Morning Update: Monday, Feb. 7

Morning Update: Monday, Feb. 7

Good morning, Madison!

Welcome to Monday.

Here's a little trivia nugget to start off your week: Today is the birthday of one of Wisconsin's most famous authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Wilder is most known for her "Little House" children's book series, which was based on her childhood experiences and set in Pepin, Wisconsin. She began writing her first book in 1931 at the age of 64, proving that it's never too late to find and follow your passions.

— Hayley

🚨 A family is in search of answers after police shot a Madison man multiple times in the back.

📦 Amazon is looking to deepen roots in Dane County.

  • The mega-retailer reportedly purchased 130 acres of land in Cottage Grove just before the new year to build a 650,000 square foot distribution facility.
  • While the site has potential to bring up to 1,500 jobs to the community, many residents aren't pleased about the addition, citing a lack of transparency from Amazon and the potential adverse environmental effects a massive warehouse will bring.
  • The project will be considered at a village Plan Commission meeting Feb. 16.
"I think there’s been a lot of wool pulled over the eyes of the Village of Cottage Grove residents." — Jeff Okazaki, Cottage Grove resident

✏️ MMSD is launching a free ACT prep program for high school juniors.

📚 Free reads for Black Bookish Wonders.

  • This month, local bookseller A Room of One's Own is partnering with the UW-Madison BIPOC Coalition to send free books to any Black bookworm in the U.S. Yes, it's totally free and there are no strings attached (we love to see it!).
  • If you're Black and would like a book (or several), you can fill out a request form here.
  • If you're white or non-Black and would like to help fund this project, head here.

💨 Air pollution is up on the isthmus.

Vetoed and vetoed.

🇦🇫 Your lunchtime read: Warm welcomes, legal hurdles for Wisconsin's new Afghan refugees.

  • From WisContext: "The experiences of every person who has fled from Afghanistan to the United States is different, but all must acclimate to new surroundings while navigating a complicated immigration system."

🦠 Covid-19 Update

Source: Public Health Madison & Dane County

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 59.5%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 77.3%


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

📅 Events: Monday, Feb. 7


  • Winter Carnival, Monday through Saturday. All sorts of events! There's a fishing derby, a free showing of Frozen, an ice climbing exhibition, and more. And of course, Lady Liberty will be there, too. More details on that below.