News – August 30, 2023

(Beaver Dam) Representative Mark Born is not opposed to the state supporting renovations to the Milwaukee Brewers stadium, but noted that it should come from money collected from players. American Family Field, which first opened as Miller Park in 2001, is in need of more than $400-million in updates over the next 20 years. The stadium is owned by the state and the Brewers organization is a tenant with lease that expires in 2030. Born says the state collects roughly $14-million-dollars in state income tax from players and a plan is being set in motion to create a fund with that money to pay for the stadiums upkeep. The Beaver Dam Republican adds that those costs should not be a tax payers burden.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was convicted Tuesday of repeatedly assaulting a minor. Andrew Wallace made inappropriate contact with the victim while she was between the ages of 14 and before turning 16. A 10-year prison sentence was imposed and stayed and the 21-year-old Wallace was given 10-years of probation and must serve a year in jail.

(Green Lake) Green Lake County authorities helped locate a missing toddler at a campgrounds early Tuesday morning. Sheriff’s deputies responded to Hattie Sherwood Campground around 2:34am for a report of a missing two-and-a-half-year-old girl. Sheriff’s officials say the child was safely located with the help of infrared vision from a drone. She was sleeping on a sidewalk approximately 250 yards from the campsite the girl was reported missing from. The child was returned to the care of her parents.

(Juneau) The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is in effect until Labor Day. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says that his department will be focusing on heavy traffic and keeping as many impaired drivers off the roadway as possible. He adds that driving impaired is not just limited to alcohol, but drugs as well, including marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Last year in Wisconsin, there were 6,230 alcohol-related crashes that killed 155 people which was one-quarter of all traffic fatalities.

(Waupun) SSM Health’s Waupun Memorial Hospital was recently recognized for their patient experience. The facility was among 227 other hospitals singled out for this distinction. Waupun Memorial Hospital President DeAnn Thurmer says providing the best care experience for all their patients is important to them. Becker’s has compiled the list of the top hospitals for patient experience in each state using Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Waupun facility was on this list and is a CMS five-star hospital.