News – March 2, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $50-thousand-dollars yesterday (Monday) for a Beaver Dam man charged with possessing a hazardous device. Beaver Dam police allegedly found a pipe bomb in Chad Leitner’s possession Saturday. The Dane County Bomb Squad was called to the scene and destroyed the device – which had a kill radius of nearly 50 feet. Leitner denied making the pipe bomb. If convicted, the 42-year-old faces up to 18 years in prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 11th.

(Juneau) A Dodge County judge has dismissed an appeal of a civil lawsuit filed to stop the formation of a lake district around Beaver Dam Lake. Last March, the Dodge County Board approved the establishment of the taxing entity that will raise revenue from waterfront property owners to address issues ranging from shoreline erosion to water quality. In November, Judge Andrew DeVries dismissed the lawsuit. The plaintiff’s filed a motion of reconsideration in January. On Friday, Judge DeVries found no reason for reconsideration and dismissed the motion.  Bill Foley with the lake association says the action will allow the district commissioners to move forward with their efforts.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night approved moving forward with a grant application to help cover the costs of a splash pad at Swan Park. The Common Council included half of the $1.4-million dollar cost splash pad in their 2021 borrowing plan with the other half slated for next year’s borrowing. If approved by the state, the DNR grant would cover up to half the costs of the water feature. The current pool at Swan Park has exceeded its useful life.

(Madison) Assembly Republicans want Governor Tony Evers to prioritize some $20-million-dollars in emergency school funding for rural districts that have been holding in-person classes for most of the current year. State Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam says school district’s that have already been providing in-person education should be recognized and supported. The funds come from the federal CARES act, and must be distributed by January 20-22. -WRN

(Wisconsin) The number of people who have gotten both doses of the coronavirus vaccine in Wisconsin is growing. The Department of Health Services says about a half-million people in Wisconsin have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Another 900-thousand people have gotten one dose. Wisconsin educators became eligible yesterday for the shot as part of the new Phase 1b. State officials say their goal is to have all teachers fully vaccinated by the end of April, but some doctors say that depends on the supply – and it could take months. -WRN

(Wisconsin) Now that more people are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccinations, health professionals say it might take some time to get your shots. Officials say some people may just need to keep calling to check and encourage the public to visit the vaccinator page on the state health website to see who is administering the vaccine. Right now the state has about 50-percent of the over-65 population fully vaccinated, and those people will still have priority in getting their shots. -WRN

(Wisconsin) For a second day in a row, Wisconsin recorded no new COVID-19 deaths on Monday. Only 308 new cases of the disease were found in over 3,000 tests performed. Thirty-one more people were sent to the hospital. That brings the total number of COVID patients to 287, 22 fewer than a week ago. Dodge County has experienced 155 deaths with six new positive cases.

(Wisconsin) Senator Ron Johnson says that the upcoming COVID-19 stimulus plan is too large. Johnson and other Republicans say that the bill will bloat the federal deficit, and that over $1-trillion-dollars from the other COVID-19 relief packages has yet to be spent. But that number comes from the non-profit Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, which says that most of that funding is already allocated to either long term spending or to disaster funding in case of emergencies. Federal budget officials put the number closer to $500-billion-dollars. -WRN

(Fond du Lac) A Fond du Lac couple has reached a plea deal to settle charges that they illegally processed sturgeon eggs in caviar. Mary and Victor Schneider told wardens last year sturgeon anglers would bring in eggs for caviar processing…and the couple would keep half as compensation. They were arrested as part of a sweeping investigation into sturgeon egg bartering around Lake Winnebago. WLUK-TV reports the couple will have their charges dropped if they cease caviar production, do not commit any crimes and check in with court officials monthly for a year.