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Contents

  • Destructive Storms 
  • Apprenticeship Funding
  • Community Event

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Destructive Storms Result in Constructive Community Collaboration

Last week northeastern Wisconsin and the Fox Valley were hit by severe storms that caused power outages for a quarter-million state residents. Utility officials called it one of the worst storms in 20 years. Winds reached up to 80 MPH and 16 tornadoes have been confirmed thus far.  

The destructive storms last week caused so much damage to the We Energies network in the Fox Valley and across the entire Wisconsin Public Service network that it was expected that customer outages could last for multiple days. The extent of the damage was so severe that it required the rebuilding of parts of the network.

I would like to thank the tireless efforts of our first responders, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, National Guard, utility crews, public works crews, state agency personnel, volunteers, and all the others that came forward to assist in the recovery. The efficiency of the efforts put forward reminds all of us of how great our community is.

Utility officials have said that as of this past Tuesday, most residents’ power is back on. The Wisconsin Public Service website which allows you to track outages is back online. This is a valuable tool. You can find it here.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact my office.

 
Joint Committee on Finance Approves
Funding for Apprenticeships

This week the Joint Committee on Finance approved an additional $3 million to fully fund the state’s Youth Apprenticeship Program.  The program is a partnership between schools, employers, labor unions, nonprofits training providers, technical colleges, and the state to provide opportunities for youths to gain valuable skills, wages, and credentials working in high need fields.  There are 55 different career pathways in 11 different program areas offered through the program. Over 75% of state school districts offer the program. The state provides 50% in matching costs for the program.

In the budget that recently passed the Legislature and was signed into law by the Governor, funding for youth apprenticeships was more than doubled to $5 million per year.  This will provide many more opportunities for our young adults to get the skills and experience they need to fill our many open positions in Wisconsin. 

You can learn more about the program here.

Community Event

Tonight the Summer Sunset Concert Series will be holding “Music by the River”. This free concert runs from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at East Side Beach in Oconto. Tonight “The Glam Band” will be performing! 

For more information on the event click here.

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