News – September 15, 2021

The Fond Du Lac Sheriff will be charging an individual with 2nd degree reckless endangering safety, eluding, and multiple traffic citations after an attempted traffic stop lead to a high speed pursuit.  Yesterday (Tuesday) evening at 8:49 pm, the Fond du Lac Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop on North Park Ave and McWilliams Street for a vehicle that had left the scene of a domestic incident in the city of Fond du Lac.  The suspect vehicle failed to yield and increased it’s speed while disregarding traffic signals and driving the wrong way down a one way street.  The pursuit was terminated after approximately 1.7 Miles, but authorities were able to identify the suspect as a 23 year old male from Fond Du Lac.  The investigation for this incident is ongoing.

(Beaver Dam) The Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam Chief Administrative Officer continues to sound the alarm as the rise in COVID cases and hospitalization rates are impacting her employees. Angelia Foster says staff had a quick break last week where the hospital was only at 50-percent of their normal average daily census. She says that only lasted about a day, as roughly 24-hours later they were up to 96-percent of capacity. Foster says over the last year-and-a-half, those who were near the end of their careers decided to call it quits due to the stress of the pandemic. She says it makes it harder to meet community needs when a staff member has to go into quarantine because of a close contact with someone who contracted COVID.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is helping their law enforcement partners in Louisiana following Hurricane Ida. The department along with 71 other Wisconsin sheriff’s offices will be providing hurricane relief as part of an effort by the Badger State Sheriff’s Association. To highlight this effort, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in charity softball game against members of the Beaver Dam Police Department. Proceeds from the event will be split between Beaver Dam Police Charities and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. All funds going to the sheriff’s office will be donated to help out employees of sheriff’s offices in Louisiana. More information is available at

(Green Lake) Public comments are being accepted as part of the city of Green Lake’s application for funding through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program to address deficiencies in its public drinking water system. The projects primarily include the replacement of lead line services throughout the city. The DNR has determined that the project will not result in significant adverse environmental effects, though based on public comments received by their deadline on September 27th, the state may prepare an environmental analysis before proceeding with the funding process.

(Beaver Dam) The namesake of a Beaver Dam-based construction company has passed away. WDS Construction Inc. announced yesterday (Tuesday) that Dewey Westra passed away on Monday at the age of 92. The company was founded in 2005 by Ben Westra when he used the first names from the three generations of contractors before him – great-grandfather William, grandfather Dewey, and his father Steve, to name the business. To learn more about Dewey’s life, visit the news tab at WDS Construction serves 48 states and develops, manages, and constructs commercial buildings.

(Wisconsin) There are only two ICU beds remaining at ThedaCare Hospital in Neenah. Hospital officials say their resources are stretched to the limit as a result of the ongoing surge in COVID cases. Some patients are being moved to other hospitals. They say although the current COVID surge is less deadly than previous surges, it’s actually been worse overall because patients are staying in the hospital longer. – WRN

(Dane County) Local health officials in the Madison area are pushing back elected officials and the public having some say over the Dane County’s mask mandate. County Board member Jeff Weigand recently filed a resolution to end Dane County’s mask mandate. Weigand wants the county’s Board of Health to have to listen to public comments before issuing any new orders.