News – August 21, 2021

(Beaver Dam) A touching moment during Thursday night’s Meat Animal Auction at the Dodge County Fair. Autumn Renhack (ren-hack) gave the proceeds from the sale of her 15-hundred pound steer to the Katie Christopherson Memorial Scholarship Fund. Katie was a friend of Autumn’s who died in a tragic car accident in June. Autumn says Katie had a big heart. Autumn says the money is going to a good purpose. The steer was first purchased by Friends of Katie at $11 a pound but was donated back. Ballweg Implement then bought the steer for $6 a pound.

(Beaver Dam) It’s the fourth day of the Dodge County Fair. At Radio Park, the Holstein Futurity (few-chur-uh-tee) Show will be video streamed on at 12:30pm. There will also by the Tailgate Party with music from Jeff Hall and yard games. Chainsaw Wood Carving Auction starts at 3pm. A Small Animal Auction will be video streamed at 4pm. The Supreme Showmanship will be on the video stream at 7pm. WBEV Live gets underway at the Legion Pavilion at 7pm and goes until midnight. The farm tractor pull starts at 1pm and Nick’s Kids Show has performances set for 3, 5 and 7pm. Blue Oyster Cult and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas hits the Grandstand Stage at 8pm followed by Whiskey Flats at Radio Park at 9:30pm. The admission prices are the same as last year: $7 to get in before noon and $10 after. Kids age 9 and under are free. There is no additional charge for the grandstand acts or parking.

(Beaver Dam) The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is now being offered by health officials at the Dodge County Fair. The county’s health department says they were fortunate to receive a shipment of the one-and-done vaccines late Thursday. They say they will now be offering the J and J shots along with the two-dose Pfizer vaccines daily for the remainder of the fair. The health department is unable to offer booster doses of the mRNA vaccines to immunocompromised individuals at this time. They say those in that category should contact their primary doctor. Shots are available between noon and 6pm in the Commercial Building at the fairgrounds.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s coronavirus vaccination rate continues to increase slowly. Despite the Delta variant-driven spike in new COVID cases, the state Department of Health Services reported Friday that just 50 and- a- half percent of state residents age 12 and up who are eligible for the vaccine had completed the series, while 53-point-7 percent had received at least one dose. Those numbers are well below the goal of 70 percent vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. DHS and local public health agencies are continuing to urge people to get vaccinated. In Dodge County, 40.7-percent of people have completed the vaccination series while 43.5-percent have had at least one dose. – WRN

(Wisconsin) American Family Insurance will require vaccinations for employees working in-office. The Madison-based company plans to reopen its offices on September 13, and employees who want to return to office work will need to get vaccinated before doing so. The company said in a statement that the vaccination requirement will be in place “for the foreseeable future.” Employees who currently work onsite because of job responsibilities will have extra time to get vaccinated if needed. The policy doesn’t apply to American Family agency owners, who are independent contractors. – WRN

(Green Lake) The Green Lake County Deer Advisory Council and DNR will hold a public information meeting on the detection and response plan to Chronic Wasting Disease. It was found in a dead deer in the Town of Brooklyn in May. The meeting will be held at the American Legion Post at 518 Water Street in Green Lake on August 31st at 6pm. The DNR is hoping people can adopt and donate to install Chronic Wasting Disease collection dumpsters. DNR Wildlife Health Conservation Specialist Amanda Kamps. The DNR is also seeking assistance sampling harvested deer during upcoming seasons and is asking landowners to report sick deer. Additional free surveillance permits will be available to willing landowners within a targeted 5-mile local area after the hunting seasons. More information about the programs can be found at the DNR website at DNR-dot-WI-dot-Gov.

(Green Lake) Blue-green algae was recently discovered on Little Green Lake in Green Lake County. The county’s health department says they are closing the swimming beach at Soldiers and Sailors Park until water conditions improve. Water conditions can change rapidly with blue-green algae blooms so the public is advised to stay alert prior to entering the water. Blue-green algae blooms can be toxic. The Health Department recommends avoid swallowing water and avoid touching the algae. Keep your pets from drinking water. The algae will look like pea soup or spilled paint with colored streaks. On the surface it appears as scum, mats, or films.

(Watertown) Watertown Regional Medical Center recently published their community benefit report for 2020. The annual report showcases the broad scope of the hospital’s contributions to Watertown and the surrounding communities in Dodge and Jefferson Counties. It also illustrates the ways the organization contributes to the physical and economic health of the communities it serves. In 2020 alone, Watertown Regional Medical Center added 28 employed and affiliated providers in cardiology, anesthesiology, emergency care, family medicine, hematology, OB/GYN, behavioral health, radiology, and more. It also made more than $1.4-million-dollars in capital improvements, including new defibrillators, and other enhancements. Additionally, a donation of more than $5-million-dollars in health services was made to those in need. Watertown Regional Medical Center CEO Richard Keddington says their mission of Making Communities Healthier has always been central to the integral role they play in Watertown and the surrounding communities. The facility also supports several local activities and organizations including Dementia Friendly Dodge, Lake Mills EMS, Marquardt Village, Meals on Wheels, Project Search, Watertown Area Cares Clinic, Watertown Chamber of Commerce, Watertown Family Center, Watertown Food Pantry, Watertown High School, Watertown Park & Rec, Watertown YMCA, and Watertown Youth Baseball. A link to the report is available at