(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Sheriff says next year there will be a special tribute to local broadcasting legend John Moser at the annual Swan Park Rotary Lights. Dale Schmidt, chair of the Rotary Lights Committee, says with the recent passing of Moser – and his long tenure as a Rotarian – there will be a memorial tribute at the park next year. He says the fifth year of the Rotary Lights will be extra special because Moser will still be there. The life and legacy of John Moser will be celebrated this afternoon during his memorial service at 1pm. You can listen live on 1430 WBEV or watch the video steam at DailyDodge.com.
(Markesan) A motorist was killed in Green Lake County after stepping out of his vehicle and getting struck by a semi-tractor trailer. Authorities responded to County Highway K at Craig Road near Green Lake Wednesday at 1:47pm. The pedestrian victim was transported to a landing zone by ambulance and was then flown to Theda Care Regional Medical Center in Neenah by UW Med Flight Helicopter where they died of their injuries. The operator of the semi was uninjured.
(Fond du Lac) A 68-year-old Fond du Lac man was killed when his pickup truck was rear-ended by a semi-tractor trailer truck on Highway 151 in Fond du Lac County’s Town of Taycheedah late yesterday morning. Sheriff’s officials say the man was in the process of slowing or stopping to make a left turn into a residential driveway near Kiekhaefer Parkway when the semi struck the pickup truck from behind. The pickup went off the roadway and struck a tree. The driver died at the scene a short time later.
(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 2,177 positive coronavirus cases in Thursday’s daily update. There are 23,965 active cases in the state, an increase of 64 from Wednesday. The state now has 5607 deaths on record after recording 45 yesterday, which included deaths in Washington, Fond du Lac and Columbia counties. Dodge County has experienced 133 deaths to date. There were 808 hospitalized coronavirus patients and 173 in ICUs. Those numbers have declined steadily since mid November.
(Madison) Nearly one-in-three adults in Wisconsin could be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine under the state’s next phase. A state government vaccine subcommittee is recommending an expansive list of people get the shot under Phase 1b. Anyone 65 and older, plus teachers, prisoners, grocery store workers, mink farmers, transit bus drivers, and a host of others are all on the list. In all, Phase 1b could include one-point-six million people in the state. The list still needs to be approved by the entire committee. Doctor Jonathan Temte with the University of Wisconsin Medical School says with that many people in the next phase, it will take a long time to get everyone vaccinated. -WRN
(Green Lake County) The Green Lake County Health Department is starting a waitlist for those who are age 65 or older and would like to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Interested people can get on a waitlist by contacting the Health Department. Starting Monday those 65 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
(Madison) Wisconsin has not seen one death from influenza so far this season. State health officials continue to report weekly new cases that have remained in the single-digits, keeping activity very low. Flu vaccinations continue to pace three-percent higher than at this time last year.
(Horicon) There is a vacancy on the Horicon School Board. Eligibility for the seat, formerly held by Amanda Remley, is available to anyone who lives in the city of Horicon. Interested parties are asked to submit a declaration of candidacy and letter of interest to the District Administrator by close of business on February 5. The paperwork will be reviewed by the school board, and interviews will be conducted at the February 15th meeting. Additional information can be found with this news story at DailyDodge.com.
(Madison) Wisconsin state senators have introduced a bipartisan package of police reform bills. The legislation backed by Republican senators Van Wanggaard and Alberta Darling, and Democratic senator Lena Taylor, would establish an independent board to review use-of-force situations. The package of seven bills proposes banning the use of chokeholds, establishing Community Oriented Policing grant programs, establishing protections for whistleblowers, and introducing reforms to fire and police commissions in Milwaukee and Madison. Taylor says the legislation isn’t perfect but is a good start. -WRN
(Beaver Dam) A Waupun man, charged with making threats towards law enforcement, is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday. Reyes Gomez was arrested last month for first offense OWI. As he was being transported to the jail, Gomez reportedly made violent threats towards a sheriff’s deputy. If convicted, the 23-year-old faces up to six years in prison. Gomez will be arraigned next month.
(Washington DC) Congressman Scott Fitzgerald is among five Republicans members of Wisconsin’s House delegation asking President Biden to reverse his decision to halt construction of the Keystone X-L pipeline. The Congressmen say it will bring benefit Wisconsin by providing thousands of jobs, lower gas prices, and increase the country’s energy independence.
(Wisconsin) Dairy producers in Wisconsin want state lawmakers to declare that milk comes from cows, not almonds or oats. The Wisconsin Dairy Business Association is out with its priorities for the 2021 legislative session. Among them, Wisconsin producers say makers of plant-based dairy substitutes should have to be legally required to make that distinction clear on their labels, because the onus should not have to be on the makers of products from cows’ milk. -WRN
(Washington DC) The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is ready to immortalize what may be the most talked about moment of the Inauguration not involving President Biden or Vice President Harris. They will be releasing a bobblehead of Senator Bernie Sanders and his unique choice of cold weather wear, including the handmade mittens. They are expected to ship in May.