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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, 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.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.


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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.