News – January 12, 2022

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department has bolstered their roster. Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson says they recently welcomed two new officers who have previous law enforcement experience. Officer Jennifer Becket is a former state capital police officer and Officer Andrew Burnett is a former Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office jail deputy. Johnson says both Becket and Burnett will most likely be on second shift.

(Dodge County) The Department of Safety and Professional Services recently announced the opening of a new grant program to provide funding for youth firefighter training programs. The grants of up to $25,000 are designed to help fire departments, technical college partners and school districts develop or expand training programs for high school juniors or seniors. Finding those interested in pursuing a career in firefighting has been a challenge across the state and in Dodge County. The Clyman, Lowell, and Reeseville Fire Departments recently merged into one entity over struggles to maintain adequate staffing levels. Applications are due by February 14th.

(Columbus) The Columbus School District superintendent plans to retire. Annette Deuman has announced that she will step down from the post at the end of this school year. Deuman has spent over 30 years in public education with the last seven years serving as the district superintendent in Columbus. The Columbus School Board will begin discussing the hiring process to fill the position in the coming weeks.

(Oak Grove) A Menasha man has made his initial appearance in court on charges he fled the scene of an accident in Oak Grove. Justin Enge was allegedly driving when he rear-ended another vehicle on Highway 33 in November. When questioned, Enge denied crashing into any vehicles. If convicted, the 39-year-old faces no more than nine months behind bars. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 3rd.

(Juneau) Dodge County Public Health say they are moving to a prioritized model of contact tracing due to the surge of COVID cases. Health officials will only be contacting individuals who are 70 and older as well as those who are 18 and younger. Dodge County health asks anyone who tests positive to follow public health instructions to isolate, check with your employer or school for additional isolation instructions, and notify any close contacts to quarantine.

(Dodge County) Dodge County health officials recorded 237 new COVID cases Tuesday. Active community cases have increased to 748 from 699 the day prior. There were also four additional hospitalizations. The seven-day daily average of new cases per one-hundred-thousand people continues to rise. It is 159.2, a jump of 22.9 from Monday. Twenty-five cases and above is what health officials classify as the “tipping point.”

(Wisconsin) Republican state lawmakers would let employers accept a past COVID infection to meet vaccine and testing requirements for their workers. Representative Cody Horlacher and Senator Mary Felzkowski want to allow employees to submit a document signed by a health care provider, showing that the person tested positive for COVID, or tested for the presence of naturally occurring antibodies. Employers would also have the option of accepting a notarized letter written by the worker as proof of a past infection. Governor Tony Evers is expected to veto such legislation. – WRN