January 19, 2017 E-Update
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26th Lawrence Lake Fisheree
January 20, 2018
Lawrence Lake – Tall Pines Resort
W8096 Tall Pines Ct.
Westfield, WI 53964
35th Annual Montello Lion’s Club Fisheree
January 27, 2018
Good Old Days
W995 W. North Shore Dr.
Montello, WI 53949
February 2, 2018
Westfield Area High School
N7046 County Rd CH
Westfield, WI 53964
Tickets are $10
Westfield Mid-Winter Bake and Book Sale
February 8-9, 2018
117 E. 3rd St.
Westfield, WI 53964
48th Annual Markesan Sno-Drifter's Snowmobile Ball
February 4th, 2017
Vandy's Lakeside Pub
N2811 Park Rd.
Markesan, WI 53946
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Update from the Capitol
With the spring
session in full swing, Assembly Republicans released our top four
legislative priorities for 2018.
The first priority is to remove barriers to economic growth, attract
more workers to the state, and grow rural jobs. This will encourage
economic development in all of Wisconsin.
We also want to increase assistance to rural schools, have a thorough a
review of our current funding system and pass legislation for low spending
school districts to support our schools.
Our third priority is to reform the welfare system. We want to promote
independence and help individuals enter the workforce.
The final priority is to promote healthy, happy, and whole families. We
will continue to do this through passing bills that help fight the
opioid epidemic, improve foster care, combat Alzheimer’s disease,
and strengthen families.
Continue to watch my E-Updates every week to watch our progress on these
Thanks for watching, and have a great Wisconsin week!
winter Free Fishing Weekend is set for this weekend, Jan. 20-21, 2018.
Free loaner equipment and ice fishing clinics make it a great time for
open water anglers to discover the fun of ice fishing or to introduce
family and friends to this hard-water recreation.
Fishing is free for Wisconsin residents and visitors alike on these
days. No fishing license or Great Lakes salmon stamp or Inland Trout
Stamp is needed to fish all inland waters and Wisconsin's side of the
Great Lakes and Mississippi River and other boundary waters. All other
fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish
anglers can keep and any seasons when anglers must release certain fish
More information on the free
fishing clinics, on how and where to borrow ice fishing equipment from
DNR offices and parks, and on the weekend itself can be found on DNR's
Free Fishing Weekend webpage. Go to
dnr.wi.gov and search "Free
with free fishing weekend, and with a rollercoaster of seasonal
temperatures and snow levels, make sure to continue to check snowmobile
openings and conditions.
Here are a few other tips to have a safe and fun early season ride:
Use of hand
signals is voluntary, not mandatory. If you are inexperienced or
uncomfortable giving a hand signal...don't! Focus on staying in
control and to the right.
on frozen waters demands extreme caution for unique hazards -
including open water areas and weak ice. Lack of adequate snow on
the ice affects steering, braking and overall control. Carry or wear
a life vest, always ride with a companion and refrain from riding at
night. Ask local fishing clubs and bait shops about waterways ice
at least age 12 and those also born on or after January 1, 1985 are
required to possess a valid, snowmobile safety education certificate
to legally operate solo. Certificates issued by other
states/provinces are honored. Learn more by visiting the dnr.wi.gov
and searching keyword snowmobile safety.
marked trails and routes. Snowmobile clubs work hard to secure
permission for trails on private property. Cutting corners or going
off trail, upsets landowners and closes trails. Don't ruin the
experience for others.
For more safety
tips, information on safety classes or to view a copy of the snowmobile
regulations, visit the
Produce Safety Regulations Affecting Farmers
New food safety regulations take
effect Jan. 26 for Wisconsin’s biggest growers of fresh market fruit and
vegetables, but regulators will focus on educating farmers during the
first year of regulation. Enforcement will not begin in earnest until
The new regulations, part of the sweeping federal Food Safety
Modernization Act, take effect this month for growers with more than
$500,000 in annual revenue from food sales. Smaller farms have another
year or two years to comply, depending on their size. Growers should
focus on meeting training requirements first, so that they understand
the new requirements.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to implement the
changes. FDA has emphasized that the 2018 focus is on outreach to
farmers. A team from DATCP has been traveling throughout the state since
last June to answer growers’ questions at farm shows and conferences.
The team will continue these efforts in 2018, and also work with outside
organizations to provide mandatory training.
The mandatory training course, developed by the Produce Safety Alliance
and Cornell University and approved by the FDA, covers the scope of the
regulations and how growers can meet the requirements.
Regulatory inspections for large farms will begin in 2019. Before then,
farms can request a “readiness review,” a non-regulatory assessment by a
team of state officials, extension agents and FDA produce experts to
gauge a farm’s readiness for inspection.
Growers, cooperatives, and other professional groups can get more
information about the rule, training and readiness reviews at http://datcp.wi.gov,
search for “produce safety”. They can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (608) 224-4511.