News – September 14, 2020

(Calamus) One person suffered potentially life-threatening injuries following an ATV crash in the Dodge County Township of Calamus Saturday. The 49-year-old lost control of the All-Terrain Vehicle and was ejected as it overturned. First responders found him unresponsive. The Town of Calamus man was transported to a nearby hospital, before later being transferred to a Madison hospital, where his current status is not known. He was not wearing a helmet, which is a factor in the significance of the injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 1,582 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update, which is 20.5-percent of the 7,700 tests announced. There are 10,207 active cases in the state, an increase of 740 from Saturday to Sunday. State health officials reported one death Sunday, bringing that total to 1,210. Dodge County has eight deaths on record and 1,416 cases, a one day increase of 27 people.

(Wisconsin) A planned trial of a COVID-19 vaccine is restarting at UW-Health. That drug trial, run by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, was halted last week after a participant in the United Kingdom had an adverse reaction to treatment. Independent agencies and UK health officials signed off on restarting the trial after an investigation. The trial is being rolled out in regions of the world where COVID-19 has hit the hardest. UW-Health will be testing the new vaccine on around 1600 people here in Wisconsin. -WRN

(Dodge County) An upcoming virtual presentation aims to shine a light on the dangers of substance abuse among youths. Hosted by the Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention Dodge County, the free event will cover the rise of vaping devices and other substances. It will also provide practical information on current drug trends, show a walk-through of a teens’ bedroom with more than 50 red flags that could indicate substance abuse and discuss proactive parenting strategies. The 90-minute virtual presentation will be held on September 24th beginning at 6:30pm and is for those age 21 and up. Information about registering can be found with this news story at

(Beaver Dam) Water Street in Beaver Dam may become a one-way. The short stretch that runs along the lake between Haskell Street and West Maple Avenue is so narrow that it is difficult for more than one car to navigate the roadway at any given time, a problem that is especially complicated on garbage day. The city’s Operations Committee agreed by consensus recently to have the Director of Engineering further explore the matter, get feedback from affected property owners, and bring a recommendation back to the committee next week.

(Beaver Dam) Moraine Park Technical College is one of five Wisconsin Technical College System colleges to receive grant funds from the U.S. Department of Education. The five-year, $1.3-million-dollar grant, will go to continuing the college’s Student Support Services (SSS) program. Also known as Edge at Moraine Park, the no cost program seeks to help students who are low-income, first-generation to college or have a learning disability stay on track.

(Dodge County) Several Dodge County teachers have received agricultural grants for “The Hungry Planet” project. Grant recipients will receive 30 copies of the book “The Hungry Planet” to use in their classes during the upcoming school year. The book details food consumption of families around the world. Dodge County teacher’s include Tari Costello from Waupun Junior/Senior High School; Stephanie DeVries from the Cambria-Friesland School District; and James Rupp from Randolph High School.

(Wisconsin) The president and vice president are both back in Wisconsin this week. Mike Pence will promote the administration’s America First trade deals, national security and the “radical consequences” of electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Pence’s “Make America Great” event at the Janesville Holiday Inn Conference Center starts at 11am. Donald Trump will hold a “Great American Comeback” campaign rally at Mosinee’s Central Wisconsin Airport at 7pm Friday. -WRN