News – October 8, 2022

(Rosendale) One person was killed in a two vehicle crash in Fond du Lac County yesterday (Friday). Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene on Highway 26 near the intersection of Triple Kay Road south of the village of Rosendale around 12:20pm. Upon arrival, deputies were able to locate a 71-year-old man from Eldorado pinned in the driver’s seat of one the involved vehicles. Authorities say he was unresponsive and unable to be removed at this time. Once medical teams and first responders arrived, the man was pronounced dead. Initial investigation and witness statements indicate a northbound passenger vehicle, driven by the Eldorado man, had been deviating from the northbound lane onto the shoulder and back several times before the crash. This vehicle then deviated from the northbound lane, across the centerline and into the southbound lane of travel where it collided with a passenger car. After impact, both vehicles came to rest on the southbound shoulder. The two occupants of the passenger car, both from the Edgerton area, were transported by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

(Trenton) A Mazomanie woman accused of running then hiding from Dodge County authorities was arraigned this week. Autumn Gernon entered a not guilty plea to multiple felonies including Fleeing, Possession of Narcotic Drugs, and Bail Jumping as well as a misdemeanor charge of Resisting. According to the complaint, sheriff’s deputy pulled Gernon’s vehicle over on August 23rd in the town of Trenton because she was not wearing her seatbelt. Gernon reportedly lied about her identity then fled the traffic stop. During the five-and-a-half-mile pursuit, deputies noted that they reached speeds of 114-miles-per-hour. The complaint says Gernon drove onto a cornfield along Milligan Road, then abandoned her vehicle. A K-9 and drone team were deployed, but after an extensive search Gernon was not able to be located. She was eventually taken into custody two days later on August 25th after dispatch received reports of a woman yelling for help at a mobile home park in Waupun. Law enforcement reportedly found heroin when they later search her vehicle. If convicted, the 43-year-old faces 25 years in prison.

(Green Lake County) The Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office invites county residents to sign up for the CODE RED emergency notification system. Chief Deputy Matt Vande Kolk says it can notify you about emergency situations such as severe weather, 9-1-1 outages, or if there is a dangerous individual they are dealing with that might require residents to shelter in place. He says it is simple enough to sign up by going to the county’s website and clicking on the “Quick Links” toward the bottom of the homepage. Once there it will ask if you want a managed account which would allow you to customize what types of notifications you would like to receive or if you would prefer to enroll as a guest.

(Waupun) Several Waupun utilities officials were recently honored at the WPPI Energy Annual Meeting in Middleton. Jen Benson, customer service supervisor at Waupun Utilities, received the WPPI Energy Shining Star Award. It recognizes employees who are showing growth and leadership with proven dedication to strategic initiatives within a utility. Jeff Stanek, the utilities finance director, and Steve Brooks its general manager received recognition for completing the Joint Action Leadership Certification program. Brooks was also elected to the Executive Committee for the WPPI Energy Board of Directors. Waupun is one of the 51 members that make up WPPI Energy. Waupun Utilities has been providing electric power to Waupun for 123 years.

(Fond du Lac) Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce this week presented an Environmental Award to Mercury Marine. Mercury was the award winner in the Sustainability-Large Business category. WMC has presented its Business Friend of the Environment awards to Wisconsin businesses annually for the past 32 years. Eight other Wisconsin businesses joined Mercury in receiving honors this year. Scott Louks, Mercury sustainability manager, accepted the award on the company’s behalf. The awards were presented at the WMC headquarters in Madison. Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce is the state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturers association.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Master Gardener Association will be hosting their eighth annual “Gardening for Gold Fall Symposium.” During this event, regional and local speakers will be sharing their gardening knowledge with gardeners of all levels. Some of the speakers include Natural Resource Educator at the Horicon Marsh Liz Herzmann, who will be sharing the ways to attract more wildlife to your landscape, and Dane County Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson, who will be teaching how to manage runoff and attract pollinators at the same time by building a rain garden. A taco bar lunch will be included, along with a silent auction featuring items that will interest gardeners and non-gardeners alike. The symposium will take place on November 5 at the Horicon Marsh Educational Center located at Highway 28 between Horicon and Mayville. The deadline to register is October 15, there is limited seating.        

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam woman is heading to the heart of horse country to compete in the world’s largest horse retraining competition. Haley Kenevan will be heading to Kentucky to compete in a competition sponsored by the Retired Racehorse Project called “$100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover. The RRPs mission is to increase the demand for retired Thoroughbred racehorses and transition them to post-racing careers. Kenevan will be competing with her horse Lil B Quick, a 2015 Florida bred mare, who has over 50 starts and earned $150,000. She has been competing since the age of six and even competed on the University of Minnesota Equestrian Team. The event is being presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, a nonprofit organization that provides grants to nonprofits who work to support Thoroughbred horses and the people who care for them. There are a total of 377 horses along with their 484 trainers competing this year. The trainers come from a total of 45 states and Canadian provinces. They will be working with retired racehorses with less than 10 months of retraining for a new career since their last race. The 2022 competition will be taking place October 12th through the 15th.