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Focus On Our Nation's Legacy this Memorial Day

My father served in the Marine Corps before I was born. While we milked cows, he would tell me about the men he served with and his experiences in World War II. He would tell me stories of honor, heroism and camaraderie. He imparted in me a deep sense of patriotism and service.

At the time, I didn’t realize how important these stories and lessons were. I didn’t understand how much these ideas would form me into the man I am today. I am grateful for his service and for his willingness to teach me about the things that make our country great.

It is our duty to teach our children and grandchildren about heroism and sacrifice. Too often, we allow the true stories to be forgotten. We miss opportunities to share about the lives of the people who dedicate themselves to our freedom and protection. We allow the next celebrity to dominate their viewpoint, rather than highlighting the true heroes of our nation.

We have lost two heroes from the 17th Senate District within the last five years. Army Specialist Jakob Roelli from Darlington was killed in action on September 21, 2011 in Jawkari, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Army Staff Sergeant Jesse J. Grindey of Hazel Green was killed in action on March 12, 2012 in the Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

I cannot fathom the loss felt by Jakob’s and Jesse’s families. I am certain that they take time every day to remember these men who made the ultimate sacrifice. Let us each take time this week to remember Jakob, Jesse and the many others who have given their life for the cause of freedom around the world, especially those of our Special Operations, FBI and CIA; the stories of heroism that can never be told.

Each Memorial Day we must recognize the loss of men and women who have fought for freedom. But we also have the opportunity, and duty, to focus on their legacy.

General Patton said, “It is foolish and wrong to spend so much time mourning the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived at all.”

The first known observance of Memorial Day was on May 5, 1866, making this year the 150th Observance. In 1866, a shop owner in Waterloo, New York wanted a day when all businesses would close to honor the fallen soldiers who had lost their lives during the Civil War.

The regular observance of Memorial Day caught on throughout our nation as we take time to reflect and appreciate the sacrifices made to protect our freedom, secure our borders and strengthen our nation.

Regardless of our race, religion or political beliefs, we Americans continue to collectively defend freedom generation after generation, all over the world. We defend freedom because we know that democracy is a fragile thing.

President Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from its extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

Memorial Day is the perfect day to remind every generation, young and old, about the price for our freedom. We must tell the stories of our veterans. We must show our respect. We must live as examples for future generations who will take our mantle of freedom and march forward.

They need to know where they come from. They need to know about the men and women who formed our nation and gave everything to give us the chance to be free.

It may be difficult to put our gratitude into words, but we also have actions. We can live our lives in a way that preserves and protects the values and freedoms for which our heroes fought and died. We must continue to fight for fundamental liberties that are guaranteed in our constitution, and for which our soldiers have defended.

It is up to us to preserve their memory and to make sure that future generations realize the important sacrifice that the fallen have made to preserve our way of life. We must focus on the legacy given to us while we remember the loss.

Aggressive IRS Scam Calls Are Taxing Wisconsin Consumers
Latest round may include demand for payment by iTunes gift card

MADISON – Fake IRS calls are hitting Wisconsin residents hard this week, and everyone is asked to be on guard against these threatening scam attempts. If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately.

The Consumer Protection Hotline at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has seen a spike in inquiries about this scam this week.

Consumers statewide are reporting aggressive calls from scammers claiming to be with the IRS, demanding immediate payment for (fake) back taxes. The callers typically threaten the potential victims with legal action or jail time.

In the latest round of IRS impostor calls, the scammers have added iTunes gift cards as a way to pay. According to the Federal Trade Commission, other payment methods scammers might ask for include Amazon gift cards; PayPal; reloadable cards like MoneyPak, Reloadit, or Vanilla; or by wiring money through services like Western Union or MoneyGram.

Do not fall for this scam, and tell your friends, coworkers and family members to be on alert.

Remember that the IRS will never call you demanding immediate payment or making threats. If there is an actual issue with your taxes, the IRS will contact you by postal mail – not by phone or email.

If you question the legitimacy of a communication from a governmental agency, contact DATCP’s Consumer Protection Hotline (800-422-7128) or call the misrepresented agency directly to inquire.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at http://datcp.wisconsin.gov, send an e-mail to datcphotline@wisconsin.gov or call the Consumer Protection Hotline.

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In The 17th Senate District


Sen. Marklein met with David Mauer and John Hamm, owners of Wisconsin River Meats in Mauston earlier this May.  Sen. Marklein enjoyed a tour and overview of the company on the day before their annual Porkfest.


In The Capitol



Two classes from Pineview Elementary in Reedsburg visited the State Capitol on Friday, May 27, 2016.


One of the teachers, Ms. Dana Westedt (above), is retiring next week and we recognized her with a Legislative Citation for her many years of service and leadership in the Reedsburg School District. 


Congratulations Mrs. Westedt!




Iowa-Grant Elementary School also visited the State Capitol on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Useful Information

School Fund Balances

The following table contains the ending general fund balances for each school district in the 17th Senate District. It should be noted that the fund balances are not solely cash balances. They include non-cash items such as property taxes receivable. The balances of June 30, 2011 and June 30, 2015 are shown along with the change in ending balances between those years. The final column shows the 2015 fund balances as a percentage of school’s total budget.


School District 

June 30 2011 Ending General Fund Balance

June 30 2015 Ending General Fund Balance 

2011 to 2015 General Fund Balance Change ($)

2015 Fund Balance as a % of General Fund Budget 


 $           1,787,818

 $             1,747,502

 $                (40,316)


Belmont Community

 $           1,567,013

 $             1,346,347

 $              (220,666)



 $              656,895

 $                793,001

 $               136,106


Black Hawk

 $           1,202,817

 $             1,117,606

 $                (85,210)



 $           2,283,480

 $             2,279,900

 $                  (3,579)



 $              503,669

 $                532,557

 $                 28,888


Cuba City

 $           2,419,870

 $             2,292,119

 $              (127,751)


Darlington Community

 $           2,573,050

 $             3,248,825

 $               675,775



 $           3,349,834

 $             2,651,684

 $              (698,149)


Fennimore Community

 $           2,735,858

 $             2,184,358

 $              (551,500)



 $              625,729

 $                804,002

 $               178,273



 $           1,976,278

 $             1,610,720

 $              (365,557)



 $           1,509,065

 $             1,453,308

 $                (55,758)



 $           2,117,816

 $             1,476,608

 $              (641,208)


Kickapoo Area

 $           1,084,578

 $             1,653,992

 $               569,414


Lancaster Community

 $           1,162,562

 $             1,382,884

 $               220,321



 $           3,249,943

 $             4,103,376

 $               853,433


Mineral Point

 $           2,523,534

 $             1,744,459

 $              (779,075)



 $           7,448,868

 $             5,439,586

 $           (2,009,282)


Necedah Area

 $              988,785

 $             1,403,556

 $               414,771


New Lisbon

 $              996,778

 $             1,556,931

 $               560,153


Pecatonica Area

 $           1,052,925

 $             1,073,538

 $                 20,613



 $           3,845,243

 $             4,186,563

 $               341,320



 $           1,447,461

 $             1,319,035

 $              (128,425)



 $           3,944,505

 $             8,149,408

 $            4,204,903



 $           1,472,624

 $             2,074,277

 $               601,653


River Ridge

 $           1,444,018

 $             1,369,377

 $                (74,641)


River Valley

 $           4,596,078

 $             5,963,198

 $            1,367,120



 $           2,276,971

 $             2,372,751

 $                 95,780



 $              204,041

 $             1,609,093

 $            1,405,052



 $           1,172,239

 $                796,803

 $              (375,436)


Southwestern Wisconsin

 $           1,837,968

 $             1,611,496

 $              (226,472)


Tomah Area

 $           4,284,434

 $             4,513,311

 $               228,877



 $              987,191

 $             1,199,001

 $               211,810


Wisconsin Dells

 $           3,569,116

 $             5,111,017

 $            1,541,901


Wonewoc-Union Center

 $           1,256,867

 $             1,655,399

 $               398,533



 $         76,155,921

 $           83,827,589

 $            7,671,671



Data provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction


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