News – April 13, 2020


(Oak Grove) The Juneau Fire Department responded to a weekend barn fire. Crews responded at 12:38pm Saturday after receiving reports that flames were visible on the roof of the barn located on Sunset Road in the town of Oak Grove. Juneau arrived on scene within ten minutes and firefighters extinguished the flames with what Chief Curt Ninmann called a “quick knockdown” with minimal damage to the empty barn. Crews were on scene for one hour. Extra engines responded from Beaver Dam, Burnett and Hustisford RIT along with water tenders from Hustisford, Fox Lake, Beaver Dam, Kekoskee and Woodland. EMS Units from Juneau and Horicon responded for rehab of firefighters.

(Oak Grove) Two people from Juneau killed Thursday evening in a head-on collision were identified over the weekend as 22-year-old Ryan Wehrmann and his passenger, 24-year-old Tegan Strook. The two were pronounced dead at the scene after Wehrman’s eastbound car collided with a westbound pickup truck on County W in the Town of Oak Grove. The driver of the pickup, 21-year-old Blake Haines of Fox Lake, was flown to UW Hospital with serious injuries.

(Dodge County) The Wisconsin Department of Health is reporting that the state has experienced seven more deaths from Saturday to Sunday, bringing the total to 144. There was an increase of 128 positive cases with 3341 now confirmed. Of those cases, 974 people required hospitalization, which is 29-percent. To date nearly 36-thousand Wisconsinites have been tested and were found not to have coronavirus. Dodge County has 19 positive cases while the number of negative results has increased from 473 on Saturday to 517 on Sunday. There are 24 positive cases in Columbia County with one death on record. Washington County has had 71 people test positive with three deaths. Fond du Lac County has 52 positive tests and two deaths. Jefferson County is at 23 positive cases.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County Public Health Officer Kim Mueller feels the county is in a pretty good place right now as far as the number of positive cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations it has had. She says the way they started out about a month ago she felt there would have been more. Meanwhile hospitals and health care officials continue planning for the worst and hoping for the best. She also finds encouragement in the number of people who have been able to recover from the virus. Mueller says social distancing and isolation are working, but we need to keep it up.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin continues to be under a moratorium on evictions for non-payment. Money is tight for a lot of people, and that might mean that rent checks aren’t being paid. But for now, no one is going to be evicted from their homes for non-payment. State consumer protection administrator Lara Sutherlin says that doesn’t mean your rent check to your landlord is forgiven, though. She says that landlords that need to get help paying their own bills during this time are encouraged to get help from their bank or their mortgage lender to get past the crisis.

(Wisconsin) Small businesses are likely the most to benefit from a second stimulus bill from the U.S. Government to pump up the economy during the COVID-19 outbreak. That bill could carry a price tag of up to $500 billion. Congressman Glenn Grothman says it seems much too soon to be passing another stimulus bill when checks are still going out and loans are still being processed and the impact of the first bill isn’t really known. He also feels not everyone getting financial assistance through the first bill really needed it.

(Dodge County) A new program has been launched in Dodge and Jefferson Counties to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The Back to Business program is intended for businesses with fewer than 500 employees and will help them navigate their eligibility for loans and grant programs created by federal state or local legislation. Back to Business will remain available through the end of July. Services are offered virtually and are provided free of charge. More information can be found on DailyDodge.com.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department recently addressed if the COVID-19 pandemic has caused criminal activities to diminish. Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson says it is too early to tell but notes that they will have a better idea in a few months if certain unlawful acts, such as drunk driving, have been impacted. He says that once the figures come in, he suspects that there will be a decrease in the number of drunk driving arrests not only in Beaver Dam but across the whole state. Sheriffs and police chiefs throughout the state have routinely asked citizens to voluntarily comply with the “Safer at Home” order, adding that failure to do so puts others and the community at risk.

(Fond du Lac) Small businesses in Fond du Lac, Green Lake, and Winnebago counties can get some help through these troubled times with a U.S. Small Business Administration micro-loan. Kathy Doyle is the Business Development Director for ADVOCAP. She says they can guide you through the process and any businesses applying now will be able to get a 6 month deferral through September 27th. The loans are good for 6 years and the average loan is about $14,000 which can be used for working capital, equipment and other costs. More information is available at the ADVOCAP website under the business development area or you can give Doyle a call at (920) 922-7760.

(Waupun) Celebrate Waupun 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Waupun Festivals along with city officials cite the uncertainty of the COVID-19 health crises, unknown timeframe of non-essential business closings, social distancing requirements, the unknown financial recovery situation and necessary time and energy of volunteers as factors. Organizers says they cannot in good conscience go ahead with Celebrate Waupun and bring thousands of people together even if COVID-19 cases diminish and the curve is flattened. In addition to the festival, the fireworks show scheduled for June 28 has also been canceled. Waupun Festivals says everyone should focus on helping their fellow citizens and local businesses in order to strengthen our community once this pandemic passes. They add that they look forward to Celebrate Waupun in June 2021, from the 25th through the 27th.

(Wyocena) Construction work at the WIS 16/WIS 22 interchange south of Wyocena in Columbia County is scheduled to begin today (April 13). Improvements include raising the Wisconsin Highway 22 bridge to a 16.3-foot clearance, replacement of the bridge deck and guardrail, and pavement repair for the WIS 16 on and off-ramps. The posted state detour for the Wisconsin Highway 22 bridge closure will use WIS 33 and US 51. Motorists are urged to plan for alternate routes.

(Wisconsin) A recent open records audit from Marquette University shows that local governments in Wisconsin are doing well in providing information to people. The team sent out requests to 10 states asking for complaints about potholes, arrest reports and hiring records. Professor A. Jay Wagner says there’s a sheriff’s department in Oklahoma that still refuses to comply with their request. Wagner says that everyone in Wisconsin complied with the requests, or the records simply weren’t available.

(Dodge County) The polls close today and we will have the results for you as soon as they are available at DailyDodge.com.