Two-Vehicle Crash in Calamus Produces Fatality
11/23/14 - A 29-year-old Lake Mills man was killed in a fatal vehicle accident early Saturday morning. The crash occurred just after 4 a.m. on U.S. Highway 151 south of North Salem Road in the town of Calamus. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office determined that the man was driving southbound in the northbound lane of the highway. His vehicle collided with a truck being operated by a 26-year-old Beaver Dam woman. She was transported to Beaver Dam Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by the county medical examiner’s office. Initial investigation shows that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. Names will not be released any sooner than Monday to ensure that the family of the deceased can be notified.
Wisconsin Leads Midwest in Economic Growth Projections
11/23/14 - Wisconsin ranked the highest amongst Midwest states in projected economic growth. That is according to Forbes magazine’s new business climate rankings. The Badger State came in 18th in the nation for projected growth. That is ahead of Minnesota who came in at 23, Indiana at 31, Michigan’s ranking of 34, Ohio at 36, Illinois who was ranked number 40, and Iowa at 42. The category measures job, income, and gross state product growth forecasts over the next five years along with business openings and closings and venture capital investments. Wisconsin’s ranking in the overall “Best States for Business” list jumped up nine slots from last year to number 32, the second largest boost in this year’s study.
Thanksgiving Dinner Prices Rising in Wisconsin
11/23/14 - If you're buying the Thanksgiving dinner, expect to pay five-percent more than last year. That's according to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, which surveyed grocery stores in almost two dozen cities. It found that the typical Thanksgiving dinner for ten people will cost 50-dollars and 86-cents -- three-percent higher than a similar Farm Bureau survey nationally. In Wisconsin, a 16-pound turkey will cost just over four-percent more than last year, at just over 23-dollars. Almost everything else is also higher -- including milk, cranberries, sweet potatoes, peas, and pumpkin pie mix. The only item that went down was a dozen rolls, which cost 25-cents less on average at 1.85. Amy Eckelberg of the state's Farm Bureau says Wisconsin farmers are proud to make much of the food served at Thanksgiving celebrations -- like turkey, cranberries, and potatoes. However, the farmers don't share much of the bounty. Once the middlemen and others get their cut, the farmers' share of the Thanksgiving meal is only about 16-percent of what the shopper pays.
Wisconsin Among ‘Least Happy’ on Thanksgiving
11/23/14 - If you want a Happy Thanksgiving, you might have to put up with more than you'd like. Estately, a blog for home buyers, lists Wisconsin as the fifth-worst state in its "Thanksgiving Misery Index." It looked at six factors that might prevent you from enjoying the holiday with family and friends. First is the likelihood of relatives getting drunk and making a scene -- and the survey ranks Wisconsin Number-One in that department, due to its heavy binge drinking. Political arguments can ruin anyone's inner peace, and Wisconsin is ranked 10th for contentious politics. If you have diet restrictions, the normal Thanksgiving dinner might not be for you. The state ranks 11th in dietary concerns, due to conditions like diabetes. There's always a chance for food poisoning, since the turkey is so fickle to cook. Wisconsin's pretty good in that category, only the 33rd worst. Then there's the chance that somebody might run out on the family dinner to cash in on a Black Friday sale. The survey ranked the Badger State 27th, based on what shoppers are saying on Facebook. Finally, there's a chance that your favorite N-F-L team will lose on Thanksgiving. The survey ranks Wisconsin 12th-worst, with the Packers going up against Tom Brady and the surging New England Patriots the following Sunday. The Estately Blog lists Hawaii as the happiest state for Thanksgiving. Ohio is the worst.
State Dairy Statistics up for October
11/23/14 - The average Wisconsin dairy cow was busier than ever for an October. The U-S-D-A said yesterday that the Badger State's milk production rose by two-point-four percent last month, compared to the same time a year ago. Each cow's average output rose by 45 pounds to 18-hundred-40 -- in spite of a reduction in the state's dairy herd by about two-thousand animals. It was the first October on record that the typical Wisconsin cow made more than 18-hundred pounds. The state's total milk production was two-and-a-third billion pounds last month. Still, Wisconsin's increase was not as large as the nation as a whole. The total U-S milk output rose three-point-eight percent from the previous October, to just over 17-billion pounds. Production in the 23 major dairy states rose three-point-nine percent. California, the nation's top milk producer, had a two-point-seven increase -- slightly higher than second-place Wisconsin.
Dodge, Columbia Counties Eligible for Grant
11/23/14 - Dodge and Columbia are among ten counties eligible to apply for the Community Development Block Grant for Housing Rehabilitation. The funds are available through the Southern Housing Region and are loaned at zero-percent interest to eligible households. The funds are made available to homeowners for a variety of home repair purposes. The list of permissible endeavors includes making a property handicap accessible, making electrical updates, replacing windows and doors, and repairing or replacing heating and plumbing systems. Tenants can use the funds from the loan towards purchasing a home, making a down payment, or paying closing costs. Landlords can receive installment loans for renting to tenants that are low or moderate income. Applications are accepted on a first come first serve basis and can be filled out free of cost.
Applications Being Accepted for Alice in Dairyland
11/23/14 - The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is accepting applications for the 68th Alice in Dairyland, Wisconsin’s official agricultural ambassador. Alice in Dairyland is responsible for educating rural and urban audiences about the importance of Wisconsin’s agriculture through interviews, speeches, and industry tours. Candidates must be able to develop and execute marketing plans, deliver classroom presentations and network with industry professionals. Required qualifications include: knowledge or work experience with Wisconsin agriculture; three years of a communications background, and public speaking experience. Applicants must be female, Wisconsin residents and at least 21 years old. This one-year, full-time contractual position starts June 1. The Alice program is headquartered in Madison and travels extensively throughout the state. To begin the application process, submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and a summary of qualifications to DATCP by 4:30 p.m. Monday, January 5, 2015. Application materials are available on the department’s website.
Mayville to Pick Up Brush on Select Winter Mondays
11/23/14 - The City of Mayville has announced that it will pick up brush once a month during the winter season. The following Mondays will be the days of collection: November 24, December 29, January 26, February 23, and March 30. Branches should be at least five feet and should not be cut down in length. The city also requests that the branches be less than one-hundred pounds and no more than six inches in diameter. Branches should be stacked and arranged by size with smaller twigs being tied in bundles or boxed.
Pope to Visit United States, Possibly Wisconsin
11/23/14 - Pope Francis recently confirmed that he'll visit the U-S next September to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Now, we'll wait to find out if the pontiff will visit Wisconsin as part of his time on American soil. We won't know for sure until next spring or summer, when his schedule is finalized. Pope Francis is expected to be in Philly from September 25th-through-27th. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said the family challenges is one of the pope's major focuses, and as he put it -- "His charisma, presence, and voice will electrify the gathering." It will be only the fourth U-S visit by a sitting pope. He's also expected to address Congress and the United Nations to mark that body's 70th anniversary. Nothing has been made official yet. Back in February, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt invited Francis to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. That's about 15 miles northeast of Green Bay in the town of Champion. The Catholic Church verified in 2010 that the Virgin Mary had appeared to a young girl at the shrine in 1859. The Marian shrine is the only site of its kind in the U-S that the Catholic Church officially recognizes. Schmidt also said the pontiff could hold a Mass at the 78-thousand-seat Lambeau Field.
Historic Baraboo Building Restored
11/23/14 - Another big part of circus history is being readied for visitors to Baraboo. Contractors have finished the renovation of a 105-year-old, 600-foot long building that stored rail cars before the Ringling Brothers Circus traveled across the country. It took nine years to plan and carry out the one-point-two million dollar renovation along the Baraboo River at the state's Circus World Museum. The project included the replacement of 300 windows, new electric wiring, new fire hydrants, and road improvements to accommodate traffic. More than 80 rail cars owned by the Ringling Brothers were repaired and re-painted this past winter. Executive director Scott O'Donnell of the Circus World Foundation says it's "pretty darn amazing" to see sunshine in a building where the windows were long boarded up. The restoration of the shed began nine years ago, and its final phase started last fall. Museum officials say they plan to add displays to show how the building helped the circus achieve its national success.
Land Conservation Department Selling Trees
11/23/14 - The Dodge County Land Conservation Department still has several varieties of small packets of trees and shrubs for planting this spring. Trees being offered for 2015 include varieties of oak, maple, pine, and spruce trees, among others. For 25-dollars, a bundle of twenty-five trees or shrubs can be purchased. Limited amounts are available with orders being taken through January 31st. To place an order or obtain more information, contact the land conservation department.