2020-12-25

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Volunteer group spreads ripples of positivity



On a cold winter’s night out in front of the local Walmart recently, a half-dozen festively garbed members of Plymouth High School’s WeACT Club were out raising both funds and holiday cheer, bell-ringing for the Salvation Army. They were one of the rare organizations volunteering for this particular purpose in this most peculiar year, but it wasn’t the only service […]

School sees improvements, despite pandemic



As a difficult, disappointing 2020 draws to a close, Plymouth School administrators have realized that this year’s challenges have nonetheless led to improvements that will benefit students long after the pandemic is over. It is a much-needed “gift” on the eve of a most hopeful yet sobering New Year. “We have begun the process of looking at continuing positive changes […]

Town specifies conditions for gravel pit


LYNDON — The town board met on Wed., Dec. 9. Buteyn-Peterson Construction Co., Inc. has requested a rezone from A-2 (Agricultural Land District) to M-3 (Mineral Extraction District); a conditional use permit; and a driveway permit for a gravel pit. This nonmetallic mine on Bates Road near Cty. W could be in operation for the next 20 years. Some of […]

Village plans future events within COVID guidelines


ELKHART LAKE – The 2021 events calendar is already starting to fill up and the village wants to be sure they’re ready to deal with them properly and safely as the pandemic slowly fades away. Village President Richard Sadiq told the Village Board Monday he will be setting up an ad-hoc committee to discuss guidelines for public events in the […]

School extends COVID-19 hybrid model



HOWARDS GROVE—The Howards Grove School Board of Education extended the COVID 19 Hybrid Instructional Model until February 17, 2021 at the monthly board meeting Monday, December 21. Currently, the students at Northview, the middle school and the high school are attending school four days a week with having Wednesdays off for studentteacher collaboration, meetings, planning and enrichment needs. On shorter […]

The COVID-19 vaccine: What you need to know


Vaccine distribution: • The first groups to receive the vaccine are frontline health care workers providing direct care to COVID-19 patients and people living and working in long term care facilities. • The next groups to receive the vaccine will be essential workers. The state disaster medical advisory committee (SDMAC) is still making the determination on the definition of essential […]

At-home testing kit to become available

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers, together with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced on Tuesday a new contract with Vault Medical Services that will add an additional tool to the Wisconsin COVID-19 testing toolbox starting today. Athome COVID-19 saliva collection kits will be available to everyone who lives in Wisconsin, with or without symptoms, at no cost. “We […]

Prison ‘universities’ can help economy and create real second chances

Prison ‘universities’ can help economy and create real second chances

I first started thinking about prisons during my early years in the Assembly, more than 50 years ago. I believed then, and I believe now, that we need to give people who have committed a crime a second chance. I’ve been thinking more about this lately as I reflect on my accomplishments in political life and as I work to […]

Openness builds trust with public

Openness builds trust with public

Last January, a person involved in local emergency management asked the Office of Open Government, part of the state Justice Department, whether emergency preparedness coalitions run by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) are subject to the state’s open meetings and open records laws. The answer to this question, it turns out, is yes. These laws apply to the […]