News – February 11, 2021

(Juneau) Over 9,350 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Dodge County through Sunday. That according to the Dodge County Health’s weekly update which says their department alone administered 826 doses of the vaccine in the month of January.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin has vaccinated one-third of its 65-and-older population. That represents about 300-thousand people from the age group.

(Juneau) Dodge County health officials say starting this week, all Wisconsin National Guard supported testing sites will be able to test children 12 months or older. This includes the testing site in Beaver Dam which will be closed for President’s Day.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials recorded 35 coronavirus deaths Wednesday, including two in Washington County and one in Green Lake County. Dodge County has experienced 154 deaths and has 137 active cases.

(Wisconsin) Seasonal flu activity in Wisconsin and nationwide continues to remain at very low levels.  U-W Health says it’s treated only one case of the flu all season, compared to more than a-thousand positive tests by this time.

(Wisconsin) The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee has approved a bill that would cut state taxes by $540-million through mid-2023 by largely making pandemic stimulus loans to businesses tax deductible. Supporters said the measure is designed to bring state tax code into alignment with federal code regarding the Paycheck Protection Program.

(Wisconsin) Republican members of the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee are moving to reallocate some federal school funding to prioritize school districts which were open for in person classes this year. The move redirects around $66-million-dollars in funding from the program. Opponents say the plan would punish schools that had to make a tough choice moving to remote learning.

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers will try again to expand Medicaid coverage in Wisconsin through his budget proposal.  It will include more than $150-million-dollars in health initiatives, including bolstering student mental health support, addressing the opioid crisis and increasing tele-health accessibility.

(Herman) A work release inmate from Beaver Dam is facing felony charges for failing to return to the Dodge County jail on Monday. If convicted, the 22-year-old Maliek Sherman faces six years in prison.

(Beaver Dam) There is a new face on the Beaver Dam School Board. The vacancy was created by the recent departure of Laura Lerwick, who moved out of the district Mary Kuntz was the majority “vote getter” among five interested parties and will begin serving at the March 8 meeting. Over the next few weeks, she will go through a three-part orientation process. Kuntz will serve through April of 2022.

(Wisconsin) State revenue officials say the average homeowner in Wisconsin paid 161-dollars less on their property taxes thanks to the lottery credit.  The total credit was over 237-million dollars last year, increasing the overall total since it began in 1988 to over 4-point-8 billion dollars.

(Wisconsin) Today begins the latest curbside pick-up event for Wisconsin State Fair cream puffs.  Now through Sunday, people can pick up three or six-packs of Strawberry Cream puffs or Cocoa Cream puffs.  Pre-orders are strongly recommended to guarantee availability.  This will be the final Cream Puff event prior to the 2021 Wisconsin State Fair.

(Poynette) Governor Evers is ordering the US and Wisconsin flags to be flown at half-staff tomorrow from sunrise to sunset in honor of former Wisconsin Fire Inspector David Jerald Tomlinson. The 31-year fire service veteran who served on the Poynette-Dekorra Fire Department passed away on December 6 after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.