News – July 20, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police say they have found two children they were attempting to locate earlier this morning. In a Facebook post, the department said they were looking for public assistance in locating the two children who went missing in the area of the 100 block of Lakecrest Drive.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night approved the guidelines for downtown revitalization grants. The grants, offered for several years, will now all be approved by the new Downtown Redevelopment Committee, which met last month for the first time. There are two grants: a Building Improvement Grant, is a matching grant that awards up to $20-thousand dollars for façade improvements. The city also offers a New Downtown Business Recruitment Grant with a maximum award of $5000. The city council had to approve the guidelines before any grants can be awarded by the new committee. There are currently ten pending applications.

(Columbia County) A Silver Alert was issued yesterday for a Columbia County man. Authorities say Randall Froehlich left in his vehicle from his residence in Portage on Sunday, telling his wife he was going to look at houses. The 83-year-old was seen in the Oshkosh area just before 3am yesterday (Monday) morning. Froehlich is white, five-foot-nine-inches and 180 pounds, he has blue eyes with gray hair and a mustache. The vehicle he left in is a 2008 black Mercedes Benz, license plate number 425-RCY. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s average of new daily COVID cases has increased for 13 consecutive days, according to Department of Health Services data. The seven-day average of daily cases increased to 156 Monday, up 64 cases from a month ago. Public Health authorities continue to stress the importance of getting vaccinated. Among adults ages 18 and older, just over 59-percent are fully vaccinated, and nearly 62-percent have received one dose. – WRN

(Dodge County) In Dodge County, just over 40-percent of the population have had at least one dose of the vaccine while 39.2-percent have completed the vaccination series. Dodge County has also seen a steady decline in the number of residents vaccinated by week. In the week ending on July 11th, 484 doses were administered. That is the lowest per week total since December. The peak was around 53-hundred residents vaccinated in early April.

(Wisconsin) A new survey details the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Wisconsin businesses. Of those surveyed by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, 64-percent reported the pandemic and related government restrictions had a negative financial impact on their business, with 52-percent reporting they reduced staff. – WRN

(Wisconsin) A new survey finds few Wisconsin businesses plan to allow employees to continue to work from home. The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Employer Survey revealed that most Wisconsin businesses would require employees to return to the office in the next year, with 74-percent indicating employees had already returned to in-person work. Moving forward, only five-percent of respondents planned to allow employees to work from home permanently. – WRN

(Columbia County) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has revoked the wholesale dealer license of 11 Columbia County dealers for various violations of their licensing requirements. The wholesale license revocation for Caniride, Easwest Auto, Keough (key-o) Holdings, Lewis Car Services, S and W Autos, Saxs Autos, Sims Automotive, Strickly Auto, Henrys Auto, Big Mals Auto, and Plugged In Automotive took effect on July 16th. Wisconsin law has minimum requirements to protect consumers, such as premise and proper signage at the place of business. DOT officials say these auto dealers, co-located at 101 Skyline Drive in Arlington, did not meet these requirements.