News – October 26, 2020

(Clyman) Fire completed destroyed a machine shed and its contents in the Town of Clyman yesterday (Sunday). Clyman Fire Chief Eric Howlett happened to be driving past the property at W6393 Highway J around 11am and noticed heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure. The cause of the fire was determined to be a wood splitter that was being used to cut wood. The shed and its contents, valued at $150-thousand-dollars, were a total loss.

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam is asking the community to work together to combat the surging COVID-19 pandemic in Dodge County. Hospital officials say attacking the health crises on all fronts and utilizing a multi-faceted approach to minimizing the spread is critical to maximizing the wellness of the public. The hospital cites recently compiled data from the New York Times that says Beaver Dam was 12th in the nation in new coronavirus cases per 100-thousand over the previous two weeks. County hospitalization rates have also increased over the last 10 days to 52-percent; the rate was around seven-percent during the first seven months of the pandemic.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 3,626 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update. There are 40,538 active cases in the state, an increase of 732 from Saturday. State health officials recorded eight deaths, bringing that total to 1,778. Dodge County has 27 deaths on record and 3,817 cases, an increase of 145 from Saturday.

(Beaver Dam) Halloween is next Saturday, and local public health officials have some recommendations on how to celebrate without spreading coronavirus through big in-person parties and traditional trick-or-treating. Dodge County Public Health Officer Abby Sauer says that may mean Halloween festivities look a little bit different this year. Sauer recommends holding virtual costume contests, rating costumes online with friends and family. She also suggests putting an emphasis on at-home celebrations, getting the kids involved with making decorations and baking Halloween-themed treats. State and local health officials recommend avoiding trick-or-treating this year.

(Columbus) Making headlines over the weekend, former Columbus mayor and businessman Mike Eisenga indicted on federal bank fraud charges. The indictment is related to a $6.9-million-dollar loan for purchase of a commercial property in Columbus and alleges, among other things, that Eisenga’s company used illegitimate documentation. After defaulting on the loan, Eisenga was ordered to repay $5-million dollars and the property was foreclosed on and sold. In a statement, Eisenga’s attorney said his client will cooperate fully and looks forward to resolving the matter.

(Waupun) Two former John C. Burke Correctional inmates were charged with plotting to bring in illegal contraband into the prison. Michael Moore and Darrell Pickett are facing felony counts of Conspiracy to Deliver Illegal Articles to an Inmate as well as Possess Illegal Articles. Moore and Pickett allegedly planned to have two people from the outside drop off drugs and several cellphones outside the facilities main entrance in May. Two months later, both were reportedly found with cellphones. If convicted, the 29-year-old Moore and 40-year-old Pickett face an additional seven years in prison. Initial appearances are scheduled in December.

(Beaver Dam) The new Seippel Homestead and Center for the Arts in Beaver Dam will be closed through at least January. The Center’s Music Director Richard Zeman tells us that means that not only is the physical building closed but music lessons are on hold as well. The non-profit opened in the spring of last year with the goal of being a cultural hub linking music teachers with students while also hosting occasional music events. Zeman says the Seippel Center had to make the difficult decision to cancel their 2020 summer concert series, but they remain hopeful for the 2021 season.  In the meantime, he encourages the public to become a patron, a friend or a benefactor of your favorite cultural institutions. Zeman says that might be what is needed for a renewed life of the arts in our communities.