News – November 23, 2020

(Randolph) A Portage woman was arrested for ninth offense Operating While Intoxicated last (Sunday) night in the Town of Randolph. A Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy allegedly observed Kelly A. Jorgensen driving on Highway 33 even though her license was suspended because of drunk driving. A traffic stop was made with the vehicle on Inglehart Road and upon contact with the 55-year-old, the deputy observed signs of impairment. Standardized field sobriety tests were conducted and Jorgensen was placed under arrest and taken to the Columbia County Jail.

(Beaver Dam) Fire damaged a house in the city of Beaver Dam Saturday morning. Crews were dispatched to a residence owned by John Howland at 308 East Main Street at 9:49am following multiple 9-1-1 calls. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and fire was coming from the first floor of the two-story, single-family home. Personnel initially directed their water lines at the fire coming from the first floor window, knocking the flames down. By that time, additional paid on-call and off-duty firefighters arrived and deployed a second hose line, extinguishing most of the remaining blaze. No injuries were reported and firefighters rescued a large-breed puppy. The cause was not immediately determined.

(Wauwatosa) Wauwatosa Police have arrested a person connected to the shooting at Mayfair Mall. Chief Barry Weber says a 15-year-old Hispanic male from Milwaukee was taken into custody Saturday evening, and a weapon that was allegedly used during the shooting was recovered. Chief Weber adds of the eight people injured, four were not connected to the two groups of people that were in an altercation that led to the shooting. He says all injuries were non-life-threatening and everyone is recovering. -WRN

(Juneau) Dodge County health officials are encouraging the public to celebrate Thanksgiving while keeping family and friends healthy. County Health Officer Abby Sauer says the message for Thanksgiving will likely be the same one recommended for Christmas and New Year’s: stay home. Sauer says she understands that it is difficult to do especially around the holidays. She encourages the community to celebrate Thanksgiving with only those who live in their home and avoid traveling which increases the spread of the virus. Sauer also suggests shopping online rather than in person on Black Friday.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 3,507 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update. There are 75,035 active cases in the state, a decrease of 887 from Saturday. For the first time in nearly two months, state health officials recorded no deaths and that number remains unchanged at 3,005. Dodge County has 66 deaths on record and 7,697 cases, a one-day increase of 249.

(Janesville) A Wisconsin congressman has tested positive for COVID-19. Bryan Steil released a statement Sunday evening announcing that he tested positive after becoming symptomatic late last week. Steil says he was working in Washington last week, and has been experiencing “mild” symptoms after returning home to Janesville. A COVID test came back positive on Sunday, and Steil says he will be working from home in self-isolation to continue serving the people of Southeast Wisconsin. Steil serves the first district, and his test comes one week after second district Congressman Mark Pocan self-isolated following his mother’s positive test for the disease, he spent a significant amount of time with her while helping her move earlier this month. -WRN

(Wisconsin) The complaints filed by Trump Campaign lawyers have so far targeted many aspects of absentee voting. That ranged from complaints of in-person early voters not having to file out ballot applications, to complaints about allowing clerks to help voters fix voting envelopes, to a complaint against all folded ballots, which would have rejected every single absentee ballot. So far, elections staff in both counties have rejected the complaints.  -WRN

(Beaver Dam) As is the case with many other events in 2020, the 31st Annual Tree of Lights Celebration will look different this year. The event, hosted by Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam and traditionally held the first Monday of December, will not be held in-person this year and instead virtual remembrances will be posted to Facebook. The campaign raises money for the hospital’s Hospice program. Christmas trees are located at the hospital, Hillside Manor and Stone Terrace. Lights can be purchased for $7 apiece in honor or in memory of a loved one. Information on donating can be found on

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for their yearly recognition of a local business, citizen and non-profit organization through November 29. Nomination forms are available at the chamber offices or at The recipients will be honored at the Chamber’s annual meeting on January 27, which will be virtual though the hope is to have an in-person recognition later in the year. More information can be found with this news story at

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam’s Nancy Zieman is the subject of a documentary airing Monday night on PBS. Nancy Zieman: Extraordinary Grace will take viewers beyond the Sewing With Nancy set to explore the life of the beloved television host, author, pattern maker, television producer, educator and entrepreneur. The documentary features home video footage, photo archives, voice recordings and interviews with family, colleagues and fans. Zieman was on the air for 36 seasons, filming more than 900 episodes between 1982 and 2017. Nancy Zieman: Extraordinary Grace premieres tonight at 7pm on PBS Wisconsin.