News – January 6, 2021

(Calamus) A teenager was killed following a two-vehicle crash in the Township of Calamus yesterday (Tuesday) morning. A Chevrolet Impala driven by a 17-year-old began spinning counter-clockwise as the vehicle negotiated a left curve on Highway 73 near County Road D around 9am. The spinning Impala crossed the center roadway line and collided with a northbound Kenworth truck as it was turning right. The teen and sole occupant of the Impala was transported to UW-Hospital in Madison but was pronounced deceased a short time later. The driver and lone occupant of the truck was not injured in the crash which remains under investigation.

(Wisconsin) The deadline for candidate filings in the spring election was yesterday. A race for Columbus mayor with Mary Arnold and JD Milburn vying to replace Mike Thom. Meanwhile, Columbus incumbent Alderwoman Trina Reed is being challenged by Donna Tuttle while incumbent Peter Adams will face Shelly Albright. Nathan Anfinson is currently running for the seat being vacated by Katie Ryan but since she failed to submit paperwork, the deadline to file papers is extended to Friday. In Mayville, Joseph Riese and Patrick Kinney are vying for the seat being vacated by Rachel Forster. Incumbent Dale Toellner filed non-candidacy and there will be no one on the ballot for his Ward One seat. In the city of Fox Lake, Marcy Benz is challenging incumbent Sam Jenswold. In Waupun, Rohn Bishop and Zachary Dickhut are vying for the District Five seat being vacated by Bobbie Vossekuil. All incumbent alderpersons in Beaver Dam, Juneau and Horicon are running again and face no opposition.

(Dodge County) There are a number of school board seats coming due in April. There is a contested race in Waupun, where Jodi Schultz and Jessica Standke are running for the City of Fox Lake, Towns of Fox Lake and Westford seat. Karly Yuds is running unopposed for the at-large seat. There are no challenges in Columbus and Dodgeland while all incumbents in Mayville, Horicon and Beaver Dam are running unopposed.

(Columbus) The race for the state senate seat being vacated by Scott Fitzgerald continues to take shape. Republican Todd Menzel of the Town of Bristol has announced that he is running for the 13th State Senate District seat.  Republicans including John Jagler and Don Pridemore had previously announced. The primary election will be held on February 16th. Menzel’s campaign focuses include the economy, helping small businesses, workforce development, education, police training and transportation.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam school officials are conducting a district-wide search to fill a vacancy on the school board. Laura Lerwick resigned last month as her family is moving out of the district to a different part of the state. Interested residents must submit a written letter of interest and relevant experience to the Board of Education President Chad Prieve by 4pm January 20th. Interviews will be held on January 25th and the new board member will be sworn-in on March 8th. The appointed replacement will serve through April of 2022.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin is nearing 5,000 deaths due to COVID-19. The state Department of Health Services yesterday (Tuesday) reported 95 coronavirus related deaths, the most since December 22, bringing the toll to 4,979. There were a total of 3,403 positive coronavirus cases in Tuesday’s daily update. Dodge County reported an additional death Tuesday for a total of 126 with 10,492 cases, a one-day increase of 12 positive tests. Washington County reported three deaths yesterday while Fond du Lac County recorded two. -WRN contributed

(Kenosha) Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey will face no criminal charges for the August shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake was left paralyzed after Sheskey shot him seven times in the back. An attorney for the Blake family said (quote) “We will continue to press forward with our own investigation and fight for systemic change in policing and transparency at all levels.” -WRN

(Madison) A proposed package of GOP backed COVID-19 bills got its first hearing at the state Capitol on Tuesday. There’s a number of business friendly measures in the package, including restricting local health departments from closing businesses for long periods of time and board lawsuit immunity for businesses. Governor Tony Evers says he will review the bill and determine whether he will veto it. The measure is scheduled for an Assembly vote on Thursday. -WRN

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin lags behind most Midwest states in vaccinating people against COVID-19. Wisconsin has administered a little more than 11-hundred doses per 100-thousand people. Only Michigan and Kansas are going slower. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Wisconsin has administered about a-third of the roughly 208-thousand doses it’s received. That’s a little better than the nationwide average. For now, Wisconsin’s vaccination effort is focused on health care workers and first responders. -WRN