News – September 25, 2021


(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is reminding livestock owners to properly secure them at all times. It is Sheriff Dale Schmidt’s September Law of the Month. Schmidt says when livestock is secured by a fence or a barn it will prevent the animals from wandering into the roadways. He says this will reduce the chances that livestock cause an accident. Owners are asked to make sure their fences are upright and do not have any holes and double check gates to make sure they are not open. According to state statute, no livestock shall run at large on a highway at any time expect to go from one farm parcel to another. If the owner or keeper knowingly permits livestock to run at large on a highway, and after notice by an officer fails to remove them, they may be fined up to $200.

(Fond du Lac) A Fond du Lac man has been charged with election fraud for voting last November when he was not qualified to do so. The charge against Daniel Holz is a Class I Felony and he is scheduled to make his initial appearance in a Fond du Lac County courtroom on October 12th. The 63-year-old was convicted of his sixth OWI offense in 2019 and was sentenced to 30 months in jail, 5 years of extended supervision, and 5 years of probation. According to the criminal complaint when he was convicted Holz was given a written notice that he could not vote until he’s “satisfied all sentences and terms of probation on all felony cases” and his civil rights are restored.

(Madison) Amid an ongoing investigation into the incident, Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes says a person who allegedly participated in sexual activity with an officer in a squad car is not a sex worker. The officer involved has not been identified and is on administrative leave while the Dane County Sheriff’s Department conducts an investigation. The incident first came to light last week after a Madison man who observed the two people in a parking lot posted a video online. – WRN

(Madison) Attorney General Josh Kaul is renewing a call for new gun laws in the state, joining Democratic legislators on Thursday to call for a “red flag law” and universal background checks. Kaul – who’s up for reelection next year – noted Republicans seem to have other priorities. Kaul is referring to an ongoing Republican review of the 2020 election. Neither of the gun control proposals have received any support from Republican legislators. – WRN

(Milwaukee) Police say two makes of vehicles are popular with Milwaukee car thieves. Nearly seven out of every ten cars stolen in Milwaukee this year is either a Kia or a Hyundai. Last year, police say about 200 Kias and Hyundais were stolen in Milwaukee. This year, that number is approaching six-thousand. Police say the two makes are easy to steal because you don’t need a key fob to start the engine.

(Green Lake County) Most of Wisconsin’s “critically high” coronavirus activity is in rural, western counties. The Department of Health Services says Washburn, Barron, Rusk, Buffalo, Trempealeau, Forest, Oconto, and Green Lake counties are on the “critically high” list. The Department of Health Services says that may be a reflection of population as much as anything. Most of the rest of Wisconsin is classified as having a “very high” coronavirus burden on local health care resources, including Dodge, Fond du Lac, Washington, Jefferson, and Columbia Counties. – WRN

(Dodge County) Vehicle sales in Dodge County have risen after last year’s numbers dropped drastically due to the pandemic. According to the Waterloo-based industry tracking firm Reg-Trak, there have been 2,634 cars and light trucks sold in Dodge County through the first eight months of the year, 394 more than last year by this time, an increase of 17-percent. Car sales were up nearly 20-percent while truck sales were close behind at 17-percent. Jefferson County sales were up over 30-percent with 1,965 vehicles sold, compared to 1,503 through August of last year. Car sales in Jefferson County were up 25-percent while truck sales saw an increase of 17-percent. Columbia County saw 1,856 vehicles roll off dealer lots compared to 1,571 during the same timeframe in 2020, an increase of 18-percent. For the nine-county, south central Wisconsin region as a whole, vehicle sales were up 17-percent with just over 30-thousand sales, 4,690 more than last year. Car sales were up in the region by nine-percent, truck sales were also up by 19-percent.

(Juneau) The Gathering Source will be changing their hours at the end of the week. Beginning October 1st, the Juneau-based food pantry will be open Thursday’s 10am to noon and 5pm to 7pm. Officials say the Tuesday pantry session will be discontinued. The Gathering Source will continue to utilize curbside pick-up until further notice as a safety measure for volunteers and patrons. This also means the organization will temporarily discontinue use of personal bags and containers for food items. Those interested in using the food pantry, can register on their website. The public needs to bring their photo ID and proof of address at their first visit and mention you registered online. The Gathering Source’s service area includes Clyman, Hustisford, Juneau, Lowell, and Reeseville. A link to their website is available at DailyDodge.com.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed its 2021-2022 class of Leadership Beaver Dam. The program began in 2008 and has had twelve graduating classes and took a break in 2020 due to COVID. The nine-month course will encourage and prepare the participants to be active community leaders. The initial class had members discovering their core values, writing personal mission statements, and discovering their personality traits to improve emotional intelligence. Through challenging puzzles, the group learned how to work as a team to problem solve. Next month the class will learn about the history of Beaver Dam and how to run an effective meeting as well as goal set. To learn more about the class visit DailyDodge.com.

(Beaver Dam) The ribbon was cut on a new home improvement store in Beaver Dam. Handyman Home Improvements owners J.R. and Lea Henrich purchased the property at 131 East Maple Avenue and are in the process of renovating it for offices. This 25-year family-owned home improvement business specializes in making and installing gutters and leaf guards but also does other handyman services including siding, remodeling, and decks. They are accredited an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and service Dodge, Columbia, and Dane Counties.