News – June 2, 2021

(Burnett) Cash bond was set at $50-thousand-dollars yesterday (Tuesday) for a Waupun man charged with running from deputies for over ten-miles while under the influence. Robert Barsch allegedly fled from authorities from the Town of Burnett to the Town of Chester Monday at speeds in excess of 100-miles-per-hour. He eventually pulled into a residential lot and was arrested. A preliminary breath test reportedly returned a reading of point-zero-eight-one (.081). If convicted, the 52-year-old faces up to 13-and-a-half years in prison.

(Lomira) A Fond du Lac man accused of stealing gas while fleeing Dodge County authorities was bound over for trial. Probable cause was found yesterday during a preliminary hearing for Travis Bruemmer (broom-er). While on a motorcycle, Bruemmer allegedly fled law enforcement twice last month while deputies fielded multiple reports that he was acting suspiciously and stealing gas between Lomira and Leroy. Bruemmer eventually crashed in the City of Fond du Lac and was taken into custody. If convicted, the 32-year-old faces up to 32 years in prison. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for July 28th.

(Waupun) It was a busy Memorial Day Weekend for Waupun police. Deputy Chief Jeremy Rasch says officers responded to two vehicle crashes with no injuries. He says they also cited a 21-year-old Waupun woman for OWI First Offense, a 71-year-old Brandon man was cited for Operating after Revocation after he was driving recklessly and a citation was written for a 31-year-old Waupun for Inattentive Driving after he hit a mailbox and left the scene. Rasch says all of these incidents occurred within a 24-hour period beginning Friday evening.

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam is encouraging eligible residents to get vaccinated. Hospital officials say their medical staff and clinicians came together during the pandemic to ask the community to mask up to protect loved ones, now they are presenting a unified voice urging everyone to receive the vaccine. They say the vaccines have proven to be safe, effective and are our only proven path to achieving herd immunity. Dodge County continues to have the lowest rate among neighboring counties of people who are fully vaccinated. Thirty-four-point-one-percent (34.1%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated. For information about scheduling a vaccination shot through the hospital visit

(Waupun) The president of Waupun Memorial Hospital and Ripon Medical Center says people are invited to take advantage of their walk-in COVID vaccine clinics. DeAnn Thurmer is president of the two hospitals, she says each facility offers at least one opportunity a week for people to receive the vaccine. Walk-in clinics are available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in Fond du Lac, Tuesdays in Ripon, and Thursdays in Waupun. She says even children as young as 12-years-old can receive the vaccine, but they will need a parent or guardian present or have a signed consent form.

(Dodge County) The Wisconsin Department of Corrections reports nearly half of all the people in custody at the state’s prisons and youth facilities are now fully vaccinated. Nearly nine thousand people – or 47-percent of the eligible prison population – have received all of their shots. In Dodge County prisons, just over 18-hundred inmates had their second dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the Johnson and Johnson shot through yesterday (Tuesday). A combined total of 1,679 prisoners at Dodge Correctional, Waupun Correctional, Fox Lake Correctional and John C. Burke have had their first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

(Dodge County) There have been a total of 41 COVID deaths reported by Wisconsin health officials since last Friday bringing the statewide total to 7,094. Dodge County is now reporting 171 deaths with 92 active cases. Thirty-four-point-one-percent (34.1%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 38.3-percent have had at least one dose.

(Madison) Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 hit their lowest recorded levels in Wisconsin this week. The Wisconsin Hospital Association said that as of Monday, there were 186 people reported in hospitals, less than the previous low when the dashboard tracking this number began in April of last year.  The all-time high was 2-thousand-277 patients on November 17.

(Madison) The upcoming bi-annual state budget could be in trouble. Governor Evers says he is (quote) “open to” the idea of vetoing the entire spending plan over a decision by the republican led legislature to spend less than a federal mandate on public school funding… putting at risk $1.5 billion in school funds afforded by the American Rescue Plan. Under the Joint Finance Committee’s proposal, public schools would get a spending increase of $128 million dollars. -WTMJ

(Milwaukee) Approximately 150 members of the Wisconsin National Guard are on their way to Europe to support Operation Atlantic Resolve.  The members of the Sparta-based 107th Maintenance Company had their official sending off ceremony last weekend.  This is the unit’s first overseas deployment since Operation Desert Shield in Desert Storm 30 years ago. -WTMJ

(Wausau) Postal union representatives warn that a plan to close Wausau’s mail sorting facility could lead to delivery delays in parts of Wisconsin. The U.S Postal Service announced last month that it plans to consolidate 18 mail facilities nationwide.  This would complete the process the Postal Service started in 2015 to move Wausau’s work to Green Bay, affecting mail across central and northern Wisconsin. -WTMJ

(Neenah) A Neenah paper mill with about 300 employees is closing next month. The Clearwater Paper Corp. facility is transitioning from its tissue business, adding it will work closely with the union and state employment agencies to help employees receive training to find new jobs.  Clearwater Paper acquired the Neenah mill in 2010 and produced private brand tissue products for commercial and retail customers. -WTMJ

(Madison) Governor Evers has declared today Heat Awareness Day. Health officials reporting seven people died last year in Wisconsin due to heat-related causes, with thousands more hospitalized with weakness, nausea, and muscle cramps.  With warmer temperatures in the forecast by this weekend, Wisconsin Emergency Management is reminding people to be ready for it.  That includes staying in air-conditioned places as much as possible and drinking plenty of water.  If going outside is needed, avoid as much direct sunlight and the hottest parts of the day. -WTMJ

(Milwaukee) For a second straight year, the Milwaukee Air and Water Show is postponed.  Milwaukee County Parks Executive Director Guy Smith says it was a hard decision, but the right decision due to several major factors.  Plans are in place to have the event return in 2022 with the Blue Angels and other performers.  This announcement comes one week after the parks system canceled the July 3rd fireworks show along the lakefront. -WTMJ

(Milwaukee) Foot traffic at Mitchell Airport improved significantly from April 2020 to April 2021. According to the Business Journal, the airport reported an increase of 13-hundred percent from April to April. The airport says it saw 11-thousand 493 daily travelers in April, however traffic was still down 41% compared to 2019. -WTMJ

(Milwaukee) American Family Insurance Amphitheater will be a busy spot for concerts starting in late July. Foo Fighters will be the first to perform at the venue since its renovations on July 30th.  Guns N’ Roses is confirmed to perform on the last night of Summerfest September 18th. Slipknot will perform at the amphitheater September 29. General ticket sales for each show begins Friday. -WTMJ