News December 20, 2021

(Juneau) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says a “thank you” was extended from sheriff’s agencies in Louisiana for supporting their department’s staff following Hurricane Ida. The Dodge County agency along with 71 other Wisconsin sheriff’s offices provided hurricane relief as part of an effort by the Badger State Sheriff’s Association. Over $12-hundred dollars was raised during a softball game between the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and the Beaver Dam Police Department. Altogether, the Badger State Sheriff’s Association was able to raise funds to assist six deputies in Louisiana, each one receiving $6,000. Deputies from Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office and the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office benefited from the effort.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Charities, Inc. are collecting supplies for those affected by the devastating tornadoes down south. On January 2nd and the 3rd, the public can drive up to the police department to drop off their donations. Items needed include paper products, blankets, non-perishable food items, and books. Cash or check donations are also being accepted. A truck will be driven down to Kentucky on January 4th where the supplies were distributed to affected communities.  More information is at

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department says their annual holiday food drive was a success. Officials with the department say the event, held Saturday outside of Beaver Dam Piggly Wiggly and Rechek’s Food Pride, raised just over $3,285 in cash. They add that more food items than ever were donated. It is estimated that the donations will assist over 180 families. The fire department thanked the community for making this possible.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Health Department is hosting a COVID vaccine clinic tomorrow (Tuesday). Health officials say the Pfizer as well as the one-and-done Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be offered. They add that this is for the initial series or booster shots. The clinic will be between 1pm and 3pm at the Dodge County Public Health building located at 199 County Road DF in Juneau. Those age 12 and older can get a dose but those under 18 must have a parent or guardian with them. To schedule an appointment call 920-386-4830.

(Wisconsin) Assembly Speaker Robin Vos believes workplace vaccine mandates are one factor behind a shortage of health care workers in the state. The Republican leader made his comments during a year-end interview with WKOW yesterday. In response, the Wisconsin Hospital Association said its members, on average, reported losing less than 2-percent of staff following announcement of vaccine mandates. – WRN

(Wisconsin) If you are planning on visiting loved ones in a Wisconsin nursing home, the best advice is to get vaccinated against COVID. That from officials representing the state’s nursing homes, who also suggest wearing a mask if you are visiting a nursing home. – WRN