News – May 29, 2020

(Beaver Dam) Dodge County Public Health Officer Abby Sauer says the 40-or-so new cases of coronavirus in Beaver Dam in the past two weeks in not enough to issue a warning specific to the city. Before May 10, there were four or fewer cases in the city. Sauer attributes the spike to two separate incidents: one at a food processing center and the other at a nursing home and she says that does not indicate that there is more risk in Beaver Dam than any other part of the county. She says her office would issue a community-specific warning if there was a public health concern specific to that area but in the meantime, because there is community spread of covid, there is a risk anywhere.  

(Juneau) The Dodge County Courts will be open for in-person hearings starting Monday (June 1st). Court officials say they have met the requirements of the State Supreme Court’s May 22 order and have developed a comprehensive operations plan that provides a safe environment for courthouse visitors and staff. Social distancing will be required along with masks or face shields worn at all times, per the State Supreme Court’s ruling. The Dodge County Courts operation plan is available for review on their website (

(Milwaukee) The Wisconsin State Fair has been officially called off due to COVID-19. This is the first time in 75 years that the fair will not be running. The decision was announced yesterday by Fair Board chairman John Yingling. In a statement, Yingling says the decision was not made lightly, and that he’s got everyone’s safety in mind. The Fair attracts over a million visitors every year and organizers said it would be impossible to enforce social distancing on the grounds. The other issue would be putting on the fair only for no one to show up due to fears over COVID-19. Tourism officials say this will be another 200 million dollar loss to Milwaukee and the suburbs, but that they’re hoping more summer events will be happening to help ease the financial impact. 

(Wisconsin) It’s an increasingly important question these days: is this sneeze or sniffle I’ve got COVID-19 or just allergies? If you’re sneezing, it’s likely not the coronavirus. UW-Health allergist Dr. Mark Moss says the best way to tell yourself if you’ve got something more than just hayfever is to find out if you have an actual fever. Other related symptoms will include body aches and deep chest congestion, not just a head cold. If you are having flu-like symptoms, see a doctor and get tested.

(Herman) Three people were injured, two seriously, in a two vehicle head-on crash last (Thursday) night in the Town of Herman just before 8pm. The initial investigation showed a Ford F150 was traveling eastbound on Highway 33 and a Wal-Mart semi-tractor trailer was heading westbound when the two collided head-on near Luedtke Lane. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says the 17-year-old male driver of the F150 and his 16-year-old passenger, both from West Bend, were seriously injured. The operator of the Wal-Mart semi, a 47-year-old male from Illinois, suffered minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $25,000 yesterday (Thursday) for an Illinois man charged following a high-speed chase with Beaver Dam police. Ali Barnaby was allegedly clocked going 50-miles-per-hour on Industrial Drive Tuesday afternoon and when police activated their emergency lights the vehicle accelerated away. The vehicle was eventually disabled by tire deflation devices set up by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office on County Highway W. If convicted, the 18-year-old faces over four years in prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 4th.

(Beaver Dam) Five dogs and a parrot perished in a house fire in Beaver Dam yesterday (Thursday) morning. Crews responded to 123 Gould Street at 9:45am following a report by the homeowner, who indicated that multiple animals were trapped inside. Units arrived to find light smoke coming on the second floor of the two-story, single family home owned by Ronald Gaspardo. Chief Alan Mannel says his team quickly extinguished the flames in a bedroom with a single hose line. Firefighters were able to successfully rescue three other dogs and at least one of three cats have been found safe. There were no injuries. The cause is under routine investigation in conjunction with the Beaver Dam Police Department. 

(Beaver Dam) The Tacony Corporation has sold Nancy’s Notions online retail business and related assets to Missouri Star Quilt Company. Tacony CEO Kristi Tacony Humes announced the May 27th sale yesterday (Thursday) saying that it allows her company to focus on its core business markets while providing a suitable home for the Nancy’s Notions, Amazing Designs, and Sewing with Nancy brands. Missouri Star Quilt Company currently offers one of the largest selections of precut fabrics in the world and their Hamilton, Missouri-headquarters is called the “Disneyland of Quilting.”  The announcement comes less than a year after the Nancy’s Notions Retail Store in Beaver Dam closed its doors. Founder Nancy Zieman passed away in 2017.  

(Wisconsin) Some people in Wisconsin who are waiting on an unemployment check could be waiting until October. Republican lawmakers pressed Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman for answers during a hearing Wednesday at the Capitol. Frostman said the main problems are an outdated tech infrastructure and that it simply takes time to complete the hiring process for people who will be accessing claimants’ personal information.