It’s Twaining Day on Broad City, and you know what that means. Nothing. It literally means nothing. Because Shania Twain has no interest in working out. She’d much rather go home and watch Friends reruns. Twain is on Wednesday night’s (Sept. 20) Broad City — the second episode in the Comedy Central show’s fourth season... Read more »...more
“Helping Texans: A Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert” on Nov. 28 will bring together Clint Black, Don Henley and Lyle Lovett live for one night only at Fort Worth’s Bass Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday (Sept. 22) through the performance hall’s website. Proceeds from the night will support the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the... Read more »...more
Willie Nelson and the Boys, his new collaborative album with his sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, will be released on Oct. 20 via Legacy Recordings. Following 2014’s December Days featuring his sister Bobbie Nelson, the collection is the second release from Willie’s Stash, which is the country legend’s series of archival recordings. The new 12-song... Read more »...more
9/20/17 - Dodge County taxes could stay fairly level in 2018. The Dodge County Board saw an early version of the budget at their meeting last night. County Administrator Jim Mielke says the $111-million-dollar document includes a tax levy of just over $33.8-million dollars, up $500-thousand from the current year. The proposed mill rate of $5.49 per thousand would be close to two cents less than the number homeowners saw last December on the county portion of their tax bill. The budget does include a health insurance premium increase of five percent. The finance committee will hold budgetary sessions next week and will present the document to the county board on October 17. Final adoption is slated for November 14.
9/20/17 - The Dodge County Board was presented last night with a plan to address facility needs at the old jail house. Built in 1959 and located at 141 North Main Street in Juneau, the structure is plagued with issues stemming from outdated video equipment, jail code problems, and rundown mechanical systems. Chief Deputy Sheriff Scott Smith says closing the building would mean lost revenue close to $3-million annually through immigration and custom holds form the U.S. Marshals. He says it would also displace about 108 beds back into the main jail. To help avoid closing the facility the Sheriff’s Office suggested a two-part plan. Part one includes constructing two new pods adjacent to the current jailhouse. Smith says the proposal would help bring all the housing into one building which would help with current safety inefficiencies. He says if there is an emergency in the old jail in order to reinforce the staff they have to run the quarter mile from the main jail to assist them. The preliminary cost for building the two new pods is $20.5-million. Part two would involve demolition of the old jailhouse to build a training, parking, and storage facility in its place. Smith says it would help eliminate the spots taking up by squad cars and other sheriff vehicles in the courthouse parking lot. Provide better options for training staff members and continue to offer a place to house recreational and SWAT equipment as well as their weapons and ammunitions. The preliminary price tag the space is $11.5-million. Smith says the Sheriff’s Office will continue to look for guidance and will support whatever decision the county board makes going forward. He says the goal is to bring back a more finalized plan in the summer of 2018.
9/20/17 - The 24-year-old Waupun man who attacked a woman in Waupun last Thanksgiving morning will spend seven years and nine months in prison and seven-and-a-half years under extended supervision. Juan Antonio Arriaga, a transient worker, was sentenced Tuesday on felony charges of Attempted Kidnapping, Intimidation of a Victim and False Imprisonment along with misdemeanor Battery and Disorderly Conduct. Last November, Officer Robert Williams spotted Arriaga just after midnight and began monitoring him. District Attorney Eric Toney says it was great police work. Officer Williams briefly lost sight of Arriaga but when he saw him again Arriaga was stalking the victim. The 22-year-old woman had left a bar headed for her boyfriend’s when Arriaga wrapped his arm around her, blocked her vision, and struck her in the head. He began guiding her toward his residence, which was about a block away. The victim fell to the ground and yanked her purse away from Arriaga. She then spotted Williams squad car and ran toward him. Toney says if Williams had not been close enough what happened could have been quite frightening. She does not speak Spanish and Arriaga does not speak English. Arriaga later told police he was lonely and had been drinking. A jury found Arriaga guilty of the charges during a trial in July.
Scholarship Fund Started For Daughter Of Late Council President
9/19/17 - The Beaver Dam Common Council last night held their first meeting since the unexpected passing of Council President Don Neuert. There were flowers at Neuert’s seat along with a black cloth draped over his chair. Mayor Becky Glewen spoke about the impact Neuert had on the council and the community. Neuert, a Washington-state native, worked for the state health department and recently completed a Master of Arts in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School for Homeland Security. Glewen read a letter from a city councilwoman in Salinas, California who was a classmate. Neuert’s classmates have raised $5000 for a scholarship fund for his daughter and are challenging the Beaver Dam community to match their donation. The scholarship is on GoFundMe.com: https://www.gofundme.com/donnyneuertmemorial
Beaver Dam Residents Complain Of Bar Noise
9/19/17 - Eighteen residents packed into yesterday’s Beaver Dam Administrative Committee meeting to lodge noise complaints against a lakefront tavern with an outdoor stage. Shaun Hilliard, who lives on Haskell Street across the bay from the Thirsty Beaver, told city officials last night that live music from the venue shakes the beams of his house every weekend. Hilliard presented a petition with 49 signatures asking the city to revisit their noise ordinance, which the group criticized as vague and subjective without specific benchmarks for noise levels and curfews. City Attorney Mary Ann Schacht says city policy governs noise levels and states that loud music at bars ends at 11pm. Schacht is expected to make a recommendation on any possible ordinance changes to the Administrative Committee at a future meeting. Owners of the Madison Street bar had no comment. The group of residents also had complaints about Lake Days and the weekly Jam At The Dam but because those events were not specifically listed on the agenda, comments were limited to the Thirsty Beaver.
Beaver Dam Committee Discusses Wheel Tax
9/19/17 - City officials in Beaver Dam are looking at the possibility of charging vehicle owners a wheel tax. The city’s Operations Committee last night agreed by consensus to begin talks in committee about opening discussions with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to impose a fee on automobile and truck registrations for vehicles weighing 8000-pounds or less. Operations Committee Chair Robert Ballweg says a $20 per vehicle fee would generate $300-thousand dollars annually. That would be able to sealcoat eight miles of streets or fund eight blocks of mill and overlay projects or pay for two blocks of complete street reconstruction.
Residency Requirements For Beaver Dam Judge Expanded
9/19/17 - The Beaver Dam Common Council last night approved a change in residency requirements for candidates who run for municipal judge. In 2014, common council action allowed the village of Neosho and the towns of Rubicon and Ashippun to start using Beaver Dam’s Municipal Court, which handles non-criminal offenses like municipal ordinance and traffic violations. Prior to the change, the court had only served the city and town of Beaver Dam. The ordinance update approved last night allows a municipal judge to be elected from any of the municipalities that use the court with the goal of widening the pool of candidates. The city generates roughly $30-to-$40-thousand dollars a year from the municipal court.
Beaver Dam Skateboard Park On Hold Till Spring
9/19/17 - Organizers working to bring a new skateboard park to Beaver Dam say the project will have to wait until spring. The Beaver Dam Operations Committee last night rejected two bids to pour a 60-foot-by-100-foot concrete pad. The skateboard park would join an existing dirt biking track which is across a small pond from the city’s newest dog park. Matt O’Brion with the Beaver Dam Community Skateboard and BMX Park Committee says the organization has around $27-thousand dollars to spend on the concrete. The lowest bid was $53-thousand. The group already has several skateboard obstacles and continues to seek financial and in-kind donations to help get the project complete. The Patrick Parker Conley Park as it is called is located on a patch of land off Fletcher Road between Beichl Avenue, County Road E and Highway 151.
Beaver Dam DPW Supervisor Resigns After One Year On The Job
9/19/17 - After less than one year on the job the city of Beaver Dam’s new Public Works Supervisor has resigned. Kris Quandt started in the positon on October 31 and his last day on the job will be September 29. In his resignation letter, Quandt said he received an opportunity that he could not decline. The position, which paid $72-thousand per year, was created when the last Director of Facilities left the post in early 2016 and his responsibilities were restructured. City Engineering Coordinator Ritchie Piltz assumed a portion of the director’s responsibilities while most of the remaining tasks were assigned to the new Public Works Supervisor position.
9/18/17 - Around two dozen citizens turned out yesterday to a Town Meeting in Beaver Dam hosted by Congressman Glenn Grothman. Among the topics addressed by the Republican from Glenbeulah was pending tax reform legislation. Grothman says more lower income people should be paying something into the tax system, even if it is as low as five-percent, because everyone benefits from government services. He says that the corporate tax rate needs to be reduced because it is not competitive in the current global marketplace and American companies will move their headquarters overseas. Questions from the audience touched upon education, environmental policy, the state of the Republican party, immigration and health care. Grothman did not address his position on pre-existing conditions when asked but instead focused on the individual mandate which he says should be left up to the states. He says he is optimistic about an Obamacare replacement bill that he expects to be introduced as early as next week. Grothman told the crowd yesterday that he was frustrated that Republicans have not made more progress while controlling all branches of government but cited as accomplishments a new Veterans Affairs bill and a win in getting a conservative justice on the Supreme Court.
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9/18/17 - Authorities have released the names of those involved in a fatal two-vehicle accident in the Town of Rubicon that occurred just after 11am yesterday morning. Dodge County Sheriff’s officials say 46-year-old Robert Underwood of Horicon was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of State Highway 60 near Jefferson Road. His Toyota SUV then collided with a Chevrolet SUV driving by 64-year-old Beverly Vincent of Iron Ridge. Vincent was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dodge County Medical Examiner. 65-year-old Bryan Vincent also of Iron Ridge, who was a passenger in the Chevrolet, was flown from the scene by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee with life-threatening injuries. Underwood was treated at Hartford Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation.