News – October 25, 2022

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam residents would be paying a separate fee for garbage and recycling under a plan green-lit by the common council Monday night. As part of budget talks, officials are talking about establishing a Solid Waste Utility. That means residents would no longer pay for waste collection on their tax bill. That would instead be on the water bill, estimated at another $45 per quarter. A property at the median value of $166-thousand dollars was looking at a $170 increase on their tax bill next year; last night’s action lowers that by $62. The city administrator in finalizing the proposed budget for publication with a public hearing targeted for November 21.

(Beaver Dam) A sparsely used lot in downtown Beaver Dam will see some big changes in its future thanks to a $145,600 site assessment grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. During an announcement Monday, WEDC Secretary Missy Hughes praised city leaders and developer Kaba Bah, for seeking to bring value to the lot at 109 Ryan Cantifo’s Way. Funds will aid in site cleanup including the removal of existing structures, and hazardous ground tanks. The plan is then to construct a multi-use structure with a housing component. Video of the grant announcement can be found with this story at

(Hustisford) A Hustisford man accused of injuring multiple people after a crash while under the influence made his initial court appearance Monday. Dustin Held allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana hours before he pulled out in front of a vehicle traveling west on Highway 60 in Hustisford last August. The driver of the westbound vehicle and two passengers in Held’s car had to be taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. If convicted, the 25-year-old faces up to 12 years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and preliminary hearing is scheduled for this Thursday, October 27th.

(Friendship) Fond du Lac County authorities arrested an Oshkosh man Monday following a four mile pursuit. Deputies attempted a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle on Lakeshore Drive in the town of Friendship around 5:20pm. The vehicle increased its speed and fled towards the city of Fond du Lac. The chase was called off, but authorities did obtain a license plate which led law enforcement to an address in New Holstein. The 25-year-old driver was found hiding at the residence and was arrested. He is facing felony Fleeing and Second-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety charges.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Parks and Forestry Department are beginning to winterize the city’s parks. The parks crew will begin removing fishing piers from Beaver Dam Lake this week, weather permitting. Two boat piers will remain at Tahoe Park and Waterworks Park until ice-up or the weather makes it necessary to remove them. Crews will also begin winterizing and closing all park restrooms for the end of the season around next Tuesday, November 1st.