News – June 29, 2021

(Lowell) A Town of Lowell man was seriously injured while handling large fireworks over the weekend. Deputies were called to assist EMS at W8282 Highway 16/60 around 7:15pm Saturday. It was discovered that the 55-year-old received serious injuries to both his hands and stomach. Due to the severity of his injuries, he was flown by Med Flight to UW-Hospital in Madison. The incident remains under investigation.

(Juneau) With the July 4th holiday approaching, Sheriff Dale Schmidt is reminding residents that fireworks are dangerous and most are in violation of state law. A permit is required to own firecrackers, roman candles, bottle rockets, and mortars. Schmidt says a commonly used rule of thumb is that a permit is required if the device explodes or leaves the ground. He notes that these permits do not give a person permission to set off fireworks or leave the municipality in which the permit was purchased. He says you need permission by the municipality you live in to set off fireworks.

(Watertown) A Watertown man was sentenced Monday to three and a half years in prison for firing a weapon in a neighborhood during an argument. Paris Selvie fired three shots at the other person claiming it was in self-defense because he saw someone hand the victim a large butcher knife. At sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Margaret Kunisch said this criminally reckless conduct will not be tolerated in the community. The 29-year-old was also placed on extended supervision for three and a half years.

(Green Lake County) Governor Tony Evers has extended the application deadline for coroner in Green Lake County. The appointment will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Dr. John Willett and will compete a term through January 1st of 2023. Interested individuals must submit an online application with cover letter detailing professional and academic qualifications, civic activities, and community involvement. The governor’s office must receive the application materials no later than 5pm on July 16th. More information can be found at DailyDodge.com.

(Dodge County) One of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services newer metrics in the battle against COVID is the Disease Activity level by county. As of Monday, none of the state’s 72 counties was in the very high category, but more than 50 were at moderate risk. That includes Dodge, Fond du Lac, Washington, Jefferson, Columbia, and Green Lake County. Meanwhile, 37.8-percent of all Dodge County residents have completed the vaccine series. Forty-point-one (40.1%) have had at least one dose.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s coronavirus vaccine effort is the slowest it has ever been. Wisconsin health professionals administered about 35-thousand doses last week. That number is sure to go up, but there is a long way to go to reach the 73-thousand doses administered the week before. Demand for the vaccine in Wisconsin has been steadily dropping since April.

(Waupun) Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Health, is transitioning from mass COVID vaccine clinics to offering shots in primary care clinics. Starting today, interested individuals can get the vaccine at clinic locations weekdays from 8:30am to 4pm. They do not need to be an Agnesian HealthCare patient. Clinics are located at 308 West Brown Street in Waupun as well as at 420 East Division Street in Fond du Lac. Officials say the change will make it easier for those to receive their vaccine in the clinic locations, even as part of their annual wellness or medical visits. For more details about scheduling a vaccine shot, visit DailyDodge.com.

(Wisconsin) SSM Health will now require all its employees, providers, and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID. In addition, SSM is urging the public to get vaccinated, something that’s especially critical given emergence of the more contagious Delta variant. To date, 77-percent of SSM employees in Wisconsin have been vaccinated.