News – October 26, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam students in middle school and high school no longer have to wear masks. On a split vote, the school board Monday night lifted the requirement for all students except those in elementary school, the age group unable to get vaccinated. The resolution reads that masks are highly recommended but optional for grades six and up, along with all district facilities except the elementary schools.

(Wisconsin) Fewer than one-thousand people are in the hospital in Wisconsin with COVID. That has not happened in months. As of Sunday, the Wisconsin Hospital Association reported 972 people in the hospital with the coronavirus. That’s a drop of more than 100 people in one week. Three-hundred-and-ten (310) Wisconsin COVID patients were in the Intensive Care Unit. – WRN

(Dodge County) Dodge County health officials reported one confirmed COVID death Monday. That brings the number of confirmed deaths to 199 with 28 probable deaths. Active community cases stand at 427. Forty-seven-point-two-percent (47.2%) of Dodge County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 45.2-percent have completed the vaccination series.

(Leeds) A 12-year-old was killed following an UTV accident in the Township of Leeds Sunday. Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on County Highway DM just after 6pm. The 12-year-old girl was trapped under the UTV and was extricated by family members who begun lifesaving measures. The juvenile was transported to UW Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The name of the child will not be released. The Wisconsin DNR is investigating the incident.

(Wisconsin) There may not be a Grey Wolf hunt in Wisconsin this year. A judge in Madison issued an order on Friday that halts the hunt until the lawsuits over it can be heard. The judge says the Department of Natural Resources broke the rules when it set a quota of 130 wolves for this year’s hunt. Opponents have been fighting Wisconsin’s wolf hunt since it was first scheduled late last year. This year’s hunt is supposed to begin in about three weeks. Hunter groups are expected to appeal Friday’s order.

(Beaver Dam) The Wisconsin Assembly will honor the memory of a Dodge County legislator Wednesday. Representative Mark Born will take up Assembly Resolution 22, authored by the Beaver Dam Republican, honoring the life and public service of former Wisconsin State Representative Bob Goetsch. Born says he is grateful to be recognizing Goetsch’s legacy in the Assembly. Goetsch served in Madison from 1982 through 2001 and was a Dodge County Board supervisor from 1972 to 1984 and was chair of the Town of Oak Grove Board from 1971 to 1983. Members of Goetsch’s family will be in attendance during the Assembly’s floor session tomorrow.

(Wisconsin) There’s going to be another investigation, into Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential election. State Senate Republican leaders announced Monday that the chamber’s elections committee will investigate what they call the “careless administration of election law” by the Wisconsin Elections Commission. A report released last week by the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau found that voting machines worked properly, and no evidence of widespread voter fraud. – WRN

(Juneau) The Dodge County Land and Water Conservation Department is asking residents to fill out a survey. The agency is starting the process of rewriting the Land and Water Resource Plan for 2022-through-2032 and is looking for input on public resource concerns in Dodge County. A survey is available on Land and Water Conservation website but can also be sent in the mail. The surveys are due by November 19. You can find links with this news story at