News – January 12, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last night approved a land purchase as part of a plan for a new Department of Public Works facility. The city took the first step in purchasing the $1.8-million-dollar Evoqua building, an 89-thousand square foot structure located at the end of Commercial Drive in the Lakeside Business Park. The building and land purchase will be paid with funds on hand and later borrow for the entire $10.2 million dollars over 20 years at 2.25-percent and replenish the city coffers. Taxpayers will see $60-per year for every one-hundred thousand dollars in property value. The relocation was identified in a facility study a decade ago to address safety, code and space issues.

(Madison) The Wisconsin National Guard will help protect the state Capitol in Madison. Governor Tony Evers on Monday authorized the Wisconsin National Guard Quick Reaction Force, which consists of troops trained to respond to requests for assistance on short notice, to support the Capitol Police in safety and security efforts. The action comes amid stepped up security at state Capitols around the nation following last week’s deadly takeover of the U.S. Capital building. -WRN

(Madison) Flags will remain at half-staff across Wisconsin through Wednesday to honor the two members of the U-S Capitol Police force who died after last Wednesday’s breach by rioters.

(Madison) The governor will deliver his annual State of the State address at 6:30pm tonight. Due to precautions in place for COVID-19, Evers will deliver his remarks remotely. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos will provide the Republican response.

(Wisconsin) The U.S. Supreme Court refused yesterday to fast-track challenges to Wisconsin’s presidential election from President Trump and his allies. The cases the court declined to expedite challenged the results here in Wisconsin, as well as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia. The rejections came without comment or noted dissent. -WRN

(Emmett) An Emmett man was found guilty yesterday with having illegal images of minors. Joshua Nickel entered a no contest plea to felony charge of Child Sexual Exploitation and two counts of Child Pornography. The 35-year-old was found with images of child pornography on his cellphone. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and Nickel is due back in court on May 21st.

(Beaver Dam) Students in the Beaver Dam School District will be spending more time in the classrooms. The school board last (Monday) night approved a plan to have students in sixth through twelfth grade in classrooms four days a week starting on February 1. There will still be a day of virtual learning midweek on Wednesday. All elementary age students who have been in school will continue in the current five-day, per-week model. A plan to allow outside groups to use school grounds will be considered at their February meeting.

(Wisconsin) The State Senate is rolling out its own version of a COVID-19 relief package for a vote on Tuesday. The Senate Bill will be different from a State Assembly version of the package, as leadership in the two chambers disagree over how best to handle the response. The Senate version of the bill includes some of the provisions that Governor Evers had asked for at the end of last year. The bill faces an uncertain future as Evers is likely to veto any package that makes it to his desk. -WRN

(Wisconsin) The Evers administration is asking the federal government to increase Wisconsin’s weekly allocation of COVID-19 vaccine. The request comes as DHS announced Phase 1B — police and fire personnel will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning next Monday — and as Republicans continue to criticize Evers’ handling of the state’s vaccination program. -WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 1,456 positive coronavirus cases in Monday’s daily update. There are 28,218 active cases in the state, a decrease of 517 from Sunday. State health officials recorded five deaths bringing that total to 5,162. Dodge County has experienced 126 deaths and 10,724 cases, a one-day increase of 24 positive tests.

(Ripon) Ripon Area Fire District Chief Tim Saul got a hero’s welcome as he arrived home after spending 32 days battling COVID-19 at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah. More than 70 nurses and doctors cheered him on as he was ushered out of the hospital by wheelchair Monday afternoon.