News – December 14, 2020

(Rubicon) A Neosho man was killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in the Town of Rubicon. The 40-year-old was driving his SUV on Highway 60, near Hartford when he lost control around 12:30pm. The vehicle entered the westbound lane and was broadsided by a pickup driven by a 50-year-old Horicon man. The Neosho man was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The Horicon man and his 11-year-old son were treated and released. Road conditions and blowing snow are considered factors of the crash which remains under investigation.

(Wisconsin) A Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team from Mississippi and Louisiana, normally deployed for incidents like tornadoes and hurricanes, will be helping distribute the doses of Pfizer’s vaccine regionally this week. Last week it was announced that Marshfield Clinic would serve as a regional distribution hub for the shots, which must be kept at extremely cold temps until they are ready to be given. Officials with Marshfield Clinic – which operates a facility in Beaver Dam – say despite the word “disaster” in the team’s title, there’s no reason for alarm and the team is just here to help.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin surpassed 4,000 deaths due to COVID-19 over the weekend. The state Department of Health Services reported 50 deaths Saturday, 15 more on Sunday, bringing the statewide death toll to 4,056. According to DHS, it took 144 days for the state to reach 1,000 deaths, but just 21 to go from 2,000 to 3,000, and another 21 days to reach 4,000. The seven day average of deaths Sunday was 48, and while that number does continue to decline, it compares with a seven day average of three deaths just a month ago. Wisconsin health officials reported 2,757 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s update. Dodge County has experienced 87 deaths and 9,674 cases, a one-day increase of 38.

(Wisconsin) A ruling is expected today after the State Supreme Court heard oral arguments on President Trump’s challenge to voting in Dane and Milwaukee Counties Saturday. At issue is whether a large number of ballots cast in the state’s two most populous counties would be tossed out. Any ruling would have to be made before noon, when the state’s electors are set to cast their votes for Joe Biden in the Electoral College.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam officials are talking about changing their voluntary debt cap policy from a fixed dollar amount to a percentage of debt capacity allowed by the state; 65-percent of capacity is the recommendation. The city is borrowing $6-million dollars next year and, under a 65-percent cap, would still have around $14.7-million dollars left in available borrowing. If the city were to continue borrowing $6-million and, as old debt is paid-off, by 2025 Beaver Dam would have around $11.5-million in available borrowing. The debt policy change is expected to be addressed at their next meeting.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s law of the month shines a spotlight on the importance of headlamps. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says with winter in full effect, days in Wisconsin are getting darker earlier. He says it is important to make sure all lights are in working order on your vehicle. This means headlamps, tail lamps and blinkers. The law states that any vehicle operated during the hours of darkness is required to be lit.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Senior Nutrition Program is in need of volunteers for their Home Delivered Meals Program. The service is designed to provide nutritious, well-balanced meals at a minimal cost for homebound seniors. Organizers say the program is in immediate need of both drivers and kitchen helpers. Contact information can be found with this news story at DailyDodge.com.

(Waupun) A sixth grade science teacher in Waupun is among the five Wisconsin finalists for the 2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Leigh Kohlmann teaches at Rock River Intermediate School. One awardee in mathematics and one awardee in science will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, professional development opportunities, and are honored at an award ceremony in Washington, D.C.  Kohlmann has been teaching in the Waupun School District for 32 years.