News – February 22, 2021

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers is defending his proposed $91-billion-dollar state budget. On WKOW yesterday, Evers characterized his two year spending plan as a reasonable response to the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu said Republicans will not spend anywhere near what Evers wants. Republicans also quickly rejected policy changes Evers put in the budget, including language to legalize marijuana. -WRN

(Wisconsin) The state has expanded the list of who can administer Covid-19 vaccines. Governor Tony Evers signed legislation on Friday allowing pharmacy technicians and students to administer the vaccines under certain conditions. Evers signed the bill following a tour of the UW-Oshkosh vaccination clinic being operated in partnership with Advocate Aurora Health of Oshkosh and the Winnebago County Public Health Department. -WRN

(Wisconsin) Some people who receive a second dose of a coronavirus vaccine are feeling aftereffects from that. Officials with the state’s Immunization Program say it’s important to understand that the response is an expected part of immunization, and show that the body is responding. They may include soreness at the vaccination site, body aches and general fatigue. -WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 403 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update. State health officials recorded zero deaths, and that number remains unchanged at 6,267. Dodge County has experienced 155 deaths and 11,362 cases, a one-day increase of 11 positive tests. Twenty-two new coronavirus cases were reported in the county since Friday.

(Wisconsin) Starting today, several health departments across Wisconsin begin testing a statewide COVID-19 vaccine registry program. It is intended to provide everyone in the state a way to know where and when they can get vaccinated, complementing current programs run by health care systems, pharmacies, and local health departments. A full rollout for the statewide program begins next month. -WRN

(Beaver Dam) SSM Health is opening a new 40,000-square-foot physician office today, located just off Highway 151 at 130 Corporate Drive, that will house 30 primary and specialty care providers, an on-site prescription center, laboratory and medical imaging services. A virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony will be on the Beaver Dam Chamber’s Facebook page today.

(Waupun) A Juneau woman has been charged with running from Waupun police. Michelle Hayes allegedly fled police earlier this month when they spotted her vehicle’s rear window obstructed by snow. Hayes reportedly said she did not want to get pulled over so she ran. If convicted, the 36-year-old faces over 10 years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for April 19th.

(Portage) Nicholas Sanger of Madison was arrested for his fifth offense OWI following an early Sunday morning pursuit with Columbia County authorities. The 34-year-old allegedly fled in his vehicle following a traffic stop, got out on foot and was arrested over an hour later. He is also facing felony Eluding charges.

(Green Lake County) Authorities in Green Lake County say the region is not off to a good start when it comes to winter driving accidents. Through the start of this month, the sheriff’s office has responded to seven injury crashes and 19 property damage crashes. They ask that motorists slow down when conditions call for it.

(Mayville) Public comments are being accepted as part of the city of Mayville’s application for funding through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program to address deficiencies in its public drinking water system. The projects primarily include the replacement of lead line services throughout the city. The DNR has determined that the project will not result in significant adverse environmental effects, though based on public comments received by their February 23rd deadline, the state may prepare an environmental analysis before proceeding with the funding process.

(Dodge County) All snowmobile trails in all zones in Dodge County are closed (as of 6am Monday). Parks Supervisor Jason Roy says the Wild Goose State Trail will be closing to snowmobile and ATV/UTV traffic. He says they will continue to monitor the weather and forecasted temperatures. When temperatures drop back down consistently below freezing and the trails are in operational condition, Roy says they will open them back up as soon as able. The public can also check the Trail Status Hotline message for any updates or changes to the trails [920-386-3705].

(Wisconsin) Snowfall totals varied in the region with Hartford picking up 1.8-inches, 2.3-inches reported in Jefferson, 3-inches in Ripon and 3.2-inches in Sun Prairie.