Jefferson County News

June 14, 2018 2008 flood altered methods for dealing with future floods - Part 2
By Steve Sharp

JEFFERSON -- This week marks the 10th anniversary of the great flood that hit Jefferson County's Rock, Crawfish and other smaller rivers, as well as many parts of southern Wisconsin. The impacts of the catastrophic 2008 events can still be seen in places like downtown Jefferson, where the city's very approach to its development has been altered to lessen damage future floods may inflict.
June 14, 2018 The floods of 2008 remembered - Part 1
By Steve Sharp

Anyone who spent even a brief amount of time in Watertown, and particularly south-central Jefferson County, at this time of year in 2008 will never forget the experience. Rock River floodwaters raged over dams, water threatened and damaged homes, and common events such as golf outings, luncheons, vacation Bible schools, concerts and graduations were canceled, postponed or relocated.
June 13, 2018 International firm eyes Concord for solar energy installation
By Steve Sharp

CONCORD - A substantial portion of the scenic rural landscape south of the WE Energies Concord Generating Station along County Highway E to Intersate 94 could be seeing some interesting and massive new technological development in the coming years if one of the world's leading clean energy firms locates its desired 300-megawatt solar power generating stations there.
June 13, 2018 County Board allows for 'golf farm'

By Steve Sharp

JEFFERSON — With permission granted from Jefferson County zoning officials and finally, the county board of supervisors Tuesday evening, a Watertown man may proceed with his plans for creating a “golf farm” in the town of Watertown.

June 13, 2018 HBC donates $50,000 to help families buy homes
JEFFERSON — The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday accepted a $50,000 donation to help families buy homes in the county.
May 29, 2018 Purple Heart story centerpiece of Memorial Day event

The City of Jefferson, in conjunction with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts, hosted the community's 78th annual Memorial Day observance Monday at Rotary Waterfront Park.

May 23, 2018 10-year-old appreciates law enforcement officers

By Steve Sharp

JEFFERSON —Jefferson County Law Enforcement Memorial Day 2018 Thursday came with a new twist.

May 21, 2018 Jefferson County Dairy Breakfast draws 2,000 to Fair Park

JEFFERSON — About 2,000 people gathered at the county fairgrounds Saturday morning for the annual Jefferson County Dairy Breakfast.
May 18, 2018 County Law Enforcement Memorial Day honors heroes

Law Enforcement Memorial Day 2018

The Jefferson County Chiefs and Sheriff Association’s annual Law Enforcement Memorial Day ceremony took place Thursday morning outside the Jefferson County Courthouse. Citizens and law enforcement officers from around the Jefferson County area made their way to the northeast law to remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and died in the line of duty. Above, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard prepares to post the colors.

May 15, 2018 Dairy breakfast Saturday at Fair Park
JEFFERSON — Plan to get up with the chickens this Saturday and head on over to the Jefferson County Dairy Breakfast.
May 15, 2018 Youth/4-H agent vacancy to be filled

JEFFERSON — With one of the largest 4-H programs in the state, having a chartering authority to lead those involved is critical to Jefferson County.


May 09, 2018 County extends parcel mapping services contract
JEFFERSON — The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday extended an existing contract with a Minnesota firm for additional parcel mapping services, with a total project cost of $59,999.50.

Due to the high water levels, the Jefferson County Parks Department has closed:

Kanow Park – N8390 Rock River Road, Ixonia

Cappie’s Landing - N8625 Jefferson Road, Watertown

Rock River Park - W5281 County Hwy B, Johnson Creek

Please feel free to contact us at (920) 674-7260 with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your understanding.

May 02, 2018 Korth Lane Project - Road is being rehabbed to provide better access to lake

LAKE MILLS — Those who enjoy visiting Korth Park on the beautiful, historic shores of Rock Lake will soon be able to do so in a bit more comfort.

Through intergovernmental cooperation between Jefferson County and the town of Lake Mills, approximately one-half mile of Korth Lane — that road’s entirety — is being rehabbed to allow for better access to the popular destination.

April 24, 2018 County, cities aware of flooding threats
JEFFERSON -- With the large amount of snow that has been fallind in Dodge and Jefferson Counties - and especially to the north - area community leaders are keeping a watchful eye on rivers for possible eventual flooding this spring and say they learned many lessions in the devastating 500-year flood of 2008.
April 20, 2018 Neighbor appeals Creekwood permit approval over potential odor
LAKE MILLS — A Town of Lake Mills resident who objects to odor-control practices to be used in expansion of a neighboring poultry farm has filed an appeal challenging a conditional-use permit granted by Jefferson County for the egg-production operation.
April 18, 2018 Board looks at county/city park on site of old highway shop

By Steve Sharp
JEFFERSON -- In a move that could eventually provide a more solid link between Watertown's boating community and the city of Jefferson on the Rock River -- as well as shore up the north end of development in Jefferson's downtown redevelopment project -- the Jefferson County board and Jefferson council strengthened a partnership Tuesday at separate meetings.


April 17, 2018 No fourth term for Robinson
JEFFERSON — Jefferson County Clerk of Circuit Courts Carla Robinson will not be seeking a fourth term in office.
April 12, 2018 Economic development from Hoof Health, BPI expansions celebrated

Economic development from Hoof Health, BPI expansions celebrated

By Alexa Zoellner
Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018       


April 04, 2018 Christensen takes back District 30 position

Christensen takes back District 30 position

By Alexa Zoellner | Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 5:30 am             

Two of the 30 seats on the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors will be filled with new members in the wake of Tuesday’s election

March 27, 2018 Governor lists four applicants for county Judge Weston's bench
March 27, 2018 Ehrhardt 'Recycler of Year'

Sharon Ehrhardt Image

ELKHART LAKE — The Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin recognized Jefferson County’s Sharon Ehrhardt during its annual awards ceremony recently at the 2018 Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference in Elkhart Lake.
March 27, 2018 Johnson Creek Police Department New Drug Drop-Off Site

Drug box Johnson Creek 3-19-2018 2 - Copy

March 26, 2018 FREE Special Screening - WRITTEN OFF - Thursday, April 12th @ 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a FREE Screening of the documentary, "Written Off" about opioid addiction. Thursday, April 12, screening at 6:30 pm at the Towne Cinema, Watertown, WI. Resource fair before at 6 pm and panel discussion with experts following the screening. See flyer for details. Trailer:

March 14, 2018 County board approves temporary increase in deputy county clerk hours
March 14, 2018 Hanneman recognized for eight years of service on county board
March 07, 2018 Be ReadyWisconsin when you spring forward!
March 07, 2018 County fair concert tickets go on sale Tuesday
March 06, 2018 Ex-highway shop site eyed for park, redevelopment
February 28, 2018 Farm Technology Days committees' chores under way
February 20, 2018 0% INTEREST LOANS ARE AVAILABLE! For more information or to obtain an application, please contact Sue Koehn at the Housing Program Office at 1-800-552-6330.
February 15, 2018 Three vying for county board seat in District 30 primary
February 14, 2018 County receives unexpected state funds to fight opioids
By Steve Sharp

JEFFERSON — Jefferson County officials are finding the insidious, tenacious nature of opioid abuse and addiction here to present an almost overwhelming battle. But at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the county board for February, members received the good news they will be receiving $10,300 they weren’t expecting to help them keep up the fight.
February 14, 2018 Board OKs RLF loan to Jefferson's Basin Precision Machining
February 14, 2018 County looks to hire positive youth development Extension educator
February 13, 2018 Interurban trail, bridge planning progressing

By Steve Sharp

JEFFERSON -- Jefferson County Parks Director Joe Nehmer checked in with the Daily Times Friday afternoon to provide a winter update on the Interurban Trail Project and to state that, so far, approximately $600,000 has been assembled for the endeavor. He also stated the bridge project to the east of Watertown is progressing nicely.

February 08, 2018 Free VITA program returns to UW-Whitewater for spring tax season

When 93 year old WWII Veteran Kenneth Pugh of Jefferson passed away recently, it fell to his daughter Sally Tinberg of Jefferson to continue his legacy of service to Veterans through the donation of his vehicle to another Veteran.
February 06, 2018 Weston retiring for love

Weston retiring for love

By Ryan Whisner | Posted: Tuesday, February 6, 2018  JEFFERSON — Love and the law led Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Judge Jennifer Weston to a decision to set down her gavel

February 06, 2018 Rezoning for Town of Watertown paintball site denied

By Steve Sharp

JEFFERSON — Despite recommendation for approval from the Watertown Town Board, the five-member Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Committee has denied a rezoning of a 31.6-acre property in the town of Watertown that would have allowed a potential buyer of the property to create a paintball business at the site.

February 05, 2018 Snow keeps county plowing crews busy

Snow keeps county plowing crews busy

By Alexa Zoellner | Posted: Monday, February 5, 2018 

JEFFERSON — Drifting snow kept the Jefferson County Highway Department snowplow drivers on the road for long hours over this past weekend.

February 05, 2018 Judge Weston to step down from bench this July

Judge Weston to step down from bench this July

Posted: Monday, February 5, 2018 9:15 am             

JEFFERSON — Applicants are being sought to fill the Jefferson County Circuit Court bench being vacated this summer by Judge Jennifer Weston.

February 05, 2018 ExpressVote to debut at primary

ExpressVote to debut at primary

By Alexa Zoellner | Posted: Monday, February 5, 2018

JEFFERSON — Voters across Jefferson County will have a new option for voting in the Tuesday, Feb. 20, primary election

January 29, 2018 Can you help our Jefferson County Veterans?
JEFFERSON — It almost goes without saying Jefferson County’s veterans have given much to the country — and the local community — during their military service. Now they are finding they need the community to step up and help them.


January 25, 2018 Proposed osteopathic college is still viable

By Steve Sharp

JEFFERSON — Jefferson County board Chairman Jim Schroeder said in recent days he remains optimistic a proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine will be located in Jefferson in the coming years and a representative of the proposed college, Mark Lefebvre, was of a similar mind

January 22, 2018 Law enforcement officers, citizens recognized for exemplary service

Jefferson County Chiefs, Sheriff Association

Fort Atkinson Police Chief Adrian Bump, right, presents the Community Excellence Award to Philip Jones of Jones Dairy Farm at the Jefferson County Chiefs and Sheriff Association 2018 Law Enforcement Banquet last week

January 22, 2018 Despite extra staff hours, social media asset for law agencies

By Alexa Zoellner |
Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018       

January 18, 2018 Jefferson County Receives Funds to Fight Opioid and Drug Epidemic

The Jefferson County Drug Free Coalition was recently awarded a grant of $10,300 by the Department of Health Services to combat the growing problem of opioids and drugs in the community. "This grant allows our coalition to work on several initiatives that together, will prevent drug abuse and reduce the number of overdoses in the County. We want to make sure that every community member has an opportunity to receive the education and services made possible by this grant." says Emi Reiner, Jefferson County Health Department Public Health Nurse and a member of the coalition.
January 18, 2018 Protect Yourself from Influenza

The Jefferson County Health Department has been notified by local hospitals and clinics that they are seeing a large number of patients with influenza. This is a trend seen nationwide with more cases and deaths reported than in other years

January 15, 2018 Jones resigns as 4-H/youth agent for county

JEFFERSON — Bruce Jones, who has served as the interim 4-H/youth development educator for Jefferson County’s University of Wisconsin-Extension office the past year, has resigned to re-enter the ministry.

His last day on the job will be Jan. 31.

January 12, 2018 Top three priorities for new UW-Extension educator position identified

By Alexa Zoellner |
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 6:50 am             

JEFFERSON — The top three priorities on which the future University of Wisconsin-Extension communities educator in Jefferson County should focus were identified during a visioning session Thursday.

January 05, 2018 Travis Tritt, Randy Houser to headline Jefferson County Fair
Travis Tritt, Randy Houser to headline Jefferson County Fair

Travis TrittRandy Houser

January 03, 2018 Candidates on ballot for April election

By Ryan Whisner | Posted: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 10:19 am             

JEFFERSON — Voters in many municipalities across Jefferson County will face a full ballot when they go to the polls for the April 3 election.

December 28, 2017 Jefferson County forms Zero Suicide Coalition

By Ryan Whisner |
Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2017 7:50 am 

JEFFERSON — Each year, more than 700 Wisconsin residents die by suicide.

No age, race or socioeconomic class is immune.

December 20, 2017 Schimel leads law enforcement roundtable talk - Drug abuse, mental health costs a concern

Wisconsin Attorney Brad Schimel continued his statewide tour of all 72 counties Monday with a roundtable discussion in Jefferson County held at the University of Wisconsin-Extension Jefferson County office. The purpose of the county roundtables is to find out what’s working, what’s not, where the county needs more resources and how can the Wisconsin Department of Justice help the community stay safer.
Ehrhardt 'Recycler of Year'