News – October 26, 2022

(Waupun) Construction is now underway for a new two-story eye care service center at SSM Health’s Waupun Memorial Hospital. The nearly 39-hundred square foot area will offer ophthalmologist services, two optometrists, and five eye care assistants. There will also be a retinal specialist and a pediatric ophthalmologist on site. The goal is to have eye care services available in late spring or early summer of next year.

(Watertown) Watertown Regional Medical Center is hosting a hiring event Wednesday. Hospital officials say the day will provide career opportunities in nursing, clinical support lab, radiology, environmental services, and physical therapy. They add that this in-person event will offer potential sign-on bonuses. It will take place from 10am to 8pm October 26th at the Watertown Regional Medical Center at 125 Hospital Drive.

(Watertown) A Watertown man accused of hitting a bicyclist with his vehicle then leaving the scene has made his initial court appearance. Christopher Braatz allegedly admitted to striking the rider with his vehicle in August. The 46-year-old did return to the scene but reportedly said he left because the bicyclist was not injured. The victim suffered multiple abrasions. If convicted, Braatz faces up to nine months behind bars. A signature bond was set at $5,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 8th.

(Fond du Lac) A Fond du Lac man was charged Tuesday with voting twice in the 2020 presidential election. Edward Malnar allegedly cast an absentee ballot in Michigan while voting in-person in the city of Fond du Lac. If convicted, the 74-year-old faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for November 15th.

(Waukesha) The Waukesha Christmas Parade attack trial of Darrell Brooks is in the hands of the jury. District Attorney Susan Opper said it was time for Brooks to “to be held accountable for his actions. In his closing statement, an at times tearful Brooks told jurors that his actions were not intentional. He faces a total of 76 charges in the deaths of six people and injuries to dozens more. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) Wayland Academy’s performance of Monty Python’s Spamalot will hit the stage beginning Thursday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for non-Wayland students and seniors, and free for children five-years-old or younger. There will be shows at the Lindsay Auditorium each night at 7:30pm through Saturday. For more information, visit

(Portage) State transportation officials are hosting a public meeting Thursday night to discuss proposed plans for the Interstate 39/90/94 Wisconsin River Bridge replacement project in Columbia County. The open house will present current plans, the expected real estate impacts, and construction timeline. The meeting will be at the Poynette Village Hall on 106 South Main Street from 5pm to 7pm.