News – June 8, 2020

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam could become the next hotspot for coronavirus, according to the New York Times. The paper says the city’s daily growth rate is 13-percent, third in the country for highest average daily growth rate of cases. The newspaper says cases are doubling every 5.8 days, just behind Alamogordo, New Mexico and Logan, Utah. While the article is about the city of Beaver Dam, editors at the New York Times noted that their measurements were based on metropolitan or micropolitan statistical areas indicating that the figures could be representative of Dodge County as a whole.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting an increase of 264 cases of COVID-19 in yesterday’s (Sunday’s) daily update. There are 20,835 people now having tested positive. Two-point-three-percent (2.3%) of the 11,000 tests administered came back positive Sunday. State health officials are reporting two more deaths bringing that total to 647. Dodge County has four deaths and 400 cases, an increase of five from Saturday.

(Brandon) The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Brandon teen who was last seen by his brother before their father left for work Thursday night. Authorities believed Fifteen-year-old Haiyden St. Clair was taken across state lines by his mother, 35-year-old Starr St. Clair. The sheriff’s office says Starr has had Haiyden at a known heroin house in the past abusing substances. Anyone with information about Haiyden or Starr is asked to call the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office (920-929-3390).

(Fond du Lac) A juvenile from Little Chute was pursued by Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputies early Saturday morning. At 12:30am, a deputy observed a vehicle travelling at 89-miles-per-hour on I-41 in the area of Hickory Street in the City of Fond Du Lac. The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop but the vehicle increased speed and continued to evade law enforcement and tire deflation devices. The chase lasted 18-and-half miles before it was called off in Winnebago County. It was later discovered that a male juvenile was operating the vehicle. Charges are being pursed against the suspect for felony Fleeing.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department arrested four suspects Friday night in connection with multiple vehicle thefts. Around 10pm, officers were notified that a several individuals were entering unlocked vehicles in the area of McKinley Street and Gould Street. A short time later, police apprehended the suspects with stolen property from those vehicles. The recovered items were taken to the police station for safe keeping. Law enforcement is encouraging people who live in that area to check their cars for missing property. If a person believes something has been stolen they are asked to call the police department.

(Columbus) A public forum is scheduled tomorrow (Tuesday) for citizens in Columbus to provide input on the city’s long-range planning process. Early last year, work began on a strategy for investment in the city’s major public facilities known as “Roadmap 2050.” After evaluating public buildings and the services they offer, the city has drafted an investment plan they hope to adopt this summer. Up to 25 people can attend the meeting scheduled for 6pm at the Columbus Senior Center. Those attending in-person are encouraged to wear a mask. Up to 500 people can attend the meeting on Zoom. More details are available on

(Beaver Dam) A peaceful march in support of Black Lives Matter in Beaver Dam over the weekend as around 150 people marched down Spring Street to Swan Park, where speakers including Amillian (uh me leon) Styles of Beaver Dam. Styles highlighted the struggles of the black community and called for unity and change. He also directed the crowd’s attention to the police at the park in saying “they have a hard job…and hard decisions to make.” He told the officers in attendance (quote) “we support you.” Styles told the crowd the solution to this issue is to let the police know they are supported and for the police to show their support in return. As the crowd directed their chant of “one love” to the law enforcement in attendance with their index fingers in the air, Police Chief John Kreuziger reciprocated with a smile, waiving his finger in the air with them.