News – July 4, 2020

(Dodge County) Area police agencies are reminding residents to be careful handling fireworks and that some are illegal to possess. Fireworks that leave the ground or explode are illegal. This includes: firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, wheels, aerial salutes, among other types of fireworks that leave the ground and/or explode. Legal fireworks include sparklers not exceeding 3 feet in length and not containing magnesium, chlorate or perchlorate; snakes not containing mercury; and cylinder and/or cone fountains. Using or possessing illegal fireworks could result in a $232 fine.

(Green Lake) Green Lake will be having a 4th of July parade after all. It’s at 4 pm this (Saturday) afternoon. Police Chief Jason Reysen says the route has changed and will begin and end on Hill Street at the intersection of Lake Street. The parade will follow the regular route until the intersection of Mill Street and Water Street, where it will turn east toward the American Legion Post and then again to Lake Street and return to Hill Street. The Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be posting the route on their website. There is no cost to join the parade.

(Wautoma) The City of Wautoma will also be holding a fireworks display at dusk Saturday evening. It will be at the Waushara County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds are closed to the public, but parking will be available in the area including at Sandcrest Park, the Wautoma Dog Park, a city parking lot across from the fairgrounds.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 579 cases of COVID-19 in yesterday’s (Friday’s) daily update. The seven-day average continues to rise, now at 510 daily infections. There are 30,317 people now having tested positive. Five-point-seven-percent of the 9,600 tests administered came back positive Friday, compared to 4.2-percent Thursday. State health officials recorded three more deaths bringing that number to 796. Deaths accounted for two-point-six-percent (2.6%) of all cases in Wisconsin while 11-point-seven-percent (11.7%) of those known to have contracted the virus needed to be hospitalized. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 476 cases, an increase of nine from Thursday.

(Wisconsin) Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman says additional hirings has enabled the agency to handle more unemployment cases. Frostman says DWD is now able to handle 12,000 cases a day, and that people should continue to file weekly claims, even if it can be frustrating. DWD has come under fire for lengthy delays in processing new unemployment claims, and not being able to handle the call volume in its offices.

(Waupun) The Christian Home & Rehabilitation Center in Waupun is cancelling its annual August pie social and car show due to uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event has been supporting the Christian Home & Rehabilitation Center’s chapel as well as resident services and programs. Proceeds from this year’s event were originally planned to support purchasing stained glass windows for the chapel. System Vice President Doug Trost says while they look forward every year to opening up their facility for this important fundraiser, the safety and overall welfare of their residents and staff is currently their main priority. The Christian Home Auxiliary Board of Directors will revisit the event in 2021.

(Beaver Dam) A 29 year veteran of the Beaver Dam Police Department has called it a career. Officer Richard Dahl’s served his final shift on Tuesday (June, 30th). Dahl was an active member in community oriented policing programs and spent time on the board of Wisconsin Association of Community Oriented Police. He also served as an evidence technician processing and photographing crime scenes.