News – September 8, 2020

(Wisconsin) Senator Kamala Harris made her first trip to Wisconsin — or any battleground state — since she got the nomination as Joe Biden’s running mate. The California Democrat met with the family of Jacob Blake after arriving in Milwaukee about 11 a.m. Monday. Harris said she wanted to express concern for Blake’s well-being and to let the family know that they have her support. Blake remains hospitalized more than two weeks after being shot in the back by a Kenosha police officer.

(La Crosse) Vice President Mike Pence pitched a message of security and jobs for Americans, during his Labor Day stop at Dairyland Power Cooperative in La Crosse. Pence also promoted the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement. He noted Senator Harris voted against it.

(Beaver Dam) There may never be barriers installed on North Spring Street to stop motorists from making illegal left-hand turns into the post office. Following the reconstruction of North Spring Street two years ago, the left-hand turn lane that had been in place for decades was eliminated, leaving southbound motorists with a lengthy turnaround to make a righthand turn. The common council last month approved a resolution allowing for the installation of the barrier between the northbound and southbound lanes. However, on WBEV’s Community Comment, Mayor Becky Glewen said that installation is unlikely because large post office vehicles cannot make a righthand turn, leaving only the left-hand turn option. Plans currently being discussed include widening the roadway and finding a new location to lease. A plan to reverse the flow of traffic and enter off Mackie Street was a non-starter for postal officials. Glewen says there are just not a lot of other options short of tickets, which she is reluctant to see happen.

(Ashford) One person was killed in a motorcycle crash in Fond du Lac County yesterday (Monday). At 6:13pm, deputies were dispatched to Highway W at Midland Drive in the Township of Ashford. The initial investigation shows that a southbound motorcycle, driven by a 60-year-old Pewaukee man, failed to negotiate the curve and drove into the ditch. The bike overturned multiple times, ejecting the driver who was not wearing a helmet. He was transported to St. Agnes Hospital where he died of his injuries.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 567 positive coronavirus cases in Monday’s daily update, which is 10.4-percent of the 5,400 tests announced. There are 8,096 active cases in the state, a decrease of five from Sunday. For the second consecutive day, state health officials recorded no deaths and that number remains unchanged at 1,168. Dodge County has six deaths on record and 1,260 cases, an increase of six from Sunday.

(Madison) There is a new coronavirus order for UW-Madison students. With more than 32,000 undergraduates on the Madison campus this semester, and new cases increasing for five straight days, Chancellor Rebecca Blank on Monday ordered all undergraduates to restrict movements and limit in-person interactions to a handful of essential activities for the next two weeks. Blank raised the possibility of closing down campus if UW is unable to “flatten the curve” of new infections.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s second human case of eastern equine encephalitis this year is also its first fatal case.  The Chippewa County woman was in her 60s.  State health officials are reminding people to protect themselves from mosquito bites, which is how EEE is spread.  Nine horses have also contracted the virus this year.

(Wisconsin) A new report is out regarding suicidal behavior in Wisconsin.  Prevent Suicide Wisconsin shows the state’s suicide rate rose 40 percent from 2000 to 2017, with the highest rates for those in rural areas, men over women, and ages around 50.  The report also outlines four strategies and 50 opportunities for action to try to reduce the rate.

(Watertown) State Representative John Jagler was recently honored for his support of pro-growth policies and reforms aimed at improving the state’s business climate. The Watertown Republican was presented with the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) “Working for Wisconsin” award. Jagler says he is honored the WMC recognized his efforts to make the 37th Assembly District, and Wisconsin a better place to do business. Jagler has received the award in each of the sessions he has served.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre recently awarded their Jerome H. Kamps Memorial Award. Beaver Dam High School graduate Ashley Hale was the 2020 recipient. Hale participated in twenty-six theater productions, on stage and behind the scenes, throughout her school years. In selecting a recipient, a committee of theater representatives evaluated the candidates’ essays and theater experiences with a point system.