Happy Tuesday, Madison!

Today is the winter solstice, AKA the shortest day of the year. Not sure how we've gotten this far into 2021 already (never mind that 2022 is right around the corner....) yet here we are.

While you might only get to catch a sliver of daylight today, from now on, the days will only get longer and, hopefully, brighter.

— Hayley

p.s. Have you figured out what's different in the newsletter? It's the dividers! Sam thought the blue better suited the winter season and I have to agree.


😷 Dane County, say hello to Face Covering Emergency Order #6.

"As the state warns us of an Omicron surge that will overwhelm an already strained healthcare system, we must continue to equip ourselves in every way possible to slow the spread.” — Janel Heinrich, Director of PHMDC

🚫 Speaking of mask mandates, Wisconsin's Supreme Court will take up a lawsuit challenging Dane County’s mask mandate.

⚖️ Greta Neubauer is the Assembly's new minority leader.

🚣‍♀️ Two-time Olympian and former UW-Madison crew athlete Carrie Graves has died.

💸 The UW System Board of Regents approved a plan to give UW executives a pay raise.

  • The increases are meant to give more negotiating power as the searches for the next University of Wisconsin System president and UW-Madison chancellor progress.
  • As the Wisconsin State Journal reports, the regent unanimously approved a plan to boost salary ranges by "6.8% for the System president, 21.7% for the UW-Madison chancellor, 32% for the UW-Milwaukee chancellor, 7.1% for other chancellors, 5.5% for System vice presidents and senior vice presidents, 5% for the UW-Madison provost and 9.6% for the UW-Milwaukee provost."
  • The final numbers: The increase would set the pay rate for UW-Madison's next leader at a minimum of $600,126 and a maximum of $900,190.

🐶 Happy Take Me Home Tuesday! Meet Buster (and his ears!!!).

  • This one-year-old is a friendly and playful boy looking for an active family to take him on adventures. Buster knows a few tricks, like sit, shake and lay down. He also does some fun tricks with his ears – sometimes they’re perked up and other times, he crosses them over each other like a human crosses their arms over their chest. He’s such a fun and silly boy. Think Buster would make a great addition to your home? Click here to learn more about him.

💰 Your lunchtime read: Q&A: Fern Orie helps Native communities grow financially.

  • From the Cap Times: "Fern Orie, 51, wears many hats. She has, at times, been a staff of one as she helps Native communities grow financially. Orie is the founding CEO of the Wisconsin Native Loan Fund (WINLF), which makes loans to tribal members across the state and helps people buy homes, vehicles, fund small businesses, home improvement and consolidate debt. [...] This month, Orie was awarded the 2021 Nan Cheney March for Justice award by Forward Community Investments."

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 57.8%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 75.7%

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: Tuesday, Dec. 21

Check out more events happening this week here.

Wondering what that 🟠 means?

That symbol next to an event listing means that Tone Madison’s team of writers and editors recommends checking it out. Tone knows Madison’s arts and music landscape better than anybody else.