News – March 30, 2021

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers, with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), today announced everyone age 16 and over will be eligible for the COVID vaccine starting this Monday (April 5). Wisconsin currently leads the nation in being one of the most efficient vaccinators for getting available shots in arms. With increased vaccine supply and an accelerated vaccination pace in recent weeks, the state is able to push the eligibility date four weeks earlier than expected.

(Juneau) Dodge County officials are looking to establish an advisory council to review and find solutions for economic issues impacting the region. The county board’s executive committee and municipal leaders met yesterday to also discuss how to best utilize ThriveED, a joint economic development partnership between Dodge and Jefferson counties. Some Dodge County board supervisors believe the group needs definable metrics to determine if the county’s annual investment of $135-thousand-dollars is worth it. The matter will be discussed in committee again on Monday.

(Beaver Dam) The capital campaign to build a bigger domestic violence shelter in Beaver Dam was bolstered yesterday with a $5000 donation from the Wisconsin Counties Association. PAVE serves Dodge and Jefferson counties with its existing shelter in Beaver Dam and an outreach office in Watertown. The non-profit is over one-third of the way to their $3-million dollar fundraising goal to renovate a much larger facility on East Burnett Street.

(Fond du Lac) A Merrill man involved in a 14-mile chase and a multi-hour standoff with Fond du Lac and Dodge County authorities on March 9 has been arraigned. Louis Stone entered a not guilty plea by reason of mental defect to six felony counts. The 34-year-old allegedly held a baby in front of him while brandishing a knife during the standoff.

(Madison) Wisconsin’s mask mandate expires April 5th. Governor Evers says he has not yet decided whether to extend it but will do so if the coronavirus threat remains. The state Supreme Court is expected to

(Wisconsin) The judge in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin is from the region. Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill graduated from Oconomowoc High School in 1977. Cahill was assigned to oversee the cases of the four officers charged in the May 2020 death of George Floyd. The trial opened Monday and is expected to last a month.

(Fond du Lac County) The multi-agency search continues for two missing people who were in a canoe that capsized on Lake Winnebago last night which saw high wind gusts and waves four-to-five feet high. Dispatch fielded a call around 8:30pm last (Monday) night from an area about one mile north of the Fond du Lac River outlet when both victims were still in the canoe. However, shortly after, they were thrown from the canoe into the water; neither victim was wearing a personal flotation device. The canoe was found last night partially submerged. At a press conference this morning, Fond du Lac County Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt said that only a superior athlete would be able to tread water for so long in the conditions experienced last night, let alone swim to shore.