News – October 21, 2022

(Beaver Dam) If it’s approved by voters, Moraine Park Technical College’s $55-million-dollar referendum could bring a new fire training facility to Dodge County. College President Bonnie Baerwald says the $9.3-million-dollar project would construct a 14,000 square-foot facility in a central location within the district. She says they have meet with leaders in Beaver Dam to purchase property but that never materialized. Currently, MPTC is discussing options with the city of Horicon. The referendum would also update the manufacturing and health and human services wing at the Fond du Lac campus. It would also improve its fabrication program in West Bend.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board this week allocated another portion of its American Rescue Plan Act funds. Supervisors voted to give the Clyman-Lowell-Reeseville Fire and Rescue Group $432-thousand-dollars to build a stand-alone facility. The goal is to provide a safe working environment for emergency medical response personnel, house two ambulances as well as living quarters for staff, and offer a decontamination space.

(Fond du Lac) Faced with a proposed increase of 19-percent in its health insurance costs for employees, Fond du Lac County is switching to a different insurer. County Executive Sam Kaufman says to keep the current insurer, it would have meant possible layoffs or huge increases in the costs employees pay for their premiums. Instead, the county is going with Dean Health Care which gave the county a quote of a 4.5-percent increase in health insurance costs.

(Columbus) The Columbus Fire Department has some new gear thanks to a generous donation. Fire Chief Scott Hazeltine says with the funds received from Didion Milling they were able to replace their old grain rescue device, called the Great Wall of Rescue Kit. He says this kit is third party tested and slides together, allowing them to perform grain bin rescues more efficiently and safely.

(Columbia County) State officials are reminding all hunters and sport shooters of a recent rule change impacting target shooting in Columbia County. It is now illegal to discharge firearms on state properties for target shooting purposes. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says those activities are now limited to the Columbia County Shooting Range on Mud Lake Wildlife Area or other approved ranges to help ensure the safety of all public land users.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam High School’s Bennie the Beaver is in the running for three awards in the Mascot Hall of Fame. The public can vote one time per day for Benjamin Beaver in the High School-level categories of Community Impact, Best In-Game Routine or Skit, and Best Video Short. There are mascots from all over the country competing at the major league, minor league, collegiate, and high school levels. Voting is underway right now at, you will find a link with this news story at The final day to vote is November 12th.