News – August 16, 2021

(Madison) Many school districts across Wisconsin are still in the process of deciding on mask policies, for when classes start this fall. Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer with the state Department of Health Services, says the masking recommendation from public health authorities is clear that masks work. Westergaard says that while cases of severe coronavirus infection and death in young children do remain rare, those under the age of 12 can spread COVID-19.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School Board will decide Monday if students will wear a mask when the school year starts next month. Last week, with one elected official absent, the board deadlocked four-to-four on the question of following the superintendent’s recommendation to begin the school year with masks being optional. The superintendent would have the flexibility to mandate masks at any time. Superintendent Mark DiStefano told us Tuesday on WBEV that there is a strong likelihood that masks will be required at the beginning of the school year but for now he is echoing the recommendations of health officials by also recommending, but not mandating, masks.

(Fort Atkinson) After four days, firefighters in Fort Atkinson were able to extinguish a warehouse fire over the weekend. On Saturday, the fire department posted to its Facebook page that operations at the warehouse had ended. The fire broke out Tuesday, filling the air with black smoke from burning tires. At its height, firefighters  from five counties were at the scene. Public health officials are recommending people wear an N95 mask if they live near the warehouse and change out their air conditioning and heating filters.

(Town of Elba) A two vehicle crash near Columbus Friday resulted in serious injuries to three people. The wreck occurred at the intersection of State Highway 16-60 and County Highway TT in the Town of Elba. A 40-year-old driving a Mitsubishi collided with a Subaru with three children. A 31-year-old and a ten-year-old in the front seat of the Subaru were flown to UW Madison, while the driver of the Mitsubishi was taken to Madison by ambulance. The sheriff drove a four-year-old and five-year old to the Madison hospital to be reunited with family. KILL AFTER 10:30am

(Town of Calumet) An 11-year-old boy was seriously injured on Lake Winnebago Sunday afternoon after falling onto a propellor while trying to get back into a boat after tubing. One of the children from the boat realized the boy needed help, so she – along with another individual from a nearby vessel – jumped into the water to help. They were able to get him into the boat and the child was taken to the Columbia Park boat landing before being flown to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee.

(Milwaukee) Monday will be your last day to get a refund for Summerfest if you don’t want to get vaccinated. Summerfest organizers announced last Friday that they would be opening up a three day window to get a return on your tickets if you don’t want to comply with being vaccinated or being tested for COVID to get into the shows. You’ll be able to get those refunds from either Ticketmaster or Summerfest until 7 pm on Monday.

(Fond du Lac County) The Fond du lac County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a single motorcycle crash on County Road RP/Van Dyne Road south of Cemetery Road in the Township of Friendship.  The Motorcycle was traveling northbound on County Road RP/Van Dyne Road when the driver lost control of motorcycle and went off the east shoulder of the roadway.  The lone occupant was ejected from the motorcycle and came to a rest in the east ditch.  The driver, a 32-year-old Oshkosh man was flown by Theda Star helicopter to Theda Clark Medical Center with serious injuries. The driver was not wearing a helmet, and alcohol is considered to be a factor in the crash.