News – February 15, 2021

(Madison) There are three Republican candidates on the ballot for State Senate District 13 in tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) primary election. The seat opened up in November when Scott Fitzgerald was elected to Congress. Don Pridemore of Hartford served ten years in the State Assembly through 2015 and is currently Vice President of the Hartford School Board. John Jagler of Watertown has been representative in the 37th Assembly District for the past eight years. Todd Menzel, of the Town of Bristol, is a business owner and CEO of Menzel Enterprises. The winner of the Republican primary will advance to the April election to face a democrat and two independent candidates.

(Herman) One person was injured following a single vehicle crash in the Township of Herman Saturday afternoon. A Jeep traveling east on Highway 33 around 2:20pm failed to negotiate a curve, struck an embankment, vaulted and overturned. The 60-year-old driver was transported to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa for his injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

(Juneau) A Huber inmate who failed to return to the Dodge County Jail is in custody. David Pirtle was arrested by deputies from the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday and arrangements are being made to transport him back to the Dodge County Jail. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office say they thank the public and the authorities in Fond du Lac for their assistance in locating and arresting the 50-year-old.

(Town of Addison) Over $1-million dollars in damage was reported in a fire Friday evening at Kreilkamp Trucking near Allenton. The engine compartment of a semi-truck inside a pole shed caught fire and the flames spread quickly; the shed and its contents were a total loss.

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam will not renew their contract with Dean Health Plan. The hospital and its providers will no longer be in-network in the insurance plans offered by Dean Health Plan beginning March 1st. Even though the contract expires on February 28th, patients who have Dean Health Plan can still see their Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam provider with in-network coverage under the Continuity of Care terms.

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers will include language to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in his state budget. It’s a policy change the Democratic governor says he thinks belongs in the spending plan he will officially announce tomorrow. Joint Finance Committee co-chair, Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam says this does not belong as a budget item. Born says the status of cannabis in the state would be better addressed as separate legislation, which Evers says he’d also consider.

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers is announcing more COVID-19 aid for small businesses in his proposed state budget. The funding is part of the Badger Bounceback program, and would increase the amount of grant funding available through W-E-D-C to $200-million-dollars. Another $130-million-dollars in workforce development and venture capital grants would also be included in the program.

(Wisconsin) The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Wisconsin has dropped below 400 for the first time in months. There were 399 hospitalized as of Sunday, the lowest number since 362 back on September 19. The State Health Department reported 11 deaths over the weekend, bringing the total to 6,162. There were just over 1200 new positive confirmed cases Saturday and Sunday. Dodge County saw 10 positive tests over the same time period.

(Portage) The Columbia County Health Department today (Monday) will begin scheduling vaccination appointments for the remaining Phase 1A and 65-and-older population. To schedule an appointment for the next vaccination clinic, call the county’s health and human services department [608-742-9227] starting at 1pm today. People will need to provide a phone number or an email address when calling.