(Madison) Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has declared a State of Emergency. In the wake of a winter storm that brought significant snowfall to parts of Wisconsin, life threatening cold air will cover the state this week, setting possible record overnight lows of 15-to-25 below zero with wind chills from 35-to-50 below. Our entire listening area is under a Wind Chill Advisory until 6pm this (Tuesday) evening when it changes into a Wind Chill Warning that runs through noon on Thursday. Evers’ Executive Order directs all state agencies to assist with any emergency response and recovery efforts.
(Beaver Dam) The National Weather Service says Beaver Dam picked up eleven-and-a-half inches (11.5”) of snow through 4:30pm yesterday (Monday). Over one foot of snow was reported in West Bend, Ripon and Fond du Lac. Portage finished the day with ten-and-a-half inches (10.5”) while Berlin came in at just under eleven inches.
(Juneau) With severe winter weather upon us, the Dodge County Highway Department is encouraging motorists to slow down and not pass snowplows. Officials say local snowplow operators are required to work around the clock for several days with a standard work policy of 16-hours on-duty and six hours off between shifts. This can make for a challenging work environment which is magnified by slippery roads, low visibility and subzero temperatures. To see the specific hours that local state and county roads are plowed, check out the news tab on DailyDodge.com.
(Lomira) Firefighters battled a silo fire in freezing cold temperatures on Sunday morning. Crews responded to Elm Drive in the Town of Lomira around 7:30am and arrived to find smoke coming from the top of the structure. Knowles Fire Chief Jason Kuehl (keel) says the smoldering haylage, 30-feet deep, was attacked from the top using a bucket truck. Because of the temperatures, personnel had to rotate out every 15-minutes; Mayville EMS was on scene to help. There were no injuries. “Everything was freezing,” Kuehl says. Over 26-thousand gallons of water were used. Personnel were on scene for around three-and-a-half hours.
(Sun Prairie) A second lawsuit over the fatal explosion last summer in Sun Prairie, where a firefighter was killed and a half-block of the downtown area was leveled. The city of Sun Prairie filed the latest lawsuit. Firefighter Corey Barr’s widow filed the first suit last month. Sun Prairie is suing Bear Communications and V-C Tech saying each company failed to identify a natural gas line, resulting in the explosion. Bear is accused of not verifying that V-C Tech was licensed and that underground utilities were not properly marked. The suit seeks for unspecified damages.
(Beaver Dam) The largest landlord for bankrupt Shopko Stores wants a judge to begin liquidation for the Wisconsin-based retail chain. Shopko Note Holding says sale of Shopko’s pharmacy assets did not meet expectations and serve as indication that Shopko will not reorganize. Shopko filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this month. Calls by WBEV-WXRO to Shopko corporate offices about the future of pharmacies in Beaver Dam, Mayville, Columbus and Watertown were not immediately returned.
(Waupun) Waupun was recently recognized as the ninth safest city in Wisconsin. The rankings released by the National Council for Home Safety and Security reviewed over 7,600 Wisconsin communities. Waupun finished in the top ten after ranking fourteenth last year. Police Chief Scott Louden says being proactive has allowed the city to jump up in the rankings. Waupun had the fifth fewest property crimes, with 81, and sixth lowest in its property crime rate. Watertown was ranked as the 20th safest city while Beaver Dam was ranked 36th.
(Dodge County) All snowmobile trails in Dodge County are now open. Dan Schultz with Dodge County Parks and Trails ask riders to use caution as all trails are still in early season conditions. He says be extremely careful in plowed fields and marshy areas as there may be open water and icy corners. The Fox Lake Snow Blazers Snowmobile Club is highly encouraging riders to stay off of the Fox Lake because of open water and thin ice. In addition, the Wild Goose State Trail is open to ATV and UTV traffic from Highway 60 to Highway 49.