News – December 28, 2020

(Elba) One person was seriously injured following a two-vehicle crash in the Dodge County Town of Elba Saturday afternoon. A Ford SUV traveling east on Highway 16/60 near O’Conner Road collided on the centerline with a westbound Chevrolet SUV around 2pm. The driver of the Ford was MedFlighted to UW Hospital from Columbus Hospital with serious injuries. The operator of the Chevrolet was treated for minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.

(Portage) The Portage Police Department is investigating a weekend crash involving multiple vehicles. Authorities were dispatched to the intersection of New Pinery Road and Northridge Drive in the city around 3:43pm Saturday. Upon arrival, officers found the southbound lane of New Pinery Road completely blocked off due to the collision. The intersection remained closed for approximately one hour during the initial investigation and crash clean-up.

(Omro) Two people and one dog were found dead inside a home following a Christmas Day fire in Omro. Police say a patrol officer reported flames and smoke coming from the residence in the 200 block of McKinley Avenue around 4:30am Friday morning. Officers tried to contact the occupants of the home, but heavy fire and smoke conditions prevented them from doing so. After the fire was extinguished, the victims were found inside the home. The cause of the blaze is being investigated. Police and firefighters consider the fire suspicious.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 2,287 positive coronavirus cases in the latest daily update. There are 29,791 active cases in the state, a decrease of 540 from Saturday. State health officials recorded nine deaths bringing that total to 4,692. Dodge County has experienced 114 deaths and 10,279 cases to date, a one-day increase of 26.

(Wisconsin) A Republican state representative says lawmakers should allow early in person voting to be done on voting machines. Representative Cathy Bernier says a bill to allow that was offered in the last legislative session. However, Bernier – a former Chippewa County clerk – tells WISN she does not want to allow counting of absentee ballots prior to Election Day. She said municipal clerks lack sufficient resources for that and believes vote tallies would get leaked to the media. -WRN

(Beaver Dam) The polling locations have been set for 2021 elections in the city of Beaver Dam. The Watermark Community Center will remain the polling site for wards two, six, seven, nine, 11, 12 and 13. Several wards moved to the Watermark from the First Lutheran Church following pandemic restrictions earlier in the year. Trinity Church and Grace Presbyterian will continue to be polling sites for the remaining wards in the April 6th election. If a spring primary is needed, it would be on February 16. There are no fall elections next year.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers was asked recently what his biggest concern is if Republican lawmakers refuse to act on any sort of state COVID-19 relief package. He says it is the inability to convince Republicans to do away with the one week waiting period for unemployment insurance. Evers sent two bills to Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos a week ago. While he characterized both as compromise proposals, it’s not likely the legislature will be back in Madison any time before the start of the new session in January. -WRN

(Madison) In an interview with the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, the governor says he will extend a statewide mask mandate, veto stricter rules for absentee voting and decide later whether to run again. Governor Evers also said he’s considering asking the Republican controlled state legislature to legalize recreational marijuana as a way to increase state revenue. He said he’s convinced his administration will clear a backlog of thousands of unresolved, coronavirus related unemployment claims by this Friday. He blamed Republicans for increasing “hoops to move through,” to collect benefits, while acknowledging the delays have been unacceptable. -WRN

(Wisconsin) More and more people did their shopping online this year for the holidays, and you need to be aware of how online returns work. Michelle Reinen with DATCP says it’s important to take a look at the return policies of whichever online store you received your gift from. Reinen says you should treat your online returns like you would with regular returns: save the packaging, save the gift receipt and if you run into an issue, contact consumer protection for help. -WRN

(Beaver Dam) Property owners are reminded to clear all snow and ice from the sidewalk fronting their property within 24 hours of accumulating. Beaver Dam DPW officials say small quantities of a sand/salt mixture are available to residents 24/7 at the city’s Public Works building on South Center Street. Citations can be issued to homeowners who do not clear their sidewalks within the 24-hour timeframe.