News – October 8, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department has announced their new deputy chief, as well as several other promotions. Captain Lee Smith will take over as deputy chief after Matt Christian retired in May. Smith has served with the department for 24 years. Lieutenant’s Corey Braunschweig and John Jatczak  were also promoted to the rank of captain. A swearing in ceremony for all three is planned for November 9th at the Beaver Dam Fire Department.

(Beaver Dam) Two local politicians have introduced legislation to help those with disabilities get organ transplant surgeries. Representative Mark Born from Beaver Dam and Senator John Jagler from Watertown authored the bill after hearing from constituents in Brownsville that their son was ineligible for a heart transplant because he has Down Syndrome. While testifying at the capital, Born said this legislation will have a meaningful impact for real people across the state.

(Columbus) A state representative from Columbus is backing several bills that address Wisconsin’s housing needs. Included in the package of legislation are reforms that Republican Will Penterman notes cut bureaucratic red tape and other burdensome regulations as well as changes outdated industry practices and equip families with greater resources to build and restore their homes. He also adds that there is a renewed call to create more housing tax credits through existing legislation. In the bill package, Penterman is authoring legislation that relates to a workforce housing rehabilitation loan program.

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has announced the relaunch of its COVID Pilot Testing Program. It’s now referred to as the Community Testing Support Program and will provide approved applicants with free testing supplies, courier services through contracted vendors, and reimbursement for specimen collection. Find a COVID testing location in your community, at the DHS Community Testing Sites webpage or call 211. – WRN

(Pardeeville) The Columbia County Health Department will be hosting a free walk-in COVID vaccine clinic and test site tomorrow. County health officials say the clinic will be for the one-and-done Johnson and Johnson shot as well as the Pfizer vaccine. The clinic will also offer drive through COVID nasal swab testing. The clinic will be at the Pardeeville Fire Station on 110 Third Street from 10am to 2pm Saturday October 9th.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Unified School District will be celebrating their 2021 Homecoming with a parade this afternoon. The procession will begin at Lincoln Park, then head down Lincoln Avenue to Park Avenue, before turning north on Center Street, and ending on West Maple. The community is invited to watch. The parade, which gets underway at 3:30pm, will be streamed live on the video tab at

(Beaver Dam) The ribbon will be cut on Saturday morning for Beaver Dam’s newest box store. Ross Dress For Less is situated next to Marshall’s and Five Below in the Heritage Village Mall. One week from Thursday, on October 14, even though the doors are already open there will be a ribbon cutting at the new Kwik Trip on Beaver Dam’s southside.