News – June 8, 2021

(Cambria) OSHA has fined Didion Milling nearly $677-thousand dollars for workplace safety failures in the December death of a 52-year-old manager at their Cambria facility who was clearing corn debris from a silo. The agency issued four willful and ten serious safety citations because the employee entered the grain bin despite having a process underway that should have continued for several more days before allowing anyone to enter. The company has 15 business days to comply or contest the findings.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night directed the Downtown Redevelopment Committee to be responsible for approving a half-million dollars in downtown revitalization grants. Opponents say taxpayer dollars should be approved by the full council and not a mix of elected and appointed officials. Proponents say it will streamline the process and help improve the downtown. The resolution authorizes the council to draft the grant guidelines.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council voted last (Monday) night to lift the emergency declaration issued for the pandemic, terminating the mayor’s emergency powers.

(Juneau) A Beaver Dam man was placed on five years’ probation yesterday (Monday) for failing to complete a home remodeling project. Norbert Ortiz used over $61-thousand-dollars of a $110-thousand-dollar remodel project in Beaver Dam on purchases from Google, restaurants, groceries, casinos, and cell phones. He also paid himself $38-thousand-dollars for work already completed. During sentencing, Managing Attorney Bob Barrington said with the current demand for building and remodeling projects, it is more important than ever for homeowners to check out contractors’ reputation and references.

(Fond du Lac) An investigation is underway after a body was found in the area of the Fond du Lac River late last week. The 37-year-old Fond du Lac man was pulled from underneath the 9th Street Bridge by first responders Friday night. The medical examiner pronounced him dead at the scene. The victim had been reported missing the day before. The preliminary investigation indicates no obvious signs of foul play.

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is warning drivers to watch out for buckling pavement during a record-setting heatwave. Officials with the Dodge County Highway Department say crews were out all weekend repairing roads including areas along Highway 41. The Department of Transportation says pavement buckles when road temperatures warm quickly after being cool for months. The problem normally does not happen in Wisconsin until the summer months. The Dodge County Highway Department encourages motorists to stay vigilant and report any road buckling. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials say there are now 7,161 COVID deaths in the state, an increase of 11 since Friday. Dodge County is reporting 172 with 77 active cases. Thirty-four-point-nine-percent (34.9%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 38.9-percent have had at least one dose.

(Waupun) The state Department of Corrections has announced in-person visitation with inmates will resume on July 6th. There are currently only 11 positive cases of COVID among inmates, five of those cases are at Dodge Correctional in Waupun. Visitors will have to adhere to mask mandates while in the facilities and only three people are allowed in per visit. Visitors will not be required to be vaccinated and visitation at certain facilities may be canceled if cases begin to rise again. Each inmate will also be limited to a maximum of two visits per week. Scheduling visits opens on June 16th. – WRN