News – March 31, 2021

(Fond du Lac County) The search continues for two Fond du Lac men who were reported missing from a canoe on Lake Winnebago Monday night. Authorities have identified the individuals as Dakota Goldapske and Michael Gohde, both 21-years-old. Extensive recovery efforts on the lake continued yesterday with the sheriff’s office utilizing watercraft equipped with side-scan and down-scan sonar imaging, aircraft and a large drone. The search will continue in the coming days.

(Beaver Dam) Problem-oriented policing is helping clean up criminal activity at a mobile home park in the Township of Beaver Dam. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says an increased law enforcement presence at North Hills Mobile Home Park was seen with a strong positive reaction from the citizens that live there. Two warrants were executed at the park several weeks ago in connection to drug distribution. Schmidt says their presence is not meant to only deter other criminals but to act as a resource for the community that lives at the park.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers, with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), yesterday 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.

(Wisconsin) If you still are not sure you want to get the covid vaccine, health officials suggest asking your doctor, or checking with people you know who have been vaccinated. They say everyone has a different risk tolerance, and if you turn down the vaccine initially, you are still eligible to receive it if you change your mind. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials recorded 11 COVID deaths Tuesday bringing that number to 6,612. Dodge County has 158 deaths with 71 active cases.

(Madison) The Wisconsin Supreme Court will release a ruling today on whether Governor Evers can issue multiple public health declarations. Last May the court overturned the initial extended order, just after the Democratic governor first issued a pandemic public health emergency. Evers then issued a new declaration in late summer, serving as foundation for the mask mandate which ends next Tuesday. – WRN

(Madison) State Assembly Republicans want a billion dollars out of the state’s three billion dollars from the American Recovery Act to send rebate checks to property owners. Representative Mark Born says it would not be a problem, even though the federal money cannot be used for tax relief. Governor Evers this week vetoed a bill that would have given Republican lawmakers a say in how the stimulus money is allocated. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam residents can begin to leave brush at the streets edge beginning tomorrow (Thursday). Neatly-piled, loose tree limbs and shrubbery cuttings should be left out by 7am on the first waste collection day of the month.