Darlington Speedway to Honor Dale Sr

Darlington Raceway will honor Dale Earnhardt Senior and the thirtieth anniversary of his 1987 Southern 500 victory as part of this year’s “Throwback Weekend.”  On Saturday night, September 2nd, the track will host “An Evening Honoring Dale Earnhardt,” which will feature a panel of personalities talking about the seven-time NASCAR champion including children Dale Earnhardt Junior, Kelley Earnhardt Miller and Kerry Earnhardt; and long-time team owner Richard Childress.  The event will take place in the tent used for pre-race drivers meetings, located in the Cale Yarborough/Monster Energy Series garage, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. following the conclusion of the Southern 500 Parade.  Fans can purchase tickets to the event for eighty-seven dollars which includes two beverage coupons, light hors d’oeuvres and one 1:24-scale Dale Earnhardt Junior “Throwback” Number-88 Chevrolet diecast.  Tickets are available at Darlington Raceway-dot-com or by calling (843) 395-8802 while supplies last.  A grandstand ticket or infield admission to the September 3rd Bojangles’ Southern 500 is required for purchase of a ticket to the Earnhardt tribute.

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Kyle Busch Crew Chief Suspended

For the second time this month, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch has lost his crew chief due to a NASCAR suspension.  Adam Stevens still has one race left to serve on his four-race ban.  And now, interim crew chief Ben Beshore gets a weekend off after improperly installed lug nuts were found on Busch’s Number-18 Toyota during post-race inspection last weekend at Sonoma Raceway.  Beshore also was fined twenty thousand dollars.  Busch finished fifth in the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

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4th of July Safety Tips

This Fourth of July, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or enjoying fireworks, and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend.

FIREWORKS SAFETY The best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Here are five safety steps for people setting fireworks off at home:

  1. Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  2. Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  3. Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  4. Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”
  5. Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.


HIGHWAY SAFETY Millions of people will be on the highways over the [summer/Memorial Day/Fourth of July] weekend. The Red Cross offers these five things everyone should do to stay safe while traveling:

  1. Buckle seat belts, observe speed limits.
  2. Do not drink and drive.
  3. Pay full attention to the road – don’t use a cell phone to call or text.
  4. Use caution in work zones.
  5. Clean the vehicle’s lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night. Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.


GRILLING SAFETY Every year people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills. Here are several steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:

  1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  2. Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  3. Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
  4. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
  5. Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.


RED CROSS APPS People can download the all-inclusive Red Cross Emergency app which combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe. And there is a special mobile app – Monster Guard – designed for kids, teaching them to prepare for emergencies at home by playing an engaging game. Users can find the apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.


HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross has been working to reduce that number through its Home Fire Campaign, a multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Launched in October of 2014, the Red Cross and thousands of campaign partners have helped save many lives through the effort, as well as installing hundreds of thousands of smoke alarms in homes all across the country. Throughout Wisconsin, we have partnered with local fire departments to install FREE smoke alarms and you can register at www.getasmokealarm.org.

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Innovation square showcases all of agriculture at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days

Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days will have more than enough attractions for both farmer and non-farmers to enjoy, from unique foods and large equipment demonstrations to children’s activities and horse presentations, everyone will find something to enjoy.

However, as this is Farm Technology Days, there will be exhibits that will even attract the techies of the agricultural community. At the center of it all is Innovation Square, sponsored by Exacto.

The square will be in the heart of Tent City at this year’s show, featuring the newest agricultural developments used on farms all over the world. Innovation Square will also bring pieces of hosting county, Kewaunee County, through the means of a Farmer’s Market and replicas of locally recognized public spaces.

As for the technological wonders of Innovation Square, visitors of the show will be able to get up close and personal with a number of exciting products and services including an automatic feeding system, waste recycling systems, a hay feeder, crop development technologies and more all designed to make life on the farm a lot easier and better for the environment.

“They will showcase innovative solutions to problems that face the agricultural industry on a daily basis,” Co-Chair of the Innovation Square Committee Will Hewett said. “It will be great to bring these tools to life for our visitors.”

The executive committee for Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days has put in a lot of effort over the last few years of planning for the event to make sure the show focuses on more than just dairy cows. This is how the Innovation Square Farmer’s Market comes into focus.

“The committee came up with the idea for the farmer’s market together, and we all are very excited to have it in the show,” Hewett said. “We wanted a way to show the different forms of agriculture here in Kewaunee County, and it allows the vineyards, the breweries, the CSAs, and all the other farmers that aren’t involved with dairy to have a voice.”

Kewaunee County’s agriculture diversity is widespread, including other operations including cheesemakers, organic vegetable growers, beekeepers, flower growers, beef operations and more.

Innovation Square will be easy to find, as it features a 24-foot replica of Algoma’s iconic red lighthouse with a working light on top. The lighthouse was installed in the middle of a recently cut hay field earlier this week.

As Lake Michigan is essential to everyday life and many industries within Kewaunee County, a miniature Lake Michigan is being built into the square along with a smaller version of the Ahnapee State Trail.

People will also get to enjoy a toy show within Innovation Square. The show will host rare and collectible agricultural toys donated for the week from local collectors. A display will also feature the commemorative toy for the Kewaunee Show, the Gehl 800 Forage Harvester.

For more information about Innovation Square and Farm Technology Days, please visit our website or official show program at www.wifarmtechnologydays.com/kewaunee/pdf/WFTD_Program_2017.pdf.

Farm Technology Days 2017 will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., July 11-13 at Ebert Enterprises at E5083 County Road K, Algoma, Wis. 54201. Admission is $8 for everyone age 12 and up, and parking is free. For more information, visit www.wifarmtechnologydays.com/kewaunee and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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World Famous Horseman to Teach at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days

Wisconsin is home to over one million dairy cows, but the state has a soft spot for horses here in America’s Dairyland. To showcase the passion for horses and equestrians in the state’s agricultural community, widely recognized horseman Chris Cox will be the headlining Clinician at the 2017 Kewaunee County Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.

During the three-day show, Cox will be administering clinics on a number of different topics for people to take part in with their horses. Clinics will include correct riding, colt starting, building rider confidence, developing youth horsemanship and more. To take part in one of the clinics, ranging from one to five or more hours, individuals must apply.

Cox originates from a cattle ranch in Australia, where he learned from an early age about working with horses and appreciating the connection of horse and man.

Cox has become known for his popular show, Chris Cox Horsemanship, which teaches viewers about his life and work on his ranch Diamond Double C Ranch in Mineral Wells, Tex. The show focuses on Cox working with different horses, and educating the public with information and facts to aid both horse owners and admirers.

As a teacher of horsemanship for over 28 years, Cox uses both Western and European influences in his style and practice, allowing all levels of rider insights into how to work with horses. He consistently is looking to help others on their horsemanship journeys, making his stand out as an exlimperlariy teacher.

As a trainer and breeder of horses, Cox has been recognized as an outstanding individual in the equestrian world, and was presented with the Traveler Award by the American Quarter Horse Association in 2015 and was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in the same year. By 2016 Cox was given the Monty Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award.

Cox’s resume of success with horses includes multiple competitive awards throughout his tenure. He has earned four world championships of the coveted Road to the Horse competition, which has elite clinicians compete in the World Championship of Colt Starting. The competitors must build a strong relationship with an untouched three-year-old American Quarter Horse to win the prize. Cox was also awarded the Jack Brainard Horsemanship Award in 2015.

In addition to his full schedule, Cox frequently travels throughout the world to offer demonstrations, clinics and performances of his work along with regular Reined Cow Horse and Team Roping events.

More information about the FTD Chris Cox Clinics, visit: http://www.wifarmtechnologydays.com/kewaunee/pdf/Chris-Cox-Application-Fillable.pdf

Farm Technology Days 2017 will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., July 11-13 at Ebert Enterprises at E5083 County Road K, Algoma, Wis. 54201. Admission is $8 for everyone age 12 and up, and parking is free. For more information, visit www.wifarmtechnologydays.com/kewaunee and find us on Facebook and Twitter.



Cup Series Win List Grows to 11

With Kevin Harvick’s win Sunday in Sonoma, California, the list of Monster Energy Series winners this season now stands at eleven.  But remember … Joey Logano’s victory at Richmond International Raceway does not qualify him for the playoffs due to post-event penalties.  If there are seven new names in Victory Lane over the final ten regular-season races (or six if Logano wins again with no penalties), then there’ll be one driver with a victory to his credit that will not get a spot in the 2017 playoffs – which will include only the top sixteen eligible drivers based primarily on race wins.  The list of notable drivers still looking for their first Cup Series win of 2017 includes Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Junior, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott and Matt Kenseth.  Of those five drivers, all are former winners at Daytona International Speedway – site of Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola – except Elliott, who’s won two Cup Series poles at “The World Center of Racing” but is still looking for his first race win there.  He was victorious in the X-finity Series in 2016 … If the NASCAR playoffs began today, Logano would qualify based on points despite his problems at Richmond.  He’s tenth in the regular-season standings, seven points ahead of Clint Bowyer – who leads Kenseth by just four points in the fight for what would be the final playoff spot.

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New Detox Facility in Sheboygan County

Beattie photo.jpgA local addiction detoxification facility, designed to assist people seeking treatment, is now accepting patients. Pathways Detox of Waldo is designed to help people accomplish the first stage of recovery—getting clean. The facility’s services complement those provided at a co-owned facility in Kiel.

In 2015, Pathways to a Better Life opened a treatment center in rural Kiel to help people overcome substance abuse. Since opening, Pathways almost always has a waiting list, and the organization’s counselors say its specific approach to substance abuse treatment has better results than traditional treatment centers.

“The Waldo facility has been opened to improve outcomes by helping patients get over the hump of detoxing, which can be painful and miserable,” stated Pathways CEO Susan Beattie.  “This is not just a business, it is a way to provide the most help possible for people.”

The facility in Waldo, which previously served as a home for the elderly, is well suited for the need of those seeking to detox. “Waldo is a fine small community, peaceful and tranquil,” Beattie noted. “We feel that the tranquility is an important step toward achieving positive outcomes.”

Financing for the business was provided Oostburg State Bank and the Sheboygan County Revolving Loan Fund. Business plan development was facilitated through the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) in collaboration with Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay. “County officials certainly recognized the importance of the project,” noted SCEDC’s Business Development Manager Jim Schuessler. “Helping people get sober not only benefits those afflicted with addiction but extends to friends and neighbors and overall provides a benefit to the community.”


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Rascal Flatts Crashes Wedding in Oshkosh

Country USA was recently held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with Rascal Flatts headlining Saturday night.  The guys from Rascal Flatts decided to crash a couple’s wedding reception in Oshkosh, over the weekend and treated the newlyweds to a surprise performance of “God Bless the Broken Road.”

The bride and groom, Sara and Brandon, are longtime fans of the trio and had selected “God Bless the Broken Road” as their first dance. The newlyweds had no idea that a family friend the bride’s sister set the wheels in motion for the surprise performance from the trio.

Watch what happens:


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George Strait’s Old Topless Bentley for Sale

According to a post on Autotrader.com, a 2012 Bentley Continental GTC convertible once owned by George Strait is for sale for $159,000.

Check out the “Seller’s Comments”.

“Previously owned by the king of country music Mr. GEORGE STRAIT!!!! With signed car manual, LIKE NEW WITH LOW MILES!!”

“A/C ice cold, All scheduled maintenance, All records, Always garaged, Excellent condition, Factory GPS system, Fully loaded with all the goodies, Looks & drives great, Mostly highway miles, Must see, Never seen snow, New tires, No accidents, Non-smoker, Perfect first car, Satellite radio, Seats like new, Title in hand, Very clean interior, Well maintained.”

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Help for Farmers with Flooding Issues

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has a program that can provide assistance to farmers who have had to remove livestock from pasture due to flooding.

The program can also provide assistance if the farmer has had to purchase additional feed because of the removal of the livestock from the pasture as well as if any harvested feed has been destroyed due to flooding.

Assistance is provided through the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program or ELAP which is administered by FSA.

Producers who suffer a loss must notify their FSA office within 30 calendar days of when the loss is apparent.

Producers in Calumet and Manitowoc Counties that have questions or would like more information should contact the Manitowoc FSA Office at 920-683-5119, ext. 2.

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