News – May 26, 2020

(Beaver Dam) There was no public Memorial Day ceremonies in many communities yesterday (Monday) because of the pandemic. In Beaver Dam, the traditional ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery was scaled back, closed to the public and prerecorded. The ceremony still included a final roll call, 21-gun salute and the playing of taps in honor of veterans from Beaver Dam and surrounding communities who lost their lives in the past year. The video can be found at

(Madison) As the Department of Workforce Development continues to work with unprecedented unemployment numbers, staff say they’re working to catch up with the needs of residents. Chief economist Dennis Winters says DWD is doing the best they can right now, and that they’re already scaling up their service. Winters says everyone will be getting their backlogged assistance, once it’s approved. At 14.1 percent unemployment, Wisconsin still has a lower unemployment rate than the national average. 439-thousand people lost a job in April.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting an increase of 307 cases of COVID-19 in yesterday’s (Monday’s) daily update with over 15,584 people now having tested positive, or four-percent. State public health officials reported four deaths on Sunday bringing the total to 514. One of those deaths is the fifth to be reported in Fond du Lac County, where 174 people have tested positive. There is one death on the record in Dodge County, which is reporting nine new cases, for a total of 161. That includes 45 cases in the city of Beaver Dam, most of them in the past two weeks. Nearly 60 percent of people infected with COVID-19 in Wisconsin have recovered.

(Madison) Renters across Wisconsin need to get straight with their landlord. Wisconsin’s coronavirus-related ban on evictions ends today (Tuesday). Governor Evers instituted the ban with his “Safer at Home” order, which stopped landlords from evicting people during the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak. Evers announced 25-million dollars in rental assistance last week, but it will be next week at the earliest before that money will be ready.

(Madison) The coronavirus could make things much worse for Wisconsin’s homeless. The Wisconsin Coalition Against Homelessness has a new plan to spend 70-million dollars to help find jobs and homes for the homeless. Spokesman Joseph Volk says with unemployment pushing 15-percent in Wisconsin, there could be a surge of homelessness. He says he hopes lawmakers act before it’s too late.

(Madison) The Wisconsin Supreme Court is permitting circuit courts to resume in-person hearings and jury trials provided they enact plans to protect those involved from the coronavirus. In-person hearings and jury trials were suspended in March as judges were ordered to move trials to a date after May 22. The order issued by justices allows circuit courts to resume in-person proceedings on a county-by-county basis. Everyone in the courtroom would be required to wear masks and clean frequently touched surfaces.

(Lake Geneva) Crowds filled Lake Geneva elbow-to-elbow during the Memorial Day weekend. Most of them getting away from the Illinois restrictions and ignoring social distancing.  Public health orders were relaxed in Wisconsin last week.  Tourists from Illinois say they are frustrated with coronavirus restrictions at home.  They say the guidelines in all states should be similar or else it sets up the weekend’s mass migration to the southeastern Wisconsin vacation spot.

(Dodge County) There was plenty of activity of keep law enforcement busy over the Memorial Day weekend in Dodge County. The weekend kicked off Friday night with three teens in a stolen car running from police starting in Beaver Dam, through the town of Oak Grove into the city of Juneau where they crashed into a porch, after avoiding tire deflation devices three times. Deputies also arrested three motorists with multiple OWI’s on their record: On Friday night around 6pm in Ashippun for fifth offense. An hour later, a single vehicle injury crash in the Town of Fox Lake resulted in a third offense arrest. On Sunday morning around bar closing time, an arrest in Cambria for ninth offense.

(Milwaukee) At least 13 people have been injured and one person killed in nine separate shootings across Milwaukee over the holiday weekend, including a triple shooting outside a north side Walmart. As of Monday, police had reported no arrests.

(Waupun) An inmate from John Burke Correctional Center in Waupun will be facing charges after failing to return Saturday afternoon with a prison transport van he was driving to pick up other inmates. Authorities say Joshua Bonin was supposed to pick up those inmates at Taycheedah Correctional in Fond du Lac. The Department of Corrections informed Fond du Lac Police according to GPS the van had been left at the Walmart parking lot. The 35-year-old Bonin was found that afternoon at a gas station in Fond du Lac.

(Janesville) Two people are hurt after a duplex explosion rocked a neighborhood in Janesville late Monday night. A fire investigator says the explosion was likely triggered by someone who lit a cigarette near a natural gas leak. One of the people inside reported smelling gas before the other person lit that cigarette. One side of the duplex was fully on fire when help arrived. The two people living there were taken to the hospital — one of them with serious injuries. The person living in the other half of the duplex was not hurt.

(Fond du Lac) Two teens and a Fond du Lac man are safe after their kayaks overturned in the turbulent waters of the Fond du Lac River west of Fond du Lac yesterday (Mon) afternoon just after 1pm. The 30-year-old made his way from the river to a house where he called 911 for help. The two 13-year-olds, a boy and a girl, were contacted by phone about a half hour later. They had gotten back in their kayaks and continued down the river. No one was injured the two teens were wearing personal floatation devices.

(Grafton) Grafton police are warning drivers to be on the lookout after receiving numerous reports of an unknown persons dumping large amounts of roofing nails in roadways and intersections around the village, causing damage to vehicles. Grafton police are adding extra patrols and working to secure doorbell video from the area.

(Wisconsin) Efforts continue to have everyone counted for the 2020 Census.  Questionnaire forms will be delivered to over 92-thousand homes in Wisconsin this week.  The state continues to rank second behind Minnesota with about two-thirds of all homes responding.  Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties continue to lead all nationwide with an over 80-percent response rate.

(Wisconsin) We’ve all seen the debate over ‘is a hot dog a sandwich?’. Well, a recent survey released by Food Insider named the Bratwurst as Wisconsin’s favorite sandwich. Not so fast, says UW-Extension Meat Specialist Jeffrey Sindelar. He says, strictly speaking, a bratwurst in a brat bun is not a sandwich because a sandwich is typically something that’s flat; the bread is flat, meat is flat, cheese is flat. Sindelar says there are ways to make a bratwurst that would qualify, including brats that have been split and fried flat for sandwiches. He notes that Wisconsinites are free to disagree, because after all it is the state’s favorite sausage.