News – October 14, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council will begin budget deliberations on Monday. The proposed $18.3-million-dollar document is about one-million-dollars higher than the current budget and anticipates a tax levy of $ $12.4-million dollars, up around $1.1-million. Included is a two-percent wage increase and a 7.5-percent health insurance hike. The projected mill rate is $9.26 per thousand, a decrease of 20-cents. However, if the council decides against adding new positions in the police and parks departments, the mill rate would be $9.17. Beaver Dam’s proposed budget can be found with this news story at

(West Bend) Moraine Park Technical College recently played host to US Senator Tammy Baldwin. The visit featured a round table meeting covering collaborative efforts to grow interest in and provide opportunities for skilled trades. Emphasis was put on apprenticeship programs, STEM curriculum, and youth education. In her remarks, Baldwin referred to the proposed infrastructure bill, saying it would add numerous jobs, requiring a larger skilled workforce. MPTC has campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac, and West Bend offering a variety of career training programs. A link to the full video of the round table discussion will accompany this story at

(Waupun) Two Milwaukee teens were arrested in Waupun over the weekend after police found illegal drugs in one of their vehicle’s. A 19-year-old was stopped for going 61-miles-per-hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone on East Main Street at South Watertown Street around 9:45pm Sunday. He said he came to Waupun in another vehicle with his 17-year-old brother. The investigation led to a search of the second vehicle where police found a stolen handgun, black tar heroin, and marijuana. The 19-year-old was taken into custody for Obstructing and two counts of Felony Bail Jumping. The 17-year-old is facing charges of Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of THC.

(Fond du Lac) The Fond du Lac School Board Monday night approved using $150,000 from the District’s General Operating Budget to hire up to 4 unarmed security officers. That action comes in the wake of a fight at the high school that led to the suspension of at least 11 students and criminal charges for one 17-year-old. During the Board’s meeting District Superintendent Jeff Fleig described what happened at the high school as a brawl. Fleig told the board he watched video of what happened and he’s never seen anything like it except in the movies. It took about a dozen staff members, five administrators, and police to break up the brawl.

(Fond du Lac) A documentary airing tonight (Thursday) will share the story of SSM Health and its team’s work throughout the pandemic. The 60-minute show titled “Behind the Mask” will be broadcasted from 7pm to 8pm on NBC-TV affiliate stations. SSM Health President and CEO Laura Kaiser says the documentary calls everyone to remember those lost and those who are still suffering. The film, which is narrated by Hall of Fame Broadcaster Bob Costas, will be featured on SSM Health internal and external websites.