Local News Archives for 2024-04

Traffic Still Open to Highway 83 Businesses

Road work continues in the City of Hartford, but there is access to local businesses.

While the state is now working on the stretch of Hwy. 83, from Monroe Avenue south into the Town of Erin, residents are reminded that you can still get to local businesses in the City of Hartford.

All roads are barricaded on one side, and this will entail everyone to take their turn to get around the barricades to get to those businesses on the south end of the City like Hahn’s Ace Hardware, Hartford Animal Clinic and Grand Avenue Dental to name just a few.

Serious Injury Crash Leading To Lifesaving Measures

Deputies from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Owl Road, in the town of Calamus on Sunday, April 14 at 1:16 a.m. for a crash involving a single motorcycle operated by a 37-year-old man from the city of Beaver Dam.

An individual who lives in the area found the motorcycle and the operator in a field, and called 911. Once deputies arrived, life-saving measures including CPR were conducted for around eight minutes by Dodge County Deputy Dylan Ott.

The male subject was transported to Marshfield Medical Center in Beaver Dam by Beaver Dam Paramedics. He was then transported to UW-Health in Madison by medical helicopter with life-threatening injuries.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor.

The crash remains under investigation by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.

Assisting the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office was the Beaver Dam Fire Department.

Questions may be directed to Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt

Traffic Pursuit Leads To Charges For A 23-Year-Old

A Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Deputy initiated a high-speed pursuit Saturday night, April 13 around 7:36 p.m. with a white BMW, traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 151 near E. Salem Road in the town of Calamus. The deputy observed a speeding violation. The pursuit continued for around 28 miles into Fond Du Lac County. During the pursuit, the vehicle reached speeds of over 130 mph and almost struck several other motorists. There was a successful deployment of a tire deflation device, but the vehicle continued to flee.

On State Highway 26 in Fond Du Lac County, a trooper with the Wisconsin State Patrol joined the pursuit and stopped the vehicle with a successful Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver. The driver, who was identified as Gregory Pauly, age 23 of Middleton, was taken into custody for Fleeing/Eluding an Officer and 2nd Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.

This pursuit tied up a number of resources and the actions of the driver put the motoring public in harm’s way, for which he is now being held accountable. Assisting the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office in this incident were the Beaver Dam Police Department, Waupun Police Department, Fond Du Lac County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin State Patrol.

It is important to note that all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Questions may be directed to Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt.

Low Turnout Reported From Spring Election

Spring storms seem to put a damper on the spring election.

Tuesday’s spring election saw a reduced turnout with only 32.56% of eligible voters making their way out, during an unusual snowstorm during the day.

The City of Hartford was hit with 3.5 inches of wet snow on election day, while individuals tried to get out for the spring election. In the past, Hartford's spring election numbers were closer to 39.2%.

The most contested races on this spring ballot were for school board positions. The next election is August 13, which will be the partisan primary followed by the November 5 general election. 

As always, the City of Hartford thanks all of their poll workers who came out to make sure the elections were run extremely well.

Floodplain Study Open House on May 2

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is hosting a Flood Risk Open House for property owners regarding Preliminary Floodplain Study Map Amendments. There are over 8,700 parcels within the floodplain study that will receive a postcard from Washington County.

Approximately 71% of the parcels will see a net decrease in the total area of floodplain on their property or a minimal change (+/- .1 acres). An estimated 29% of parcels will see an increase in the floodplain zone on their property. The areas of Washington County that are most impacted are in the north half and southeast part. 

The floodplain maps in the southwest portion of Washington County are being updated due to a required change by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) related to the model used to measure positions on Earth, that results in very little impact on the floodplain zone.

Areas of a studied floodplain that are designated flood fringe or flood storage may provide a property owner with development options that were either not available or required expensive engineering analysis in unstudied floodplains.

Impacted property owners should look for a postcard inviting them to attend the open house on May 2 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Washington County Fair Park – Ziegler Building, 3000 CTH PV., West Bend. The postcards will generally indicate whether a property will have an increase or decrease in floodplain zone but does not indicate the locations of the floodplain changes. Interested property owners can visit https://www.washcowisco.gov/landresources to view the preliminary mapping changes as it relates to the existing floodplain zone through a search by address or tax parcel.

Tracy Byrd Set To Perform At The Dodge County Fair

Well-decorated country music veteran, Tracy Byrd will share some of his thirty hit singles with a crowd of fans in Beaver Dam on August 15. Byrd will take the Moraine Park Main Stage on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Fans should be ready for a really entertaining time.

Of his thirty hit singles, eleven of them were Top Ten hits. Billboard number-one hits included “Holdin’ Heaven” in 1993 and “Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo”, a popular go-to party song, later in 2002.

The American Music Awards also recognized Byrd in 1994, by welcoming him to the industry with a nomination for Favorite Country New Artist. The year following, TNN and the Music City News Country Awards foreshadowed his successful career with a nomination for the Male Star of Tomorrow award. The Recording Industry Association of America awarded Byrd four gold certifications and one double-platinum certification.

One of Byrd’s most familiar hits is a popular love ballad. It is most recognized for being played at weddings over the decades since its release. “The Keeper of the Stars” is a fan favorite to dance along to at weddings and sing along to at his concerts. The melody and the lyrics received several nods by Byrd’s peers. In 1996, the song won Song of the Year by the Academy of Country Music Awards. It was also nominated by the Country Music Association Awards for single of the year in 1995.

“Keeper of the Stars” was featured on his second album “No Ordinary Man”, which featured several other hit singles. “Watermelon Crawl”, “The First Step” and “Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous” helped the album earn double-platinum status, reaching over two million album sales. Each of these catchy tunes is sure to make the August 15 concert one heck of a party.

Byrd is the second headliner announced in the 2024 series of free evening entertainment at the Dodge County Fair, August 14-18.

Area Law Enforcement Conduct Drug Search

On Friday, April 5, the West Bend Police Department worked in collaboration with the West Bend School District Administration to conduct a proactive K-9 drug search at the West Bend High Schools and Badger Middle School. Trained police search dogs from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office, Mequon Police Department, Hartford Police Department, and Grafton Police Department were utilized to conduct the search. As a result of the search, two citations were issued for possession of a vaping device and one citation was issued for underage possession of alcohol. No drug arrests were made.

The West Bend Police Department maintains a zero tolerance approach to violence or threats of violence in any school setting as well as zero tolerance for the presence of illegal drugs. All acts of violence or drug possession will result in an arrest.

If you observe violence, threats of violence or become aware of illegal drug activity, see something - say something, and contact a school official or the police department at (262)335-5000.

Projects Beginning Ahead of Schedule in Hartford

It's the first project of the year in the City of Hartford. 

This year's unseasonably warm winter has allowed projects to begin ahead of schedule.

Some of their summer projects have already started. The Pleasant Hill Cemetery gets a new entrance approach, as the first phase of the paving project for Arlington Dr.  Many more projects are scheduled for this year, including the total reconstruction of portions of W. Rossman St. and E. Loos Street.

Forte Bank Host Fraud Seminars

Hartford's Forte Bank will host two fraud seminars with AARP, which will provide valuable information.  

Learn the Do’s and Don’ts of how to spot and avoid common types of scams, plus information about:

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The events will be held April 22 and April 25 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Community Room of the Forte Bank Hartford branch.

Don't let fraud catch you off guard - arm yourself with knowledge and safeguard your finances. 

Chris Young Performing at the Washington County Fair

The Washington County Fair Park and Conference Center in West Bend is excited to announce their Saturday headliner, on July 27 at the Washington County Fair!

Country artist Chris Young, with Tucker Wetmore.

Chris Young will perform at the Silver Lining Amphitheater as part of his Young Love and Saturday Nights Tour.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m.

Visit wcfairpark.com for tickets and more information.

The Washington County Fair runs from Tuesday, July 23 to Sunday, July 28 at the Washington County Fair Park and Conference Center in West Bend.  

Drugs Discovered During OWI Arrest

A 38-year-old West Bend woman was arrested for second offense OWI after a deputy stopped her for traveling 114 mph on U.S. 45. The incident occurred just after 1 a.m. when the deputy locked radar on the woman’s vehicle south of Badger Road in the town of Kewaskum. While catching up to the driver, the deputy also observed the vehicle deviating from the travel lane, including traveling left of center.

The deputy observed numerous signs of impairment and quickly developed probable cause for arrest. A search of the vehicle resulted in additional cites for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Additional citations are likely forthcoming pending toxicology results from a blood test.

Dodge County Participating in Annual Drill

This week, April 8 - 12 is Wisconsin Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Thursday, April 11, 2024, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the Statewide Tornado Watch/Warning Drill. The sirens will alarm at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. This will just be a test, however, if there is any ongoing weather it could be rescheduled to a later date.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office recommend that everyone takes some time this week to go over their safety plan so that you can be prepared when severe weather does strike.

Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers declared the week of April 8 - 12 as Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week.

It is launched every year to remind people of the dangers associated with tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding and hail.

Wisconsin's annual statewide tornado drills will take place on Thursday, April 11 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

During the drill times, Wisconsin's National Weather Service offices will conduct NOAA Weather Radio tests that can be heard if you are actively listening to those devices.


There is Still Time to Win!


You still have time to win a pair of VIP tickets to see Rodney Atkins at the Waukesha County Fair on Thursday, July 18th!

All you have to do is send an email to FunAndGames@WTKM.com and tell us your favorite Rodney Atkins song and why you want to see his show. Include your name, city, and phone number. Each day this week, we will randomly select one winning email and announce the winner at 9:30am after the Trading Post Show this week. 

Congratulations to Our Winners So Far: 

Cody from Lake Mills

Joel from Hartford

Patrick from Sussex

Jeremy from Juneau

Jim from Fort Atkinson

You still have Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week for a chance to win!


Fire Reported At A Barton Business

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a passerby on Highway 45 last Sunday morning, April 7 around 9:17 a.m. reporting smoke coming from a building in the Town of Barton. The West Bend Fire Department was paged and the call was upgraded to a MABAS call. Fire Departments from Kewaskum, Jackson, Slinger, Allenton, Newburg, Boltonville, Kohlsville, Fillmore and St. Lawrence were paged to assist.

The first responding Washington County Sheriff's Deputy arrived confirming smoke was coming out of the back of the building. The Deputy reported the business was locked and the gate across the entry was closed. Contact was made with the business owner who provided the gate code and responded to the scene.

The fire was fully extinguished by 10:13 a.m. The business suffered some damage, but it was not occupied at the time of the fire. The West Bend Fire Department has requested the assistance of a Fire Investigator from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and this is an active investigation.


Kewaskum Police Officer Arrested

A 34-year-old Kewaskum Police Officer has been arrested for his alleged involvement regarding inappropriate conduct toward an 18-year-old female student while the officer was assigned as the School Resource Officer. The female’s parents reported this concern on Friday, April 5th, 2024. After being notified, Police Chief Thomas Bishop immediately initiated an internal investigation. To maintain transparency and impartiality, the Chief requested the West Bend Police Department conduct the independent investigation based upon mutual assistance.

The initial investigation revealed inappropriate conduct towards the female student. The officer was arrested the evening of Friday, April 5th, 2024, and remains in custody at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held on felony charges of Sexual Misconduct by School Staff - 948.098(2) and Misconduct in Public Office – 946.12(2).

Police Chief Thomas Bishop said of the incident, “We hold our officers to the highest moral and ethical standards. To say these allegations are a shock would be an understatement. As a parent and your police chief I am saddened and angered. This officer betrayed the trust of the Kewaskum Police Department, the Kewaskum School District, and most importantly, the community our officers take an oath to serve with professionalism, integrity and respect.”

The officer will be placed on administrative leave pending the completion of a formal employment discipline process upon his release from jail. At this time there is no evidence to suspect there are any other victims.

In an effort to maintain the integrity of the investigation, no further details about the case will be released at this time.

Scam Using the Dodge County Sheriff's Office Identity

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office released information regarding a scam.

There is currently a scam by someone claiming to be from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. They are using the actual names of employees from the sheriff’s office, but the phone calls are not legitimate. They are also spoofing the phone number on their caller ID making it seem like the phone number is legitimate.

This makes operations very difficult, as we do need to speak with people in the public via the phone. If you receive a phone call from the sheriff’s office, we will never ask you for legal information over the phone. If you are concerned that a phone call has been received from the sheriff’s office and it is not legitimate, ask for the person’s name and tell the person that you are going to hang up and call our dispatch center. You can then call our dispatch center and they will patch you through to the person that needs to talk to you. This is a sure way to ensure the call you are receiving is legitimate. The non-emergency number for the sheriff’s office is 920-386-3726.

Solar Eclipse Happening Today

A solar eclipse is happening on Monday, April 8.

The full eclipse is expected when the moon slides right in front of the sun, entirely blocking it. The resulting twilight, with only the sun’s outer atmosphere visible, would be long enough for birds and other animals to fall silent. 

Weatherology Meteorologist Paul Trambley provided some insight on the solar eclipse with WTKM News.

"Today, if you have the proper eye-wear, we should be in line to see it. It appears the sky will remain clear enough to be able to view the eclipse. It will start to happen around 12:53 p.m. and continue to 3:21 p.m. and expected to be 80 to 85 percent of totality with this eclipse."

The out-of-sync darkness lasts up to 4 minutes and 28 seconds. That's almost twice as long as it was during the U.S. coast-to-coast eclipse seven years ago, because the moon is closer to Earth.

It will be another 21 years before the U.S. sees another total solar eclipse on this scale.

Special Needs Alert Form

Law enforcement, fire departments and EMS professionals encounter individuals every day who struggle with disabilities such as blindness, cognitive impairment, deafness, prone to seizures, and others. They want to be prepared and be able to respond to the needs of the citizens to the best of their ability. Knowing that someone is autistic and also knowing what may upset them or calm them down can be extremely helpful in finding the best solution possible for that person and their family.

If you or someone in your family live in Dodge County and may struggle with a disability having special needs, fill out the form on the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office website at www.co.dodge.wi.gov/special-needs-alert on the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office app available for download from your Android or Apple App Store.

Once we receive the information, it will be maintained in our countywide records management system and available to first responders, as well as our 911 communications professionals. Information will be relayed to responders who need that information quickly so that we can provide the best possible service to our citizens.

Additionally, as part of this request form, you can sign up to be contacted regarding Dodge County’s Project Lifesaver program available to the residents of the county to assist caregivers of loved ones who are prone to wandering, especially those with conditions such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, and down syndrome. The program involves placing an FM transmitter, similar to a wristwatch, on the arm or leg of a person who is prone to wander. If the person wanders away, the caregiver can contact the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and trained personnel will respond and assist in locating the individual using equipment designed for locating the signal from the transmitter.

May 22 is the Annual Day of Service

The Hartford Union High School Day of Service is May 22 this year. They are looking for nonprofits, businesses, churches and any other groups who could use some helping hands.

Please send an email to DayofService@huhs.org to let them know more about the work their students can do for you.

Service work such as cleaning, organizing, painting, yard work, and anything of the sort would be great sites for us to include in this day. Please include in your email to DayofService@huhs.org the following information:

1. Location/Business

2. Address where work is to be done

3. Point of contact

4. Email and phone for point of contact

5. Type of work to be done

6. Number of students you are requesting (based upon an approximate 9am-2pm work time)

Hartford Union High School sends a thank you for considering and helping in making this another successful event for their staff and students. 

City of Hartford Remains Strong Financially

The City of Hartford is doing well financially.

Hartford City Administrator Steve Volkert told WTKM News that the fund balance received a boost.

"We had originally proposed and budgeted to pull around $240,000 out of our fund balance, which is our savings account, to balance the budget. Now, due to how we finished the year, we actually had over $700,000 to the positive, so we were able to put back rather than taking $240,000 out we were able to put over $400,000 back in our savings account. Something like this happens because we make sure our employees are as efficient as possible. They look for every avenue to save tax dollars. Our taxes in the City of Hartford have not gone up in several years."     

The city taxes have a lower tax rate then they’ve had in quite some time, and one of the major reasons is the growth of the community.

A recent call with the rating company Moody’s brought more good news for the City of Hartford. Volkert told WTKM that the city is ranked high, with a AA2 ranking which is rare for a community this size.                                            

The City of Hartford’s finance department has a lot to do with their overall financial picture.

Prescribed Burn Planned in West Bend

The City of West Bend Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department and Fire Department will conduct a prescribed burn at Riverside Park on the morning of Friday, April 12, 2024. In case of poor weather conditions, Friday, April 19, has been designated as a rain date.

The Riverside burn will target approximately 40 acres of prairie and natural areas located along the Riverwalk from Indiana Avenue east to River Road. Burning is set to begin at 9 a.m. and conclude mid-afternoon.

Prescribed burns are conducted annually throughout the state to assist in the rejuvenation of prairies and native plantings. Specific benefits include the removal of dead plant material that can inhibit the germination of native species, the reduction of invasive species, and the destruction of woody vegetation that may encroach native plantings.

Additionally, the post-burn blackened soil absorbs sunlight, which encourages the germination of seeds. Burning is a best practice and beneficial management tool for prairie maintenance.

The Healing Power of Music

Washington County Veterans Services, in coordination and partnership with volunteers from the Hartford and West Bend American Legion Posts, Sons of the American Legion and the West Bend Music Academy, has launched the West Bend Chapter of Guitars for Vets.

Guitars for Vets (G4V) started in Milwaukee and is now a national organization with over 200 chapters. The program aspires to help Veterans, by providing 10 free guitar lessons and after graduation, a new guitar to continue their musical journey. G4V covers all the costs for this program and all participants, including instructors, who are volunteers.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering as an instructor or participating as a student or committee member, please have them contact wi.westbend@guitarsforvets.org.

For more information visit guitars4vets.org. 

Oconomowoc Kiwanis Radio Day

The Oconomowoc Kiwanis Radio Day on 104.9 WTKM is this Sunday, April 7 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

It’s the 28th year of this great tradition on WTKM.

Oconomowoc Kiwanis member Jerry Schneider will once again serve as the live host this Sunday afternoon. He told WTKM News that it’s a chance to support local businesses.

"It's a long-standing tradition and a lot of fun. It is a fundraiser for us, but we give back with the advertising during the show on Sunday. We encourage everyone to be good to the businesses you hear during Radio Day...we appreciate their support and we hope everyone else does by shopping local. We appreciate WTKM so much, they have been good to us over the years."                                                

There will be guests from Pagenkopf Funeral Home in Oconomowoc and a chance to win prizes this Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the Oconomowoc Kiwanis Radio Day on WTKM.

More Information Regarding Serious-Injury Traffic Crash

More information has been released regarding an accident on Monday, April 1 just east of Columbus.

A 20-year-old rural Randolph man was seriously injured, and his 21-year-old male passenger from Randolph received non-life threatening injuries, in a single-vehicle traffic crash on State Highways 16/60. 

Around 3 p.m., Dodge County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received 911 calls reporting the crash, which was just under a mile east of Columbus in the township of Elba. The early investigation showed a pickup eastbound on State Highways 16/60, and failed to negotiate a left-hand curve, overcorrected and lost control before overturning. The driver was transported by ambulance to a level 1 trauma center with serious injuries. The passenger was taken to a local hospital with injuries believed to not be serious.

The driver of the pickup was identified as Preston Schraufnagel, of rural Randolph. The investigation into the crash revealed probable cause that he was under the influence of an intoxicant at the time of the crash. He was arrested and cited for OWI and was released to family members at the hospital to continue to receive medical care.

Trent Key, of Randolph was the passenger. 

The crash remains under investigation by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. Agencies responding to and assisting at the scene included the Columbus Police Department, Columbus Fire Department, Lifestar EMS, Beaver Dam Paramedics, DCERT (Dodge County Emergency Response Team), and the sheriff’s office chaplain. The highway was closed for just under two hours to keep the scene safe for those working and investigating the scene.

Questions may be directed to Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt

Changing Bus Routes

Hartford Union High School issued a reminder regarding an adjustment of their bus routes.

Some bus routes changed on Monday, April 1. If you ride an a.m. or p.m. bus route, you need to check your Skyward account to see if your bus routes and pick up and drop off times have changed.

Why is this happening?

HUHS is experiencing a $1.6 million dollar budget deficit and we need to reduce expenses. In a district that spans 225 square miles, transportation costs have a significant impact on our budget. We thank our partners at Riteway for being creative and helping us consolidate and eliminate two morning bus routes which will save our district approximately $100,000 each year. The state funding gap has left many Wisconsin schools struggling to keep up with inflation, and our district is exploring every possible solution to keep the impact as far away from the classroom as possible.

Hartford Union High School issued a thank you for your understanding and, again, please check your Skyward Account to see if this change affects your family.

If you have any questions, please call Riteway at (262) 673-3777.

Photo by Hartford Union High School.

A Slushy Spring

A day covered in slushy snow.

Hartford has six inches, Kewaskum has reported four inches with eight inches in Horicon.

Weatherology Chief Meteorologist Paul Trambley with an update on the weather for Wednesday, April 3.

"This late season winter storm will continue to impact the area today, and wind down gradually tonight and into the early part of the day on Thursday (April 4). Light snow will continue today, with winds out of the north. Blowing snow will be a factor today. This snow shower activity will slow down tonight, with light accumulations in the area."

Look for 40 degrees this Friday, April 5 with sunny skies.  

Life Saving Citizen Commendation

It was a special presentation.

It happened during the Village of Kewaskum Board meeting on April 1. Washington County Sheriff Martin Schulteis presented Keri Seiler with a citizen commendation for her live-saving actions last month.

Keri, who is a Kewaskum resident, observed a juvenile on an overpass bridge who appeared to be visibly distraught. Rather than continue and drive past, Keri decided to stop. As a caring mother herself, she was able to talk the individual off the edge of the overpass. The tense incident ended in a heartfelt embrace between the two strangers.

Sheriff Schulteis told the Kewaskum Village Board if it were not for Keri’s empathetic intervention, this incident could have ended with a much different outcome.

Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. There are many factors that contribute to suicide. If you’re struggling, it’s okay to share your feelings. Please reach out.

Details were intentionally omitted to protect the privacy of the juvenile.

Photo by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.


Election Results From April 2, 2024

The Hartford Union High School Board race, four candidates ran for two seats. The top two are Heather Barrie, who had 4,421 votes or 36 percent. Nolan Jackett collected 4,255 votes for 34 percent.

Ian Gronbeck finished third, with 2,181 votes for 18 percent while Damon Morgan had 1,532 votes.


Four candidates also ran for two seats for the Hartford Joint 1 School Board. The two winners include incumbent Ed Behnke with 1,665 votes for 29 percent. Barbara Lindert won the other seat with 1,487 votes, for 26 percent. Ian Gronbeck was third with 1,274 and Terrence Perfect collected 1,246 votes.


The two incumbents were the top vote-getters, running for two seats on the Slinger School Board. Ken Strupp had 2,838 votes for 40 percent and Cherie Rhodes collected 2,324 votes. The challenger, Bill Brewer had 2001 votes.


Four candidates also ran for two seats to represent the West Bend School District on the board. The top vote-getter was Chris Jenkins, with 5,194 or 28 percent. The incumbent Chris Zwygart received 5,139 votes, for 28 percent.



The capital referendum for the Herman Neosho Rubicon School District for the purpose of paying the cost of a school building and facility improvement project was defeated at the polls yesterday. 1,649, or 84 percent voted no while 305 voted yes.


It was close, but the Hustisford School District referendum did not pass. 583 voted no while 515 voted yes.


Pewaukee Schools referendum question was approved at the polls yesterday with 2,391, or 54 percent voting for it and 2,073 voted against it. It involves general obligation bonds not to exceed $28,500,000 for the cost of a school building and facility improvement project.


Four candidates ran for two supervisor seats for the Town of Erin. The incumbent Mike Stapleton collected 559 votes for 28 percent and Ken Priesgen had 541 votes for 27 percent.


The Washington County Supervisor winners include Marietta Bailey, Linda Gurath, Anne Trautner and Robert Hartwig.


West Bend Alderperson winners include incumbent John Butschlick with 545 votes for 76 percent, and Bill Schmidt with 352 votes for 53 percent.     


Dodge County Supervisor winners include Kevin Burnett, Jeffrey Caine and Jody Steger.


Three candidates ran for two seats for the Village of Neosho Trustee race. The winners included incumbent Jennifer Margraf Rodriguez, with 44 percent of the vote with 150. Joe Kelsey finished with 118 votes, or 35 percent.


Lisa Curry Sullivan defeated the incumbent with 62 percent of the vote for the Horicon Alderperson seat.


City of Watertown Alderperson winners include the incumbent Fred Smith, who finished with 265 votes or 56 percent in defeating Cassandra Wagner, who finished with 208 votes for 44 percent.

Other Watertown Alderperson winners at the polls yesterday include two incumbents, Daniel Bartz and Bob Wetzel.


Germantown voters approved a referendum question by 62 percent of the vote. 3,759 voted yes while 2,302 voted no yesterday. It includes an increase in the property tax levy to add ten additional firefighter-paramedics and four additional police officers.    


In the Menomonee Falls President race, the incumbent wins. Jeremy Walz received 5,931 votes, for 57 percent.


Spencer Tabbert collected 837 votes, for 66 percent – winning the City of Pewaukee Alderperson race against the incumbent Ian Clark, who finished with 430 votes.


Both referendums for Hamilton Schools were approved at the polls, for operational and infrastructure needs.


 Johnson Creek School District’s referendum that was presented to maintain ongoing operational expenses, technology, safety, and educational programming was defeated at the polls yesterday. 615 voted no, or 51 percent while 587 voted yes.

More Spring Snow

Snow is back in the forecast for Tuesday, April 2.

Weatherology Chief Meteorologist Paul Trambley told WTKM News about the amount of snow that is expected.

"A major low pressure system will continue to build its way north out of Illinois today. A change from rain to snow is expected tonight. It's expected to be heavy, wet snow with this system. Two to four inches of snow is expected locally, with a higher amount to the north of Hartford."

Look for rain mixed with snow as part of this system today, April 2 and tomorrow. We'll experience temperatures around 35 degrees.   

Election Day

Hartford City Clerk Shanna Kreilkamp told WTKM News that the Spring Election is held on April 2, and the following City of Hartford polling place locations will be used:

Hartford Recreation Center, 125 N Rural St Aldermanic District 1

City Hall, 109 N Main St (entrance in back of building) Aldermanic District 2

Jack Russell Memorial Library, 100 Park Ave Aldermanic District 3


All polling place locations open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. 

All polling places are accessible to elderly and disabled voters.

If you have any questions concerning your polling place, contact the municipal clerk.



Serious Injury Traffic Crash Near Columbus

A 20-year-old rural Randolph man was seriously injured, and his 21-year-old male passenger from Randolph received non-life threatening injuries, in a single-vehicle traffic crash on State Highways 16/60, just east of Columbus on Monday April 1.

It happened around 3 p.m. when Dodge County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received 911 calls reporting the crash, which was just under a mile east of Columbus in the township of Elba. The early investigation shows a pickup was eastbound on State Highways 16/60, and failed to negotiate a left-hand curve, overcorrected and lost control before overturning. The driver was transported by ambulance to a level 1 trauma center with serious injuries. The passenger was taken to a local hospital with injuries believed to not be serious.

The crash remains under investigation by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. Agencies responding to and assisting at the scene included the Columbus Police Department, Columbus Fire Department, Lifestar EMS, Beaver Dam Paramedics, DCERT (Dodge County Emergency Response Team), and the sheriff’s office chaplain. The highway was closed for just under two hours to keep the scene safe for those working and investigating the scene.

Questions may be directed to Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt

Hartford School Board Races Highlight April 2 Ballot

Election Day is Tuesday, April 2 with Wisconsin's Presidential Primary Election.

Four candidates are running for the Hartford Union High School Board and two will be selected. The candidates include Nolan Jackett, Damon Morgan, Heather Barrie and Ian Gronbeck.

Four candidates came out of the primary election last month, running for two seats on the Hartford Joint 1 School Board. The names that will appear on the ballot include incumbent Ed Behnke, along with Terrence Perfect, Barbara Lindert and Ian Gronbeck.  


Voters Will Decide On The Capital Referendum For Herman Neosho Rubicon School District

The capital referendum will appear on the ballot on April 2 for the Herman Neosho Rubicon School District.

The district is looking to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $23,000,000 for the purpose of paying the cost of a school building and facility improvement project, consisting of construction of additions, renovations, building infrastructure and site improvements along with acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment to create a single campus at the current intermediate site.

Slinger School Board Race

Three candidates are running for the Slinger School Board, to fill two seats. It includes incumbents Cherie Rhodes and Ken Strupp, along with the challenger - Bill Brewer. 

Germantown Voters Will Decide On A Referendum Question

Germantown voters will decide on a referendum question asking village residents if they would approve an increase in the property tax levy to add ten additional firefighter-paramedics and four additional police officers.