News – February 24, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The city of Beaver Dam’s Forestry Supervisor is being honored by the state. The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council has given John Neumann a “Lifetime Achievement” award at the DNR’s recent Urban Forestry Conference. Officials say Neumann, who has been with the city for 27 years, bolstered the city’s forestry program by establishing partnerships with local businesses and volunteer groups in creating a tree nursery, hosting Arbor Day celebrations, and coordinating tree planting events.

(Madison) The Wisconsin Assembly voted unanimously on Tuesday, for legislation starting the task of updating the state’s unemployment insurance system. The bill would allow the Department of Workforce Development to put out bids to upgrade aging computers, expected to cost $80-million-dollars or more. Workforce development will need permission from the legislature’s budget committee to proceed. -WRN

(Madison) State Representative Mark Born calls the bill a roadmap for the governor to upgrade the state’s unemployment IT system. Born, who has repeatedly stated that Evers does not need legislative approval to start this process, says his colleagues are directing him to take action now because so far he has refused to do so. The Beaver Dam Republican says if upgrading the unemployment system is a priority for Evers, he will support this legislation. Evers has indicated he will sign the bill.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s wolf hunt has already met its quota, just a few days after it started. That hunt opened up on Monday with a total of around 120 wolf tags available to regular hunters, and another 80 ceded to the state’s tribal nations. The DNR will be closing the hunts by this (Wednesday) afternoon. The wolf hunt was a matter of contention between Republican lawmakers and the Natural Resources Board, with a court ordering the hunt to take place. -WRN

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin is getting a larger allotment of COVID-19 vaccine. Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk says they will have 115-thousand first doses to distribute to vaccinators, which is a 64-percent increase from mid-January. Nearly half of people age 65 and over have been vaccinated, and the state plans to open four more community clinics over next two months. Willems Van Dijk says the state is also on track to begin vaccinating teachers and child care workers on March 1st. -WRN

(Dodge County) Nearly five-percent of all Dodge County citizens have completed the COVID-19 vaccination series. That according to the Wisconsin Department of Health website which says 4,002 people have had both shots; just under 12-hundred more people from a week ago.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 566 positive coronavirus cases in Tuesday’s daily update. After reporting no deaths for two straight days, state health officials recorded 33 deaths bringing that total to 6,317. Dodge County has experienced 155 deaths and 11,366 cases, no change from Monday. County health officials are actively monitoring 126 people. Fond du Lac County reported one death on Tuesday.

(Beaver Dam) Authorities are investigating an incident of shots being fired from a moving vehicle in downtown Beaver Dam over the weekend. Dispatch received reports at 2:21am Saturday and reportedly took place on the 200 block of Front Street. There were no injuries reported. Lt. Terrence Gebhardt says investigators are still reviewing camera footage from the closing time incident and there are currently no suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call the Beaver Dam Police Department.

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers is calling for flags to be flown at half-staff in memory of those who have died to COVID-19. The nation passed a grim milestone this week as 500-thousand people have now died of COVID-19 related causes across the country. Evers says that we all need to “reaffirm our resolve to prevent further spread of COVID-19” and beat the pandemic together. -WRN