News – January 21, 2021

(Cambria-Friesland) Voters in the Cambria-Friesland School District will see a referendum question on the spring ballot following action by the school board this week. The district is seeking to exceed revenue limits by $5-million dollars over three years. The referendum comes on the heels of a $3.2-million-dollar question voters approved three years ago which is coming to an end. The district has been going to referendum to cover the costs for annual operations and buildings maintenance.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board is looking to fill a vacant Beaver Dam-area seat. The vacancy was created with the recent passing of longtime supervisor Mary Ann Miller. The District 30 seat consists of Wards One and Three in the city of Beaver Dam and runs through April of 2022. The vacancy will be filled by an appointment to be made by the board chairman and confirmed by the full county board.  Residents of the district interested in filling the vacancy should submit a letter of interest by February 3.

(Beaver Dam) Staff at the Beaver Dam School District will begin getting coronavirus vaccinations as early as February 1. That is according to Superintendent Mark DiStefano who says the district is partnering with Marshfield Medical Center in Beaver Dam. The date is subject to change but there are multiple dates earmarked for staff appointments. Although the district will not require staff to get the vaccine at this time, he says they are strongly encouraging them to do so.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 1,522 positive coronavirus cases in Wednesday’s daily update. State health officials recorded 50 deaths bringing that total to 5,562. Dodge County has experienced 133 deaths and 10,951 cases, a one-day increase of eight positive tests. County health officials are actively monitoring 343 people. Both Washington and Fond du Lac reported one death yesterday.

(Wisconsin) Assembly Republicans introduced a pair of bills on Wednesday that would require the Evers Administration to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations. State Representative Joe Sanfellipo says the Department of Health Services has been dragging their heels on vaccinating the public and getting people signed up for vaccinations. The bills would expand the list of people who are currently qualified for vaccinations, and would require DHS to start mass vaccinations of the general public by the middle of March. – WRN

(Wisconsin) A state panel charged with making recommendations on who should be next available for COVID-19 vaccinations has added grocery store workers to the next group in line. The State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee’s vaccine subpanel finalized its recommendations on Wednesday, and the full committee will vote this (Thursday) morning on what gets sent as guidance to the Department of Health Services. – WRN

(Fond du Lac) The Fond du Lac County Health Department will be holding COVID-19 vaccination clinics for county residents 65 or older beginning next week. The clinic will be held at the Expo Center on the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds. To register call the County Health Department. No walk-ins will be accepted and masks will be required.

(Beaver Dam) The loud rumble that roared across Dodge County skies around 3pm Tuesday was likely caused by fighter jets from Madison’s Truax Field. That from Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt who could not confirm because local law enforcement is not usually notified of any planned military operations but says there has been plenty of precedent that would indicate it was likely a training operation.

(Washington DC) The Wisconsin National Guard’s deployment to the nation’s capital was an historic one. More than 550 Soldiers and Airmen from the Wisconsin National Guard were on hand for the presidential inauguration in Washington D.C. after mobilizing over the weekend to assist with safety and security. Wisconsin troops joined more than 25,000 other National Guard troops from every other state and territory. The last time Wisconsin troops served in the national capital region other than for ceremonial purposes dates all the way back to the 1800s and the Civil War.