News – October 9, 2020

(Cambria) A village in Columbia County was reportedly used as a training ground for a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel cites a recently filed affidavit in Michigan Federal Court that says several men charged with plotting to kidnap Whitmer came to Cambria between July 10th and the 12th. Five men including an informant engaged in trainings ranging from firearms to combat and attempted to build an explosive device that failed to detonate. Where the exercises took place were not identified in the complaint, which implicates 13 men in the kidnapping plot. The group discussed possibly bringing Whitmer back to Wisconsin to put her on trial for treason.

(Beaver Dam) Local health officials are asking the public to embrace safety measures to help curb the spread of coronavirus. Marshfield Medical Center Beaver Dam Chief Administrative Officer Angelia Foster announced a new campaign Thursday on WBEV called “Mask Up For Me,” urging the public to maintain social distance, wash their hands, avoid large crowds and wear a mask when out in public. She noted that Wisconsin is “being pushed to the brink” with hospitalization rates. Foster says we are fortunate in Dodge County to “have a few beds available” but there are concerns about further increases in the community and potential shortages of health care workers because they have either contracted the virus or were exposed to it, forcing them to quarantine.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 3,132 positive coronavirus cases in Thursday’s daily update. There are 26,774 active cases in the state, an increase of 1,274 from Wednesday. State health officials recorded nine deaths Thursday, for a total of 1,424. Dodge County has 19 deaths on record and 2,369 cases, an increase of 101 from Wednesday. County health officials are actively monitoring 576 people.

(Waupun) Two inmates at Dodge Correctional died last month after contracting coronavirus, the first reported in the state. The Dodge County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the deaths Wednesday. The Wisconsin State Journal is reporting that a 63-year-old inmate died September 12. The Medical Examiner says the inmate had pre-existing health conditions including diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure, but a forensic exam indicated that the primary cause of death was COVID-19. On September 15, a 62-year-old inmate who tested positive for coronavirus died of lung cancer and the COVID-19 infection was listed as a contributing factor. The deaths are the first confirmed COVID-19-related deaths in the state prison system.

(Wisconsin) The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked a decision to extend the deadline for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin. That means absentee ballots must be delivered to clerks by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted, and results of the presidential race could be known within hours of polls closing. Democrats will likely appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge William Conley had ruled ballots which arrive by November 9 would be counted, as long as they’re postmarked by Election Day. Republicans appealed to a three-judge panel at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld Conley’s ruling last week. Republicans then asked the full 11 member court to review the case. The court stayed Conley’s decision on Thursday.

(Reeseville) With the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Dodge County, the Highway Commission has cancelled the Open House event at the new Reeseville highway shop this weekend. Commission officials say they would like to have the facility available for residents to view and to learn about their operations, but the timing is not good for public gatherings. They say they might reschedule the open house next spring.

(Madison) The worst of the coronavirus outbreak at the U-W Madison appears to be over. University officials say the number of positive tests on campus has dropped significantly since last month’s spikes. Only 137 people tested positive over the past week. Health Services director Jake Baggott says there’s been more testing, safety protocols, and mask wearing. Things are not completely back to normal. Students still have to socially distance, and many campus amenities are still closed.

(Wisconsin) The latest Marquette University Law School Poll shows Joe Biden with a five point lead over President Trump in Wisconsin. The poll gives Biden 46-percent of the vote, and Trump 41-percent. The poll’s margin of error is just over four points. Biden has never trailed Trump in the poll, and the separation between the two has stayed relatively consistent since the spring.

(Wisconsin) Vice President Mike Pence will be back in Wisconsin next week. Pence will host a “Make America Great Again” event at Weldall Manufacturing in Waukesha on Tuesday. He’s set to speak at noon after a stop in Columbus, Ohio earlier that day. On Monday, President Donald Trump’s son Eric is set to host two ‘Operation MAGA’ events. He will be at Village Bowl in Menomonee Falls at 12:30pm, followed by a stop at Diamond Assets — an information technology company — in Milton at 3pm.