News – February 8, 2021

(Randolph) Highway 33 was closed in both directions between Fox Lake and Randolph following a rollover accident apparently involving two semi-tractor trailers. Emergency responders from Beaver Dam and Randolph along with Flight for Life were called to the scene near County A that occurred around 10:10am. Scanner reports indicated that one person was outside the semi with extent of injuries unknown. The scene is not expected to be cleared until after the noon hour.

(Columbus) The Columbus Fire Department responded to a weekend blaze in the township. Fire Chief Randy Koehn says crews responded to N2353 Wendt Road yesterday (Sunday) afternoon at 1:42pm. Upon arrival, the two-story residence was fully involved. The home owned and occupied by Kevin Baerwolf was a total loss. The fire started in the basement when two men were emptying contents of aerosol cans which found an ignition source and ignited.  Both were taken to Prairie Ridge Hospital in Columbus by private vehicle for treatment of minor burns.  Units were on scene until 4:30pm.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 671 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update. There were two deaths reported bringing that total to 6,054. Dodge County has experienced 153 deaths and 11,236 cases, a one-day increase of eight positive tests.

(Wisconsin) In Washington, the Biden administration and congressional Democrats want their $1-point-9-trillion-dollar COVID relief package passed by the first week of March. Some Republicans, like Wisconsin congressman Glenn Grothman, are warning about that much spending. Grothman says inflation will end up harming families as prices rise. The 6th District Republican says he was opposed to $1,400 stimulus checks, and that unspent money from the first round of stimulus ought to be focused on relief for small businesses.

(Wisconsin) Legalization of recreational marijuana will be part of the two-year state budget Governor Tony Evers proposes next week. The drug would be regulated and taxed in much the same way the state does with alcohol. Wisconsin would join 15 other states that have already legalized recreational marijuana, including Michigan and Illinois. According to the governor, this would generate about $165-million-dollars annually. A 2019 Marquette Law School Poll found nearly 60-percent of respondents in support of legalizing marijuana and 83-percent support for legalization of medical marijuana.

(Beaver Dam) Food truck operators in the city of Beaver Dam would need to obtain a permit to operate in the city, under changes to the municipal code recently discussed in committee. Food trucks would have to obtain a $50 permit, have a kitchen less than 365 square feet with a fire extinguisher and operate no fewer than 12 days per year. The ordinance does not impact mobile kitchens at festivals like Lake Days or brat fry stands at local grocery stores. The ordinance does not address food matters, that is governed by state health officials. The city attorney is making changes to the ordinance suggested by elected officials and the committee will revisit the matter at their next meeting.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Women’s Health is joining Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam’s employed physician group. Founded in 1995 by Dr. Ken and Mary Ostermann, the organization offers comprehensive women’s health services including obstetrics, gynecology and minimally invasive surgery. Some regulatory and legal requirements still need to be completed and no official date for the move has been determined. Beaver Dam Women’s Health is currently located on the third floor of the Vita Park Medical Building.

(Horicon) Horicon Bank has recently acquired the technology and talent of an Atlanta-based financial company. Monotto’s mission is to improve financial literacy and planning for millennials. Christian Ruppe, one of the leaders of the organization, says they were not actively seeking a strategic partner but Horicon Bank made it clear their commitment was to the future of financial technology, not only their customers but the market as a whole. Horicon Bank worked closely with Monotto to advance their digital bank offerings before the acquisition.

(Wisconsin) Sturgeon spearing enthusiasts should expect nearly ideal conditions when the season kicks off this Saturday on Lake Winnebago. DNR Officials say water clarity is better than it has been in recent years, which is crucial in spearing success. The DNR is expecting high harvest numbers from Lake Winnebago and for harvest caps to be met before the 16-day cutoff.

(Wisconsin) Dangerously cold temperatures have settled in across Wisconsin this week, and that means taking precautions if you are spending any time outdoors. Andrew Becket with Wisconsin Emergency Management says the signs of hypothermia can include excessive shivering, exhaustion, confusion and slurred speech. He says if you start to experience those symptoms, you should contact 911 or your medical provider as soon as possible.