News – December 2, 2020

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department says a sprinkler system saved an apartment building from widespread damage last month. Deputy Fire Chief Matt Christian told the city’s Police and Fire Commission last (Tuesday) night that the new apartments on Mary Ann Road were equipped with sprinklers that extinguished the fire prior to the arrival of first responders. Christian says such incidents are why fire departments around the state stress the importance of sprinklers in multi-family structures and apartment complexes because as he says sprinklers save property and lives.

(Princeton) An antique store in Green Lake County was burglarized early Monday morning. The suspects forced their way through the front door of the River City Antique Mall at 328 Fulton Street around 2:45am. Police Chief Matthew Bargenquast says the suspect removed numerous pieces of jewelry and coins. The suspect fled through a door on the north side of the building. Anyone with information on the antique mall burglary are asked to contact the Princeton Police Department or the Green Lake County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-GET-THEM.

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers is denouncing a lawsuit filed by the Trump Campaign to attempt to overturn the state’s election. The response from the Governor’s office calls the President’s lawsuit (quote) “a shocking and outrageous assault on our democracy.” Evers says that the President is seeking relief outside of the elections laws he claims are being violated. The President is challenging votes being cast in only Dane and Milwaukee Counties, and Evers says that is proof that the president is simply trying to seize the election, rather than being concerned with the validity of how the election was run. -WRN

(Wisconsin) One of the state’s most powerful Republican lawmakers is leaving office. Marinette assemblyman John Nygren announced yesterday (Tuesday) that he is stepping down to pursue a job in the private sector. Nygren was the Assembly co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, and served in the Assembly for seven terms. Representative Mark Born from Beaver Dam said under Nygren’s leadership Wisconsin has seen balanced budgets, lower taxes and the largest rainy day fund in the state’s history. -WRN contributed

(Markesan) State Senator-elect Joan Ballweg of Markesan is one six Republican State Senators that will serve on the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. State Senate Majority Leader-elect Devon LeMahieu (lem-muh-HEW) Tuesday announced his appointments to the JFC for the 2021-22 legislative session. The appointments will take effect in January. Ballweg currently represents the 41st State Assembly District, but was elected last month to succeed Senator Luther Olsen in representing the 14th State Senate District.

(Dodge County) A record 107 COVID-19 related deaths were reported in Wisconsin on Tuesday. An increase was expected, as reporting caught up after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Department of Health Services clarified that this is the date the death was reported to public health agencies, not the date of death. There were 4,078 positive coronavirus cases reported in Tuesday’s update. There are 68,406 active cases in the state, a decrease of 368 from Monday. Dodge County has experienced 74 deaths with 997 active cases.

(Dodge County) The Dodge County region continues to see a high average of weekly positive COVID-19 tests. That is according to the latest update from the Dodge County Health Department which says from November 23rd through the 29th, 616 people out of the 1,315 tested were confirmed to have coronavirus; a rate of nearly 47-percent. County health officials say due to a steady increase in infections, contact tracing has been delayed slightly. They encourage those with a positive result to notify close contacts while waiting for Public Health to call.

(Waukesha) A Waukesha County judge is temporarily blocking the governor’s office from releasing the names of businesses with employers or customers testing positive for COVID-19. Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce took the case to court. Spokesperson Kurt Bauer calls the list “misleading,” saying it would make things difficult for Wisconsin businesses that are already struggling. The governor’s people says the list is meant to help consumers make informed decisions about where they do business. -WRN

(Waupun) The state’s Department of Corrections is planning to close a cell hall at Waupun Correctional Institution. The move is expected to decrease the institution’s population by approximately 20-percent. Around 220 inmates being moved from the maximum security prison, are classified as medium-security and will be moved to various other medium-security DOC prisons across the state over the next few months. Transfers are already underway and are expected to continue through February. The move also helps alleviate long-standing staff vacancy issues at the facility. The proposed decrease in the prison’s population will lower the number of direct staffed posts by eight per-day, and eliminate daily relief positions needed for the cell hall.

(Madison) The Wisconsin DNR says the deer harvest for the 2020 nine-day gun deer hunt was up nearly 16 percent over 2019. The buck harvest was up by 12.2 percent and the antlerless total by 19 percent. A total of 188,712 deer were taken during the season, which included 85,340 bucks and 103,372 antlerless deer. All management zones showed harvest increases from 2019, but harvest trends lagged behind 2018 which had the highest total deer harvest since 2013. As of Sunday a total of 820,299 licenses were sold for all deer seasons including 569,203 for the 9-day gun deer hunt.

(Dodge County) Dodge County set a new record for total harvest with 2,749 deer. According to the DNR website, the previous record was set in 2006 at 2,218.

(Waushara County) The Department of Natural Resources has released more details about a hunting accident in Waushara County Thanksgiving Day. Officials say about 4:40pm last Thursday afternoon a 26-year-old woman was walking on the Ice Age Trail when she was struck by a bullet in the thigh. A 51-year-old man was shooting at what he though was a deer. The woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment. There were nine firearm-involved injuries including one fatality during the gun deer season. The fatality occurred in Door County where a 65-year-old man tripped as he was exiting his blind. The shotgun he was carrying went off striking him in the chest.  He died at the scene.