News – May 13, 2021

(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born says several bills that recently cleared the state Assembly are priorities for his constituents. The legislation includes increased criminal penalties for those who commit crimes against the elderly population and requires that any sporting event held in a Wisconsin venue that receives taxpayer funding include the national anthem. Born says he knows the people who elected him to serve in the Assembly would support these common-sense bills. The national anthem bill passed with bipartisan support, but some Democrats call it a political stunt. The legislation will now head to the Senate for a vote.

(Beaver Dam) Wisconsin Senator John Jagler has scheduled two budget listening sessions in the area tomorrow (Friday). The Watertown Republican will be at the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce located at 127 South Spring Street from 10am to 11am. Jagler says it will be a joint session with State Representative Mark Born, who is co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee. Another budget listening session is planned from 1pm to 2pm at the Oconomowoc Community Center at 220 West Wisconsin Avenue.

(Osceola) An Eden man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in the Town of Osceola yesterday (Wednesday). The 54-year-old was traveling north on Vista Drive after 6pm when he failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the roadway. The Fond du Lac County Sherriff’s Office say he was ejected during the crash and sustained significant injuries. He was flown to ThedaCare Regional Medical center in Neenah. Sheriff’s officials say the man was not wearing a helmet and that both speed and alcohol were factors in the crash which is under investigation.

(Jefferson County) The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents of a string of residential burglaries. Sheriff Paul Milbrath says beginning in early April through last weekend, three homes were burglarized in the Towns of Jefferson, Concord, and Ixonia. The suspect is said to be in his thirty’s, five-nine to six-feet tall, with dark hair and acne scars on his face, and may speak with a possible Hispanic accent. Anyone with information is asked to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

(Juneau) Dodge County citizens are being notified that the enrollment for the Emergency Broadband Benefit program is now open. The FCC program was created to help families struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic. For more details about the Emergency Broadband Benefit program and information about enrolling, visit DailyDodge.com.

(Wisconsin) The number of people in Wisconsin getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is dropping, and Deputy Health Services Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk says they are now taking the vaccine to the people, including shopping malls, farmers markets, bars and even Bucks and Brewers games. The goal remains to vaccinate 80-percent of Wisconsin’s population. As of Wednesday, 38-percent had completed the vaccine series. Forty-four-and-a-half-percent had gotten at least one dose. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 18 COVID deaths yesterday bringing that number to 6,935. Dodge County is reporting 164 deaths with 129 active cases. Thirty-point-five-percent (30.5%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 35.8-percent have had at least one dose.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Community Theatre will have two plays this summer featuring area youth. The musicals will be rehearsed and performed in-person with social distancing and other protocols in place for actors and the audience. Kids in grades six through eight have auditions this weekend for “Giants in the Sky,” which premieres on July 21st. Actors in grades three through five have auditions next weekend for “The Most Epic Birthday Party” which hits the stage July 7th.