News – January 25, 2021

(Wisconsin) Starting today (Monday), Wisconsin residents age 65 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk says there are approximately 700-thousand Wisconsinites over the age of 65 with the state only receiving 70-thousand first doses of vaccine per week. She says that means it will take some time to vaccinate everyone in that age group who wants to receive the vaccine.

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam is scheduling appointments for those 65 and older to get a COVID-19 vaccination shot. Eligible citizens 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.

(Madison) The State Senate is set to hold a floor session tomorrow that could challenge Governor Tony Evers’ public health emergency and mask order. That session and resolution is backed by Senator Steve Nass, who says the Governor has acted illegally in repeatedly issuing health emergencies as the pandemic continues.  Previous attempts to stop the Governor through the courts have had mixed results. Experts say that masking and social distancing remain the most effective methods of preventing the spread of COVID. -WRN

(Juneau) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 1,119 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update. State health officials recorded six deaths bringing that total to 5,691. Dodge County has experienced 138 deaths and 11,041 cases, a one-day increase of 10 positive tests.

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently made enhancements to their COVID-19 dashboard to show the trends for cases at a county level.  Their disease activity dashboard will show a three-month trend line and where each county is with case activity.  It is updated every Wednesday by 5pm.

(Fort Atkinson) A weekend fire in Fort Atkinson claimed two lives. Crews were dispatched to the 400 block of Milo Street around 3:30am Saturday. WISN reports that a four-year-old and 14-year-old were trapped inside the home. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Wisconsin State Fire Marshal’s office.

(West Bend) The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two deaths from Saturday.  The first occurred at Camp Awana where a 50-year-old Illinois woman was ejected from an inner tube while sledding and crashed into several trees.  She passed away at a hospital.  The second occurred when a duplex trailer caught fire north of West Bend.  A man died after he was found inside unresponsive.

(Oakfield) A garage was destroyed by fire Saturday in the Town of Oakfield. The structure on Mill Pond Road was fully involved when crews arrived on scene just around noon. The garage and its contents, including several vehicles and a skid steer, were a total loss. There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is unknown but is not considered suspicious.

(Juneau) Dodge County sheriff’s deputies made 14 arrests during last month’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Between December 18th and January 1st, the sheriff’s office took part of state and national efforts to help keep roadways safe for all travelers. Law enforcement officers from around the county also participated in a special grant from 8pm New Year’s Eve and 4am New Year’s Day that yielded an additional five OWI arrests. Sheriff’s Sergeant Jeremy Wolfe says deputies assigned to the campaign made 71 traffic stops in which citations and warnings were issued.

(Columbia County) Authorities in Columbia County say they continue to see drastic increases in impaired driving throughout the county. Sheriff Roger Brandner says many of these cases are a result of reckless and hazardous driving complaints. He says in the past year, their deputies have made 435 arrests for impaired driving including the use of illicit drugs, alcohol or overuse of prescription drugs.

(Wisconsin) The state of Wisconsin will be seeking assistance from an outside law firm to help them decide if there should be legal actions pursued against companies responsible for PFAS contaminants.  Currently the state is monitoring nearly 50 sites across Wisconsin for them, which can cause environmental and health issues.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin continues to tread ahead of last year with state revenue collections.  The Department of Revenue continues to see a significant increase in corporate taxes, while individual income taxes were also adjusted higher.  So far this fiscal year, Wisconsin has collected 6-point-7 percent more in revenue compared to last year.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School District Wall of Fame Committee has announced their latest Friends of Education and Outstanding Alumni. Class of 1958 graduate John B. McKinstry is being recognized as Outstanding Alumni. Three Friends of Education will also be recognized: Jeff and Sue Eberle, Lisa Killingsworth and Metalcraft of Mayville. The newly-announced recipients were supposed to be recognized last year but the ceremony was delayed due to the pandemic. Nominations are also being accepted for this year’s Outstanding Alumni and Friends of Education; the deadline is March 12. All recipients will be honored in a virtual program this spring.