News – April 26, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The high-end, lakefront condominiums planned in Beaver Dam will pay tribute to a major industry from the city’s past. The new condos are being built on the site of the former Lakeview Hospital and two adjacent properties including a house constructed in 1911 for Silas McClure, founder of Monarch Range which produced kitchen appliances. Developers say the new complex will be called Monarch Lakeview. The first phase is expected to be completed by January of 2023.

(Juneau) Today kickoffs National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. This year’s theme is Drive Safe – Work Safe – Save Lives. Dodge County Highway Commissioner Brian Field is urging motorists to drive carefully in highway work zones through the 2021 construction season. He says it is important to eliminate distractions and to be mindful of your speed when driving. A list of highway improvement projects in Dodge County this year can be found at DailyDodge.com.

(Columbia County) Sections of Highway 33 and 44 in Columbia County will be improved over the next several months. Roughly 10 miles of Highway 33 west of Marcellon to northwest of Cambria will be resurfaced. Work will begin in early July with slated completion scheduled for mid-October. Two-and-half-miles of pavement on Highway 44 east of Pardeeville to Marcellon will be replaced along with added paved shoulders and culvert replacement. Construction will start in May and wrap up in early July.

(Wisconsin) Alliant Energy recently got state approval to undertake a massive solar project. That will take the utility two-thirds of the way toward its goal to integrate more than one-thousand megawatts of solar capacity into its portfolio over the next four years. RENEW Wisconsin is calling it, quote, “the most significant advance yet towards a zero-carbon future in Wisconsin.” The first wave of projects will be fully operational in 2023.

(Waupun) Due to abundant supplies, Agnesian HealthCare is now offering same-day appointments for the COVID vaccines at its Waupun, Fond du Lac and Ripon facilities. Adults seeking a Moderna or Pfizer first dose appointment are encouraged to call or register through a simplified online scheduling platform available online. The Fond du Lac location is open for appointments Monday through Friday, with Waupun and Ripon each operating two days a week. Information about signing up for a shot is available at DailyDodge.com.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported a downward adjustment of one COVID death yesterday bringing that total to 6,756. Dodge County has 162 deaths. Statewide, active cases total to 8,753, a weekend decrease of 346. Twenty-five-point-seven-percent (25.7%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 33.5-percent have had at least one dose.

(Wisconsin) A new report finds that federal pandemic relief coming to Wisconsin and its local governments totals $20-billion-dollars. The report, by the non-partisan Wisconsin Policy Forum, provides the most accurate accounting yet of the nearly $20-billion dollars to Wisconsin from Washington. The report also notes that figure probably understates how much Wisconsin will ultimately get, and that the influx of money from D-C means “communities in the state may be able to address some of their most longstanding needs.”

(Juneau) Officials with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dodge County are warning residents to be aware of COVID related scams. Elder Benefit Specialist Amanda Higgins says the pandemic has created a knowledge vacuum that scammers are trying to exploit, claiming that residents need to pay for COVID testing and the vaccine, in order to get bumped up in line. Testing and the vaccine are free and Higgins adds that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.