News – October 9, 2021

(Dodge County) There were three additional COVID deaths confirmed by Dodge County health officials yesterday (Friday). This brings the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 223 with 196 confirmed and 27 probable cases. There were 66 new cases recorded Friday and active community cases stand at 906. The seven-day daily average of new cases per 100-thousand people is 52.8, 25 cases and above is what health officials classify as the “tipping point.” Currently 46.8-percent of Dodge County residents have had at least one dose of the vaccine while 44.4-percent have completed the vaccination series.

(Washington County) Washington County Sheriff’s investigators say thanks to tips from the public they have been able to identify a man who was struck and killed by a Canadian National Railroad freight train Wednesday afternoon on railroad tracks in the Village of Richfield. A nearby resident had captured video of the person believed to be the victim walking in the area a short time before the incident. A Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy assigned to the Village of Richfield recognized the person in the video. Authorities were able to make contact with the family and make preliminary identification. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will not be releasing any further information about the incident.

(Madison) Attorney General Josh Kaul is advising citizens to stop engaging in, and just as importantly stop supporting, vigilante activities. Kaul recently released a statement saying that law enforcement officers have seen an increase in citizens attempting to lure suspected online predators with sting operations. These are then filmed and posted online as a form of public exposure. He warns that these activities could put all involved as well as innocent bystanders in danger. Moreover, he adds that it could jeopardize ongoing law enforcement operations and prosecutions. Kaul says if you or someone you know has information about potential child exploitation you can report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children or contact your local law enforcement office. Contact information accompanies this story on

(Wisconsin) Another development in the Republican review of the 2021 presidential election in Wisconsin – a lawsuit against Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. Melody Sloan is with the Washington DC-based watchdog group American Oversight. She says they’ve filed open records requests, regarding Vos hiring former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman and others. In a statement, Vos called the lawsuit filed Friday in Dane County Court “frivolous . . . and another example of liberal, out-of-state special interests trying to intimidate us into not doing a full investigation.” – WRN

(Wisconsin) UW-Madison is getting three-quarters of a million-dollars from the National Science Foundation, to fight social media lies. Professor Mike Wagner will study the best way to promote fact-checkers and fight misinformation. Wagner plans to buy advertisements on Twitter and Facebook and see which is the best way to counter untruths. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born will be hosting office hours in his district later this month. The Beaver Dam Republican will be at Neosho Village Hall at 10am on October 23rd; Horicon City Hall at 4pm on October 25th; and the Kekoskee Village Hall at 5:30pm. Born says these meetings provide constituents with the opportunity to ask questions and speak directly on issues important to them and their communities.

(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Fairgrounds will host the first annual Wisconsin Fear Fest throughout the month of October. Leading up to Halloween, organizers have built-up the suspense over nine opportunities to scare participants. Each date will include a variety of themed-activities and food. After touring fifty-seven other haunted houses, organizers have hand-picked only the best attractions and improved on them for the Beaver Dam event. Entry into the festival and parking will be free. However, several of the activities will require admission including the haunted houses of which there are two options. The outdoor haunted house, Blackout Biohazard, will be zombie themed. While The 13th Ward Asylum is the indoor haunted house, with a hospital setting. Admission is only $25 to experience both haunted house attractions. To avoid the general admission line, you may purchase a VIP pass for $10 more. The haunted houses are not recommended for children under thirteen years of age. Although there are free entertainment options for the whole family which include a variety of yard games, seasonal photo opportunities, and a scary outdoor movie that will be projected from a local semi-truck. Wisconsin Fear Fest dates include Fridays and Saturdays from October 8th through the 31st, in addition to Halloween night on Sunday, October 31st. The haunted houses are open from 7-11pm; while the other activities will open an hour earlier. Tickets for the haunted houses and other activities may be purchased online, a link can be found with this news story at

(Madison) The Department of Natural Resources is encouraging hunters looking to harvest deer in counties affected by Chronic Wasting Disease have their animal tested prior to consuming the meat. This mirrors comments from the Department of Health Services, which recommends not consuming venison from deer harvested in areas where CWD is known to be present. Aside from testing their own deer, hunters who have their deer processed commercially should ask if the processor mixes meats from untested animals into their products. The state has a network of 24/7 self-service sampling kiosks around the state, and some meat processors and taxidermists offer in person sample testing as well. To find a testing location in your area where you can submit samples free of charge visit the DNR’s webpage.

(Wisconsin) It’s time to choose the “Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin” this year. This year’s final four include: Kwik Trip Glazers donuts, Caterpillar’s Cat Electric Rope Shovel, Mercury Marine’s V-12 600 horsepower Verado Outboard Engine, and Broadwind Heavy Fabrications 140-ton Navy Crane. Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce holds the competition every year. People can vote at the “Made in Wisconsin” website. Voting runs through next Thursday. – WRN