News – January 30, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department responded to a fire at Metalcraft of Mayville in Beaver Dam yesterday (Friday) morning. The Beaver Dam station was notified by Dodge County Central Communications around 9:47am of a fire alarm at the facility on 2020 North Spring Street. While in route, crews were advised that there was smoke in the building and an evacuation was in-progress. Firefighters found heavy smoke in the production area upon arrival and located the blaze in a metal dust collections unit in the factory. Chief Alan Mannal says the (quote) “stubborn” fire was eventually extinguished with the use of many ABC fire extinguishers. He says water is only used as a last resort on these types of fires because it causes considerable damage to machinery. The department’s hovercraft was used to help ventilate the smoke from the building. No injuries were reported. The fire caused a temporary suspension in production and most employees were released for the day.

(Beaver Dam) After extinguishing a fire at the Metalcraft of Mayville, the Beaver Dam Fire Department responded to a blaze at Kirsh Foundry caused by spilt molten metal. A fire on the north side of the facility at 125 Rowell Street in the city of Beaver Dam was reported around 11:38am. Upon arrival, fire units found dark smoke coming from the building which was evacuated. Management staff met arriving firefighters and discovered a furnace had failed spilling a large quantity of molten metal. Chief Alan Mannel says this caused combustible materials in the area to ignite. He says on the recommendation of the Kirsh staff, crews applied small amounts of water via a hoseline. This helped cool the area without causing the molten metal to explode. No injuries were reported. The Beaver Dam Fire Department remained on scene until 2pm. Mannal says Beaver Dam firefighters were assisted by the Hustisford Fire Department who was staffing the city while they were fighting the fire at Metalcraft of Mayville. He says this is a shining example of why they have nearby agencies help protect Beaver Dam while they are committed elsewhere. Mannel adds they do the same for others when asked.

(Beaver Dam) St. Vincent de Paul of Dodge County is assisting those affected from the Lake Crest apartment fire. Fifteen families were displaced following the blaze at the 16 unit, two story structure on 108 Lake Crest Drive Thursday night. The non-profit has provided hotel stays to 10 apartment units seeking shelter. The organization also purchased over $2,800 in local restaurant gift cards to distribute. The restaurants visited also donated additional gift cards and meal vouchers, a total value of over $4,000. St. Vincent de Paul purchased $100 Kohl’s gift cards for every adult and children displaced. Kohl’s is offering a 30-percent discount for the affected residents in addition to the clothing items provided at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store. Donations can also be mailed to the organization’s emergency fund. More information is available at

(Waupun) A Waupun man was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday (Friday) on several drug related charges. Bradley Valcq entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Possession with Intent to Deliver Amphetamine and Possession of Narcotic Drugs. Authorities stopped a black Volkswagen last January because the license plate was registered to a red Volkswagen. The officer recognized one of the passengers as Valcq, who had an active arrest warrant and was on probation due to a domestic battery conviction. Once Valcq was taken into custody, police noticed a small baggy than contained an illegal substance. Law enforcement search the vehicle and found various drug paraphernalia as well as five grams methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, psychedelic mushrooms and marijuana. When questioned, other passengers said that the five grams of meth was considered a small pickup and usually Valcq would pick up more. In addition to prison, the 33-year-old was placed on extended supervision for five years.

(Wisconsin) Republicans in the state legislature have said that Governor Tony Evers has been unwilling to work with them on any sort of legislation requiring the wearing of masks. Evers said Friday that his administration was offered only limited options. The Assembly was poised to pass a resolution on Thursday, which would immediately end Evers’ emergency declaration and mask order. That was put on hold due to concerns it would jeopardize millions in federal food stamp funding. However Speaker Robin Vos indicated the Assembly will likely pass the resolution once he’s certain those concerns are addressed, probably next week. – WRN

(Dodge County) Statewide COVID-19 indicators continue to improve. The state Department of Health Services did report 49 new coronavirus-related deaths Friday, bringing the death toll to 5,860, with the seven-day average of reported deaths at 31. The Department of Health Services reported 1,567 new confirmed cases Friday. As of Thursday, Wisconsin health officials reported 90,688 state residents had completed their vaccination series. Dodge County has experienced 144 deaths, one more than on Thursday, and 11,141 cases; a one-day increase of 20 positive tests. Health officials in Dodge County are actively monitoring 308 people. Washington County has reported 121 deaths along with 458 active cases. Fond du Lac County has seen 84 deaths, two more than on Wednesday, with 289 active cases. The state says Jefferson County recorded one death for a total of 71 with 210 active cases. Columbia County has seen 43 deaths, an increase of four; there are 190 active cases. Green Lake County has 15 deaths with 55 cases reported in the last two weeks.

(Wisconsin) Political campaigns don’t have to be national to be costly. The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says the Wisconsin Legislature’s four campaign committees spent a record 12-million dollars in 2020. The old record was eight-point-four-million. The Republican Assembly Campaign Committee spent the most at a little over five-million dollars. Assembly Democrats spent three-point-one-million. The Committee to Elect a Republican Senate spent two-point-three-million and the State Senate Democratic Committee spent one-point-six-million. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Community Library is reopening to the public on Monday (February 1st). Library officials say masks will be required for entry. They add that at this stage of their reopening plan, essential services are the primary focus which includes browsing and check out of materials, limited public internet and Wi-Fi access. Alternative services including contactless pickup, mailbox service, mobile printing and librarian selection service will continue. Virtual programming and Grab and Go craft kits are available while in-person programs are paused. For more information call 920-887-4631.