News – August 17, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Masks will be required for Beaver Dam School District students and staff when the school year starts next month. The school board voted Monday night six-to-three in favor of face coverings. The decision comes as COVID cases increase throughout the area. According to the CDC, Dodge County has a high level of community transmission. The district does have the right at any point to amend the requirement based on local transmission levels.

(Wisconsin) Mask policies will not be uniform across the University of Wisconsin System this fall. Administrators on the UW System’s Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Superior, Stevens Point, Oshkosh, Parkside and Platteville campuses have announced mask requirements for students and employees. At Eau Claire, Stout, River Falls, La Crosse and Whitewater, campus officials have announced mask expectations. The UW System is not requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night authorized the mayor to take any necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID. Amendments to impose a mask mandate on city properties failed as did an effort to make any of the mayor’s decisions subject to council approval. The city is currently only recommending that masks be worn indoors. Officials indicated that alderpersons with concerns could request to attend council meetings by video conferencing.

(Beaver Dam) A lawsuit against the city of Beaver Dam related to the construction of a northside apartment building appears to be coming to an end. Oak Point Village was built in the city but only had access on a township road, leading to all kinds of issues. The city council last night authorized the city’s insurance carrier to resolve the matter and accept the developer’s latest proposal. The city will pay $25-thousand dollars, half the cost for a short portion of Woodland Drive which was apparently already agreed to years ago in an initial developer’s agreement.

(Green Lake) One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Green Lake Monday morning. The Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Highway 73 at County Highway H around 7:40am. A 74-year-old woman operating a Sedan did not stop at a stop sign and struck a straight truck. The woman was killed while the 24 and 30-year-old occupants of the truck suffered non-life threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Police Officers will be holding some training exercises Tuesday and want the public to know that it will only be a drill. Sergeant Craig Retzlaff says there will be numerous police and fire vehicles at Jefferson Elementary School between 9am and 5:30pm. They will also be utilizing the parking lot of the Beaver Dam Town Hall at various points throughout the day. Retzlaff says it is only training and asks the public to refrain from calling 9-1-1 to report the activity unless you have an emergency of your own.

(Columbia County) Two lanes of I-39/90/94 southbound near the Highway 60 interchange for Lodi and Arlington in Columbia County are closed this morning. Crews will complete pavement repairs to the southbound Interstate near the WIS 60 interchange. The closure will end around 9:30am. Transportation officials say significant backups and delays are expected as only one lane will be open through the area. Motorists are urged to plan ahead and allow extra time or use alternate routes. All I-39/90/94 interchange ramps at Highway 60 will remain open. – Kill at 8:30am

(Wisconsin) It’s time again for “The Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin” contest. Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and Johnson Financial Group sponsors the annual competition, which aims to highlight manufacturing; a sector which employs one in every six people in Wisconsin. Any product made in Wisconsin can qualify. In 2019, Mayville Engineering Company’s 400 Defender clay target machine was a top four finalist. The nomination period closes September 3rd. A link to nominate a product can be found at