News – December 17, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Local school officials are taking a nationwide social media threat seriously. A post on Tik Tok refers to a threat to school safety “for every school in the USA, even elementary” today. Beaver Dam School Superintendent Mark DiStefano says the post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend and did not originate in the school district. DiStefano says while he does not believe the threat to be credible, he says officials are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously. There is an increased police presence at the school today.

(Beaver Dam) St. Vincent de Paul of Dodge County is raising money to help get beds to those in need. Sleep safe and Sound Ministries aims to give area children and families a bed to rest on. Store Manager Ben Nelson says this past year, they gave away roughly $12-thousand-dollars’ worth of new mattresses. Their goal in 2022, is $15-thousand-dollars. Those interested in sponsoring a bed can pay $400 to provide a whole family with mattresses and $1,000 or $3,000 to be a multi-family sponsor or any dollar amount they want. Links and more information about donating can be found at

(Madison) State health officials say 40 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties were reporting critically-high coronavirus case activity, which is a measure of case burden and case trajectory. The Department of Health Services says 30 counties in Wisconsin are seeing their case activity rising. Dodge County is in the critically-high category along with Jefferson, Columbia, Green Lake and Fond du Lac counties. Washington County is considered “very high.” Active community cases in Dodge County did decrease by 27 from Wednesday to Thursday and now stands at 775 with 246 deaths.

(Madison) The state’s unemployment rate is at a record low. November’s jobs report from the Department of Workforce Development shows that the Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is at only three-percent, which is a tie for the previous low in November of 2018. Wisconsin added over 12,000 new private-sector jobs between October and November.

(Milwaukee) Flags are being flown at half-staff to remember a Milwaukee firefighter.  Battalion Chief Sean Slowey passed away Saturday at the age of 68, after a battle with brain cancer related to his service.