News – October 5, 2020

(Wisconsin) U-S Senator Ron Johnson says his views on mask wearing have not changed, despite a positive test for COVID-19. He says masks — which public health officials say will help slow the spread of the virus — are not “a cure all.” Johnson got a test on Friday, later learned he was positive for the coronavirus. Johnson attended an Oktoberfest fundraising dinner in Mequon on Friday evening while he was awaiting the test results. Johnson did not publicly reveal his diagnosis until Saturday, and said he only took his mask off when it was time to address the crowd Friday night. He also said he was “at least 12 feet from anybody” during his speech at the event sponsored by the Ozaukee County Republican Party.

(Dodge County) Dodge County is reporting another death in the state’s latest coronavirus update, with the number now increasing to 19. Wisconsin health officials reported five deaths statewide on Sunday, bringing that total to 1,377. Meanwhile, for the first time in five days, the number of new reported COVID-19 cases dropped below 2,000 on Sunday. Wisconsin health officials reported 1,865 positive coronavirus cases, including 41 more in Dodge County. There are 24,264 active cases in the state, an increase of 229 from Saturday.

(Mayville) Mayville Police say the 72-year-old man who shot three people and then himself at the Spring Glen Apartments last month has died of those self-inflicted injuries. Dennis Tolkuehn approached three people in the parking lot the apartment complex on Horicon Street the evening of September 16th. An argument ensued and Tolkuehn brandished a firearm shooting three people and then himself. The three victims are still recuperating from their injuries at area hospitals. They range in age from 53 to 67-years-old.

(Caledonia) Two people from Madison were arrested yesterday (Sunday) by Columbia County authorities on various drug and firearm charges. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a speed violation around 2am in the Township of Caledonia. The driver, 27-year-old Donyae Butler, was being detained for reportedly possessing ecstasy. The passenger, 29-year-old Cierra Finkley, attempted to interfere but was arrested. Authorities say she was found with a loaded firearm. In addition to facing drug and firearm related charges, they are also facing a felony count of Resisting an Officer.

(Beaver Dam) A recent onsite review with the team that will occupy the new SSM Health clinic in Beaver Dam confirms that the project is on track to open on schedule. A group consisting of providers, care team members, operations and facilities personnel recently met at the construction site off of Highway 151 to tour the progress. Only a few minor adjustments need to be made for the project. The new 40,000 square foot standalone clinic should open on time for patient care next February.

(Beaver Dam) St. Vincent de Paul of Dodge County recently broke ground on a 22-thousand-square-foot expansion of their thrift store. Last November, the non-profit launched a capital campaign entitled “Building to Serve our Neighbors” seeking to raise $1-million-dollars. The organization says they have seen a prolonged and rising monthly increase in the number of families in need of help. Thrift Store Manager Ben Nelson says the primary purpose of the effort is to expand their capacity for providing assistance. A few of the key elements of the expansion is to enlarge the size of the donations processing area, add sales space, increase parking and add a sheltered donations drop-off area. As part of their expansion plans the organization acquired 3.9 acres of land, west of the store. Completion is slated for the spring of 2021.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Register of Deeds office will see limited hours for the next three weeks. Starting today (Monday), those needing to obtain vital records – like copies of birth and marriage certificates – are asked to make an appointment for an in-person visit on Tuesdays and Thursday between 1pm to 4pm. The Registers office will still be available during normal hours – weekdays 8am until 4:30pm – to conduct business by phone or email. The changes will remain in effect through Friday, October 23.

(Mayville) The city of Mayville will begin leaf pick up today Monday (October 5th).  Residents are asked to rake their leaves to the terrace, the area between the sidewalk and street, for pick up.  Leaves are not to be raked directly into the street or near obstacles such as street signs or hydrants. The curbside service will run until the quantity of leaves diminish or freezing temperatures arrive.  Citizens may also dispose of leaves in the designated area behind the City Garage, located at 610 Horicon Street.