News – October 12, 2020

(Juneau) Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson is reminding voters that this Wednesday is the final day to register to vote online or by mail. After Wednesday, you have to register in person at your local municipal clerk’s office or at the polls on election day. Proof of residence is needed to register which Gibson suggests a driver’s license, so long as it did not expire before the previous general election in 2018. If your driver’s license has your correct address, then election officials already have that information because that is shared between agencies. Gibson says you can print the registration form online and mail the form to your local municipal clerk with proof of residence. Acceptable proofs of residence include but are not limited to a real estate tax bill, lease, utility bill, paycheck stub, cell phone bill, state hunting or fishing license, credit card bill or bank statement.

(Madison) A statewide mask mandate in Wisconsin will remain in place through mid-November after a Monday morning court ruling in St. Croix County. The conservative law firm Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty had sued Governor Evers back last month, challenging his authority to repeatedly declare a state of emergency. In his ruling, St. Croix County Judge R. Michael Waterman put the onus on the state legislature to challenge the mandate in Madison, writing, “The legislature can end the state of emergency at anytime, but so far, it has declined to do so.” The Governor’s mandate, issued on September 23rd, mandates that Wisconsinites wear a mask indoors in public through November 21st.

(Wisconsin) Some members of the Legislature meeting today to discuss Governor Tony Evers new health order. Republican leadership will not be holding a public hearing ahead of a vote at the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules. It’s unclear what impact the vote will have, because the joint rules committee itself cannot change the order. That would have to come from a full vote from the legislature or a court order. Democrats on the committee say they are disappointed that Republicans do not seem to be willing to work with the Governor’s office, despite saying that’s what they want in court filings against the Governor’s orders. Both Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald have said they want to sit down with the Governor and work out how to fight COVID-19, but to this point there have been no votes and no proposals offered up by leadership in either chamber of the Legislature.

(Wauwatosa) Sunday evening saw a fifth night of protests in Wauwatosa, but it was the smallest since they began.  Several dozen people gathered after curfew around 69th and North. Police were quick to call them an unlawful assembly, and did make several arrests of those who did not leave the area.

(Kenosha) The family of Jacob Blake, who was injured by gunfire from Kenosha Police last August, says he continues to recover at a rehabilitation center in Illinois.  Their organization, “Justice for Jacob”, spent the past weekend registering people to vote. Blake’s family says they are planning a march from Kenosha to Milwaukee next week to fight for social justice and get people to vote.

(Madison) October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Better Business Bureau has several recommendations to ensure donations to help fight this disease are used as advertised.  They include knowing where companies are sending their “pink ribbon” promotion funds, researching charities that put on fundraising events, and talking with organizations that support breast cancer awareness on what can be done to help them raise money.

(Madison) Wisconsin has its first alternative fuel corridor.  Signs will be posted along I-94 between Madison and the Illinois border, pointing out where vehicles that use clean-burning fuels can turn off the interstate to fuel up.  The signs will not give specific directions to charging or fuel stations.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 2,676 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’ daily update. There are 28,988 active cases in the state, an increase of 787 from Saturday. State health officials recorded seven deaths, for a total of 1,465. Dodge County has 19 deaths on record and 2,550 cases, an increase of 71 from Saturday.

(Wisconsin) The latest AARP Poll of older Wisconsin voters finds increasing concerns over the coronavirus. Lisa Lampkins with AARP Wisconsin says 53 percent of 50 plus voters were worried about getting the virus last month. Now in October, a full 65 percent of all Wisconsin voters age 50 plus are worried about getting the virus.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam residents can place leaves at the curbside for pick-up starting Thursday.  Leaves — along with lawn grass rakings resulting from leaf gathering, garden vines and stalks – should be placed in the terrace areas of the street edge in loose piles for collection by DPW crews. Yard waste cannot be placed in the street or gutter, or in any containers and cannot be mixed with other forms of waste like brush or shrubbery cuttings. Leaf collection will continue through late November.

(Beaver Dam) City officials in Beaver Dam are reminding the public of upcoming winter parking restrictions. Beginning November 1st, there will be no parking allowed on city streets between 2am and 6am, so that the Department of Public Works can clear the snow. On-street parking permits can be purchased at the Beaver Dam Police Department for $25-dollars. The parking ban will remain in effect until April 1 unless it is announced that the ban has been temporarily or permanently lifted.

(Beaver Dam) The Moraine Park Foundation recently received support from one of their community partners to help area students. Countryside Auto Group donated $4,100 to its scholarship fund. Over the past two years, the Beaver Dam-based business has donated more than $18,500 to help support the educational goals of Moraine Park students. The Countryside Auto Group scholarship will benefit full-time students enrolled in either marketing or automotive programs at the college.