Explore Watertown
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WatertownLiving.com has joined Explore Dodge County!  The greater Watertown area includes Alderley, Ashippun, Ebenezer, Emmet, Grellton, Ixonia, Lac La Belle, Lebanon, Mapleton, Monterey, parts of Oconomowoc, Oconomowoc Lake, Old Ashippun, Old Lebanon, Pipersville, Richwood, Shields, Sugar Island and Watertown, Wisconsin.

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Facts & Places

  • Watertown is in Jefferson and Dodge Counties
  • Major roads through Watertown include Highway 26, Highway 16 and Highway 19
  • Zip codes for Watertown are 53094 (Jefferson) and 53098 (Dodge)
  • Area code for Watertown is 920
  • Population for the city of Watertown is 21,598 (2000 Census)
  • Watertown is home to the historic Octagon House and the First Kindergarten in the United States.  [Watertown Tours]
  • Watertown schools include Watertown High School, Luther Preparatory High School, and Maranatha Baptist Bible College. Luther Prep is the oldest Lutheran high school in the United States, tracing its history to its founding in 1865 as the prep department of Northwestern College. [Watertown Schools]

Watertown Headlines

Weston retiring for love

Love and the law led Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Weston to a decision to set down her gavel. Weston recently submitted a retirement letter to state and county officials announcing her intention to "retire" after 16 years of public service as both a court commissioner or judge and 29 years total in the legal profession.

Watertown man sentenced 6 years in prison for child sexual assault charges

Stephen Buske, 20, was sentenced in Friday for sexual assault of a child under the age of 16, exposing a child to harmful materials and two counts of possession of child pornography, according to a release from the Dodge County Courthouse. Judge Martin J. De Vries also ordered that he serve an additional six years of supervision and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Jefferson County Chiefs and...

The 2018 Jefferson County Chiefs and Sheriff Association's banquet was held at Turner Hall in Watertown, with law enforcement officials and officers and area dignitaries in attendance for the meal and presentation. Honored at the banquet were Watertown Officer Mike Roehl as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Palmyra's Emil Johnson as Citizen of the Year, Jones Dairy Farm of Fort Atkinson as the recipient of the Community Excellence Award, Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Monica Hall as Support Person of the Year, Jefferson Police Officer Rocco Bartolotta as CIT Law Enforcement Officer, and Alexis Brown as Youth of the Year.


Wisconsin Headlines

Wisconsin tweaks dairy insurance program

The La Crosse Tribune reports that the Margin Protection Program for Dairy allows farmers to buy insurance that pays out when the cost to produce milk becomes too close to milk's selling price. More than 6,500 dairy farmers signed up for the program in its first year, but participation fell to less than 5,300 last year, with most farmers buying coverage for when margins fell below $4.

PHOTOS: Flooding and ice in southern Wisconsin

There is a Winter Weather Advisory for icing through Tuesday afternoon for: Crawford, Richland, Sauk, Columbia, Dodge, Juneau, Adams, Marquette, Green Lake. There is a Flood Warning for southwestern Grant until 1:15 p.m. A Flood Warning is also in effect for southeastern Dane, Green, Lafayette, Rock, and northern Walworth Counties until 9:45 a.m. Additionally, a Flood Watch remains in effect through Tuesday afternoon for Green, Rock, Jefferson and Walworth Counties.

PHOTOS: 10 Safest Cities in Wisconsin

Flood Warning issued February 20 at 10:16AM CST expiring February 22 at 6:00AM CST in effect for: Racine Flood Warning issued February 20 at 10:16AM CST expiring February 21 at 9:00AM CST in effect for: Milwaukee Flood Warning issued February 20 at 10:16AM CST expiring February 27 at 12:00AM CST in effect for: Kenosha Areal Flood Watch issued February 20 at 9:50AM CST expiring February 20 at 6:00PM CST in effect for: Green, Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Rock, Walworth, Waukesha Areal Flood Warning issued February 20 at 9:46AM CST expiring February 20 at 6:45PM CST in effect for: Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Rock, Walworth, Waukesha Winter Weather Advisory issued February 20 at 9:36AM CST expiring February 20 at 3:00PM CST in effect for: Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Sauk, Sheboygan Flood Watch issued February 20 at 4:32AM CST expiring ... (more)

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