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Top Stories July 4, 2015

Local Municipalities Hosting Firework Shows Tonight


7/4/15 - A couple of area municipalities are having fireworks shows tonight as part of their Fourth of July celebrations.  Columbus will have its show at dusk, which organizers expect to be somewhere around 9:15 or 9:30.  That will be at Fireman’s Park.  Waupun will start its fireworks display at 10 pm as part of the Celebrate Waupun event at Tanner Park.  For anyone wondering about Beaver Dam’s fireworks, that show will be next Saturday night as part of the annual Lake Days festivities. 


Cost Of Average Wisconsin Picnic On The Rise


7/4/15 - Plenty of Wisconsin families will be planning picnics this holiday weekend, and it will cost them more than last year.  According to the latest Wisconsin Farm Bureau Marketbasket survey, the total cost of fourteen food items that make up a typical picnic increased by 5.3%.  The cost jumped from $55.92 last June to $58.86 this summer.  That translates to roughly $5.89 per person.  Nine of the fourteen items increased in price, with the largest increases coming in ground round, American cheese, buns, and potato salad.  Wisconsin’s picnic cost is also above the $55.84 price found in a national survey.


Cardboard Boat Regatta Returning To Lake Days


7/4/15 - As part of next weekend’s Beaver Dam Lake Days celebration, the Beaver Paddle Cardboard Boat Regatta will be returning for another year.  The event will take place a week from tomorrow at Tahoe Park.  Check in is at 10 am, boat building starts at 10:15, and the race gets underway at noon.  Bill Boettge with the Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association says each team must make a boat in the 75 minutes given out of the cardboard, duct tape, and sharp knife that are provided.  One of the three team members must ride the boat on the roughly 30 yard course.  All team members must be 5 or older and one must be at least 16.  There were 17 teams in last year’s race.  Cash prizes of $100, $50, and $25 will be awarded to the top three teams, respectively.  There will also be awards for the most spectacular sinking, best design and best display of determination and soul.  Registration must be completed by Thursday, and there is a limit of 25 teams.  Forms can be found on the Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association’s website.


Beaver Dam Holding Photo Contest For Park And Rec Month


7/4/15 - The city of Beaver Dam his holding a photo contest as part of National Parks and Recreation Month. It is called the ISIP which stands for “It Starts In the Parks” photo contest. Community Activities and Services Coordinator Evonne Boettge says participants should take a picture or video of their favorite park and, in addition to cash prizes, the photo may be used in next year’s Summer Guide of city activities. First prize is $50 in Chamber of Commerce gift certificates while second place gets $25 and the third place winner will receive $15. Entries should be emailed by July 31st to the Community Activities and Services Department at, a link can be found on our website /


Wisconsin Farmers Planting More Soybeans, Corn


7/4/15 - Wisconsin farmers have planted record amounts of soybeans this year -- plus more corn.  The U-S-D-A said the Badger State put one-point-nine million acres of soybeans into their fields, about 100-thousand more than the year before. Corn remains the state's top crop for food, fuel for ethanol, and other uses. Four-point-one million acres of corn were planted in Wisconsin this past spring -- again, about 100-thousand more acres than in 2014.  The state also has about one-and-two-thirds million acres of hay, much of which is used to feed our state's famous dairy cows.  Farmers also put in more acres for oats and potatoes.  Winter wheat acreage is down by more than 10-percent.  The barley crop is also down slightly.  Dry edible beans have about the same acreage as the previous year.


Dodge County FSA Nomination Period Now Open


7/4/15 - The Dodge County USDA Farm Service Agency has announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees is open through August 3.  The county committees are meant to give producers a voice on how federal farm programs are implemented on a local level.  During their three-year terms, those elected are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity, and price support programs.  To be eligible to serve on the 3 to 11 member committee, a person must participate in an agency administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election, and live in the Local Administrative Area, or LAA, where they are nominated.  Producers can either nominate themselves or others.  Nominees must sign an online form that can be found on the ‘elections’ portion on the FSA website.  This year, nominations will be held in LAA 2, which includes Ashippun, Herman, Hubbard, Leroy, Lomira, Rubicon, Theresa, and Williamstown.  The FSA will start mailing ballots out to eligible voters on November 9, and they are due back by December 7.  Elected committee members will take office January 1, 2016.


Annual County Firefighters’ Tournament Coming To Clyman


7/4/15 - This year’s Dodge County Firefighter’s Tournament will be held at Clyman’s Firemen’s Park.  Festivities kick off on July 26 with a softball tournament that wraps up on July 30.  Also on July 30, the county departments will have their representatives compete in the annual fire queen contest.  A fish fry and live entertainment will be provided on July 31.  Things will wrap up on August 2 with a 10 am parade going down Clyman’s Main Street.  Anyone interested in submitting an entrant for the parade can contact the Clyman Fire Department


Beaver Dam DPW Garage Closed For The Holiday


7/4/15 - The city garage in Beaver Dam is closed today because of the holiday. Department of Public Works Director Jeremy Klug says the Yard Waste Drop-off Site, located at the DPW garage at 640 South Center Street, will be closed today in observance of Independence Day. The garage is normally open in the summer on Saturday’s from 10am until 2pm. Normal hours of operation will resume on Monday when the garage will be open for 7am until 3:30pm. Klug notes that the yard waste drop-off site is open to city residents only.  Residents may drop off tree branches, brush, yard waste, grass clippings, metals and appliances not containing refrigerants, batteries, waste oil and antifreeze.  The holiday is not interrupting trash collection.


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