News – September 22, 2023

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board is backing the Pelican Path project. It seeks to connect a five-and-a-half mile paved, non-motorized, multi-use trail from Hustisford to the Wild Goose Trail southern trailhead on Highway 60. The estimated cost for design and engineering is $230-thousand-dollars which is to be paid 100-percent through grants and donations secured by the Pelican Path Committee. The resolution passed unanimously by the county board at their meeting this week allows them to act as a pass-through for any grant applications submitted by the Committee. The goal is to have the Pelican Path completed in at least two to three years.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School Board reviewed the district’s long-range facility master plan and process at their meeting this week. PRA and CG Schmidt updated the board by sharing details of the reports on Beaver Dam Middle School and Washington Elementary. Senior Project Manager for CG Schmidt Mike Dietrich says the middle school’s report revealed urgent capital needs including mechanical, electrical, and plumbing as well as exterior work. Nick Kent with PRA says the Washington Elementary building is tired and needs upgrades to its parking lot and playground facilities.

(Beaver Dam) The third annual Dodge County Sheriff’s Office versus the Beaver Dam Police Department Softball with a Cause charity game is Saturday. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says all funds raised will be donated to four-year-old Maverick Matuszeski who is battling brain cancer. There will also be 50/50 raffles and mid-inning games for kids. The public is encouraged to head out to the Beaver Dam Athletic Field West Diamond at 11am. Game time is 12:30pm and festivities are expected to wrap up around 3pm.

(Beaver Dam) A Madison teen accused of running from Beaver Dam police in a stolen vehicle has made his initial appearance in court. Ricardo Gonzalez allegedly fled officers Tuesday, September 19th evening, reaching speeds of up to 130-miles-per-hour. The vehicle was eventually disabled by spike strips on Highway 151 at Gunn Road. According to the complaint, the vehicle Gonzalez was driving was reported stolen out of Illinois on September 16th. If convicted, the 17-year-old faces up to 14-and-a-half years behind bars. Cash bond was set at $1,500 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 26th.

(Brownsville) The Safest Way Tour stopped at Michels Corporation in Brownsville Wednesday to tout the Line 5 relocation project. The $450-million-dollar proposed project in Ashland, Bayfield, and Iron Counties is estimated to create over 700 Wisconsin construction jobs. The project’s scope includes moving Line 5, a pipeline that carries propane and other energy supplies for the upper Midwest, following a 2019 lawsuit filed by the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. Michels Corporation has been selected as the mainline contractor.