News – April 7, 2021

(Clyman) An investigation is underway for a three vehicle crash involving a school bus, dump truck and a FedEx van that occurred yesterday afternoon on Highway 60 at Highway M in the Town of Clyman. There were five passengers on the bus. No serious injuries were reported.

(Wisconsin) In yesterday’s election, Jill Underly won the state schools superintendent race. Assembly Republican John Jagler got Scott Fitzgerald’s old state senate seat. Mary Arnold will be the next Mayor of Columbus while the alderpersons sworn in will be Sarah Motiff (moe-tiff), Trina (tree-nuh) Reed and Shelly Albright. Other aldermanic winners were Joseph Riese (Reese) in Mayville, Rohn Bishop in Waupun, Tom Pasch in Watertown and Marcy Benz unseated incumbent Sam Jenswold in Fox Lake. The school funding referendum in Hustisford failed while the one in Cambria-Friesland passed. In Hustisford, Laurie Kuehl (cool) is the new village president while Brownsville will see Timothy Kemmel sworn-in.


(Wiscosin) Wisconsin’s coronavirus count is going back up. As of Monday, the Department of Health Services said the seven-day positivity rate was three-point-four percent. It was a little over two percent last month. Wisconsin was at 17-percent during the worst of the surge in November. State health officials say 246 people are in the hospital with the virus, including 64 in intensive care.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported eight COVID deaths yesterday bringing the statewide total to 6,648. Statewide, active cases total 7,562, 49 are from Dodge County. Nearly 17-percent of Dodge County residents have gotten the vaccine while over 26-percent have had at least one dose.

(Dodge County) Four out of the five metrics in the county’s Safe Restart Plan remain in the green. That according to the latest weekly update from the Dodge County Health Department who say testing, hospital care, personal protective equipment and contact tracing have a current status of “excellent.” The number of cases is in the yellow.

(Dane County) Dane County jail inmates are being vaccinated against the coronavirus. The Dane County Jail got 100 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, and 85 inmates agreed to be vaccinated. More than 80-percent of the members of Dane County’s jail staff have been vaccinated. – WRN

(Wisconsin) A state appeals court has ruled the Evers administration may release records of companies that have had multiple COVID-19 cases. A three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeals in Madison unanimously rejected a Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce request to block the records from being released to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Republican pandemic relief bills at the Capitol include one, using $200-million-dollars from the massive federal relief package for small business grants. The bill and a package of Republican proposals to allocate portions of Wisconsin’s share of the American Rescue Plan Act are likely to be vetoed by Governor Tony Evers, whose administration has control of that federal money. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Yesterday was the start of discussions on the state budget in front of the legislative joint finance committee. Republicans grilled State superintendent of schools Caroline Stanford Taylor over whether schools would be open this fall. She says that is up to the local school districts. The state will be receiving over $2-billion-dollars in federal aid for schools in the upcoming budget cycle and much of that will go to large districts serving underprivileged kids. – WRN