News – February 14, 2022

(Fond du Lac) A Waupun man was seriously injured after he was hit by a vehicle in the township of Fond du Lac Saturday night. Sheriff’s deputies were called to Winnebago Drive and Prairie Road just before 9pm. Their initial investigation showed that a Milwaukee man was heading westbound on Winnebago Drive while the 26-year-old Waupun man was walking. The collision occurred on Winnebago Drive directly west of Prairie Road. The 38-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of OWI causing injury. The walker was transported by ambulance to St. Agnes hospital with significant injuries.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Police Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson says authorities determined that traffic, time of day, and road conditions were conducive to pursue a suspect into the downtown. The chase ended when the suspect’s vehicle hit a curb on the Madison Street and rolled down an embankment last month. Johnson says not engaging suspects can hinder public safety. He points to Milwaukee’s no-pursuit policy where gang members drive up on officers, wave their guns, and take off with no consequences. The suspect, reportedly identified as Kyle Orr, is facing over six years behind bars if convicted.

(Beaver Dam) The cost to get into the Dodge County Fair is not changing. The fair board’s Sharon Keil says it will still cost $7 before noon and $10 after. As we reported last week, main stage entertainment acts have not been finalized but the Badger State Tractor Pull is expected to kick-off the fair on Wednesday, August 17. Also, still not official, but Clay Walker is slated to play the grandstand on Thursday while Russell Dickerson would perform on Friday; both are country singers. No word yet on the rock band for Saturday night.

(Madison) The state legislature’s joint finance committee recently approved spending nearly $200-million-dollars on childcare in Wisconsin. Committee Cochair Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam says those federal funds were already earmarked, but they needed to sign off on the plan from the Department of Children and Families. Other items that got approved include funding for state agriculture grants and boosts to nursing training.

(Dodge County) The governor has ordered the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff this Wednesday in honor of a former District 14 senator. Joseph Leean died on February 2nd at the age of 79. First elected in 1984 to the state senate, Leean was reelected in 1988 and again in 1992. He served as co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee from 1993 to 1995. The 14th Senate District includes the northwest portion of Dodge County. Services for Leean will be held this Wednesday, February 16th.

(Waupun) SSM Health Waupun Memorial Hospital will be hosting a community blood drive tomorrow. Officials with the healthcare provider say the drive, which is through ImpactLife, is open to the public. Masks and appointments are required. Those who do donate, will get their choice of a St. Patrick’s Day themed shirt or a gift card. Tomorrow’s blood drive is between 11am and 2pm. To sign up visit bloodcenter.org or call 563-823-4128. Participants are asked to bring a picture ID.