News – July 8, 2020


(Columbus) The Columbus Common Council yesterday (Tuesday) voted to place the city-owned Christopher Columbus statue into storage until a decision on what to do with it is made. The matter was spurred by a petition to remove the statue from its current location on Highway 16/60 and 151. Majority of the council was against the issue being settled by a referendum, noting that the matter should not be delayed. Ultimately, Alderman Ian Gray made a motion to place the statue into storage until a permanent decision of its use can be made, it would remain under city ownership,

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police and Fire Commission last (Tuesday) night established an ad hoc committee to look at two services offered by the fire department. The revenue generated and manpower needed for the Paramedic Intercept and Interfacility Transport programs are part of the debate about a possible fall referendum to fund six new paramedic-firefighters. The mayor says both programs should be scaled back before the city considers hiring additional personnel. The fire chief says the programs are important for the community and middle ground should be found.  The committee is expected to form a recommendation on the two programs that would be brought back to the commission for a final vote as the PFC has ultimate control over all police and fire programs.

(Baraboo) A 10-year-old Baraboo girl who was reported missing Monday has been found dead. A search team found the body of Kodie Dutcher at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, in a farm field not far from her home, according to Baraboo Police. Investigators will now focus on finding out what happened to Dutcher. The cause of death is under investigation.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting an increase of 495 cases of COVID-19 in yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) daily update. There are 5,988 active cases in the state, which is 18-percent of the 32,556 people who have tested positive. So far, there have been 25,758 recoveries. State health officials recorded nine more deaths yesterday, after three consecutive days of no change, bringing that number to 805. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 487 cases, an increase of three from Monday. County health officials are actively monitoring 32 people while 218 have recovered.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County has moved into Phase Two of its Safe Restart plan. Public Health Officer Kim Mueller says if the County can maintain the five metrics of the plan safely for two weeks without going backward it will move into Phase Three. She says it still means limiting capacity for non-essential businesses such as bars, restaurants, and other organizations to 50 percent capacity plus face mask wearing and other social distancing recommendations.

(Madison) Effective at 8:00 A-M Monday, masks or face coverings will be required in public and private buildings across Dane County. Under the Emergency Order from Public Health Madison Dane County, face coverings will be required of everyone five-years-old and up when in an enclosed space with anyone other than people they live with. There will be a $376-dollar citation possible for violating the order in the city of Madison, or $263-dollars for the rest of Dane County.