News – November 10, 2020

(Rosendale) A motorcyclist was killed after striking a deer in Fond du Lac County Monday evening. The Appleton man was northbound on Highway 26 near Rose-Eld Road in the Town of Rosendale around 11:30pm when he struck a deer that was in the roadway. The motorcycle was then struck by a southbound semi-truck. The 37-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the only person on the bike and was not wearing a helmet. A 53-year-old Kimberly man operating the semi was not injured.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School District is moving to virtual learning for one week following the Thanksgiving break. The school board Monday night approved a recommendation from the superintendent to suspend in-person learning at all grade levels from November 30 through December 4. The decision, made in consultation with local health officials, is meant to minimize the overall spread of COVID-19 and help maintain staffing levels. The school board will evaluate the hiatus for possible implementation again after the New Year’s break.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 4,360 positive coronavirus cases in Monday’s daily update. There are 59,088 active cases in the state, an increase of 969 from Sunday. State health officials recorded 17 deaths, bringing that total to 2,329. Dodge County has 44 deaths on record and 5,840 cases, an increase of 102 from Sunday. County health officials are actively monitoring 1,508 people.

(Dodge County) Dodge County prisons have seen a jump in coronavirus cases, according to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Over the last week, Dodge Correctional saw an increase of 96 positive cases. There are currently 243 active cases out of a total of 503 to date. This Thursday and Friday, the Wisconsin National Guard will be conducting site-based testing at nearby Waupun Correctional where 81 of 681 inmates cases are active, an increase of 24 from a week ago.

(Beaver Dam) Following a successful referendum, the Beaver Dam Fire Department is looking to hire six new positions. Last week, voters approved a binding referendum on a two-to-one margin to fund a half dozen firefighter-paramedics position. Fire Chief Alan Manal says those interested should expect training that is both aggressive and progressive as well as a 24-hours-on/48-hours-off schedule. Starting salary ranges are between $54-thousand-dollars and $74-thousand. Applications are due by December 10th and are available on the City of Beaver Dam’s website. / A link will be available on

(Wisconsin) News of a viable vaccine for COVID-19 is just the first step, according to UW-Health’s Dr. Jeff Pothoff. He says the vaccine will need to go through its final trials before it’s fully approved for use. Reports from Pfizer say that the vaccine appears to be 90 percent effective at preventing COVID-19. Pothoff says the US will have to start ramping up production to ensure that it can make over 300 million doses for the nation. -WRN

(Wisconsin) Kenosha County prosecutors have charged a Wisconsin man with supplying the gun that Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly used to kill two men during August protests over police brutality. Online court records show 19-year-old Dominick Black was charged last week with supplying a dangerous weapon to a minor causing death. The Kenosha News reports a criminal complaint alleges Black asked the 17-year-old Rittenhouse to help him guard Kenosha businesses the night of August 25. The complaint says the two went to Black’s stepfather’s house to get an assault-style rifle, which the Illinois teen is accused of using to fatally shoot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wound a third man. Wisconsin law prohibits minors from carrying or possessing firearms unless they are hunting. Black is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on November 19th. -WRN

(Wisconsin) A UW-Madison employee may have tried to run over four protestors with his motorcycle on the Capitol Square last Friday. U-W Madison officials say they’re reviewing video of the incident. The man on the motorcycle has been identified as a senior power plant operator at the Madison campus. He has not been arrested and has not been charged. The university says it will take appropriate action after the investigation is over. -WRN

(Wisconsin) A Wisconsin-based printing giant is shutting down four of its plants. The move by Quad-Graphics will eliminate 11-hundred jobs. The company says its four printing plants in Wisconsin will stay open, that includes sites in Hartford and Lomira. The Milwaukee Business Journal reports Quad-Graphics has been letting employees go since the first of the year. Company leader’s blame a 29-percent drop in revenue on the COVID-19 pandemic, and the pressure it puts on printing volume, and pricing. -WRN

(Wisconsin) The company producing the canceled Country U-S-A and Rock U-S-A music shows plans to file for bankruptcy by next week. That means many people who bought tickets may not get full refunds. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the concerts to shut down. Customers found out about the bankruptcy on the company’s Facebook page last month. Neenah-based Hypervibe says ticket buyers should expect to get claim forms in the mail in the weeks to come. It’s not clear how much money they will be able to get back. -WRN