News – April 3, 2021

(Waupun) Agnesian HealthCare is holding a mass vaccination clinic next weekend. Officials with Agnesian say as COVID vaccine shipments vary week by week, they have learned that they will receive enough doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for an already planned vaccination clinic. The clinic will be held from 8am to 4pm on April 10th. Open slots for April 10th are expected to fill quickly, information about signing up can be found at DailyDodge.com. Interested individuals can also sign up for COVID-19 vaccination clinics that are offered weekdays at Agnesian HealthCare facilities in Waupun, Fond du Lac and Ripon.

(Wisconsin) State health officials have awarded over six-million dollars in grants to over one hundred organizations in the state to promote health equity in the COVID vaccine program.  The federal funds will help groups become trusted messengers and build up confidence in the vaccine and reduce barriers that have hinder access to under-served populations.

(Wisconsin) A conservative law firm is demanding state corrections officials relax their COVID protocols and allow ministers to visit prison inmates. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty sent a letter Thursday to Department of Corrections Secretary Kevin Carr complaining that the department’s no-visitors policy violates inmates’ right to exercise their religion.  They are prepared to file a lawsuit if this is not changed.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s Legislative Audit Bureau has found that out of the over three-billion dollars of federal COVID funds spent by the state government, just over one-million was not spent correctly.  Joint Audio Committee Co-Chair Senator Robert Cowles says it shows there needs to be legislative control over future funds. State agencies say they have correction nearly all of the funding mistakes.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials recorded eight COVID deaths Friday bringing that number to 6,633. Dodge County reported one death for a total of 160 and 11,568 cases, a one-day increase of 10 positive tests. Health officials in Dodge County say they are actively monitoring 71 cases. Washington County has seen 141 deaths with 405 active cases. Fond du Lac County reported has 105 deaths with 62 active cases. Jefferson County has 103 deaths with 67 active cases. Columbia County has 56 deaths with 52 active cases. In Green Lake County, there have been 18 deaths. Statewide, active cases total 7,143, a one-day increase of 163.   

(Madison) World Dairy Expo’s general manager says moving forward with the 2021 event in person and in Madison is the right decision. Scott Bentley says the World Dairy Expo board is pleased with the outcome. World Dairy Expo begins September 28th at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. World Dairy Expo had initially raised concerns due to COVID-19 restrictions in Dane County. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) WDS Construction was recently honored for their construction excellence. The Beaver Dam-based contractor – which serves 48 states and develops, manages and constructs commercial buildings – received the national Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors. WDS’s 50-thousand square foot bowling and entertainment center project in Arlington, Virginia was selected from numerous entries across the country and judged on complexity, attractiveness and unique challenges. To learn more about the project visit DailyDodge.com. 

(Waupun) There are some new streetscaping elements in downtown Waupun. The Waupun Community Development Authority and the Waupun Community Coalition on Aging have announced the installation of new benches and trash receptacles along Main Street. The Community Development Authority in 2018 began work on a downtown streetscape plan. City Administrator Kathy Schlieve says the plan identifies improvements to sidewalks and public spaces with the goal of increasing walkability, sustainability and safety as part of their ongoing downtown revitalization efforts. Installation of the new benches and trash receptacles throughout the downtown was done to replace broken furnishings, to create a more cohesive look and to provide seniors or those with mobility challenges options for safe pickups and drop-offs. Mayor Julie Nickel says this is a great example of how they can leverage their individual strengths in a collaborative effort to make an impact.  

(Wisconsin) All of Wisconsin is at very high fire danger heading into the Easter Holiday Weekend. With low humidity and high winds in the forecast, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the National Weather Service are paying close attention to areas most at risk. As a result of the elevated fire risk, burning remains suspended with DNR-issued burning permits for debris piles, barrels and grass or wooded areas across the DNR Protection Area. There have been more than 200 wildfires reported in the state so far this year, burning over 450 acres. Fire officials anticipate a slightly longer than average fire season because of how early the snow melted around the state. 

(Wisconsin) Federal agencies are working out possible changes in immigration law, and that has given scammers a new avenue to try and take people’s money. State consumer protection administrator Lara Sutherlin says people looking to complete their citizenship might be getting unsolicited calls. Other scammers have posed as either Immigrations and Customs Enforcement or foreign police services in order to scam people’s money. If you get a call like that, just hang up, do not make payments, and work with a trusted person if you think you are in trouble. – WRN