News – July 9, 2021

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers has used his partial veto powers on the proposed state budget and signed the remainder into law yesterday (Thursday). The new budget trims back a Republican plan of $4-billion-dollars in tax cuts to just $2-billion, and Evers says he is targeting the tax cuts to Wisconsin residents. Evers also removed a modification to the state’s income tax withholding tables, as well as a $550-million-dollar transfer of cash to the state’s rainy day fund. – WRN

(Madison) State Representative Mark Born says while he is pleased the Governor signed nearly all of the Republican plan, Evers (quote) “could not help himself and used his powerful veto pen to carve up a common-sense document.” Born says the vetoes mean more money will be taken than needed from family’s paychecks and kept with the government. The Beaver Dam Republican adds that there is now less funding available in the future for roads and money for the rainy day fund, specifically for K12 education.

(Madison) There is a special election on Tuesday (7/13) for Assembly District 37. The vacancy was created when John Jagler won his own special election in April to the State Senate. The candidates include Democrat Pete Adams, Republican Will Penterman, and Independent candidate Stephen Ratzlaff (rets-liff) Jr. The 37th Assembly District stretches across four counties and consists of the Dodge County Townships of Elba, Emmet, and Lebanon, includes the villages of Lowell and Reeseville and cities including Columbus and Watertown. You can listen to interviews with all three candidates at

(Fond du Lac) A 27-year-old Fond du Lac man suspected of intentionally hitting and killing a motorcyclist with his father’s pickup truck last July is scheduled for a competency hearing Monday. Two psychiatric exams found Daniel Navarro was not competent to assist in his own defense. Navarro is charged in the death of 55-year-old Phillip Thiessen (tyson) of Fond du Lac who died at the scene of the crash on Winnebago Drive. According to the criminal complaint, Navarro felt he was a victim of racism and was targeted because he was Mexican.

(Dodge County) New cases of coronavirus in Wisconsin remain low, but health officials are saying we should not let our guard down and those who are not vaccinated should not let their masks down. About half the people in Wisconsin who are eligible to get vaccinated have yet to get a first shot, and the more easily transmissible Delta variant is circulating in the state. Through Thursday, 40.5-percent of Dodge County’s population have had at least one dose of the vaccine while 38.6-percent have completed the vaccination series. – WRN

(Wisconsin) The Department of Health Services says Wisconsin is now averaging zero deaths a day from COVID. The seven-day-average of deaths hit zero on Wednesday. That is down from an average of four deaths a day at this time a month ago. The number of current hospitalizations is also down to 80, with 28 people in the ICU. – WRN

(Waupun) The Department of Corrections reports in-person visits have resumed at state prisons. They had been stopped by the pandemic. There are no active positive cases of the virus in any prison and 66-percent of the prison population has been fully vaccinated. At Dodge Correctional, 700 inmates have had their second dose Moderna or Pfizer or the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine. That number is at 515 at nearby Waupun Correctional, it is at 792 at Fox Lake Correctional, and 185 at John C. Burke Correctional. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) A new Dodge County Fairest of the Fair has been crowned. During the Dodge County Fair Media Banquet this week, Alexis Luedtke of Beaver Dam was selected as the 2021 Fairest. Luedtke is a senior at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she is studying medicine with the goal to become a pediatrician. The 21-year-old says she has dreamed of becoming Fairest of the Fair since she was active in both 4-H and FFA to give back to the fair that has taught her so much. The Fairest represents the Fair Association in media and promotional events at this year’s Dodge County Fair and other summer events.