News – April 5, 2021

(Dodge County) There are several contested local municipal contests on tomorrow’s ballot. In addition to the Columbus mayor’s race, the city has three contested aldermanic races. There are also aldermanic contests in Mayville, Waupun and Fox Lake. There are races for Village President in Hustisford and Brownsville but no one is on the ballot for Town of Beaver Dam chair. School board races are on the ballot in the districts of Waupun, Watertown, Fall River, Randolph and Cambria-Friesland, which is also going to referendum along with Hustisford.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County’s district attorney has announced a run for the office of Wisconsin Attorney General. Eric Toney was first elected in 2012 and is serving his third term as the county’s top prosecutor.

(Milwaukee) Two children who were kidnapped by their father from Milwaukee yesterday (Sunday) were found safe, but the suspect is still at large. Darrell Harbour injured the children’s mother and fled in the victim’s vehicle with his two children. The 36-year-old is armed and believed to be traveling in a 2007 maroon Chevy Impala with Wisconsin license plates [AHA-8816].

(Portage) The Portage Fire Department battled a garage fire yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. The blaze, which was extinguished before spreading further into the structure, was reported at 120 East Carroll Street around 1:15pm. The cause was due to carelessly discarding hot coals in close vicinity to the garage and igniting combustible materials.

(Wisconsin) More than 20-percent of Wisconsinites have completed their COVID vaccinations. Wisconsin health officials say more than three-million vaccine doses have been administered, and more than a million Wisconsinites are now fully vaccinated. -WRN

(Wisconsin) Meanwhile, the seven-day average of new cases per day continues to increase, and is now three-point-three percent. The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported 235 hospitalized COVID-19 patients Sunday, including 62 in intensive care.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials made a downward adjustment of one COVID death yesterday bringing that number to 6,639. Dodge County has 161 deaths, two deaths have been reported since Friday.

(Wisconsin) Congressman Ron Kind is making a big push to get more broadband expansion funding into Wisconsin. Kind says it is vital that the money from the American Recovery Act goes towards expansion of broadband to help keep small town Wisconsin alive. Broadband expansion is also a focus for Governor Tony Evers’ proposed two-year state budget. -WRN

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam-based contractor – which serves 48 states and develops, manages and constructs commercial buildings – has announced the launch of its Cold Storage Division. WDS Construction President Ben Westra says throughout the COVID pandemic, they have experienced continued demand for their cold storage construction services. He says as they look to the future of food production and online food delivery industries, they created a Cold Storage division to meet that demand and further serve food processors and distributors.

(Juneau) Today (Monday) kickoffs Volunteer Week with the Wisconsin Extension’s Master Gardener Program. Volunteers with the Dodge County Master Gardeners play an important role in the region. They say volunteers maintain multiple educational programs in Juneau and Horicon, provide youth programs and teach educational programs to many social and civic organizations. This Wednesday is “Thank a Master Gardener Volunteer Day.” For more information about sending a thank you note, visit