News – August 3, 2020

(Wisconsin) Congressional Democrats and Republicans failed to agree over the weekend on a new coronavirus stimulus package. Wisconsin U-S Senator Ron Johnson is concerned, that people may be incentivized to not get back to work. On WISN Sunday, Johnson said overwhelmed state unemployment agencies are not checking to see whether recipients are searching for work, as required to get benefits.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 922 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update, which is 9.6-percent of the 9,600 tests announced. There are 9,994 active cases in the state, an increase of 241 from Saturday. There was one death reported by state health officials, for a total of 948. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 702 cases, an increase of 27 from Saturday.

(Wausau) Patrons at one Wausau “gentleman’s club” may have been exposed to more than they were hoping for in late July. An unidentified employee of Showtime Gentlemen’s Club may have exposed customers over four days between July 25th and 31st to COVID-19, according to a joint release by the Marathon County Health Department and the Club. Any customer who was at the facility during the evening hours of July 25th, 27th, 30th, and 31st is asked to keep an eye out for possible symptoms of COVID 19 and get tested through their primary care provider. No further information has been provided but Health officials say it’s yet another reminder to continue wearing masks in public, practice social distancing and avoid crowds if at all possible.

(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born was recently honored by the Wisconsin Counties Association for his work on behalf of county government during the 2019-2020 Legislative Session. The Beaver Dam Republican received the “WCA Outstanding Legislator Award” which is handed out biennially to a select group of legislators who represented county interests in both the legislature and in their districts. Two members of Born’s staff were also recognized.

(Beaver Dam) Moraine Park Technical College recently welcomed two new members to their district board. Kathy Schlieve of Waupun and Rob Johnson of West Bend will serve as additional member representatives with terms expiring in June 2023. Schlieve, who is the current city administrator for Waupun, says her commitment to higher education formed while watching her mother pursue a nursing degree from MPTC. Johnson says he is proud to now be part of the District Board and looks forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.

(Jefferson County) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is seeking public input in improvements along Highway 106, east of Fort Atkinson in Jefferson County. The project, which includes resurfacing nearly 10 miles of the 106, is currently scheduled for construction in 2026 but can be advanced to 2022. Work will also widen the paved portion of the existing shoulder from three-foot to five-foot, centerline as well as add rumble strips and pavement markings. A virtual public presentation detailing the project is available at DOT officials encourage nearby property owners to view the presentation and provide input. Comments can be sent in by August 21st.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers recently approved a $1.35 million-dollar contract to improve pavement markings at various locations on state and U.S. Highways throughout the northeast region of the state. Specifically the work will be performed on roads in 11 counties including; Brown, Calumet, Fond du Lac, Outagamie, Sheboygan, and Winnebago counties.

(Fond du Lac) The Wisconsin State Patrol will be watching for speeders and reckless drivers from above today in Fond du Lac County. Providing favorable weather, a plane will be paired with law enforcement teams on the ground to enforce traffic laws. Fond du Lac State Patrol Captain Ryan Chaffee says speeders and reckless drivers endanger everyone traveling along the roadways. He adds through public education and high-visibility enforcement they want motorists to voluntarily comply with traffic laws that are designed to keep everyone safe.