News – January 20, 2021

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers issued a new statewide public health emergency and face mask requirement. The order continues through March 20 and, with some exceptions, requires everyone age 5 and older to wear a mask indoors when they are around people who they do not live with. The order comes amid heightened concerns over a new, more easily transmissible strain of COVID-19. – WRN

(Juneau) The Dodge County website has added a COVID-19 vaccination information page. The latest weekly update from the Dodge County Health Department highlights the new tab that will be updated regularly when new vaccine information becomes available. Currently, Wisconsin is in the first phase of the vaccination rollout plan which opens up eligibility for healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents. The second phase, which will begin allowing the general public to schedule a vaccination shot, is not anticipated to begin until the summer months.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 1,525 positive coronavirus cases in Tuesday’s daily update. State health officials recorded 42 deaths bringing that total to 5,512. Dodge County reported four deaths Tuesday for a total of 133 and 10,943, a one-day increase of 16 positive tests. County health officials are actively monitoring 343 people. Washington County reported two deaths while Jefferson County had one.

(Wisconsin) As expected, Republican legislative leaders refused to take any action yesterday, on a special session called for by Governor Tony Evers. The Democratic governor wanted the legislature to address issues with Wisconsin’s unemployment benefits system. Republican leaders in the Assembly and Senate gaveled in and immediately adjourned early Tuesday afternoon. The Department of Workforce Development was swamped by a massive wave of unemployment claims when the COVID-19 pandemic began last year. Democrats have blamed the Department’s aging computers, Republicans have said its mismanagement. – WRN

(Wisconsin) The Journal Sentinel editorial board has posted fact checks to Senator Ron Johnson’s rebuttal to the board’s call for his resignation. The board called for Johnson’s resignation earlier this month following the violence at the US Capitol when Johnson took part in the Republican challenge of the election of Joe Biden. In his response, Johnson said the board was unhinged and uninformed. The Board disagreed, and pointed out that he was vocally in favor of the movement before the violent riot took place. – WRN

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board last (Tuesday) night approved the sale of over $9-million-dollars in bonds to fund road repairs this year. The county board voted to borrow the money as part of the 2021 budget. The plan is to use that money to upgrade 31.8 miles of roadway this year, with the goal of borrowing the same amount for next year. The $9-million dollars will be paid back over a ten year period at a rate of point-seven-percent (.7-percent), utilizing tax levy dollars.

(Westford) The state’s Department of Agriculture recently designated over 88,000 acres as Agricultural Enterprise Areas in several Wisconsin counties, including Dodge and Green Lake counties. In Dodge County, the Enterprise Area is in the Town of Westford covering 18,200-acres. The goal is to promote nutrient management planning to reduce sediment and phosphorous runoff to improve local surface water quality of Beaver Creek and Beaver Dam Lake. In Green Lake County, the designation encompasses 19,725 acres in the towns of St. Marie and Princeton. The goal of that Agricultural Area is to support local food production and markets by creating a local brand associated with the statewide program for products sold at local stores and farm markets.

(Baraboo) In Sauk County Monday night, a Baraboo man was arrested by the Wisconsin State Patrol for drunk driving. Kyle Cady was found sleeping inside his vehicle, which was parked on County Road PF in a lane of traffic on a curve. The 31-year-old was arrested on charges of fourth offense Operating While Intoxicated.

(Dodge County) The northbound lanes of Highway 151 in Dodge County were closed down yesterday for about one hour following a motor vehicle accident. The incident was reported at 6:51pm near County Road S.

(Marshall) A Blanchardville man was killed when his vehicle went off the roadway near Marshall. The crash occurred around 1:30pm yesterday on Interstate 94 westbound. The 44-year-old driver was the lone occupant. Efforts by EMS to revive him on scene were unsuccessful.

(Taycheedah) A collision between two pickup trucks on Highway 151 in Fond du Lac County’s Town of Taycheedah Tuesday morning sent four people to the hospital. The most seriously injured was a 17-year-old Malone man whose pickup truck went through the median and collided with another pickup truck. He was flown to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah. His passenger a 14-year-old Malone boy, the 18-year-old Manitowoc man driving the other truck, and his passenger a 37-year-old Mishicot man were all treated at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac for minor injuries and released. Sheriff’s officials say alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in the accident.

(Baraboo) In Sauk County Monday night, a Baraboo man was arrested by the Wisconsin State Patrol for drunk driving. Kyle Cady was found sleeping inside his vehicle, which was parked on County Road PF in a lane of traffic on a curve. The 31-year-old was arrested on charges of fourth offense Operating While Intoxicated.