News – November 4, 2020

(Milwaukee) Democrat Joe Biden overtook President Donald Trump in unofficial results from Wisconsin, at around 4am when the city of Milwaukee reported its roughly 170,000 absentee votes, which were overwhelmingly Democratic. Milwaukee County Elections Director Julietta Henry was on CNN. Trump had a lead of more than 100,000 votes before that. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting Biden has a 20-thousand vote lead, bolstered by late results reported from the cities of Kenosha and Green Bay.  -WRN

(Beaver Dam) Voters in Beaver Dam Tuesday night approved a binding referendum to fund a half dozen new positions in the fire department on a two-to-one margin. The hiring’s were the conclusion of a staffing study that also recommends the construction of a northside substation, which was not part of the referendum. With approval of the referendum, the mill rate for next year is projected at $9.46 per thousand, down from this year’s $9.58. The impact for property owners would be $44-per $100-thousand dollars of assessed value.

(Beaver Dam) Republican incumbents in the region fared well in Tuesday’s election. In the state Assembly, Mark Born withstood a challenge from Democrat Izzy Hassey Nevarez, John Jagler defeated both Democrat Abigail Lowery and Independent candidate Stephen Ratzlaff Jr. Jon Plumer retained his seat after defeating Democrat Melisa Arndt. In the State Senate, Joan Ballweg secures another term after besting Democrat Joni Anderson. Incumbent Republican Glenn Grothman withstood a challenge from former state senator, Jessica King to secure another term in the Sixth Congressional District. In the Fifth District, State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald will succeed longtime Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner after beating out Democrat Tom Palzewicz. Also, referenda were approved in the townships of Shields and Clyman that allow for the clerk and treasurer to be appointed by the Town Board.

(Juneau) Voter turnout in Dodge County reflects the numbers we are seeing nationwide. There were 48,688 ballots cast in the county this year compared to nearly 44-thousand in the last presidential election. Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson says it is the biggest turnout here in her 20 years in office. The final results were in around 2am, held-up by returns from Horicon and Beaver Dam.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin now ranks third in the nation for the number of new COVID-19 cases per capita. Only North and South Dakota have higher rates of positive test results. The seven-day average for new cases reached four-thousand, 463 on Monday. That’s nearly double the rate seen one month ago, and nearly six times the rate in July.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 5,771 positive coronavirus cases in Tuesday’s daily update. There are 50,689 active cases in the state, an increase of 2,323 from Monday. State health officials recorded 52 deaths, bringing that total to 2,102. Dodge County now has 36 deaths on record and 4,981 cases, an increase of 137 from Monday. County health officials are actively monitoring 1,279 people.

(Waupun) A Waupun prison has seen a rise in coronavirus cases, according to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Over the last week, Dodge Correctional saw an increase of 148 positive cases among inmates and that number now stands at 407. There are currently 164 active cases while 242 have recovered. The facility has had 78 staff members with COVID-19. The Wisconsin National Guard will be at the prison through Friday conducting site-based testing. Nearby Waupun Correctional is reporting 397 active cases among inmates.

(Wausau) The Wausau Public Health and Safety Committee is sending a mask resolution, not an ordinance, to the full city council next week. Committee Chair Lisa Rasmussen says the ordinance would remain on the shelf, and could still be brought forward for consideration if the situation calls for it. Several protestors to the order were removed from city hall before the meeting formally started for causing a disturbance. -WRN

(Madison) A Madison man caught spray-painting graffiti on buildings at Madison’s Capitol Squad is accused of using a racial slur against one of the officers taking him into custody. Khalid Smiri (smear-ee) was arrested Sunday morning. Officers say the 20-year-old had been writing crude phrases on buildings, a bus shelter, and the pavement. Smiri is facing tentative charges of criminal damage to property, discharge of bodily fluids at a public safety worker, resisting and obstructing. -WRN

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin DNR officials say 4,129 bear were harvested during the recent bear season or about 450 more bear than were taken during the 2019 season. DNR large carnivore specialist Randy Johnson says Wisconsin is a national leader in bear hunting and preliminary registration data shows that to be true once again this year. He says despite slight reductions in the overall quota and total permits available to hunters, the number of bears harvested were up. In fact all four management zones met and exceeded harvest quotas. -WRN