News – November 1, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam Chief Administrative Officer Angelia Foster says while COVID cases have trended downward over the last couple days, their facility has seen an uptick in emergency room volume. Foster says the number of younger individuals coming in with COVID-related issues still remains higher than last year and they are often un-vaccinated. She continues to stress the importance of getting vaccinated as well as practicing mitigation strategies including masking, hand washing, and social distancing.

(Randolph) Internet services have expanded in Randolph. Spectrum recently completed a $1.1-million-dollar network expansion project that brings gigabit internet speeds to residential customers and small business clients. As part of Wisconsin’s Broadband Expansion Grant Program, Spectrum was awarded roughly $100-thousand-dollars in funds to expand services to almost 775 homes in the city.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County Executive Al Buechel says they will use some of the $20-million-dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funds the county is receiving to provide incentives to internet providers for broadband expansion. He points out that about 10-percent of households in the county have no internet access and a number of others have problems with slower speeds. He says they have not made any decisions about how much they will allocate for the effort, but anyone in the county that wants internet access should have a way to accomplish that. Buechel says everyone is more aware about the need for broadband access while children were being taught virtually during the earlier days of the pandemic.

(Waupun) SSM Health Wisconsin was recently recognized for their inclusive hiring practices. The healthcare provider, with facilities in Waupun and Fond du Lac, received an Exemplary Employer Award during National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The month is focused on highlighting employer’s commitment to employment practices that encourage the full participation of individuals with disabilities.

(Kenosha) All eyes will be on Kenosha this week, as the Kyle Rittenhouse trial gets underway. Rittenhouse faces homicide and weapons charges for killing two people and wounding a third during rioting in Kenosha in August of last year. His lawyers say he fired in self-defense. The case has become a cause celebre for gun-rights advocates, and a cautionary tale to gun-control supporters. Jury selection starts Monday. The judge has set aside two weeks for the trial. – WRN

(Dodge County)  The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating a serious motor vehicle crash that occurred Sunday evening on County Highway TW just north of State Highway 33.  Shortly after 8:30PM, authorities received a report of a single vehicle crash with injuries.  Initial investigation shows that the vehicle was traveling south on County Highway TW when it left the roadway, entered into the west ditch and struck a power pole.  Two juvenile occupants inside the vehicle sustained life threating injuries and were flown by Med Flight to UW Hospital in Madison.  In an early morning update the Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that one individual has since been pronounced deceased at UW Hospital.  Assisting at the crash Scene were fire departments from Horicon, Burnett, and Hustisford, Horicon EMS, Beaver Dam Paramedics, Dodge County Emergency Response Team, and two UW Med Flight Units.