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Mayoral races top ballots in Dodge County

Mayoral races in Mayville and Horicon will be among the races on local ballots in April.

Many other seats are uncontested and in a few cases there are no candidates on the ballot, including some county board seats that have extended deadlines for those still interested in running.

City of Beaver Dam: Beaver Dam will have two aldermanic races in April. Therese Henriksen will challenge incumbent Mary Flaherty for a seat in Ward 2. In Ward 12, incumbent Dan Doyle and Donna Maly, a former city council member who previously represented the district, will square off.

City of Horicon: Steve Neitzel, who has been the mayor of Horicon since 2012, filed non-candidacy papers, but voters will have a choice of experienced candidates after Nathan Anfinson and James Grigg field to run. Anfinson is the Horicon City Council President, and Grigg is a former mayor. On the ballot for council in Horicon are incumbent Richard Marschke in District 1, Forrest A. Frami in District 2 and Harold Vanderhei in District 3. Carl Fausett, current District 3 alderman, filed non-candidacy papers.

City of Mayville: In Mayville, the mayoral race will be joined on the ballot by three seats on the city council. Mayor Rob Boelk is seeking re-election, while David Koch has submitted papers to challenge Boelk. Council members Bob Smith (Ward 2), Gene Frings (Wards 4, 7 and 8) and Kim Olson (Ward 6) have all filed candidacy papers to seek another term.

City of Fox Lake: Fox Lake has one opposed race. The incumbent Tom Jahnke has been challenged by Donald Zilewicz for the Ward 1 council seat. Mayor Tom Bednarek will run unopposed as will Ward 2 incumbent Alderman Dan Ault and Ward 3 Alderman incumbent Dennis Linke.

City of Waupun: For Waupun, the mayoral seat is currently occupied by Julie Nickel. District 2 Alderman Peter Kaczmarski, District 4 Alderman Michael Matoushek Jr. and District 6 Alderwoman Nancy Vanderkin are all seeking re-election. All incumbents are running unopposed in the spring election.

Dodge County Board of Supervisors: All 33 seats for the Dodge County Board of Supervisors are up for election. Incumbents who filed non-candidacy papers are Ed Nelson, District 4; Janice Bobholz, District 5; Jeremy Bartsch, District 14; Jeffry Duchac, District 25; and Glenn Stousland, District 31.

District 4 has a contested race with Evonne Boettge of Beaver Dam and Dale Macheel of Randolph both running. Jeffrey Schmitt filed papers for the District 5 seat. Eugene Wurtz filed papers for the District 14 seat. Kevin Burnett filed papers for the District 31 seat. No one has filed papers for the District 25 seat.

In Districts 15 and 26, the incumbents did not file papers to run and did not file a notification of non-candidacy by the required deadline. Therefore, the deadline to file paperwork to run for these two seats has been extended by 72 hours (5 p.m. Friday) for anyone but the incumbents.

Beaver Dam School Board: The Beaver Dam Unified School District Board of Education has three seats up for election. The incumbents, Marge Jorgensen, John Kraus Jr. and Gary Spielman, are the only names that will appear on the ballot.

Columbus School Board: There are four people seeking three seats on the Columbus School Board. Running are Bill Braun, Julie Hajewski, John A. Sanderson and Barbara Hesselberg.

Randolph School Board: Randolph Board of Education has two seats on the ballot. Incumbent Laurie Boomsma will run again, as will incumbent Gary DeVries. Neither faces a challenger.

Waupun Area School Board: There are two seats up for re-election on the Waupun Board of Education. The district at-large seat is an open seat. Incumbent Kathy Schlieve filed notification of non-candidacy. Stephen Chene and Kim Pokorny will face each other for that seat. Incumbent Ronald Paul will run unopposed for the seat for the city of Fox Lake and towns of Fox Lake and Westford in the Waupun District.

Horicon School Board: Horicon School Board has four positions up for election this spring. Three-year terms are available for the seats representing the city of Horicon, currently held by David Westimayer; the town of Hubbard/Oak Grove, currently held by James Ketchem; and the village of Iron Ridge/town of Williamstown, currently held by Erin Krause-Emerick. A special election will also occur for a one-year term for a seat representing the city of Horicon, currently held by held by Amanda White.

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A touchdown for fans: Mayville woman may join Packers Fan Hall of Fame

GREEN BAY — Ray and Marguerite (Mugs) Bachhuber were Green Bay Packers fans for years, so much so that one memory remains firmly etched into the minds of family members and friends alike.

“My husband was a huge sports fan,” said Mugs, who with Ray raised their family in Mayville. “He always watched when the Packers or Badgers were on and nobody walked in front of the TV. They got down on all fours and crawled across the carpet, or stayed on one side of the room rather than blocking his view.”

The kids understood, however, and are as dedicated fans as their parents. In fact, they suspect Ray has been watching sports in heaven since his death in 2010.

Ray was an attorney in Mayville for many years, and Mugs was more than busy raising eight children and involved in the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts as a den mother. The Bachhubers were all an integral part of the community, with Ray serving as mayor and the children involved in sports, music, drama, Scouts and just about anything else that sparked their interest. As the children grew and moved away, the parents spent more time in Mugs’ hometown of Tomahawk and spent winters in Texas. Eventually they moved to Green Bay, and that is where Mugs, three of her children and a grandchild remain.

Recently, Marguerite was surprised to learn that daughter Jane had nominated her for membership in the Packers Fan Hall of Fame.

“I had no idea,” Marguerite said. “Of course, I never would have dreamed I’d have a chance of being chosen among the top 10. That’s out of thousands that were nominated, especially here in Green Bay. There are a lot of Packers backers up here. I’m just shocked by the whole thing. I’m 87 years old, for crying out loud.”

The Packers Fan Hall of Fame was established in 1998, and inducts one fan each year. Family members or friends nominate a fan with a 500-word essay, and 10 finalists are selected by a committee. The committee then has a 50 percent say in picking the winner, with the other 50 percent coming from a public online vote and a poll of previous inductees.

In addition to a spot in the Hall of Fame, the winner receives four club seats to a 2018 Packers home game, a road trip for two to a 2018 Packers away game, including game tickets, air fare and hotel accommodations, and a $500 Packers Pro Shop gift certificate.

The Bacchubers collected Packers gear for years. It got a little out of control when they moved to Green Bay, where every rummage sale had something of value from Titletown’s favorite team.

“There’s way more here than there ever was in Tomahawk or Texas,” Mugs said. “We’ve found so many treasures including Bart Starr stuff and Paul Hornung stuff and Brett Favre stuff: T-shirts and sweatshirts and oh my gosh. … I had no idea. And Ray was worse than me. When you’ve got two people so obsessed with this stuff, it’s really bad.

“Finally, after Ray passed away, it got to the point where I thought, ‘I’ve got to get a handle on this a little bit.’ My goal was not to throw it out, but to get it to fans who can wear it and enjoy it.”

Recently some collected gear has found new life decorating cars for parades, filling a recreation room at her grandson’s house and held in the arms of her friends and neighbors during games and happy hours at Woodside Assisted Living.

Those happy hours end with a song Mugs wrote to share their enthusiasm for their favorite team.

If you don’t know the words, never fear — they’re framed on the wall of the recreation room and go along with the tune, “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby.”

“I was coming back from Tomahawk and I was singing in the car,” Mugs said. “My mother was really good at singing songs and making up words for a tune. Suddently I thought, ‘We could have a Packer Backers song.’ I put my mind to it and came up with something.”

They sing, “We are Packer Backers, Woodside Packer Backers, we are Packer Backers now! We love Coach McCarthy, we love Aaron Rogers, we are Packer Backers now! By the way, we are from Green Bay, and we all have, one thing to say,” and ends with the refrain and a loud “Wow!”

It’s the last song of the gathering and has become a cherished tradition.

Her fandom doesn’t end there. When she heard of a football pool being organized at her complex, she jumped in and helped. She ran that pool for 10 years, and enjoyed every minute of it. It’s still going strong.

Recently when her friends and neighbors at Woodside Assisted Living posed for a group portrait, they all donned Packers sweaters, shirt and hats, and held Packers teddy bears, cereal boxes, flags and other items to show their true team allegiance. Mugs is standing at the back wearing a Packers sweatshirt, holding a Packers sign and an inflatable football decoration, wearing Packers beads and cheekily waving at her daughter taking a photo from a balcony above.

Some things are simply too good to part with, including the serape that son Andy found in Mexico, and the chunk of “frozen tundra” bought as a fundraiser for Lambeau Field improvements decades ago. Those things will stay, but other things have already found a new home.

“I gave a box of flags and banners and things to my grandson, so I have less than I had a while ago,” she said.

Still, there’s plenty of stuff that a true fan will continue to treasure, including holiday items paying homage to Rodgers, the team’s current MVP quarterback.

“Did I mention that I collect nutcrackers?” Mugs said. “I have two of them with number 12 on them, and they’re really, really cute if I say so myself.”

Reeseville man appears for charges related to New Year’s chase through Beaver Dam

JUNEAU — A 20-year-old Reeseville man made his initial appearance on Monday after leading law enforcement on a chase through Beaver Dam during the early hours of New Year’s Day.

William J. Pace is charged with attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer. He could face up to 3½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of the charge.

Pace appeared before Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer and was released on a $1,000 signature bond. He was ordered to maintain absolute sobriety and to not drive a motor vehicle without court permission.

According to the criminal complaint, at 1:10 a.m. on Jan. 1, a Dodge County Sheriff’s deputy observed the car Pace was driving going 73 mph in a 25 mph zone on North Spring Street at Dodge Drive. The deputy followed the vehicle as it drove onto Highway 151 and eventually increased the car’s speed to 92 mph.

Pace entered Beaver Dam again at Park Avenue and struck a sign post when coming into town, according to the criminal complaint. The vehicle drove down Park Avenue to South Spring Street going between 20 and 40 miles over the speed limit. It turned on Cooper Street and pulled over. The pursuit lasted for about 4 minutes and covered about four miles.

Pace allegedly told officers that the passenger put his foot on top of his and held it down so he was unable to stop. However, the officer noted that a central console in the car would have made it impossible for the passenger to reach the gas pedal. He also said he had drank a bit and that he didn’t have a license. He passed a field sobriety test and had a .04 blood-alcohol level breathalyzer reading.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Feb. 22.

Names released in Dodge County fatal accident

TOWN OF EMMET — The names of the two people who died during a a traffic crash Saturday have been released.

According to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, Gloria L. Batzler, 60, rural Watertown and Curtis C. Wolter, 62, rural Hustisford, died as the result of a three-vehicle crash on Highway R near Highway EM. They both were pronounced dead at the scene by the Dodge County Medical Examiner.

The sheriff’s office issued a news release stating that preliminary investigation shows a GMC Jimmy driven by Batzler was traveling east on Highway R in the westbound lane. The GMC struck a westbound Ford Ranger driven by Wolter head-on east of Highway EM at 5:37 p.m. A Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Rachel A. Jeske, 53, Lebanon, that was traveling west behind the Ford Ranger stuck both vehicles.

Jeske and her passengers, Kelly G. Jeske, 55, and Christa M. Fletcher, 26, received non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to Aurora Medical Center in Summit.