News – August 30, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam Chief Administrative Officer Angelia Foster says they have seen a significant increase in COVID activity at the hospital and it is putting a strain on her staff. She says her staff are tired and are exhausted physically by the demands of the job, with some choosing to retire. Foster adds that even though she has capacity in her ICU for six beds, she only has staff for four. Foster says they will be ready to meet the needs of the community no matter what, but the hospital needs the community’s help as well by social distancing, wearing masks, and getting vaccinated.

(Madison) The State Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to Dane County’s mask mandate. On Friday, the court issued a 4 to 3 ruling against hearing that complaint from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty. The group sought to strike down the mandate, based on earlier rulings against Dane County’s closure of schools. The lawsuit will have to make its way through Dane County’s circuit court and appeals court first. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) An organization that connects children with the outdoors is holding their first event in Beaver Dam next month. KAMO, which stands for Kids and Mentors Outdoors, opened a chapter in Dodge County. The group’s mission is to give children access to a variety of experiences that help them develop an appreciation for nature. The event will be on September 12th at Waterworks Park in Beaver Dam with kayaking and fishing planned. More information is available at

(Portage) A motorcyclist was killed in the City of Portage Sunday. The 39-year-old biker lost control heading westbound on Highway 33 near East Cook Street around 4:15pm. The motorcycle and the operator crossed into the eastbound traffic lane and were struck by a tractor-trailer. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi was uninjured. The crash is being investigated by the Wisconsin State Patrol.

(Lewiston) A woman was killed when a tree fell on top of her in the Township of Lewiston Sunday afternoon. The oak tree had fallen on top of an off-road vehicle as the woman and her husband were mowing a path near County Highway O around 3:40pm. Lifesaving measures were unsuccessful, and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The husband sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Names of those involved are not being released at this time.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has ramped up enforcement of alcohol and drug impaired driving. Through September 6th, the department will be joining other law enforcement agencies across the state for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Sergeant Jeremy Wolfe says traffic deaths and injuries are preventable, whether it’s alcohol, legal prescriptions or illegal drugs, impaired drivers endanger everyone. In 2020, there were 6,050 alcohol related crashes that resulted in 167 deaths.

(Madison) The World Naked Bike Ride made its return to Madison after a year off due to the pandemic. The 11th annual ride promotes body image positivity and alternatives to fossil fuels. Dozens of mostly bare cyclists rode across Downtown on a hot, humid Saturday, including up State Street and around Capitol Square. Milwaukee is a bit behind Madison on this event — that city’s first ever World Naked Bike Ride is scheduled for Saturday, September 11th.