News – April 15, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council on Monday will consider dissolving a committee tasked with disbursing hundreds of thousands of dollars of downtown revitalization grants. Under the proposal, the functions of the Beaver Dam Community Development Committee – which has two elected officials — would be merged with the city’s Landmark Commission, which is entirely appointed by the mayor, who says the functions of the two committees are redundant.

(Waupun) There was no change to the election results following a recount for a seat on the Waupun School Board. Jodi Schultz defeated Jessica Standke by one vote in the race for a seat on the board representing the Fox Lake/Westford area. Schultz got 807 votes to Standke’s 806. District officials said following yesterday’s recount, there was no change in the official election results.

(Ashippun) An Oconomowoc woman is charged with injuring another motorist while under the influence. Erin Jurich reportedly ran a stop sign in Ashippun last February and collided with another vehicle. Jurich allegedly admitted to drinking several alcoholic seltzer beverages’ earlier in the day. The victim suffered a fractured right ankle, a broken left forearm and three fractured ribs. If convicted, the 42-year-old faces up to 25 years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for May 17th.

(Juneau) Tornado sirens accidentally blared throughout Dodge County last (Wednesday) night, exactly 24-hours before tonight’s statewide tornado drill. Sheriff Dale Schmidt apologized for the mistake saying that the public is extra lucky to benefit from an additional drill because (quote) “you can never practice important lifesaving skills too much.” The sirens will still be sounded off again today, at 1:45pm and again at 6:45.

(Wisconsin) The pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will not have a major impact on Wisconsin’s vaccination efforts. Deputy Health Services Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk (dike) says 96-percent of the vaccines given in Wisconsin, have been Pfizer or Moderna doses. Willems Van Dijk says they will welcome the return of J&J to the vaccination effort, assuming a safety evaluation concludes it is prudent to do so.’’

(Waupun) Over 500 inmates in Dodge County prisons have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine through Tuesday. That according to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections who say Dodge Correctional has vaccinated 138 prisoners, that figure is 122 at nearby Waupun Correctional, it is 213 at Fox Lake Correctional and 46 at John C. Burke Correctional.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported five COVID deaths yesterday bringing that total to 6,695. Dodge County has 162 deaths with 82 active cases. Twenty-point-nine-percent (20.9%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 30.3-percent have had at least one dose.

(Madison) The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled the Evers administration lacked authority to order pandemic capacity limits in bars and restaurants. The court’s four justice conservative majority said that action required approval by the Republican-controlled state Legislature. The three liberals dissented on the decision.

(Madison) Republicans in the state Senate voted yesterday (Wednesday) to approve their own plans for federal COVID-19 stimulus money. Two republicans joined Senate Democrats in voting against several measures. Governor Evers has sole authority on how to distribute the $3-point-two-billion-dollars Wisconsin will receive from the nearly $2-trillion-dollar American Rescue Plan. Evers has stated that involving the legislature could slow down the process, although there are some areas of agreement between the Republican bills and Evers’ plans for the money.