News – October 21, 2020

(Pardeeville) Authorities in Columbia County say a Pardeeville man was killed in a single vehicle weekend crash. Dennis Gammeter Junior died Sunday in the Town of Wyocena. The 40-year-old’s pickup was eastbound on Patchin Road when he drifted into the ditch, overcorrected, crossed the roadway and struck a tree. Gammeter, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was the only occupant in the truck and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Speed and failure to maintain control appear to be contributing factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

(Watertown) Fire destroyed a barn in Watertown yesterday (Tuesday) morning. Crews responded to N8305 High Road just after 8am after a passerby saw black smoke and flames and alerted the property owners. Upon arrival, the barn was completely engulfed with the roof starting to collapse. There were no injuries reported. Damage is estimated at $200-thousand dollars for the structure and $76-thousand dollars for the contents. The cause of the blaze has not been determined and remains under investigation.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 4,591 positive coronavirus cases in Tuesday’s daily update. There are 37,358 active cases in the state, an increase of 2,013 from Monday. State health officials recorded 33 deaths, bringing that total to 1,633. Dodge County has 22 deaths on record while local health officials are actively monitoring 836 people.

(Juneau) For the third straight week the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in Dodge County was above 20-percent, according to the latest update from the Dodge County Health Department. From October 12th through the 17th, county health officials say 20.8-percent of all tests administered were positive; the previous week it was 32.8-percent. Dodge County remains in phase one of its three phase Safe Restart Plan. Contact tracing and cases are in the red while hospitals remain in the yellow. PPE and testing are the only metrics in the green.

(Wisconsin) With the state setting another new daily record for hospitalized coronavirus patients, Governor Tony Evers is again urging people to avoid gatherings and stay home. According to an update Tuesday afternoon from the Wisconsin Hospital Association, 1,192 COVID-19 patients are currently being treated in Wisconsin hospitals, with 315 of them in intensive care. -WRN

(Wisconsin) An appeal has been filed to end capacity limits for bars, restaurants and other businesses in Wisconsin. It was filed Tuesday in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals by The Mix Up bar in Amery and Pro-Life Wisconsin, arguing that the 25-percent capacity limits will put bars and restaurants out of business and prevent groups like Pro-Life Wisconsin from holding fundraisers at such places. The Tavern League of Wisconsin initially filed the lawsuit, and is also expected to seek an appeal. A judge in Barron County on Monday ordered the restrictions to be put back in place and overturned a stay issued last week by another judge. -WRN

(Randolph) The Randolph School Board has adopted their 2020-2021 district budget. The tax levy of $3.1-million-dollars is an increase of roughly $324-thousand-dollars from last year. The mill rate of $12.40 per one-thousand-dollars of assessed value is an eight-cent drop from what homeowners saw a year ago. Director of Business Services Ryan Cashman says that decrease is $1.14 less than the projected mill rate was prior to the referendum voting in 2015.

(Beaver Dam) Today is the deadline for those interested in attending an open house that demonstrates the benefits of conservation farming and its positive impact on the water table and farming revenues. The Dodge County Farmers Healthy Soil group is hosting the open house that will discuss conservation methods that are being utilized by area famers. Presenters will also demonstrate how cover cropping improves soil water infiltration and talk about current challenges of run-off. The cover crop open house will be held tomorrow (Thursday) at Matt Leinke (line-key) farm on N8900 Sunny Point Road in Beaver Dam from 4:30pm to 6pm. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by today, a link to do so can be found on