News – August 13, 2021

(Wisconsin) New U.S. Census data shows. Wisconsin’s population grew 3-pont-6 percent since 2010 to 5.9 million people. That’s less than the U.S. growth of 7-point-4 percent and less than half the rate of neighboring Minnesota. More than a third of Wisconsin’s modest growth was in and around Madison. Dane County grew by 15 percent, adding more than 73,000 people.

(Juneau) Dodge County has 89,396 residents counted in the 2020 census, an increase of 637 people over ten years. Columbia County registered 58,490 residents an increase of 1657 people. Fond du Lac County gained 2521 new residents for a new total of 104,154. Washington County has 136,761 people, up 4874. Jefferson County is at 84,900 in the recent census compared to 83,686 ten years prior. Green Lake County lost 33 residents for a total of 19,051.

(Madison) Spelling out the danger from Delta, Deputy Health Services Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk saying yesterday that the variant is much more contagious than the original COVID-19. She notes the unvaccinated are most at risk for getting very ill, hospitalized, and dying. The surge in the Badger State is a few weeks behind the southern states. Wisconsin’s vaccination rate is similar to Florida’s, where hospitals are overrun with new cases. Willems Van Dijk says a return to mask wearing and getting more shots in arms can still avert that in Wisconsin.

(Juneau) Dodge County Public Health says there are 131 active cases as of Monday. To date, the county has recorded 178 deaths along with two dozen considered probable.

(Madison) More people in Wisconsin are being hospitalized with COVID-19. The number of positive tests has been rising for weeks. Now on Wednesday, state health officials report more than 430 people in Wisconsin in the hospital with the coronavirus. That number hasn’t been that that high since February. The Department of Health Services says about 30-percent of those patients are in the Intensive Care Unit.

(West Bend) Clean-up from Tuesday night’s severe storms is a record-breaking undertaking in southeast Wisconsin. Thousands of homes and businesses can plan to be in the dark for a few more days. We Energies calls it the largest power restoration effort in the company’s history.  We Energies Utility President Tom Metcalfe says the effort is being complicated by the vast amount of debris to clean up. Wisconsin had seen five straight days of strong or severe storms. Most of the outages remain in the Milwaukee area but there are still customers without power near West Bend, Hartford, and Oconomowoc.

(Waupun) The 32nd annual Waupun Truck-n-Show gets underway Friday. The two-day event celebrates the industry and features hundreds of truckers from across the country. The Friday Night Convoy of Lights parade begins tonight at 9pm after all the streetlights are shut off on Main Street. Saturday at 3pm, a second parade will allow spectators to see the murals and other works of art on each truck in the daylight. There will be road closures and detours tonight 8:45pm to 11pm, and tomorrow from 2:45pm to 4:45pm. Admission and parking is free. You can watch the live video stream of the trucks tonight on the video page at