News – December 6, 2021

(Beaver Dam) A bill authored by two local politicians that will help those with disabilities have organ transplant surgeries was signed by Governor Evers last Friday. Representative Mark Born from Beaver Dam and Senator John Jagler from Watertown authored the bill after hearing from constituents in Brownsville that their son was ineligible for the surgery. Born says as they started to research the bill it was a common standard nationally that individuals with disabilities were not considered for surgery due to quality of life issues or the ability to take follow up medicines. Two years ago, less than a dozen states had ratified similar legislation, now there are close to 30.

(Juneau) With the arrival of wintery conditions, Dodge County drivers are urged to be cautious on the roads. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says motorists need to slow down when there is inclement weather, allowing enough time to safely arrive at their destination, not using cruise control in winter conditions and properly clearing windows of snow and ice. He also is reminding drivers that the law requires vehicles to stay 200 feet behind a snowplow.

(Mayville) Mayville officials are reminding residents of the city’s snow and ice removal policy. A property owner fronting a sidewalk must remove all snow and ice within a 24 hour period from the time the snow stopped falling. Corner lot property owners and those adjacent to a crosswalk are responsible for removing the snow. When ice is formed on the sidewalk sprinkle ash, salt, sand, or an abrasive material to break it up. The public cannot deposit snow or ice in the sidewalk, alley, parkway, near fire hydrants, public space, or city streets.

(Wisconsin) The weekend saw Wisconsin’s first confirmed case of the Omicron coronavirus variant. On Saturday the state Department of Health Services reported a Milwaukee County man who had recently traveled to South Africa tested positive for the new variant. He had been fully vaccinated and received a booster dose and importantly, had only mild symptoms that did not require hospitalization. – WRN

(Wisconsin) It is not yet clear how severe this influenza season will shape up to be in Wisconsin. But Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Westergaard says health officials already have some effective strategies including social distancing and mask wearing to mitigate the effects of influenza. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) Two area hospitals have been recognized for their community outreach during 2020. The Wisconsin Hospital Association Community Benefits Report tabulates financial contributions state hospitals and health systems make to their communities in the form of charity care and other expenditures. The organization says these investments totaled nearly $1.9-billion in 2020. Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam was highlighted for volunteer work with the Truck to Trunk food drive. Prairie Ridge Health in Columbus was recognized for making strides to increase the number of women receiving mammograms with their “Walk-In Wednesdays” program.

(Beaver Dam) The YMCA of Dodge County was named the Most Creative entry among 31 total entries over the weekend in the Beaver Dam Holiday Parade. Second place honors went to H2M2 Huskies and Malamute. In the category of Most Merry and Bright, first place went to Marcos Pizza while Elite Dancers took home the silver. Watch video of the parade at