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Epictetus, a widely-read Greek Stoic philosopher who died in 135 AD, reflected on how one should embrace whatever happens in life. Simply put, if it’s out of your hands and you have no control over it, pass on by or let it pass you by. If you can affect an event or situation, then engage in some positive direction. Epictetus’s own life taught him some hard lessons. He was born a slave shortly after the death of Christ, around 50 AD, and gained his freedom sometime in his late teens or early 20s. He rose to prominence as a teacher of philosophy in his adoptive home, Rome. None of Epictetus’s writings survived, but his student Arrian took notes that later became The Enchiridion (The Handbook), his most widely-read work, and The Discourses. The Stoic philosophy of acceptance is relevant in these difficult times. We encounter conflict and divisiveness every day. Mental illness has crept into once pure, stable and idealistic thinking and poisons our interactions with others. As hard as it is right now, we need to dig deep and shift our paradigms. We need to pivot to kindness. May the forces of goodness be with you.

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The man accused of shooting another man while sitting in his parked car now faces homicide charges after the victim died Police now say the victim of a shooting on the city’s west side has died, and new charges are being filed against the alleged shooter. Police say Michael Turner, 45 of Wausau, shot a 45-year-old man while he sat in his car in the 1000 block of Fifth Avenue May 15. The man, who police have still not named, was hospitalized and in critical condition. Police now say that the man died on June 2. Turner now faces first-degree intentional homicide charges. According to police reports, Turner drove up to the man ▲ Michael Turner while he was parked in a green Pontiac on 5th Avenue. A pair of witnesses told police they saw Turner fire several times into the vehicle, turn to look at them, then fire some more. He then fled the scene. Police found the victim in the parking lot of Tobacco Outlet on Thomas Street and immediately treated him with wound patches while he lay in the driver’s seat with his feet outside the car. Turner was arrested in Marquette county a little more than an hour after the shooting. The victim’s death came only a day after Turner was bounded over for trial following a preliminary hearing in Marathon County Court. He is currently being held on a $1 million cash bond in Marathon County Jail. A calendar call is scheduled for June 16.

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The city has appointed its next fire chief, to replace the retiring Tracey Kujawa. City officials announced they appointed Robert Barteck as the city’s next fire chief. Barteck has served as interim fire chief after Kujawa, the city’s first female fire chief, retired in April. Barteck first joined the department in 2019 as the department’s deputy chief.

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Barteck is from Owen originally and his father served as a volunteer firefighter, which inspired him to join the service.

Residents angry over overfilled park dumpsters; illegal dumping to blame

Some residents sounded off over an overflowing dumpster in Memorial Park over the weekend. City officials say illegal dumping is to blame. Residents in the southeast side neighborhood mentioned in a Facebook group that the dumpster in Memorial Park was unsightly, also noting that it coincided with the city’s opening of its pools, one of which is in Memorial Park. According to Parks Director Jamie Polley, a business illegally dumped its garbage in the dumpster at Memorial Park, leading to the overflow. The dumpster had just been empty on Wednesday and was already overflowing by Friday. Dumping trash in park dumpsters is illegal, and the company that deposited its trash into the park container was fined, Polley says. She did not reveal the company.

NCHC Board continues discussing Loy situation

NCHC Board members are still mum on why North Central Health Care CEO Michael Loy was placed on administrative leave, as the situation has shaken up those within the organization. The NCHC Board met in closed session Thursday for nearly two hours, only to emerge and say they would keep discussing the situation with an NCHC employee. No further details were given in the session nor at the questioning of a City Pages reporter. Loy was named CEO in 2017 and had overseen a massive campus overhaul, including the county’s nursing home, Mount View Care Center. He has been employed with NCHC since 2014, according to a release from NCHC.

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The plan made available $100 million in grant funding for broadband projects in the state of Wisconsin, says Human Resources, Finance and Property Committee Chair John Robinson. The state as a whole is expected to receive $2.5 billion in ARP funding. There are certain uses allowed under the plan, and counties and municipalities each receive a certain amount. Broadband expansion in rural areas is one of those uses. Marathon County will receive $26.3 million under the plan. The county is planning listening sessions in Wausau, Hatley and Edgar to gather input on what should be done with the money. Marathon County has struggled with broadband, and even adequate 911 service as infrastructure crumbles and incentives to replace it are scarce. The county formed a task force to find ways to address the lack of good broadband in the county. Robinson cited Kewaunee County as a good example of how to approach it. Kewaunee sought out proposals from Internet Service Providers detailing how they would use the money, Robinson says. Marathon County has been working on an incremental approach but Robinson says Kewaunee’s approach might be quicker. The task force will discuss the matter at its next meeting.

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Company 3M must do a better job of cleaning up a lower west side site contaminated with arsenic, according to letter from the Department of Natural Resources. The letter, sent June 2 from the DNR to 3M, says the department reviewed 3M’s work plan for the old railroad site near south First Avenue and Sherman Avenue and asked 3M to resubmit the plan. According to the letter, the DNR found the company’s assumption that the arsenic was due to background contamination “not reasonable,” asked 3M to perform additional soil borings, and is requiring an emerging contaminant scoping statement be provided as part of 3M’s cleanup plan. The site is near 1300 Cleveland Avenue, a site the city owns and is also contaminated. The city for years has been fielding complaints from residents and a citizen action group about contamination around the Thomas Street corridor, which has been a site of heavy industrial use in the past and is now a primarily residential area, though some industrial uses still persist.

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A new city parks program is hoping to fill needed lifeguard positions to keep the city’s pools open full time. All three of the city’s pools opened Friday, but each has days in which they aren’t open due to lack of lifeguards. The city started a lifeguarding class in order to try to increase the number of lifeguards at city pools, says Parks Director Jamie Polley. Potential lifeguards need to pass a swimming test on the first day, which includes retrieving a brick from the bottom of the pool, in order to continue in the class, Polley says. A total of 24 signed up for the first class. “We’re very hopeful that the majority will make it through and sign on with us as lifeguards,” Polley says. The lifeguard shortage is something going on nationwide as cities such as Austin, Las Vegas and St. Louis struggle to staff their pools. Right now, two of the city’s pools, Memorial and Schulenburg, are closed two days per week, and Kaiser is closed one day per week because of the shortage. The goal is to get all the pools open every day, but even increasing staffing levels enough to have each only closed one day per week would be an improvement, Polley says.

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Johnson: Ryan offers wrong analysis GOP U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said former House Speaker Paul Ryan’s critical assessment of the current Republican Party is “just misdiagnosing the situation here.” He said those who elected Donald Trump president were attracted to the Republican Party by policies more aligned with Tea Party ideals such as “America first,” increasing the size of the Republican voting base. “From my standpoint, President Trump seemed like he was, to a certain extent, a continuation of the Tea Party movement,” Johnson told a WisPolitics.com-Milwaukee Press Club newsmaker event. He also noted he feels more closely aligned to the Tea Party than the Republican Party right now. Ryan in an address at the Reagan Library said Republicans must choose a path more focused on conservative policy ideals rather than personality.

Assembly committee advances police accountability bills

The Assembly Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee has advanced seven bills aimed at improving police accountability and transparency. Lawmakers unanimously passed five of those bills. But four of the five Dems on the committee voted against AB 329, which would require the Department of Justice to collect and report on the use of no-knock warrants. Those four also voted against AB 330 requires school resource officers to go through certified training programs. The co-chair of the Speaker’s Task Force on Racial Disparities, Rep. Shelia Stubbs, of Madison, was the only Dem to vote in favor of all seven bills. She and other task force co-chair, Rep. Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, helped draft the bills during their time leading the task force. Rep. David Bowen, D-Milwaukee, voted against the no-knock warrant data collection bill because he wants to see an outright ban on no-knock warrants before the data collection. He said data collected on those warrants may change his mind, but he wants to see evidence of their use and effects before allowing police to use no-knock warrants. Rep. Tip McGuire, D-Kenosha, praised Stubbs’ work on the seven bills but said he would vote against the two bills because he wants more time to figure out a better way to address the problems they aim to address.

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A new business in Weston is turning busted glass and pulverized plates into cash. The Wreck Room opened in April at the intersection of Keck Avenue and Bus. Hwy. 51. Those having a hard day, in need of fun or a creative way to exercise can stop in from Monday through to Saturday, see owner Nicole Goetsch and pay between $20-400 to smash stuff safely. “My family and I saw something like this on television and having children who need an outlet sometimes; it was one of those lightbulb moments,” the first-time entrepreneur and mother of six said. “We put two and two together, spent two years remodeling our entire building and it is more of the younger kids coming in.” Those 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent, according to the room’s Facebook page. At the modest location ▲ Owner Nicole Goetsch poses in The Wreck Room in Schofield while which used to be a hotdog holding daughter Nora Friday. The mother of six got the idea for her firstever business while watching television and developed it over a period of stand, clients – who must Evan J. Pretzer for City Pages. book in advance – can bring two years.  in their own items, pick from a variety stored off to the side or in the basement of the facility and utilize implements like bats, sledge hammers and golf clubs for their cathartic destruction. Light bulbs, aerosol cans, gas cans and poisonous items are not allowed. Goetsch has some plans for future growth. “We want to start doing themed rooms,” Goetsch said. “For example, if someone wanted a living room, we would set up a small couch. We are talking about adding on a second room and are hoping we outgrow our building by the end of the year.” For now, things are flourishing in managed fury. A healthy number of likes support the concept on social media and, though experts with institutions like Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic have disputed the efficacy of the service in controlling anger, residents of Schofield and the surrounding area are glad Goetsch is here for them. “I have not been there but I so want to go,” Kelly Jensen of Wausau wrote in a Facebook comment. Everybody needs an outlet and this is a great option.” Goetsch is taking such sentiment in stride. The former healthcare worker added she does not ask people about how they are feeling when they come in to wreck, but she is grateful for everyone who walks through the door, regardless of their mood. “I try to not focus on personal reasons for why someone is here,” she said. “If they want to tell us they can tell us and we are not a licensed therapist. We do not promote violence, but comments [like Jensen’s] are one reason why we are here. Why take anger home? Here you can come in, have fun and break things legally.” The Wreck Room is located at 1401 Keck Ave. in Weston, near McDonald’s and Burger King off of Bus. Hwy. 51. More information can be found by visiting @TheWreckRoomLLC on Facebook or calling 715-393-4055. Evan Pretzer is a freelance writer who contributes to City Pages. Find him on Twitter at @EvanJPretzer or at evanjpretzer.com.

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Convictions bar formerly incarcerated Wisconsinites from many jobs After graduating from the University of WisconsinMadison, Janie Ocejo put her social work education and bilingual, bicultural background to work by supporting Madison’s Hispanic folks through positions at various community organizations. But a series of bad decisions landed Ocejo in prison. While there, she expected to find work once she was released. After all, she had a college education, work experience, strong interview skills and had even previously been on hiring teams. However, rebuilding her life proved to be much more difficult than she expected, and it took months for Ocejo to land a job. She applied for anything, even positions she was significantly overqualified for, and sought services and connections from organizations where she had once worked. Because of her criminal background, no one would hire her. “Doors were closed because of the stigma,” she said. While Ocejo found success, many incarcerated people are less fortunate, finding themselves locked in a cycle of incarceration, unemployment and poverty. In 2018, one-fourth of the 5 million formerly incarcerated people in the United States were unemployed — five times more than the general population, according to the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI), a nonprofit that studies and proposes solutions to America’s mass incarceration problem. This high rate is not due to lack of trying — 93% of formerly incarcerated people between the ages of 25 and 44 were actively looking for jobs compared to 83.8% of the same age range in the general population, the same report found. And since Wisconsin and the U.S. disproportionately incarcerate people of color — with the disparity most pronounced among African Americans — the long-lasting stigma of having a criminal record disproportionately burdens them as well. In Wisconsin, roughly 6% of the population is Black but makes up about 38% of people who are incarcerated in the jails, state prisons and federal correctional institutions in the state, a product, many experts believe, of disproportionate policing of Black people. “There’s … that social contract that says if you violate,

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Reforming resources for re-entry

Wisconsin invests far more to lock up residents than it does to help them succeed outside of prison. The state spends $1.35 billion a year on housing to incarcerate approximately 24,000 people but just $30 million on training and re-entry programs for people who have been released from prison — two-thirds of which is allocated for housing programs. That’s a huge problem, said state Rep. Shelia Stubbs, D-Madison. “We’re incarcerating people much faster than we are reintegrating them back into our community,” said Stubbs, a former probation and parole officer. “We spend way too much money incarcerating people, and not enough money coming back out into our communities, to help our loved ones. These are our brothers, sisters, neighbors, friends in our community.” The United States provides only the “bare minimum”

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this here is your punishment. Once that punishment is concluded then you have the opportunity to reclaim citizenship, your life. And that’s not the reality,” said James Morgan, a formerly incarcerated person who works with Ocejo at JustDane. Advocates say more funding for pre- and post-release services and efforts to counter the stigma attached to having a criminal record could boost the odds that people will succeed after serving their sentences.

when it comes to services and training accessible to people during and after their incarceration, said Lucius Couloute, an assistant professor at Suffolk University whose research focuses on mass incarceration and its impacts. Improving this is crucial to helping the formerly incarcerated rejoin society, he said. Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections offers a variety of programming to those who are currently incarcerated including work-release programs, job training and education, according to DOC spokesman John Beard. However, the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily cancelled a few of these opportunities. Work-release programs offer incarcerated individuals a chance at making a living wage throughout their sentence and can help cover income taxes, child support or restitution owed to victims, or save money for after they’re released, according to the DOC. Prison and jail fees alone can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. But nationally, the majority of incarcerated individuals are stuck working jobs within their facilities — in maintenance or food service — earning less than $1 an hour. Only 6% of incarcerated individuals nationwide work in correctional industries, state-owned businesses that typically produce goods sold to government agencies. An even fewer find jobs through work release, according to a report by PPI. Because of her circumstances, Ocejo was ineligible for work release — and the $9 to $13 pay rate it could provide. Instead, she started out earning 26 cents an hour working in the prison kitchen. Throughout her incarceration, Ocejo worked her way up to the top rate of $1.60 an hour, driving a forklift for Badger State Industries, Wisconsin’s correctional industry. Ocejo said she was grateful for the pay, the skills she learned and a chance to feel like she was back in a workplace. But a job outside of prison would have allowed her to earn enough to avoid the anxiety of her long job search — including the prospects of lacking health insurance — following her release. Still, “(Badger State Industries) gave me a chance to feel like I was doing something to help myself and a sense of purpose with some income coming in that otherwise I would not have received,” she said.

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Melissa Ludin, a regional organizer for the Wisconsin ACLU’s Smart Justice Project, said employment, housing and access to services are often in short supply for the formerly incarcerated. “Just for having a felony conviction, discriminates you from many different things, and people don’t feel the impact of what that felony does until you get released and you realize how you are discriminated against,” Ludin said. Ludin said it is important to distinguish between the experience of Black and Hispanic women versus men. While fewer women face incarceration, they often bear bigger burdens in and outside of prison.

Formerly incarcerated Black women face the highest rate of unemployment (43.6%), compared to Black men (35.2%) and white men (18.4%), according to PPI. It says the criminal justice system is poorly designed to meet the needs of women, who often must support children, care for families and deal with past trauma and substance abuse. Criminal records often barrier Wisconsin law bars discrimination against a person because of a criminal record — unless the crime is “substantially related” to the job. In addition, a “ban-the-box measure” passed in Wisconsin in 2016 prevents government employers from asking about criminal records on their initial application for civil-service positions to reduce discrimination. But such bans do not keep employers from easy access to criminal records through publicly available sources such as the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Program (CCAP), said Linda Ketchum, executive director of JustDane. “CCAP makes it really easy for people to do anonymous checks on people and make decisions you will never be able to prove,” Ketchum said. And some research indicates that cities that implement ban the box have higher levels of discrimination against Black job applicants. “What happens is that employers are using race as a proxy for criminality,” Couloute said, adding that such policies need to curb such discrimination. Colleen Rogers, director of human resources at Madison Kipp Corp., said the manufacturer offers employment to currently and previously incarcerated people — part of its social responsibility to reduce barriers to re-entry. “Employers need to put their biases aside, if that’s their problem, and give these folks an opportunity … adults make mistakes,” Rogers said. “They make bad decisions maybe when they’re younger, and why not give them opportunity to live?”

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Jerome Dillard, statewide director of Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing, said Wisconsin has been slow to embrace the types of reforms that could help people succeed after finishing their sentences. “Actually, we are still under the tough-on-crime rhetoric, and I want to say that re-entry is a real struggle for many returning from our state prisons in Wisconsin,” he said. But he is heartened that DOC Secretary Kevin A. Carr

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Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development is another vital resource for people who seek personal advancement — like a job or higher education — while incarcerated, according to Ray Woodruff, an assistant administrator at the DOC. It provides assistance to state and local agencies for improving job training, placement and retention services for offenders. “There is a lot of focus right now on providing funding to train individuals who are incarcerated to re-enter the workforce, and as an agency, we are constantly looking at opportunities to access those funds,” Woodruff said. Despite these stated goals, the Division of Community Corrections slightly shrunk allocations for employment, community service and vocational programs from 2017 to 2020, according to the agency’s yearly reports. DOC services include a re-entry assessment, meeting with a social worker, information about how to apply for Medicaid pre-release and transitional housing, Beard said. “Our long-term goals are obviously to ensure that the thousands and thousands of individuals that (are) release(d) from incarceration every year have meaningful opportunities in the community,” Woodruff said. Despite her relatively short incarceration, social work background and knowledge of community resources and services, Ocejo still struggled with re-entry. She had some savings from her work in prison and qualified for FoodShare but couldn’t initially find a job or a way to access mental health services and fill needed prescriptions. “Here I am being resourceful. I know where to go, I know what to do, and I couldn’t get anything,” she said. “I did everything I was supposed to do (upon re-entry), but a lot of it is having organizations that know how to help you and being there when you need them.”

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