News – May 25, 2020

(Beaver Dam) A national fundraiser with roots in Beaver Dam is moving forward this summer with a change in plans. Organizers with the Nation of Patriots says that their 2020 tour will take place, just not as some are used to due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Set in three phases, the organization will begin by uploading short videos to social media of flag bearers discussing a personal story. As COVID-19 cases decline, phase two will see the flag shipped ahead to a tour location and one rider only from that site will transfer and receive the flag. Once all pandemic restrictions are lifted and there is news of a medical treatment, the Patriot Tour will move forward as originally planned. Local organizers say it is still unknown how this plan will affect the Beaver Dam stop, scheduled for July 25, but they note it will take place in some capacity. The 2020 Patriot Tour begins launched May 23rd.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting an increase of 400 cases of COVID-19 in yesterday’s (Sunday’s) daily update. There is a total of 15,277 people now having tested positive. State public health officials reported three deaths on Sunday bringing the total to 510. Dodge County reported three new cases Sunday, for a total of 152, with one death on record.

(Wisconsin) As the state’s farmers continue to reel after the closures of Wisconsin’s largest meat packing companies, efforts are being made to keep their livestock in the food supply. UW-Extension Meat Specialist Jeffrey Sindelar says groups are looking for buyers for all of those animals that would have gone to the major meat packing companies. He says that the UW is even stepping up at its own processing facilities to try and handle the surplus.

(Juneau) More research is needed before the Dodge County Board adopts a resolution to decrease the amount supervisors are paid for the time they spend in meetings by $10. During last week’s county board meeting, Chairman Russ Kottke referred the matter to the Finance Committee for more discussion and to determine what impact it could have on the budget. The current per diem rate is $60 for county board members and $65 for the committee chairperson per meeting. If the resolution advances out of finance, it will be up for a vote at the Dodge County Board’s June meeting.

(Cambria) The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Pardeeville man early Sunday morning for ninth offense Operating While Intoxicated. Just before 2am, deputies allegedly observed Matthew Hollendyke swerving and striking a curb while attempting a parking maneuver in the village of Cambria. Hollendyke exited his vehicle and was reportedly seen struggling to maintain his balance while walking. Sheriff Roger Brandner says deputies made contact with the 38-year-old and was arrested and transported to the Columbia County Jail where he is being held on a probation hold. In addition to this ninth OWI offense, Hollendyke was also charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle after Revocation and Failure to Install an Ignition Interlock Device.

(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Sheriff says a recent drug arrest removed a significant amount of cocaine from the streets of Beaver Dam. Dale Schmidt says deputies along with the Beaver Dam Police Department executed a search warrant on a Beaver Dam residence tied to a suspected drug dealer from Illinois. Following a short foot pursuit the individual was taken into custody.

(Green Lake County) Starting Tuesday the Green Lake County Register of Deeds office will be open to the public for service. They encourage residents to continue to use their online and mail as options to conduct business, but if you choose to come “in person” that option will be available as well. The office will be fully staffed and customers will be served using social distancing whenever possible. Green Lake County Register of Deeds Sarah Guenther says the health and safety of their employees and customers remains their top priority. The office will provide single service pens; have social distancing markers, and a waiting area for overflow of customers.

(Wisconsin) Essential heroes are the latest to get the bobblehead treatment.  The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is selling male and female versions of 35 different professions.  A portion of the sales will go towards the Protect the Heroes Campaign to support frontline workers.

(Beaver Dam) An abbreviated Beaver Dam Memorial Day Ceremony will be broadcast this (Monday) morning on AM1430 WBEV and streamed in audio and video at The ceremonywhich annually brings together multiple veterans organizations, was prerecorded last Thursday at the Veterans Memorial at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial Day Committee Chairperson Lois Levenhagen says organizers felt that it is important to recognize the brave veterans from Beaver Dam and surrounding communities who have passed away in the past year. In addition to the Final Roll Call Ceremony, there will also be a playing of taps and a 21-gun salute. After a morning of patriotic programming, WBEV will air the 2019 Beaver Dam Memorial Day Ceremony in its entirety beginning at 10:30am. After the approximately 70minutelong 2019 rebroadcast, we will air the pre-recorded 2020 ceremony leading right into the noon hour.  

(Lowell) There will be a Memorial Day Parade in the village of Lowell Monday morning. Chet Caine with the Lowell VFW says the parade will start at 9:30am at the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery and proceed through the village to the Lowell Cemetery. The parade will be held weather permitting.