News – May 5, 2021

(Beaver Dam) There will be a new pedestrian bridge installed near the Watermark in downtown Beaver Dam. The city council this week awarded a $250-thousand dollar contract to Janke General Contactors of Athens. The bridge was part of a half-million dollar grant for the $1.9-million dollar reconstruction of South Spring Street, though the street portion of the project is now delayed until next year.

(Beaver Dam) Construction of a new cell-tower in downtown Beaver Dam will begin Monday (May 10th). Work will include the installation of a new monopole near the utility wellhouse by the water tower in the Tower Parking Lot. Portions of the lot bordering the project-area will be periodically closed to through traffic and parking during the construction. The work schedule will be determined based on weather conditions but is slated for completion by May 28th.

(Waupun) Ground will be broken next week on a $36-million-dollar wastewater treatment plant upgrade in Waupun. The Environmental Protection Agency has mandated upgrades to the city’s wastewater utility plant to reduce phosphorus in the treatment facility by 2025. The project is funding through a USDA $28-million-dollar loan and an $8-million-dollar grant. Work is slated to begin May 6th and the upgraded facility is expected to be fully operational in 2023.

(Madison) At least six candidates are vying for the open Wisconsin assembly seat in the 37th District. Watertown-native Nick Krueger recently announced his candidacy for the seat vacated following John Jagler’s election to the senate. Other candidates include William Penterman, Cathy Houchin (how-chin), Nate Pollnow, Steve Kauffeld and Jennifer Meinhardt.

(Leroy) A Waupun man was charged yesterday (Tuesday) with injuring another motorist in a two-vehicle crash while being under the influence of a controlled substance. Nicholas Leser allegedly admitted to taking Percocet’s the day he rear-ended another vehicle twice in February. The victim suffered a slipped disk and required neck surgery following the crash. If convicted, the 37-year-old faces up to 12-years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for May 17th.

(Ashwaubenon) A man identified as last weekend’s shooter at the Oneida Casino complex near Green Bay had a gun, despite being under a restraining order. Court records show a permanent order was issued in March, with an employee at the restaurant where 62-year-old Bruce Pofahl was fired. But a court commissioner did not find “clear and convincing evidence” that Pofahl would use a gun to harm anyone.

(Waukesha) Waukesha County investigators have been unable to discern motive, in a double-murder at the Roundy’s warehouse in Oconomowoc. The sheriff’s department is closing its investigation without a clear motive. Officers say Fraron Cornelius shot and killed Kevin Kloth and Kevin Schneider on March 16th, then fled from police before killing himself. Investigators say they combed through Cornelius’ past, but could not find a possible reason for the killings.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin has surpassed 600-thousand COVID cases since the start of the pandemic. Deputy Health Services Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk called it “a grim milestone.” DHS reported 721 new cases Tuesday, for a seven day average of 633 daily cases and a total of 600,297. Willems Van Dijk stressed that vaccination remains the most effective tool to get through the pandemic.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 11 COVID deaths yesterday bringing that number to 6,850. Dodge County has 163 deaths with 126 active cases. Twenty-eight-percent (28%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 34.6-percent have had at least one dose.