News – May 1, 2021

(Waupun) A Waupun man was arrested early yesterday (Friday) morning following a 13 mile pursuit with Fond du Lac County authorities. A sheriff’s deputy spotted a vehicle with no registration plates or temp plates being displayed in the Town of Fond du Lac around 1:50am. The deputy attempted a traffic stop but the vehicle fled at increased speeds. The chase continued southbound on Highway 151. Waupun police attempted to use a tire deflation device but was unsuccessful. The vehicle apparently suffered a mechanical issue and stopped on 151 at Highway 49. The 40-year-old driver was taken into custody. He is facing charges of Resisting, Fleeing and Operating After Revocation. The suspect also had three outstanding warrants for his arrest including Contempt of Court, felony Bail Jumping, Attempting to Flee and misdemeanor Retail Theft.

(Beaver Dam) Companies in Dodge County have a new option for health insurance for their employees. Security Health Plan is offering a new health plan for large employers that offers access to two local provider systems, including primary and specialty care providers. The Enrich health plan features Marshfield Clinic Health System, including Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam (formerly Beaver Dam Community Hospital), and UW-Health as the two major health care providers in the network. Enrich members also have access to other local providers who round out the network. In addition, employers may choose to supplement their employees’ coverage with no-cost primary care services at Marshfield Clinic Health System. Members with this add-on benefit will have 100% coverage for minor acute care visits, office outpatient visits and basic lab services in addition to preventive care. Enrich is currently available to large, fully-insured and self-funded employers, with employees who live in Dodge County, beginning on July 1.

(Waupun) Agnesian HealthCare is expanding their suicide screening age groups. The healthcare provider has been utilizing a screening tool called the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale. The tool was designed to screen not only adults but also youth, ages eight to 17, regardless of their reason for seeking care. The series of yes-and-no questions, using clear, plain language, has been saving lives in 45 countries around the world. The tool includes a maximum of six questions to quickly and simply identify whether someone might be at risk and needs help. The actual number of questions used depends on each individual’s answers, and there are several versions of the questions geared to specific populations, including friends, neighbors and family members. Beginning next month, Agnesian HealthCare will begin screening patients ages eight and above during hospital visits, including the emergency department and inpatient units, using this tool. More information and contact details for suicide prevention hotlines can be found at DailyDodge.com.

(Wisconsin) A small percentage of the state’s coronavirus vaccine doses have not made it into peoples’ arms. The Department of Health Services says 45-hundred doses have been discarded as of Thursday afternoon. 45-hundred doses may sound like a lot, but it’s actually about one-tenth of one-percent of the more-than four-million doses given since December. State health officials say nearly 43-percent of people 16 and older in Wisconsin have had one dose of the vaccine, and another 33 percent have both doses. – WRN

(Waupun) Knights of Columbus – Waupun recently presented a $3-thousand-dollar check to a Beaver Dam-based nonprofit. The money was donated to Church Health Services to be used for the Rock River Wellness Center project. When completed, the space in the lower level of the Rock River Intermediate School will provide individual counseling areas and procedure rooms. It will also house larger group meeting areas for use by community health care professionals, students and families. The Rock River Wellness Center will feature secure interior and exterior entrances, providing a confidential and comfortable access point for students and parents. The proceeds were raised during Friday Fish Fries during lent hosted by the Knights of Columbus.

(Horicon) The public is encouraged to head to the Horicon Marsh next week for their 24th Annual Bird Festival. The weekend-long event provides family-friendly activities and educational experiences designed to showcase Horicon Marsh’s role as an important habitat for birds and wildlife. Several highlights for this year’s festival include a virtual keynote speech from the National Eagle Center, live birds of prey, smaller guided tours, trips to Mud Lake, the Waupun Boardwalk and the Marsh Haven Trails. Officials with the Horicon Marsh say due to the limited number of trips this year, they are asking for a limit of three trips per person to ensure equal opportunity. They note that the Horicon Marsh Boat Tours is closed. The Horicon Marsh Educational and Visitor Center and the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is also closed due to COVID precautions. Organizers say they will be following COVID guidelines for the duration of the festival

(Wisconsin) You can expect some excellent fishing chances coming up this weekend for the opening of the season. DNR Fisheries supervisor David Rowe says first time anglers should find that the panfish like bluegills and crappies are ready to be caught. Rowe says that unlike in many other years, unusual spring warmth has put most of the state in the same fish cycles, even in the northern zones where fish spawning usually lags behind southern Wisconsin. – WRN

(Wisconsin) The “help wanted” signs are up at Wisconsin’s state parks. The Department of Natural Resources says it is looking for people to fill jobs at Northern Highland American Legion State Forest. That is near Woodruff, Minocqua, and Boulder Junction. The jobs are seasonal, they last until the fall. Wages start at 12 dollars an hour and go up to $18.69. You can find out more and apply at the DNR’s website. – WRN

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced that fire danger is high to moderate across the state, with critical fire conditions expected this weekend. The forecast is expected to bring low humidity, windy conditions and warmer temperatures. Saturday brings the most concern, with temperatures expected to reach the upper 70s and abnormally dry conditions in the southern part of the state. Based on the forecast, the DNR will be likely restricting or canceling burning permits for Saturday in the counties with the most critical conditions.