News – August 2, 2021

(Hartford) A flight instructor is dead after she is one of two injured when a small plane crashed near Hartford Saturday. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says they got word of the crash around 11:22am It took place in a corn field next to the Hartford Municipal Airport west of County Highway U and south of Arthur Road. Two people were inside the plane, a man who was piloting and the woman who was giving him instruction. Both were taken to the hospital where the woman passed away from her injuries. The sheriff’s office is investigating the crash, with assistance from the FAA.

(Beaver Dam) It is that time of year again as the Annual National Night Out comes to Swan Park Tuesday night from 5pm till 8pm. Free and open to the public, the event offers residents the chance to interact with local law enforcement in a stress-free environment. Members of the Beaver Dam Fire Department, Beaver Dam Police Department, Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, and other law enforcement organizations will be joined by community service groups to provide helpful information to attendees. The event will also feature music and food for purchase from Cousin Subs, Chippy’s Popcorn, Marcos Pizza, and Recheck’s Food Pride.

(Columbus) A Columbus man was sworn into duty as part of the Wisconsin State Patrol’s 66th Recruit Class. A graduation ceremony was recently held for David Schwoerer, along with 41 others. The new officers had to complete 26 weeks of comprehensive training covering topics including traffic and criminal laws, emergency vehicle operations, firearm proficiency, crises management, and lifesaving skills. Schwoerer was assigned as a Columbia County trooper.

Fond du Lac County Deputies and Village of Campbellsport Police responded to 211 Spring St. in the Village of Campbellsport after reports Sunday evening of an ATV crash with injuries.  Witnesses reported that the operator, a 52-year old Campbellsport man, sustained serious injuries in the crash.  The individual was transported by ThedaStar medical helicopter to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah.  Assisting on the scene was Campbellsport Fire/EMS and Eden Fire Department.  Officers determined that speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.  The operator is facing charges of operating an ATV while intoxicated and operating an ATV in a careless manner.  Village of Campbellsport Police Department is handling the investigation.

(Washington County) Preventative maintenance work on bridges along I-41 in Washington County is set to start this week. The $242-thousand-dollar project will see crews apply a protective thin polymer overlay to the structures located between Highway 144 and the Dodge County Line. State transportation officials say outside lane closures along I-41 northbound and southbound are needed for crews to complete the work. Officials note that a full overnight closure for the Highway 144 bridge over I-41 is anticipated to take place this Friday from 7pm to 6am. The project will start Wednesday and is slated to be completed later this summer.

(Wisconsin) Deputy Health Services Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk says more than 98-percent of COVID cases this year have been among the unvaccinated. Vaccination rates of eligible adults vary widely by county in Wisconsin. Dane, Door and Bayfied counties are at or above 70-percent fully vaccinated. Dodge County is at 39.7-percent. About 60-percent of eligible adults statewide are fully vaccinated. – WRN

(Wisconsin) A new reports finds Wisconsin and other states failed to meet federal rules for clearing unemployment appeals. The Legislative Audit Bureau has found that the state Department of Workforce Development failed to comply with federal regulations regarding unemployment appeals between June 2020 and May 2021, as the coronavirus pandemic swept the state and nation. That means that less than 80 percent of appeals were resolved in 45 days, and the average age of appeals filed that are awaiting a hearing is 58 days. That’s nearly two weeks more than the number of days allowed by federal regulations. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre recently awarded their Jerome H. Kamps Memorial Award. Beaver Dam High School graduate Kelsey Saniter was the 2021 recipient. To qualify for the $500 annual award sponsored by the Kamps family, the recipient must be a graduating senior from Beaver Dam High School, Wayland Academy, or a high school from the surrounding area, who is pursuing post-graduation education. This fall, Saniter will be attending UW-Eau Claire where she will pursue a degree in health care.