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Thank you to All the Poll Workers

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I would like to thank all of the poll workers/volunteers of the 52nd District and those with the Wisconsin National Guard who graciously helped during the April 7th election. Their efforts in helping out the communities of the 52nd District are appreciated.

Remembering Lt. Colonel James Magellas

Last week, Lt. Colonel James Magellas passed away. He was a WWII hero and Fond du Lac native. Megellas was 103 years young.

Colonel Megellas is the most decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division. Last year, Congressman Glenn Grothman introduced legislation to award Megellas the Congressional Medal of Honor for his courage during the Battle of the Bulge. During the battle, Megellas single-handedly stopped a German tank in it’s tracks with a grenade to save the lives of the men in his platoon. In addition to his honorable accomplishments, Magellas was the first Fond du Lac Council President and a former congressional candidate. He also took much time in his later years communicating to the public about the exploits the US soldiers faced during WWII.

He will always be recognized in the Fond du Lac community as a wonderful and historic man. We will miss him dearly. May he rest in peace.

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Department of Children and Families Child Care Updates

The Department of Children and Families has developed new resources to connect essential workforce families with locally available child care. The attached PDF describes these efforts and the tools developed to help meet the child care needs of essential workers by trying to match them with available child care.

If workers are in need of child care, they should submit requests as soon as possible. This data is key to helping child care centers determine whether they are going to continue operating to meet local demand. To request child care, essential workforce families should fill out this form. Additionally, families can search for available care at a publicly available map.

Resources for Farmers during COVID-19 Pandemic

The following PDF contains resources for our great Wisconsin farmers for them to use if they need assistance during this time. If you are not a farmer, please feel free to share this with any farmers you may know.

Happy Easter!

I wish you all a joyous and amazing Easter this weekend. However you may plan to celebrate, I hope you stay safe and healthy and enjoy the holiday season.

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Future E-Updates

Due to Wisconsin statute 11.1205, the 52nd District office is not allowed to send E-Updates past April 15th until after the election in November. The reason for this is because April 15th officially begins the campaign period for the State Assembly elections in November. I understand the importance of sending these E-updates during this time, providing information that pertains to the pandemic. In the legislature's recent proposal for legislation, a provision is included that would allow the legislative offices to continue to send E-updates to their constituents. I am hopeful this will get passed so the 52nd District office can continue sending helpful information to you every week.

State Parks Closed

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On Thursday, April 9th, the Department of Natural Resources, under the direction of Governor Evers, closed 40 Wisconsin state parks, forests and recreational areas until further notice. The parks are generally located in the South Central Region, Northeast Region and Southeast Region of Wisconsin.

The Governor says the indefinite closures are due to "the unprecedented crowds, litter, vandalism and out of an abundance of caution to protect public health and safety and help flatten the curve."

Upcoming Holidays

  • Friday, April 10 – Good Friday
  • Saturday, April 11 – Barbershop Quartet Day
  • Sunday, April 12 – Easter
  • Monday, April 13 – Thomas Jefferson Day
  • Tuesday, April 14 – National Dolphin Day
  • Wednesday, April 15 – Jackie Robinson Day
  • Thursday, April 16 – Foursquare Day

For more fun and out-there holidays, visit checkiday.com, a website created by a former Fond du Lac resident!

Today in History - April 10
  • 1815 – Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies experienced a cataclysmic eruption, one of the most powerful in history, causing a global volcanic winter.
  • 1849 – Safety pin was patented by Walter Hunt (NYC); sold rights for $400.
  • 1925 – Scribners published "The Great Gatsby" by F Scott Fitzgerald.
  • 1957 – "12 Angry Men", directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb, was released.
  • 2019 – First-ever photo of a black hole announced, taken by The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration in 2017 in galaxy M87, 6.5 billion times the mass of earth, 55 million light-years away.