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Vaccinations increase, new COVID-19 cases near zero

Vaccinations keep rising, and cases keep falling, across the area this week.

28 percent of Sauk County residents have received one dose of a vaccine. 17 percent have completed their round.

CEO of Sauk Prairie Healthcare updates Optimists on COVID information, vaccinations


Shawn Lerch, CEO of Sauk Prairie Healthcare.

On March 17 at the Sauk Prairie Optimist Zoom meeting, CEO of Sauk Prairie Healthcare, Shawn Lerch, was the invited speaker.  Lerch relayed information on COVID-19 as well as an update on vaccinations.

Having served for a decade, Parisi runs for County Executive again

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is running for reelection on April 6 because there is still work that he has championed that he hopes to continue and improve upon. Key areas include the environment, equity, mental healthcare, the justice system and continuing to address the ever changing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 news focuses on vaccinations, not new cases

In a reversal of what the Star News has been reporting over then past year, vaccinations take the lead in COVID-19 news.

In Sauk County, 25 percent of residents have received at least one dose. Nearly 15 percent have received both.

The numbers for those completing their vaccination break down in the following way:

Town of Perry 2-year-old found safe after search


Deputy Statz and Szeci

Night was not far away. And night, out in the country, surrounded by woods and cornfields, where the coyotes’ howls bounce off of the ancient driftless landscape and seem to warp creation, can be a scary time for a lost two-year-old.

Wisconsin Heights student missing since Thursday is found


Tiah J. Meigs

***Updated**

3/17/21 5:00 p.m.

Wisconsin sees increase in drunk driving deaths

Even as the nation saw an unprecedented drop in driving at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wisconsin recorded a significant increase in fatal car crashes and crash fatalities during the initial months of the crisis.

Bank of Prairie du Sac updates financials, elects board members

PdS Bancorp held its Annual Meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, February 23rd. Bank of Prairie du Sac is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PdS Bancorp, a one-bank holding company. Shareholders received a financial update showing Bank of Prairie du Sac’s strong financial position at the end of 2020 with $569 million in total assets.

Dane County officials “cautiously optimistic” about COVID-19

Janel Heinrich Director of Public Health of Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) told reporters on at a virtual press conference last Tuesday that officials in Dane County are cautiously optimistic about COIVD-19 data in Dane County. 

Local COVID-19 new case rates stay the same

Local COVID-19 new cases continue their long streak of staying at low rates, as the area marks a year since the virus came to the United States.

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