News – November 4, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $10,000 Wednesday for a Sun Prairie man charged with stealing from a Beaver Dam business. Kenneth Maclin allegedly took TV’s as well as a cart full of merchandise from the unnamed business. The 51-year-old allegedly admitted to his actions and said he was going to sell the items to buy cocaine. The total dollar amount of the items allegedly taken by Maclin totaled $2,663. If convicted, Maclin faces over 10 years behind bars. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 11th.

(Waupun) The first woman police officer hired in both Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties has passed away. Melinda “Mindy” Hendricks died on October 30th at the age of 66 at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee with her daughter by her side. Hendricks was the first female officer hired at the Waupun Police Department where she worked from 1979 until her retirement in 2012. Memorial services are planned for this Saturday at 10:30am at Pella Lutheran Church in Waupun.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam VFW Post 1163 is once again taking donations for their Annual Holiday Food Drive. Donations can be in the form of monetary donations or nonperishable food items used to provide veterans and their families with a box of food for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Paul Lauth, with the VFW, says veterans often have a hard time asking for help so they rely on friends, family, and neighbors to help them find veterans in need. Those wishing to donate or know a veteran who could use assistance can find contact information with this story at

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Health Services would like to see kids ages 5 to 11 vaccinated against COVID as soon as possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed off Tuesday, on administering the Pfizer vaccine to millions of kids in that age range. Recent data shows that children are getting infected and transmitting the virus as readily as adults, even though half of them show no symptoms. – WRN

(Columbus) The Columbia County Health Department will be hosting a drive through COVID testing site this weekend in Columbus. The site will offer free nasal swab testing and is open to the community. Health officials say in an effort to save time, they encourage online registration for testing. Although, pre-registration is not required to get tested. The testing site will be located at the Columbus Community Center located at 161 North Dickason Boulevard from 10am to 1pm this Saturday. A link to pre-register can be found at

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam Chief Administrative Officer Angelia Foster is encouraging the public to get the flu shot. She says last year saw very little flu activity, but there was a reason the numbers were so low. She says that was due to everyone masking up as well as practicing social distancing and being mindful of large group gatherings due to the pandemic. Flu vaccine clinics are available every Wednesday from 10:30am to 5:30pm, every Friday from 8am to 3:30pm, and every third Saturday from 10:30am to 1:30pm. To schedule an appointment call 920-887-5075.