News – May 26, 2021

(Juneau) Dodge County Health Officer Abby Sauer says there are resources or professionals available to help ease concerns for the vaccine hesitant. During a recent WBEV’s Community Comment, Sauer encouraged those on the fence about getting their vaccine shot to reach out to her office or their local healthcare provider. She says they can help clarify any questions a person may have about the vaccine, which she notes is safe. Contact information for the county’s vaccine hotline can be found with this news story at DailyDodge.com.

(Portage) The Columbia County Health Department will be hosting a free walk-in COVID vaccine clinic tomorrow (Thursday). County health officials say the clinic will be for a first dose Pfizer shot, available for ages 12-and-up, and a second dose Moderna shot. The clinic will be at the Columbia County Health and Human Services Building located at 111 East Mullett Street in Portage from 8am to 4pm. The public is asked to enter the facility at the ADRC entrance.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported eight COVID death yesterday bringing that number to 6,998. Dodge County is reporting 165 deaths with 117 active cases. Thirty-three-point-three-percent (33.3%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 37.6-percent have had at least one dose.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is reminding motorists to buckle up. Sheriff’s deputies have joined thousands of other law enforcement agencies for this year’s Click It or Ticket Campaign, which coincides with the first summer travel holiday. Sergeant Jeremy Wolfe says with an increased number of cars flooding the roads for the upcoming Memoria Day weekend, it is vital that authorities get the word out about wearing a seatbelt. He says regardless of vehicle type, seatbelt use is the single most effective way to stay alive in a crash. The Click It or Ticket campaign runs through June 6th.

(Beaver Dam) The Wisconsin AAA says drivers will be greeted this weekend with the most expensive Memorial Day weekend gas prices since 2014. The national average has stabilized following the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, but pump prices are likely to fluctuate leading up to the holiday weekend. Over the past weekend, the national gas price average declined a penny to $3.08, the first decrease in two weeks. Gas prices in Beaver Dam average around $2.84, in Juneau, Mayville and Horicon it is $2.89, and in Waupun it is $2.82.

(Jefferson County) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is seeking input on proposed improvements to I-94 between Dane and Jefferson Counties. The 9.6-mile project starts just east of the County N interchange and ends just east of the Airport Road overpass. Work will prolong the life of the I-94 pavement and structures until a future reconstruction and capacity expansion project can be implemented. Construction is currently scheduled for 2027 with the potential for advancement to as early as 2023 should funding become available. For more information about the project or details about submitting comments can be found at DailyDodge.com.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s attorney general wants the Justice Department to resume enforcing the rules for equitable student discipline. Josh Kaul is joining 23 other state attorneys general in a letter to the U-S Attorney, asking for a return to the Obama-era rules. Kaul says he wants to dismantle what critics call the “school-to-prison pipeline.” Opponents of the equitable discipline rules say some kids were never punished or removed from school because of racial considerations. – WRN

(Madison) The union for public school teachers in Madison is talking about suing to get its next pay raise. Madison teacher’s union president Michael Jones is telling the school board to update its contract and pay teachers more for their tenure and on-going education. The union says if it does not, they are ready to go to mediation, and possibly to court. Madison teachers are supposed to sign their new contracts by June 15th. – WRN