News – February 2, 2020

(Beaver Dam) Demerit points are being assessed against two Beaver Dam bars for serving alcohol to underage patrons in December. Under city ordinance, businesses that violate the law could see their licenses suspended or revoked. Charlie Browns and Toppers Tap will be assessed 150 points each. That is not enough to trigger a license hearing but if either business gets into trouble in the next year, they could face more severe penalties. Each bartender and the patron were also issued $250 citations.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night approved a Commercial Offer to Purchase the former Evoqua building for $1.75-million dollars. The 89-thousand square foot structure at the end of Commercial Drive in the Lakeside Business Park would be used as the city’s new $10.2-million dollar DPW site. The council also approved the purchase of 44 acres of land on South Center Road for a new compost site at a cost of $295-thousand dollars.

(Wisconsin) A new report shows almost 40-thousand Wisconsin voters in the November presidential election did not provide a photo I-D. The Wisconsin Elections Commission report says nearly 80-percent of the almost 200-thousand people who cast an indefinitely-confined ballot *did* show an I-D, but that means 40-thousand did not. The report also reveals nearly one-third of November’s indefinitely-confined ballots came from people who were younger than 65. – WRN

(Wisconsin) With testing low following the weekend, there were fewer than 1000 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The Department of Health Services reported just over 3,800 new tests, of which 750 were positive, for a positive test rate of about 19.6-percent. There was one COVID death on Monday, increasing the death toll to 5,897. Dodge County has experienced 147 deaths and 11,164 cases, a one-day increase of five positive tests. County health officials are actively monitoring 251 people.

(Wisconsin) There’s a fundamental divide in the Wisconsin legislature, when it comes to Governor Tony Evers’ ability to issue emergency health orders and mask mandates. State Senator Kelda Roys is a Madison Democrat who accuses Republicans of being disingenuous, when they accuse Evers of being unwilling to work with them. Republicans, like Senator Mary Felzkowski of Irma, claims Evers’ overstepped his authority by issuing multiple health emergencies. The state Assembly is expected to vote this week, on a Senate-passed resolution to end the mask mandate. – WRN

(Wisconsin) With new federal aid for COVID-19 relief coming, Wisconsinites who have lost their workplace insurance will have another chance to get covered. State insurance commissioner Mark Afable (ah-FAHB-le) says open enrollment for Affordable Care Act plans open up again on February 15th and will rung to May 15th. People can call 211 for help, or log on to Wis Covered dot Com to find a Marketplace Navigator. – WRN

(Madison) A beloved badger statue will remain in the Wisconsin Capitol for now. The bronze badger, which originally decorated the first of two battleships named for the Badger State, has sat outside the governor’s state Capitol office for three decades. Last year the U.S. Naval Academy Museum asked for the badger back, for a museum in Virginia. The Naval Academy has reportedly agreed to a two year extension of the state Capitol placement. – WRN