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Something Special Stands Out at Feast Food Show

SSfWlogoOval_4c_1x1.jpgThanks to a familiar red trademark, more than 20 Wisconsin companies will be prominently on display in the Something Special from Wisconsin ™ area at this year’s Feast! Local Foods Marketplace at the Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN. This featured space is one of the many benefits of being a Something Special from Wisconsin ™ member. “Consumers continue to demand locally grown and processed foods. Food industry professionals are looking for those products at this trade show, and 20-plus companies are using their Something Special from Wisconsin ™ membership to stand out from the crowd,” said Lois Federman, who manages the program for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The Feast! Local Foods Marketplace takes place Dec. 2 for an industry-only tradeshow and Dec. 3 for a public festival. The two-day event includes a large exhibit hall, educational seminars, demonstrations, kids activities, and a film fest. Attendees include buyers for grocery stores, distributors, restaurants, schools, hospitals, corporate cafeterias and the general public.

The award-winning event is organized by the FEAST Local Food Network, a partnership of organizations that is headed up by Renewing the Countryside (RTC) and the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

“I’m thrilled to see the growth in the number of exhibitors coming in from Wisconsin, and I’m excited about the many new vendors — over half are coming for the first time,” said Eli Goodwell, Associate Director for RTC. Learn more at

Federman adds, “As the Director of the Something Special from Wisconsin ™ program, Feast! Is the exact opportunity I’ve been searching for to help my members enter into a new market outside of Wisconsin. The event provides us the ideal combination of educational workshops and opportunities to network with the foodservice industry and consumers.” Something Special from Wisconsin ™ is a trademarked logo that guarantees that at least half of a product’s ingredients, production or processing happens in Wisconsin, which fits with Feast’s criteria for selecting exhibitors for the event. Businesses must apply and be accepted to attend based on their market-readiness and use of local/regional food ingredients.

Exhibitors will offer samples and sell product at Feast! This year you’ll find the following member companies in the Something Special from Wisconsin ™ pavilion: B&E’s Trees, CTL Foods; Mandy’s Mood Foods; Sconnie Foods; Wisconsin Grass-fed Beef Coop; Dashelito’s; Ney’s Big Sky; CJ’s Premium Spices; Becky’s Blissful Bakery, High Home Foods – Smokin’ Ts; Mad Dog and Merrill; Hixton Blue-Collar Café; Century Sun Oil; Chip Magnet Salsa; Silver Creek Specialty Meats; Fizzeology Foods; Croix Valley Foods; and Pleasant’s Best Sauces. Additional members exhibiting outside the program area are Fifth Season Cooperative, FillMyRecipe and Honestly Cranberry.

To learn more about the Something Special from Wisconsin ™ program or to become a member, ; contact Federman at or call 608-224-5124. Connect with the program on Facebook or Twitter.


Former Oshkosh Coach Charged in Sex Case

A former junior varsity boys soccer coach at Oshkosh West High School has been charged with three sex related felonies. A judge set bond at 15-thousand dollars Wednesday for 23-year-old Fredrick Baier of Oshkosh. He waived the state’s time limit for a preliminary hearing, and he’s due back in court November 21st on charges of second degree forcible sexual assault, sex assault of a student by a school staffer, and letting a teen view sexual activity. Prosecutors said Baier started to rape a girl at a party this summer, even though she pleaded for him to stop. Officials say he also traded lewd photos with a 14-year-old girl, he allegedly bought alcohol for minors on his soccer team and made sexual conversation, and his contract was not renewed when his soccer season ended last month

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Don’t Leave Toy Safety to Chance

We consider a number of factors when we shop for a gift for children – what’s popular, what they are excited about, what they need – but we may not always think about the most important factor: safety.  Even the most popular toy may not be appropriate for the intended child or safe for other children in the home.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection asks consumers to think about the safety of each potential gift before hitting the register this holiday season.

“Pay attention to the safety guidance on the packaging and consider whether any small pieces, magnets, chemicals or other factors might be a danger to children in the home,” said Michelle Reinen, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

A product’s popularity doesn’t dictate its safety.  This summer, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall on one of last year’s most popular gifts: “hoverboards” (self-balancing scooters).  The CSPC recalled more than 500,000 hoverboards due to fire hazards caused by overheating batteries.  At least 99 incidents of burns or property damage were reported to the agency with reports of batteries overheating, sparking, smoking, catching fire and/or exploding.

The devices in these recalls were not UL-certified, meaning they did not meet the globally recognized standards for safety.  If you are considering buying a hoverboard or any other product that has electrical or battery components, make sure the model has been issued a safety certification before making your purchase.

Look for these labels on toy packaging or on product pages:

  • General warning labels listing the potential for small parts, magnets, suffocation hazards, etc.
  • Age grading:  use the manufacturer’s suggested age range as a foundation for whether a toy is appropriate for the physical development of a child.
  • All toys:  “ASTM F963” – this label indicates that a toy meets the latest toy safety standards.  All toys sold in the U.S. must meet this standard.  ASTM F963 includes guidelines and test methods to prevent injuries from choking, sharp edges and other potential hazards.
  • Art materials:  “ASTM D4236” – this label indicates that art materials have been reviewed by a toxicologist and are labeled with cautionary information, if necessary.
  • Toys with fabrics:  “Flame resistant” – this label means that a material will resist burning and should extinguish quickly once removed from an ignition source.

Some additional things to think about when shopping for gifts for children:

  • Pick up any safety items that go along with a toy such as a helmet for a bike or scooter.
  • For homes with younger children, avoid toys with small parts, magnets, cords or strings.
  • Choose gifts that are both age and skill appropriate for the child.
  • Check for recalled toys at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website:
  • Watch out for “button batteries,” coin-sized (or smaller) batteries that are used in some toys, remote controls, flashlights, hearing aids and more.  Never let a child play with these batteries as they pose a choking hazard and can cause serious internal chemical burns in as little as two hours.  Make sure that any toys that use these batteries have a screw to secure the battery compartment.
  • Watch out for gifts containing high-powered magnets.  These small “rare earth” magnets can easily be swallowed by children and can attract one another in the intestinal tract, requiring surgical removal.
  • Avoid no-name products.  A manufacturer’s name and address is not a guarantee of safety, but it means you can track down a legitimate company to remedy problems.
  • Look for hidden dangers such as sharp points, loud noises or projectiles.
  • If you are purchasing wooden toys, look for splinters or sharp edges.
  • If you are purchasing used toys, skip ones with chipped paint in order to avoid possible exposure to lead.

Safety concerns don’t end at the register.  Be mindful of younger children and keep small or pointed toys and accessories out of their reach.  Lastly, make sure to read any battery charging instructions that come with toys as chargers and adapters can overheat and pose burn hazards to young children.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at, call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128 or send an e-mail to

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Jimmie Johnson Wins Sprint Cup Title

Ten years after winning his first Sprint Cup title, Jimmie Johnson claimed a record-tying seventh crown on Sunday with a victory in the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 41-year-old Hendrick Motorsports driver has matched NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty with seven championships in NASCAR’s top division. Sunday’s win didn’t come easy for Johnson, who started the race from the rear of the field after forfeiting his Number-14 starting position as the result of an unapproved modification to his Number-48 Chevrolet that was discovered in pre-race inspection. Johnson stormed past race leader Kyle Larson on the final restart and pulled away from the field over the last three laps to notch his fifth victory of the season – three of which came during the Chase. He beat Larson to the checkered flag by a half-second. Kevin Harvick grabbed third place. Joey Logano, one of the four remaining drivers in title contention entering the weekend, finished fourth with Jamie McMurray completing the top five … Top-seeded Kyle Busch finished sixth in his bid for back-to-back Sprint Cup championships. Carl Edwards, the other driver in The Championship Four, placed thirty-fourth after crashing late.


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Dassey Stays Behind Bars

Manitowoc County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer calls the decision to keep Brendan Dassey in prison a “good result.” He says it’s in line with other court rulings, and says people must be patient as the legal process drags on, in respect to the family of Dassey’s murder victim. Yesterday, the federal appeals court in Chicago approved the state’s request to keep Dassey in prison while it appeals the August ruling that threw out his guilty verdict in the brutal 2005 slaying of Teresa Hallbach near Mishicot. Dassey and his uncle, Steven Avery are both in prison — and their convictions were called into question by the Netflix T-V series “Making a Murderer.” Dassey’s lawyers were disappointed that the appeals court overturned a magistrate judge’s ruling that would have freed him by eight tonight — and as the defense puts it, “The fight goes on.”

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Manitowoc Police Twitter Back Online

The Manitowoc Police Department is pleased to announce that our Twitter account, @ManitowocPD is back online. In early October the account was hacked and several inappropriate tweets were put out by the hacker(s) under our name before the account could be shut down.


It has been quite a process to reestablish the account and measures have been taken to make it more secure. Unfortunately, through this reestablishment process, nearly all of our followers were lost, so we are essentially starting over with the account and are hoping the loyal followers we lost will again follow us, engage with us and allow us to share information with them once again through Twitter.


We look forward to using our Twitter account to communicate with all citizens, those who follow us from near and far, and the local and State media.




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Hit & Run in Manitowoc

On 11-15-16 at 6:26 PM, Manitowoc Police were dispatched to a report of a hit and run accident that occurred at the intersection of N. 8th St. and Waldo Blvd.  A bicyclist was traveling Northbound on N. 8th St. at Waldo Blvd. when a vehicle was traveling Westbound on Waldo Blvd. at N. 8th St.  The vehicle did not stop for a red traffic signal and struck the front tire of the bicycle, knocking the bicyclist off the bicycle and into the street.  The victim and a witness on scene stated that the driver of the vehicle, got out of the vehicle, checked his vehicle for damage, got back into the vehicle and sped off from the scene without checking on the bicyclist, Westbound on Waldo Blvd.  Both the bicyclist and the witness described the vehicle as a possible tan Buick.  The driver was described as a short, heavy set male in his late 40’s or early 50’s.


If anyone has any information as to the identity of the driver or vehicle, please contact the Manitowoc Police Department at (920)686-6551.


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Holiday Promotions Can Cause Confusion

Doorbusters!  Black Friday Savings!  Cyber Monday!  Special Buy!

Holiday advertisements are full of breathless promotions of special sales and offers.  But the devil is in the details.  There are limitations and they tend to be relegated to the fine print:

Quantities limited.  No rain checks or substitutes.  One day only.  While supplies last.  Additional discounts do not apply.  After rebate.  Limit one of each item per customer.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) asks shoppers to pay close attention to the sales stipulations in this season’s online and print ads.

“Ads set high expectations for holiday deals, but shoppers could walk away disappointed if they have not familiarized themselves with each retailer’s unique sales policies,” said Frank Frassetto, Division Administrator for Trade and Consumer Protection.  “As you search fliers and online promotions, make it a habit to read and understand the fine print.”

Retailers’ hours of business, item quantities, and return policies can all differ from normal operation and have additional constraints during holiday special events.  Some discounts are only offered in store while others may require the use of a retailer’s website or app.

Other simple tips to remember when you are shopping for deals this holiday season include:

  • Keep ads available and take note of any special prices while you shop online or in store.
  • Some one day deals may require tickets that you receive at the front door of the store and these tickets may be limited.
  • A store’s price match policies may not apply to sale items listed in holiday ads.
  • Make sure you understand return/refund/exchange policies before you buy.  Retailers may have alternative policies in place for holiday sales, and online purchases may not necessarily be eligible for in-store returns.  Keep your receipts.
  • Remember to pick up or print off a gift receipt for the gift recipient.
  • Be aware that clearance and “open items” may have different return policies or not be returnable at all.

Wisconsin law requires stores to charge their lowest advertised price for a product and to refund any overcharge, so it is important for consumers to keep an eye on the prices at the register or in the online shopping cart.  Special pricing may only apply to specific products, so be sure that you have the correct item and model name or number before you start to checkout.  Speak up if you believe that an item did not register at its advertised price.

If you are charged the wrong price on an item and the business will not correct the error, file a complaint with DATCP’s Weights and Measures Bureau, visit, send an e-mail to or call 608-224-4942.

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Appeal on Dassey Release

U.S. magistrate judge William Duffin ordered that Brendan Dassey be released from prison by eight tomorrow evening. Dassey was convicted along with his uncle Steven Avery of killing Teresea Halbach in 2005 .  Duffin overturned Dassey’s conviction in August saying investigators tricked him into confessing. Duffin ordered Dassey released Monday. State Attorney General Brad Schimel asked Duffin Tuesday to stay his ruling but he overruled it.

Should Brendan Dassey go free by 8 p-m Friday…there are reports he will be living in a family-owned trailer with his mother about100 miles from the city of Manitowoc in the town of Stephenson just west of Crivitz. Dassey would spend one to three months at the rural location and then possibly move to a location in Brown county. Dassy’s attorney reportedly said; by moving to the town of Stephenson, it would minimize disruption for the Manitowoc community, the Halbach family.  When released, Dassey will be under the supervision of the United States probation office. The state justice department planned to file an emergency motion to the 7th u.s. circuit court of appeals in Chicago seeking to block Dassey’s release.


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Suicidal Man Climbs Tower in Manitowoc

A 40-year old Manitowoc man is in protective custody today after-he climbed a communications tower in downtown Manitowoc and stayed there for nearly 9-hours.  The initial report of a male subject climbing the communications tower next to the county’s joint dispatch center came-in about 5-yesterday afternoon. Despite efforts from police officers, crisis negotiators from the sheriff’s office and a tower rescue unit from Appleton, the distraught man climbed to the top of the tower an estimated 150-feet.  He was drinking & throwing cans into the parking lot below and at one point made reference to a weapon in his possession.  The male was coaxed to climb down about 2-this morning and received treatment for exposure to the cold at a local hospital. He faces possible charges of criminal trespass & disorderly conduct.