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Scholarships Awarded

Country Visions Cooperative and CP Feeds presented scholarship awards to ten exceptional area high school students. The students were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship to further their education at a college, university, technical or vocational school.
To be eligible the parents, parent, or legal guardian of the student must be a member of Country Visions Cooperative or CP Feeds and purchased a minimum set amount of goods and services in the year prior to application. The scholarship recipients were selected on the basis of academic performance, recommendations, essay question response, extra-curricular activities, employment experience and completion of application. Country Visions and CP Feeds have a significant presence in the farming communities, therefore, preference was given to students majoring in agriculture related fields.
Country Visions and CP Feeds awarded the following recipients the 2017 scholarships:
■ Conner Geurts, Wrightstown High School, Agribusiness/Science Technology
■ Austin Goehring, Kiel High School, Agribusiness
■ Kalista Hodorff, Campbellsport High School, Dairy Science
■ Alyssa Johanek, Kewaunee High School, Agribusiness/Science Technology
■ McCoy Mack, Manitowoc Lutheran High School, Agriculture Power Equipment
■ Josh O’Hearn, Reedsville High School, Agriculture
■ Derek Schmidt, Brillion High School, Agribusiness/Science Technology
■ Emily Schwanke, Waupun Area High School, Animal Science/Chemistry
■ Kaylee Warner, New Holstein High School, Animal Science/Pre-Vet
■ Madeline Zutz, Valders High School, Animal Science
Country Visions and CP Feeds have a strong agricultural involvement and want to promote the continued education of students with the same interest. Investing and supporting youth promotes the mission of the companies by building a strong future for their members and communities.


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2017 Chaper Grant Winners from the Wisconsin FFA Foundation

Grow More Communities Grant Photo.JPGThe Wisconsin FFA Foundation has announced the winners of the 2017 chapter grants, which encourage Wisconsin FFA chapters to develop individual and cooperative activities that will enhance their communities.

Granton FFA is the recipient of the $500 Community Service grant, new this year and available due to generous donations to the Bethany L. Rieth Memorial Fund. This fund was established in the Past State FFA Officer’s honor after her sudden passing in February 2016.

The Granton FFA Chapter will use these funds to provide meals to cancer patients at Hope Lodge in Marshfield, expanding on a community service project it already has in place. “My hope for FFA members is to learn compassion,” says Advisor Katie Chapman in the grant application. “It is very inspiring to see a student offer to carry a sick person’s plate back to their table.”

Two chapters, Ashland FFA and Waupun FFA, are this year’s recipients of the Food for America grant, once again funded by the Wisconsin FFA Foundation’s long-time Two-Star Mission Partner, Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, Inc.

Ashland FFA will continue to teach area students and community members about the food production cycle through its small animal exhibit. The $500 in grant funds will be used to improve the project’s fencing, as it continues to grow in size and impact through community partnerships.

With its $500 grant, the Waupun FFA plans to double the amount of Friday lunches it can offer each year at the Waupun Food Pantry Community. “The goal of this project is to let the community know that FFA members recognize the need in our community and that we have the ability and desire to make a positive difference,” says Advisor Tari Costello in the application. “This project is a powerful learning opportunity for every person involved.”

The Wisconsin FFA Foundation and Syngenta also have partnered for a second year to provide resources for produce gardens to six Wisconsin FFA Chapters. Three of these 2017 Grow More Communities grant winners, Antigo, Randolph Cambria-Friesland and Waupun FFA chapters, are returning gardens, while Milton FFA and Shullsburg FFA were newly selected to begin their garden project. Start-up gardens are given $500 to begin the project and $500 at the end of the season. Existing gardens are awarded $500 also when the garden is completed

Milton FFA Advisor Stacy Skemp says the chapter will use the garden to help spread the message of agriculture through the Milton Community Library programs, as well as provide fresh produce to the Milton Food Pantry. “The food pantry has a hard time fulfilling all of the families’ needs on a regular basis,” she adds, noting that other garden produce will be given to the local FFA Alumni for use with their Thanksgiving baskets and also used in the school cafeteria.

“We’re so grateful to our chapter grant sponsors who support agriculture education in this way,” says John Hromyak, Wisconsin FFA Foundation executive director. “The practical and meaningful outcomes that these grants produce will benefit many and help to improve our communities.”

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Link for Lynk

Any parent’s worst nightmare, would be for something bad to happen to their child, especially at an early age. Christopher and Brittany Kimmel are currently living that nightmare with their newborn son, Lynk.

Lynk was diagnosed with swelling of the kidneys, and poor blood flow between the two major arteries in his heart, and it was discovered that he has a hole in his heart. The financial strain has been tough on the family, because Brittany had to quit her job to be a full time caregiver for Lynk.

On top of the medical expenses, the four 2 and a half hour drives to and from Madison, have also added up. In order to help with the financial struggle, a committee is putting on a benefit for the Kimmel family called Link Together for a Stronger Lynk on August 5th.

If you are unable to attend the event, and still wish to support Lynk, Christopher and Brittany, you can visit WWW DOT LINK FOR LYNK DOT COM. On the site is a link to a go fund me page, as well as a store where you can purchase painting, or shirts. All proceeds from the store go directly to Lynk’s medical account.

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Congrats to Sue Quirt

Sue Quirt - Shady Lane AdministratorSue Quirt, administrator of Shady Lane, Inc., Senior Living Services, has completed a course in Dementia Crisis Training: Train the Trainer.  The training was sponsored by the Behavioral Health Training Partnership at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. As a trainer, she will be available to organizations who need staff trained to train an organization’s employees.  The mission of the training program is to work collaboratively to inform, encourage, and assure regional best practices using an approved curriculum. The partnership is a collaboration of 19 county Human Services Agencies in Northeast
Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the UW-Green Bay. “There is a growing need, with our aging population, that people are equipped to manage situations they encounter with people suffering with Alzheimer’s and dementia, especially in crisis situations but also in day to day business activities,” noted Quirt who is the only trainer in Manitowoc County who has achieved this certification.

Country News

Loretta Lynn Cancels More Tour Dates

Country legend Loretta Lynn was scheduled to tour this summer, but more dates have been canceled. Two Iowa shows and one South Dakota show have just been cut.

Loretta suffered a stroke on May 4 while at home in her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee home. She was admitted to a hospital at the time and is currently going through rehab.

She is expected to make a full recovery. Her family has been keeping fans updated. On May 10, her sister Crystal Gayle delivered this message, “Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes for Loretta. Keep them coming! We are lucky, in this day and age, to have wonderful doctors and nurses taking great care of her.”

Doctors have advised her to stay off the road and recover.

On Aug. 18, the icon is scheduled to release a new album, Wouldn’t It Be Great. On Aug. 25, an exhibit about the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” will open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

News Around the World

Carrie Fisher Autopsy Results

Actress Carrie Fisher’s autopsy results are back and it shows that she used drugs before her death.  Sadly, it came as no shock to her closest family members.

The L.A. County coroner’s report revealed that the Star Wars actress, age 60, had cocaine in her system approximately 72 hours before her time of her death, as well as trace amounts of heroin and MDMA. According to the autopsy, the medical examiner was unable to determine what, if any, impact the drugs may have had on her death.

Her brother Todd Fisher was unsurprised by the findings. ”I would tell you, from my perspective that there’s certainly no news that Carrie did drugs,” Fisher told Entertainment Tonight in an interview published Tuesday, June 20 after the autopsy results were revealed. “If you want to know what killed her, it’s all of it.”

“Without her drugs, maybe she would have left long ago,” he added. “I am not shocked that part of her health was affected by drugs.”

Todd does not blame her doctors, however – he believes they were doing their best to cure a mental disorder.

The actress, who played Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 24 and was open about her struggle with mental illness and drugs. Fisher died on December 27, four days after suffering cardiac arrest during a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Lakeshore News

Laurel Grove Adds More Assisted Living

Laurel Grove Assisted Living, part of Shady Lane, Inc., Senior Living Services, has opened eighteen new Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF) units for assisted living. The building features eighteen spacious 400 square foot residences and, in the fall of 2017, will open a second neighborhood with eighteen units dedicated to secure memory care. A resident lounge, dining room, family dining room, and spa are among the neighborhood features and residences include walk-in showers and kitchenettes.

“When we broke ground in August, our Board of Directors had a vision based on our
communities growing needs. Because they are local leaders, they have a unique understanding of our community,” said Todd Meerdink, Shady Lane CEO. Meerdink also
credits Greg Zastrow of Eppstein Uhen Architects of Milwaukee and Stan Johnson of
A. C. E. Building Services, general contractors, with the project’s success. “They were
responsive to our needs, to our budget, and were ahead of schedule,” added Meerdink.
The building is Phase I of a multi-phased master plan that was a year in the making and
will enable the facility to respond to the changing face of senior living. The 35,000-
square-foot, $7 million building changes the look of the campus and will allow operation
as a CBRF or a nursing home (SNF). This creates flexibility in planning to meet the future
housing and care-giving needs of area seniors. The final plan and its phases are estimated to be a $30-$40 million project upon completion.

Established in 1951, Shady Lane is Manitowoc’s only non-profit, citizen-directed care
center. In addition to Laurel Grove Assisted Living, Shady Lane offers two other care
sections. Rehab at Shady Lane is a separate unit designed exclusively for short-term
rehabilitation with appropriate therapies. Shady Lane Nursing Care Center, which provides skilled care, offers only private rooms and suites at competitive prices.
For additional information, contact: Theresa Patrick, 920-682-8254.


Denny Hamlin Wins Xfinity Race at Michigan

Veteran driver Denny Hamlin moved around William Byron on the last lap Saturday and had the nose of his Number-20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota barely in front of the X-finity Series rookie at the checkered flag to claim his sixteenth career win.  With Hamlin beating Byron to the finish by a mere twelve one-thousandths of a second, it was the closest finish in Michigan International Speedway history since electronic scoring was introduced more than twenty years ago.  With Hamlin’s victory, Monster Energy Series drivers continue to dominate the first half of the 2017 X-finity Series with wins in eleven of the first thirteen races.  Elliott Sadler won the second stage and came home in third place overall.   Brad Keselowski won the opening stage and led a race-high fifty-four laps on his way to a fourth-place finish.  Pole winner Kyle Busch completed the top five … The race included seven cautions for thirty-two laps … There were ten lead changes among just five drivers.


Kyle Larson Wins at Michigan

Kyle Larson smoothly managed three late restarts and finally drove away from the field Sunday at Michigan International Speedway to easily post his second win of the season.  The Chip Ganassi Racing driver started from the pole, placed among the top five in each of the first two stages and led a race-high ninety-six laps – including the final fifteen trips around the two-mile Irish Hills oval.  Larson beat runner-up Chase Elliott to the finish by a full second with Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray completing the top five.  Martin Truex Junior won the first two stages and finished sixth overall, leading sixty-two laps.  Erik Jones was the highest-finishing rookie, in thirteenth place … With Larson’s victory, pole winners have now won five of the last eight Cup Series races run in Michigan.  That list includes Logano (twice), Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth.  Logano was bidding to become the first driver with back-to-back wins in the track’s springtime race since Hamlin doubled up in 2010 and 2011 but had to settle for third place … Sunday’s race included just 10 lead changes among four drivers.  That’s the fewest number of drivers to lead a Cup Series race at M-I-S since the track first hosted the series in 1969.  The previous low was five, which had occurred five times before but not since 1984 … The total of eight cautions in yesterday’s race was two shy of the track record, set in 2006 … Sunday’s win was the third at M-I-S for team owner Chip Ganassi, who also won last summer with Larson behind the wheel and in 2001 with Sterling Marlin driving.

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Agriculture Census

America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.  Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.

“The Census of Agriculture remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “As such, census results are relied upon heavily by those who serve farmers and rural communities, including federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension educators, researchers, and farmers and ranchers themselves.”

The Census of Agriculture highlights land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures, and other topics. The 2012 Census of Agriculture revealed that over three million farmers operated more than two million farms, spanning over 914 million acres. This was a four percent decrease in the number of U.S. farms from the previous census in 2007. However, agriculture sales, income, and expenses increased between 2007 and 2012. This telling information and thousands of other agriculture statistics are a direct result of responses to the Census of Agriculture.

“Today, when data are so important, there is strength in numbers,” said Hamer. “For farmers and ranchers, participation in the 2017 Census of Agriculture is their voice, their future, and their opportunity to shape American agriculture – its policies, services and assistance programs – for years to come.”

Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form by visiting and clicking on the ‘Make Sure You Are Counted’ button through June. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017).

For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture and to see how census data are used, visit or call (800) 727-9540.