News – May 8, 2021

(Waupun) A Mayville man was sentenced to seven months in jail with work release privileges for burglarizing a bar in Waupun. Terry McCubbins entered a no contest plea to a felony charge of Burglary. In September, the manager learned that the establishment’s key box was opened and that the key was missing. The manager did not find any forced entry but when checking the previous two nights of cash and credit card transactions found that they were missing, roughly $2,500 in total was taken. McCubbins, who worked at the bar as kitchen help, was identified as a potential suspect by the manager. Security footage captured McCubbins wearing the same exact clothing he wore during crime as he did while working his previous shift. When questioned, McCubbins initially denied his involvement but later admitted his actions. The 45-year-old was also placed on probation for three years.

(Madison) State Representative Mark Born will be holding a virtual hearing on Monday to discuss the approval process for a solar farm project near Lomira. The informational meeting will also include staff from the Public Service Commission and constituents of the 39th Assembly District. Born says the purpose of the hearing is to give the public an opportunity to ask the Public Service Commission questions about the Springfield Solar Farm project. A link to the registration page can be found at DailyDodge.com.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin DNR officials are asking the public to stay vigilant as fire danger is very high and high across the state once again this weekend. They say green-up is progressing nicely in the southern half of the state, thanks to some much-needed rain earlier this week. However, the northwest part of the state remains dry, resulting in an elevated fire risk. Officials say they are paying close attention to these areas as we near the peak of fire season. Burning debris is the leading cause of Wisconsin’s wildfires. The fire danger is Dodge, Washington, Columbia and Jefferson Counties is low. In Fond du Lac and Green Lake County the fire danger is high.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin has a lot of ground to cover to get close to last week’s coronavirus vaccination numbers. On Thursday, the Department of Health Services reported about 76-thousand doses administered this week. That is much fewer than last week’s 225-thousand doses, and a long way from Wisconsin’s peak of 425-thousand doses in a week back in April. Those numbers are expected to jump by Monday when the full statewide count is reported, but health officials are not sure just how far those numbers will go up. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported seven COVID deaths yesterday bringing that number to 6,884. Dodge County is reporting 164 deaths and 11,833 cases. Statewide, active cases total to 8,546, a one-day decrease of 82. Dodge County health officials are actively monitoring 126 cases. Twenty-nine-point-three-percent (29.3%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 35.2-percent have had at least one dose.

(Wisconsin) The latest look into Wisconsin schools shows some of the impact of the coronavirus. The Wisconsin Policy Forum’s report says enrollment is down, but graduation rates are up. The numbers come from both the end of the last school year and the beginning of this year. The Policy Forum says 25-thousand fewer students are enrolled in Wisconsin schools, most of them are young students who did not report to closed-down kindergarten classes. While graduation rates jumped for most students, the report says graduation rates for black students in Wisconsin fell. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) Several Dodge County students were named to the Wisconsin Agriculture Youth Council. Isabella Kraus from Beaver Dam and Cameron Pokorny from Waupun join 13 other high school seniors who will begin their one-year term in September. Members were selected based on their application, letter of recommendation and a one-minute video. The council will participate in monthly virtual sessions, interacting with speakers and participating in discussions about Wisconsin agriculture.

(Beaver Dam) The Fair Food Festival returns to the Dodge County Fairgrounds today (Saturday). A monthly series of events features sweet treats, fried fair food and an assortment of food carts. A variety of new vendors will be showcased during each months event. Crowds approaching three-thousand attendees came out for the April event. Today’s Fair Food Festive will include new vendor options: pulled pork sandwiches, fried cheese curds, Indonesian food (vegan and gluten-free options) and gyros as well as original treats like deep-fried Oreos, chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick and an ice cream roll station. The event will begin at 11am and run until 8pm, admission and parking is free. Future fair food festival dates include June 5, July 17, September 4 and October 2. The Dodge County Fair is scheduled to return with a variety of family friendly events and midway rides on August 18 through the 22.