News – November 16, 2020

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel says a sprinkler system ended what could have been a (quote) “catastrophic” apartment fire on Friday. Crews were dispatched around 3pm to Mary Ann Road for a report of a garage fire which was located directly below the apartments. Mannel says the new apartments were equipped with sprinklers that extinguished the fire prior to the arrival of first responders.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 6,058 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update. There are 69,594 active cases in the state, an increase of 1,141 from Saturday. State health officials recorded 12 deaths, bringing that total to 2,637. Dodge County has 53 deaths on record and 6,662 cases to date, a one-day increase of 153. Washington County is reporting four more deaths, for a total of 58, along with 314 new cases for a total to date of 7,023 cases.

(Wisconsin) With Wisconsin one of the worst states in the nation for new cases of COVID-19, Dr. Deborah Birx with the White House Coronavirus Task Force is reaching out to media outlets in the state. Birx, while interviewed on WISN, noted that cases on university campuses are trending down. Birx recommends that Wisconsin households avoid all social gatherings for 30 to 60 days, in addition to wearing masks in all indoor settings. She said there’s “a moment in time,” in which we can still slow the spread of the virus. -WRN

(Juneau) Dodge County Public Health Officer Abby Sauer answered some of the frequently asked questions she has gotten during the pandemic when she was our guest recently on WBEV’s Community Comment. Sauer says one of the more common questions from the public is if they should get tested. Sauer says if a person has any symptoms of the coronavirus to get tested as well as if a person has been named as a close contact to an individual confirmed to have COVID-19. While not a 100-percent deterrent from the virus, she says masks act as a barrier from a person that might be contagious and not know it. Sauer says mask wearing is an important measure everyone can do to slow the spread of COVID-19.

(Juneau) Officials in Dodge County are hoping to fix 50-miles of roadway over the next two years. The Dodge County Board voted last week to borrow $9-million-dollars for roads as part of the 2021 budget. The plan is to use that money to upgrade 25 miles of roadway next year, then borrow the same amount for 2022. An amendment last week to remove the borrowing over concerns of the tax impact was introduced with supervisors noting uncertainty that the county would actually borrow the second round of $9-million. The effort to remove the funding failed on a 23-to-8 vote. Supporters of the borrowing say now is the best time to borrow due to low interest rates. If the borrowing had been removed, the tax rate would have decreased roughly 13-cents. As approved, the mill rate of $5.12 per thousand is down two-cents from the number homeowners saw last December.

(Dodge County) The Dodge County area fared well in the latest round of grant announcements from the Alliant Energy Foundation. A total of 17 area nonprofit organizations are receiving community grants totaling $44,000 from the charitable arm of the utility. That includes four local organizations, two of which are based in Beaver Dam: Clothes for Kids is getting $1500 for their Kids Back To School Program while the Rock River Coalition is getting $2500 for their Citizen Water Quality Monitoring Program Expansion in Dodge County. The Lomira Fire Department is getting $1,000 for a gear dryer. Marsh Haven Nature Center in Waupun is getting $2,000 for trail signage.

(Madison) The State of Wisconsin will increase its funding support for hunger relief during the pandemic by 10-million dollars.  The money will go to Hunger Task Force and Feeding Wisconsin to help them purchase food, as well as store and transport it.  The total amount of money the DATCP has provided for food security is 75-million.

(Madison) Governor Evers and Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes has set up four virtual listening sessions to help them prepare for the next state budget.  Once again called the “People’s Budget”, each session will focus on a different part of the 2021-2023 budget proposal.  Registration is open for this Tuesday’s session, which will focus on healthcare and public help.

(Madison) The Better Business Bureau is warning people about get rich quick scams through digital wallet services.  They say scammers will try to get victims to send them several hundred dollars through an app like Cash App with the promise that it can become thousands of dollars, but in reality it is stolen.  The BBB recommends people be wary of buzz words with advertisements, and treat the apps like cash.

(Madison) As deer hunters prepare for the annual gun season this weekend, the DNR is promoting their free Hunt Wild Wisconsin app.  New features for this fall include tailored mapping with hunting zones focused on what species one is trying to harvest, automatic shooting hours based on a person’s location, and an easy-to-read summary of regulations.