News – July 13, 2020

(Columbus) The southbound lanes of Highway 151 remain closed, and traffic is being re-routed, following a deadly accident. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident that left a road maintenance worker dead after being struck by a vehicle this (Monday) morning around 8:30am near the overpass at the Highway 73 exit. It is not known when the southbound lanes will re-open and Columbus Public Information Officer Jerrod Fox says motorists who are unable to avoid the area can expect delays. MedFlight had been contacted but was called off.

(Town of Otsego) Authorities have identified the woman killed while riding a bicycle on a rural Columbia County road Sunday morning. Carol Ann Vander Woude of Waupun was riding her bicycle westbound on County Highway B, near Williams Road, in the Town of Otsego around 8:30am when she was struck by the westbound vehicle. The 58-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene by a UW-Med Flight doctor.  Alcohol and drug use do not appear to be a factor and the driver of the car has been cooperating with the investigation which is still active.  Sheriff Roger Brandner reminds motorists to share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists and to remain free of any distractions while driving.

(Town of Hubbard) One person was flown from the scene after a pedestrian was struck by a car outside Horicon over the weekend. Authorities responded to Highway 33 at Noble Road in the Town of Hubbard around 6:20pm Saturday. Both lanes of Highway 33 were closed, and a detour was in place for just over one hour. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is only able to report that the male victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

(Sauk County) A seven-year-old girl died at a campground in Sauk County. It happened Friday afternoon at Chapparal Campground Splash Waterpark near Reedsburg in rural La Valle. The girl was found in the water not breathing. Life saving measures began even before emergency personnel arrived on scene; the girl died after being flown to UW Hospital Madison.

(Fond du Lac) A Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue medical vehicle was involved in an accident Sunday.  It took place near Johnson and Pioneer just before noon.  Two people inside the medical vehicle were not injured, but the driver of the other vehicle was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The State Patrol is investigating. – WRPN

(Beaver Dam) Two motorcycle operators were injured in separate weekend accidents in Dodge County. The first crash occurred around 11:30pm Friday night on Iron Road and Barak Drive in the Town of Beaver Dam. The second happened on Saturday near Allenton on Illinois and County Highway PS in the Town of Herman. Both men driving each bike were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 769 positive cases of coronavirus in Sunday’s daily update, which is 10.1-percent of nearly 7000 thousand tests announced. There are 7305 active cases in the state, up 361 from Saturday. State health officials dialed back the death count by one inaccurately reported death on Sunday, and with no additional deaths reported, that number stands at 820. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 515 cases. As of Friday, local public health officials were actively monitoring 28 people. The number of deaths in the US, according to the CDC, is approaching 135-thousand.

(Dodge County) Dodge County’s 2020 census response rate is tracking higher than the state of Wisconsin. So far, nearly 75-percent of the county has filled out the census while the state is recording a response rate of 68.8-percent. However several regions within the county are lagging behind. Beaver Dam has a response rate of 67-percent, Hustisford/Lebanon 68.1-percent and the Fox Lake area is reporting 57.2-percent. Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson encourages citizens who have not filled out the census to do so because it has an impact on representation and county funding. The 2020 Census can still be filled out online, a link will be available with this news story at

(Madison) Those who put off filing their income tax returns due to the COVID-19 pandemic only have a couple days left to get them in. The deadline for the tax season was extended to July 15th, which is Wednesday. Wisconsin Revenue Secretary Peter Barca says this final week of the extended season will be busy, and their customer service agents are ready to assist filers who have waited until the end to file. The Department’s customer service call center is open weekdays from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm, but will be open Tuesday until 5:45 pm. Those who need assistance should call 608-266-2486.  It’s estimated 2.8 million tax filers have already submitted returns out of an expected 3 million.

(Rudolph) The owner of a Rudolph based cheese company will serve one year probation and 100 hours community service for stealing money that should have gone to 83 farmers.  An investigation found Michael Moran forged the names of farmers who gave milk to the Wisconsin Dairy State Cheese Company on checks that were used by him and others.  Restitution has already been paid.

(Wisconsin) Lake Michigan is having one of its warmest summer on record. Scientists say the average surface water temperature was 75-point-3 degrees last week, a record for July in 26 years of record keeping. The record summer high is 75-point-6 degrees recorded in August 2016.

(Milwaukee) A new letter made public this morning shows over 80 businesses and organizations want the council to pass MKE Cares and have Mayor Tom Barrett sign it as soon as possible.  Fiserv Forum, Marquette University, Pabst Theater Group, the Bartolotta Restaurants and others say they back the mask enforcement provision since its similar to ones that prohibit smoking and requiring shirts and shoes.  They add not having this ordinance will have employees questioning the safety of their work place and could contribute to a larger COVID-19 outbreak that could close businesses for good.

(Shawano) The Shawano School District’s Board of Education voted Sunday to censure one of their members after they made a Facebook comment regarding George Floyd that received backlash from the community.  Member Mart Grams posted Saturday night quote “You know George Floyd is drug free for two months.”  The board’s resolution also requests Grams to resign, but he tells WBAY-TV his post was just a joke.