(Brownsville) A child playing with fireworks started an apartment fire that displaced multiple tenants Sunday morning. The Brownsville Fire Company arrived to the building on Main Street around 7:30am to find smoke visible from the apartment’s upper south side. The blaze was extinguished in 10 minutes. One occupant was evaluated by EMS for possible smoke inhalation and a child received a minor burn which did not require first aid. Red cross was called to assist the eight people and three children who were displaced.
(Wisconsin) Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson are asking people to not politicize the tragedy in Waukesha. Wisconsin’s two US senators issued a rare joint statement over the weekend. Democrat Baldwin and Republican Johnson called on outside groups and individuals to not use the violent Waukesha Christmas parade attack “for their own political purposes.” The statement did not identify specific groups or individuals. – WRN
(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s hospitals are once again full of COVID patients. The Department of Health Services is reporting that 94-percent of the state’s ICU beds are currently in use, and 95-percent of other hospital beds are also occupied. Officials say this makes it much harder to treat patients with other issues, such as serious injuries or other seasonal diseases, and that health care workers continue to be overburdened. They are repeating their requests for people to get their vaccines in order to slow the spread of the virus. – WRN
(Wisconsin) A persistent myth surrounding COVID vaccines is that they will lead to infertility or endanger future pregnancies. Wisconsin’s chief medical officer Dr. Ryan Westergaard says there is no evidence of that. Recently published research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates pregnant women and their babies are at increased risk of severe outcomes from COVID, including death and stillbirths. – WRN
(Juneau) Trees and shrubs are still available to purchase thru the Dodge County Land and Water Conservation Department’s annual tree and shrub sale. Several species of trees and shrubs are available for sale including: Red Oak, White Oak, Swamp White Oak, Burr Oak, Sugar Maple, and new this year – Black Spruce. Trees and shrubs are sold in bundles of 25 with prices varying. Orders for trees and shrubs are being taken from now until January 31st. There are a limited number of trees and shrubs available. Contact information for the Dodge County Land and Water Conservation Department accompanies this story on DailyDodge.com.
(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Community Activities and Services Department was recently awarded state accreditation through the Wisconsin Association Of Senior Centers. The accreditation process is a quality assurance program that examines 19 different standards and requires community involvement in the self-assessment process. Those review standards include mission and purpose, goals and objectives, community planning, administration, fiscal management, and other critical standards. Officials with the Activities and Services Department say being state accredited is quite an accomplishment and this is the fifth time their organization has achieved this status.