COVID-19 vaccinations are now available to the public — anyone age 18 and older — at HSHS St. Joseph Hospital Breese.
    They are being administered by appointment only, but will be available to anyone — not just those who live and work in Clinton County.
    No walk-in administrations of the vaccine will be done.
    In addition, residents from neighboring counties could sign up at St. Joseph's Hospital to receive the vaccine there.
    The Hospital Sisters Health Systems facilities are offering Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to patrons seeking a COVID-19 vaccine.
    Zach Yoder, chief nursing officer at the hospital, said last week the Clinton County Health Department is allocating 480 doses of the Moderna vaccine, to assist with the distribution.
    Yoder said the hospital received direction from the county health department in enabling them to offer the vaccines to those age 18 and older.
    Vaccinations will be done by appointment, using the hospital's free MyChart portal.
    Those interested in the vaccines should:
    1. Go to
    2. Login or create a MyChart account by clicking “Sign Up Now.”
    3. Under Quick Links, click “COVID-19 Vaccine Link.”
    4. Click “COVID-19 Vaccination” and answer questions on eligibility to schedule a "first dose" vaccine appointment.
    If appointments are full, patrons should check back as additional days and times will be added based on available vaccine supplies and clinic days. 
    As far as restrictions on who can receive a vaccine, Yoder said if a person has any questions on when they should get the vaccine, the hospital would encourage them to talk with their primary care provider or the health department.

    Clinton County voters went to the polls — early and on Tuesday — to cast votes in the consolidated election for their choice in municipal leaders.
    The results are partial and  unofficial for contested and uncontested municipal offices in the county due to the Breese Journal's press time.
    Voter turnout was at 20%, with all 39 precincts reporting after 10 p.m., according to the county clerk and recorder's office.
    In Breese, voters cast 590 ballots (78%) for Kevin Timmermann, the sole candidate for mayor.
    Timmermann, an alderman in the city's Ward 3, replaces outgoing mayor Charlie Hilmes, who opted not to seek another term.
    In the race for city clerk, Sandy Hemann was leading incumbent Erin Hamilton, 500-126 votes (66% to 16%).
    In the race for Ward 1 alderman, Bryan Eversgerd was leading Nicholas Conrad, 107-17 votes (81% to 12%).
    In a three-way race for Ward 3 alderman, Terry B. Fields polled 144 votes (47%), to Tricia Buehne's 72 (23%), and Chris Hamilton's 52 (16%). 
    The winner will fill the vacancy left by Timmermann's run for mayor.
    In uncontested offices, Alderman Bob Berndsen (124 votes) will return to serve Ward 4, Bill Fischer (100 votes) is back to serve in Ward 2, and Robert Venhaus (575 votes) returns as Breese city treasurer.

    Stephen Schomaker was re-elected village president, and Jeff Timmermann, Kevin Kenow and Kent Schwierjohn return as village trustees.

    Michael Kampwerth led John Kues, 544-221 votes (67% to 27%) to succeed Dale Haukap as village president.
    In a five-way race for village trustee, voters were to choose three.
    Vote totals were: Matthew Kohnen, 444 (55%); Kevin Eversgerd,  440 (54%);  Curtis Albers, 416 (51%); Doris Goestenkoers, 351 (43%); and Troy Kapp, 303 (37%).

    John B. Wilken was re-elected village president, and Mike Gebke the village clerk.
    For village trustee, voters retained incumbents Richard Winkeler and Ryan Hoerchler and chose newcomer Adam Maue.

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