News – November 11, 2020

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers has signed a new executive order urging people to stay home and not to socially mingle. Evers says people need to take the threat of COVID-19 seriously as we head into the winter months. He’s also calling on businesses to act responsibly and limit the number of people who are having contact with each other. The new order does not carry any enforcement language, and is only a recommendation. -WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 7,071 positive coronavirus cases in Tuesday’s daily update. There are 61,944 active cases in the state, an increase of 2,856 from Monday. State health officials recorded 66 deaths, bringing that total to 2,395. Dodge County is reporting two more deaths for a total of 46 along with 5,912 cases, an increase of 72 from Monday. County health officials are actively monitoring 1,394 people. New deaths were also reported yesterday in Washington, Fond du Lac and Jefferson counties.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board adopted the 2021 budget yesterday (Tuesday). The mill rate of $5.12 per thousand-dollars of assessed value is down two-cents from the number homeowners saw last December, while county property values are up over four-percent to $7-billion-dollars. The $156-million-dollar document has a tax levy of $36-million, which is an increase of roughly $1.4-million-dollars from the current budget year. The county board also approved borrowing $9-million dollars to repair roads in 2021.

(Fond du Lac) The Fond du Lac County Board last night approved the 2021 County Budget and a five-year capital improvements plan. The budget includes a $47.6 million tax levy or an increase of nearly $1.7 million over the current year. But the tax rate will actually decrease from $5.88 this year to $5.81. The County Sheriff’s office will be hiring three additional patrol deputies with the help of a Federal COPS grant and the capital improvements plan includes a $1.9 million upgrade of software for the County’s emergency communication system which includes the Sheriff’s Department, Jail, and Dispatch services.

(Juneau) A civil lawsuit filed to stop the formation of a lake district around Beaver Dam Lake has been dismissed. In March, the Dodge County Board approved the establishment of the taxing entity that will raise revenue from waterfront property owners to address issues ranging from shoreline erosion to water quality. David and Kathleen Munro filed the lawsuit against the Dodge County Board contending that the number of signatures and parcels required did not add up. In August, the plaintiffs submitted a request for a summary judgement, asking the court to decide the case without going to trial. Judge Martin DeVries dismissed the lawsuit yesterday (Tuesday), ruling in favor of Dodge County and the numbers approved by the county board.

(Watertown) The Watertown Police Department is looking for several suspects tied to a string of armed robberies Monday night. A Speedway and Pick’n Save both reported armed robberies with an hour-and-half period. Shortly after, a stolen vehicle complaint was made on South Church Street. Authorities believe all incidents are connected given the time frame as well as the description of the suspects. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Watertown Police Department [at 920-261-6660]. Images of the suspects and stolen vehicle are available on

(Rosendale) Authorities have identified the motorcyclist was killed after striking a deer in Fond du Lac County Monday evening. James W. Fields of Appleton 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. Fields 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.

(Columbus) A 49-year-old Fond du Lac man is facing multiple charges for allegedly hitting an eight-year-old boy with his vehicle in Fond du Lac Friday afternoon and then fleeing the scene.  The accident happened in the parking lot of a bakery and left the child unconscious with a head injury. The child was flown to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee with serious injuries, but was reported to be in stable condition. The suspect was pursued during a high-speed chase that took him out of the city on Highway 151. He was eventually captured by Columbus Police after running over spiked stop strips and crashing his vehicle.

(Wisconsin) Mayo Clinic Health System says its hospitals in northwest Wisconsin are full. A Tuesday afternoon news release said 100 percent of beds are occupied, and 300 workers are on work restrictions due to COVID-19 exposure, at the hospitals in Barron, Bloomer, Eau Claire, Osseo and Menomonie. Of those patients, 83 have COVID-19. Mayo Clinic Health System officials are (quote) “pleading for everyone’s help to wear a mask and follow all public health guidelines to limit the spread of this disease.” -WRN

(Wisconsin) Republican legislators are demanding to know why the state Department of Health Services has yet to expand the SeniorCare program to include coverage for vaccines. The law was changed last spring. However, the Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee took until last week to approve an amendment to the program, so it could get federal reimbursement. Now, the finance committee co-chairs are calling the delay an “unnecessary roadblock for seniors.” Representative John Nygren and Senator Alberta Darling claim D-H-S should have acted more quickly to implement the law. -WRN