News – June 18, 2021

(Madison) Republican leaders of the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee took a victory lap yesterday (Thursday), prior to wrapping up work on the biennial budget. Representative Mark Born is co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee. The Beaver Dam Republican says the action represents a major improvement on what he called a “reckless” budget sent to them by Democratic Governor Tony Evers. Tax cuts totaling around 3-point-4 billion dollars would save the typical family about 12-hundred dollars a year, although Democrats point out that higher income households would save more. The full legislature could vote on the document by the end of the month.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department was dispatched to 150 Vermont Street Thursday afternoon following reports of a house fire with flames in the basement. Captain Lee Smith says when they arrived on scene, there was no smoke observed and no fire visible. Neighbors reported hearing what sounded like an explosion. Smith says paramedics treated an occupant of the home and he was transported to Marshfield Medical Center Beaver Dam. The cause remains under investigation. The house suffered minor smoke and fire damage.

(Alto)Several area fire departments responded to a structure fire yesterday (Thursday) afternoon in the town of Alto.  The Fond du Lac County Communications Center received a report at approximately 1:47pm of a structure fire at W14219 Mielke Rd.  A deputy from the sheriff’s office responded and determined the structure on fire was a small chicken coop.  The fire was started by a family member of the property owner, Beverly Scallon, and was intended to be a controlled burn.  The fire spread from the chicken coop to a surrounding marsh grass area owned by Scallon, ultimately spreading approximately 8 acres before it was contained by responding fire departments.  The chicken coop was destroyed.

(Madison) Wisconsin’s COVID vaccination rate is going back up. State health officials say close to 95-hundred more people in Wisconsin are fully vaccinated. That means more people got the shot last week than the week before. Close to 45-percent of eligible people in Wisconsin are fully vaccinated. Before last week, the state’s vaccination numbers had been steadily falling since their peak in April. In Dodge County, 36.4-percent of residents are fully vaccinated. Local health officials, meanwhile, are actively monitoring 28 cases…a number not seen since the early days of the pandemic.

(Waupun) The city of Waupun is moving ahead with a grant application to partially fund the addition of an eighteenth officer. The Common Council this week approved a resolution seeking $125-thousand dollars from the federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program. The grant is intended to help communities offset the cost of new officers by covering a portion of an entry-level officer’s salary and fringe benefits. If approved, the budget impact would be nearly $268-thousand dollars over five years

(Beaver Dam) The public has an opportunity to take a walk through the history of Beaver Dam’s Swan City Park tomorrow (Saturday). The Dodge County Historical Society is hosting the self-guided tour. Attendees will learn about the iconic park’s early days as a simple farm pasture through it’s time as a famous health spa to the present neighborhood gathering place we know it as today. Stations will be set up throughout the park with volunteers highlighting different era’s of the park throughout the years. Swan City Park Day is from 1pm till 4pm tomorrow. The event is free and open to the public.