News – March 9, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Students in Beaver Dam will see their traditional homecoming, prom and graduation this year. Superintendent Mark DiStefano told the school board last (Monday) night that the district will be working in consultation with Dodge County Public Health so that their plans would align with recommended practices. School board action last night also opens up access of the middle and high school campus to outside groups for usage, in compliance with public health guidelines beginning on March 22 while the Educational Service Center is open immediately. On April 5, volunteers can come back into classrooms.

(Dodge County) No new COVID-19 deaths were reported in Wisconsin Monday. The state says Dodge County has experienced 157 deaths along with 105 active cases.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin has had the second most COVID-19 cases among its prison population across all Midwestern states since the pandemic began, according to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Wisconsin ranks third in total coronavirus deaths with 25 preceded only by Michigan’s 138 and Indiana’s 51. The Badger state is second to last in total active cases with 32; 10 of those cases come from Dodge Correctional. All other Dodge County prisons do not currently have active cases.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County moved into Phase Three of its Safe Restart Plan yesterday (Monday). County health officials cite continued improvements in all five key metrics of the plan including number of cases, hospital space and testing.

(Wisconsin) The CDC says fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask and vaccinated grandparents can visit healthy children and grandchildren. The CDC still encourages fully vaccinated people wear a mask.

(Madison) Republican leaders in the Wisconsin Legislature want input on how the state will spend its coronavirus relief money. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu are proposing the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee weigh-in on spending. Right now, Governor Evers alone will get to allocate almost all of the $5-billion dollars that Wisconsin stands to get from the relief package. -WRN

(Beaver Dam) One man is in custody after a handgun was pointed at a former coworker inside a Beaver Dam business yesterday (Monday) morning. Officers responded to the unnamed business on the 700 block of Park Avenue around 8:30am and learned that the suspect produced the firearm from his wristband and loaded the weapon before pointing it and threatening his former coworker. The suspect was located minutes later at a nearby residence and taken into custody on numerous weapons charges along with other criminal charges.

(Madison) A Dane County strip club has decided to voluntarily shut down after shots were fired outside the business three times within a week. This prompted the Bristol town board to threaten to pull Club Bristol’s liquor and adult entertainment licenses and review its lighting and security measures. Business co-owner Rich Bickle says he plans on making changes to (quote) “nip this in the bud.”

(Iron Ridge) A Neshkoro man charged with running from Iron Ridge police made his initial appearance in court yesterday (Monday). The 26-year-old faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 15th.

(Mount Pleasant) A lawsuit against Foxconn has been dismissed. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the suit, brought last month by Caledonia resident Daniel Hintz and Hintz Real Estate Development Company, was dismissed Friday. It was filed on behalf of Racine County and the Village of Mount Pleasant, but it also named the county and the village as defendants along with Foxconn. It alleged Foxconn violated terms of its contract by failing to build a manufacturing plant in Mount Pleasant. -WRN

(Wisconsin) Expect more questions about how ballots were handled in Wisconsin last November. A State Assembly committee is planning to hold a hearing this week into absentee and indefinitely-confined ballots. The hearing will be only for invited speakers, there will be no public comment opportunity. Legislative Republicans say they have lingering questions about how — and if — Wisconsin’s election laws were followed last fall. -WRN

(Wisconsin) A decision at the US Supreme Court has finally brought the long debate over the November presidential election to a close. On Monday, the Court announced that it will not be taking up the third of three lawsuits brought by the Trump Administration and its allies that challenged the results of the election. Those lawsuits were filed in an attempt to overturn President Biden’s thin victory in the state and hand over the state’s Electoral College votes. All three of those lawsuits were dismissed in the lower courts. This was the Trump campaign’s last outstanding challenge to the election. -WRN