News – May 17, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The school year is nearing an end, and officers with the Beaver Dam Police Department are on patrol for underage drinking parties. Recently on WBEV’s Community Comment, Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson said they are trained to spot red flags that could warrant further investigation. He says providing alcohol or hosting one of these parties could subject parents to a $1326 dollar fine. Johnson says this bad decision could lead to intoxicated youth behind the wheel, and the tragic loss of young lives. Residents are advised to report suspicion of an underage party to their local authorities.

(Beaver Dam) Tonight’s Beaver Dam Common Council meeting will be the first to be held entirely in-person since the pandemic began. Mayor Becky Glewen says there are a lot of benefits to holding meetings in person that do not translate in video conferencing. The council has also gone paperless and will no longer broadcast on cable tv. The plan is to stream tonight’s meeting on YouTube.

(Waupun) Street improvements for Madison Street in Waupun that was scheduled to start this spring is being delayed. At a recent common council meeting Director of Public Works Jeff Daane explained that bidding requirements on the project had not been satisfied. As such the project needs to be modified to meet new DOT specifications before being sent out for bids. Originally contracted to design the project in April of 2019, Gemmer and Associates of Fond du Lac will be updating the design for the city, under a contract amendment for an additional $5,970. With an accepted bid, work could start on the new project in 2022.

(Green Lake County) Governor Tony Evers recently announced that he is seeking applicants 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 a 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 May 27th. More information can be found at DailyDodge.com.

(Wisconsin) Department of Health Services says another 3000 kids between 12 and 15 got their COVID shots over the weekend. That puts the total number of kids having started their vaccine series at over 12,000, or around 4-percent. Health officials are hoping those numbers will go up, and that more adults will continue getting their shots. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported four COVID deaths yesterday bringing that number to 6,958. Dodge County is now reporting 165 deaths and 11,893 cases. Dodge County health officials are actively monitoring 132 cases. Thirty-two-point-one-percent (32.1%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 36.3-percent have had at least one dose.

(Cambria) The Columbia County Health Department will be hosting a free walk-in Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine clinic this Wednesday. Those interested in going must be 18 years of age and be able to stay on site for a 15-minute observation period after receiving the vaccine. The clinic will be at the Cambria Fire Station located at 702 Elizabeth Street in Cambria from 11am to 6pm.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers is praising new guidelines that allow people who are fully vaccinated against COVID to shed their face masks in most situations. Evers called the new CDC recommendations “good news, any way you slice it,” and he thanked people who have been vaccinated for helping push the country forward to this point. The only locations where masks are still required are crowded settings such as public transportation and hospitals.