News – March 16, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last night hired low-bidder WDS Construction of Beaver Dam as the construction manager to oversee the planned $10.2-million dollar building of a new Department of Public Works facility on the city’s northside. WDS will be paid $423-thousand dollars. The city recently purchased an 89-thousand square-foot building in the Lakeside Business Park.

(Beaver Dam) Food truck operators in the city of Beaver Dam will need to obtain a $50 permit to operate in the city, under changes to the municipal code approved last (Monday) night by the common council. The ordinance does not impact mobile kitchens at festivals or brat fry stands at local grocery stores.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Alderman Dan Doyle is stepping down from his Ward 12 seat because he is moving. Residents of Ward 12 interested in serving through spring of 2022 should contact city hall.

(Fond du Lac) National Exchange Bank and Trust announced yesterday (Monday) that the acquisition of the Fortifi Bank Westfield Office is complete. National Exchange CEO Eric Stone says they are excited about the opportunity to expand their presence in Westfield. The National Exchange’s geographical area includes Dodge, Columbia, Fond du Lac and Green Lake Counties.

(Hustisford) A Watertown teen charged with sexual assault made his initial appearance in court yesterday (Monday). Seth Bowman allegedly entered the Hustisford home in December and assaulted the victim. If convicted, the 18-year-old faces over 10 years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 22nd.

(Fond du Lac) An escaped high-risk sex offender from Green Bay was captured in Fond du Lac County. Roy Burnam is being held in the county jail. The 56-year-old fled his residence in Green Bay after cutting off his GPS monitoring bracelet on March 9th.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported no COVID deaths Monday. Dodge County has 159 deaths with 91 active cases. Statewide, there are 6,023 active cases; a one-day decrease of 117 cases.


(Wisconsin) Nearly two-million COVID-19 vaccinations have been given in the state. The Department of Health Services reported Sunday that one-million, 999-thousand doses have been administered in Wisconsin since the end of January.

(Wisconsin) Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will not void your life insurance policy. Recent social media posts have falsely indicated that receiving a vaccine would void a policyholder’s life insurance coverage due to the rapid development of these vaccines. Vaccine status is not currently considered by life insurers when determining coverage or rates for new applicants either.

(Madison) The Wisconsin Assembly will take up a bill requiring pharmacy benefit managers today, commonly known as PBMs, to become licensed with the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. Its’ authors say that will help lower drug prices and insurance premiums that are driven up by PBM practices.

(Madison) Two Democratic state lawmakers propose ending what they are calling the “sub-minimum wage” that wait staff are paid at Wisconsin restaurants. Senator Chris Larson says the tipped minimum wage can be as little as $2.33 an hour. Raising the federal minimum wage to $15-dollars would also eliminate the lower tipped wage in restaurants.

(Juneau) All snowmobile trails in all zones in Dodge County are closed for the season. Parks Supervisor Jason Roy says the Wild Goose State Trail is also closed for the season to snowmobile and ATV/UTV traffic.