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Local, Statewide Home Sales Up In May

Jun 26, 2016 -- 5:57am

6/26/16 - Home sales last month were up in many local counties and statewide from May of 2015.  Dodge County saw 115 home sales last month, up from 79 last May.  The median sales price dropped from $143,000 to $137,000.  In Columbia County, the 103 sales in May were up from 76 in the same month last year.  The median selling price jumped from $145,500 to $174,900.  Jefferson County’s 121 home sales last month were fifteen less than the previous May, but the median sales price increased from $161,750 to $177,000.  The 127 houses sold in Fond du Lac County in May were up from 102 twelve months prior.  The median sales price dropped $6,000 to $125,000.  Green Lake County had 17 houses sold, nine fewer than last May.  The median sales price dropped $3,000 to $110,000.  In Washington County, May-to-May home sales decreased from 218 to 208 with the median sales price falling nearly $4,000 to $191,000.  Statewide, 8,116 homes were sold last month, 300 more than the previous May.  The median sales price went from $160,000 to $165,000.

Watertown Traffic Enforcement Agreement Cancelled

Jun 26, 2016 -- 5:56am

6/26/16 - The Dodge County Board voted this week on who can patrol a stretch of highway in Watertown.  The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and Watertown Police Department entered into a mutual agreement for conducting traffic control on a stretch of Highway 16 when a bypass was constructed in 2002.  It gave the Watertown Police Department the right to conduct traffic enforcement on Highway 16 between Highway 26 and the county line under the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s office.  Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the agreement was hardly used.  Watertown Police Department can still conduct traffic enforcements on parts of that highway that have been annexed by the city.  Schmidt says this is the only agreement his office had in the county.

Groundbreaking Planned For Dodge County Dog Park

Jun 26, 2016 -- 5:55am

6/26/16 - Ground will be broken tomorrow on a new dog park coming to Dodge County.  The Dodge County Humane Society is holding a ceremony at 10:30 am Monday to kick off construction of the Randy C.  Fiegel Dog Park.  The 2.5-acre park will be located behind the Humane Society’s building on Highway 26 in Juneau.  It will include separate areas for large and small dogs as well as agility equipment, walking paths, and picnic shelters.  Board President Ryan Vossekuil says the park could be open by late summer.

DCSO: Stay Safe On The Roads This Summer

Jun 26, 2016 -- 5:54am

6/26/16 - Dodge County residents are urged to be safe on the roads this summer.  Sheriff Dale Schmidt says drivers need to be on the lookout for motorcycles in addition to other cars.  He says his office responds to at least one crash per summer where a vehicle struck a motorcycle at an intersection because the car’s driver was not paying attention to the bike.  Schmidt also encourages pedestrians to pay attention to their surroundings at all times.  Even if someone is on the sidewalk, the sheriff says they should be on the lookout for cars that could jump the curb.  On streets without sidewalks, Schmidt says pedestrians need to walk against traffic.  He says it is also important to only cross streets at a designated cross-walk.  When it comes to riding a bike, Schmidt says hand signals should be used when turning and traffic signs should be obeyed.  Bike riders should be on the right side of the street, going with traffic.  According to the sheriff, riders should stay as far to the right as possible to keep from blocking approaching traffic.

Annual Dairy Brunch Today In Beaver Dam

Jun 26, 2016 -- 5:53am

6/26/16 - The annual Dodge County Dairy Brunch is being held in Beaver Dam today.  The Pieper Farm, located at W7552 Highway C, is hosting the event.  A variety of dairy related foods are on the menu: including scrambled eggs with ham and cheese, pancakes, assorted cheeses, milk, juice, and ice cream sundaes.  Train barrel rides along with 4-H and FFA activities are also offered.  The event runs from 9 am to 12:30 pm.  Tickets are $7 for ages 12 and up, $3 for ages 5-11.  Free admission for those 4 and under.

Wisconsin Milk Production On The Rise

Jun 26, 2016 -- 5:52am

6/26/16 - Wisconsin dairy cows are busier than most. Milk production in the Badger State grew by 4.2% last month compared to the previous May -- and that's the fourth largest increase among the 23 major dairy states. The National Ag Statistics Service says Wisconsin made 2,635,000 pounds of milk last month, 107,000 pounds more than in May of 2015. The state is still the nation's number two milk producer, well behind first place California even though the Golden State had a 2.8% drop in its milk output from the previous year. Wisconsin's increase was more than three times the national rise of one point 2%.

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