Madison Office: 122 South, State Capitol  Phone: (608) 266-7745  E-mail:
Equifax Data Breach

Equifax Data Breach: What you need to know


         On September 7th, 2017, Equifax Inc. announced their systems had suffered a data breach that may affect as many as 143 million Americans. According to Equifax, hackers gained access to certain files between mid-May and late July of this year. Information in the breach includes consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and addresses. Some consumers’ credit card numbers, driver’s license numbers, and dispute documents were also accessed.

         Equifax has set up a website ( that allows consumers to check if their information may have been exposed by the breach and has established a dedicated call center at (866) 447-7559 to answer consumers’ questions about the breach. The call center is open every day from 6:00am to 12:00am, Central Time.

         Since the announcement, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) have been investigating the data breach and working to inform Wisconsin residents on how to best protect themselves.

         DATCP advises all affected Wisconsin consumers to take additional steps to protect their credit record. If you believe you may have been affected by this data breach, click here to information on the next steps.

         Additionally, DATCP urges Wisconsin residents to be on the lookout for unsolicited calls requesting sensitive personal or financial information. An event of this scale is sure to bring out scammers, and one of the potential risks at this point is con artists preying on consumers through misinformation. Neither Equifax nor any bank will call you and request your Social Security number or other sensitive details. If you receive an unsolicited call from someone who claims that they can verify whether your information was affected in the breach or that they provide services to affected consumers, hang up the phone. Do not engage with the caller and do not provide any information. Click here for information on what to do if you believe your information has been compromised.

         Wisconsin’s Attorney General Brad Schimel and the DOJ continue their investigation of the Equifax data breach. Attorney General Schimel issued a subpoena seeking detailed information from the company about the breach and the Wisconsin residents who were affected. The department will use all tool available to ensure Equifax is acting responsibly, to determine any violations of law, and to establish the remedies available affected consumers. Additionally, Attorney General Schimel has requested Equifax disable links to its fee-based services, extend the free services until at least January 31, 2018, and reimburse consumers who incur fees while freezing their credit.

Changes to Deer and Turkey Tag Requirements

WI DNR Implements Changes to Deer and Turkey Tag Requirements

Effective Immediately

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is implementing new rules related to the use of deer and turkey carcass tags. The rule changes come as a result of the recent budget signing, and take effect immediately. These changes do NOT affect other species such as bear, bobcat, fisher, otter or sturgeon.  To avoid any confusion during the fall hunting seasons, take a minute to review and understand the recent changes.

  • Tags are NOT required to be validated or attached to a carcass upon harvest.
  • All deer and turkey must still be registered by phone or online by 5:00 p.m. the day after the harvest.
  • All previously issues deer and turkey carcass tags will be honored by DNR and will be connected to the customer’s profile for harvest registration purposes.
  • Hunters STILL MUST carry proof that they are authorized to hunt within the designated location by carrying one of the following:
    • DNR Conservation Card
    • GoWild validated WI driver’s license
    • GoWild digital file
    • Paper tag/authorization

For more information on the changes and how they might affect you during the current upcoming fall hunting seasons, click here. For more information on deer hunting, click here. For more information on turkey hunting, click here.

Wisconsin State Capitol 100th Anniversary Art & Essay Contest



Wisconsin State Capitol Centennial K-12 Art & Essay Contest

Submissions Accepted Through Fri. October 13

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Wisconsin State Capitol building, the State Capitol Commemorative Commission invites Wisconsin students to participate in an art and essay contest to help commemorate the our beautiful and historic Capitol. Students in grades K-12 are encouraged to submit either a piece of art or an essay which details or symbolizes the important of the Capitol building and what it means to Wisconsin. The submission requirements are as follows:

  • Art pieces should be two-dimensional, made out of non-breakable material, no larger than 24 inches by 30 inches, and must be mountable to a board or on a canvas that is already attached to a wooded frame for display on an easel.
  • Essays should be no longer than one page and either type or legibly written.
  • Each submission should include the participant’s name and grade, name of participant’s teacher and/or school, and contact information for the school.
  • Submission should be sent to:

Wisconsin State Senate

c/o Dr. Tammy Wehrle

PO Box 7882

Madison, WI 53707

Contest entries will be accepted through Friday, October 13th, 2017.  The Commission will select one art piece and one essay from each grade. Selected art and essay pieces will be displayed on the first floor of the State Capitol building this fall from November 9th through November 30th. Winning entries will be recognized by the Governor and retained by the Wisconsin Historical Society. All entries will receive a certificate acknowledging the submitted work.


Thank you for helping us celebrate our state capitol building’s first 100 years!

County Deer Advisory Council’s Fall 2017 Public Input Survey

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County Deer Advisory Council seeks feedback on preliminary deer population objectives.

Online survey runs through Sept. 22

County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) recently opened their Fall 2017 Public Input Survey. You can review and give feedback on recommendations made by your local CDAC. These preliminary recommendations cover county deer population objectives for the next three years and potential changes to Deer Management Unit (DMU) boundaries.


Preliminary deer population objective recommendations received from the councils will be to increase, decrease or maintain the size of the local herd over the next three years. Changes to DMU boundaries will influence the area where antlerless tags may be used within the county and season structure options in those areas. Final recommendations will go into effect in 2018 and will guide annual antlerless quota recommendations for the next three years.


Preliminary population objectives and DMU boundary recommendations for each CDAC are posted on the DNR website. To review the recommendations, click here. After reviewing the recommendations, you can enter opinions and comments into the Fall 2017 Public Input Survey. To access the survey, click here. The online public comment period regarding these recommendations will run through Friday, September 22, 2017.


Once the online public comment period has closed, CDACs will receive feedback from the surveys to consider when developing their final recommendations. Recommendations will be finalized at public meetings in early October. Public comments are also welcome as the DNR reviews the recommendations in November and can be submitted through email at


For more information, including Octobers meeting dates and locations, visit the CDAC web page.

Identity Theft Protection Tips for College Students

Identity Theft 101: Protecting Yourself on Campus

With a new school year set to begin, college students statewide are heading to campus with armfuls of computers, mobile devices and personal documents. In the wrong hands, any of these items could be a gold mine for an identity thief. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection urges students to study up on ways to minimize the threat of identity theft.


Students face tempting credit card offers, requests for personal information on official forms, and living environments where fellow students and their friends are regularly moving through shared spaces.


By acquiring just a small amount of information, identity thieves can recreate and misuse a person's identity, destroying the victim's financial reputation and causing endless stress on the victim and their family members. An identity thief can damage a victim's credit and tax records, severely hindering the victim's ability to land a job, buy a car, or secure student loans. Identity theft costs consumers millions of dollars in fraudulent charges each year, and a victim's recovery can take years and cost thousands of dollars.


Personally identifiable information (PII) that can be used to steal and reuse your identity includes any combination of the following: your name, address, phone number, date of birth, ATM pin codes, Social Security number, mother's maiden name and financial account numbers. Documents that contain these sensitive elements should be locked away or shredded when they are no longer needed.


Students can minimize the risk of identity theft by following these simple tips: 



  • Carry your Social Security card in your wallet.
  • Shop online or pay bills on a public computer, through an unsecured website, or on an unsecured Wi-Fi network.
  • Give solicitors any personal financial information or your Social Security number.
  • Post personal details on social media.


  • Keep your room locked and keep documents containing PII out of sight, preferably in a lockbox.
  • Make sure that your devices are set to require a passcode or fingerprint to login.
  • Shred pre-approved credit card offers and any unnecessary bills and paperwork that contain PII.
  • Put mail directly in U.S. Postal Service mailboxes instead of unsecured campus mailboxes.
Grants Now Available for Non-Profit Organizations to Help Veteran Entrepreneurs

Grants Now Available for Non-Profit Organizations to Help Veteran Entrepreneurs

Applications due September 29, 2017

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting grant applications 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 Friday, September 29, 2017.

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

The Entrepreneurship Grant program was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Walker and includes a maximum total of up to $400,000 during the period of July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. To qualify, non-profit organizations must be located in this state and registered and in good standing with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions.

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

Polk County Awarded Dementia Crisis Innovation Grant

Dementia Capable Wisconsin: Polk County Awarded Dementia Crisis Innovation Grant by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recently announced it has awarded a Dementia Crisis Innovation grant of $30,243 to Polk County. The grant will help Polk County to work collaboratively with local partners to increase the dementia-capability of their crisis response systems.


DHS awarded nearly $400,000 in grants to seven counties, including Polk. This is the second round of Dementia Crisis Innovation Grants to help counties develop community based-strategies to improve crisis planning, response and stabilization for people with dementia. Last year, six counties or county collaborations shared a total of over $300,000 in Round One of the grant.


Promising practices developed as a result of the Dementia Crisis Innovation Grants will be included in a toolkit to be shared with other counties. The Dementia Crisis Innovation Grants are part of the Dementia Care System Redesign that includes the Dementia-Friendly Communities Tool Kit and the Dementia-Friendly Employers Tool Kit, among other resources to help people who are diagnosed with dementia and the people who care for them.

Military Consumer Protection Month

 Military Consumer Protection Month

Resources for Wisconsin Servicemembers and Their Families


July is Military Consumer Protection Month! The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) wants to share ways the Bureau of Consumer Protection can help you and your family with consumer issues while you are home or deployed.

There are a number of resources available to help your family avoid scams and deal with frustrating consumer issues. Below are some ways the Bureau of Consumer Protection supports our military families:

  • The DATCP website is a great starting point to search for answers or helpful tips. Facts sheets on the site that provide useful information on a wide range of consumer issues like home improvement, false advertising, landlord/tenant rights and more.
  • The DATCP Consumer Protection Hotline is available weekdays from 7:45am to 4:30pm to answer any questions and guide you toward potential solutions. Reach the hotline at (800) 422-7128 or
  • Are you involved with a group for servicemembers or veterans? DATCP offers presentations on consumer issues like scams and identity theft. Request a Consumer Protection Bureau presentation on the DATCP website.
  • Military families face unique challenges that could put them at risk of identity theft. If your family or friends believe their identity is being misused, they can visit DATCP’s identity theft protection website or contact the Consumer Protection Hotline to work with an identity theft specialist.

Thank you to all our servicemembers, veterans and their families. For more tips on how to protect you and your family, connect with DATCP on Facebook or visit the DATCP website.

The 4th of July is approaching...

With the 4th of July approaching us, please remember to be safe!


The 4th of July is a great holiday to celebrate, enjoy time with family and friends, and watch a beautiful display of fireworks.  Unfortunate accidents may occur, so take precautions and follow safety tips.




Safety reminders

  • Observe from a safe distance
  • Fireworks should be handled by adults
  • Don’t allow children to play with or ignite fireworks
  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions
  • Have a responsible adult supervise all firework activities
  • Double check no one is near when lighting a firework
  • Never point or throw a firework at another person
  • Light one item at a time and move back quickly
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby at all times in case of malfunction or fire
  • Always remember – if fireworks fizzle and don’t ignite, douse them with water and do not relight them!

Fireworks that can only be purchased and used with a permit issued by your local government

  • Roman Candles
  • Firecrackers
  • Bottle Rockets
  • Mortars
  • Anything that explodes or leaves the ground


Fireworks that don’t require a permit

  • Sparklers (not exceeding 36” in length)
  • Toy Snakes
  • Cones


Fireworks safety information 

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has more information available on these sources below:


Broadband Expansion Grant Program

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is now accepting applications for the Broadband Expansion Grant Program.  You can begin applying today.  This is just another way in which we are working on at the state level to assist rural communities and those who currently have limited to no broadband access extend and improve their services.

What this grant will provide:

  • Under-served areas across the state, reimbursement for equipment / construction expenses incurred to extend or improve broadband telecommunications.

Who is eligible?

  • Local communities
  • Non-profit / for profit organizations
  • Public entities

*all entities must be in partnership with an eligible organization or telecommunications utility*

Deadline: June 30, 2017

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More information:


  • PSC will be hosting webinars to answer any questions you may have about the broadband expansion grant program
    • If you would like to receive updates on when PSC will be hosting the webinars please email and be sure to provide them with your contact information




Proposal for Wineries to Extend Hours

Wisconsin lawmakers are proposing a bill that would extend winery hours.  Currently, wineries close at 9 PM and this bill proposes to make changes to extend the hours from 9 PM to midnight, allowing wineries to hold events such as weddings.  However, the bill still allows for local governments to have control over the closing hours of wineries by local ordinance.  Since 2015, Wisconsin grape growers and wineries have contributed to 2,000 new jobs, $50 million in consumer spending and an additional $100 million to hotels and other restaurants.  This industry is not only adding to the local economy but also flourishing – let’s continue to allow our businesses to grow instead of holding them back with unnecessary restrictions. 

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Why extended hours are beneficial for local wineries

  • Attract more tourists & wine enthusiasts
  • Host special events / occasions
  • Competition for businesses
  • Increase clientele and attract a variety of audiences / demographics
  • Allows wineries to continue to grow and contribute to the local economy






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.



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.



Thursday, May 25, 2017 – weather permitting

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



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

*Treatment sites and progress charts can be found here



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: 


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!

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: 

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  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.

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. 
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.
All the details on the Spring Turkey Hunt

Everything you need to know for the Spring Turkey Hunt




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 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 



  • 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.
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



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.

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.


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

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

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 Applications and questions about the grant application process should be directed to Chad McCafferty at 1-800-WIS-VETS or via email.