News – July 15, 2020

(Ironwood) A Watertown woman’s body was recovered at the base of a waterfall in Michigan early yesterday (Tuesday) morning. Stephanie Narvaez was located at 4:40am at Rainbow Falls in the Township of Ironwood. The 22-year-old had been missing since Saturday evening when she attempted to cross the Black River, slipped into the water and was carried over the falls. Initial rescue attempts by her hiking companion, 22-year-old Karl Nelson of Milwaukee, were unsuccessful. Authorities say early efforts by Michigan State Police Dive Teams were severely hampered by the dangerous currents and treacherous underwater terrain.

(Waupun) The Waupun Common Council last (Tuesday) night adopted an ordinance making it easier for restaurants and bars to expand their outdoor seating area. Prior to last night, establishments with a liquor license could not sell or have customers consume alcohol in an area not enclosed by a building. Following council adoption, outdoor spaces now become part of the licensed premises. The ordinance details that any bar or restaurant applying for a liquor license must include a map describing the outdoor area they wish to expand. For sidewalk cafés, the map must also identify the number and location of tables, chairs and any equipment to be installed.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 964 positive cases of coronavirus in Tuesday’s daily update, which is 6.6-percent of the 13,700 tests announced. There are 7,800 active cases in the state, up 353 from Monday. State health officials recorded six more deaths yesterday, bringing that number to 826. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 528 cases, an increase of five from Monday. Public health officials in Dodge County are actively monitoring 44 people while 242 have recovered.

(Wisconsin) Testing and tracing remains essential, as Wisconsin’s COVID-19 numbers continue to surge. Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm says the goal remains 85 thousand tests a week, with building beyond that in anticipation of the fall. Currently, she says, their lab capacity is about 170 thousand tests a week. Palm says DHS is continuing to receive requests for contact tracing assistance, from local public health agencies and is in the process of adding 30 more contact tracers to get back to its stated goal of 200. -WRN

(Wisconsin) Just a day after lawsuits were filed against the plan, the Trump Administration has walked back rules that would have allowed the deportation of international students. Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul joined in that lawsuit, calling the plan “cruel, abrupt, and unlawful”. The rule would have required schools to decide this week whether or not they would be holding classes in person for the fall semester. School that didn’t risked having Homeland Security revoke student visas. Kaul says the decision to drop the plan is good for both public health and the economy, not just education.-WRN

(Jefferson County) The Wisconsin State Patrol will begin aerial enforcement missions in the area beginning today (Wednesday). Officials say the goal is to use aircraft and ground-based officers to enforce speed limits and other traffic laws. State patrol aerial missions will take place today along the I-39/90 corridor in Dane County, along I-94 in Jefferson County tomorrow (Thursday) and along I-39 in Marquette County July 24th. The State Patrol analyzes data on traffic citations, crash reports and related information to identify highway corridors for enforcement initiatives. When pilots detect speeders, aggressive or reckless drivers, they contact ground-based units to initiate a traffic stop.

(Dodge County) An event many Dodge County area fire departments look forward to each summer has been cancelled due to safety concerns over COVID-19. The Dodge County Fire Association sent out a letter to members recently notifying them that the 2020 Dodge County Firefighters Tournament has been cancelled. Association President Jason Keller says that departments put in a lot of time and effort into trying to find a way to host the event in a safe and realistic manner, but were unable to do so. Among the highlights of the event are a softball tournament, water fights, a parade and a fire queen contest.

(Beaver Dam) The intersection of South Spring Street and Davis Street will be closed for all traffic beginning today (Wednesday) until further notice. Engineering Director Todd Janssen says crews will be installing underground utilities and concrete paving in the area. He says the intersection of South Spring Street and Cooper Street/Judson Drive as well as the intersection of South Spring Street and Mill Street will be open to local traffic beginning tomorrow. South Spring Street traffic is encouraged to use an alternate route or the signed detour route of Front Street, South Center Street, Cooper Street, Myrtle Road and Beltline Drive.