News – October 13, 2020

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night approved next year’s borrowing for streets, infrastructure, and equipment. The Capital Improvements Plan totals $5.9-million dollars, which includes $4.25-million dollars for roads and $1.5-million dollars for parks. Four attempts to amend projects failed to garner majority support of the council. That included efforts to remove a fire department training facility and delay next year’s reconstruction of South Spring Street, along with attempts to reduce funding for the repair of lagoon retention walls and a new splash pad at Swan Park. City officials now turn their attention to the 2021 city budget, with deliberations beginning on Monday.

(Cambria) The owner of the property where federal investigators say men trained while planning to kidnap Michigan’s governor will face no criminal charges. That person has not been named.  Cambria Village President Glen Williams has confirmed the farm is in the Township of Courtland, halfway between Cambria and Randolph – and it has a Cambria address. The farm’s owner apparently has no direct relationship with the 13 men charged in the plot, though he did invite them to practice shooting there. A domestic terrorism analyst says paramilitary training activity is not illegal in most states. -WRN

(Madison) A statewide mask mandate in Wisconsin will remain in place through mid-November after a court ruling yesterday 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, requires Wisconsinites wear a mask indoors in public through November 21st.  -WRN

(Wisconsin) The state legislature’s Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative rules has ordered the Evers’ administration to go through the formal rule-making process, to implement the governor’s order limiting the size of indoor gatherings due to the coronavirus. The committee voted 6-4 to require the Department of Health Services to present an emergency rule within 30 days. The latest order expires November 6th, and if the administration chooses to extend it, the committee could block that. -WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 1,956 positive coronavirus cases in Monday’s daily update. There are 29,478 active cases in the state, an increase of 490 from Sunday. State health officials recorded nine deaths for a total of 1,474. Dodge County has 19 deaths on record and 2,621 cases, an increase of 71 from Sunday. County health officials are actively monitoring 769 people.

(Waupun) Several Dodge County prisons have recorded their first COVID-19 cases, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health. Over the last week, three inmates at Fox Lake Correctional and one inmate at John C. Burke Correctional have tested positive. The Fox Lake facility has had 15 employees confirmed to have coronavirus while John Burke has had two. Dodge Correctional has seen an increase of 60 inmates with COVID-19 since last week Monday while there are currently 15 active cases at nearby Waupun Correctional.

(Mount Pleasant) State trade officials say Foxconn will not be getting any tax breaks. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced on Monday that Foxconn had failed to meet its contracted goals for qualifying for those state aids. The original contract, touted by President Trump and then-Governor Walker, would have given the Taiwanese tech firm four billion dollars to build a top of the line LCD plant in southeast Wisconsin. Since then the company has repeatedly scaled back its plans, and WEDC Secretary Melissa Hughes the company will not see any more funding unless they come back to sign a new contract with the state. -WRN