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Adams Co. can get drought aid 23 counties in Wis. given natural disaster designation
receive the designation Wednesday, making farms in those areas eligible for low-interest emergency loans. The counties have been scorched by a recent By Dinesh Ramde stretch of heat waves, with Associated Press temperatures sizzling in the 100-degree range, leavFederal officials have ing severe drought conadded the natural disas- ditions that took a toll on ter-area designation for crop production. Adams County. On Wednesday, the U.S. Adams County was Department of Agriculture among 23 in Wisconsin to also applied the designa-
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tion to 53 other counties in Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan and Nebraska. Two-thirds of the continental United States is in a moderate to exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor website. Also on Wednesday, Gov. Scott Walker said the state will begin accepting applications for its Drought Relief Guarantee Program. The program, which will be administered through
the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, would provide a 90 percent guarantee on agricultural loans up to $15,000 for three years. The program is open to farmers in all 72 Wisconsin counties who are expected to lose 40 percent or more of their crops because of drought. The loans can be used for fertilizer, seed, fuel, pesticides, tillage services, crop insurance, water delivery and animal
feed, according to the governor's office. "Agriculture is one of Wisconsin's biggest three economic engines," Walker said in a statement. "We need to ensure that we provide this vital industry with the confidence and resources to continue to produce." Earlier this month, the Republican governor opened up more than 11,000 acres of state-owned lands for hay and grazing.
The acreage includes about 160 wildlife areas, parks, recreation areas, southern forests and natural areas. Walker also sped up the process for farmers to temporarily irrigate using stream or lake water. The last time that was done was in 2009, when five such permits were issued. In less than two weeks this year, more than two dozen already have been granted. See DROUGHT/Page 9A
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For the Daily Tribune GRAND RAPIDS — When lawn mower racer Lon Shaw speeds over the dry turf of the Grand Rapids Lions Club this weekend, he would like onlookers to remember one thing: He's not there to cut grass. In fact, Shaw's modified MTD mower doesn't even have a blade underneath. That's done intentionally, Shaw said, because when riding a mower that can reach speeds of about 60 mph, it's not the best idea to have a sharp, rapidly spinning blade underneath your ride. "People ask us, 'Do you still have the blades on?" said Shaw, with a laugh. "No, we do not. It's about safety and having fun." Shaw, and his fellow mower racers in the Badger State Brothers of the Blade club, will hold time trials, heats and a feature race during the Lions Club's 16th annual Music Fest. It's just one of the new additions to the group's annual festival, which begins at 5 p.m. Friday at the Grand Rapids Lions Club field on 36th Street See MUSIC/Page 9A
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Peg Klippel of Wisconsin Rapids gets a surprise lick from Hanna the calf Wednesday while visiting the children's petting zoo at the Wisconsin Rapids Municipal Zoo. For more photos from a day at the zoo, visit wisconsinrapidstribune.com . (CASEY LAKE/DAILY TRIBUNE)
STEVENS POINT — Tammy and Dennis Provisor had to make an ago-
nizing decision in 2005. With their only son Ben in need of direction and focus in his life, the Provisors sent him to Bulgaria to train in Greco-Roman wrestling. Watching their 14-year-old move more than 5,000 miles from home to help him pursue his Olympic wrestling dream was gut-wrenching, and eventually a life-altering decision for Dennis, Tammy and Ben. "My husband and I decided to make the ultimate sacrifice and send our child across the world at the age of 14," Tammy said. "Now, I'm happy to say he is our 2012 USA Olympian, so I think our decision was the right one." Beginning Friday, Ben will represent the United States at the Olympic Summer Games in London. He competes in Greco-Roman wrestling Aug. 5. His path to London might have See SUPPORT/Page 9A
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Barrels mark the construction zone in the parking lot Wednesday at Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee. (T'XER ZHON KHA/FOR THE DAILY TRIBUNE)
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MOSINEE — Central Wisconsin Airport manager Tony Yaronsaid he hopes that by 2015, travelers will be flying through an airport they won't recognize. The 43-year-old airport is getting a complete terminal makeover with a $7.5 million U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration grant announced last week, along with $500,000 from the state and $2 million from CWA ticket sales. The $10 million reconstruction of the airport's west terminal is expected to begin Sept. 1. The project will move baggage security checkpoints from a hallway
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Another sent to prison for brutal rapes Girl repeatedly sexually assaulted, brutalized by several men, starting at age 4 and continuing until early adulthood By Jon Swedien Leader-Telegram staff A Taylor man accused of raping and brutalizing a young girl a decade ago was sentenced Wednesday in Jackson County Court to 20 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision. Gary W. Tollefson, 55, was convicted of two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child in April.
Sixteen other felony counts against him were dismissed. He had faced up to 80 years. Tollefson was one of numerous men who assaulted the victim during her childhood. The woman, who is now in her early 20s, repeatedly was raped and tortured by Tollefson's brother — Rodney L. Tollefson, 41, of Melrose — and other men. "I would have to say in the years I've (been a prosecutor) that this has been the most emotionally challenging case that I have ever worked on. And it is certainly the most heinous child abuse, child sexual assault case that I have prosecuted," said Monroe County District Attorney Dan Cary, who has been a prosecutor for 14 years.
Anyone with information related to sexual assault cases involving Rodney and Gary Tollefson and others can call 715-284-5357.
According to a criminal complaint against Gary Tollefson: Gary and Rodney Tollefson assaulted the then 10-year-old girl in late 2001 or early 2002. The women told authorities the men repeatedly raped and brutalized her. The victim said Rodney Tollefson sexually assaulted her beginning with sexual intercourse at age 4 and ending in December 2010. The women said she was sexually assaulted with many objects and by men who paid Rodney Tollefson to have sex with her when she was about 8.
Last month, Rodney Tollefson was convicted of 36 felony counts related to the repeated sexual assault of the girl and was sentenced to 115 years in prison. Cary requested Rodney Tollefson be sentenced to more than 300 years in prison, according to court records. Monroe County Judge Mark Goodman called Rodney Tollefson sadistic and extremely dangerous. Phillip L. Ronning, 23, of rural Melrose, who is Rodney Tollefson's nephew, pleaded guilty in August to first-degree sexual assault of the woman in 2010. The assault happened as Rodney Tollefson held her down. Ronning was sentenced in October to 30 years in prison. See RAPES, Page 3B
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Seven-vehicle crash July 20 kills one; driver of one vehicle ticketed for drunken driving By Dan Holtz Leader-Telegram staff A female, one of four people injured in a seven-vehicle crash July 20, sustained life-threatening injuries, authorities said Wednesday. Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer and District Attorney Brian Wright said further details about her condition were unavailable Wednesday. Authorities on Wednesday released the names of all of the drivers and injured parties involved in the incident that killed Jesse A. Schreiner, 26, of Eau Claire. The driver of a van, Travis M. Hazelton, 35, 910 Richard Drive, was traveling north on North Clairemont Avenue near West Cameron Street when the vehicle collided with the rear of a car driven by Kristen M. Pechacek,
16, of Park Falls, at 6:22 p.m., according to the crash report released by the Sheriff's Department.
The Pechacek vehicle, along with the other five vehicles involved in the crash, were stopped at the traffic signal at Clairemont Avenue and Cameron Street. The initial collision caused a chain-reaction crash with the other five vehicles. The drivers of the other five vehicles: ■ Rita B. Brantner, 79, 1154 W. Hamilton Ave. ■ Cynthia M. Hartkemeyer, 46, 3436 Jill Ave. Hazelton
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Altoona shops for a good cause Annual citywide thrift sale benefits Alzheimer's research Staff photos by Andi Stempniak
The testosterone was flowing as male members of the Ski Sprites Water Ski Show Team perform the "All Beef Pyramid" formation Wednesday night on Lake Altoona.
he Ski Sprites Water Ski Show Team continued its 52-year tradition Wednesday night while performing near the beach at Lake Altoona County Park. The team cruises the waters of Lake Altoona at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Sunday at the park through Labor Day, when special performances close the season. The youthful team begins land based-practices for the season in January, according to the group's website. Each show features a different theme and may incorporate costumes, music and props. Admission to the park is $3 per vehicle. View more photos at LeaderTelegram.com/photo.
Wakeboarder Brandon Dow of Eau Claire catches some air while performing a back flip off a ramp Sunday on Lake Altoona.
By Bailey Berg Leader-Telegram staff Barbara Nelson hopes some of her deceased husband's belongings can help find a cure for the condition with which he was afflicted. Nelson and her daughters, Lori Nelson and Paula Gibson, spent much of Tuesday organizing Gerald Nelson's belongings for the annual Altoona citywide thrift sale, organized to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association. Gibson's father died as a result of Alzheimer's in December, and she hopes the sale will help others who are struggling with memory loss and help the Alzheimer's Association find a cure for the condition. All sale proceeds will go to the organization. "We've seen firsthand how this disease not only takes someone's memories but also their See SALE, Page 3B
If You Go - What: Altoona citywide thrift sale to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. ■ Where: The Shed, 1519 Mayer Road, Altoona. Cost: People can donate items or their time to the effort, and people choose what they wish to pay for the items they choose to take home. Information: 715-491-0880.
Watch symptoms to keep athletes safe, coaches told Health experts say many conditions can be prevented, noticed early
By Rob Hanson Leader-Telegram staff CHIPPEWA FALLS — Knowing your athletes is one of the best ways for a coach to diagnose sports-related health issues. That's the message physical therapist Chris Klay delivered to about 30 people Tuesday night at a coaches meeting at
St. Joseph's Hospital, which was intended to help coaches at all levels take precautions and proper care in the event of heat illnesses, concussions and knee injuries. "The biggest thing is just education specific to coaching on injury prevention, awareness," he said. "At the local, state and collegiate
level, coaches are being held to higher standards in terms of being able to assess and manage injuries, so this is just a tool to provide them with that." In addition to presentations on each of the topics, attendwebsite on sports injuries: Leader Telegram. com/links
ees also got some handson instruction on taping techniques. The prevalence of each of the featured injuries and conditions was explained. For example, 35 high school football players died from heat-related illness from 1995 to 2010, and See ATHLETES, Page 3B
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
By Andrea Hansen Abler
In a soft voice, Carly Ottery pled no contest to three counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. Ottery was in a Fond du Lac County court room on Friday, July 20, to waive a preliminary hearing and enter her no contest pleas. After Ottery entered her pleas, Fond du Lac County Judge Dale English stated, "The court will accept the no contest plea... The court will find you guilty on all three charges." The charges, which are a Class G Felony, stem from a February 4th automobile accident in which Caitlin Scannell, Katie Berg and Sabrina Stahl were killed. Ottery was the driver of the SUV that overturned on Beechnut Drive. English stated that Ottery's bail remains in effect and she has no
restrictions on her bail except that she must make her court appearances. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5, at 9 a.m. Special prosecutor Christian Gossett of Winnebago County told English that he is recommending five years probation for Ottery. "A lot of different factors and a lot of discussion went into this (decision on probation)," Gossett said after the hearing. "You have a good person who has not been in trouble before. Five years of probation is reasonable. It will get her through college to prove herself." Gossett explained that this was a hard case. On one hand, he felt charges needed to be filed and some type of sentence needed to be filled. But, he also understood that this was a tragic accident with no alcohol or drugs
Check Out Our Info On The Upcoming Eden Picnic & Parade Starting On Page 18 The ferris wheel at the Fond du Lac County Fair lit up the night last week while the fair was going on. Hundreds of area residents carne out to the fair to watch area youth show their animals and projects, to enjoy the entertainment and to feast on the great food you can get at the fair. Many area youth did great with their projects and animals winning lots of ribbons and trophies. To see more photos, turn to pages 14 and 15. photo by Andrea Hansen Abler
Hogwild In Downtown Dundee This Saturday The sixth annual Hog Wild will be held this Saturday, July 28, in Dundee. Are you ready to watch a display of brain and brawn, skill and strength, mind and might? Here is your chance to be a spectator cheering your favorite team on, even participate, or just enjoy the fun. On Saturday, July 28, the fun will be held at the Sportsmen's Club on Highway 67 in Dundee. Not only will there be pig wrestling at 1 p.m., but raffles, games, musical entertainment and food available throughout the day. It will be a day full of fun activities for the whole family. Open to the public, this event is sponsored by the Dundee Sportsmen's Club and the Long Lake Youth Association. No
admission is charged to watch. There will be games for all ages, so bring the kids. For a small fee they can participate in all the funfilled activities. During the wrestling, encourage your favorite team of four as they wallow and splash around in the mud pit/arena trying to catch and place the hog on top of a padded barrel. It is obvious that the porkers are definitely in their element and the competitors are not. Safety rules for the pigs must be followed by all wrestlers or they will be disqualified. There will be cash prizes awarded for the first, second, and third place teams according to the fastest times. The first place team in both the women's and men's divisions will also receive a
free entry in the $10,000 cash raffle. If you have a team that would like to participate, call the following for more information: Larry at 920251-3926 or Dave at 920533-5520. Food and beverages will abound throughout the day. Satisfy those taste buds with a brat or burger. Kettle corn and other popcorn will be available. Quench your thirst from a variety of beverages. This is a fund raiser so no carry-ins will be allowed. Music entertainment will be provided in the evening from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Liquid Courage will be performing on stage under the pavilion. Come and enjoy the day. Support the Sportsmen's Club and the Long Lake Youth Association. See you there!
Kaden Peterson was having a great time at the Campbellsport Public Library's annual Family Fun Night on Monday, July 23. The event was filled with fun activities like face painting, a juggling show, crafts, the Survive Alive house, and many other activities. Peterson was very excited to have his face painted so nicely. photo by Dan Miller
involved and a group of friends. He stated he has no doubt that Ottery understands the severity of her actions. "This is a hard one," Gossett said. "I think Ms. Ottery understood (the consequences of her actions) already." Judge English will have the final say on the sentence during the sentencing hearing on November 5th. During this hearing, witnesses will be called to testify on Ottery's behalf and on behalf of the prosecution. Once the testimony is completed, English will render his verdict. In addition to the three girls who were killed, five others and Ottery were injured in the crash. All are doing well now and most have recovered from their injuries. At around 3:30 a.m. on February 4th, the group of girls were driving on Beechnut Road. The Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office estimates the vehicle was traveling between 103-109 miles per hour at the point where Ottery lost control of the vehicle. They also estimate the vehicle was traveling 81 miles per hour as it overturned in an adjacent field.
The Artist Showing At The Campbellsport Public Library On Monday, July 30, the Campbellsport Public Library is showing The Artist at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The Artist is a heartfelt and entertaining valentine to classic American cinema set in Hollywood during the twilight of the silent era. Love, friendship and an exquisite story make it the most feel good, most original film of our time. This film won five Academy Awards in 2011 including Best Picture. This is a free program. Registration is not required. Free popcorn will be served. Feel free to bring your own drink. This film is rated "PG - 13" but anyone under the age of 17 needs to be accompanied by an adult. If you have any questions about any library program or service, please call (920) 533-8534 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . The Campbellsport Public Library is located at 220 North Helena Street. The library is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday we are closed.
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World War II, Korean War vets to fly to Washington, D.C. Sept. 22 Freedom Honor Flight will transport 100 World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington D.C. on its 10th flight, Saturday, Sept. 22. The flight will be sponsored by the American Legion Post 100 out of Sparta, Wis. A supporter of Freedom Honor Flight since the organization was founded, Post 100 has raised significant funds for Freedom Honor Flight through its 500 Club and annual fundraising events. Veterans expected to be on the passenger list of Flight No. 10 served in World War II and the Korean War. The 100 veterans selected for the flight will be notified by the first week of August. With this loth flight, Freedom Honor Flight will have honored approximately 1,000 veterans. The priority remains to accommodate as many World War II veterans as possible. Officials encourage World War II and Korean veterans to apply for future flights. Applications are available at veterans' organizations or online at www.freedomhonorflight.org or through www.facebook.com/FreedomHonorFlight.
DROUGHT RELIEF.... Slowly, but surely over the past couple of weeks, storm clouds have filled the sky on occasion bringing some much needed rain relief to areas across the state in need of moisture. The rain that fell sporadically has allowed the DNR to lift burn bans in a number of state parks and counties throughout Wisconsin. (Jasperson-Robson photo)
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four great-grandchildren. He spent time as a fuel truck hauler, milk truck hauler, mail carrier, implement dealer and fuel station owner/operator. Larson was also with Westby Area School District Transportation Department for 24 years and taught mechanic classes at WTC for 17 years. His advice to young adults is to stay in school and get a solid education to start out on. He advised anyone looking at joining the military to do it for the right reasons and to be prepared by researching the branch they are interested in completely before signing on the dotted line. "The career choices we make in life are dependent on where we are at different stages in our life. We just need to think about the consequences of any the choices we make and do them for the right reasons!" Larson said. Lyle Lund (50 years) Lyle Lund enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1953. He comes from a family of military siblings with a brother in the Army and another brother who
died at sea with the Navy in 1943. He opted to enlist in the Air Force and soon found himself enrolled in an electronics program, before receiving radar operational training. Lund served during the Cold War period and spent three years at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, with the 54 Fighter Interception Squadron. After completing his military service in 1953 he used the GI Bill to further his education. Lund and his wife of 57
years, Verda, have one son and three grandchildren. He's not a Vernon County native, but calls Westby home. He spent 25 years working for Vernon Electric Cooperative, was a Boy Scout leader in the 19805 and at the age of 79, Lund is currently a member of the Westby City Council. He struggles with the country's military involvement in the Middle East and is a strong advocate for getting soldiers back on American soil. He is torn
by what he considers a series of mistakes, that have resulted in the loss of too many lives of American soldiers, making it difficult for Lund to promote military enlistment during this stage in his life, even though he does believe the country needs a strong military defense. Lund hopes for a brighter future for our young adults, but knows the road won't be an easy one for anyone considering the state of our economy and the cost of higher education. The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Nationwide membership stands at 2.4 million, with 14,000 worldwide. Westby has 140 members of which a dozen or less actively participate in meetings and organized events. "We have members, but very few participate!" post member Harold Olson said. Larson and Lund received certificates for their longtime involve ment with the Westby American Legion Post 155.
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Land fill...from A-1 even culverts until recently," Hanson said. "We began to leave the site open for Public Work use and people began to use it for a compost grass drop off, which worked fine for a while, but is now being abused!' Since the July 5 meeting, Hanson spoke with Russell Haakenson of the city street committee and they agreed to keep the landfill open seven days a week from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. On weekends the
police department will monitor the area for illegal dumping at the site. "The landfill will be locked at night and the police will monitor it to see that no appliances, tires and garbage is illegally dumped there," Hanson said. City street committee members are Russ Haakenson, Lyle Lund and Brad Mashak. The city council will meet at 7 p.m., at city hall, on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
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weekends to dispose of trees branches, weeds and grass clippings. Mashak said the street committee should have looked at this before any changes were made at the landfill. "A few people shouldn't have to spoil it for everyone," Mashak said. Hanson agreed, but said it also wasn't fair for the city, or its employees, to have to dispose of improperly left items just dumped at the landfill either. Hanson went on to say that in the late 199os, the city was ordered by the DNR to keep the Grove Street Landfill closed and locked all the times. "I was required to meet with DNR inspectors quarterly and to take methane samples because the location was a former landfill. I was not even allowed to store any materials on the site, including dirt, sand or
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A farmer stirs up a dust cloud as he works in the field Friday near Black Creek. With Outagamie County listed as abnormally dry — and the southern third of Wisconsin as a severe drought — crops are having a hard time growing. WM. GLASHEEWTHE POST-CRESCENT
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ocal crops are unlikely to recover from the recent dry spell even if heavy rain falls soon in the Fox Valley, says an agricultural agent for the University of Wisconsin-Extension.
"There's no doubt in my mind we've missed the full yield potential," said Kevin Jarek, an Outagamie County crops, soils and horticulture agent. Outagamie County is among 42 counties in the state under a drought emergency declared by Gov. Scott Walker on Monday.
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SISTER BAY — Walk into Cherry Republic's store in the heart of the nation's biggest tart cherry producing region, and you could end up with jam or salsa with fruit that had to be imported from Poland. Cherry Republic can't get enough tart cherries from its local orchards because 97 percent of Michigan's crop was destroyed this year by a freak weather pattern. An unseasonably warm March that caused trees to bud was followed by an April freeze that killed the blossoms. Trees in New York and Wiscon-
The U.S. Drought Monitor rated Outagamie as "abnormally dry," while drought conditions in much of the southern section of the state range from "moderate" to "severe." The National Weather Service shows highs top-
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Appleton Papers merger plan dropped Company moving forward with new name Appvion By Larry Avila Post-Crescent business editor
Appleton Papers' plan to become a public company with shares traded on the Nasdaq exchange has ended. The 105-year-old Appleton company announced Friday that its $675 million plan to
merge with Dallas-based Hicks Acquisition Co. has been dropped, citing volatile market conditions as its reason to discontinue what both sides called a "business combination." The deal was announced in May. Bill Van Den Brandt, spokesman for Appleton Papers, said the company remains open to meeting with other potential partners to take the firm public. It still plans to rename the business Appvion, which the company said is a combination of the words "applied" and "inno-
vation," to reflect its evolution from papermaker to a company that will focus on coating formulations. "We would still sit down with someone," Van Den Brandt said. "Our goals to gain more investment flexibility and improve our liquidity for our ESOP participants remains the same. We have and will continue to explore opportunities to achieve those goals." For now it will be business as
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» GOVERNMENT: Postal Service Aug. 1 default appears likely: The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service nears defaulting on a $5.5 billion payment into a benefits fund. / B4
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Waukesha County: Board approves $256,300 for Nickolaus election glitch. 3B Wisconsin: Minor violations found at Ladysmith mine. 3B Death: Former Pewaukee mayor found in home. 5B NEWSWATCH DELIVERED: Go to wwwisonline.cominewsletters to have a free news digest sent to your inbox each weekday, and when major news breaks In My Opinion
Arrest of leader shocks community or many folks who thought they knew Freida Webb, the news about her was a shocker. Webb, the head of Milwaukee County's minority business development office, was arrested last week after being investigated for allegedly writing sham contracts in return for kickbacks from a businessman. Roy Evans, an attorney who has known Webb for decades, had a typical reaction. "I was really shocked," said Evans, who has Eugene worked with Webb Kane both city and Some suggest on county government Webb's case projects over the years, particularly could be in areas of governpolitically ment hiring and motivated contracts designed to ensure minority participation. Evans was familiar with Webb's efforts to help educate and inform small businesses, including holding special classes designed to prepare novice business owners for certification to contract with Milwaukee County. In fact, Evans helped teach a series of classes for the Milwaukee Urban League sponsored by Webb's office. Webb is under suspicion of writing fake contracts for classes that were never held in return for kickbacks. Evans disputed that. "Those classes were very valuable for the people who attended," said Evans. "It wasn't part of any scam." Despite the swirl of accusations, Webb — who could not be reached for comment — has not been charged with any crime yet. But parts of Milwaukee's black business community have been abuzz with speculation. As a lifelong resident, Evans is aware many in the African-American community believe black politicians and officials are often targeted for prosecution for less than legitimate reasons. He has heard some suggest Webb's case could be politically motivated. She was hired by thenCounty Executive Scott Walker but is also well known in Democratic circles. "She's very well-respected," said Evans. "I'm looking at this thing very closely." I have also known Webb for years as an acquaintance but not a friend. I have always regarded her as a prominent African-American woman and government insider who has led the way for more minority hiring and business development in town. Her job at Milwaukee County's minority business office gave her a special status she used to seek out and recruit African-American, Hispanic and female businesses for government contracts. For most of those who know her, Webb doesn't resemble the woman who allegedly created sham contracts in return for a about $3,430 in kickbacks. That's why Evans has been reaching out to members of the minority business community to encourage them to show their support for Webb. So far, most agree it's a pretty serious deal if charges are issued. But they want to reserve judgment until more facts are revealed. It's clear Milwaukee has been a hotbed of political corruption lately, with a Milwaukee County supervisor charged with bribery and the ongoing John Doe probe of former aides to Gov. Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive. Lots of folks — of all colors — have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar. Having covered these kinds of stories before, I will withhold judgment of a person I thought I knew while conceding nothing really surprises me anymore. After all, a good reputation will only take you so far.
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Recall race cost $80.9 million By PATRICK MARLEY firstname.lastname@example.org
Madison — The recall race for governor cost a record-busting $80.9 million, with Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his supporters enjoying amore than 2-to-1 advantage over his Democratic rivals, according to a new report. The tally by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign released Wednesday is in line with past estimates, but offers the most comprehensive accounting of the cost of the
Overall spending in governor race is more than double the previous record set in 2010, new tally says race yet. Walker was just the third governor in the nation's history to face a recall election, and the first to survive one. Walker won the June 5 recall election against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, whom Walker also beat in the November 2010 election. The Democracy Campaign esti-
mated Walker and groups supporting him spent $58.7 million, compared with $22 million spent by Barrett, three Democrats whom Barrett defeated in the May primary and groups supporting Democrats. Additionally, independent candidate Hariprasad Trivedi spent about $300,000. The overall spending was more
than double the previous record of $37.4 million, which was set in the 2010 race for governor. This time, Walker's campaign spent $36.1 million, nearly twothirds of which came from out of state. He was able to raise so much because of his national profile and a quirk of state law that allowed him to raise unlimited sums for certain recall expenses. He collected two donations of $500,000 — 50 times the usual Please see RECALL, 5B
REPLACING THE GESU CHURCH CROSS
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Sheet metal foreman Chris Zieroth solders a copper cross at Millen Roofing in Milwaukee on Wednesday. The 12-foot-tall cross will replace an old galvanized sheet metal cross on top of the historic Gesu Church steeple on Marquette University's campus as part of a restoration project. See more photos at jsoMine.com/photos.
Man, 19, run over, killed by school bus Accident came after boy on bus called for help By JESSE GARZA email@example.com
A 19-year-old man responding to an altercation that began on a school bus was killed Wednesday after he tried to latch onto an open window outside the bus, lost his grip and was run over, Milwaukee police said. A relative identified the man as Alex Haskins, a 2011 graduate of Bradley Tech High School and a student at Milwaukee Area Technical College. The incident was reported shortly before 3:30 p.m. at N. 88th St. and W. Carmen Ave. on the northwest
side, according to police. The bus was contracted by Milwaukee Public Schools to transport participants in a Milwaukee Recreation basketball Haskins program and had just dropped off a group of students when the incident occurred, MPS spokesman Tony Tagliavia said. Police said a juvenile aboard the bus who got involved in an altercation with other passengers called his family to help him. After Haskins and other family members arrived, at some point he Please see FATALITY, 3B
Drivers will face more road work next year DOT plans to repair bridges along 1-43/1-94 By LARRY SANDLER Isandler@journalsentinel.com
While work continues on the southern stretch ofI-94, drivers will face a second major construction zone next year on their way south from downtown Milwaukee. The state Department of Transportation is planning to overhaul at least 13 bridges in a four-mile stretch of 1-43/1-94, from downtown through most ofthe city's south side, at a cost of about $40 million, said Michael Pyritz, a spokesman for the department's regional office hi Waukesha. Residents will get a chance to learn about the project and offer comments during a public informa-
tion meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the United Community Center, 1111 S. 6th St. The session will be an open-house format. One goal ofthe project is to ensure 1-43/1-94 is in shape to serve as part of alternate routes during work on the Hoan Bridge and the Zoo Interchange, the Transportation Department notes on its website. Plans call for new deck overlays — the equivalent of repaving a ground-level stretch of road — on the High Rise Bridge over the Menomonee Valley, just south of the Marquette Interchange, and on the bridges that carry the freeway over Washington St., Becher St., the Kinnickinnic River, Oklahoma Ave. and Holt Ave. Please see CONSTRUCTION, 5B
GOP-leaning group supports Democrat Daniel Bice
The school choice group dismissed any suggestion that it was reversing fields in the Milwaukee race.
ver the past year, the American Federation for Children the nation's leading school choice advocacy group — spent big bucks on radio and TV ads and direct mail helping Wisconsin Republicans in the recent recall races triggered by protests over Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining changes. But now the same group is urging voters in one Milwaukee legislative race to vote for a candidate specifically because he opposed a variety of Republican initiatives. In particular, the federation's mailer praises state Rep. Jason Fields for fighting GOP efforts to limit
collective bargaining for public employees, require voter ID and funnel public dollars to big corporations. "Jason understands what Democrats stand for and he fights for our values," says the flier from the D.C.-based group. "Since 2004, every time Republicans have tried to take away our rights, State Representative Jason Fields was there protecting us and our community." Fields, a strong supporter of school choice, is being challenged by voucher critic Mandela Barnes in the Aug. 14 primary in the heavily Democratic district.
The mailer also contains pictures and endorsement quotes from both Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Common Council President Willie Hines. Staffers for the two politicians said they have no idea where the federation got the quotes, though both are backing Fields. "I don't know what they did, but they didn't get it from Willie," said Sachin Chheda, campaign spokesman for Hines. The federation has supported a few Wisconsin Democrats in the past — most notably, former state Sen. Jeff Plale, a South Milwaukee Democrat who Please see BICE, 3B
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
OUTDOOR CALENDAR ■Aug. 4 - 12th Annual Free Take an Adult Fishing Tournament for the kids, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 4. Must register by July 27. Teams are limited. For information or to register call Wayne or Wally at Wilderness Fish and Game in Sauk City at 608-643-5229. ■Aug. 4 - The Columbus Sportsman's Association's NRA Family Sports Fest will take place on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 is the rain date. Learn about gun safety, marksmanship and how to use different firearms and archery equipment. All firearms and ammunition will be provided. Do not bring your own equipment. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for ages 12-17 and free for those younger than 12 who are with a paid parent. You can find information and a registration form online at http://www.csa12.com/PDFs/NRA-DAY/csanradayflyer.pdf or by contacting Tom Pawlisch from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 920-484-3203. ■Aug. 4 - The Honey Creek Rod & Gun Club in Leland is hosting its annual Party At The Pond in the park in Leland on Saturday, Aug. 4, starting at 6 p.m. with DJ music and then the band Rachelle And The Red Hot Rattlers. There will be a $5 cover charge. Ages under 12 are free. There will be pork sandwiches and refreshments available. Proceeds go towards the Leland park and pond maintenance. For information contact Jason at 608-381-0842 or Lora Lee at 608-5442262. ■Aug. 4 - Learn about fishers at The Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, as part of the refuge's wildlife series from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4. Meet at the visitor center. For information call 608-565-2551. The refuge is located 4 miles west of Necedah off Highway 21. ■Aug. 5 - The Puckaway Rod and Gun Club is holding a 3D archery and trap shooting event on Sunday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the club grounds, located 3 miles from the village of Marquette on Puckaway Road. Food and refreshments available. For information contact Mark at 920-394-3396. ■Aug. 5 - A sporting clays and merchandise shoot will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin River Sportsmen's Club, located on County Road Y in Mazomanie. ■Aug. 6 - A hunter safety course being held at the Necedah Town Hall begins on Monday, Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Classes will continue on Aug. 7, 8, 9 and 10, running from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each day. On Saturday, Aug.11 students will be bussed to the rifle range at the Yellow River Rod and Gun Club for practice and testing from 8 a.m. to noon. A parent or guardian must be present for registration on the first night. The class costs $10. For information call 608-565-2206 ext. 224 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. ■Aug. 6-10 - The Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is hosting the Eco-Discovery Day Camp for ages 9-12 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 6-10. Registration is required as space is limited. To register or for information call 608-565-2551. The refuge is located 4 miles west of Necedah off Highway 21. ■Aug. 8 - Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo is hosting the program "Buggin' Out" on Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 11 a.m. to noon. Spend time catching insects. Meet at the Nature Center. For information contact naturalist Sue Johansen at SusanA.Johansen@wisconsin.gov or at 608-356-8301 ext.140.
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ABOVE: A beautiful sunrise on Green Bay. BELOW: Fishing guide Larry Smith, far left, along with Sandy and Dave Seifert of Sheboygan Falls after a successful fishing outing.
A tough week After losing some close friends, Mark Walters takes a much-needed fishing trip to Green Bay
■Aug. 9 - Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo is hosting a history hike on the south shore hotels on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. You will visit the places where the hotels once stood. Meet at the Red Cedar Shelter on the south shore. For information contact naturalist Sue Johansen at SusanA.Johansen@wisconsin.gov or at 608-356-8301 ext.140. ■Aug. 10-12 - The State chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is hosting a Women in the Outdoors event on Friday through Sunday, Aug.10-12 at the Living Waters Bible Camp in Westby. Participation costs $155 for ages 18 and older, or $115 for ages 17 and younger. For information on the event, or to download a registration form, go online at http://nwtf-wi.org/wito . aspx. ■Aug. 11 - The Circus City Sportsmen in Baraboo is hosting its 8th annual banquet on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Farm Kitchen in Baraboo. Tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for youth or $250 for sponsors. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. Event includes raffles and door prizes. Bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry raffle. Tickets will be available at the door, or can be purchased at Jim's Gun Supply in Baraboo. ■Aug. 11 - Learn about badgers at The Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, as part of the refuge's wildlife series from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug.11. Meet at the visitor center. For information call 608-565-2551. The refuge is located 4 miles west of Necedah off Highway 21. ■Aug. 11-12 - Sauk Prairie Bow Hunters broadhead shoot. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Highway 78/Y in Sauk City. Visit http://www.saukprairiebowhunters.com or call Tom at 608-434-0645. ■Aug. 12 - The Circus City Sportsmen Club is hosting its annual club shoot on Sunday, Aug.12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Merchandise and other shoots will be held. The club is located at E11781 Trapshoot Road in Baraboo. ■Aug. 13 - The Baraboo River Chapter of Kids And Mentors Outdoors (KAMO) is holding its August meeting on Monday, August 13 at 7 p.m. at the Rivers Edge Resort in Wisconsin Dells. All Members and anyone interested in learning more are encouraged to attend. For information visit www.kamokids.org or contact Tim Pape at 608-963-1815. ■Aug. 18 - The Honey Creek Rod and Gun Club in Leland is having a merchandise shoot on Saturday, Aug. 18. Shooting starts at noon. Food and refreshments available. For information call Kendall at 608-434-2982. ■Aug. 18-19 - Baraboo Bowmen 3-D shoot. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Neuman Road in Baraboo. Call Marc Terry at 608-393-7874. ■Aug. 19 - The Roxbury Valley Trap Club is hosting its 34th Annual Bruno Raffle, Trap Shoot and Chicken BBQ on Sunday, Aug.19. Shooting beings at 9 a.m. Chicken BBQ serving begins at 11:30 a.m. The club is located midway between Highway 12 and Roxbury on County Highway Y. For information call 608-6434733. ■Aug. 20 - The Delton Sportsman's Club is offering a hunter safety class, beginning on Monday, Aug. 20 at its clubhouse, located on E9602 Berry Road in Wisconsin Dell. Classes will run from 7 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 20, 21, 23, 27, 28 and 30. There will also be a final class on Friday, Aug. 31 from 4 p.m. until finished. No registration is required. For information call Harlan at 608-524-8685 or Mike at 608-254-7593. ■Aug. 25 - Learn about river otters at The Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, as part of the refuge's wildlife series from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. Meet at the visitor center. For information call 608-565-2551. The refuge is located 4 miles west of Necedah off Highway 21. ■ Sept. 2 - The Merrimac Conservation Club's 55th Annual Labor Day Weekend Trap Shoot is Sunday, Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. Chicken and pork chop dinners and a raffle will be available, as well as pie shoots and other games. The club is located 1 mile west of Merrimac on Highway 113. For information call 608-493-2106. ■ Sept. 8 - The Sauk County Fish 'n Shoot Youth Day Camp will be on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 9:30 a.m. at the North Freedom Rod and Gun Club. Ages 5-17 are welcome. Ages 5-8 must have a parent or guardian with them for the day, while kids ages 9-17 must have signed consent if a parent will not be staying. Cost is $20 per child, and includes a Pheasants Forever Ringnecks membership and a lunch. Door prizes for all. Activities include dog demonstrations, paintball, archery, muzzleloader and trap shooting, fishing, hiking and much more. For information contact Cassie Schlender firstname.lastname@example.org or at 608-355-1333 ext.11. ■ Sept. 8 - Southern Wisconsin Guided Trail Rides open to ATV, UTV (side by side) and dirt bikes. Located in Hill Point, 50 miles northwest of Madison. Trail consists of a 25- to 30-mile loop on private property.10 a.m. or 1 p.m. rides. Lunch additional cost. Adults $35, kids 12 and older $25, passengers over 12 $10 (under 12 free of charge). Call Dan Fargen at 608-445-8228 or email ddkj@tds. net.
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Hello friends, This past week was over shadowed by the loss of some very important people in my life. As we all know life goes on, even through troubling times, and with that in mind, I headed northeast to Green Bay with the hopes of living in my boat and catching some walleye. I received the call on Friday morning that my good friend and mentor Joe Stecker -Kochanski had passed away unexpectedly. Joe was the manager of Buckhorn State Park and possibly the most active volunteer in the direction of getting kids into the outdoors that I have ever known. Joe was my right-hand man in Kids And Mentors Outdoors (KAMO) and quite possibly the wisest person that I have ever known. I was sitting around a campfire the night before Joe's funeral when I was told that Rodney Brown had passed away, and that I had missed his funeral and party that had been that very same day.
Rod and Mary Ann Brown own beau Flowage. I said "no worries, Lodge of Lake View on the Turtle I can dive down and retrieve it." Flambeau Flowage and are very Rod was against this plan. It was dear friends of mine. cold and dangerous. I said "to Anyone that knew Rod was heck with it" and followed the well aware of what a great guy he anchor rope to a stump. was. My craziest memory with After coming up for air, I went Rod was while fishing. We went down again, and I have to admit, to pull the anchor and were over the water was chilly near the bot20 feet of water when we dis- tom. I felt great pride when I covered that his $30 anchor was stuck on the bottom of the Flam- Please see WALTERS, page TR3
Hopefully deer registration stations don't get "modernized" out of existence By Jerry Davis
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ne recommendation made by James Kroll in the recently released final report on Wisconsin's deer management is that "the current check station and paper forms used for reporting deer should be modernized." Kroll, Dave Guynn and Gary Alt were contracted by Gov. Scott Walker to make suggestions on how Wisconsin could better manage wild deer and conduct a popular season. The report was released to the public earlier in the month. In 1953, a new regulation required all successful hunters to register deer killed. While it may be a good thing to "modernize" the process, requiring hunters to visit registration stations should by no means be discontinued. Hunters should still be required to transport their deer to a check station, where the animal is tagged and information collected.
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Deer registration stations, like this one, provide a gathering place for hunters to talk about the day's hunt.
Why? Tradition. Ray Eye, in his new book, "Ray Eye's Turkey Hunter's Bible," writes that "one of the many enjoyable and fun parts of turkey season in the Ozarks is going to town to check in your turkey, read the info on who killed turkeys, visit with other hunters, and have breakfast in town:' The same holds true in Wisconsin - especially in regards to the camaraderie of deer season.
At the risk of overreacting to Kroll's suggestion to modernize, think about what might be lost. Simply the idea of losing the tradition of in-person registration is worrisome considering the state recently dispensed with inperson turkey registration. It's no small thing. Businesses depend on hunters coming to register deer. Please see DEER, page TR3
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Kapco gives summer baseball a boost Did the 1,200-plus passionate high school baseball fans who packed Kapco Park on the campus of Concordia University-Wisconsin for the WIAA state championship game between Oak Creek and Germantown on July 20 actually give the waning summer version of the sport a badly needed shot in From the the arm? We'll wait and see, Pressbox because numbers have been dwindling for the summer version of the game for years now (the vast majority play spring ball), but the passion and energy as well as the whimsy and generosity that Steve Tietz everyone saw and experienced on that beautiful summer day on the shores of Lake Michigan may help bring a few more schools and maybe conferences back and keep a few others who have been wavering in the fold.
"You yell like crazy for your guys, it's good for your lungs, gives you a lift and nobody calls the cops. Pretty girls, lots of 'em." — quote from the late actor Humphrey Bogart on why he likes baseball, on a sign at Kapco "It's only the first year," said Tournament Manager and Homestead Activities Director Ryan Mangan, "but a lot of people in the Milwaukee area saw what can be done here. If it can attain that goal and that is the outcome (of bringing more teams back to sumPlease see TIETZ, Page 12
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Germantown senior rightfielder Taylor Klopatek, shown here making a spectacular catch during recent sectional action, was one of eight seniors who led the Warhawks to a record-setting 25-10 state runner-up season.
After gaining focus, Germantown's baseball squad was almost unstoppable School record season included North Shore title By STEVEN L. TIETZ
firstname.lastname@example.org Germantown — There was the loss
to coach Jeff Wolf s old friends at Nicolet early in the season and after that, the Germantown baseball team found its footing, hit a groove and then never looked back. But it took awhile to get there. For after that 5-2 defeat, the high expectation team was 3-5 overall and a
more calamitous 1-2 in North Shore play. "There were some close losses to some good teams," Wolf said, "but we needed to show what we were made of. We could either go down the wrong path or stick together and go out and get what we want. "Because no one was going to give it to us." Captains call meeting There were two meetings called after that game. One by the coaches, and more importantly, another set by
co-captains Danny Krause, Brian Keller, Jimmy Doedens and Louis Tuszynski. "We had envisioned something greater," said the second-team WBCA All-State catcher Krause, "but we felt that were falling back onto our heels. We called that meeting to get everything figured out. One thing we wanted to do was to get everybody out to the field before 10:30 a.m. (every day for a captain's practice) to make sure we were ready (for games)."
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New Brillion Elementary School principal selected By Andrew Pantzlaff The Brillion News
third and fifth grade levels. In addition, she was also the summer school childcare coordinator for the district, BRILLION - The Brillion Board of where she gained early childhood exEducation has selected a new elemen- perience. Brillion school superintendent tary school principal - and she's no Nick Madison said Defter should bestranger to Brillion. Carrie Deiter, a graduate of Brillion come a quality addition to the district. "The Board of Education and I High School who also has children attending Brillion Middle School, was are extremely pleased to have Carrie on board. We believe selected as the successhe is someone who sor to outgoing principal can continue the inCathy Prozanski. "I'm very excited and novative spirit that is Deiter said she's exhonored to have the cited for her new role, chance to serve the corn- valued in our community through both especially considering munity that influenced her local ties and her her firsthand knowledge my life and helped shape experiences in the of the quality of Brilme into the person I am Manitowoc school lion's education system. todayf district," Madison "I was drawn to this Carrie Deiter said. "We are confiposition because I know New BES principal dent that she will lead what a great district our district in a manBrillion is from my own personal experiences and the experi- ner that promotes what is best for our students and community." ences my children are currently havDeiter has a bachelor's degree in ing while attending Brillion Elementary School," Deiter said, adding "I'm Elementary Education from Silver very excited and honored to have the Lake College and a master's degree chance to serve the community that in Administrative Leadership from the influenced my life and helped to shape University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. According to Defter, she's ready to me into the person I am today." Currently, Deiter lives outside of give back to Brillion schools what it Reedsville with her husband Shane gave to her. "I'm eager to meet the staff, stuand two children Madison and Garett. dents, and parents and to work with Before her appointment in Brilthem to provide the best possible edulion, she has worked in the Manitowoc cational experience for each child," Public School District for the past 11 she said. years, where she taught at the second,
Brillion Art in the Prairie will be returning next month. To preview some of the artists ... See page 20.
Grimms Sunrise Horse Farm hosts annual Summer Gallop. See page 11.
John Jay of Wisconsin Rapids takes his dog, Pooky, on all the rides. The dog gets a dog's eye view and is appropriately dressed in sunglasses and held comfortably in a chest type dog carrier. (June Scharenbroch photo)
Hundreds of cyclists go through Village during ride By June Scharenbroch The Brillion News
Wrightstown Rockets go two for two in Legion baseball regional See page 12.
tharrilbr jgoll Du-trig Friday: Mostly Cloudy. S to SE 2 - 4 Kts. Temps: 86/66 Saturday: Cloudy with light showers. No Wind. Temps: 87/66 Sunday: Cloudy early, mostly sunny afternoon. Wind NW 3 - 5 Kts. Temps: 82/61 For complete weather details for this week, see page 3.
As is often the case at golf courses after a hard summer rain, the sand trap at Deer Run became a temporary lake on Thursday, but the muchneeded rain didn't hamper the fun with this soggy sand trap during the Brillion Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing. See page 10 for more photos.
REEDSVILLE - Those who mingled with the participants of the SAGBRAW 2012 (Schramm's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Wisconsin) on Sunday at St. Mary's Historical Building in Reedsville found it was a great opportunity to meet some remarkable folks. The tour runs July 28-August 3. The SAGBRAW tour covers 360 miles in six days starting in Appleton and stopping overnight in Manitowoc and Plymouth, two nights in Waupun, one night in Green Lake and back to Appleton. The longest day is 65 miles; the shortest 54 miles. In all, 380 riders are registered with 60 percent male and 40 percent female. The youngest is 10 and the oldest is 81 with the average age at 53.8. The riders are from Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West
Virginia and Wisconsin.
Mixture of cyclists Jodie Stacken of Chaska, Minn. is on her 40th ride tour while Deb Genz of Park Rapids, Minn will chalk up her 50th ride while on the 6 day tour. This is the first ride for Al and Julie Hillery from Boulder Junction, Wis. John Jay of Wisconsin Rapids takes his dog, Pooky, on all the rides. The dog gets a dog's eye view and is appropriately dressed in sunglasses and held comfortably in a chest carrier similar to an infant carrier. He gets as much attention as Spanky, the inflatable monkey that rides on the back of the bike with Bob Yashinsky of De Pere. The four Lysen sisters mark their 10th year of biking together with the SAGBRAW. Patti Bounds lives in Concord, N.C., Ellen Dickinson, Appleton, Ann Pabst, Neenah, and Jan Lysen, Minneapolis, Minn The tour gives them lots of time for laughs and catching up. Barb Willoughby rode the tour 20 years ago when she was single. This time, she and her 17 year-old son,
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ABOVE: Natasha Komperud, 9, left, and Lill i Madsen paddle to the shore while canoeing at Camp Ehawee. BELOW: Camp Ehawee takes up about 300 acres at the end of a nondescript road.
`Unplugging' at summer camp By PATRICK B. ANDERSON email@example.com
MINDORO — A canoe slid up the bank of a marshy slough, carrying two life-vested campers. Carey Cappuccio grabbed one end and dragged the boat free of brown water, and then waited as two young Girl Scouts hopped ashore. Cappuccio, 24, first came to this sprawling campus of cabins and forest as a scout. Now, she calls summer camp home. Camp plays a different role in the lives of today's youth, but Cappuccio, the assistant camp director here, hopes children can still find a place for the outdoors. "I want kids to love it as much as I do," she said. Camp Ehawee takes up about 30o acres, tucked into a wooded area at the end of a nondescript country road. Ehawee serves as an overnight
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Girl Scouts camp, with summer programs running between June and August. It has the key features of the prototypical summer camp: swimming pool, crafts building, cafeteria and a vibrant population of mosquitoes.
"They mostly attack the kids;' Cappuccio said. Ehawee is a great place for girls to escape the pressures of life, camp director Andrea Tsilis said. But today's pressures are changed, more pervasive. Scouts
— and even some camp staff members — struggle to unplug, Tsilis said. Computers, smartphones and tablets — all modern-day technology, for that matter — are forbidden at Ehawee, except in the camp's administrative offices. Summer camp's lessons stay the same, but the subject matter becomes more foreign, and more important, as technology progresses, Tsilis said. Campers learn how to keep cool without air conditioning, and how to keep warm without controlled heating. They learn how to cook over a fire, how to make crafts and share their abilities in talent shows. "We have them do that creative thinking with our limited resources," Tsilis said. Troop leader Nicole Biessman brought five scouts from Middleton, Wis., to Ehawee so they could connect with the out-
doors in ways that aren't possible in the city. "It teaches them independence:' Biessman said. "It helps them socially." Shannon Collier, 9, lives in Cross Plains, Wis., but spent two days at Ehawee with her Girl Scouts troop. Her favorite summer camp activity was canoeing. "It was my first time, and I just like to be in the water," she said. "I did a lot of paddling, and there was a lot of stuff in the water." Camp is still a place for children to seek adventure, meet new friends and build self-confidence, Tsilis said. Even if it does mean bringing home a few mosquito bites. "Camp, more than anything, I think, it just really develops who you are;' Tsilis said. "What are you good at? What would you like to do?"
LEFT: Genevieve Eck, 6, of Middleton works on an art project at Camp Ehawee. RIGHT: The scouts at Camp Ehawee hike through the woods back to the main shelter.
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SENTEN / Past From Page 11A when the boys returned. That's when he fired again, according to investigators. "It wasn't critical that he take that bus. He could have left," Rich said. Sierra reportedly told investigators his "original beef" with the 17-yearold boy began the previous year at Horlick High School when the 17year-old flashed a gang sign at Sierra's girlfriend, the complaint said. When police later searched Sierra's home, they found a silver, .22-caliber Taurus handgun with pink grips, which was stolen in August. Officers also found several marijuana plants at Sierra's residence, the complaint said. Assistant District Attorney Robert Repischak said Sierra has been using drugs since he was 12 years old and started selling them at 13. Rich said Sierra was 5 years old when he saw his brother fatally shot by Chicago police. His father was living in a garage at one point, and his mother has been homeless, she said. He told her he gave them some mon-
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ey when he sold drugs, Rich said. "I think for the most part he was left to run on the streets and raise himself," she said. Last month, Sierra pleaded no contest to being party to a burglary, possessing marijuana with the intent to deliver and two amended charges of recklessly endangering safety. In addition to the eight years in prison, Torhorst sentenced Sierra to 10 years on extended supervision. Torhorst also sentenced him to consecutive sentences of one year each in prison and on extended supervision, but Torhorst stayed those terms for two years. That means Sierra would have to violate terms of his supervision for those sentences to kick in. Rich said Sierra will receive credit for 10 months already spent in jail. In structuring the sentence, Torhorst said he needed to weigh protecting the community with rehabilitating Sierra. "I'm satisfied that your upbringing and background have given you the street smarts to figure out how to protect yourself:' Torhorst said. "But inappropriately."
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From Page 11A into the apartment, the complaint said. The victim said there was blood all over the apartment because he was walking around trying to stop the bleeding. The victim had apparently told the hospital staff the wound was from dropping a glass, which he tried to tell officers until they pointed out the bloody steak knife. The victim said the wound was "just a poke" and didn't want Gray to get in trouble
and refused to cooperate with the investigation, the complaint said. Gray allegedly admitted she "poked him" with the knife because she wanted him to leave when he tried to get past the chained door and she "was surprised how much blood there was;' the complaint said. Gray appeared in court for her initial appearance on Monday. A cash bond was set for $2,500 and her preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 2 at 8:30 a.m.
Thompson goes after Hovde in new U.S. Senate race ad SCOTT BAUER
MADISON — Former Wis-
consin Gov. Tommy Thompson has unleashed his first attack ad of the U.S. Senate race campaign, accusing hedge fund manager Eric Hovde of gaming the system and betting against American taxpayers. Hovde, who polls show is gaining on Thompson with the primary three weeks away, posted a response on his campaign website Monday calling Thompson's television ad "a disappointing and disingenuous display of politics as usual!' Thompson's latest spot going after Hovde, released on Saturday, came a day after Thompson sent both Hovde and third candidate Mark Neumann a letter complaining about their ads attacking him. The latest back and forth be tween the candidates shows a further intensification of the race to fill Wisconsin's open Senate seat vacated by the retirement of Democrat Herb Kohl. Besides Thomp son, Hovde and Neumann, state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald is also running as a Republican. U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin is the only Democrat in the race. Hovde opponents have been trying to knock down his campaign as it appears to be gaining momentum. The national anti-tax group Club for Growth launched a television ad attacking him and Thomp son two weeks ago. Neumann is also running his own spot attacking Hovde's conservative credentials because he donated $500 to Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle in 2006. Hovde responded with his own spot last week, accusing Thompson and Neumann of slinging mud in an attempt to distract attention from their own poor records. In Thompson's latest, his
first attack ad of the campaign, he accuses Hovde of running a hedge fund that "used 'Uncle Sam' to buy banks" and "gamed the system and bet against American companies and homeowners!' The ad quotes from a January 2009 Hovde Industry Update article titled "Let Uncle Sam Pay For Your Acquisition." Hovde said in his response that the newsletter was written by a Hovde Financial employee after he no longer had any involvement with the company. Hovde called the newsletter's headline "stupid!' Hovde also dismissed the ad's claim that he bet against American companies and homeowners, calling it "a deceitful attack that comes straight from the Democrat's class -warfare playbook." Hovde said his funds made investment decisions "against sub -prime mortgage companies and Wall Street investment firms that were selling toxic mortgage products to American homeowners and engaging in financial fraud." Thompson's attack ad comes after he wrote a letter Friday to Neumann and Hovde complaining about ads attacking him. "Every single dollar in advertising my campaign has spent to date has been solely about my record and my vision for the country;' Thompson said. "Only Jeff Fitzgerald and I could say that!' Now, only Fitzgerald can say that. He hasn't run a single television ad so far. Hovde is showing movement in the polls, going from 18 points down to Thompson in a June poll by Marquette University Law School to just 12 down. That poll showed Thompson leading the field with 35 percent, followed by Hovde at 23 percent, Neumann and 10 percent and Fitzgerald at 6.
Records show Skyward accepted tax break offer SCOTT BAUER
MADISON — Newly released re-
cords show a Stevens Point company accepted an offer of tax breaks contingent on it winning a state contract, appearing to contradict earlier claims from Gov. Scott Walker's administration that no firm commitment had been made to the company. Documents provided to The Associated Press under the state's open records law Monday show the chief executive officer of information systems company Skyward signed an acceptance of the $11.7 million tax break offer on March 26, four days after it was proposed. The signed agreement with the quasi-private Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation makes clear that its provisions are not binding until a final contract is executed. No such contract was prepared before the offer was rescinded, WEDC spokesman Tom Thieding said. "This was a soft offer;' Thieding said. "It's an agreement to agree!' The offer was contingent on Skyward winning a $15 million contract to implement a new statewide student information system. Skyward threatened to leave the state if it doesn't get the contract. A day before the bids were due last month, Walker's administration announced it was suspending the process because of concerns about the propriety of the tax breaks offered to Skyward. Walker's Department of Administration, which manages bidding on state projects, said the offer violated the spirit of the process. Democratic critics have questioned whether it amounts to illegal bid rigging.
When DOA announced on June 18 that the bid process was being sus pended, it said Skyward had been made a "soft offer of economic development assistance." In a June 19 email, DOA spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster described the so-called "soft offer" this way: "To be clear, Skyward did not receive any firm commitment, monetary awards, or tax incentives from WEDC!' The documents provided to the AP show the company had accepted the offer. But nothing would be finalized until the WEDC board approved the deal and Skyward signed a contract, Thieding said. Even then, no money would have gone to Skyward until it met certain investment and job-creation goals. "We get a lot of those where nothing ever transpires;' Thieding said. "We get a number of commitment letters or soft offers that never get executed into a contract. Really it's just an agreement to agree on the initial terms of the offer." One email provided under the open records request came from David Volz, WEDC's government affairs director. It included a list of companies for Walker to call immediately following his June 5 recall election. The email, dated the day of the recall, makes clear that Skyward "accepted WEDC offer of $11.7M in enterprise zone tax credits!' The email provided for Walker said the tax credits were offered to Skyward "to assist in the event the company wins" the state contract. Walker announced last week that he was shaking up leadership of WEDC , just a year after it replaced the Department of Commerce.
Walker appointed his deputy chief of staff Ryan Murray to the No. 2 position at WEDC to improve communications and work more closely with other state agencies. WEDC leader Paul Jadin has stood by the Skyward offer, saying he believed it was legal because his agency isn't bound by procurement laws that forbid bid-rigging. Even so, Walker said no such offers will be made again and companies talking to WEDC will be asked to sign a document saying they are not bidding, or planning to bid, on state projects. Democratic members of the Legislature's budget committee sent Jadin a letter Monday expressing "serious concerns" regarding how WEDC is operating and its job creation efforts. The letter refers to Skyward and what Democrats called a lack of specificity and details about WEDC's plans to spend $25 million in economic development credits. The lawmakers said the Joint Finance Committee must take additional steps to ensure the agency is working correctly and called on Jadin to address the issues WEDC spends any money. Rep. Robin Vos, the Republican co-chair of the committee, said he hadn't seen the Democrats' letter, he thinks WEDC has been doing a "wonderful job" and concerns over what happened with Skyward were overblown. "I don't even think it was that big of a deal," he said It's possible that Skyward will still get the state contract. The company was allowed to submit a bid once the process was restarted, but Walker's administration hasn't said who turned them in by the July 10 deadline. I KCMY
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Man hurt after chasing suspect Racine police responded at about 10:57 p.m. on Saturday to the 1600 block of St. Clair Street for an assault, according to a report. Upon arriving, officers observed a man lying in the grass crying in pain with a set of crutches next to him, the report said. The man told police that he was at a residence in the block and he heard a noise in the yard. After hearing another tap on the window, the man said he went out to investigate with a dog and saw a man dressed all in black with a ski mask. The man believed the suspect was trying to break into vehicles parked in a driveway and pursued the suspect with the dog through yards, according to the report. The man reportedly came upon the suspect in a driveway and tried to detain him, the report said. The suspect then allegedly kicked the man in his right knee and ran away. The man had already been injured in his knee and fell, the report said.
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her permission, according to Racine police. She reported the incident happened sometime between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday in the 3400 block of Washington Avenue. She returned to her residence to find all the lights on, the door unlocked and opened, the AC on and the shower running, the report said. She also found a wet towel that hadn't been there before. She believed someone also ate a piece of red velvet cake that had been in the refrigerator. Officers did not find forced entry.
Man assaulted, iPhone taken during robbery A 30-year-old man reported he was assaulted during a robbery at about 2:47 a.m. on Sunday in the 3800 block of 15th Street, according to Racine police. Officers found he was bleeding from the right side of his head. The man, who appeared intoxicated, told officers he'd been punched in the mouth by two suspects. He said he tried to defend himself and fight back but one of them hit the right side of his head with an unknown object and he fell to the ground, the report said. The suspects allegedly took his iPhone and fled on foot. Witnesses told police they also saw two of the three suspects in the area approach and attack the man, according to the report. Journal Times staff
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Wednesday night's rain perked up stressed crops and farmers in Kenosha County. "Everything looks greener and happier," said Sharon Schmekel about her family's crops and other vegetation on Thursday morning. "Leaves on the trees were looking wilty, but now they are more full. Even the birds are singing and happy." The Paris resident was joyous about the 1.7 inches that fell from a thunderstorm at her home for several hours starting about 8 p.m. Wednesday and easily soaked the ground. "This buys us time," she cautiously said of the storm's gift. "We're grateful for what we got, but this didn't cure everything." The hot, dry summer has hurt crops across parts of the
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things: rain totaled 3 inches, down 2.77 inches, or 48 percent, from the 5.77-inch normal. For the year so far, the amount is almost 14 inches,
down 5 inches, or 36 percent, from normal. Schmekel — who said her family farms 700 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and some hay in northwest Kenosha County and part of Racine County, including Paris, Brighton, Dover and Yorkville — noted corn has been short and uneven, while soybeans and hay dwindled in size, with the latter shrinking to 8 inches when 2 feet is typical. Harvest predictions for this year would be difficult to make at this point, she said, noting the drought of 1988 cut their normal harvest in half.
Collar, National Weather Service meteorologist. Pleasant Prairie received 2 inches. More rain fell to the south, where the Waukegan, Ill., airport had 2.25 inches of rain, according to the Weather Service. Chances for rain this coming week are limited: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 20 percent, with a jump to 40 percent by Tuesday night, and 30 percent on Wednesday. Also: ■ The Fox River at New Munster reached a record low on Monday, measuring 4.72 feet. Wednesday's rain boosted the level to 5.39 feet by 7:30 a.m. Thursday. ■ Power was out for at Heavy storm least three Kenosha County There were reports of 3 to 4 locations, affecting fewer inches of rain soaking sites in than 40 residences, Thursday western Kenosha County on morning. We Energies ofa path from Salem to Slades ficials said the thunderstorm Corners to Bassett, said Paul was the cause.
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The Farm's Damien Home back flips his way along the Country Thunder performance runway Thursday night. Huge crowds enjoyed cooler temperatures after rains helped break drought-like conditions on the grounds. The festival continues today through Sunday In Randall.
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performance. The atmosphere they gave out was great," said Jeremy Leskovisek, of Champaign, Ill. "I've never heard them before, but their energy was awesome." Leskovisek and his girlfriend Ellen Terstriep said the light rain in the middle of The Farm's performance See THUNDER, Back page
State loses jobs in June, unemployment rate rises MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin lost an estimated 11,700 private sector jobs in Juneand the unemployment rate rose to 7 percent, the state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday. The figures are based on a survey of about 3.5 percent of Wisconsin businesses and subject to significant monthly and quarterly revisions. Gov. Scott Shortly Walker after the report was released, DWD Secretary Reggie Newson sent a letter to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics asking that it change how it compiles the monthly data so it is more accurate. The reliability of the monthly data, versus the quarterly numbers, was a major issue during Gov. Scott Walker's recall election in the spring. Walker drew heat for releasing quarterly figures, which showed a more positive job picture in 2011 than previously reported, before the bureau could vet the numbers. Despite the ongoing dispute over the accuracy of the monthly data, the numbers are not good for Walker. He promised during the 2010 campaign and again in the recall election that, over four years, the state would add 250,000 private sector jobs under his leadership. Walker is far from meeting that promise. Based on the monthly estimates for 2012 and more accurate data from 2011, Wisconsin . has added 45,315 jobs since Walker took office. With that pace, 120,804 jobs will be created by 2015, less than half what Walker promised. The latest monthly report shows job losses in most sectors, including construction, manufacturing, leisure and hospitality and other services.
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The processor attachment for making shredlage somewhat resembles a combination of an older typewriter model and computer printer unit. (Photos by Ray Mueller)
Shredlage a term applied to new silage processing method Ray Mueller Correspondent CHILTON Will shredlage become a rage in the processing of corn silage and possibly with grains, hay, and straw as forage feeds? Shredlage is a trademarked term referring to a new method of processing corn silage, which shreds the plant stover lengthwise and in longer theoretical lengths of cut, making the fiber of the coarse stover more digestible in the rumen of dairy cows. Representatives of the company that is making and selling the specialized cross-grooved processing rollers, which are adapted for use with some Claas self-propelled choppers, and potentially John Deere, spoke at the Calumet County forage council's 2012 summer twilight meeting at See Farms. The technique was discovered when a Mennonite farmer used an old John Deere chopper that shredded the corn stalks rather than crossing cutting them, according to company partner Roger Olson, a livestock nutritionist at Baldwin. When that silage was fed to dairy cows, better performance was noted. The unusually chopped silage carne to the attention of Ross Dale, another partner, who is a livestock nutritionist at Oskalooska, IA. When Olson learned of this, he had his father Loren, of Westby, make a prototype model to chop corn silage in a similar manner. The third owner is Bob Scherer, who operates Scherer Corrugation and Design at Tea, S.D. The current version of the shredlage units sell for $29,200 with a five-year warranty on the frame and with the expectation that the rollers will need to be
replaced about once a year, depending on the amount of use, Scherer indicated. Scherer explained that the roller grinds and chews stalk stover rather than cross cutting it. He said one manufactured lot of 25 units sold out fast and that this year's units are approaching a sellout. Olson reported that five dairy farmers in the Madison area intend to make shredlage with their corn this year. Scherer said the units are adapted for five recent model Claas choppers and John Deere is working to fit them to its 7750 and 7950 choppers. Most of the units introduced to the commercial market in 2011 are currently in use in Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin, Olson stated. He said it is likely to require a bit more horsepower and diesel fuel than the traditional silage processing unit. Because of the intense physical requirements of the shredding process, the prototype had to be strengthened, Scherer stated. He said buyers have to use
the company's rolls, bearings, and springs and that, to protect the smaller parts, an oil mist is sprayed onto the bearings during operation and temperature, belt tension, and air pressure monitoring are provided. A physical difference in the processing is a 30 millimeter or one and one-quarter inch theoretical length of cut compared to the three-fourths inch that is a common practice, Olson pointed out. A bonus, he added, is how virtually all of the corn kernels are crushed. One concern with the shredlage was that dairy cows might like to sort it at feed bunks but this has definitely not proven to a problem, Olson remarked. This is happening although about 35 percent of the silage is being caught on the top or largest screen on the Penn State shaker box compared to about 10 percent with conventional silage, he said. With a longer or skinny cut shaping of the corn stover, rather than block-like cuts, the silage tends to be more fluffy
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but it packs even better than conventional silage — an average of three more pounds more cubic foot, Olson reported. "We will try the shredlage unit with other forages, too." The shredlage lends itself to harvest at between 60 and 65 percent moisture, Olson pointed out. Because of a harvesting delay, the shredlage made at See Farms in the fall of 2011 was at only 45 to 47 percent moisture with black-layered kernels but it has stored well and is being fed, he observed. "But we don't recommend moisture that low." With the shredlage, Olson believes that corn silage can account for up to 85 percent of the forage in a dairy ration with no need to tone down the ration or its moisture level with dry hay or wheat straw. He said high-moisture corn would not be needed and more byproduct feeds could be accommodated. One of Olson's clients, a dairy farmer who since has had to sell his cows because of serious health problems, had a herd whose daily milk production average per cow jumped from 85 to 92 pounds when introduced to the shredlage. A mineral mix made up much of the remainder of the ration, he said. In another herd, the daily milk per cow reached an average of 104 pounds, Olson noted. He said he's confident that brown mid-rib corn would fare just as well as conventional corn although it already possesses traits of better fiber digestibility. (That the claim of increased milk production, though at lower numbers, is valid according to an initial study conducted with the University of WisconsinMadison dairy herd in late 2011 at Arlington. See separate story for details.) More information about corn shredlage and the new processing rolls used to make it is available on the www.shredlage.com and www.scherercorrugating. com Web sites.
The Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Association's 4th Annual Summer Spectacular Show is slated Aug. 18, at the Marathon Fair Park, Wausau, The Summer Spectacular will offer youth a last chance before the start of school to exhibit their livestock projects and participate in an educational quiz bowl and judging contest. Entries must be postmarked by July 31 to avoid paying late entry fees. Exhibitors age 8-19 by Jan. 1, 2012, in the beef, sheep and swine projects are eligible to exhibit. 2012 Master Stockman Award applications will be accepted at the Summer Spectacular Show. Three $750 Master Stockman awards within the beef, sheep and swine species will be chosen as well as three $500 runner-ups. Summer Spectacular entry information and 2012 Master Stockman Award applications can be found on the WLBA website at www.wisconsinlivestockbreeders. com or by contacting Executive Director Jill Alf at 608868-2505 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Deadline approaching for BQA award nominations The Aug. 10 application deadline for the fifth annual checkoff-funded National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award is quickly approaching. The National BQA Awards recognize four winners in the area of beef, dairy, marketing and education: • The beef and dairy awards recognize producers that best demonstrate animal care and handling principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective operations. • The BQA Educator Award is open to individuals or companies that provide high quality and innovative training to individuals that care and handle cattle throughout the industry chain. • The BQA Marketer Award is open to livestock markets, cattle buyers and supply-chain programs that promote BQA to their customers and offer them opportunities to get certified. BQA award winners will be selected by a committee of representatives from universities, state beef councils and affiliated groups. Nominations can be submitted by any organization, group, or individual on behalf of a U.S. beef producer, marketer or educator. Individuals and families may not nominate themselves, though nominees are expected to be involved in preparation of the application.
New Fresh Cow Summary report launched by AgSource A new and improved Fresh Cow Summary (FCS) report has been launched by AgSource Cooperative Services, Verona. The FCS focuses on overall fresh cow transition and was developed with the help of Dr. Ken Nordlund from the Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. New formatting features easy-to-understand distribution graphs and supporting data tables to monitor fresh cow management that capture up to 14 months of history. "The FCS is an important tool because it offers producers a chance to objectively evaluate fresh cow management," says Robert Fourdraine, vice president products, services & development at AgSource. "Improving the fresh cow program offers long-term health benefits for the cow and increased dividends for the producer in terms of lower turn-over and higher production." Featuring the patented Transition Cow Index®, the FCS also monitors fresh cow subclinical ketosis, subclinical mastitis and the number of cows leaving the herd during the first 60 days of lactation. Not only can producers see values on their cows, they can measure how well they are doing by comparing their values against benchmarks for peer herds and overall management goals. AgSource members who are signed up on the Fresh Cow Summary report will start receiving the new report after their next DHI test. For more information, visit www.agsource.com , call 800236-0097 or email email@example.com .
Cattlemen's Boot Camp, Sept. 28-20
Can you identify this person? A free, one-year subscription to the Wisconsin State Farmer will be awarded each week to the lucky person who can correctly identify the "Mystery Person." Each week, one name will be selected from the correct replies received by Wednesday. Limit of one winner per family, per year and one entry per week. Mail your replies on a postcard now to: Wisconsin State Farmer Mystery Person Contest P.O. Box 152 Waupaca, WI 54981
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Cattle producers are invited to gather for a Cattlemen's Boot Camp, Sept. 28-29, at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. The event, hosted by the American Angus Association® in partnership with the university, provides purebred and commercial producers timely information presented by academic and industry professionals. Open to all cattle producers, Cattlemen's Boot Camps are funded by the Angus Foundation and feature a day and a half of educational materials and speakers. Topics include: business management, herd health, cow herd nutrition and reproductive management, feed efficiency, understanding carcass grades, adding value to a commercial herd, and communication in the beef industry. Registration is $75 per person and includes meals and educational materials. Registration forms are due Sept. 4 and can be submitted electronically or mailed to Misty Taylor at the American Angus Association, 3201 Frederick Ave., Saint Joseph, MO, 64506. Late and walk-in registrations are not accepted. Hotel rooms are available at the Hilton Garden Inn for a rate of $99, plus tax. To reserve a room, call 307-7455500 and ask for the University Business rate. To register, visit www.angus.org .
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Feds: No zoo license for Ludwig for 1 year Majority of zoo's board quits
Zoo founder will 'get rid' of animals if he can't lease or sell facility to someone with USDA permit By Kent Tempus OCR editor
TOWN of RIVERVIEW — With no prospect of getting his own federal exhibitor's license for at least a year, Casey Ludwig's window of opportunity to reopen Lakewood Zoo may be closing rapidly. Although the Riverview Town Board last week agreed to recommend permits crucial to opening the zoo, Ludwig must follow several detailed restrictions. Should he fail to follow any of them, said Plan Commission Chairman Paal Hansen, "... his permit will be revoked and he will remove the animals." One of the conditions is for the facility to keep progressing toward the goal of becoming accredited by the American Zoological Association, a process that could take 18 months once it is open to the public. To do that, though, the
zoo must have a federal exhibitor's license issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But Ludwig's license lapsed in November when he missed the renewal date, and the zoo has not been open since. An application in December to the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service's for new license was denied, and Ludwig appealed. A federal administrative law judge on June 26 disqualified Ludwig from obtaining the license for one year. The judge found "the record is undisputed that (Ludwig's) repeated failure to comply with State law renders him unfit to be licensed." Ludwig — who said the decision was not unexpected — told town officials on July 10 that a man from Florida will be corning to look over the operation and consider exhibiting the animals under his USDA exhibitors permit. Despite the approvals, the town board seemed
Ex-zookeeper alleges safety hazards, animal care problems By Kent Tempus
disinclined to give Ludwig much leeway on making progress toward reopening the zoo. Ludwig said the man will attend an Aug. 2 public hearing on his Harmful and Exotic Wild Animal permit from the town of Riverview. The Riverview Town Board approved the permit, pending the public hearing. "I'm trying to lease the park or sell it," said Ludwig. The board also voted to recommend a conditionaluse permit to the Oconto County Planning Commission. The permit, if issued by the county, would allow Ludwig to operate the zoo, a retail store and a fire» See ZOO, A2
A majority of the board of directors of Lakewood Zoo — formed last spring to oversee and hopefully revitalize foundering facility — have quit. Those board members and a recently hired zookeeper all resigned on June 22, then met with town of Riverview officials the next day to allege serious safety hazards and animal care deficiencies. "It was presented as a desperate situation," according to minutes of a special town board meeting held June 25 to discuss the allegations. The town considered the charges serious enough to find two USDA-approved Rescue
Operations to temporarily house the animals if necessary and contacted Oconto County District Attorney John Evans and Corporation Counsel Robert Mraz to seek a legal opinion on the ownership of the animals. However, an Oconto County deputy who reviewed the park a day or two later at Mraz's request found no apparent problems at the zoo. "The report we had from the board and the zookeeeper, and what we heard (from the deputy), they were diametrically opposed," Riverview Plan Commission chairman Paal Hansen said last week. The town board took no further action on the zoo until July 10, when it approved a Harmful and Exotic Animal Permit, pending a public hearing, and recommended Oconto County issue Ludwig a conditional-use permit for the zoo and his retail business. (See accompanying story.) Ludwig said the condi-
tions at the zoo are safe. He added that while improvements do need to be made, the claims made by former board members have only slowed efforts to get the zoo open. "We have to straighten things out," Ludwig said after leaving the Riverview Town Board meeting on July 10. "We'd had made a lot more progress (except for the allegations). We'd been a lot further along. We're going to move forward." Steve Snyder, who served as zookeeper at Lakewood Zoo for about three weeks, said he and the now-former board members were trying to make things better before they quit. "In Casey's eyes, we were against him," Snyder said. "We were doing our jobs." Snyder made several allegations about safety and animal conditions at the zoo in a five-page » See BOARD, A2
Oconto, Oconto Falls compare well on municipal debt By Kent Tempus OCR editor
Night bite A man fishes near the shore of Anderson Lake in the town of Breed shortly before dusk one day last week. TEMPUS/OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
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Oconto and Oconto Falls have less debt per capita than most other Wisconsin communities of their size, according to information compiled by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. Residents of the two communities also paid much less per resident for law enforcement services, according to the WTA study of 2010 municipal spending. The study found that total debt in the state's 243 most populous cities and villages (excluding Madison and Milwaukee), increased by 3.5 percent, the second smallest increase in a decade. The average debt was $1,533 per capita. In Oconto, the city's per capita debt decreased slightly, from $1,028 to $1,019. For Oconto Falls, debt increased from $961 to $1,095. Those figures are among the lowest for municipalities of population similar to Oconto, with 4,513 residents, and Ocon-
to Falls, with 2,891 residents. All but one of the nine other communities with populations of about 4,200 to 4,800 had per capita .debt much higher than Oconto, the highest being Prescott at $2,365. The lowest — zero —was in the largest of those cities, West Salem, which is one of just four communities in the state with no debt. For Oconto Falls, all but two of nine other communities with populations of 2,635 to 3,167 had lower per capita debt. Kewaunee was just $169, while Spooner was $622. Most of the others were much higher, including the highest in the state, Lake Delton (pop. 2,914), which was $6,445. However, that community's tourism-related infrastructure has likely driven that number abnormally high. Total general obligation debt in Oconto decreased slightly in 2010, from $4.65 million to $4.6 million. But the city last month issued $2.8 million » See DEBT, A2
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The 18th annual American Cancer Society's Relay For Life will kick off at 4 p.m. Friday on the track at the Watertown High School. Teams of approximately 15 members will be setting up tents with decorations based on the theme, "Around the World in 20 Hours." The slogan this year is "Passport to Hope." Last year the local relay raised approximately $94,000 for cancer research. RELAY Relay For Life is a unique FOR LIFE grassroots fundraising event in which individuals and teams of participants in nearly 5,100 communities nationwide walk around a track to celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved one lost, commit to fight back against the disease. The money raised through the relay supports the American Cancer Society's efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Watertown's 20-hour event kick's off Friday with an opening ceremony. The money hut, food but and silent auction opens at that time. Survivor registration will begin at 4 p.m. with the survivor ceremony set for 7 p.m. Survivors will join together to take a lap, unified in victory and hope, while the rest of the event's participants line the track to cheer them on. A luminaria ceremony will remember those lost to cancer and honor those who have survived. There will also be caregiver lumi(Continued on back, col. 4)
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Formal charges Distracted walking is growing problem expected today DENVER (AP) — Launching a case that legal analysts expect to be dominated by arguments over the defendant's sanity, Colorado prosecutors plan to file formal charges today against James Eagan Holmes, the former neuroscience student accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others at an Aurora movie theater. Attorneys will also argue over a defense motion to find out who leaked information to the news media about a package the 24-year-old former neuroscience graduate student allegedly sent to his psychiatrist at the University of Colorado Denver. Authorities seized the package July 23, three days after the shooting, after finding it in the mailroom of the medical campus where Holmes studied.
Several media outlets reported that it contained a notebook with descriptions of an attack, but Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers said in court papers that the parcel hadn't been opened by the time the "inaccurate" news reports appeared. Investigators said Holmes began stockpiling gear for his assault four months ago and bought his weapons in May and June, well before the shooting spree just after midnight during a showing of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." He was arrested by police outside the theater. Analysts said that means it's likely there's only one main point of legal dispute between prosecutors and the defense. "I don't think it's too hard to (Continued on back, col. 1)
Whitewater student is found dead in quarry WHITEWATER (AP) — A missing University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student has been found dead in a limestone quarry in Walworth County. The sheriff's office said the body of 21-year-old Benjamin R. Fuder was found Sunday about 6:45 a.m. The circumstances of his death were not immediately released, although foul play is not suspected. Fuder was last seen in downtown Whitewater shortly after
midnight Saturday morning. He was reported missing late Saturday night. His body was found at the Whitewater Limestone Quarry in the town of Whitewater, just outside the Whitewater city limits. The coroner responded and identified the body as that of Fuder, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff David Graves said authorities don't suspect foul play at this time, although the investigation is ongoing.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A young man talking on a cellphone meanders along the edge of a lonely train platform at night. Suddenly he stumbles, loses his balance and pitches over the side, landing head first on the tracks. Fortunately there were no trains approaching the Philadelphia-area station at that moment, because it took the man several minutes to recover enough to climb out of danger. But the incident, captured last year by a security camera and provided to The Associated Press, underscores the risks of what government officials and safety experts say is a growing problem: distracted walking. On city streets, in suburban parking lots and in shopping centers, there is usually someone strolling while talking on a phone, texting with his head down, listening to music, or playing a video game. The problem isn't as widely discussed as distracted driving, but the danger is real. Reports of injuries to distracted walkers treated at hospital emergency rooms have more than quadrupled in the past seven years and are almost certainly underreported. There has been a spike in pedestrians killed and injured in traffic accidents, but there is no reliable data on how many were distracted by electronics. "We are where we were with cellphone use in cars 10 years or so ago. We knew it was a problem, but we didn't have the data," said Jonathan Akins, deputy executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices. State and local officials are struggling to figure out how to respond, and in some cases asking how far government should go in trying to protect people from themselves. In Delaware, highway safety officials opted for a public education campaign, placing decals on crosswalks and sidewalks at busy intersections urging pedestrians to "Look up. Drivers aren't always looking out for you." Philadelphia officials are drafting a safety campaign that will be aimed in part at pedestrians who are looking at their devices instead of where they're going. "One of the messages will certainly be `pick your head up' — I want to say `nitwit,' but I probably shouldn't call them names," said Rina Cutler, deputy mayor for
Pedestrians cross K Street and Connecticut Avenue NW near the Farragut North Metro Entrance in downtown Washington, D.C., earlier this month. Across the country on city streets, in suburban parking lots and in shopping centers, there is usually someone strolling while talking on a phone, texting with their head down, listening to music, or playing a video game. transportation and public utilities. As an April Fool's Day joke with a serious message, Philadelphia officials taped off an "e-lane" for distracted pedestrians on a sidewalk outside downtown office buildings. Some didn't get that it was a joke. "The sad part is we had people who, once they realized we were going to take the e-lane away, got mad because they thought it was really helpful to not have people get in their way while they were walking and texting," Cutler said. When the Utah Transit Authority adopted an ordinance barring pedestrians from
using cellphones, headphones or other distracting electronic devices while crossing the tracks of its light rail system on the streets of Salt Lake City, subject to a $50 fine, the Legislature refused to make it a statewide law. "Look, I get distracted all the time," bristled Utah State Rep. Craig Frank, a Republican who opposed the proposal. "I have a smartphone, too. Walking on sidewalks, in stores and malls, and maybe in a crosswalk sometimes I'm using my cellphone. But I try to stay connected to my (Continued on back, col. 2)
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While lawmakers in Madison acknowledge the need to invest in Wisconsin's technical colleges, it remains to be seen if they are willing to nearly double the amount of money available for state-financed student financial aid grants in the next state budget. Sen. Dave Hansen (DGreen Bay), vice chair of the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee, said in a statement there is a very real need to get people the type of training technical colleges provide. Hansen also said the request will require closer examination. "What we can afford and whether it makes more sense to invest it in more financial aid or providing more instructional opportunities is something we will need to take a close look at," Hansen said. It is reasonable for the board to request the additional funding, said Mike Mikalsen, speaking for Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater). But Mikalsen said he was not sure if the governor would have the money available to meet the request. He added that if money were available for education, it may be directed toward the K-12 system instead. Last week, the technical college system board requested an additional $34.1 million for Wisconsin Higher Education Grants. The request would be in addition to the nearly $37.6 million the system received in the current budget. Technical college spokeswoman Morna Foy said the money is necessary because of a growing need to help students find a way to pay for school. For the coming school year, the system was not able to give grants to 49,000 eligible stu-
dents. Cullen Werwie, speaking for Gov. Scott Walker, said in an email that the specific request will be evaluated in the context of the entire state budget. Sen. Jessica King (DOshkosh), chair of the Committee on Job Training, Technical Colleges and Workforce Development, said the technical colleges need to be made a priority. Citizens are beginning to understand there is a gap between the demand employers have for skilled workers and the number of available employees, King said. She said the skills gap presents an opportunity for lawmakers to come together. Foy said she is glad to hear lawmakers are open to the request and wouldn't expect them to consider it outside of the context of the full budget. "It is up to us to make the case," she said. Foy added, "Students' financial need is so great right now." She said students are often likely to enroll and also less likely to stay at technical colleges because of their economic situation. That works against the system's efforts to attract more students to fields where employers have a demand for skilled workers, Foy said. Before the last state budget, the technical college board requested an additional $23.4 million over
two years, but the request did not make it into the governor's proposed budget. Werwie noted the budget that did pass included no cuts in student financial aid. He said it was important that training at technical colleges leads directly to available jobs. He also said the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation is developing partnerships between private businesses and local technical colleges, providing grant money paired with available jobs. Earlier this week, the foundation announced nearly $3.8 million in grants to five of the state's technical colleges. "It's a good thing that businesses are chipping in to provide assistance for training," Werwie said. Foy said the foundation's grant program is important, but added that because the program is targeted at jobs with certain employers, it will not be able to replace the higher education grant. Mikalsen said Nass, chair of the Committee on Colleges and Universities, would like to see local technical college boards take steps to save money. "It's not just a simple equation of raising tuition," Mikalsen said. He said the technical college system must focus on the demand for certain jobs within local areas, rather than just getting more students through the door.
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Like many of her fellow candidates, Harris' main objective is jobs, which she says depend on holding businesses accountable for creating sustainable employment, particularly if they're offered tax breaks by the state. Mayo could not be reached for an interview, but said in a statement that he hoped to reroute distribution of the state's resources to benefit local homeowners, small-business owners and Milwaukee Area Technical College, as well as public transit. In 2009, Mayo paid a $7,500 forfeiture to settle 15 civil campaign finance charges, including failing to report donations and failing to disclose some campaign spending. Mayo has attributed the problems to sloppy bookkeeping. The final candidate, Triplett, is a relative outsider to state and local politics, but says that works to his advantage. As a small-business owner, Triplett said he enters the race with a "clean slate" compared to politicians, and brings the skill set necessary to foster economic growth. Triplett said he chose to run after a deal with the state to bring job opportunities to Milwaukee ended in frustration last year. A Navy veteran and former football player at UWMadison, Triplett worked for several years as a public school teacher and recently founded a consulting agency that connects businesses with employees and works to aid minority business owners. For Triplett, connecting those with aptitude to jobs that offer training is priority No. 1, combined with offering skills training in public schools to create a "pipeline of talent," as well as helping small businesses become viable to create jobs. The five candidates will face off Aug. 8 in a debate moderated by the local Democratic Party at the Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet St.
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Madison—The primary in state Senate District 6 pits a state representative against two county leaders, a community counselor and a smallbusiness owner. The five face off Aug. 14 in a five-way primary race for the seat of Milwaukee Democratic Sen. Spencer Coggs, a district that faces pressing problems of high unemployment and poverty. After winning the election to be City of Milwaukee treasurer, Coggs is stepping down at the end of his Senate term. Competing in the race are state Rep. Elizabeth Coggs, Spencer Coggs' cousin; Milwaukee County Supervisor Nikiya Harris; Milwaukee County Supervisor Michael Mayo; Allyn Monroe Swan, son of the state's first AfricanAmerican senator; and Milwaukee diversity consultant Delta Triplett. Elizabeth Coggs grew up in a politically active family, taking part in protests, boycotts and campaigns from a young age. Coggs says she found her parents' passion for community service and, after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, worked as a field leader with the local Girl Scout troop before serving 23 years as a county supervisor. Coggs' most recent political move was her election to the state Assembly, where she has held office for less than one term. As a senator, Coggs says she would want to "heal the wounds" of the past divisive legislative session. "So much of the legislation has been so extreme," she said. "We need to mitigate . . . to come to a middle ground with the Republican Party and the governor for an improved quality of life." Coggs said her priorities, like many of her Senate competitors, include jobs as well as education and support for
the elderly and disabled. Swan also comes from a political family. He works as a spiritual care coordinator — similar to a chaplain — at Heartland Hospice, a career Swan said has prepared him to "put people before politics." But since his father's time in office, Swan said, the community has been "battered and abused" by ineffective leaders seeking to further their political positions rather than constituents' best interests. "I don't want to become a career politician who becomes ineffective," Swan said. "I think people need real, genuine representation." Swan's goals include pushing to repeal many recent Republican policies, including collective bargaining cuts and the "castle doctrine," which allows homeowners to use lethal force against trespassers. Swan's father, Monroe Swan, was convicted of using federal funds to pay campaign workers in his unsuccessful 1978 bid for lieutenant governor. Swan said his father did "more good before any bad was placed on him," and he's proud to run for his father's former seat. Harris and Mayo are the two county supervisors in the race. Harris, a Milwaukee native and UWM graduate, worked as a fundraiser for the local nonprofit Urban Ecology Center before being elected county supervisor. She said her run for Senate was spurred by the "devastating" impact of caps on Family Care, a program that helps the elderly remain in their own residences rather than nursing homes, and Milwaukee's public transportation system, which she said is underfunded but key to connecting local residents to employment. "Now I don't have to sit on the (County) Board feeling like my hands are tied," Harris said.
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Not-so-secret garden Monster sunflowers draw attention to garden By ANDREA BUDDE email@example.com
ometimes it takes more than a little bit of dirt and water to get a garden to grow; sometimes it takes a few drops of chance and the touch of a green thumb. This is the story of how three tiny sunflower seeds grew, as did the amazement of one local gardener.
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The little seeds that could
For the past 71 years, 92-year-old Linden Ridge resident Martha Adams has had her hands - and heart, figuratively speaking - in the dirt. After moving into the assisted living facility four years ago, Adams couldn't help but notice a barren plot of land right outside her window. After getting approval from the staff and from the electric company that it was safe to dig around in the middle of the garden, Adams put shovel to dirt. This year, something quite special has taken root in Adams' garden, and I got a firsthand tour. Adams led me down a long hallway to a side door, and outside around the building to a small courtyard filled with little more than a small patch of grass and a utility box - and Adams' garden. Before I even get a sense of the garden, my eyes were drawn upward to the tallest sunflowers I have ever seen. Though not quite ready to bloom, the
towering mass of leaves and stalks stretch about 15 feet into the air. Adams looked over at me with a smile. Apparently my face was struck with amazement. Adams told me she planted the sunflowers from seed purchased on a whim. Earlier this spring as Adams was selecting plants for her garden, including petunias and pumpkins, she happened across a package of sunflower seeds. Having never grown sunflowers before, Adams contemplated the purchase, but continued on her way without them. She explained that she made her purchases and began walking out when something told her to go back and get the seeds. "I thought they might be fun," she said. She tossed three of the seeds into the earth, along with the other plants, and threw the rest of the seeds away without much more thought. Every morning after breakfast throughout the spring and summer, Adams goes out to her garden to water the plants and weed. One morning Adams saw these strange-looking plants coming out of the earth, and nearly plucked them. "I had no connection with the plants," she told me. "I thought they were just weeds. They grew more unusual than anything I'd ever planted." But something told her to let the little plants grow. And grow they did. "When the sunflowers got to be about 2 feet tall, I thought 'this is kind of interesting."' she said. Soon the little sunflower plants towered above Adams' head. "It just kept
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growing." Residents began to joke that the plant was her version of "Jack and the Beanstalk." "It was supposed to be my secret garden," she told me with a sparkle in her eye and a smirk on her lips. "How did that turn out?" I laughed. "People found it." The gardening life
Gardening came to Adams at age 21 when she and her husband bought a 250acre farm in the Town of Waukesha. Whatever bit of space was left after the crops and the cows were put out to pasture was used by Adams to grow vegetables. "We needed the vegetables to eat," she explained. Whatever plots of land were left beyond the garden and fields were devoted to flowers. "I just love to get my hands in the dirt," she said. "It's just a feeling I have of planting a seed and watching it grow." Adams' connection to the earth is quite apparent, between her beautiful, thriving garden and her numerous birdfeeders that adorn the space outside her window. Finches and hummingbirds feed in front of her window. "You take from the earth, and I feel you should give back," she said, simply. I asked Adams what she loves most about being in her garden. "When I am out there by myself, I feel free," she said. "I feel like I'm not alone; God is with me, watching over me. When I'm out there, I don't have to follow rules."
Martha Adams, a resident of Linden Ridge, has tended a garden outside her room forthe past three years. This year, on a whim, she planted sunflowers, which have grown to an about 15 feet tall.
UPCOMING MEETINGS long. He joins brother Tyler Victor, 3. Grandparents are Andrew and Lottie Rychack, Chicago, and Gary and Marian Nielson, Sebring, Fla. Great-grandfather is Victor Desens, Appleton, Wis.
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Dragotta said he won't back away from his criticism of Obama just because his company scored some government work
Obama critics benefit from government contracts M ilwaukee small-business owner Ken Dragotta flatly rejects the notion that government played a significant role in his firm's success. He and his family, he says, are responsible for what Systems Engineering and Automation Corp. has achieved. But here's something Dragotta doesn't reject: Contract work for federal agencies. Dragotta was one of a handful of company men deployed in Wisconsin by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's team to attack President Barack Obama over his recent remark that "if you've got a business — you didn't build that. Someone else made it happen." Similar events were held
in other battleground states. "(Obama) was touting the government's involvement in creating wealth for smallbusiness people, which is 180 degrees opposed to the fact," Dragotta said last week. Dragotta But in his remarks to reporters, Dragotta never mentioned that his small Milwaukee firm had cashed in on a pair of government deals just recently. Last year, records show, Systems Engineering — a north side firm that makes precision-machined parts — won two U.S. Department of Defense contracts worth
more than $175,000. Both contracts were to provide crankshafts for the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, which is responsible for repairing the country's naval ships and submarines. The first contract was signed in January 2011 for $91,860, and the second a month later for $85,110. That's more than pocket change for a firm that employs just four workers. Reached Friday, Dragotta acknowledged that his firm bid on the contract to supply these specialized parts for nuclear submarines, beat out the competition and eventually turned a profit on the deals. Government records say his firm has
annual revenue of $1.2 million. "Anytime you're making money, of course, it's a benefit to the business," said Dragotta, who has made a few small donations to Republicans. His firm was invited to bid on these recent contracts because it performed well in 2005 on yet another federal contract from the U.S. Navy to make the same part for nuclear submarines. In that case, Dragotta said, his company lost money. In addition, Systems Engineering does a lot of work for Caterpillar Inc., a heavy equipment manufacturer that is a major government contractor. It could not be Please see NO QUARTER, 8A
List of tainted wells grows
FAIR HAS BULLS AND BIRDS . . . AND MORE
Total polluted now at 7; DNR broadens search By DON BEHM firstname.lastname@example.org
Town of Jackson — A growing number of residential wells found to be polluted with gasoline from a July 17 pipeline break and dramatic increases in levels of benzene in the wells prompted state environmental officials Sunday to broaden the search for contaminated groundwater in the town. As of Sunday afternoon, three more private wells in the Town of Jackson were found to be contaminated with
Representatives of West Shore Pipe Line Co. and the DNR will attend a public meeting on the spill beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Jackson Area Community Center,
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Taylor Boettcher of Ellsworth is flung from a bull Sunday at the Washington County Fair in West Bend. He was not injured. To see a photo gallery of the fair, go to jsonline.com/photos.
gasoline, bringing the total to seven, said Scott Ferguson, spills coordinator with the state Department of Natural Resources in Milwaukee. The three latest wells were added to the list this weekend after tests of water samples found that they contained levels of benzene exceeding the federal safe drinking water standard of 5 parts per billion, Ferguson said. The break in the pipeline occurred in the 1800 block of Western Ave., generally midway between Maple Road and county Highway G. The pipe is owned by West Shore Pipe Line Co. of Arlington Heights, Ill. Two of the three latest wells are west of the pipeline break in the 1900 block of Western Ave. A third is northwest, in the 1800 block of Mill Road. On Sunday, the DNR pushed its search for polluted wells even farther afield, generally to the southwest,
Fairgoers ride the Ferris wheel on Sunday, the last day of the Washington County Fair's six-day run. After paying for seeds, children let birds feed out of their hands at the Washington County Fair.
Board OKs increase in airport fee Fliers may pay more to help fund projects By STEVE SCHULTZE email@example.com
You might not notice it when you buy a plane ticket, but a $3 per flight fee at Mitchell International Airport will likely soon rise by 50 % to $4.50. The "passenger facility charge" increase is needed to help cover growing costs of airport improvement projects that relate to airport safety, reducing congestion
or airplane noise abatement efforts, said airport Manager C. Barry Bateman. Though the $4.50 applies to tickets for flights that take off or land in Milwaukee, the passenger fees can add up to a maximum of $18 for a round trip that includes switching planes. A nonstop, round-trip flight would carry a total of $9 in passenger fees. Among projects for which the higher fee is being sought for Mitchell are the $22 million expansion of Concourse D, a $2.7 million expansion of the plane taxiway serving
Concourse C and $9.2 million for gate expansions on Concourse C. Those projects are largely completed. The fee is expected to boost revenue to about $17 million next year, airport spokeswoman Pat Rowe said Friday. The $3 fee brought in $13 million last year. Fewer flights from Mitchell as a result of airline consolidations and Frontier Airlines' decision to no longer have Milwaukee as a hub would result in lower passenger fee revePlease see FEE, 7A
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Milwaukee County's contract for transportation services for people with disabilities, Transit Plus, is up for renewal this summer, and some riders, advocacy groups and a county supervisor are raising issues with the quality of service. Concerns center on late pickups, long rides and the complaint process for the
transportation service, which serves people who cannot independently use the bus. "Sometimes it's good," said Lisa Burg, 54, a Transit Plus rider from Milwaukee, of the service. "Sometimes it's very good. But sometimes it isn't, and you have no way of knowing what you're going to get." Unlike a taxi, Transit Plus is a rideshare service that coordinates picking up and dropping off many individuPlease see TRANSIT, 8A
TODAY IN YOUR BACKYARD FAITH Chris Driesbach, "Because My Father Loves Me," concert of praise and testimony, 7 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 400 West Ave. S.
FAMILY MOMS Club of Holmen, monthly meeting, 9 a.m., Holmen Lutheran Church, 228 Morris St. Family story time, for preschool children with caregiver, 10:15 a.m., South Community Library, 1307 16th St. S., 608-789-7125. Little Learners, ages 1 to 7 with adult, 11 a.m., Children's Museum of La Crosse, 207 S. Fifth Ave., 608-784-2652. Muscles in Motion, 11 a.m., Copeland Park, 608-784-8125. Warp Speed Astro Adventures, for ages 5 and up, 1 p.m., South Community Library, 16th St. S., 608-789-7125.
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Lake Wazee beach re-opened Tuesday after being closed for more than a week. More than 20 0 people reported becoming sick after swimming there. Norovirus strains were found in swimmers who entered the man-made lake on July 4, but water tests taken earlier this week show the lake is clean, officials say. Warm weather and sunlight burned off traces of feces and the related virus, said Christine Hovell, Jackson County's public health manager. "We were just dealing with kind of an isolated situation," Hovell said. "There was just a lot of people on a warm day." County officials have estimated between 1,800 and 2,000 people swam in the lake on the national holiday. Norovirus is ingested and spreads through fecal matter and vomit, sometimes in public swimming areas. Symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, headaches and diarrhea recede after 24 to 36 hours. The virus can spread from hand to mouth and is highly infectious. "We're asking people please, please, please don't swim in the water if you're ill," Hovell said. "And wash your hands if you're eating."
FOOD Taco Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Onalaska American Legion, 731 Sand Lake Road, Onalaska, 608-783-3300. Burger Night, 4:30 to 8 p.m., Onalaska American Legion, 731 Sand Lake Road, Onalaska, 608-783-3300.
GOVERNMENT La Crosse County Board, 6 p.m., room B410, County Administrative Center, 400 Fourth St. N. La Crosse Parks Board, 7 p.m., Black River Beach Neighborhood Center, 1433 Rose St.
HEALTH Blood drive, American Red Cross, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tomah VA Hospital, Fourth Street, Tomah, 800-733-2767.
HOME/GARDEN Harvest night at the Kane Street Community Garden, 3 to 5:15 p.m., 801 Kane St., 608-386-3319.
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OUTDOORS Noon Tunes, with Coulee Region Steel Drums, 11:30 a.m., Riverside Park. Wilton's first tractor pull (sponsored by Lions Club), noon, in front of the Hillsboro Co-op on Packard Street, $20 hook fee, more information, 608-343-4014
RECREATION Pizza Thursday, for middle and high school ages, 1:30 p.m., La Crosse Public Library, 800 Main St., 608-789-7125. Bingo, must be 18 to play, smoke free, handicap accessible, doors open at 5:30 p.m., bingo starts at 7 p.m., Church of Crucifixion, 423 S. Second St., La Crescent, Minn.
SPEAKERS/PROGRAMS Hixon House tours, guided tours with costumed docents, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hixon House, 429 N. Seventh St., 608-784-9080. Author discussion, "The Waters of Star Lake: A Novel," with author Sara Rath, 7 p.m., Bramble Books, 213 Main St. S., Viroqua.
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Utility workers stand at the base of a wind turbine Wednesday at Cashton Greens Wind Farm near Organic Valley's distribution center in Cashton. Two wind turbines have been erected at the farm through a partnership between Organic Valley, Gundersen Lutheran Health System and the village of Cashton.
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CASHTON, WIS. Wisconsin's first community wind project is now up and running in C ashton. A joint project of Organic Valley and Gundersen Lutheran's Envision program, the Cashton Greens Wind Farm features two wind turbines expected to generate nearly 5 megawatts of energy for Cashton's power grid — enough to power 1,000 homes each year. The energy produced with the $10.5 million project will more than offset electricity used at Organic Valley's Cashton Distribution Center and its La Farge headquarters facilities, and it represents about five percent of Gundersen's energy independence goal. As developers and owners of the wind farm, Organic Valley and Gundersen will receive income per kilowatt hour generated. Organic Valley will buy back its portion of energy to offset its footprint through a renewable energy contract with the villages of Cashton and La Farge. The renewable energy project ties to the hospital's goal of improving health in local
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Gundersen Lutheran Health System CEO Dr. Jeff Thompson speaks Wednesday at Cashton Greens Wind Farm in Cashton as Cecil Wright, head of sustainability with Organic Valley, listens.
Two construction workers were injured Wednesday in falls five minutes apart at Gundersen Lutheran's new hospital building in La Crosse. The first contractor suffered injuries believed not to be lifethreatening when he fell about i8 feet at the 400,000 square-foot building site, said Gundersen spokesman Chris Stauffer. A second worker fell 15 to 20 feet in a different location at 12:50 p.m. He also suffered injuries that are believed to be non life-threatening. Stauffer said the accidents were unrelated. Both men were being treated at Gundersen's trauma center. Gundersen did not release either man's name or condition. Stauffer said more information would be released today.
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Hovde on a roll all the way to the U.S. Senate A recent Public Policy Polling survey showed businessman Eric Hovde continuing to gain rapid momentum in the U.S. Senate race. Hovde's history of building business, creating jobs and honest discourse about our dire economic issues continues to resonate with Wisconsinites as they seek a fresh face with accountable leadership. With fewer than 30 days until the Aug. 14 primary election, Hovde shows no signs of stopping. He continues to enthusiastically discuss the important issues that face the nation and offer tangible solutions to our fiscal problems. He is the only candidate leading Democratic Tammy Baldwin, according to the PPP poll. This U.S. Senate race is a two-man race, and the country cannot afford another Washington has-been like Tommy Thompson. That is why I'm voting for Hovde. — William E. Johnson, Madison
Hovde, Kohl two sides of the same coin Some of my friends are starting to buy into Eric Hovde, believing he is the second coming of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson. I advise caution. Johnson is an exceptional senator, but exceptional senators are rare. I have doubts about Hovde's ability to be a great senator. I believe he is the Republican version of U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl. Kohl was known for his mediocrity, and I see much of the same mediocrity in Hovde. Both were silver spoon kids. Both used or will use the same opportunistic strategies to parachute into the Senate. Kohl bought the Bucks basketball team, and Hovde's path to victory is to purchase huge amounts of air time in Wisconsin. Like Kohl was in his first campaign, Hovde is unproven. And unlike Johnson, he is out of touch. Hovde spent years in Washington, D.C., managing a firm. This is a crucial moment in our county's history, and we don't need another mediocre opportunist on Capitol Hill. — Zachary J. Beckman, UW-Madison student
Desperate Neumann stoops to using attack ads As I continue to follow the race for Wisconsin's open U.S. Senate seat, I am not surprised by the level to which some candidates are willing to stoop in an attempt to win. Mark Neumann, who played dirty when he ran against Scott Walker for governor, is back at it again. He has begun a string of attack ads against his primary opponents, probably due in part to his embarrassing thirdplace poll numbers. You would think a candidate who is now running for the sixth time would be polling higher than third place with less than a month to go until the primary. This is a sure sign the voters of this state have not forgiven or forgotten the way he chose to run his campaign in 2010, and it appears as though we are getting a repeat performance of this in his run for the Senate seat. If Neumann thinks these tactics will take him to victory in August, he is sorely mistaken. — Barry Geary, Wauwatosa
Hovde, like Johnson, not suited to serve in Senate Being a U.S. Senator is not just about the economy. It requires an understanding of issues surrounding national security, health care policy, global interdependence, the environment and a host of other matters. The ability to repeat slogans does not represent greater understanding of issues. All it means is that a candidate remembered a slogan. Wisconsin is already poorly represented by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, a man who may not study the issues but likes slogans. He does not understand the role of a senator and is mostly disregarded even by his own party. Eric Hovde might polish up a little bet ter than Johnson. He's younger, maybe more photogenic, and he has a background in wealth management (which has nothing to do with national budget policy). But he spouts many of the same slogans, and gets the same endorsements. He is no more suited to be a U.S. Senator than Johnson. If Hovde wants to help Wisconsin's economy, let him use his campaign money to start businesses in Wisconsin and to hire Wisconsin residents to work in those businesses. That would be a more genuine and useful way to demonstrate his concern. — Joanne Brown, Madison
Can we trust Thompson, who is now backpedaling? Recently I got a good laugh on hearing the former governor and current U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson on talk radio. Having heard the health care decision
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Visitors pass through the interior of the Overture Center's main entrance on State Street.
Overture out of reach egarding Sunday's editorial about the success of the Overture Center, I do not plan to attend most events there and I don't think the Rin ajority of the people in the area will either. Tickets for "Jersey Boys," "Rock of Ages" and Bonnie Raitt, for example, range from a low of around $80 to a high of over $400 for single tickets. If my wife and I attended, it would cost at least $160 to over $800 for an evening of entertainment, not including dinner. Supporting the Overture Center is a nice plea to area citizens. But in reality it's for professionals and business persons making six figures who don't mind dropping $200 or more for a night out. When it comes to good entertainment, Madison is not New York City, Chicago or even Minneapolis. But Overture management thinks it is, and they'll argue they have to charge exorbitant prices to make a buck or two. That's fine as long as they acknowledge that the Overture Center is for the wealthy, not for university students, retired folks or even middle -income folks. High ticket prices have always been a problem with "the arts" and always will be until there is a shift in the attitudes of the entertainers and the management of the theaters where they perform. The Madison Symphony Orchestra is one exception, and I congratulate them for their position on ticket sales. They are very reasonable and even include special pricing for retired folks. — Don Hammes, Middleton
by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier in the day, Thompson was talking about how he would fix and repeal Obamacare if elected to the Senate. What an interesting thing for Thompson to say, having been a supporter of the individual mandate. If elected as our next senator, what's to say that while saying he will repeal Obamacare, Thompson will just go and do the opposite? It is definitely concerning to look at Thompson's record, read one thing but hear the contrary. I surely do not think Tommy Thompson is the candidate we want to send to Washington. — Steven Saunders, New Berlin
Native son Thompson is best choice for Senate
initiatives. Send a proven reformer to represent us in Washington by supporting Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate on Aug.14
— an individual with experience who we can trust. — Chad Monty, Holmen
Don't let Neumann take credit for Clinton's efforts Last Sunday's story on Senate candidate Mark Neumann repeated his claim that he and fellow Republicans elected in 1994 turned the tide from deficits to surpluses. Bill Clinton was elected in 1992 and faced mountainous deficits left by presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Clinton offered a budget that cut
spending and raised the top bracket tax rate. It barely passed, and in the election that followed, the House turned
When Tammy Baldwin's super PAC buddies try to attack Tommy Thompson's service to our country, tying him in with Eric Hovde as a Washington insider, I know it's baloney! Thompson is Wisconsin down to the bone. He's always resided here and he'll always be the guy from Elroy — our notorious four term governor who knocked on every door in his community first to be elected to the state Legislature where he earned the nickname "Dr. No" for his efforts to stop reckless spending. When Thompson was governor, he delivered economic prosperity for Wisconsin. Now he's unveiled his Restore America plan —repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, balance the budget, reduce our debt, support job creation,
Republican. What happened to the economy? Republicans had predicted grass would
grow in the streets, but in fact recovery from the recession was strong. Real job growth was greater than it had been under Reagan and Bush. And the deficit? It shrank, year after year, then turned into surpluses. The most that House Republicans in Mark Neumann's class of 1995 can fairly claim is that they left Clinton's tax changes in place and supported his restraint in spending. The lesson is that modest increases in the top-bracket tax rate did not hurt job growth and helped turn deficits into surpluses. — Dan Cornwell, Madison
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To serve well, Roys must learn how to compromise So Kelda Roys criticizes her opponent Mark Pocan in the Democratic primary for Congress in the 2nd District for having the audacity to compromise on some of Gov. Scott Walker's economic development bills. Do we really want a tea-party type unwilling to listen to any other view? Although Roys' goals seem laudable,
now is hardly the time to insist on more benefits. We need to consider reasonable and practical proposals such as SimpsonBowles, and for that we need reasonable and practical representatives. Must we choose between tea party and free party? — jean Jamieson, Madison
Elect Lindgren to serve in Assembly District 79 The reshaped Assembly District 79 gives us a chance to select a new person to represent our interests and provide a voice of reason at this critical time in our state. We need someone with experience and a record of achievement working with diverse groups. We need a person who has supported education at the decisionmaking level, made difficult choices based on the needs of young people and taxpayer resources. We need a person who can listen to her constituents and use her unique set of skills to choose the best course of action. We need a person we can talk to and then trust that her decisions will be well thought out, principled and fair. Ellen Lindgren is that person. She is a person of integrity, principle and dedication to her community.
Lindgren has shown through her 18 years of service on the Middleton Cross -
Plains School Board that she is dedicated to the comprehensive education for every child. Her life's work as a nurse, her involvement in a community of faith and her work as a member of the Middleton Kiwanis further demonstrates her total commitment to serving people. She will represent us in the 79th Assembly District with the same dedication and service. Lindgren deserves your
vote. — Tom and Sandi Vandervest, Middleton
Elect County Board veteran Hesselbein in District 79 I endorse Dianne Hesselbein for Wisconsin Assembly District 79. Her special interests in education and environment make her an especially good candidate. She has actively pursued those and other issues in her long service as a Dane County Board supervisor. As a mother, Hesselbein is aware of the danger to Wisconsin's education system
brought about by the conservative dominance now at work in the Legislature.
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I'm supporting and voting for Kelda Roys in the Aug.14 Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District. The primary is effectively the election because the district is so Democratic. The reasons I'm supporting Roys are that: • She is an environmentalist and a progressive. • There are not enough women in Congress. With Tammy Baldwin running for the U.S. Senate, we need to replace her with another women. • She voted against Gov. Scott Walker's corporate giveaways while her Democratic opponent voted for them. • She is considered Baldwin's protégé and she considers Baldwin her mentor. • She is not accepting any corporate PAC money. I encourage you to support and vote for Roys for Congress on Aug. 14. — Dave Searles, Brodhead
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Deep cuts are not the way to support a sound educational system. Fiscal responsibility is always on all of our minds, but not to the detriment of our children. Everybody wants vigorous economic development and job creation, and so does Hesselbein. However, she is not willing to sacrifice clean air and water for them. The mine issue up north is a good example. If mining can be done in an environmentally sound way, fine. If it cannot, we should not risk our air and water just for a few bucks or a few jobs. The way to get employers to locate in Wisconsin and to stay in Wisconsin is to build— for them and for all of us — a firm foundation in infrastructure, education, environment, and all the other things we have long enjoyed here but seem at risk of losing with the current Legislature. Vote for Hesselbein in the upcoming primary and general elections. — John Scepanski, DeForest
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People attending Taste of Lake Country on Friday stand on the beach enjoying food from area restaurants as they listen to the band 4 on the Floor.
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William Maney looks over a corn field he farms in the Town of Vernon on Friday. This field had its crop fail, while some other fields in lower elevations with more natural water will have near normal yields.
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By Brian Huber too early to tell. Fuel corn, Freeman Staff used for livestock feed, ethanol and exports, will get TOWN OF VERNON - a boost from the recent John Maney has been work- rains. Some of his compatriing the land on his Big Bend ots, he said, paint even more Drive farm for 30 years and dire of a picture. said Friday that 2012 has "I've heard from about been a year like none he can three farmers along the line that if there is ever a year remember. "This is the worst drought we've got to survive, it's this I've ever seen. This is worse year," he said. "This may than '88 in my opinion," he force or many feel this will said. "A lot of the early force some out of business." sweet corn we never picked, Maney said the key to rain not one cob. It was a total 100 in farming is timing. Wet percent loss and I know I springs and snowy winters have approximately 28 acres don't mean nearly as much of fuel corn that's a total as the right amount of rain loss." at the right time in the About 35 acres of sweet growing season, just before corn have bitten the dust, plants are ready to start but Maney said he is hope- bearing fruit, and that hasn't ful the recent rains came in happened for many farmers time to have an average year See FARMERS, BACK PAGE for soybeans, but it's still
Taste of Lake Country kicks off Friday night "We've seen two storms start up, but then they dissipated over the lake," said Adams. "Personally, I think that was an act of God, or positive thinking. No rain allowed at Taste of Lake Country!" Folks of all ages slowly strolled the lakefront, often pausing to embrace or shake hands with friends. The most common outfits were the most comfortable, such as polo- or T-shirts and shorts, though some festivalgoers were in rather far-out garb like the two boys decked out in pirate costumes, with bandanas and eyepatches.
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PEWAUKEE - Not surprisingly, the lakefront was getting a bit crowded around 6 p.m. Friday night, as Taste of Lake Country got rolling. "It's such a great turnout," said Maria Adams of Costco, one of the companies and vendors displaying their wares at the two-day music, food and art festival that's produced annually by Positively Pewaukee. "And People fill Wisconsin Avenue in Pewaukee on Friday during Taste the weather's perfect." of Lake Country. Indeed. The climatic conditions were warm but not the least bit humid, and the cloudy veneer to sparkle kids were wading, swimsun often burst through a Pewaukee Lake, where little ming and laughing.
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Son of a Muskego man killed in Vietnam receives father's medals today Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart are among eight medals earned by Army Lt. Ronald Ross By Troy Laack Freeman Staff
MUSKEGO - John Ross, who was only a month old when his father was killed in Vietnam in 1969, will receive eight medals earned by his father, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart, during ceremonies today in Moline, Ill. "These are medals I've never seen," said John, who lives in Stout, Iowa. "I don't know what happened to the originals between my grandparents and my mother, but now this is something that I can actually see and know what each medal meant."
Army 1st Lt. Ronald Ross of Muskego was killed Oct. 31, 1969, on the field of battle known as Firebase Kate in the Quang Duc province of South Vietnam. Ronald, who was in an artillery unit, was promoted to captain posthumously and was buried in Highland Memorial Park in New Berlin on Nov. 15, 1969. Capt. William Albracht of Moline, Ill., a Green Beret then and the commander of American forces at Firebase Kate, talked with Ronald in a bunker shortly before he was hit in the neck by shrapnel and held him in his arms as he died. Ronald told Albracht about his newborn son, John,
whom he had not seen. Albracht told the story to Ken Moffett, the Veterans Affairs representative for U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling of Colona, Ill. Moffett found John and arranged for him to meet with Albracht on April 1 in Moline. Throughout the process, John told Moffett that his father's medals had been lost. That has culminated in the ceremonies today at 1 p.m. at Wilson Middle School at 1301 48th St. in Moline. The ceremony honors Ronald and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. John will be at the ceremo-
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North Shore Bank's Taste of Lake Country, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. today, Pewaukee lakefront on Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Pewaukee. Live music, food, drinks, fine arts booths. www.positivelypewaukee.com
ny along with his wife, Deanne, their daughter, Brittany, and her boyfriend, Kyle Meyer. John, Albracht and Schilling will make remarks during the ceremony along with Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek, commanding general of the First Army, retired Lt. Col. Ken Donovan, the last supply pilot into Firebase Kate, and U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack of Mount Vernon, Iowa. Besides the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart, officials will also give John his father's Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Republic
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Sunday, Lapham Peak State Park,W329 N846 Highway C,Town of Delafield. $19 adults, $17 seniors, $ I 0 students, $5 children. www.Summer-Stage.org
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The Olympic rings light up the stadium during the Opening Ceremony Friday at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
A rock and royal start Olympics officially begin with grand opening ceremony By JOHN LEICESTER and ERIN McCLAM
as ever in a black tuxedo — before leaping into the inky night over Olympic Park. At the same moment, real skydivers LONDON — The queen and James appeared as the stadium throbbed to the Bond gave the London Olympics a royal James Bond theme. And moments after entrance like no other Friday in an openthat, the monarch appeared in person, ing ceremony that rolled to the rock of the accompanied by her husband, Prince Beatles, the Stones and The Who. Philip. And the creative genius of Danny Boyle Organizers said it was thought to be spliced it all together. the first time she has acted on film. Brilliant Cheeky, too. "The queen made herself more accessiThe Associated Press The highlight of the Oscar -winning Paul McCartney performs Friday at the ble than ever before," Boyle said. director's $42 million show was pure London Olympics opening ceremony. In the stadium, Elizabeth stood movie magic, using trickery to make it solemnly while a children's choir serenadseem that Britain's beloved 86-year-old royal corgis, meeting the queen, who ed her with "God Save the Queen," and Queen Elizabeth II had parachuted into played herself. members of the Royal Navy, Army and "Good evening, Mr. Bond," she said. the stadium with the nation's most Royal Air Force raised the Union Jack. They were shown flying in a helicopter famous spy. Boyle sprang another giant surprise A short film showed Daniel Craig as over London landmarks and a waving and picked seven teenage athletes for the 007 driving to Buckingham Palace in a statue of Winston Churchill — the queen black London cab and, pursued by the in a salmon-colored dress, Bond dashing See OLYMPICS, A3 Associated Press
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Lessons learned Alison Kleiman, 6, Wilson, shows her silver duck-wing game hen, Lexi, to the judge during gamesmanship posing Friday at the Menominee County Fair at Shakey Lakes Park in Lake Township. Kleiman and her game hen won a Cloverbud ribbon. The fair continues through Sunday. (Color reprints: www.ehextra.com )
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TRENTON, N.J. — Two state troopers charged Friday with records-tampering turned a state highway into a "virtual speedway" when they gave a caravan of luxury cars a high-speed escort, taping over their own license plates to conceal their involvement, the attorney general said. "No one is above the law," Attorney General Jeff Chiesa said. "We will not tolerate officers who endanger the public they are sworn to protect." Administrative charges also were brought against four other members of the state police in connection with a high-speed escort in 2010, and a fifth trooper for his handling of a ticket issued to the driver of a Lamborghini clocked at 116 mph, also in 2010. Sgt. 1st Class Nadir Nassry and Trooper Joseph Ventrella sought to conceal their involvement in the March escort, which reached speeds exceeding 100 mph, by using black electrical tape to alter their plates, the attorney general said. Nassry also is accused of instructing other drivers in
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Charges sought for dumping at vet's cemetery MADISON, Wis. — The state Department of Justice has been asked to bring charges against a former maintenance supervisor at a veterans cemetery for allegedly using the grounds as his private dump, burying everything from lawnmower blades to refrigerators. The Department of Natural Resources on Thursday referred the case to the DOJ for alleged violations at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery outside of Union Grove. The cemetery has been designed as a national shrine. The Associated Press is not naming the former worker because he has not been formally charged. The worker resigned in November, three months after loads of garbage were removed from the cemetery. Investigators with DOJ's environmental unit will review the case and determine whether to bring charges, agency spokeswoman Dana Brueck said Friday. "This individual desecrated hallowed ground," said state Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos. "We fully support bringing charges against him. Veterans and their families deserve to know that this person has paid the price for the deep disrespect he showed to our nation's heroes." The DNR last year notified the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is in charge of maintaining the cemetery, that it also was in violation. Information related to the department's role in the case has also been forwarded to the DOJ, said Steven Sisbach, chief of the DNR's environmental enforcement section. About 8,400 veterans and nearly 1,900 spouses have been laid to rest in the cemetery about 30 miles south of Milwaukee. The cemetery earned an excellence in appearance award from the National Cemetery
MENOMINEE — Thanks to a $300,000 Community Facility Direct Loan from the Rural Development branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Spies Public Library will soon be receiving some much needed, longoverdue repairs. Several USDA representatives were in Menominee Thursday evening. They toured the library and spoke with city officials about the federal program that proved so instrumental in allowing the city to make the financial commitment required to fix "Libraries are the building. part of our eduPresident Obama appointee cational infraJohn Padalino, structure ..." Administrator of the USDA's Rural James J.Turner Development BusiUSDA Rural ness and CooperaDevelopment Director tive Programs, was among those who toured Menominee's historic, albeit deteriorating, public library. A 30-year, 3.375 percent USDA loan was recently earmarked to address the library's problematic windows, repair the roof, replace damaged cornice and fund several other maintenance items. And although the total cost of the project could come in at $350,000, the library has set aside $50,000 in a fund balance to augment the USDA loan. Padalino told the EagleHerald that President Obama and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack have made a commitment to rural America. "In my agency we've helped over 60,000 businesses since 2009, and that's created or saved about 300,000 jobs," Padalino said. "We have a full array of programs to really help out rural communities." He explained that the agricultural sector has been the "really bright spot in this econo-
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LONG POND, Pa. — Jeff Gordon took advantage of an accident sparked by teammate Jimmie Johnson and a touch of timely rain at Pocono Raceway to win his first race of the season. Gordon earned his 86th career victory Sunday, winning for the first time since September 2011 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to thrust himself
into wild-card contention in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Johnson inadvertently gave his Hendrick Motorsports teammate the help he needed. Johnson got loose off a restart and knocked Matt Kenseth into the wall. Kenseth slid down the track and took out Denny Hamlin. With an unexpected opening, Gordon zoomed to the lead in the No. 24 Chevrolet. "When I saw the opening to
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get inside, I was taking it," Gordon said. It couldn't have come at a better time. The skies opened and cars were ordered off the track. The race was called moments later with 98 of the 160 scheduled laps completed. See NASCAR, Page 2B
Jeff Gordon celebrates in victory lane with his wife Ingrid Vandebosch,
daughter Ella Sofia and son Leo Benjamin after winning Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.
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Flying Eagles ski club athletes were among the winners in the 14th annual Springer Tournee and U.S. National ski jumping championships held on plastic at the Utah Olympic Park near Park City held last week
and completed Sunday. Nick Mattoon, who turned 17 on Aug. 4, won the hill size 100meter Junior championship, while Ben Loomis, 14, took the title in the 68-meter competition. Adam Loomis, A 20-year-old member
of the U.S. Nordic Ski Team, was sixth in the 134-meter nordic combined event and Emilee Anderson, 16, wound up among the top Americans in the women's 100-competition. See SKI, Page 3B
CRBL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: WHITEHALL 6, CHIPPEWA FALLS 0
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For a brief moment it looked like the Eau Claire Express were going to be the dominant team. But one swing of the bat was all it took to change that notion as the La Crosse Loggers defeated the Express 8-4 on Sunday at Carson Park. Nick Addison and Casey Gillaspie hit back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-1 lead, but it was La Crosse's Matt Chapman who had the biggest hit of the night. His three-run homer in the second gave the visiting team a 4-2 advantage, and more importantly, took all of the momentum away from the Express. "To get those two runs right back, that was huge," La Crosse manager Andy McKay said. "It gave us some wiggle room. That was the play of the game." Kyle Winter had a rough first inning for the Express. He gave up no hits, but hit two batters and walked three — including issuing a bases-loaded walk to Steven Pallares to give La Crosse an early 1-0 lead. But the two homers to opposite sides of the ballpark by Addison and Gillaspie seemed to erase the early blemish. Unfortunately for the home team, that boost of energy and confidence didn't last long. "I was up 3-0 in the count and just figured I'd take a swing," Gillaspie said. "I looked for a good spot and I got it. But when they came back with that three-run shot, that was definitely a momentum swing. We had it for a bit, but that was tough."
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Members of the Whitehall Wolves celebrate their 6-0 victory over the Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks in the Chippewa River Baseball League title game Sunday in Whitehall. Below: Game MVP Kyle Pronschinske, who tossed a complete game shutout, delivers a pitch for the Wolves.
Wolves capture first CRBL championship By Ben Peterson Leader-Telegram staff WHITEHALL — The Whitehall Wolves waited for this chance since June 16. On that day, the Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks stormed into Whitehall and swept the Wolves in a doubleheader, handing them two of their three losses this season. "We wouldn't have had it any other way, to play anybody else in the North,"
Wolves pitcher Kyle Pronschinske said. "We wanted them. We knew we could beat them." And beat them they did. Whitehall, which has won back-to-back South Division titles, scored five runs in the first two innings and added an insurance run in the eighth as Pronschinske threw a nine-hit shutout and the Wolves defeated the Lumberjacks 6-0 to win the Chippewa River Baseball League
title Sunday at Melby Park. It's the first title in the history of the Wolves, who joined the league in 2005. "Last year when we won the South we got pretty emotional just crossing that bridge and putting that notch in our belt," Whitehall manager Paul Pehler said while wiping celebratory champagne and shaving cream from his face. See CRBL, Page 3B
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He's still the world's fastest man key," Bolt said. "I stopped worrying about the start. The end is what's important." Ever the showman, the Jamaican kept right on running for a victory lap that included high-fives for front-row fans, a the eight runners to the halfway pause to crouch down and kiss mark Sunday night, Bolt erased the track and even a somersault. that deficit and overwhelmed a Thousands in the crowd star-studded field to win in 9.63 chanted the champion's name: seconds, an Olympic record that "Usain! Usain! Usain!" Bolt's training partner and let him join Carl Lewis as the Jamaican teammate, world only men with consecutive gold champion Yohan Blake, won the medals in the marquee track silver in 9.75, and 2004 Olympic and field event at the Summer champion Justin Gatlin of the Games. "I executed, and that's the See OLYMPICS, Page 3B
Bolt sets Olympic What's Inside ■ Sanya Richards-Ross made record of 9.63 in a late surge to win the women's 400 meters. Details, Page 3B. men's 100 meters Only about sixth-fastest of
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Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates winning gold in the men's 100-meter final Sunday at Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
from the pack with every long stride, Usain Bolt crossed the finish line and wagged his right index finger. Yes, he's still No. 1 in the 100meter dash. Maybe not better than ever, but Bolt is definitely back.
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News Briefs The Power of Mother Nature on Display .. . Lake Mills High School is Now On Facebook Lake Mills High School has launched a fan page on Facebook and invites you to LIKE them! They want to enhance communication with students, parents, and community. Find them at Lake Mills High School (WI) on Facebook and get connected.
Night Our Against Crime to Be Held at LMHS Annual Event is Tuesday, Aug. 7 By Randy Radtke
Next Red Cross Blood Drive is Friday, Aug. 3
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The next community blood drive for the Lake Mills area will be held on Friday, Aug. 3. The American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Lake Mills Municipal Building from noon to 6 p.m. To make an appointment call Chuck Kaden at (920) 648-3610 or visit www.redcrossblood.org
Class of 1967 to Hold Reunion The Lake Mills High School class of 1967 will be holding their 45th class reunion Aug. 24 and 25 this year. Notices have been sent out. Anyone interested in obtaining more information, or if you haven't received your notice, contact Carol (Paulus) Welch, 3629 Marsh Rd., Madison, WI 53718-6951 or ctwelch1@frontiencom.
Music in the Park With LM City Band on Aug. 8 Enjoy the music of the Lake Mills City Band on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at Commons Park. The concert will start at 7 p.m. This is the final scheduled concert.
Cars on the Commons is Tuesday, Aug. 14 The Pyramid City Cruisers will be holding their cruise-in car show on Tuesday evening, Aug. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Commons Park, downtown. Lake Mills. The community is invited to come down to the park and take a stroll by these magnificent cars. All car enthusiasts are welcome to bring their special ride to this event.
St. Francis Xavier Parish Celebrates Centennial on Sunday. Aug. 19 Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church is celebrating their centennial on Sunday, Aug. 19, with an old fashioned pig roast, music, and time to visit with old friends. Lunch will be served from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. with music until 4:30 p.m. It is not too late to be our guest if you are member or know of past parishioners that have moved out of the area that would like to renew old acquaintances. For more info., call the parish office at (920) 648-2468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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The striking power of Mother Nature was on full display during the last two weeks as thunderstorms rolled through the Lake Mills area. One of the more impressive photos we've seen of those lightning strikes was taken last week by Jake Galstad at the intersection (Leader photo by Jake Galstad) of Shorewood Hills Road and CTH S, looking towards Madison.
On Tuesday, Aug. 7, members of the City of Lake Mills Police Department invite area residents to join together in the department's sixth annual "National Night Out Against Crime" event. This free event will be held at the Lake Mills High School lower level parking lot from 6 to 8:30 p.m. "This will be the only Night Out Against Crime in Jefferson again," said City of Lake Mills Police Officer Troy Oestreich. "We have safety agencies from throughout the county participating. We're looking forward to hosting them in the lower parking lot at Lake Mills High School." Communities nationwide celebrate National Night Out in order to: heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthen police-community partnerships and increase neighborhood safety awareness. "This year, we're also fortunate to have more give-a-ways, more prizes and more safety and health-related displays," said Oestreich. "Some of the new participants include a booth where people can drop off old prescriptions for safe disposal, a free vehicle identification service and a booth provided by Jefferson County People Against Domestic Abuse. Plus all three area hospitals have promised to conduct new health-screenings and See NIGHT OUT, page 16
Hovde Visits Lake Mills, Talks to Rock River Patriots U.S. Senate Hopeful Faces Thompson, Neumann and Fitzgerald in GOP Primary on Aug. 14 By Chris Welch
Special to The Lake Mills Leader Republican U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde addressed members of the Rock River Patriots on Friday evening in Lake Mills. About 50 people attended the gathering at the Lake Mills Emergency Medical Service's community room. Hovde spoke for about a half-hour, followed by a 15-minute question-andanswer session. Hovde is one of four Republican primary candidates running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl. Joining him on the ballot are former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, current state Assembly Leader Jeff Fitzgerald and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann. The GOP primary will be held on Tuesday Aug. 14, with the winner facing three other candidates including Democrat U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, who
consequences we are facing now," Hovde remarked, citing former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson and former Clinton chief of staff Erskine Bowles. "They said we are facing the most significant crisis in our lifetime; it is a Eric Hovde mere two, or three, or four U.S. Senate Candidate years ahead of us. If we go off this cliff, it will be devastating ness like that, you would have to the American public, and yet gone bankrupt a long time Washington does nothing about it. ago." "So that is what got this priFinally, Hovde noted that 1.5 percent is the second-quar- vate-sector business guy out of ter GDP growth rate, as private sector life," Hovde said. "I jokingly say 'I got tired of announced that day. "We are growing at one of yelling at the television set;' my the lowest rates coming out of a wife certainly got tired of me bad recession we ever have," he yelling at the television set. I said. "It's scary, but we may be am so worried about seeing the heading back into recession, country I grew up in changing even after spending all this in so many ways, and I am sure money they said would get our you are like me. That is part of the reason you are sitting in this economy growing." The candidate also briefly audience and you formed as a spoke on unemployment num- group. I see where we are heading and I fundamentally think bers. "I don't mean to depress we have to change course." anyone, but it is important for everyone to understand the See HOVDE, page 16
"It's scary, but we may be heading back into recession, even after spending all this money they said would get our economy growing." GOP is unopposed in the Democratic and explained them in order. "Sixteen-trillion dollars is primary. Also on the ballot for the Senate seat in November the amount of debt our country are Libertarian Joseph Kexel has taken on," he explained. "One-hundred-and-three and Independent candidate percent is the amount of debt Nimrod Y. U. Allen III. On Friday, Hovde spoke we have to our economy. Sadly extemporaneously on seven folks, there are a few European major points: the federal deficit, countries that have more debt the economy, federal regula- than we do, some by a fraction, tions and deregulation, the and they are all collapsing right Federal Reserve, bank reform, now — Spain, Italy, Greece, repealing Obamacare and ener- Portugal, Ireland — all in collapse." gy independence. He continued: "Six-and-half The best way for me to begin is by explaining why I got percent is the amount of addiinto this race," Hovde began. "I tional debt we are going to add this year, and 38 cents is the am sort of a numbers guy." He cited several numbers - amount we borrow on every 16 trillion, 103 percent, 6.5 per- dollar we spend. If you operatcent, 38 cents, and 1.5-percent, ed as an individual or as a busi-
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But conflicting statistics about job growth and unemployment — bandied about throughout a marathon state election cycle and likely to continue in the months leading up to Election Day in November — make monitoring the economy sometimes feel like reading fortunes from tea leaves. "It's a complicated creature," said economics professor Kevin McGee of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. "And when politicians start playing games with the numbers, who do you believe?" There's good and bad news for the average person: You don't have to be an expert with inside access to understand the economy, but takes some legwork. People should pay most attention to leading indicators, such as consumer confidence levels, which provide hints about where the economy is headed. Less weight should be given to lagging indicators, such as foreclosure filings or consumer price index changes, which measure what already has occurred. Experts suggest keeping an eye on multiple indicators instead of leaning heavily on a single measure, a common pitfall with jobs and unemployment trends. Here is a list of economic indicators to monitor, along with explanations of what they mean and how to interpret them: Employment
Most people concerned about keeping or finding work keep an eye on employment figures. The weekly number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits is the figure to pay attention to, experts said. The number does not include those who have dropped out of the workforce altogether, but the data is straightforward: a growing number of claims means more employers are laying off
workers. Economic observers also watch the number of new business start-ups, which indicates industry growth. Lately, politicians and others have focused on new jobs numbers, but that data is not reliable or very telling of the economy's future health, experts said. The most frequently quoted numbers come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Current Employment Statistics survey, which provides estimates based on a small sample of employers. Economists said this is not a reliable indicator because it's neither comprehensive nor accurate. A more reliable source of jobs data comes from the Bureau's Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. This measures the actual number of employees on businesses' report on their payroll records. The downside is the numbers aren't released until six months after the quarter ends and don't say much about where the economy is headed.
ing more durable goods, it suggests greater demand, or more anticipated demand, for products.
Wisconsin's economy is connected to economies across the United States and the world. For that reason, observers also watch several national indicators. Possibly the most telling indicator is consumer confidence as measured by The Conference Board. Individual consumers account for about 70 percent of all spending, so their level of comfort shelling out hard-earned cash speaks volumes about where the economy is headed. Likewise, employer confidence levels indicate whether job opportunities will grow or contract. "(Confidence) surveys come out and give a realtime attitude check about what consumers and businesses are possibly doing," said Tom Thieding, communications director for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
Experts recommend watching the manufacturing industry for the clearest picture of what's happening with the rest of the economy. The industry is one of the most prominent in Wisconsin and has the tendency to be hit first by economic changes. "We call it the supersector," said Kurt Bauer, president and CEO of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. "Manufacturing doesn't just create jobs in factories, it creates jobs elsewhere, too. For every one manufacturing job created, at least two jobs in other sectors are created." There are three measures to monitor — average work week, new orders by retailers for consumer goods and new orders by factories for supplies. Factory orders also are a good indicator of the direction the economy is headed. When retailers are ordering more goods and businesses are order-
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OSHA to eye plant fatality By Ryan Whisner Union regional editor
Operations at Spacesaver Corp. were shut down today pending a federal investigation into a second-shift employee's death at the plant Wednesday evening. Toward the end of his shift, at approximately 9 p.m., Jack L. Graves Jr., 51, was fatally injured when a load of steel panels fell on him while he was transporting the material using a handtruck. Jefferson County Coroner Patrick Theder said Graves, of Janesville, died from massive head and chest injuries sustained in the accident. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:30 p.m. Graves had worked as a production team member at Spacesaver for more than four years. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack's family and with Jack's team members at Spacesaver," Spacesaver President Paul Olsen said. "He was very well-respected and a valued member of our team. He will be greatly missed." The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was conducting a probe into the incident. "Certainly in the case of a fatality, if its work-related, we're going to conduct an investigation," said Chad Greenwood, as(Continued on page 7)
DOWN ON THE FARM — Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services Undersecretary Michael Scuse talked with area farm representatives Wednesday at Rosy-Lane Holsteins LLC south of Watertown. Lloyd Holterman and Tim Strobel conducted a farm tour to open up the visit and then the undersecretary addressed a group of area farmers and agriculture officials. Shown at right, Scuse walks with Lloyd and Daphne Holterman outside the cow barn, with Bill Averbeck, state committee chair for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, behind them. Above, from left, Tim Strobel; Heidi Johnson, agriculture agent for Jefferson County; and Todd Ledden of Valero Renewables in Jefferson, look at ears of corn affected by corn smut.
Agriculture undersecretary visits Watertown farm By Pam Chickering Wilson Union staff writer
large portion of the nation this summer. which used to take about 89 days and now has been First, he said, he and his fellow officials want to get shortened to around 25. It no longer requires a proclaout into the countryside to meet with local producers and mation by governors of affected states, either. Now the WATERTOWN — As part of a two-day visit to Wis- to let them know his department is concerned about what state directors can make determinations and put in the consin, Farm and Foreign Services Undersecretary is going on in rural America and eager to learn about request for assistance. Michael Scuse made a stop Wednesday at Rosy-Lane HolSecondly, he said, his department reduced the intersteins LLC in rural Watertown, where he took a tour and est rate on emergency loans, which were higher than You hear lots of horror stories, like 'we're addressed a group of area farmers and agriculture offithose for regular loans. These loans will now have an incials. terest rate of 2.25 percent. not going to have enough corn to get us Scuse, the former secretary of agriculture in his home Third, the department worked to lower Conservation through the next year.' Let's see what our state of Delaware, now serves as undersecretary with the Reserve Program rental rates, making the program more crop is. United States Department of Agriculture. attractive. — USDA Undersecretary Michael Scuse. One of the goals of his department is to strengthen reThe department also has worked with President Balations with state agriculture departments, Scuse said, rack Obama to make various changes that affect farma goal that is advanced by meeting and talking with the details and the magnitude of challenges farmers face. ers. farmers and agriculture officials from around the counSecondly, they want to find out how the existing proOn the topic of crop insurance, the secretary has retry, especially in areas facing challenges. grams are working to help agricultural producers and quested that the 16 private insurances involved in this "The secretary does these visits, and I do them when where they might be changed and improved. service not charge interest until November 1. That gives we have situations like this," he said, referring to the Among the changes his department undertook last farmers an additional month's grace period to get their drought conditions that have threatened crops across a year was to streamline the disaster declaration process, (Continued on page 7)
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County's Koschnick new chief judge of Third Judicial District By Karyn Spory Union staff writer
JEFFERSON — Colleagues gathered in the Jefferson County Branch 4 courtroom Wednesday to recognize Circuit Court Judge Randy Koschnick's appointment as the chief judge of the Third Judicial District. The Wisconsin Supreme Court appointed Koschnick to the position in late June. It took effect Wednesday. "It is a really big honor. I am really thrilled to be appointed," Judge Koschnick said during the Wednesday reception. The Third District includes courts in Jefferson, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties.
Koschnick said felt that the changes he had made to Jefferson County's court system had given him an edge over the other two judges who applied for the position. "I had submitted to the Supreme Court, as part of my application, information about the changes I had made to Jefferson County ... how we have improved our efficiency from being 18 or 19 in the state five years ago in terms of efficient handling of cases to consistently No. 1 or No. 2 for the past five years," said Koschnick. Among the changes Koschnick made was going to a specialized court system in 2007. Prior to 2007, all circuit court judges handled all of the cases,
allowing their calendars to get backed up and making it difficult to schedule cases. Switching to a specialized court system has given the judges better control of their calendars. Koschnick noted that the judges rotate specialities every three years, with two hearing criminal cases and one each in charge of family/civil and general cases. In fact, Koschnick was a recipient of the Wisconsin Law Journal's 2008 Leaders in Law award for implementing that and other changes designed to save taxpayers money and enhance the public safety while improving the speed at which cases are processed in the county. (Continued on page 7)
YOU BE THE JUDGE — Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Randy Koschnick has been appointed chief judge of the Third Judicial District by the State Supreme Court. Koschnick will serve a twoyear term, with the ability to serve three terms. Koschnick's term began Wednesday, Aug. 1, and he was honored by his staff and colleagues with an open house in the Branch 4 courtroom. Pictured above, Koschnick, left, jokes around with fellow Judge William Hue. — Daily Union photo by Karyn Spory.
Eight badminton players ousted for trying to lose
M000000VE ALONG — Daily Union staffer Pam Chickering Wilson was driving to Jefferson Wednesday afternoon when she came upon an unusual sight: a cow lounging in the grass of the State Highway 26 roundabout at County Highway Y, just south of Watertown. Jefferson County Sheriff Paul Milbrath and others apparently tried to encourage the bovine to hoof it home, though she appeared quite content to relax in the green grass. The sheriff wasn't available as of presstime to provide details about the escapee, who was gone when our reporter returned a couple hours later.
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LONDON (AP) — A Chinese badminton star is apparently quitting the sport after she was one of eight players disqualified from the doubles tournament at the London Olympics for trying to lose. A comment on a verified account for Yu Yang on the Tencent microblogging service late Wednesday read: "This is my last game. Farewell Badminton World Federation. Farewell my dear badminton." Yu's retirement could not be immediately confirmed with Chinese badminton officials. In China, the lives of top athletes are closely controlled by sports officials, including decisions on retirement. Yu and Wang Xiaoli were one of four doubles teams which appeared to play poorly on purpose to secure a more favorable position in the next phase of the event.
Two teams from South Korea and another from Indonesia were disqualified from competition but allowed to stay at the games — a step lighter than expulsion, the penalty for positive drug tests. It appeared to be the first mass disqualification in Olympic history. The feeble play was obvious to fans who attended the matches Tuesday night at Wembley Arena — they chanted, "Off! Off! Off!" — and to incredulous television broadcasters and viewers watching around the world. "They're serving fault and fault! They are just hitting the ball into the net!" the BBC's David Mercer said in disbelief. "They are both trying to lose, and that is unforgivable. This is the Olympic Games." The Chinese players set off a domino effect when they tried to rig the draw after China's sec(Continued on page 16)
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Madison teen who wasted away to 68 pounds after her parents allegedly locked her in the basement and denied her food will almost certainly have to testify if her father and stepmother stand trial. The father's attorney, William Hayes, filed motions this week asking that the 15-year-old be compelled to testify in person, arguing that the father has the constitutional right to confront his accuser. A legal expert says the move virtually assures that the girl will appear in court. The case stems from allegations that the father and stepmother kept the girl in a locked basement with an alarm on the door, and forced her to either beg for food or forage for scraps. The girl's stepbrother is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting her. The Associated Press isn't naming any defendant to avoid identifying the girl. Children under the age of 16 are sometimes allowed to provide testimony on videotape or via closed-circuit television if a judge decides that facing alleged abusers could be too traumatic. But the girl turns 16 on Dec. 26, so if the trial doesn't begin before that, Hayes' motion would be rendered moot, said Cecelia Klingele, a UW-Madison law professor who is not involved in the case. "Once the witness has turned 16, she would have to testify under the same conditions as an adult," Klingele said. The next court activity scheduled is a pair of Aug. 31 motion hearings for the 41-year-old father and 42-year-old stepmother. At a preliminary hearing in March, a doctor testified that the girl went from 82 pounds as a 9(Continued on page 10)
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ENCORE A 2nd season for Snooki spinoff MTV wants more Snooki: On Friday, the cable network renewed "Jersey Shore" spinoff "Snooki & JWOWW" for a second season, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The June premiere of the show, which follows "Jersey" faves Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWOWW" Farley, drew 2.4 million viewers, less than another spinoff, "The Pauly D Project" (2.9 million) and far short of the mothership's numbers. In January, the fifth-season premiere of "Jersey Shore" had 7.6 million viewers. The sixth, and some say final, season of "Jersey Shore" starts on MTV Oct. 4. Metal singer leaves Czech prison The frontman of the U.S. heavy metal
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band Lamb of God has been released from a Czech prison on $400,000 bail as police investigate him for allegedly pushing off the stage a fan who later died of his injuries, an official said Friday. A Prague court on Thursday dismissed a prosecution request that Randy Blythe be banned from leaving the country. Blythe's lawyer, Martin Radvan, said the singer flew out of the Czech capital for the United States on Friday. The singer was arrested on June 27 when he returned to the Czech Republic for another gig. So far, no charges have been filed. Because of Blythe's legal travails, his band was forced to cancel a tour that included an Aug. 9 show at The Rave in Milwaukee.
Report: Fallon in talks to host Oscars Comedian Jimmy Fallon is in talks to host the Oscars in February, with "Saturday Night Live" veteran Lorne Michaels producing, three people with knowledge of the discussions said. But ABC, the network carrying the Academy Awards telecast, has raised objections to having the late-night star from rival NBC play emcee on its Oscar broadcast, these people said. The show is put on by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and ABC has no veto on the choice of a host. An academy spokeswoman denied that talks with Fallon and Michaels were taking place. Compiled from reports from hollywoodreportercom, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times
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AUG. 4 Potawatomi Bingo Casino Main Stage: 8 p.m. Neon Trees with Shiny Toy Guns. Apollo Gyros: 2 p.m. Jerry & Nora Barside Pizza: 3 and 6:30 p.m. Florida Yard Dogs Brew City: noon Floog; 6:30 p.m. Hoi Polloi Budweiser Music Pavilion:11 a.m. Majestic Mudd; 3:30 p.m. Stateline Country Band; 8
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Charcoal Grill Roadhouse Stage: noon Kenny J; 3:30 p.m. Georgia Overdrive; 7 p.m. Sociables
Slim McGinn's Irish Pub: 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m. Team Trivia
Cracovia: 4 p.m. "Still Stormin' " Polka Mania Door County Fish Boil: noon Hat Trick; 7 p.m. Shag Double K Ranch Grub & Suds: l and 7 p.m. Genuine Drive Lakefront Brew Pub & Eatery: noon Bryan O'Donnell and Friends; 4:30 p.m. John Lombard's Elvis Tribute; 7 p.m. Meet the Lakefront Brewmaster; 8 p.m. Steve Cohen / Greg Koch Band Major Goolsby's Heartland Stage: noon Yadda Yadda Band; 4 p.m. Substitute: Tales From The Who; 7:30 p.m. The UnXpected Margarita Express:10 a.m. Kauusay Miller Lite Sports Bar & Grill: noon Dan Rodriquez; 3 p.m. Category X; 7:45 p.m. Rebel Grace Pitch's BBQ / Miss Katie's Diner: 7:30 p.m. Live at Nine Robert's Restaurant and Leadfoot Bar & Grill:11:30 a.m. Jerry and Nora with the Memphis Revue; 3:30 p.m. Eric Ebert's Tribute to Neil Diamond; 7:30 p.m. Larry Lynne Group Rupena's:12:30 p.m. Tom Anthony; 5 p.m. Bobby and Rhonda Duo; 7 p.m. Bobby Way and The Wayouts Saz's Miller High Life Pavilion: 2:30 p.m. Cheap Shots; 7:30 p.m. Bobby Friss Saz's Ribs:11 a.m. Andrea & The Mods; 3:30
Slim McGinn's West:1 p.m. Glencastle Irish Dancers; 3:30 p.m. The Lads of Tallymoore; 6:30 p.m. The Finn MacCools Sprecher Landing: 9:30 a.m. Serious Jones; 1 p.m. Milwaukee Wave players and coach; 1:30 p.m. Lounge Lizards; 7:30 p.m. Boomer Nation Starlite Pub and Café: 6 p.m. Dueling Pianos Tavern at the Park:11 a.m. Six Pack; 3:30 p.m. Bad Medicine; 8 p.m. Sweet Tarts Tropics at the Fair: 2 p.m. Caribbean Eclipse Steel Drum Duo; 7 p.m. King Solomon Water Street Brewery: noon The Itch; 6:30 p.m. The Raid Cousins Subs Amphitheater:11 a.m. 4-H Drama Company; noon 4-H Showcase Singers; 1:30 and 2:45 p.m. Kids from Wisconsin; 4:30 and 6 p.m. Illusionist Brock Gill & The Great Coffin Escape; 8:30 p.m. Here Come the Mummies Wilderness Resort Family Variety Stage:11 a.m., 4 and 6 p.m. Sean Emery; noon, 2 and 7 p.m. Kenny Ahern; 1, 5 and 8 p.m. Mama Lou — American Strong Woman Jeffrey Scott Activity Stage:10:30 a.m. ZOJA Performance Group; 1 p.m. fiddler's contest registration and Fiddlin' Fun Fiddlers; 2 p.m. fiddler's contest; 4 p.m. The Bluegrass All-Stars; 6 p.m. Golden Idol; 7:30 and 8:45 p.m. State Fair Funnies World Cafd Stage:11 a.m. and 4 p.m. KIDS Encore; 12:30 p.m. Kids Korps; 2:30 p.m.
Aspire Dance Studio; 5 and 6:30 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Nacional of Milwaukee; 8 p.m. Sound Travels Live with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee's Marcus Doucette Horticulture, Craft & Culinary Pavilion: noon Grand Champion Floral Challenge; 3 p.m. Bonsai; 4 p.m. photography demonstrations; 5 p.m. cactuses and succulents demonstrations Wisconsin Products Pavilion Stage:10 a.m. Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers; 10:30 a.m. Alice in Dairyland; 11 a.m. Good Earth Soap; noon Wisconsin Cherry Growers; 1 p.m. Golden Guernsey Dairy; 2 p.m. Palermo's; 3 p.m. Wisconsin Honey Producers; 4 p.m. Wisconsin Dairy Goat Products; 5 p.m. Travel Wisconsin Partners; 6 p.m. Usinger's We Energies Energy Park: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. safety wristbands for children; 9:30,11:15 a.m., 2:15, 3:45 and 5 p.m. Safety Stories; 9:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. Melinda Myers, Horticultural Expert; 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sky Hunters Birds of Prey; 11:15 a.m. Green and Growing Kids Activities; 11:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Energy Game Show; noon Vulture Visit/Hawk Talk; 12:30 and 5:45 p.m. Sensational Servings with Chef Mark; 12:45 p.m. Fantastic Fuel Force — The Game; 3 p.m. Solar Speedway Spectacular
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After Vegas, Manilow takes act on the road again By MELISSA RUGGIERI Atlanta Journal-Constitution
For the past seven years, Barry Manilow's life revolved around his Las Vegas residency, first at the former Las Vegas Hilton, and then for nearly two years at Paris Las Vegas. In December, a day after wrapping his tenure on the Strip, he underwent hip surgery, a painful, complicated procedure from which he has recovManilow ered "about 90%." Now, the megaselling Manilow — 80 million records worldwide and counting — is back on the road playing three dates every other weekend, including a show Saturday night at the Milwaukee Theatre. That's enough, he says, to keep his band together and keep him fresh without sending him back to the operating room. The singer behind many of pop
Pop superstar brings tour to the Milwaukee Theatre Saturday night music's lite-pop classics — "Could It Be Magic," "Mandy," "Copacabana," "I Write the Songs," "Looks Like We Made It," and any of his other 42 Top 40 hits — has an unusually robust catalog to draw from. But while those songs are the core of his concerts, he's still eager to write and create. Last summer, Manilow, 69, released "15 Minutes," a concept album about a young musician who wants to be a star, finds that fame and then experiences the crests and indulgences that inevitably lead to a free fall. It's a musical commentary on stardom and saturation in our media-obsessed times. "Nick (Enoch) Anderson, my lyricist for many years, is a great storyteller, and he looked around and saw all of these entertainment shows going on, making
stars out of young people overnight and you just count the moments until they wind up on TMZ," Manilow said. "I thought it would be an interesting thing to write about because I've been down that road." The closing song on "15 Minutes," "Everything's Gonna Be All Right," became a buzzedabout track on the U.K. version of his "Live in London" CD released here and overseas a few months ago. The song has now been remixed and released as a U.S. single. Manilow, though, is nothing if not a realist. "How do you get a record on the radio these days? I don't know," he said. "But it's a wonderful single, and I think it says something that people need to hear." Manilow still has a lot on his
Veteran actors keep • owing Caine, Freeman find roles that still manage to challenge By DAVID GERMAIN Associated Press
Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman shared only fleeting screen time in the Batman trilogy, which wrapped up with "The Dark Knight Rises." In a recent interview, the two Oscar-winning actors had such warm, relaxed camaraderie that it's a shame they didn't get to show more of it in those films. Caine and Freeman do appear in the upcoming crime thriller "Now You See Me," in which they collaborate on what they promise will be a "really good scene." Still, the 79-year-old Freeman Caine and 75-year-old Freeman are two of the most personable older actors in Hollywood and deserve a full-blown buddy movie of their own, a rare thing for actors their age. So we asked them to pitch a story— and with no advance thought, they hit on a premise with as much potential as most other movies coming out of Hollywood. "Just off the top of my head, two retired detectives," Freeman said. "Yeah," Caine added. "Two retired detectives. That would be great, wouldn't it? And a case came up, and everybody let it go by, and these two old guys said, wait a minute . . . " Freeman: "Wait a minute . " Caine: "Remember when we were 35 . . . ?" Caine Freeman: "We wouldn't ever let up on that case . . . " Caine: "And then they would get back into it, and then you could have a great deal of comedy with us trying to work out computers and how to get information . . . " Freeman: "Checking people on Facebook . . . " Caine: "Trying to find Google . . . " Freeman: "Saying, 'Wait, let me call my great-granddaughter and ask her.' " Caine and Freeman embody how to have a meaningful movie career when almost everyone else your age is playing crazy old coots or has given up and gone home. In Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, Caine and Freeman both play paternal figures to wealthy orphan Bruce Wayne. They're smart, well-crafted roles with a lot more warmth and depth than the usual supporting parts in an action movie. "I'm amazed at the stuff I get to do now," Freeman said. "I just did a romantic part with Virginia Madsen ("The Magic of Belle Isle"). I mean, I didn't know it was romantic, but it was. It did turn out that way. And I'm just like, hey, life isn't over yet." Shot on reasonable budgets, such movies still can find older audiences and earn their money back, they said. "There was a thing that I read in an American newspaper, and it said there's an extraordinary thing going on," Caine said. "Older people are going back to the movies. They're fed up with sitting watching TV. They go out, and they go and see a movie, and they have some dinner and go home. "And that is true, because these pictures we're doing now, 10 years ago they might go to DVD or television, but they get to theaters now and get an audience." Still to come, Freeman co-stars with Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas in the geriatric bachelor party comedy "Last Vegas." Caine has the title role in "Mr. Morgan's Last Love," a drama he recently shot with Gillian Anderson and Clemence Poesy. `Knight' moves Read Journal Sentinel film critic Duane Dudek's
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Charge dismissed against senior accused of inflating mileage A felony charge against a former Senior Connections Inc. employee accused of inflating her mileage reports was dismissed Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court. Evelyn R. Parker, 81, was charged with one felony count of fraudulent writings in April. She was accused of reporting more miles than she actually drove while delivering senior meals from the Summit Town Hall meal preparation site. Monday, Assistant District Attorney Mark Fruehauf moved to dismiss the charge. He told the court that Parker had prepaid $5,570.88 in restitution, which the court ordered disbursed to Senior Connections. Superior Telegram
Accused butt grabber faces trial A jury trial has been scheduled for a Superior man accused of grabbing the buttocks of two female joggers along the Osaugie Trail in April. John Frank Young, 27, faces two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. Each is punishable by up to nine months in jail and a maximum fine of $10,000. At a hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court on Monday, an October trial date was set for the case. Young is accused of corning up behind two female joggers while they were running on the Osaugie Trail and grabbing their buttocks on April 6. In both instances, the suspect passed the victim from behind on a black BMXstyle bike and groped the victim before riding off, according to the criminal complaint. Both women reported to police that they were wearing headphones while jogging and didn't hear the man on the bike come up behind them. A $750 signature bond was ordered in the case, with the conditions that Young have no contact with the victims and doesn't go on the Osaugie Trail. Superior Telegram
Gas leak prompts evacuation to Plains Midstream Superior firefighters responded to a propane leak around 10:50 a.m. Monday at Plains Midstream, formerly known as Dome Petroleum, 2600 E. 21st St, according to Battalion Chief Vern Johnson. The building, a pump house, was evacuated and company personnel began the process of isolating the leak by evacuating gas from the lines leading to the leaky valve. Traffic briefly was reduced to one lane on Stinson Avenue during the incident, but the plant remained blocked off. Johnson said the pump house is filled with gas, but it is not mixed with oxygen so it is too rich to ignite. The pump house itself is intrinsically safe due to double and triple protections built into all electrical systems, Johnson said. One fire rig remained on standby at Plains Midstream until the valve was isolated and to assist with ventilation, Johnson said.
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UWS adds one-stop resource center to help veterans, non-trads A resource center to help non-traditional students and military veterans successfully navigate their way through college opens this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Superior The Center for Non-Traditional Students and Veterans provides a single location where students over age 24 and veterans can learn about benefits and support, and receive assistance in accessing services such as tutoring and financial aid. The center's goal is to ease the students' transition to university life and to help them to complete their degrees. "The Center for Non-Traditional Students and Veterans will integrate all of our resources and support for non-traditional and veteran students," said Vicki Hajewski, vice chancellor for Campus Life. "It will provide a place where they can go to learn about all the services we provide for students, to meet other students in situations similar to their own and get access to peer mentoring, career guidance, and support for their spouses and families." Non-traditional students are defined as those age 25 and older. UWS has about 400 non-traditional students attending classes on campus — a relatively high percentage for campuses in the University of Wisconsin System. Nearly all those students have family and job responsibilities, and many are returning to the classroom after long absences. "These are students who are accessing our student support services in a different way than traditional students coming here right out of high school," Hajewski said. "They often start out by taking one class, so they miss the orientation to campus services that
WisDOT installs hundreds of miles of rumble ships Beginning this month, retrofit rumble strips will be installed on over 500 miles of rural state highway segments in Wisconsin with a history of run-off-the-road crashes, including a stretch of U.S. Highway 2 in Bayfield County. Stay in your lane or get ready to rumble! To help prevent highway run-off crashes and enhance overall public safety, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will oversee installation of centerline and shoulder rumble strips this summer on over 500 miles of rural, two-lane state highway segments with a history of run-off-the-road crashes. Currently, rumble strips are installed along Interstate highways and other divided highways, providing an audible and vibratory warning to motorists who drift from their travel lane. A growing number of states are now expanding the use of rumble strips to two-lane highway segments as a cost-effective strategy to help prevent traffic crashes. National research shows that adding shoulder rumble strips can reduce death or injury from single-vehicle highway run-off crashes by 29 percent, while centerline rumbles reduce head-on and side-swipe crashes by 44 percent. "Anyone who has ever momentarily drifted from an Interstate or freeway and safely returned to their travel lane may very well owe
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Minnesota sentence, starting when that one ends. Conditions of Tyson's extended release include no contact with the victim, the victim's family or anyone under age 18. He was ordered to undergo mental health and sex offender evaluations and follow recommendations, maintain absolute sobriety, provide a DNA sample and go to counseling as requested by the Department of Corrections. The charges stem from two incidents, one at a Superior motel and another at a state park, which took place in 2007 and 2008 while Tyson was living in Superior. According to the victim witness statement, Tyson subjected the victim to abuse for eight years. Superior Telegram
DOUGLAS COUNTY PUBLIC RECORD July 16 Betty Lou Mattsen, 61, 1712 N. 22nd St., bail jumping, no contest plea, $100 fine plus court costs; felony transfer another's personal property amended to misdemeanor, no contest plea, one year probation, $1,000 restitution, cooperate with CitiFinancial and Benna Ford to release lien of Kia, fine and court costs totaling $389; second offense in three years for operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, dismissed. July 18 Russell James Banks, 21, South Range, two counts deliver marijuana, no contest pleas, three years of probation, 90 days jail, Huber work release, chemical dependency evaluation, follow recommendations, random urinalysis, $997 fine, court costs and surcharge, $200 restitution, DNA sample, maintain at least part-time employment, eligible for expunction upon successful completion of probation; additional count deliver marijuana, dismissed but read in for sentencing; possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, dismissed. Talles Joseph Ross, 24, 3806 Tower Ave., No. 7, misdemeanor disorderly conduct, deferred judgment of conviction successfully completed, amended to ordinance violation, guilty plea, no further penalty. July 19 Michael Laray Winding, 43, 1813 N. Fifth St., battery-domestic abuse, no contest plea, nine days jail, $400 fine, court costs and surcharge. Kelly Ann Plachta, 27, 1116 Hughitt Ave., No. 7, criminal damage to property amended to ordinance violation, no appearance, guilty by default, $326.50 fine. Mark Wayne Fairchild, 45, Beeville, Texas, failure to support a child, deferred judgment of conviction terminated, nine months jail, $128 court costs, $2.572.90 civil judgment, DNA sample.
July 20 Seth Michael Smith, 26, 2202 John Ave., Apt. 5, delivery of meth, no contest plea, deferred judgment of conviction; two additional counts delivery of meth amended to possession of amphetamine, no contest pleas, two years of probation, one day jail, chemical dependency evaluation, follow recommendations, $390 restitution, $473 fine, court costs and surcharge; possession of meth, dismissed. Tyller Allen Theroux, 18, 5909 Tower Ave., misdemeanor disorderly conduct-domestic abuse amended to ordinance violation, no contest plea, $304.50 fine, court costs and surcharge; additional count disorderly conductdomestic abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia, dismissed. Michael James Terry, 30, 12021/2 Belknap St., No. 3, disorderly conduct-domestic abuse, no contest plea, one year probation, chemical dependency evaluation, follow recommendations, $416 fine, court costs and domestic surcharge; intimidation of a victim, dismissed. Raymond James Myshack, 22, 1809 Cumming Ave., battery, no contest plea, five months jail consecutive to current sentence, restitution to be determined, $265.60 fine and court costs; retail theft, dismissed but read in for sentencing; disorderly conduct, dismissed. Alexander Joseph Stephens, 46, Duluth, disorderly conduct, guilty plea, 56 days jail and $243 court costs converted to five days jail. Jeremy Michael Johnson, 20, Hibbing, Minn., misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia amended to ordinance violation, no contest plea, $326.50 fine; possession of synthetic marijuana, dismissed. David Leroy Denasha, 23, Hayward, possession of drug paraphernalia, guilty plea, $265.60 fine, court costs and surcharge, may petition of expunction if crime free for one year and fine is paid in full; possession of marijuana, dismissed.
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A Minnesota man will spend five years in prison for sexually abusing a family member. Scott Gerald Tyson, 47, pleaded no contest in Douglas County Circuit Court last month to one felony count of incest. A second count of incest was dismissed but read in for sentencing. At Monday's sentencing hearing, Judge George Glonek said Tyson showed no remorse, and in part, blamed the victim. He sentenced Tyson to eight years, with five years of initial confinement and three years of extended supervision. In 2011, Tyson was convicted of first-degree sexual conduct in Hennepin County, Minn. and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. The Douglas County sentence would run consecutive to the
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Associated Press OAK CREEK, Wis. — Before he strode into a Sikh temple with a 9mm handgun and multiple magazines of ammunition, Wade Michael Page played in white supremacist heavy metal bands with names such as Definite Hate and End Apathy. The bald, heavily tattooed bassist was a 40-year-old Army veteran who trained in psychological warfare before he was demoted and discharged more than a decade ago. A day after he killed six worshippers at the suburban Milwaukee temple, fragments of Page's life emerged in public records and interviews. But his motive was still largely a Page mystery. So far, no hate-filled manifesto has emerged, nor any angry blog or ranting Facebook entries to explain the attack. Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards suggested Monday that investigators might never know for certain why the lone attacker targeted a temple full of strangers. "We have a lot of information to decipher, to put it all together before we can
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positively tell you what that motive is — if we can determine that," Edwards said. Page, who was shot to death by police, joined the Army in 1992 and was discharged in 1998. He was described Monday by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a "frustrated neo-Nazi" who had long been active in the obscure underworld of white supremacist music. Page wrote frequently on white supremacist websites, describing himself as a member of the "Hammerskins Nation," a skinhead group rooted in Texas that has offshoots in Australia and Canada, according to the SITE Monitoring Service, a Maryland-based private intelligence firm that searches the Internet for terrorist and other
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Menominee may be forced to renew flood insurance By CLINTON LANG
the NFIP within one year of being notified or be subject to the following sanctions: 1) Property owners will not be MENOMINEE — The federal able to purchase NFIP flood insurgovernment has placed the City of ance policies and existing policies Menominee between a rock and a will not be renewed. hard place. The city must either 2) Federal grants or loans for renew its agreement with the development will not be available National Flood Insurance Pro- in identified flood hazard areas gram (NFIP), or face sanctions — under programs administered by serious sanctions — which could federal agencies such as the hamstring economic development Department of Housing and within the city. Urban Development, EnvironAccording to document mental Protection Agency and released by the Federal Emer- Small Business Administration. gency Management Agency 3) Federal disaster assistance (FEMA), communities identified for flood damage will not be proas flood-prone must participate in vided to repair insurable buildings
located in identified flood hazard areas. 4) Federal mortgage insurance or loan guarantees, such as those written by the Federal Housing Administration and Department of Veteran Affairs, will not be provided in identified flood hazard areas. 5) Federally insured or regulated lending institutions, such as banks and credit unions, are allowed to make conventional loans for insurable buildings in flood hazard areas of nonparticipating communities. However, some lenders may voluntarily choose not to make loans or, if they choose to lend, the lender
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AARP, Microsoft join forces for health AARP and Microsoft Corp. today announce the launch of AARP Health Record, a security-enhanced online service designed to help people over 50 manage and improve their health. This new tool enables users to enter, store and edit their personal health information in a central location and to share it selectively with caregivers, family members, doctors and other healthcare providers. AARP Health Record, which is free to AARP members, makes it easy to create and maintain security-enhanced, up-to-date electronic records that can be accessed from an Internet connection. By storing all of their health information in one location, members can partner more effectively with their doctors and other healthcare providers, be better prepared for emergencies and reduce wasteful and redundant paperwork. "AARP Health Record is designed to help our members better manage their health so they can focus on the things they care about most - enjoying the happiness and peace of
mind that comes from living life to the fullest," said AARP Vice President Nicole Duritz. AARP Health Record will focus on giving AARP members a convenient way to track and manage basic health information, such as blood type, drug allergies, medications, and personal and family health history as well as emergency and provider contact information. Users can also print and carry an easy-to-read wallet card with their vital health statistics. The tool is available in both English and Spanish. "This is the future of health care," said Duritz. "Our members need information that is current and convenient, so they can ask smart questions and communicate effectively with the healthcare system, whether they are in their doctor's office or halfway around the world on vacation." AARP Health Record is available at www.aarp.org/healthrecord and www. aarp. org/mihistorialdesalud.
SENIOR NUTRITION Senior Connections offers hot, nutritious meals Monday-Friday for people 60 or older. Meals are served at congregate sites throughout Douglas County, and are delivered to homebound individuals. A contribution of $3.50 per meal is requested, but no one is denied because of inability to pay. Call (715) 394-3611 or (800) 870-2181. Next week's menu includes: Aug. 13: Breaded chicken patty, bun, cheese slice, lettuce, corn, apple dessert bar. Aug. 14: Polish, sauerkraut, boiled potatoes, wheat bun, bread pudding. Aug. 15: Roast pork loin, gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, wheat bread, Jell-O. Aug. 16: Chicken Mandarin salad, tomato wedges, wheat dinner roll, brownie. Aug. 17: Baked fish, Tator Tots, carrot
coins, wheat roll, fruit cocktail. Make reservations 24 hours in advance for congregate meal sites at 11:30 a.m. at Phoenix Villa, 1001 Clough Ave., Monday-Friday, (218) 591-3553; Amnicon Senior Center, Tuesday-Thursday, (715) 364-2316; Solon Springs Community Center, Tuesday-Friday, (715) 378-4546; Senior Center, 1527 Tower Ave., Monday-Friday, (218) 591-0001; Lake Nebagamon Village Auditorium, Tuesday-Friday, (715) 374-3101; and Gordon Town Hall, Tuesday-Friday, (715) 376-4683; noon Tuesday and Thursday at Northland Community Center, Dairyland, (715) 244-3354; and 11:15 am. Monday-Thursday at Holy Assumption Parish, 5601 Tower Ave., (715) 394-7919; (715) 3992311 and Kro Bar and Grill, Brule, TuesdayFriday, (715) 372-8424.
Bernie Hughes first that really hits the spot. Down the road a ways for us lucky ones who get to live those extra years. But, that idle time can get to be a bit disconcerting. You see other folks satisfyingly working yet at their regular jobs and others who are doing volunteer work. The more of that you see and the folks enjoying it, you begin to think, how about me? Speaking as one of those volunteers for several years, I can say that it is the very best kind of work available for us old fogies. You can select the area of participation. You can determine the amount of time that you are willing to volunteer. Some of those volunteering folks even go south for the winter or summer vacations as well. Up to them, For those who would like to consider volunteering, here are two people who can discuss specific volunteer op-
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Pat Nelson, Senior Connections elder benefit specialist, attended the annual conference and meeting of the Wisconsin Association of Benefit Specialists last month in Green Bay. Nelson received a certificate of Recognition for Excellence as a local community resource. She provides information, advocacy and assistance to Douglas County residents age 60 and older with public and private benefits. Pat especially likes to meet with people who may be eligible for Medicare Savings Programs and
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REGIONALNEWSWATCIIt's part of the Navy's commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The ships are the frigate USS DeWert, the coastal patrol ship Hurricane, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Neah Bay and the Canadian frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec. The DeWert and the Canadian ship will be at the Port of Milwaukee Liquid Pier 5 and the Neah Bay and Hurricane will be at the Discovery World Pier. They will be in Milwaukee from Aug. 8-14. The event is also part of Navy Week, a U.S. Navy event that takes place annually in selected cities across America.
MILWAUKEE COUNTY Ex-Walker aide gets his 5th new attorney Former Milwaukee County official Timothy D. Russell has a new attorney — his fifth — in an embezzlement case against him, bumping his trial until December on charges he stole more than $20,000 from a veterans organization. Russell's trial was rescheduled to Dec. 3, nearly a three-month delay, by Judge David Hansher on Monday. Russell dropped his last lawyer, Dennis Krueger, after prosecutors disclosed Krueger had started working as a Fond du Lac County prosecutor. Hansher criticized Krueger for failing to tell the judge or Russell about his new job, which the judge suggested might be considered professional misconduct. Russell's new lawyer is Parker Mathers. Mathers faces reviewing thousands of pages of material amassed by prosecutors in a secret John Doe investigation that's involved several aides and associates of Gov. Scott Walker. Russell, 48, was a top aide to Walker while he was Milwaukee County executive, serving as deputy chief of staff and housing director. Russell is accused of embezzling about $21,000 from "Operation Freedom," an annual picnic and benefit fair for veterans Walker hosted. Russell is also charged with stealing lesser amounts from campaigns of two county supervisor candidates.
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WAUKESHA COUNTY Man is third to die after Delafield crash An 18-year-old man injured in a crash last Tuesday in Delafield that killed two men has died from his injuries. Ian Glidden of Nashotah died Friday, police said. Kody Koepke, 18, of Delafield and Timothy Peters, 18, of Pewaukee died in the crash on Nagawicka Road, north of Faire Lakes Parkway, at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday. The vehicle crashed into a utility pole, police said.
Man injured in mill accident dies A man injured July 17 in a mill accident at Packaging Corp. of America near Tomahawk has died. Lincoln County authorities said Dustin Dean Hale, 29, of Michigan died Saturday at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul, Minn., after suffering severe injuries and burns from fly ash, a byproduct of burning coal. Dennis Gougeon, 47, of Michigan, died July 17 as a result of the industrial accident. The victims were contractors, not employees of PCA, and are from Ontonagon, Mich.
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Retired Judge Robert Kinney issued a report Monday recommending a fourmonth suspension of Kratz's law license. The Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation is seeking a six-month suspension of Kratz's law license for sending text messages to a crime victim, seeking a relationship. Kratz is seeking just a formal reprimand. Kinney noted that other license suspensions of six months or more involved more serious conduct, and that Kratz is unlikely to reoffend. Kratz contends he's suffered enough and deserves a chance to rebuild his career. The report follows a hearing held last month. The state Supreme Court will decide what punishment, if any, is appropriate. Great Lakes facility opening at university Michigan Technological University this week plans
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State Rep. Peggy Krusick and law student Daniel Riemer endured the summer heat to knock on thousands of constituents' doors in the newly redrawn 7th Assembly District, where both hope to win the Democratic primary Aug. 14. In the previous 7th District, Krusick established herself with voters through direct, door-to-door connections built up over her 29 years in the Assembly. In the new district, which now includes parts of Milwaukee's south side and more of West Allis and Greenfield, she must re-establish her constituent base, having retained only a third of her original district after redistricting. Krusick, 55, is working to make her stances known on key issues, such as her longtime work on legislation affecting the elderly, as well as new proposals to increase
to dedicate a $25 million research facility that was created to address pressing Great Lakes issues. Michael Abbott, the facility's director, said he has high hopes for the Great Lakes Research Center in Houghton, Mich. He says those interested in the Great Lakes — from government agencies to educational institutions — will come together at the facility. A dedication is planned for Thursday at the facility in the Upper Peninsula. Issues on the center's plate range from invasive species to climate change. The center includes laboratories, aquatic labs, a computer center, underwater robots and a dock for the center's 37-foot research vessel, the Agassiz. Mercedes-Benz pays judgment in lawsuit Madison — MercedesBenz has paid the $618,000 the Wisconsin Supreme
Court says it owed in a lemon law case after the victorious attorney sought garnishment of earnings from six Mercedes-Benz dealers in the state. Attorney Vince Megna says the payment from Mercedes-Benz was hand-delivered Monday. That was 11 days after Megna filed the garnishment action in court because the car company had not yet paid the courtordered judgment in May. The ruling grew out of a 2005 case involving a Waukesha businessman who bought a defective $56,000 Mercedes-Benz, but the company argued it wasn't liable because the owner didn't provide information needed to grant a refund. The state Supreme Court disagreed and ordered the payment. Megna says additional unpaid attorneys' fees will likely eclipse $235,000. From Journal Sentinel staff, wires
transparency and accountability for voucher schools and businesses that receive state tax credits. Also hoping to establish a place in the district is Riemer, 25, a University of WisconsinMadison law school student and son of Democratic policy adviser David Riemer. Riemer sees his youth and relative outsider status as an advantage in a Legislature he calls a "school playground" characterized by "childish back-and-forth" rather than constructive policy-making. "I have some legal experience and a different attitude," he said. Riemer, who is taking a leave of absence from school to campaign full time, said he believes in approaching each law on its merits, rather than looking at which party puts it forward. He hopes to further bipartisan dialogue on laws that foster job creation, such as expanding the transitional jobs program, which offers low-income individuals training to shift toward higher-paying
employment. Krusick also said she hopes to increase bipartisanship after last year's tumultuous legislative session, emphasizing her "reputation for working across party lines." For some Democrats, Krusick's willingness to vote with the GOP can be problematic, like last year, when she supported a voter ID law that was slammed by most on the left. "Any time you discourage or prevent people from voting for whatever reason, even if the cause be good, I think you need to look carefully," Riemer said. "In this case, I think the Legislature got it wrong and my opponent got it wrong." But Krusick defended her record, saying that in the case of voter ID a constituent survey showed 90 % of her district supported the law. "I don't always vote party lines," she said. "My track record speaks for itself in voting the majority of my district." No Republicans have registered to run for the seat.
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For the first time since 1965, Jerry Clifford didn't spend his annual midsummer week in the North Woods. Once a year Clifford and his family would visit the Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander, wallowing away the summer days on scenic Lake Thompson, his son Tom said. It was a tradition that began Clifford four years after Clifford founded Milwaukee Life Insurance Co. "It was his favorite time of the year," Tom Clifford said. Family and friends will gather Friday to remember the retired insurance executive, World War II veteran and onetime tennis star.
Clifford died April 27 after a brief illness at age 93 at his home in Surprise, Ariz., where he moved in 1994, his son said. But his attachment to family and love of all things Wisconsin brought him back to the state for one month every year, Tom Clifford said. "It made him feel at home again," his son said. Born Jerome Edward Clifford in Hartford on March 24, 1919, to Alvin and Margaret Clifford, he was a standout tennis player in high school and at Northwestern University, where he attended on a full tennis scholarship, Tom Clifford said. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and in 1944 was a groom in the triple wedding of three sisters
who married Clifford, a U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant and a U.S. Army lieutenant. He went to work for the Old Line Life Insurance Co. in Milwaukee around 1950 and in 1961 founded Milwaukee Life Insurance, an offshoot of Milwaukee Mutual Insurance, Tom Clifford said. Jerry Clifford employed a relaxed, personable style in his personal and professional life, his son said. Jerry Clifford was preceded in death by his first wife, Catherine "Sis" Doucette. Survivors include his wife, Mary Sue; children Mike, Cathy Lawton, Tom and Bill; and stepchildren Miechelle Sherlock, Charlie Tegarden and Brian Tegarden. A stepdaughter also preceded him in death. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Holy Cross Cemetery, 7301 W. Nash St., Milwaukee.
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New leaders pondering new approaches Approach to state tests, 'flip classes,' new strategic plan to be considered By Jon Swedien Leader-Telegram staff With new blood in some key leadership positions, Altoona school district officials say the time is right to consider some fresh initiatives. District officials are in the midst of working on a strategic plan, considering new educational approaches and devising strategies for upcoming changes to the state's standardized tests.
"We're actually going to be putting all of this into a huge strategic plan with initiatives and who does what and when it's going to get done," school board President Helen Drawbert said. Board members will meet today in a strategic planning session. Drawbert said it will be one in a series of meetings in upcoming months covering a variety of changes. With new people in leadership positions, now is a good time to consider new initiatives and work on long-term strategies, Drawbert said. Drawbert recently was named school board president, replacing longtime President Ed Bohn. Later this month the board will appoint a new board member
to replace Bohn. Connie Biedron began work as superintendent earlier this month, replacing Greg Fahrman. Two people — Dale Pocernich Biedron and David Rowe — have applied to replace Bohn, and the board expects to appoint one of them at its Aug. 20 meeting. Biedron is working to get to know the district, meeting with the board members and teachers. "I'm going to learn the culture of the school," Biedron said.
Changes in the classroom Among the new ideas officials
are discussing are so-called "flip classes," designed to better prepare students for college. In flip classes, students read material outside of the classroom and discuss it in detail in their classrooms, working on assignments with classmates. "This isn't a sure thing, but we're exploring different options," board member Robin Elvig said, noting the learning approach more closely resembles college. Drawbert said that while the school board doesn't currently have a policy regarding flip classes, teachers can use the technique if they wish. She said the board could discuss finding ways to aid teachers who want to use the method. The Altoona district, like
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others in the state, is preparing for upcoming changes to Wisconsin's standardized tests. This year the state Department of Public Instruction, as part of its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law, increased proficiency levels on its standardized test — the Wisconsin Knowledge Concepts Examination — by raising test standards. The DPI plans to introduce a new, more rigorous test during the 2014-15 school year. Biedron said she will meet with teachers to discuss how to adapt to new testing and curriculum requirements. Swedien can be reached at 715833-9214, 800-236-7077 or jon. firstname.lastname@example.org .
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oshua Barbosa and Michelle Nitardy spar for a few friendly rounds Monday at Wilson Park in downtown Eau Claire. It was Nitardy's first attempt at boxing. View more photos at LeaderTelegram.
Employee drug tests get hairier Follicle samples shown to be more accurate, but they have a higher cost
free regulations. Those companies are testing hair follicles, a process that can detect illegal drug use from months prior to testing. Urine tests can track drug use for By Chris Vetter only several days, and in many cases Chippewa Falls News Bureau prospective employees know ahead of time which date they will take Truckers hired by Marten tests, making it easier to mask drug Transport of Mondovi must submit to a urinalysis test to check for drugs use. "We have considered it," Dan prior to their hiring. Peterson, Marten Transport's safety That practice is required in the director, said of conducting hair tests transport industry and is commonon employees. "We haven't made the place in workplaces throughout transition." Wisconsin and the U.S., as are ranSome transit companies across the dom tests thereafter to ensure emnation have made the switch, noting ployees are working substance-free. For instance, Marten Transport's the new test catches many more drug 2,300 employees are subject to ranusers than the urine method. For instance, 1,411 prospective dom tests. However, some trucking firms and truck drivers failed the hair test when applying at the Green Baycompanies in other industries are turning to a more exacting method of based Schneider National trucking company during the past four years. determining if prospective and curMore than 90 percent of them passed rent employees are abiding by drug-
the urinalysis test. So Schneider and a few other trucking companies, such as Roehl Transport of Marshfield, have added hair tests to their employee-screening process. One obvious deterrent to testing hair for drug use is money. The hair tests must be conducted in conjunction with urine tests, meaning companies spend more money to ensure drug-free workplaces. "Anyone who is doing it is doing both," Peterson said. Many Chippewa Valley companies and local governments continue to rely on urinalysis for drug testing. Dale Peters, the city of Eau Claire's human services director, said the city has 100 workers with a commercial driver's license, including municipal bus drivers and snowplow operators. Peters said the city hasn't discussed switching to hair sample testing for drug use. See TESTS, Page 4A
By Joe Knight Leader-Telegram staff A new program in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties intended to keep Medicare patients recently released from hospitals from returning is receiving statewide attention. That's partly because the transition intervention program appears to be working, but also because of a looming deadline from the federal Affordable Care Act that will penalize hospitals with high readmission rates. Those penalties are scheduled to begin in October 2013. Medicare is a na-
tional health insurance program for Americans ages 65 and older and those younger than 65 with certain disabilities. "We're kind of getting the ball rolling before it all takes effect," said Miranda Hotter of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County. The program aims to make sure recently discharged patients are able to care for themselves before being released from the hospital. "It's a lot of coaching. It's a lot of self-management for the individual," Hotter said. See HEALTH, Page 5A
Driver, 90, charged in fatal crash By Leader-Telegram staff The 90-year-old Eau Claire man who struck and killed a bicyclist with his vehicle while driving June 29 on a bike path along Clairemont Avenue was charged Monday with two felonies. Archie R. Vanwormer, 3488 Curvue Road, faces charges of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and hit-and-run involving death for causing the death of 51-year-old Kirk D. Cartwright of Eau Claire. Vanwormer is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Thursday. The charges were filed by Eau Claire County District Attorney Brian Wright. Cartwright suffered a severe head injury and died at an Eau Claire hospital shortly after being struck from behind by Vanwormer's vehicle at about 12:30 p.m. as he rode his bicycle on the bike path along the 1100 block of West Clairemont Avenue. Vanwormer's vehicle was traveling west on Clairemont when it entered the bike path at Hendrickson Drive and collided with Cartwright, who also was headed west. Police said Vanwormer's vehicle dragged the bicycle about 200 feet and continued driving on the path until Craig Road.
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By Breann Schossow Leader-Telegram staff After years of waiting, everything seemed to be falling into place for Eau Claire skateboarders — a more centrally located skate park was in their grasp as the city looked for a builder for the park earlier this year during a bidding process. That was until they
found out that to build their design near Lakeshore Park, they'd need more than the $30,000 that had been slated for the project. "I wasn't surprised," said Gabe Brummett, who started the Eau Claire Skaters Association. "Thirtythousand dollars for a skate park is really, See SKATE, Page 5A
Taylor Gast of Chippewa Falls skates the halfpipe in July 2011 at the Eau Claire YMCA Skate Park, 229 Moore St. The skate park is open 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $2. Staff file photo
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By Josh Flickinger Daily News staff writer CLINTON — About 400 people gathered Sunday evening at the Clinton High School football field to share memories, laughs and more than a few tears as they remembered the life of 16-year-old Noah Morris. The Clinton football team, which Morris was set to be a part of, organized the candlelight vigil. As the large group gathered near the north end zone, those in attendance were encouraged to share their memories of Morris, who died on the way to the Rock County 4-H Fair where one of his crossbred barrows had been selected a grand champion earlier in the week. For the next 45 minutes, students, staff, friends and family recounted story after story Morris of Morris' generous spirit, infectious smile, and his ability to turn a bad day into a good one with his simple presence. Morris' longtime friend Jake Laursen perhaps best summed up what he had meant to his friends. "I talked to Noah every day," he said. "People used to joke around
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Clinton students (from left) Paige Morris, Tim Clothier, Nate McConnell, and Garrett Jeffers gathered together Sunday night to honor the memory of Noah Morris, who passed away in a car accident Saturday morning. that we were married. I would say he was my best friend, but I don't think that's fair. Noah was everyone's best friend."
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LONDON (AP) — It was a bit of bell ringing that became bell flinging. British Olympics Secretary Jeremy Hunt nearly hit a bystander Friday when a bell he was shaking broke apart and went flying. Hunt's mishap came during artist Martin Creed's "All the Bells" event, in which bells across the country ring before the Olympics begin. Hunt's ringing may have been a bit too joyous. Television footage showed him wincing as the bell flew into a crowd of bystanders. Luckily no one appeared hit.
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Dustin Bennett, 12, of Clinton 4-H dons a cloak he sewed from wool along with his black sheep named Hagrid in a showmanship competition on Saturday. Bennett also had rabbits in the fair and had sewn a Snuggie.
By Hillary Gavan firstname.lastname@example.org JANESVILLE — The Rock County 4-H Fair brought people together over the weekend for competition, food and fun, although it remained bittersweet for many 4-Hers after news of 16-year-old Noah J. Morris's tragic death in a automobile accident Saturday morning spread throughout the grounds. Morris, a member of Clinton FFA, had just won Grand Champion honors with his barrow. On Saturday, friends and supporters brought in bouquets of flowers to a memorial made for him in the swine barn. Outside the nearby beef barn, those in 4-H and FFA kept carrying on. Turtle 4-H member Corina Jones, 9, and her sister Santura Jones, 10, were each washing and caring for their steers with the help of their parents Tim and Cindy Jones. It was Corina's first year in the project and she was pleased
Absentee voting begins By Shaun Zinck szinck@beloitdailynews. corn Beloit City residents can cast an absentee ballot starting Monday for the Aug. 14 primary election. Absentee voting at the city clerk's office will continue through Aug. 10. Residents that aren't registered to vote can also do so and cast their ballot at the same time. Those wishing to register must bring proof of their residence. Proof of residency must contain your full name and address. Acceptable forms of proof include a driv-
er's license or identification card, a bank statement or pay check, university or college ID or a utility bill with a starting period no less than 90 days before the election. Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler said a photo ID will not be required to vote or register because two Wisconsin judges ruled the state's Voter ID law was unconstitutional and put an injunction on its implementation. A full list of accepted forms of proof of residence is available on the city's website. Beloit City Clerk Rebecca Houseman said those registering
don't have to vote at the same time, but the office encourages voters to do so. "If they don't vote then they will become a certificate voter," she said. "They will need to bring their certificate on Election Day. Sometimes they will forget the certificate, or lose it and then they will have to reregister on Election Day. So it just saves us paperwork if they vote when they register." Registered voters must vote when they come into the clerk's office, and cannot take the ballot Please see VOTING P. 2A
to report her 1,332-pound steer named Jack had sold to Woodman's in Janesville for $1.60 a pound and would earn her $2,163. Santura was excited to have won second blue ribbon for her steer named Josh who sold for $1.50 a pound to Mary Gilbank Peterson. She was planning to use the money to go on a vacation to Florida with her grandma. Dad Tim Jones said the 4-H experience was fantastic for the whole family. He said the girls learned how to budget their money for feed and how to run a little business venture. "I like being here every day and taking care of him (the steer)," Corina added. The girls had their hands full this year keeping their steers cool and keeping them watered. The most challenging part was getting them to walk, in addition to the feeding, brushing and trimming of hooves. Please see FAIR P. 2A
Can u walk n text @ the same time? WASHINGTON (AP) — A young man talking on a cellphone meanders along the edge of a lonely train platform at night. Suddenly he stumbles, loses his balance and pitches over the side, landing head first on the tracks. Fortunately there were no trains approaching the Philadelphia-area station at that moment, Please see TEXT P. 2A
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A law change that opens the door to parents moving their children between school districts anytime for virtually any reason has some school officials nervous. For parents, the change means more flexibility. For school districts, the rules transform planning into guesswork and budgeting into an edu-
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cated gamble. "When we're budgeting, we're always basing it on estimates," said Carey Bradley, business administrator and interim superintendent in the Delavan-Darien School District. "But we have no history or data for this. It's added another piece that makes it hard to plan; it creates one less predictable, stable factor." In February, a law extending the open enrollment period from three weeks to three months went into ef-
fect. The same law established a procedure to apply for an exception to the open enrollment application period if it is in "the best interest of the child." Department of Public Instruction and most school staff acknowledge that "in the best interest of the child" is so nebulous that almost any excuse will do.
Greener grass Open enrollment was established in Wisconsin in 1998. It was
designed to allow parents to transfer their children from one district to another. Parents have to provide transportation, and school districts don't have to accept students if they don't have room. The theory was that giving parents choices would foster competition between districts and encourage academic excellence. In the 1998-99 school year, 5,926 students applied to change disTurn to TRANSFERS on Page 12A
Equestrians find ample riding opportunities in Rock County
Ashley Ritchey had often thought about getting treatment for her permanent lazy eye, but high costs and insurance issues prevented her seeking the surgery Recently, while working as a waitress at Chili's in Delavan, an inquisitive couple asked Ritchey A. Ritchey about her affliction. After she explained it, the couple offered to pay for her to have corrective surgery. Ritchey said the couple do not want anything in return and wish to remain anonymous.
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Former Gov. Tommy Thompson on Friday defended his chances of winning Wisconsin's Republican U.S. Senate primary, saying he has the best chance to beat Democrat Tammy Baldwin and that Democrats will "slice and dice" opponent Eric Hovde. Polls show Thompson ahead of Hovde, but the newcomer is closing the gap. In addition to Hovde and Thompson, former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann and state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald also seek the seat.
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Friends remember Clinton youth killed in one-vehicle crash
Tears of joy and pain are a typical sight at the Rock County 4-H Fair. They come from out of the blue and fade quickly like cloudbursts. Those kind of tears were visible here and there Saturday as 4-H'ers experienced the annual victories and Morris defeats of the fair. So was another kind. They came from deep inside and went on all day. Parents' eyes welled, and they turned their heads, wincing in empathy. Teens hugged each other, trying to understand the loss of a friend and classmate. Singly and in groups they mourned the loss of Clinton High School junior and FFA member Noah Morris, 16, who died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash in rural Beloit. His family includes parents Tom and Shelly Morris of the town of La Prairie, and sisters Jessica and Dessa. Services are planned this week at Clinton High School. The Town of Turtle Police Department continues to investigate the accident. Emergency responders found Morris pinned in a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban at 6:16 a.m. Saturday on County J east of Smith Road, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff's Office. The location is northeast of Beloit in the town of Turtle. Morris was westbound on County J when he went off the south side of the road and struck an embankment, according to the news release. The vehicle became airborne and struck a tree. Morris was wearing his seat-
Dan Lassiterfirstname.lastname@example.org Katie Berms of Clinton FFA trims the underside of her 3-year-old dairy cow Wednesday in preparation for judging Saturday at the Rock County 4-H Fair in Janesville.The six-day fair winds down aftertoday's activities. Fortoday'sscheduleand more on thefair, Page 9A.
Dan Lassiteremail@example.com From left, T.J. Clibborn, Joyce Corbet and Steve Clibborn lead a group of riders on the horse trail at Gibbs Lake County Park. Gibbs Lake is one of several sites in Rock County that offers ideal riding trails for local equestrians.
Equestrian Ecstasy Rock County trails a patch of heaven for local riders
The mass shooting at a "Dark Knight Rises" screening last week has Hollywood quietly squirming. Despite the entertainment industry's liberal leanings, violent content has long been its stock in trade—leading creators of movies, TV shows and video games to contemplate what role if any their work might have played. The fact the Aurora, Colo., massacre occurred at a post-midnight screening of a film depicting murder and mayhem has triggered a rare bout of soul searching in Hollywood.
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JANESVILLE Before last week, I hadn't ridden a horse in earnest since I was 11 years old. Back then, I'd put on boots and jeans and saddle up old Patch, my Shetland pony, and we'd ride for hours along the fringes of my folks' northern Johnson Illinois farm. We'd swish through tall grass, scout fencerows for pheasants and dawdle in the stream that wound through the back yard. That was years ago. I'm no longer a cowboy. I'm now a guy in his 30s who types for a living. Truth is, I can't remember exactly how to hold a horse's reins, and I couldn't tell a trot from a canter. So how did I find myself on horseback at Gibbs Lake County
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INSIDE Shirley May of Milton clips on her helmet before taking a horse ride on the trails at Gibbs Lake County Park. Rock County parks foster a number of horseback riding trails.
TO LEARN MORE For more information about multi-use trails in Rock County, visit www.co.rock.wi.us/parks-home and www.rockcotrails.com .
Park in rural Janesville, neck deep in of one of Rock County's scattered public equine trails? Well, I was told by riders, by trail maintenance volunteers and
by county parks officials that the county's parks, though limited in size, foster a number of horseback riding trails that serve a growing number of riders. The idea was to learn about the trails from the horse's mouth, so to speak. As usually is the case when I get a bright idea for a story, I got in over my head, fast. I agreed to Turn to TRAILS on Page 9A
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WHAT'S UP Green County Veteran's Memorial Park Board meeting, American Legion Post No. 84, Monroe. Today, 6:30 p.m.
Annual Ice Cream Social, Albany United Methodist Church, 105 S. Mill St. Wed., 4:30 to 7 p.m.
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Dems invest in GOP races
3 injured in DWI crash
Dems advertising in GOP Senate primaries, including Wisconsin's ABOVE: Car enthusiasts take a look at a Volkswagen truck while attending the Cruise Night event in the parking lots of Dairy Queen and the neighboring Phillips 66 gas station Saturday, July 28 in Monroe. A Cruise Night was held each Saturday evening throughout July and featured an average of 100 vintage and collectible automobiles. LEFT: Jim Strong, left, and Ken Rowley, both of Monroe, were among the visitors.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have their thumbs on Republican scales in Senate primaries in Missouri and Wisconsin this summer, hoping to improve their own chances of maintaining a majority in November. The idea isn't quite as far-fetched as it might sound. Two years ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's allies invested heavily in an effort to help Sharron Angle win a contested GOP primary in Nevada after deciding she would be the easiest Republican to defeat in the fall. She won the nomination, but ultimately lost to Reid. Now Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is running a series of television advertisements that strate-
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Drought may mean fewer animals at state fair MILWAUKEE (AP) — State and county fairs in the sweltering and drought-stricken Midwest may see some skinnier pigs and smaller squash this year. The dozen pigs Greg Marzahl and his 15-year-old daughter are bringing to the Wisconsin State Fair are smaller than those he'd normally show. Marzahl, who had three grand champion pigs last year, said his pigs are around about 15 pounds smaller than the normal 275 pounds. The heat is affecting their virility and appetites, he said. "We've had a hard time getting them to eat enough to get that condition on them," said Marzahl, who has about 35 show pigs and a few lambs on his 160-acre farm in Oxford. The Wisconsin fair opens its 11-day run Thursday in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis. State fairs also are set to begin in the next two weeks in Indiana, Iowa and Illinois, which also have been hit hard this summer by unusual heat and drought. Marzahl still plans to bring his pigs to the fair, expecting his competition will have smaller animals too. That's been the case at some county fairs that already have been held in the state. David Laatsch, an agriculture agent with the University of Wisconsin Extension, said he's judge several poultry contests for county fairs this summer and has seen fewer exhibitors and smaller ani-
Glavin said the pasture on her farm in Arkdale is If you go completely dried up, when normally the cows can eat until October. Prices for feed have skyrocketed, The Wisconsin State Fair runs Aug. 2-12 and Glavin said she doesn't know how much longer at State Fair Park in West Allis. she can afford to keep her farm if the prices stay ■ Hours are 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. Sunday high and the drought continues. through Thursday and 8 a.m. until mid"It's scary but at the same time it's sad," she said. night Friday and Saturday. "My kids bought their cows for a 4-H project. ■ Gate price is $9; however, numerous We've had the cows for seven years. When you specials and promotions are available. only have 12 of them you are more attached to For a complete list of promotions, as well them." as a calendar of events, visit the fair's website, bestlldaysofsummer.com Astrid Newenhouse, an agriculture scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, judged vegetables and flowers for ages 8 to 18 at this year's Dane County fair, which ended July 22. She said entries mals. The heat also causes narrower and fewer were down by about two-thirds. feathers on poultry, he said. "I have never seen the drought like that before, Laatsch thought some potential exhibitors might this severe before," said Newenhouse, who has have decided to leave their dairy cows home judged for 23 years. because they were already stressed. Heat disrupts cows' reproductive cycles, and their milk producThe fair had just one gladiola. Typically, it has tion goes down, he said. about two dozen. She said lilies were smaller and Liana Glavin, secretary of the Adams County Fair not as colorful and all of the vegetables were smallBoard, has three teenage daughters involved in 4-H. er. They will bring some of their 12 cows to the county Most years when she asks children to describe fair this year but leave a mother and her calf behind their projects, they usually say what they liked best because of the stress of the heat. about the plant. Other exhibitors aren't even coming, she said, This year, "the first thing they mentioned was although she didn't immediately have figures. how much they watered them," Newenhouse said.
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Four injured in crash near the Sky-Vu TOWN OF CLARNO Four people were injured and a 24-year-old man cited for inattentive driving Saturday evening, July 28, following a three-vehicle crash on Wisconsin 69 by the Sky-Vu Drive-In south of Monroe. Deputies responded at 8:12 p.m. to the accident in the N1900 block of Wis. 69 in the Town of Clarno, according to a release from the Green County Sheriff's Department. Bradley M. Ethridge, 24, Lena, Ill., rear-ended a vehicle driven by Thelma P. Ranken, 72, Monroe, as she waited in the southbound lane to turn into the Sky-Vu Drive-In.
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BROWNTOWN — Three people were injured and a New Glarus man was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated after he reportedly crashed a vehicle in Browntown early Saturday, July 28. Lavelle T. Conner-Hatchet, 23, was eastbound in the 900 block of East Old Highway Road in Browntown when he lost control on a curve, according to the Green County Sheriff's Department. The vehicle veered into the ditch and struck a culvert, causing the vehicle to go airborne and overturn while striking several trees. It came to rest on the driver's side. Deputies responded at 12:29 a.m. and discovered ConnerHatchet and his passengers had fled the scene. They were later located. Connor-Hatchet and passenger Toni B. Burke, 21, Monroe, were injured and transported by Green County EMS to the Monroe Clinic ER. A second passenger, Kelsey A. Wuethrich, 21, rural Monroe, sustained injuries but declined treatment. She was cited for obstructing a law enforcement officer. Conner-Hatchet was also cited for driving without a valid license and failure to maintain control. He was released pending court.
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