News – November 30, 2020

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s gun deer season for 2020 has ended.  The DNR will released their preliminary numbers for the nine days on Tuesday.  Through the first week of the season, there were eight hunters injured by shootings, including the death of a West Bend man on opening day.  The DNR credits it to new people trying out hunting, as well as the overall higher number of people trying outdoor activities during the pandemic.

(Springvale) Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputies and the state Department of Natural Resources responded to two separate incidents of hunters missing their target and shooting into a residential property. Both occurred on Pommering Road in the Town of Springvale. The most recent was reported on Saturday afternoon when a bullet struck a garage and a car inside. Charges of Endangering Safety by Use of a Dangerous Weapon have been referred to the DA’s Office against a 21-year-old Cudahy man. That group was apparently not connected to the first incident, which was reported Friday morning when a bullet struck a house, narrowly missing someone inside. In that case, hunters were questioned but apparently no citations were issued. No injuries were reported.

(Waupun) No injuries were reported after a weekend fire swept through a Waupun duplex. Crews responded to 540 East Jefferson Street around 12:30am Saturday after a visitor noticed the fire. Chief BJ DeMaa says upon arrival, flames were venting out the second story windows and all tenants had evacuated. The home owned by Ben Harper sustained significant smoke and fire damage to the second floor along with water damage to the first floor and basement. The six people displaced are staying with family and friends. The cause remains under investigation but is not considered suspicious.  KILL AFTER 10:30am.

(Dodge County) After declining for two weeks, COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations climbed over the weekend. The Department of Health Services reported a record-breaking 53 percent daily positive test rate on Sunday, and 40 percent on Saturday. The seven-day positive test rate rose for the first time in nearly two weeks, to 27.8 percent. DHS reported 50 COVID-19 related deaths over the weekend, bringing Wisconsin’s toll to 3,307. Also Sunday, the total number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients increased by 10, to 1,824, according to the Wisconsin Hospitals Association. That number had also decreased steadily the past two weeks. There are 69,894 active cases in the state, a decrease of 859 from Saturday. Dodge County has experienced 71 deaths, and 8,313 cases to date. -WRN

(Madison) The Better Business Bureau is warning people about getting involved in a gift exchange online.  Scammers have been using them, such as “Secret Sister”, to convince people to give them a small amount of money or an item in exchange for the possibility of receiving up to 36 gifts.  The Bureau says the best way to avoid being scammed by this is to ignore any requests to join and report any social media posts promoting them.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam will be getting a new kayak launch at Cotton Mill Park as part of a project that will also see the installation of fishing platforms below the dam. Wondra Construction of Iron Ridge was recently awarded the contract for $87,684. The city budgeted $150-thousand dollars for enhancements to Cotton Mill Park in the 2020 borrowing plan. City Engineering Coordinator Todd Janssen says the platforms are located on an easement that the city holds on adjacent private property south of the dam. Stantec Consulting Services of Mequon was hired in July to draw-up the plans for $46,500. Other improvements identified include enhancements to the shoreline, plantings and habitat along with a paved trail and additional access to Haskell Street.

(Waupun) A new online resource is available for senior citizens in Waupun. The Waupun Community Coalition on Aging has announced the hub is designed to better connect the city’s older adults and their families to resources, programming and activities. They say it is a one-stop shop for questions about transportation, caregiving, nutrition, volunteering, educational opportunities, senior living options and more. For more information about the resource hub or the work of the Waupun Community Coalition on Aging contact Sarah Van Buren. Contact information as well as a link to the hub is available on

(Madison) With the Dane County recount finished and certified, President-elect Joe Biden still maintains his lead over President Donald Trump. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell reported Biden’s vote count was reduced by 91 votes, to 260,094, while President Trump’s was reduced by 46, to 78,754. Milwaukee County finished its recount, and certified results on Friday, and Biden increased his margin of victory by 149 votes. The Trump campaign paid 3 million dollars for the recount in the state’s two most populous and diverse counties, each of which gave Biden solid margins. Biden carried the state by about 20,600 votes, and the state will certify statewide results on Tuesday. –WRN