News – April 1, 2021

(Fond du Lac County) Fond du Lac County authorities recovered a body from Lake Winnebago yesterday (Wednesday) that matched the description of one of the victims reported missing from a canoe Monday night. The recovered victim was located in the area GPS coordinates obtained from 911 calls made by Dakota Goldapske and Michael Gohde. The search for the second victim was suspended for boat crew and driver safety due to weather conditions. Recovery efforts will continue today.

(Beaver Dam) The four candidates appearing on the ballot for State Senate District 13 appeared at a Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce-sponsored debate last (Wednesday) night. Republican John Jagler, American Solidarity candidate Ben Schmitz, Democrat Melissa Winker and Trump Conservative Spencer Zimmerman stated their cases to fill the seat vacated by Scott Fitzgerald. You can find audio and – very shortly – video of the debate at DailyDodge.com…

(Columbus) …where you will also hear our interviews with the candidates for Columbus mayor, who were our guests this week on WBEV’s Community Comment. Columbus-native Mary Arnold has served nine years on the school board. JD Milburn moved to Columbus in 2009 and volunteers the chamber and the fire department. Current Mayor Michael Thom (home) is not seeking reelection.

(Madison) The State Supreme Court ruling 4-to-3 yesterday that Governor Evers cannot keep issuing emergency declarations, like mask mandates, beyond the original 60-day window, without legislative approval. Evers says he does not agree with the ruling but does respect the court’s authority. – WRN

(Juneau) Dodge County health officials continue to urge residents to take precautions to protect from COVID. Health Officer Abby Sauer says everyone is ready for the pandemic to be over, and while current numbers are promising, she urges all citizens to remain cautious, wear masks and practice good public health – even those who have been vaccinated.

(Wisconsin) More than a million adults in Wisconsin are now vaccinated against the COVID. Nearly 30-percent of adults have gotten one dose, including nearly 15-percent of all Dodge County residents. – WRN

(Dodge County) The state reported ten COVID deaths Wednesday, including one in Dodge County and two in Washington county, bringing the statewide total to 6,622.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School District Wall of Fame Committee has announced that 1972 graduate Mark Malak (mal-ick) is their latest Outstanding Alumni, recognized for his work with the Grammy-winning band Asleep at the Wheel. Three Friends of Education will also be recognized: Nate Dassler (daz-ler), Laura Goral (gore-ul) and Breuer (brewer) Metal.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s next round of federal unemployment payments should be easier to get. The state workforce agency says 26-thousand people in the state now qualify for up to 600-dollars a week in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. The agency says a new internet portal to make it easier to apply and track claims launches next week. – WRN