News – April 14, 2020

(Beaver Dam) Jill Karofsky defeated the incumbent in the race for state Supreme Court while a Dodge County Circuit Court seat was secured by Kristine Snow. Another term for Waupun Mayor Julie Nickel, and Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen who gave up a seat on the Dodge County Board that was won via write-in campaign by former Beaver Dam Fire Chief Del Yaroch (yarr-ick). Mayville Mayor Rob Boelk received five write-in votes for a seat on the Dodge County Board and will announced later today if he will accept. Boelk, meanwhile, withstood his own challenge from two write-in candidates to secure another term as mayor. Dodge County Board Supervisor Lisa Derr ran as a write-in for her own seat and defeated yet another write-in candidate in representing the Beaver Dam-area. Speaking of which, incumbent supervisor Kevin Burnett withstood a challenge for his Beaver Dam-area seat on the Dodge County Board while incumbent William Hoekstra (hook-strah) lost his Waupun-area seat to Travis Schultz. Horicon Alderman Dick Marschke (marsh-key) withstood a challenge along with Beaver Dam Alderman Ken Anderson. Beaver Dam Alderwoman Mary Morgan lost to former Alderman Mike Wissell (WISS-el). Cindy Damm (Dam) lost her seat on the Columbus School Board. School funding referenda in Columbus and Juneau were approved.

(Dodge County) The Wisconsin Department of Health is reporting that the state has experienced ten more deaths from Sunday to Monday, bringing the total to 154 and one of those deaths is the first reported in Dodge County. That individual was a male in his sixties and was hospitalized out of state while traveling. As for positive cases, there was an increase of 87 announced yesterday with 3428 now confirmed. Of those cases, 993 people required hospitalization, which is 29-percent. Dodge County has 19 positive cases. Green Lake County Public Health Department has announced their first positive test.

(Madison) The State Assembly is poised to meet virtually on a Coronavirus relief package. A number of state representatives will be digitally taking part in today’s (Tuesday) session, while some members will be making the trip out to the Capitol to take part in person. The basic part of the bill would supplement a sweeping federal aid package. It will eliminate the one week waiting period to apply for unemployment, delay late fees on tax payments, and modify how many hours students have to be in school to graduate. Republicans had tried to add language to the bill that would give the Joint Finance Committee unfettered access to cutting the state budget, but that language has apparently been removed from the bill.

(Milwaukee) The first lawsuit is filed in connection with last week’s coronavirus-marred elections in Wisconsin. A group of 14 Milwaukee-area residents filed a class action lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Madison. The suit seeks a partial re-vote of last week’s election, which saw long lines at polling places in Milwaukee and Green Bay. The suit names Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald as defendants, along with the state individually, the Legislature and the Wisconsin Elections Commission. The goal is not a new election but an “order to count the votes of all those who were disenfranchised April 7,” the plaintiffs’ attorneys say in a news release.

(Madison) A COVID-19 patient at UW Hospital in Madison has received the first transfusion of plasma from a patient who donated it after recovering from the virus. Gary Dalgaard of Sun Prairie and his wife are both donating plasma. The UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) and UW Health are part of a nationwide effort to study whether plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 given to patients who are seriously ill with the disease can help shorten the duration or severity of their illness.

(Wisconsin) An online survey of three thousand people working from home finds Wisconsin workers are drinking on the job. Thirty-two percent of those surveyed say they have consumed alcohol during work hours.  Thirty-two percent is same as the national rate of people drinking on the job. The drink of choice appears to be beer, 38 percent, followed by cocktails, wine and straight spirits. Officials at Alcohol-dot-org say men went for beer while women chose cocktails.