News – September 3, 2016

Patriot Tour Holding Homecoming Ceremony

9/3/16 – A ceremony will be held in Beaver Dam this afternoon to celebrate the end of a summer-long event. The Nation of Patriots’ Patriot Tour wraps up today. On Memorial Day weekend, the United States flag departed from Madison. It spent the summer being transferred from one motorcycle rider to another, stopping in each of the lower 48 states. A fundraiser was held at each stop to raise money for local veterans. Motorcyclists are encouraged to gather at Hogz and Honeez this morning, where a contingent will leave for Madison at 9 am. The flag’s final transfer will be made around 11 am, and the group should return to Beaver Dam around 1 pm for a parade through the city’s downtown and out Highway 33. This year’s closing ceremony will be held at the Radio Park stage at the Dodge County Fairgrounds. It begins around 2 pm, and Organizer Wade Fletcher says there is a ‘Junior Patriot Tour’ this year. Once the motorcyclists enter the fairgrounds, kids are encouraged to ride behind them on their bicycles, which should be decorated in a patriotic manner. Fletcher says this is the Patriot Tour’s eighth year. Last year’s tour raised roughly $140,000.

Beaver Dam Limiting Watercraft Rentals

9/3/16 – With the start of the school year, the city of Beaver Dam has limited watercraft rentals to weekends only. In June, the Community Activities and Services Department began daily renting of canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards at Waterworks Park. Officials say with the kids who provide summer help now back in the classroom, the rentals will be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 4pm. Watercrafts can be rented for 1 hour or up to 4 hours. Personal floatation devices (PFD’s) are included with all rentals. A new kayak dock and launch pad was installed at Waterworks Park this year.

Dodge County Hiring Correctional Officers

9/3/16 – Dodge County law enforcement is hiring. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Sheriff Dale Schmidt said the county is in an ongoing recruitment process to fill roughly ten correctional officer openings. He says those officers are responsible for maintaining the jail and ensuring the safety of the jail and its inmates. According to the sheriff, this is an entry level job that can lead to a number of other positions within the county. Schmidt says applicants should have a high school diploma, clean background, and be physically fit. He says the hiring process includes a written test, series of interviews, communication skills test, and background check with a drug screening. Schmidt says starting pay is roughly $18 per hour. Applications are available on the Human Resources page of Dodge County’s website.

Milwaukee Sees Deadliest Month In 25 Years

9/3/16 – Milwaukee has just finished its “deadliest month” for homicides in 25 years. Twenty-four people were killed in August, the most for any month since July 1991 when Jeffrey Dahmer’s 17 murder victims were discovered. Police Chief Ed Flynn says there have been a few more killings from domestic violence — but the vast majority is due to fights and “retaliation among people with criminal records.” Chicago’s rising murder rate has received national attention, but Milwaukee has a higher homicide rate per resident at four for every 100,000– compared to 3.3 in the Windy City.

Green Bay Man Arrested After Stand-Off

9/3/16 – A Green Bay man was taken into custody after a long standoff with police. Officers say they were called to a duplex around 1:30 am Friday because the man was creating a disturbance in his upper level apartment. Police say the man fired a gun from a back porch when officers arrived and then went back inside. SWAT officers tried to communicate with the man, and they eventually used chemicals and a non-lethal explosive device to get him to surrender. He eventually came out of the duplex and was arrested around 6 am.

Downtown Milwaukee Building Draws Record Price

9/3/16 – The sale of the 100 East office tower is the most expensive commercial real estate transaction ever in downtown Milwaukee. County records show the 35-story building and its parking garage were sold to Hertz Investment Group of California last week for $78,000,000. The Milwaukee Business Journal reports the building is 88% leased. The sale was announced earlier this week, but the price wasn’t made public until Thursday.

Wisconsin Iron Products Company Purchased By Michigan Firm

9/3/16 – An eastern Wisconsin company that makes ductile iron products has been acquired by a Michigan firm. The Metaldyne Performance Group of Southfield, Michigan, said yesterday it purchased Brillion Iron Works of Brillion. The selling price and other details were not disclosed. Metaldyne says it will integrate Brillion as part of its operation that makes powertrain and suspension components for heavy trucks and other types of vehicles. Metaldyne has about 12,000 employees in 13 counties.

Wisconsin Bar Owner Settles Federal Lawsuit

9/3/16 – The owner of a bar and concert hall on Madeline Island near Bayfield is settling a federal lawsuit he filed. Tom Nelson will reportedly get $300,000 to settle allegations that police used a Taser stun gun on him multiple times after he was arrested for a minor traffic mishap in August 2014. The 62-year-old Nelson blamed the Taser use on a long running family feud. He filed suit in May, claiming the arrest was ordered by his estranged cousin who ran the La Pointe Town Board at the time. Reports say the town offered the settlement, which averts an October trial. A federal judge must still approve the deal.

‘Doo-Wop’ Show Coming To Beaver Dam

9/3/16 – A new show hits the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre stage next weekend. The Loco Vocals are making their eighth appearance since their 2010 inception. Each show is centered on a different style of music, this one being doo-wop, which Vocalist Jay Wilkins says typically involves a lead singer with three or four background singers. While the show focuses on doo-wop tunes, Wilkins says country, rock-and-roll, and R&B songs will also be incorporated. He says the Loco Vocals will perform nearly 30 songs during the show from the genre whose popularity peaked in the early 1960’s. Four vocalists will be accompanied by a live band. Shows will be held at 7:30 pm on September 9, 10, and 16 and at 2 pm on September 11 and 18. Tickets start at $10 and are available at and Rechek’s Food Pride in Beaver Dam.