News – November 12, 2020

(Dodge County) Three Dodge County residents were among the 62 coronavirus deaths announced by state health officials yesterday. Dodge County now has 49 of the 2457 deaths reported in Wisconsin to date. Deaths were also reported yesterday in Washington, Fond du Lac and Jefferson counties. Wisconsin health officials reported over 7,000 positive cases in Wednesday’s daily update. There are 64,067 active cases in the state, an increase of 2,123 from Tuesday.

(Juneau) Local public health officials are getting behind in contact tracing people who have contracted coronavirus. That is according to the latest weekly COVID-19 report from the Dodge County Health Department which says because of the steady increases in cases, the department’s ability to contact people who have tested positive, and follow-up with those who are in close contact, is now delayed. Officials are recommending online resources for people who have been in contact with or who have received positive tests that give instructions on isolation timelines and avoiding household exposure.

(Madison) The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is asking lawmakers for an additional one-point-six-billion dollars over the next two-year budget.  Deputy state superintendent Mike Thompson says the money would pay for initiatives in special education, equity, and mental health aid.

(Mayville) The Mayville Common Council adopted the 2021 budget this week. The document calls for roughly $10.9-million-dollars in total expenditures with a tax levy of just under $2.7-million, nearly identical to the figure approved last year. The mill rate of $8.29 cents per thousand-dollars of assessed value is a two-cent decrease from the number homeowners saw a year ago.

(Portage) The Wisconsin Department of Corrections says empty guard towers are not the reason why two inmates escaped from the prison in Portage last April. The pair were eventually caught in Rockford. After that, the warden at Columbia Correctional resigned, seven other workers were fired and one employee was convicted of helping the prisoners escape.

(Juneau) A Beaver Dam woman charged with having inappropriate relations with an inmate at the Dodge County Jail was arraigned yesterday. Tammy Clipps entered a not guilty plea to one felony charge of Second Degree Sexual Assault by Correctional Staff. Prosecutors say the 53-year-old was a contracted kitchen worker at the jail for several months in 2019 when she had sexual contact with an inmate multiple times. If convicted, she faces up to 40 years in prison.

(Beaver Dam) An Oshkosh man charged with robbing a Beaver Dam store entered a not guilty plea at arraignment yesterday (Wednesday). Donnie McKenzie allegedly stole two dehumidifiers from the Beaver Dam Menards in September. When questioned, he reportedly said he needed money and heard that the stores in Beaver Dam were easy to steal from. If convicted, the 53-year-old faces up to over 15 years in prison.