Goooooood morning, Madison!

A quick housekeeping note: Since Sam and I are both humans who enjoy activities other than work, we'll be taking next week off.

What does that mean? After this week, no newsletter until 2022. (Sad!)

This tends to be the time of the year when folks disconnect from work and life's responsibilities — which is totally fair and necessary — so we'll be doing the same. Since this is the first year of Madison Minutes' existence, we're still working on finding that perfect work-life balance. This break will be necessary for us to enter the new year ready to tackle all of the new and exciting things we have planned for the future. Trust me, we've got a lot of cool things coming!

If you find yourself with a Madison-Minutes-sized hole in your heart next week, consider becoming a member to support our work.

Now for the news.

— Hayley

p.s. There's something different about today's newsletter. If you've been subscribed for a while, perhaps you'll notice. (Or not, it's a pretty subtle change.)


🏐 NATIONAL CHAMPS, BABY!

"It’s a dream come true. All of these super seniors came back because we want to win a national championship and another Big Ten title. We did that! We made that dream a reality and it was a dream come true.” — Fifth-year senior Sydney Hilley

🗳️ Peng Her is running for lieutenant governor.

State Rep. Dianne Hesselbein announced a bid for state Senate.

🇱🇺 Tom Barrett is off to Luxembourg.

🎓 Congrats to the winter class of 2021.

“Meaningful rewards will seldom materialize without daunting risk, and until those rewards are visible your failures ought not blind your foresight of what is possible. The University of Wisconsin teaches a master class in this timeless value of perseverance.” — Manu Raju speaking at UW's 2021 winter commencement

🏈 Your Wisconsin sports roundup.


🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 57.7%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 75.5%

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. 20

  • Open Mic Comedy Night at the Bur Oak. Hosted by Jake Snell. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Free.
  • Wanderlust Bookshop Pop-up at Leopold's Books Bar Caffè. Wanderlust Bookshop will be selling German-language books at Leopold's for one day only. 3-8 p.m. 3