News – October 19, 2020

(Campbellsport) A Campbellsport man who tried to kill his fiancée will spend 22 years in prison. James Allen was sentenced in Fond du Lac County court Friday on an Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide charge stemming from an incident in late March of last year while the couple was on their way home from a night out at restaurant and a couple bars. The victim told investigators she felt Allen planned the attack and was looking forward to killing her. She was stabbed three times in the neck. The 34-year-old Allen was also placed on extended supervision for 20 years.

(Green lake) A 33-year-old man has succumbed to injuries suffered in a single vehicle crash in the Town of Green Lake. The accident occurred Thursday afternoon, on Green Lake County Road B just east of State Highway 73. The deceased was a passenger in the vehicle and was taken to the Ripon Medical Center before being transferred to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah. The driver and two other passengers were also taken to the Ripon Medical Center with injuries.

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers and Republican legislative leaders are talking to the media about the state’s coronavirus pandemic, more than with each other. Governor Tony Evers on WISN yesterday said GOP leaders had a plan but he has not heard any plan. Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke told PBS Friday that they are asking the governor to follow the law while declaring health emergencies. Evers’ mask mandate is already widely ignored in much of the state. The governor says if it’s overturned, even fewer people will wear masks, which are crucial to slowing the spread of the virus.

(Beaver Dam) Dodge County Public Health Officer Abby Sauer says her office does not report positives from rapid testing as confirmed COVID-19 cases. She says rapid tests are about 75-percent accurate, meaning that there is a 25-percent chance that a positive test is actually a false positive. If a person does return a positive result through rapid testing, health officials will administer a diagnostic test to confirm it. Sauer says antibody testing, which looks to see if a person has had a past infection, is not readily available in Dodge County and may not be for some time.

(Wisconsin) There are no newly updated COVID-19 numbers from the state. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services suspended reporting of new totals following Friday’s update, while its computer system undergoes an upgrade, in an effort to improve response to the coronavirus pandemic. The system is used to collect and monitor data on testing, contact tracing and other metrics. Updates are expected to resume today.

(Wisconsin) An observational study by Marquette University’s College of Health Science found over 90-percent of people in Wisconsin are wearing a mask.  That is up from the 41-point-5 percent back when mask use was encouraged but not mandated by a state order.  Their study found women and older adults more likely to wear a mask, as well as living in more urban areas compared to rural.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Traffic Safety Commission is teaming up with federal Transportation officials for National Teen Driver Safety Week. Throughout this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and local officials are encouraging parents to discuss the importance of driving safety with their young drivers. In 2018, there were estimated 88,000 teen drivers injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Dodge County Traffic Safety Coordinator Scott Smith says teens lack experience behind the wheel and that increases the chance for dangerous circumstances of the teen drivers and others around them. Federal transportation officials suggest talking to teens about alcohol, lack of seatbelt use, distracted driving, speeding and driving with passengers.

(Markesan) The city of Markesan is applying for a federal loan to help address issues with their public drinking water system. The funding through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program would replace aging water mains and related accessories does not require an environmental analysis but, in accordance with federal requirements, an environmental review must be conducted before funding the project. Federal loan officials are seeking public comments regarding the decision and the potential environmental impacts of this project. Based on the comments received, loan officials may prepare an environmental analysis before proceeding with the funding. The analysis would summarize the DNR’s consideration of the impacts of the project and reasonable alternatives. Contact information can be found with this news story at

(Kenosha) The Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office will not issue a decision today regarding if Kenosha Police officers will be charged for the shooting of Jacob Blake back in August. Michael Gravely says any social media rumors regarding this are false, adding the use-of-force consultant hired to review the case still needs to complete his investigation.

(Milwaukee) Ivanka Trump will be back in the Badger State Tuesday morning to campaign for her father. She’s scheduled to meet with supporters in Milwaukee, but no additional details have not been made public. She was in Wisconsin last Tuesday to campaign in Hilbert.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin will continue to have its hemp program operate under its pilot guidelines. The state was prepared to begin a new plan next month, but recent action by Congress allows states with pilot plans to continue them through next September. The D-A-T-C-P says the current program gives farmers taking part the best opportunities to plant, grow, sample and sell hemp.

(Milwaukee) Public COVID-19 testing beginning at Miller Park today. The site in the parking lot east of the stadium will be able to collect up to two-thousand tests a day.  The site at Miller Park, which replaces two other sites, will have six drive-thru lanes, and will also accept walk-ups.  Hours will be from 11am to 6pm Mondays through Fridays.

(Madison) Governor Evers has proclaimed this week Forest Products Week, recognizing the over 63-thousand people in Wisconsin who helped take care of the state 17 million acres of forest land, which contributes 24-point-3 billion dollars to the state’s economy.  On Wednesday a virtual premier will take place through UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies of “America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell,” which features the state’s forests.

(Madison) The DNR has expanded access to the online-only hunter education class to all ages through the end of the year.  The change allows those under the age of 18 to get the education needed to be ready for next month’s gun-deer season, and they won’t need to complete the field day requirement for the in-person class. -WRN