Madison Office: 122 South, State Capitol  Phone: (608) 266-7745  E-mail: Sen.Harsdorf@legis.wi.gov
5/25/2017
GYPSY MOTH AERIAL SPRAYING UPDATE

GYPSY MOTH AERIAL SPRAYING UPDATE

 

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection began the Slow the Spread Program (STS).  This program includes 51 sites – approximately 170,000 acres over 18 counties and mostly in Western Wisconsin.

 

PURPOSE: 

Looking to control the spread of gypsy moths.  Gypsy moths are an invasive and destructive pest that feed on leaves of oaks, maples, crabapple, birch and other species of trees and shrubs.

 

WHEN: 

Thursday, May 25, 2017 – weather permitting

  • The treatment application requires:
    • calm winds
    • high humidity
    • no precipitation

 

WHERE: 

  • Dunn
  • Chippewa
  • Rusk
  • Eau Claire
  • Trempealeau
  • Pepin
  • select sites in Green County

*Treatment sites and progress charts can be found here

 

TREATMENTS:            

Planes will be applying Forray 48B which is approved for use in certified organic production or food processing.  The insecticide, Forray 48B, contains bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki or Btk which is a naturally occurring soil bacterium that is poisonous to gypsy moth caterpillars when consumed. 


Keep in mind
:

  • Low flying planes will be spraying the insecticide just above the tree tops and these planes will be loud!
  • The insecticide is not toxic to people, bees, animals, birds or plants
  • Spraying will not affect organic certification
  • If you have allergies it may be in your best interest to stay indoors or leave the area until the treatment is finished
  • If you have pets that are scared of loud noises please keep a close eye on them

 

For more information: 

 

5/23/2017
Memorial Day!

Memorial Day – Our Nation’s Day of Remembrance

 

As many of us spend time with family and friends this holiday weekend, let us remember and honor the men and women that have sacrificed their lives to defend our country and protect our freedoms.  May 30th declared by General John A. Logan  in 1868 as “Decoration Day” – the day on which all posts of the Grand Army of the Republic would commemorate the fallen soldiers of the Civil War by decorating their graves with flowers. In 1971, U.S. Congress expanded the Decoration Day tradition to include every military person who died in service to our nation and designated the last Monday in May as “Memorial Day.”

 

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I encourage you to take time to attend a Memorial Day service in your area to honor fallen heroes.  Have a safe holiday celebrating with family and friends!

5/16/2017
Kinni River Cams

The Kinnickinnic River Land Trust has introduced “Kinni Cams” to stream river conditions

Purpose behind the lens:

To provide animated and still photo updates relating to the changing nature of the river which will give kayakers, fishermen, and nature enthusiasts an online resource with real time images.

 

  • Camera views: (updated hourly)

    • Camera 1: 
      • creates a view of the width of the river as well as the shore.
      • Dave the director of the Kinni Land River Trust says, “We hope the photos in conjunction with the stream flow record, will help folks have better and safer experiences on the river" (River Falls Journal).
    • Camera 2: 
      • provides a better glimpse into the river clarity/quality to fishermen and recreational users
      • aimed at a “Senchi Disk” which is anchored 12 inches below the surface to provide another perspective of the river and look more in depth at the water clarity.

Check out the video footage here

 

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More Information: 

5/3/2017
Next Generation Auto

Baldwin, WI – Recently, I had the opportunity to stop by Next Generation Auto in Baldwin, WI. Co-owners Jeremy Austrum and Shawn Kline teamed up to start the business in 2011 after working for many years at dealerships and corporate repair facilities.  Next Generation Auto, provides general auto repairs, diagnostic services, tire sales and services for all cars and light trucks, and is founded on the core principles of honesty and providing quality customer service.  When I met Jeremy and Shawn last summer, they told me about a program they started in 2014 called “Deserving Rides." 

 

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“Deserving Rides”, now in its fourth year, donates a refurbished car to someone in the area who has consistently put the needs of others before their own. Community residents may nominate a person they believe would be deserving of a refurbished vehicle by visiting www.next-generation-auto.com.  Several Baldwin area businesses partner with Next Generation Auto to provide vehicles for “Deserving Rides” including Wynveen Auto Body, Tri-Star Engines and Transmission and Parts City Auto Parts. 

 

Applications are being accepted until June 16th and the individual selected will be announced at the 4th annual “Deserving Rides” Presentation on Saturday, June 24th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Next Generation Auto, 910 Hillcrest Street, Baldwin.

3/23/2017
WI Organic Advisory Council seeking 4 new members

The Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council is seeking four new members to fill vacancies on the Council.  Wisconsin’s Organic Advisory Council was established in 2004 and brought together public and private individuals to promote Wisconsin’s organic industry. The Council provides guidance to the Governor, the DATCP, the Legislature, and other state agencies about the industry.

More Information:

  • Deadline for nominations:  May 1, 2017 
  • 4 new members are needed
  • Members serve 3 year terms and the Council meets quarterly 
  • Click here for more details are available from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

 

How to serve: 

  • If you are interested in serving on the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council nominations forms can be found here. 
3/1/2017
Hudson High School Hockey State Bound

Congratulations to the Hudson High School Boys Hockey Team for making it to the 2017 WIAA State Hockey Tournament in Madison, WI! Your hard work and dedication this season in pursuit of excellence is commendable. Good luck in the tournament! Go Raiders!

 

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  • Hudson will face off against Eau Claire Memorial at 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017  at the Alliant Energy Center. The winner of this game will advance to the Semifinals: Friday, March 3, 2017.

 

  • For more information on the tournament or to follow the team click here.
2/24/2017
All the details on the Spring Turkey Hunt

Everything you need to know for the Spring Turkey Hunt

 

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Permit Information:

  • 135,307 permits have already been issued for the 2017 Spring Turkey Hunt. A total of 240,768 permits will be issued for the 2017 year.  You can still get your permit through over-the-counter sales beginning March 20, 2017 with Zone 1. The permits are on a first come first serve basis and the sales begin March 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM.  Any leftover permits will be issued for sale by zone; one zone per day.

 

Leftover Spring Turkey Permits by zone with scheduled sales dates:

  • Zone 1 – Monday, March 20
  • Zone 2 – Tuesday, March 21
  • Zone 3 – Wednesday, March 22
  • Zone 4 – Thursday, March 23
  • Zones 5, 6 and 7 – Friday, March 24

 

Leftover permits:

  • $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents.
  • Purchase online through GoWild.WI.gov and at all license agents.
  • If you have any questions or need more assistance please contact the DNR Customer Call Center (1-888-936-7463)

 

Helpful links:

I need a place to hunt 

I need a permit for the period and zone I hunt in 

 

Licenses/Stamps/Permits

  • Hunters are required to purchase:
    • Turkey license
    • Turkey stamp
    • Permit (aka: Carcass Tag) valid for a specific season

*Hunters must carry these items while hunting and if a conservation warden requests proof a hunter must show the items requested.

*Permits are awarded to applicants via preference drawing and successful applicants will be notified by postcard

 

For more information on the Spring Turkey hunting regulations please click here


 Season Information:

  • The season begins on the third Wednesday in April. The season will run from April 19 - May 30, 2017.  A total of 7 zones plus the addition of Fort McCoy will be open for hunting.

 

Tagging, Transport and Possession:

  • Harvested turkeys must be registered online or by phone at 1-844-GAME-REG (1-844-426-3734) by 5:00 PM the day after harvest.
  • Immediately after killing the turkey, validate your tag
    • Write the date of the kill
    • Circle AM or PM
    • Tag must remain legible and intact and must be attached to the turkey before leaving the carcass unattended.
2/23/2017
10th District - Listening Sessions

Upcoming Listening Sessions


 

Come join Senator Harsdorf in the following locations and have an opportunity to talk with the Senator about issues you are interested in, ask questions and/or share some of your ideas and concerns with her. 

 

  • Grantsburg, WI 

When:  Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. 

Where: Village Hall - 316 Brad Street South Grantsburg, WI 54840

 

  • Balsam Lake, WI

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

Where: Community Room, Justice Center - 1005 W. Main Street Balsam Lake, WI

 

  • New Richmond, WI

When:  Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 

Where: Council Room, City Hall - 156 East First Street New Richmond, WI

 

  • Hudson, WI

When:  Monday, March 6, 2017 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Where: Council Chamber, City Hall - 505 3rd Street Hudson, WI 

 

  • Menomonie, WI

When:  Monday, March 6, 2017 from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Dunn County Justice Center Room 1402 - 615 Stokke Parkway Menomonie, WI 

 

 

If you would like more information on the above listening sessions please feel free to contact Senator Harsdorf's office: 

Phone: 608-266-7745 or 1-800-862-1092

Email: Sen.Harsdorf@legis.wi.gov

 

2/21/2017
Hudson & Spring Valley / Elmwood High School Qualify for State Team Wrestling Tournament

Congratulations to both the Hudson & Spring Valley/Elmwood Wresting Teams for earning a spot at the 2017 WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament in Madison, WI. 

Hudson earned their spot to the tournament after beating the number 5 ranked opponent Marshfield 36-33. Spring Valley/Elmwood clinched their spot to state by defeating St. Croix Falls 34-27 as well as Durand by 48-30. This marks Spring Valley / Elmwood’s 4th straight trip to Madison for a chance to win a State Title. We wish both teams the best of luck as they compete in different divisional brackets.


Event details:

Division 1

Hudson will take on Kaukauna in the Division 1 Quarterfinals on March 3, 2017. The matches begin at 5:30 PM and visitors are allowed to show up and enter the field house an hour prior to the start time. Hudson will be the 3rd match of the evening. 

Semifinals: The winners of match 1 and 2 will face off against each other in the Semifinals on Friday, March 3, 2017 beginning at 7:30 PM. Following this match will be the winners of match 3 and 4 from the Quarterfinals.

ChampionshipFinal Match takes place on Saturday, March 4 @ 3:00 PM. Gates open at 2:00 PM.

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Division 3

Spring Valley/Elmwood will face off against Fennimore on Saturday, March 4 @ 10:00 AM in the Quarterfinals. They are the first match of the day and the winners of match 1 and 2 will move onto the Championship at 3:00 PM.

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For more information on the 2017 State Team Wrestling Tournament please click here.

2/7/2017
2017 I-94 / WIS 128 Public Meeting on Improvement Project

Public Meeting is set for I-94 / WIS 128 
Improvement Project

 

Location and time of public meeting:

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will hold a public meeting to discuss the timeline for the
I-94 / WIS 128 interchange improvement project on Monday, February 13, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.,
at the Baldwin Ag Center, 1960 8th Avenue, in Baldwin, WI.

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What the project includes:

  • Replacement of the WIS 128 bridge over I-94
  • Reconstruction of the ramps to and from I-94
  • Addition of a new park and ride facility


How you can get involved:

Stop by to familiarize yourself with the timeline for the project and to understand how traffic will be impacted
during construction. WisDOT representatives will be available to discuss the project on an individual basis.


Click here for more information on this project.

 

1/30/2017
Alice in Dairyland Application Deadline - Monday, February 6th

Application due Monday, February 6th

Alice in Dairyland is one of the most widely recognized communications professionals in Wisconsin agriculture. Her job is to educate Wisconsin children and adults about the value, economic impact and future of the state’s $88 billion agricultural industry.

Those interested in applying for the job as Wisconsin’s 70th Alice in Dairyland have until Monday, Feb. 6, to submit application materials to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Alice in Dairyland works with television, radio and newspaper professionals to share information about Wisconsin agriculture. She gives public speeches, takes industry tours and makes many classroom presentations. She must be able to develop and execute marketing plans and develop professional relationships with industry professionals. She must be able to learn and retain information about the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture and be able to tailor that information delivery to diverse audiences.

Applicants should have considerable knowledge or work experience with Wisconsin agriculture; at least three years of experience, education or training in communications, marketing or public relations; public speaking experience and a willingness to attend an extensive number of work-related events on evenings and weekends. Applicants must be female, Wisconsin residents and at least 21 years old.

This one-year, full-time contractual position starts June 5, 2017. The position holder will be headquartered in Madison and travel extensively throughout the state. The annual salary for Alice in Dairyland is $45,000 and includes holiday, vacation, and sick leave as well as use of a sponsor-provided vehicle for official business. Reimbursement is provided for an individual health insurance premium up to $450 a month, as well as professional travel expenses.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and summary of qualifications to DATCP by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. Application materials are available at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Growing_WI/BecomingAlice.aspx.

Qualified applicants will be invited to a preliminary interview in Madison in mid-February. Top candidates will be required to attend the two-day program briefing and press announcement March 16-17, and the three-day final interview process during which the new Alice will be selected May 11-13 in Brown County.

Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to Alice in Dairyland Program Director, Ti Gauger at 608-224-5115 or Ti.Gauger@wisconsin.gov.

1/12/2017
Grants Now Available for Non-Profit Organizations to Help Veteran Entrepreneurs and Improve Employment

Applications due February 10, 2017

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that grant applications are now being accepted from registered 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) non-profit organizations that provide entrepreneurship training, or technical, business or other assistance to veteran entrepreneurs to improve employment outcomes. Non-profit organizations interested in applying for this grant opportunity must submit their completed applications by February 10, 2017

The Entrepreneurship Grant program includes a maximum total of up to $400,000 during the period of July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017. To qualify, non-profit organizations must be located in this state and registered and in good standing with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. 

The following criteria will be evaluated as part of the grant application:

  • Background and Organizational History
  • Organizational Qualifications and Past Performance
  • Experience Working with Veterans
  • Need for Grant Funding
  • Outreach and Referral Plan
  • Program and Implementation Timeline
  • Monitoring and Program Evaluation
  • Program Goals and Objectives
  • Past Working Relationships with other Start-up Businesses and Entrepreneurship Programs

Application materials for this grant are available online by clicking here or by going to www.WisVets.com. Applications and questions about the grant application process should be directed to Chad McCafferty at 1-800-WIS-VETS or via email.