News – January 23, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam is now scheduling appointments for those 65 and older to get a COVID-19 vaccination shot. The Wisconsin Department of Health recently announced citizens 65 and up will be eligible beginning Monday (January 25th). The hospital’s Chief Administrative Officer Angelia Foster says she is excited to see the community’s desire for the coronavirus vaccine and believe that this is a step toward the community finding a new normal in a post-COVID world. She says it may take some time, but they look forward to providing the vaccine to whomever wants it, as quickly as supplies allows. Those aged 65 and older who would like to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine at the hospital should call 855-908-5029 between 8am and 3:30pm Monday through Friday. Dodge County has seen a significant demand for the vaccine, and the community is asked to be patient as more people continue to be vaccinated in the coming weeks. Foster says their team has done a tremendous job preparing, and they hope that the vaccine supply can keep up with the demand. As more groups become eligible for the vaccine, Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam will release further information on how appointments can be scheduled.

(Wisconsin) The State Senator leading the effort to halt Governor Evers mask order extension and public health emergency says the legislature will act next week. Senator Steve Nass says a joint resolution to block Governor Evers new public health emergency and mask declaration is now set for a floor vote next week. Nass has led the charge against Evers since the start of the pandemic, and says the Governor acted illegally in issuing the declarations without getting the Legislature’s approval. Previous attempts to stop the Governor through the courts have had mixed results. In a statement, an Evers spokesperson described the resolution as another effort to derail the administration’s efforts to contain the virus. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin set a one-day record for coronavirus vaccinations Thursday. 22-thousand, 72 vaccinations is a new high for a 24-hour period. More than 285-thousand vaccines have been administered in Wisconsin so far. People age 65 and older can start getting shots Monday, but the Department of Health Services is asking for patience due to the slow rollout of doses from the federal government. Wisconsin gets about 70-thousand doses of the COVID-19 vaccine each week, and that may not change before mid-to-late February. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin Senate Republicans want to put prisoners and jail inmates further down the list for Wisconsin’s coronavirus vaccinations. A Senate committee heard from lawmakers Thursday who want to prioritize people who are at-risk, and not in prison or jail, before sending the vaccine to inmates. Senator Van Wanggaard said it’s ‘unconscionable’ to let a murderer get the shot before a law-abiding citizen who’s at risk from the virus. But the head of Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections says inmates have a right to medical care, just like everyone else. – WRN

(Wisconsin) The state of Wisconsin is no longer on the hook for the costs of keeping the National Guard working on coronavirus testing. President Biden is restoring full funding to states dealing with the coronavirus. Former President Trump cut funding to 75-percent for most states in August. The White House says the new decision will mean more than 12-million dollars more for the Wisconsin Guard’s coronavirus mission. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 2,070 positive coronavirus cases in Friday’s daily update. State health officials recorded 36 deaths bringing that total to 5,643. Dodge County has experienced 133 deaths and 11,007 cases, a one-day increase of 23 positive tests. Washington County has seen 119 deaths, an increase of six from Thursday, along with 621 active cases. Fond du Lac County has reported 76 deaths with 370 active cases. The state says Jefferson County has seen 64 deaths and 232 active cases. Columbia County has seen 39 people; there are 214 active cases. Green Lake County has 14 deaths with 47 cases reported in the last two weeks.

(Hustisford) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt is defending his agency’s investigation of an Inauguration Day threat. EmpowerWisconsin published an article on Thursday about Elroy “Roy” Stern, a Vietnam veteran from Hustisford. The 73-year-old was at home last Saturday when three Dodge County deputies questioned him following an anonymous tip that Stern was planning to “cause problems” in Washington DC. Investigators determined that Stern was not a threat. The article noted that Stern found the interaction “very disconcerting” as if her were the victim of a “false flag operation,” which is defined as “an act committed with the intent of disguising the actual source of responsibility and pinning blame on a second party.” In a release, Schmidt countered saying that his office “will always investigate reported threats to determine credibility.” The sheriff said that investigators do not care about anyone’s political affiliation, just as they “would not judge someone based on the color of their skin.” He says not to investigate could pose a risk to public safety. In the event something did happen after law enforcement chose not to investigate, there would be public outcry, scrutiny and media attention demanding to know why no action was taken. He also noted that the reason there were three deputies involved in questioning, instead of the standard two, was because one of the deputies was training. Schmidt says not initiating an investigation would have been negligence, at best, and notes that his deputies “acted appropriately, professionally, and as expected.” You can read the sheriff’s entire statement, and find a link to the article in question, with this news story at DailyDodge.com.  

(Madison) After almost eight months, the boards covering storefronts in downtown Madison are slowly coming down. Many first-floor downtown windows were covered with plywood after violent demonstrations flared up last spring. More than 75 businesses on State Street were damaged and looted after the George Floyd protests in May. In some cases, the plywood protective barriers were painted with murals with messages of hope. The January 6th storming of the U-S Capitol, and concerns of potential rioting on Inauguration Day kept them up. Since Wednesday came and went peacefully, the plywood has started to come down. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Proponents of an immediate grey wolf hunt in Wisconsin fear the animal will be placed back on the federal Endangered Species List before a scheduled hunt takes place in November. Luke Hilgeman is a former legislative staffer and founder of the hunting rights organization Hunter Nation. The state Natural Resources Board heard from both sides of the issue on Friday, then voted 4-3 against the February hunt. Wolves were officially delisted earlier this month, and Republican legislators are demanding an immediate hunt. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) John Moser was laid to rest yesterday (Friday) in Beaver Dam. Moser passed away on January 14, two weeks after he retired from a radio career that covered six decades. He started on WBEV in 1973 spending the majority of that time alongside Uncle Bill McCollum on the morning show. McCollum spoke at Moser’s funeral.  Good Karma Brands Founder and CEO Craig Karmazin also eulogized Moser.  You can watch or listen to Friday’s service at DailyDodge.com.