Four through 11 in the Town of Beaver Dam and Ward Two in the Town of Calamus. Residents of the district interested in filling the vacancy should submit a letter of interest to Russell Kottke by Wednesday, October 20th.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam business has donated $45-hundred-dollars to the Patriot Tour. The Nation of Patriots, which is based out of Wisconsin, raises money for veterans by taking that solitary American flag through all 50 states via city-to-city motorcycle relay. The funds donated by Countryside Chevrolet Buick GMC represent a portion of car sales during August. It now brings the total amount donated to the non-profit by the dealership since 2012 to more than $45,000.

(Wisconsin) The flu season is upon us, and Wisconsin health officials say the sooner you get vaccinated, the better. Symptoms for flu and COVID are very similar, so if you start experiencing fatigue, shortness of breath, or a fever health officials say you should stay home from school or work and contact your health care provider. – WRN