News – August 28, 2021

(Waupun) A detached garage in Waupun was damaged by fire yesterday (Friday) afternoon. Crews responded to 516 Grace Street around 11:18am for a report of a structure fire. Smoke and flames coming from the garage were visible upon arrival. Fire Chief B.J. DeMaa says firefighters forced entry into the garage through a service door and discovered a fire burning near the roof. He says crews initiated an interior fire attack and quickly knocked down the blaze before it extended to the nearby house. Damage was contained to the garage with initial damage estimates of $3,000 to $5,000. DeMaa says while the fire remains under investigation, lightening in the area is being looked at as a possible cause. No one was injured during the incident. Assisting the Waupun Fire Department was the Waupun Police Department and Lifestar Ambulance.

(Kettle Moraine) Speed was a contributing factor in a fatal motorcycle crash in the Campbellsport area Thursday afternoon. Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s officials say an Eldorado man was heading west on County Road F and failed to negotiate a curve around 4:30pm. He laid down the motorcycle, slid across the roadway, down an embankment, and struck a pier. The motorcycle and driver ended up in Kettle Moraine Lake. The first deputy on the scene removed the 51-year-old from the water and attempted life saving measures, but the man died at the scene. The DNR Campbellsport Ambulance and Campbellsport Fire Department Dive Team assisted the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office.

(Kenosha) Kenosha County prosecutors say they are trying to keep Kyle Rittenhouse’s supporters off the accused killer’s jury. Prosecutors filed a motion last week seeking a list of people who donated money to help the teenager’s defense. His lawyer says he can’t say who donated to his client’s defense — because he doesn’t know. Rittenhouse is accused of shooting three men last summer during the Kenosha riots, killing two. His case has become a cause for gun-rights supporters, who’ve contributed millions to his legal defense fund. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Democratic Governor Tony Evers says Republicans are going to have to answer for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a review of the 2020 presidential election. Comments from Evers came in response to former Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus saying the review could cost nearly 700 thousand dollars.  Evers says spending that much money on “something that has already been decided” is wrong. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says said he thinks the investigation will be wrapped up by early November. – WRN

(Dodge County) Vehicle sales in Dodge County through July have seen a sharp increase after struggling last year due to the pandemic. According to the Waterloo-based, auto industry tracking firm Reg-Trak, 2,382 vehicles rolled off dealer lots through July in Dodge County, an increase of 24-percent. Truck sales were up 23-percent with 2,128 sold. Car sales rose to over 25-percent with 254 units sold compared to 203 in 2020. In Columbia County, there were 1,688 vehicles sold this year, up 27-percent from last year. The number of trucks purchased in 2021 increased by 27-percent also with 1,481 sold. Car sales jumped from 157 to 207 sold this year, an increase of nearly 32-percent. Consumers in Jefferson County bought 405 more trucks in 2021, a jump of 36-percent. Car sales increased by 29-percent with 230 sold this year compared to 178 in 2020. There were 1,748 total vehicle sales in Jefferson County, an overall increase of 35-percent. The nine-county, south central Wisconsin region as a whole saw 27-thousand vehicle sales, an increase of 23-percent over last year. Overall truck sales in 2021 were up 25-percent while car sales increased 13-percent.

(Madison) Interim University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson continues to defend his decision to implement campus COVID protocols, without first getting approval from Republican legislators. Thompson spoke to WisPolitics on Thursday, the same day that Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke indicated in a tweet that lawmakers would be unlikely to sue the UW System over its pandemic response. – WRN

(Watertown) Watertown Regional Medical Center is now offering robotic-assisted surgery. The addition to the operating room provides surgeons and patients with another option for minimally invasive general surgeries, including hernia repair, gallbladder surgery, hysterectomies, endometriosis, and more. The surgeries utilize the da Vinci X robotic surgical system. Robotic surgery is designed to enhance a surgeon’s capabilities and much like a doctor uses an MRI or CT scan to “see” inside the body, the da Vinci system is used by surgeons to extend the capabilities of their eyes and hands, while maintaining complete control throughout the surgical process. Watertown Regional Medical Center CEO Richard Keddington says robotic surgery gives residents of Watertown and the surrounding communities close access to the most technologically advanced care available. Some of the benefits to patients who choose to utilize the robotic technology include; less postoperative pain, shorter hospital stays, faster recoveries, quicker return to normal activities, less risk of infection, less blood loss and fewer blood transfusions, less scarring, and fewer wound complications. A link to more information is available at

(Beaver Dam) The founder and CEO of Good Karma Brands, parent company of WBEV, 95x, and, says the tandem of Bill McCollum and the late John Moser had a profound impact on Dodge County. Craig Karmazin joined the WBEV Morning Show yesterday (Friday). Karmazin says the fact that both men have spent over a century combined at the radio station is unheard of. “Uncle Bill” and John were inducted as 2020 WBA Local Broadcast Legends this past week.