News – September 24, 2022

(Rubicon) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has reported an increase in complaints of vehicles hitting garbage cans on Highway P in the town of Rubicon. Officials say that one or more individuals are moving the garbage cans onto P, putting the safety of those who use that roadway at risk. Deputies are actively patrolling and watching for dangers, but authorities ask motorists to be vigilant while traveling. They also ask the public to report if they see garbage cans or other obstructions so a deputy can remove it. Anyone with information about who is leaving the cans on Highway P are asked to contact the sheriff’s office [at 920-386-3726]. If found, sheriff’s office says those responsible will likely face enforcement action.

(Fond du Lac) Authorities in Fond du Lac County are actively investigating numerous incidents of catalytic converter thefts. Sheriff’s officials also report that there has been an uptick in vehicle entry thefts. They say these incidents have been occurring in various locations throughout the county and have generally occurred during the overnight hours. There has been just one report of a theft during the daytime. Tips to help prevent catalytic converter thefts include parking in well-lit areas or – if possible – indoors, installing motion-sensitive lights and cameras, and lock your car doors and do not leave valuable in plain sight. Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact the sheriff’s office. Contact details can be found at DailyDodge.com.

(Watertown) A Watertown teen was placed on three years of probation this week for burglarizing a business. Willow Grimmenga entered a no contest plea to a felony charge of Burglary. Watertown police were dispatched to a commercial property, not named in the complaint, last November after an alarm was tripped. Security footage captured three individuals with hoods enter the store and steal various items that were left on the counter and in display cases. The total amount taken was valued at around $2,800. Officers were able to lift a footprint from the scene during their investigation. Watertown authorities then received a tip that Grimmenga was one of the culprits. The 18-year-old admitted to his actions to a relative. The state crime lab also matched a pair of his shows to the print taken.

(St. Cloud) A Fond du Lac County meat processor has issued a voluntary recall for a variety of meat products. Salchert’s Meats in St. Cloud is advising consumers that products purchased on or before September 14th from its retail location are included in the recall. The affected products include smoked chicken frozen and vacuum sealed, dried beef and beef jerky. State inspectors say evidence shows the product was produced without an approved formula and it was not produced under an appropriate food safety plan. No illnesses have been reported.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council this week approved a new five-year contract with its current property assessor. Accurate Appraisal was hired at a cost of $50-thousand dollars in year one. Each subsequent year, the contract increases by $1000. The terms of the new contract are the same as in the current contract.

(Dodge County) Vehicle sales in Dodge County have fallen when compared to last year’s rise in numbers. According to the Waterloo-based industry tracking firm Reg-Trak, there have been 2,006 cars and light trucks sold in Dodge County through the first eight months of the year, 628 fewer than last year by this time, a decrease of nearly 24-percent. Car sales were down 36-percent while truck sales dropped by 22-percent.

(Wisconsin) Enrollment is up at Wisconsin’s state universities. Twenty-six-thousand students are enrolled at University of Wisconsin campuses this fall. That’s the most since 2018. The increase is led by gains at campuses in Madison, Green Bay, Superior, and La Crosse. Enrollment at the rest of the universities were either flat or declined. U-W System President Jay Rothman credits new enrollment strategies and an improved coronavirus outlook. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) The UW-Madison Division of Extension Dodge County is recognizing those who placed during the Dodge County Fair Youth Livestock Supreme Showmanship Contest. The event challenges livestock youth to showcase their knowledge and showmanship skills as they rotate through a contest which involves showing a beef animal, a sheep, a hog, and a dairy animal to prove they are the best livestock showman at the fair. A list of the teams can be found at DailyDodge.com.

(Green Lake) Green Lake Police say due to the Nationwide increase in incidents involving vehicles and festival crowds, it has been decided that during Golden Days Harvest Fest, Mill Street will be closed from South Street to the north end of Playground Park or Canal Street. That means there will be no through traffic in the downtown area from 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.