10/6/15 -With just over one month until the Dodge County board adopts the county’s 2016 budget, some of the projected numbers are starting to become clearer. County Administrator Jim Mielke is expecting a total levy of just under $33-million dollars, which is up over $250-thousand from 2015. One of the most expensive items that is new to this year’s budget is a security upgrade at the jail and courthouse that is expected to cost around $2.3-million. Mielke projects the mill rate to drop by one cent per thousand dollars of assessed value to $5.67. While all of the numbers aren’t in yet, he says property values will likely increase by a collective one percent. Mielke will pass out copies of the budget at this month’s county board meeting on October 22, and there will be a special finance committee meeting five days later to take an in-depth look at each department’s budget. For the first time, the county’s finance committee met with each department head over a four day span last week to discuss their individual budgets in an effort to give the committee a better idea of what’s all happening this year. The annual hearing and final budget adoption will take place on November 10.
10/3/15 - A suspected murderer from Watertown was sentenced yesterday in Dodge County court for an unrelated incident with a stun gun. Young Jae Choi is charged in Jefferson County with First Degree Intentional Homicide in the stabbing death of Dustin Vanderheyden. The June 2013 stun gun incident occurred when Choi was living in Beaver Dam, right down the street from the police station. Authorities responded after two men reported that Choi was chasing them around their yard with a Taser gun. The victims were striking Choi with a piece of lumber to keep him away but he apparently kept attacking. Yesterday in Juneau, Choi was placed on probation for three years after previously being convicted of felony Possession of an Electric Weapon and misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. He must also take all medications as prescribed. Choi remains jailed under a million dollar bond in connection with the Jefferson County murder. The 31-year-old entered a plea of “not guilty by reason of mental defect” to the homicide charge in June and the court ordered an examination. A doctor’s report has been completed and that case will be revisited next week. In that incident, Choi told the victim’s wife in the days before the June 2014 killing that he wanted her to himself. She told police that she convinced Choi not to do it, thought the suspect was fine and there would not be any further issues. Her husband suffered multiple stab wounds from a sword and died at a Watertown hospital. Choi later told police the universe wanted him to kill the man.
10/3/15 - In Columbia County court yesterday, a Rio woman was found guilty of seriously injuring herself and another motorist in a drunken driving accident. Tanya Hohlstein pled no contest to a felony count of Injury By Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle and had a Knowingly Operating While Revoked Causing Great Bodily Harm count dismissed. The two-vehicle head-on collision occurred in February of last year on Highway 60, just east of Wendt Road, four miles west of Columbus. The 30-year-old was driving eastbound when she crossed the centerline and struck a westbound car driven by 37-year-old Mary Klitzke of Arlington. The jaws-of-life were needed to remove both drivers from their vehicles and both were transported by MedFlight to UW Hospital in Madison. Hohlstein will be sentenced on December 1.
10/3/15 -Marshland Pharmacy’s Beaver Dam location will officially be owned and operated by the Beaver Dam Community Hospital starting on Monday, November 2. The hospital is located at 705 South University Avenue on the first floor of the Vita Park Medical Clinic building inside BDCH. Clients reportedly will not see many changes as a number of services, including at-home delivery, will still be offered.
10/3/15- The 29th annual Audubon Days festival is being held in Mayville this weekend. Festivities kicked off yesterday with bed races through the city’s downtown, a youth dance, and a beer tasting. Event Organizer Michelle Martin says a new event, the Fall Foliage Tour, begins today at 10 am at the Lebanon Historical Museum. The self-guided tour will stop at various Dodge County farms and apple hollers before ending a couple hours later at Audubon Days. In addition to the tour, there will be a bean tag toss at 12:30 pm, arts and crafts gallery from 9 am to 4 pm, and kids’ activities throughout the day. An 11 am parade on Mayville’s Main Street will help kick things off tomorrow along with a marketplace from Noon to 4 pm. Event Organizer Dave Westphall says the annual Great Rock River Rubber Duck Race will begin at 4 pm as nearly 4,000 rubber ducks will be dumped into the river. Duck tickets can be purchased at the festival throughout the weekend, and prizes will be awarded for the owners of the first 19 ducks to cross the finish line. Live music will run all day Saturday and on Sunday afternoon. Festival admission is free.
10/3/15 - The 10th annual Fall Fest is being held today at Harnischfeger Park in the Town of Lebanon. The event runs from 8 am to 5 pm with a variety of activities being offered. A pancake breakfast runs until 11 am with tickets costing $7 at the door. Free tractor powered wagon rides will be offered starting at 9 am and will lead folks to the park’s north barn where Event Organizer Glenn Daily says there will be antique farm equipment displays. A farm and craft market, hunting retriever dog training demonstration, geocaching event, and Alaskan malamute weight pulls will also be offered. There will be live music throughout the afternoon if the weather cooperates. While admission and most events are free, some items come with a cost. Daily says all funds go toward Harnischfeger Park. This year’s projects include: barn restoration work, clubhouse floor replacement, tree plantings, and mini-golf and disc golf course upkeep. The park is located at W3048 Crawfish Road, just west of Ashippun.