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OHS graduate shines through hardship

OCONOMOWOC — Nicole Escobia was at a sleepover at her friend’s home in April when she received the call that would forever change her life. “I got the call early in the morning that my mom had passed away from complications after heart surgery. I started crying and my friends gave me a group hug. I’m glad I wasn’t alone,” said the Okauchee resident.
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Dairy farms in transition

OCONOMOWOC — Earlier this week, John Koepke of Koepke Farms was working in his barn, swinging a hammer at a piece of steel and welding another piece to it — putting his Ivy League education to work as he’d say — in an effort to get parts fabricated to help a repairman get his irrigation system working again during the current dry spell.

Community responds after Pride signs continue getting stolen and vandalized

HARTLAND, Wis. — LGBTQ+ Pride signs are have been stolen and vandalized in Hartland every night this week. The signs, which have been placed outside homes throughout Hartland, are made and sold by Avalon Graphics. Avalon's owners have had several of their Pride signs stolen and vandalized. They said at...
Dodge County, Milwaukee

First responders' mental health toll; Dodge County crashes add up

DODGE COUNTY, Wis. - Dodge County sheriff's deputies responded to two fatal crashes in less than 24 hours – both involving children. The crashes, both on State Highway 33, claimed the lives of three people – a 6-month-old baby among them. Several others were injured. While emergency lights are a...
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WisDOT: Risky driving behaviors contribute to more severe crashes

MADISON, Wis. – There have been at least seven deadly crashes in Wisconsin in the past seven days. As of Thursday, data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows the state hit more than 200 crash deaths so far in 2021. That’s about on pace with 2020, when 593 people died in crashes statewide following 550 in 2019 and 576 in 2018.
West Bend,

Stipends at Spaulding Clinical have increased dramatically

West Bend, WI – Spaulding Clinical in West Bend has an easy way for people who may have lost their job to make money. Cassie Erato is CEO for the Phase 1 pharmaceutical testing firm. “We really have a good message for our community,” said Erato. Spaulding Clinical currently has...
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Housing crunch not going away anytime soon

WAUKESHA COUNTY — If there is one thing everyone in the greater Milwaukee area has talked about this year, it’s the almost crazed state of the local housing market. Stories of homes selling within a day or two of being listed and skyrocketing offers have left many would-be first-time buyers wondering if their dreams of home ownership might ever materialize.
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Watertown Daily Times

5 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday across tri-county area

WATERTOWN — Five new COVID-19 cases were reported Thursday across the tri-county area. No deaths were reported as the three-county area’s virus-related death toll remained at 215. Jefferson County added two COVID cases to its total Thursday, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the county to 7,186. No deaths...

Sun Prairie lands two members on Big 8 Conference Golf Team

Two Sun Prairie High School varsity boys golfers made it to the Big Eight Boys Golf All-Conference team — sophomore Tyler Schick was named to the second team and sophomore Alex Oehrlein was named to the Honorable Mention team. The Big 8 Boys Golf All-conference team includes the following players:

UPDATED: Two people killed in crash on Highway 33 in Dodge County

JUNEAU – Two people, including a 6-month-old child, were pronounced dead at the scene of a three vehicle crash Tuesday that occurred at the intersection of Highway 33 and Breezy Point Road. According to a press release from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, a Nissan was traveling south on Highway...
Beaver Dam,

WATCH NOW: Concerts return to Swan City Park

The band shell at Swan City Park was filled with people Wednesday night after a long-standing tradition in the city of Beaver Dam returned with the Wednesday night concert series. Those in attendance watched Tony Rocker, an Elvis tribute artist, perform a 90-minute show in the band shell at the...
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Indiana man sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for recording himself sexually assaulting 12-year-old

MADISON, Wis. — An Indiana man was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison for recording himself sexually assaulting a minor in Cottage Grove. Western District of Wisconsin court officials said 42-year-old Adrian C. Gardiner was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison followed by 30 years of supervised release for producing child pornography. Gardiner pleaded guilty to the charge March 25.
Dodge County,

6-17-21 lake mills woman killed in dodge county traffic crash

A Lake Mills woman was killed and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in Dodge County. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened on Highway 33, near North Grove Road, at approximately 12:52 p.m. It was located in the Township of Oak Grove. The Sheriff’s Office says a car was travelling west on HWY 33 when a Ford truck heading east crossed the center line and struck the car. The car driver, a 50-year-old woman from Lake Mills, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 12-year-old passenger in the car was seriously injured and flown by helicopter to the hospital. The 47-year-old driver of the pickup, from Horicon, was also seriously injured and was taken to Aurora Summit Hospital in Oconomowoc by air. His passenger, a 44-year-old person also of Horicon, was taken to Marshfield Medical Center in Beaver Dam with minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation.
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Woman facing murder, arson charges in connection to fatal Fort Atkinson fire

FORT ATKINSON, Wis. — A woman is facing multiple charges for her alleged connection to a fatal Fort Atkinson fire. According to a Wisconsin Department of Justice news release on Tuesday afternoon, Elizabeth M. Durkee has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, strangulation and suffocation, arson of a building and mutilating a corpse.

Complaint: Woman, 72, killed in Fort Atkinson was dead before fire

FORT ATKINSON, Wis. — A woman accused in the fatal fire and Amber Alert on Friday in Fort Atkinson has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, strangulation and suffocation, arson of a building, and mutilating a corpse. Friday morning, Fort Atkinson fire and police departments were called a house fire...

6-18-21 dodge county fatal crash investigation

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a fatal head on collision. A 50 year old Lake Mills woman was killed when her car was struck head on by a pick up truck that veered across the center line of state Highway 33 Wednesday near Horicon. A 12 year old passenger in the car was seriously injured in the crash. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says investigators have an idea why the driver may have crossed the center line but are not ready to release that information yet as the investigation is ongoing. It was the second fatal traffic crash on state Highway 33 in two days. Tuesday afternoon, a 68 year old man and six month old girl died when a van struck their vehicle. Schmidt says the crashes have also taken an emotional toll on the officers and first responders involved.