If you will be in the Madison area in the coming week, I encourage you to stop in and take a tour. The dates and times of the open house schedule are attached below. The Executive Residence is located at 99 Cambridge Road on Madison’s northeast side.
Saturday, December 6: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Wednesday, December 10: Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 11: Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 13: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
- Always wear a full body harness while you are in a tree stand, as well as when climbing into and out of a tree stand. Make sure it is worn properly. Tree stand harnesses have an expiration date and should be replaced when they expire and/or a fall occurs. A safety strap should be attached to the tree to prevent falling more than twelve inches.
- Always have three points of contact when climbing into and out of a tree stand; either two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand at all times.
- Always use a haul line to raise and lower your bow or unloaded firearm.
- Be aware of suspension trauma, which occurs when a person is held upright for a period of time and blood flow to the brain is affected. Suspension trauma can happen in less than twenty minutes and can be fatal. Attach an additional foot strap to the body harness to take pressure off your upper legs.
- Photos will be accepted from amateur photographers ages 14 and over; photographers that earn more than half of their income from photography are not eligible.
- Photos must have been taken within the past three years, since January 1, 2012.
- DNR employees and Friends of Wisconsin State Parks board members and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.
As you and your family enjoy the warm weather outside, the Wisconsin Optometric Association reminds individuals to protect their eyes this summer. Here are some tips to protect your eye health:
Starting 9AM on Monday, July 14, 2014, motorists will encounter alternating lane closures and delays on the Stillwater Lift Bridge as crews conduct an in-depth inspection of the bridge, which is done every two years. Lanes will reopen daily by 2PM and inspection will occur only on weekdays. The inspection has an expected completion date of Friday, July 25, 2014, by 2PM, weather permitting. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes to avoid the expected increase in congestion.
Boat and water traffic will not be impacted and the normal lift schedule will not change.
- The new Wisconsin State Road 35 overpass is now open to traffic.
- Minnesota Highways 36 and 95 in Oak Park Heights and Stillwater will remain open. Highway 36 from the Washington Ave/Norell Ave intersection to Highway 95 and Highway 95 from Highway 36 to the Sunnyside Marina north entrance will continue single-lane traffic.
- The Stillwater Lift Bridge, while currently closed due to high water, will reopen to vehicle and pedestrian traffic at 4PM on July 2 and resume its normal schedule, except for between 10:30PM and 11PM on July 4 when the lift bridge will remain in the down position to accommodate increased vehicle traffic.
- Due to high water levels, the DNR has a no wake zone on the St. Croix River. A mile-long river channel (marked by red and green buoys) and no wake zone are in place between Stillwater and Bayport.
- In Minnesota, the northbound I-694 ramp to eastbound Highway 36, the ramp from Hilton Trail to westbound Highway 36, and access to Viking Drive from eastbound Hwy 36 are all closed.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) would like to alert consumers to a phone scam aimed at Wisconsin residents. The calls relate to Powerball prizes and ask the consumer to pick numbers. The caller later informs the consumer they have won millions of dollars or an automobile. The scam does not ask for any up-front money, but they ask consumers general financial questions relating to financial investments and the value of their home.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) is in charge of the state lottery and wants to highlight that the only case in which DOR would contact residents is if you have entered and won a “mail-in” drawing. This scam is unique in that the Powerball calls do not ask for sensitive personal data or request money. However, the callers still collect data allowing them to build consumer profiles for potential future scams or possibly sell the information to risky third parties. For additional information on this scam or to file a complaint, please visit datcp.wisconsin.gov or call the Consumer Information Hotline at 1-800-422-7128.
The rapidly rising cost of propane has exhausted some propane retailers’ lines of credit to replenish their supplies of propane as they become available. In response, the Governor directed the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to implement a $5 million loan guarantee plan aimed at providing these propane retailers with a new line of credit. Under the plan, WEDC will offer 80% loan guarantees to Wisconsin propane retailers.