News – September 20, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The first and only scheduled review of the city of Beaver Dam’s $4-million dollar borrowing plan for next year will be held as part of Monday evening’s regularly scheduled city council meeting. Beaver Dam has up to $71-million dollars in debt capacity under state statute. If the 2022 borrowing plan is approved, the city would be at 42.6-percent capacity or $30.5-million in debt, which is $5000 less than the outstanding balance for the current year. City officials will discuss the CIP tonight and the mayor has called on the council to reconvene in special session tomorrow.

(Beaver Dam) No injuries were reported in a weekend fire in Beaver Dam. Crews were dispatched to the 100 block of Borchard Street around 1am Saturday for a porch fire. Fire Chief Michael Wesle says crews made an aggressive attack and knocked down most of the flames within minutes of arriving on scene, allowing mutual aid to be cancelled. The department was on scene for around two hours. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

(Calumet) Fond du Lac County authorities believe alcohol is a factor in a two-vehicle crash that seriously injured one person in the Town of Calumet yesterday. A northbound vehicle was attempting to turn into the Little Farmer on Highway 151 when it was rear-ended by another northbound vehicle around 2:15pm. The driver of the turning vehicle, a 78-year-old Plymouth man and his passenger, a 78-year-old Plymouth woman, were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. The woman was later flown to Theda Clark Medical Center with serious injuries. The driver of the striking vehicle, a 47-year-old Chilton Man, suffered minor injuries. He is currently being held in the Fond du Lac County Jail and is facing charges.

(Wisconsin) The COVID surge is continuing to make it difficult to find hospital beds in Wisconsin. Doctors across the state say it’s getting harder to find a hospital bed for patients as new covid cases continue to increase. Statewide nearly 91-percent of hospital beds and 93-percent of ICU beds are currently in use. Healthcare officials say the surest way to end the surge is for people to wear masks and get vaccinated.

(Waupun) Waupun has installed a pedestrian beacon at the intersection of Main Street and Mill Street. The installation of the pedestrian-activated Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon, or RRFB, is to improve pedestrian access and increase safety. The RRFB provides a high-visibility warning by using LED’s in an irregular flashing pattern to alert drivers that the crosswalk is in use.

(Johnson Creek) The Highway 26 ramp to I-94 in Johnson Creek will be closed until mid-October beginning tomorrow (September 21st). State transportation officials say the three-week ramp closure will provide a safer work zone for the traveling public and crews as they continue bridge rehab work on the I-94 westbound structure. The signed detour route includes I-94 eastbound to the Jefferson County F interchange to turn around and travel west on I-94.

(Wisconsin) Over one thousand handmade quilts from across central and northeastern Wisconsin are on their way to Fort McCoy to be given to the refugees staying there. Ann Krudinski with the Salvation Army in Wausau says the quilts have come from as far away as the Green Bay-area. The Salvation Army is also taking donations of new clothing, diapers and toiletries, and cash donations to help the refugees. – WRN