Morning Update: Monday, Dec. 6

Omicron in Wisconsin

Merry Monday, Madison!

Remember that medallion hunt I told you about last week? Well, it only took two days for one Madisonian to crack the city's clues and find the prize.

Peter Kirschmann found the 2021 Medallion Thursday, Dec. 2 during a lunchtime walk.

"My friend Carrie tipped me off that some of the numbers in today's clue corresponded to bus stops along James Madison Park," Kirschmann said.   "So I went and looked where there might be workers, from yesterday's clue. First wandering around the boat house, then the BCycle station, and finally found it hiding in the lifeguard stand."

If you're hungry for more, you can check out the city's full list of clues and their explanations here.

— Hayley

🦠 Wisconsin has reported its first Omicron variant COVID-19 case.

⛺ The remaining residents of Reindahl Park's homeless encampment are facing eviction.

“A lot of these people are married still out here and still have jobs and they’re trying to maintain that, and they just need that common decency. I would like to hope that the city would listen, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.” — Garrett Arthur Olson, Reindahl Park resident

🏐 Bowls, playoffs, and new coaches. Here's what's up in Wisconsin sports.

🏫 Anti-trans social media comments inspired a trans artist to enter the Madison School Board race.

  • Mary Jo Walters was previously running for one of three open school board seats unopposed until comments she posted online about being openly transphobic began circulating on Twitter and Facebook, inspiring Shepherd Janeway, a transgender artist and activist, to join the race as well, the State Journal reports.
  • To get on the ballot, candidates must gather 100 signatures from supporters and turn in nomination papers by Jan. 4.

💸 The Center for Black Excellence and Culture has raised $5 million toward its $36 million goal.

✈️ For the first time in aviation history, a plant-fueled aircraft carried a plane full of passengers, thanks to a Madison-based startup.

🔗 Your lunchtime read: Murder-for-hire on the dark web.

  • From Isthmus: "The murder-for-hire sites that the journalists are monitoring are actually a scam. The motive to kill is real. The payment is real. But the hit man never arrives. My small part in this global investigation was to help figure out why someone wanted Travis Harper dead."

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 56.2%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 72.7%

Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.

Do you still need your flu shot? Start here.

📅 Events: Monday, Dec. 6