News – May 30, 2020

(Waupun) The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is reporting that Waupun Correctional has had 213 inmates test positive for coronavirus and 15 employees. No other state prison has more than 18 positive tests, as of Friday afternoon. Dodge Correctional in Waupun tested over 1500 employees and inmates and, while there are still 1362 tests pending, 220 tests have already come back negative. As of yesterday, the Wisconsin National Guard has collected 1,900 specimens at Dodge Correctional while nearly 1,000 specimens have been collected at Waupun Correctional.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting an increase of 733 cases of COVID-19 in yesterday’s (Friday’s) daily update. The two-week average is 473 daily infections. There is a total of 17,707 people now having tested positive. Five-point-four-percent (5.4%) of the nearly 13-thousand tests administered came back positive on Friday. State public health officials reported 18 more deaths bringing the total to 568. Two of the deaths announced Friday were Washington County residents, where six people have now died and 238 have tested positive. Dodge County reported eight new cases, for a total of 180, with one death on record. 

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam is warning area of residents of a scam requesting personal protective equipment. Officials with the hospital say that someone claiming to represent the facility has been calling citizens and going door-to-door soliciting donations for masks for nurses. The hospital says they have not and will not be asking for donations in this manner. They add if person should be approached by or receive a call from someone claiming to represent the hospital in an effort to solicit money, please call the Beaver Dam Police Department (920-887-4614).

(Madison) The University of Wisconsin System is taking the biggest hit in the first round of state spending cuts. Governor Evers says the U-W System will see 40-million dollars less this year. In all, Evers is proposing 70-million in budget cuts across the board. While 40-million is the largest proposed cut of any state agency, it’s a small part of the U-W System’s six-point-three billion-dollar annual budget.

(Sturtevant) B-R-P Marine Group has announced it will lay-off 363 workers at its manufacturing plant in Sturtevant. The Canadian-based company notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development by letter this week.  B-R-P makes recreation vehicles and parts.  It says it is re-evaluating its outboard engine manufacturing during the coronavirus pandemic.  The workers affected were making Evinrude outboard engines.  About half of the layoffs are permanent and the rest of the workers will be idled between now and January.

(Oneida) Just two days after a county committee granted a large gathering permit to hold the event, organizers of the Hodag Country Festival in Oneida County have reversed course and canceled the 2020 event. Oneida County Board Chair Dave Hintz says that’s the right call. Organizers apologized for creating stress and division in the Rhinelander community over the prospect of holding the music festival. Hintz said the full county board had been considering a plan to reverse the Public Safety Committee’s decision to grant the permit.

(Dodge County) The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact year-to-date vehicle sales throughout the region. According to the Waterloo-based industry tracking firm Reg Trak, there have been a total of 1,047 car and light truck sales in Dodge County in the first four months of 2020, 190 less than last year or a decrease of 15.3-percent. Car sales were down 41-percent while truck sales dipped nearly 11-percent.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin is one of several states suing to stop the Trump Administration from relaxing vehicle emissions standards. Attorney General Josh Kaul joined A-G’s from several other blue states in a lawsuit challeging the president’s order to move away from the California emissions that were adopted under President Obama. Kaul says the president is stopping states from deciding for themselves about clean air rules. Trump says he doesn’t want to end the California standards, but simply to relax them for automakers.

(Wisconsin) State prosecutors are asking the Wisconsin Court of Appeals to deny Steven Avery’s request for a new trial. Avery was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide in the 2005 murder of freelance photographer Teresa Halbach.  A Circuit Court Judge denied his attorney’s request for an evidentiary hearing in June 2017.  The state wants the appeals court to uphold that ruling.  Avery’s attorney Kathleen Zellner has until June 11th to respond to a petition filed by the Wisconsin Attorney General’s Office this week.

(Beaver Dam) Sometimes, the show just cannot go on. The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel their main stage summer musical along with the high school summer production. Managing Director David Saniter says the health and safety of the cast, crew, and audience members remains their top priority. The high school production of Brigadoon has been canceled outright, and students next year will choose a different musical. The main stage performance of the Little Mermaid will be held next summer. Its not all bad news for performers as the theatre’s youth troupe – the Tell-A-Tale Theatre for kids in third through eighth grades – will still be performing this year. However, it will be a virtual performance titled “The Show Must Go On…line.” 

(Beaver Dam) Beginning June 3rd, Advanced Disposal will start collecting bulk garbage items on the first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month. Items should be placed at the street edge no later than 7am on the day of collection and cannot be placed out sooner than 24 hours prior to the scheduled pick-up. The service is only available to city residents. No waste of any kind is accepted from outside the city limits as well as from contractor activity.