News – November 9, 2020

(Juneau) While COVID-19 infections continue to rise in Dodge County, health officials are reminding the public to protect themselves from influenza. Public Health Officer Abby Sauer says with both the coronavirus and the flu spreading this fall, it is especially important that everyone gets vaccinated to help keep resources available to combat coronavirus. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, during last year’s flu season there were over 36-thousand cases in Wisconsin with 44-hundred flu-related hospitalizations and 183 deaths. To locate an influenza vaccination location, visit A link will be available with this news story at

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 4,280 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update. There are 58,119 active cases in the state, an increase of 204 from Saturday. State health officials recorded 11 deaths, bringing that total to 2,312. Dodge County has 43 deaths on record and 5,738 cases, an increase of 139 from Saturday.

(Columbia County) There are two free community testing sites in Columbia County this month. The Wisconsin National Guard will be providing drive-through COVID-19 nasal swab testing today and tomorrow at the Columbus Community Center on North Dickason Boulevard. The second site is in Portage located at the Utility Building on 135 Northridge Drive, available through November 25th. Both sites are open from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

(Columbia County) Six wholesale automobile dealers in the Columbia County Town of Arlington had their dealer licenses revoked by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The Division of Motor Vehicles revoked the licenses for 47 Autos, AB Auto Sales, Raw Auto Group, D & Bri’s Autos, Gomez Bros and Metro Mike Auto Wholesalers for not properly posting signage at their place of business.

(Waupun) An inmate at Waupun Correctional charged with having illegal contraband made his initial appearance in court last week. Christopher Jones and several other inmates were allegedly passing around a cellphone. While being striped searched, Jones reportedly pulled a small cellphone from his backside. Jones is serving a 40 year prison sentence for a 2007 homicide conviction in Milwaukee County. If convicted, the 32-year-old faces an additional three-and-a-half years in prison. A signature bond was at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 10th.

(Columbus) Columbus is receiving over $400-thousand dollars for a walking and biking trail. The city of is one of 28 communities that is receiving a combined total of more than $14 million in funding from the state transportation department. The projects selected are intended to expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve the quality of life, and protect the environment by supporting non-traditional projects. The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grants require a 20-percent local match. Columbus will use the $403-thousand-dollar grant for 8600-feet of trail connecting schools, parks and the downtown. The half-million-dollar project is slated to get underway in 2023.

(Mayville) The Mayville Public Library is kicking off their fundraising campaign for a new library building. Organizers says their goal is $400-thousand dollars. Those interested in donating can “Round-Up For A Cause” at the Mayville Piggly Wiggly and True Value hardware store through the end of the year. People can also donate at any of the collection jugs at participating local businesses around Mayville or make a pledge at the library’s website donation page. More information can be found with this news story at

(Wisconsin) The falling leaves, combined with the recent record high temperatures and breezy winds, has increased the risk for wildfires in Wisconsin. The DNR says at least 58 have taken place over the past week, including one that burned 450 acres in Winnebago County. They are recommending people who start a fire to make sure it is fully put out before leaving it. Currently the entire state has a fire danger rating of “high.”