News – January 18, 2021

(Madison) It was a relatively quiet Sunday in Madison, where state officials were prepared for civil unrest. Only a handful of protestors showed up to support Donald Trump at the State Capitol on Sunday. Reports from the Capitol Square say that most of the people gathered were either journalists or members of the police and National Guard. It is unclear if those protests will come around again as the nation prepares for the Inauguration of Joe Biden later this week. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin congressman Scott Fitzgerald says it is wrong to assume that the people who violently stormed the U.S. Capitol are representative of all Donald Trump supporters. The Juneau Republican says he has heard on the House floor, attempts to group Trump supports together and say they are terrible people which he calls (quote) “a scary thing.” Fitzgerald says Trump voters are very good people and normal Wisconsinites. – WRN

(Wisconsin) The number of coronavirus hospitalizations in Wisconsin continues to decrease. The Wisconsin Hospital Association dashboard showed 853 hospitalized patients as of Sunday, a number last seen on October 6, and down from a mid-November high of 2,277. The number of ICU patients was 207. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 1,606 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update. There are 26,139 active cases in the state, a decrease of 684 from Saturday. State health officials recorded one death bringing that total to 5,451. Dodge County has experienced 129 deaths and 10,919 cases, a one-day increase of 20 positive tests.

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam is now scheduling appointments for individuals in the area who qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine. These individuals include health care personnel and emergency responders who provide direct care or engage in services that place them into contact with patients who are able to transmit the virus. Those who do qualify for the vaccine, can visit the hospital website to enroll. A link is available at

(Waupun) Agnesian Healthcare recently welcomed a nurse practitioner to their Waupun clinic. Jessica Sullivan is now accepting patients at the Fond du Lac Clinic at 608 West Brown Street. Sullivan provides medical services to individuals and families with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Contact information to schedule an appointment is available with this news story at

(Beaver Dam) Beekeeping is now allowed in the city of Beaver Dam. Beekeepers will need to pay a $50 annual application fee, provide proof of beekeeping education and submit a diagram of the location of the hive. Single-or-two-family residences can have up to two hives that must be kept in the backyard with proper signage posted.

(Wisconsin) It’s the start of Tax Season as the IRS opens up the Free File program for 2020. Spokesman Christopher Miller says getting your tax information to the IRS is important, even if you do not expect to pay any taxes for last year. Most people qualify for one of the free file programs, and you can find one that fits your needs online at IRS-dot-Gov. – WRN