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WI Library Association

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On Tuesday, I enjoyed a visit from the WI Library Association, including constituents Jon Mark Bolthouse (FdL Library Director) and Ben Giles (city council's representative to the FdL Public Library Board and also a former intern!). We discussed the Fond du Lac Public Library and its direction in the future.

For information about the library, including events, visit their website.

Upcoming Important Deadlines

The Spring Primary in Wisconsin will be on February 18th. If you are unable to vote on that day, today is the last day for early voting (February 14). To find more information on early voting, your polling place, and what will be on your ballot, visit https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/.

It is tax season time! The deadline to file your 2019 return is on April 15th, unless you require an extension. For more information, you can visit the Wisconsin Department of Revenue's website.

Assembly "Tough on Crime" Bills

On Tuesday, I voted in favor of legislation aimed at getting tougher on crime and keeping our neighborhoods and roads safe. The Assembly advanced the “Tougher on Crime” package as well as other bills that bring more accountability to violent and repeat offenders and, hopefully, deter criminals from re-offending. FBI data show violent crime rates from 2008 to 2017 increased in all but two Wisconsin cities. This data is concerning and, therefore, something needed to be done. The initiatives not only address the growing violent crime problem but also establish a new level of accountability in the criminal justice system. Families should feel safe in their homes and their neighborhoods. It’s time to stop letting violent criminals and repeat offenders spread fear in our communities and get tough on crime. The Assembly voted to approve stronger penalties for violent and repeat criminal offenders, repeat drunk driving offenders, and crimes against elder persons. Legislators also approved a bill to protect victims of domestic abuse as well as a measure to add accountability to the criminal justice system through collection of crime data. These bills reflect our commitment to Wisconsin families. I’m confident that these bills will make a real impact on our communities to ensure a safer Wisconsin.

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WI DHS Website for Outbreaks

On behalf of the Fond du Lac County Health Department, you can visit their newly created website that is maintained by the Wisconsin Department of Health services. The website is a tool to use to stay updated on health alerts, which are evolving very quickly due to the recent concerns of the coronavirus. This link will be a good resource for those who need a helpful update on current conditions, as well as, travel restrictions and recomendations. You can direct questions to Kimberly Mueller with the Fond du Lac County Health Department at (920) 929–3085. Stay safe and healthy!

Upcoming Holidays

  • Friday, February 14 – Valentine's Day
  • Saturday, February 15 – National Gumdrop Day
  • Sunday, February 16 – National Innovation Day
  • Monday, February 17 – My Way Day
  • Tuesday, February 18 – Pluto Day
  • Wednesday, February 19 – Prevent Plagiarism Day
  • Thursday, February 20 – Love Your Pet Day

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

Today in History - February 14
  • 1747 – Astronomer James Bradley presented his discovery of the wobbling motion of the Earth on its axis to the Royal Society, London.
  • 1803 – Chief Justice John Marshall declared that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void.
  • 1931 – The original "Dracula" film, starring Bela Lugosi as the titular vampire, was released.
  • 1990 – Space probe Voyager 1 took a photograph of the entire solar system, which had Earth appear as a 'pale blue dot.'
  • 2019 – JP Morgan was the first bank to create its own crypto-currency - JPM Coin.