Morning Update: Wednesday, Jan. 12

Good Morning, Madison!

Happy Wednesday. It's the middle of the week and we've got a lot of news to cover so let's just jump right in, shall we?

— Hayley

😷 The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County will begin distributing free KN95 and N95 masks today.

💰 Tony Evers has raised a record amount of money for his re-election campaign.

☕ Meet Mercies Coffee.

  • The new shop opened earlier this month at 1748 Eagan Road on the East Side. The coffee shop's owner Mallory Orr says she hopes to raise awareness about human trafficking and inspire change in her store.
  • In an industry familiar with human rights abuses, Orr puts emphasis on sourcing her ingredients locally — the pastries are from Madison Sourdough, deli meat and bread is from Stalzy’s Deli, and Orr has plans to order produce from R.E. Golden Produce, Madison Magazine writes.
"As we develop our business and everything we’re going to be serving this local Madison community by highlighting other organizations that work to fight human trafficking in the area, specifically Dane County, but all over Wisconsin. Our goal is to bring the community around these men and women that are involved in the horrors of trafficking and get them help and support so they can have a life that’s free and thriving.” — Mallory Orr, owner of Mercies Coffee

🌲 So have you seen all the Christmas trees on Lake Monona?

  • In case you missed it: Local artist Lillian Sizemore is seeking local tree donations to build an 89-foot wide tree labyrinth in Olbrich Park. The installation is titled “How Lovely Are Thy Branches” and Sizemore needs around 250 trees to complete the project before its Jan. 30 opening.
  • According to WORT, you can bring your tree to Olbrich Park within park hours and hand it off to a team of volunteers who will trim and cut the branches. But leave the ornaments at home.
  • The city's Streets Division has already agreed to help dismantle and collect the project at the end of February. When it's all said and done the trees will be ground into mulch for local farmers and gardeners.

🎹 How Madison's small music venues are managing live shows amid the pandemic.

"It's not worth it to us to pretend people aren't going to get sick hopping around on the dancefloor." — David Day, Crystal Corner Bar owner

🩺 Gov. Evers has given his support to the UW Health nurses’ union campaign.

🍻 Argus is going on vacation.

  • The downtown bar posted on Facebook that they'll be closed through Jan. 24 to give their staff a (much-needed) break. Even our toughest fighters need to rest sometimes.

🏳️‍⚧️ Your lunchtime read: Trans Handy Ma'am: Wisconsin TikTok star has over 1.5 million followers sharing maintenance tips.

  • From NBC 26: "Mercury Stardust first started posting to TikTok as a way to promote her weekly burlesque show in Madison. But when she decided to reply to another TikTok who didn't know how to use a ratchet strap, her account took on a whole new following."

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Of Note: Madison Minutes is now using case count data from Public Health Madison and Dane County, our local public health authority. Our previous charts used figures reported by the state’s Department of Health Services (DHS). The above graph represents new COVID-19 cases in Dane County.

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 58.5%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 76.4%

📅 Events: Wednesday, Jan. 12

For more fun, see the full week's event lineup here.