News – September 4, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department is encouraging area youth to obey traffic laws and wear helmets while riding their bicycles. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Karel said this issue can be most dangerous on busy city streets such as North Spring Street or in the downtown. Karel says there has not been any major bicycle incidents in Beaver Dam over the summer, and hopefully it stays that way moving into the fall. He says it is also important for motorists to keep a watchful eye out for children riding their bikes and to slow down when driving through residential areas. Maintaining the correct speed-limit, Karel says, is aided by roadside speed monitors like the one on Park Avenue. Karel notes that bikers need to give space to pedestrians on sidewalks because they have the right-of-way.

(Dodge County) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt warns that onlookers can cause additional complications for authorities and first responders. Schmidt says that there are various degrees of onlooking, from simply driving by multiple times to see what is going on, to those who physically pull over to get out of their vehicles to watch first responders in action. The sheriff asks that instead, if you must look at what is going on, that motorist take no more than a quick glance and move on, adding that it is important that you are observant and paying attention to the road as you navigate around emergency scenes. In the past couple weeks, Schmidt notes, he has been at scenes in which many onlookers encroached on the incident. He says this not only has the potential to create challenges for responders but can risk contaminating a crime scene without the onlooker even knowing it. Onlookers could also put themselves in a position to view victims, which first responders do their best to respectfully protect their identity and dignity. For everyone’s safety, the integrity of the investigation, and sheer respect for those involved, Schmidt asks that everyone drive safe, and avoid being an onlooker.

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is reminding those who will be traveling over Labor Day Weekend to buckle up, plan their routes, and drive carefully through work zones. DOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson says every driver on Wisconsin’s roads can make a difference and encourages everyone to work together to make the last summer holiday weekend as safe as possible. Several safety tips transportation officials are highlighting include slow down and follow posted speed limit signs, eliminate distractions while driving such as cellphones, slow down or move over when approaching emergency responders. They also suggest that any vehicle that has not been driven recently should be inspected for safe travel which include checking tire pressure and fluid levels. All rest areas are open in Wisconsin. A list of major road construction projects that may impact weekend travel can be found at

(Milwaukee) Milwaukee County government employees have about a month to get their coronavirus shots. Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley says the mandate is part of his vision to achieve “racial equity and becoming the healthiest county in Wisconsin.” The county is offering medical and religious exemptions, but unvaccinated workers will have to wear masks. Unvaccinated workers in the county jail, House of Corrections, or juvenile detention facility will be tested every other week. – WRN

(Madison) Nearly everyone at the University of Wisconsin in Madison has had at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. The university says 94-percent of students have had at least one dose, and 99-percent of faculty and other staff are vaccinated. University health services says UW-Madison may have the highest vaccination rate among any university that doesn’t have a vaccine mandate. The U-W system’s other campuses are working toward a 70-percent vaccinated goal. So far, only U-W La Crosse has hit that mark. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s school boards are admonishing intimidation and anger at school board meetings. The Wisconsin Association of School Boards is asking for civility at local school board meetings. While parents are encouraged to be involved in their kids’ schools, they should not use obscenities and threats of violence to bully school board members. Tensions have risen at school board meetings this year as local districts debate and vote on COVID safety precautions. – WRN

(Milwaukee) The chief elections clerk for Milwaukee County is not going to cooperate with the subpoena issued for ballots and voting machines connected to the November presidential election. Clerk George Christenson points to concerns expressed by legislative attorneys about the validity of those subpoenas.  Based on that, Christenson told reporters Thursday, “One can guess our response.” Assembly Elections Commission chairperson and State Representative Janel Brandtjen order election clerks in Milwaukee and Brown counties to appear before the committee next Tuesday with the requested materials. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers is calling on people to help donate to support incoming Afghan refugees being housed at Fort McCoy. Department of Children and Families spokesperson Gina Paige says both Catholic Charities and Team Rubicon are looking for monetary donations, or donations of new, unused clothing. You can find links on how and where to donate online at D C F dot WI dot GOV. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) The Fair Food Festival returns to the Dodge County Fairgrounds today (Saturday). The monthly series of events features sweet treats, fried fair food, and an assortment of food carts. A variety of new vendors will be showcased during each month’s event. Today’s event will not only include an updated menu but a performance by 90’s grunge throwbacks as well as local garage band Batteries Not Included. Food purchases during the festival will help support the non-profit Dodge County Fair Association as well as the participating vendors, who may have endured hardships in 2020. Visitors are welcome to enjoy a socially distanced meal at one of the picnic tables provided or bring their own lawn chairs. The event will begin at 11am and run until 8pm. The next and last fair food festival will be on October 2nd.