News – March 8, 2021

(Fall River) A firefighter was taken to UW Hospital for a medical issue after battling a garage fire in the Village of Fall River over the weekend. The Fall River Fire Department was notified of the fire at 361 Fox Trail around 8:40pm Saturday. Upon arrival, crews found smoke coming from one of the garages attached to an apartment complex. Fire Chief Chad Jones says 22 firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze. He says the fire was contained to the garage and that its cause is undetermined. No other injuries were reported.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials recorded three COVID-19 deaths on Sunday. The state department of health’s website says Dodge County has experienced 157 deaths. Statewide, there are 6,850 active cases; a one-day decrease of 235 cases.

(Wisconsin) As expected, Wisconsin’s two US Senators split on their votes for the COVID-19 stimulus bill. Senator Ron Johnson, a vocal opponent of the bill, voted against it, saying that the $2-trillion-dollar package would ‘mortgage our children’s futures’. Senator Tammy Baldwin voted in favor, saying that the United States has not made it through the pandemic just yet, and that people need support before they’re able to get back to work. The bill passed on a 50-49 vote. It now heads back to the House for a vote on Tuesday before final approval. -WRN

(Madison) Do not expect Governor Evers to change his position quickly when it comes to easing COVID-related restrictions. Evers says he acknowledges the courts could say otherwise, but he will continue to promote mask wearing and physical distancing. -WRN

(Wisconsin) State health officials are now offering a hotline to help people with vaccine-related questions.  People can call the toll-free number at 844-684-1064 to get certain questions answered such as finding a vaccination site, registering for an appointment, and learning more about the vaccine. -WRN

(Wisconsin) Legislative Republicans are floating a package of bills that would restrict absentee voting and drop boxes in upcoming elections. Other measures would restrict cities to having only one drop box, no matter how large, and prevent city clerks from helping people correct mistakes on their absentee ballot envelopes. The bills are unlikely to be signed into law, even if they do pass. -WRN

(Beaver Dam) The YMCA of Dodge County hopes to raise $150-thousand-dollars during its annual campaign to support the needs of the community. Their goal is to ensure that everyone in the region has access to vital community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more information about supporting the Y and its cause, visit

(Watertown) Watertown Regional Medical has announced that work is underway on a new rehab and sports medicine clinic. The clinic will be located inside the Medical Office Building next to the hospital. During construction, which is slated to be completed by early this summer, the Highway 26 clinic located on 1684 Church Street will remain open to patients.

(Watertown) Public comments are being accepted for Watertown’s funding request through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program to address issues with drinking water system and help replace lead line services. The DNR says the project will not result in significant environmental impact, though based on public comments, the state may do an analysis before releasing funds.

(Wisconsin) Over 26-thousand people in Wisconsin have been connected to over $8-million dollars in unclaimed property.  The Department of Revenue says mail was sent to 700 people for $5-point-5 million dollars’ worth of property with instructions on how to claim it. The remaining $2-point-7 million was sent back in the mail due to be below $2-thousand dollars.

(Wisconsin) People living in Wisconsin can now register their out of state vehicle title and registrations online through the DOT. Officials say nearly one-out-of-every-five used vehicle title transactions happen for out of state vehicles, with 63-percent were for automobiles. The change will help over 100-thousand people every year.

(Berlin) There is a new police chief on the beat in Berlin starting today. Jeffery Engel has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado the past 14 years after beginning his law enforcement career in the cities of Green Bay and Milwaukee.