News – July 30, 2019

(Manchester) A wagon accident killed a 14-month-old in the town of Manchester over the weekend. Green Lake County authorities responded to the address on State Highway 44 on Saturday just before noon. Hannah Miller was transported by Markesan Ambulance to ThedaCare at Berlin where she was later pronounced deceased. No charges are expected to be filed but the incident remains under investigation.

(Wisconsin Dells) An investigation continues into the death of a seven-year-old girl at a campground near Wisconsin Dells Sunday.  The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office says it took place at Jellystone Camp Resort when a 76-year-old man driving a pickup truck struck the girl as he was cresting a hill.  The child was pronounced dead at the scene.

(Lake Hallie) Five bodies have been uncovered at two crime scenes in Chippewa County. Authorities in Lake Hallie responded to a residence Sunday night and found two people dead and two others wounded. Police then went to a home in Lafayette to notify family members and discovered three more bodies.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam woman was sentenced to 100 days in jail with work release privileges yesterday (Monday) for threatening police. In May, Ashley Horning pleaded guilty to a felony charge of Threats to Law Enforcement. The 28-year-old kicked at officers and made various threats towards police following an altercation outside a bar on Madison Street in Beaver Dam in April. Horning was also placed on probation for three years.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam’s Utility Director says there seems to be some misconceptions about how water towers are funded. Rob Minnema says the misconception is that the painting of the water tower is tied to downtown funding and the two have nothing to do with each other. Minnema says the only reason there is any connection is because the city has to decide what type of logo will be painted onto the water tower, which he says is “maybe one percent of the cost” regardless of what logo is selected. The complete exterior recoat is estimated to cost between $650-and-$700-thousand, which will be borrowed and paid back through the utility with traditional fee-based revenues. The painting of the water tower in downtown Beaver Dam has been delayed until next year to accommodate upgraded work by cell companies renting space on the tower.

(Juneau) Republican leaders in the State Legislature are denying reports that they are looking at a way to prevent Governor Evers from taking part in the redistricting process in 2021.  A story in the Wisconsin Examiner reported the legislature would pass a joint resolution to accomplish redistricting, which would not require a signature from the governor, meaning he could not veto maps drawn by the GOP if they retain their majority. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says democrats are “rumor-mongering” and nothing like that has even been discussed.

(Madison) Democratic Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order yesterday (Monday) that will create a new position at the Department of Health Services. Evers said this “lead czar” will coordinate efforts by state agencies to address the risks of lead contaminated drinking water. The move comes as a Task Force on Water Quality, formed by Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, is formulating policy recommendations. Also, bipartisan legislation approved in the last session does allow municipalities request Public Service Commission permission to use ratepayer fees for low- or no-cost loans or grants to replace lead service lines.

(Oshkosh) It was record setting week for EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. Board Chairman Jack Pelton says attendance was up five-percent from last year with 625,000 visitors for last week’s event at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Camping attendance was also up about five-percent.

(Beaver Dam) This Thursday’s Beaver Dam Chamber’s 58th Annual Corn Roast has been postponed. Chamber President Phil Fritsche says due to a long, wet spring the source of Wisconsin sweet corn for the roast will not be ready in time. The new date for the event will be the evening of August 22 at Tower Lanes.