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New Shania Twain Album

Shania Twain has released her new single, “Life’s About to Get Good,” and gave us info on her new album release.

The 51-year old singer announced via Twitter that her new album will be released on September 29th and is called NOW.  There will be a standard version released with 12 tracks, and a deluxe 16-track version as well.

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Purple Martin Festival

Eleven PM perchingDN.jpgLate June is always a busy time for purple martins fulfilling their life cycles during Wisconsin’s summer.  Activities of defending territories have transferred to egg laying, young hatching, feeding and a few young attaining flights.  Come join us on June 24 to celebrate our 6th Purple Martin Festival near Waupun and the Horicon Marsh discussing everything relating to martins.  We will have an active purple martin colony of over 30 pairs to enjoy in the backyard of Marsh Haven Nature Center.  Our family of feathered friends will delight us with first hand sightings and sounds of their antics whether it is raining or filled with sunshine underneath canopies or in the facility.

Martin-Fest will be located at the Marsh Haven Nature Center W10145 State Road 49 Waupun, WI 53963 just north of Horicon Marsh.  Activities for both youths and adults will be offered at Marsh Haven Nature Center from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with a brat fry, assorted foods and drinks before and after lunchtime as long as there is a demand.  Numerous trails are available for walking, which wind through woods, prairie, and wetland habitats going by a 30-foot observation tower viewing the surrounding landscape.  Talks, plenty of martins whether rain or shine, live camera-showing activity inside a martin cavity within Marsh Haven Nature Center, martin-housing vendor & related information, silent auction, and if the weather is truly cooperative, a close up view of adult martins via their nests.  Baby purple martins and their eggs always bring smiles to adults and children, especially if the opportunity of sunshine is present.

Martin-Fest is to discuss with knowledgeable mentors everyday problems and successes concerning attracting, maintaining, weather problems, housing and more pieces of information relating to purple martins.  They are semi-dependent upon people to provide housing & security for their reproduction to be successful.  Because of this close association with people, purple martins need managers to be educated to prevent Wisconsin’s sinking purple martin population.  Bring all those questions you may have ever wanted to ask for our mentors.

Information is available online for Martin-Fest at from Wisconsin Purple Martin Association or Marsh Haven Nature Center in Waupun.


Purple martins are the largest members of the swallow family weighing a little over 2.25 ounces with an overall length of 7-8 inches.  Martins are colonial nesting, raising one brood per year laying up to eight eggs.  They can migrate 6,000 to 10,000 miles yearly with an average adult life span of around 3-4 years with the oldest surviving martin attaining over 13 years of age.  Once a colony has been established at a site, they are true to returning to the exact spot of housing they had successfully fledged young.  Since 2013 in Wisconsin, purple martins are listed as a species of special concern.  Annual surveys conducted for nearly 50 years have shown purple martins have declined 6.84% per year (1966-2015) in Wisconsin while declining 7.67% per year within the most recent decade (2005-2015) of information.  Simply stated, all annual route surveys tallied went from 591 purple martins in 1971 to 21 in 2015.  As we are into the breeding season, property managers need all the tools to secure their colonies and benefit from the mentors across Wisconsin.  Cool wet weather for spring 2017, has created some challenges for established colonies through a loss of older adults, nests not being initiated until late June, hatching delayed, renesting occurring due to the impact of infertile eggs or their circumstance of being cooled too much throughout the day or night.  Now our rapid heat of summer is occurring with wetness creating a completely new set of problems for our purple martins, especially with invertebrates causing health issues for young nestlings.

“Our adoptive family of purple martins brings so much joy from sound and sight.  They are truly like close family members or friends.  When they have migrated south in August and September we long for their return to bring rewards of friendship, melodious calls and sharing their new born families with us,” said Dick Nikolai, a retired biologist with the state Department of Natural Resources”.  He can be contacted at for further information.

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FSA Looking for Help

The Farm Service Agency is looking for people to serve on the FSA farmer-elected committee — people who want to help out, get involved, and work to help other people in the business of agriculture here in Manitowoc County.

We need more than a couple of local farmers to pitch in now and then—we need people who know the business of farming, are farming new or different crops, and those who can bring a different perspective to USDA’s work in our area.

This year’s election is being held for the Manitowoc County townships of Cato, Franklin, Manitowoc, Manitowoc Rapids, Maple Grove and Rockland.

If you know someone who might be interested in working on the farmer-elected FSA county committee—or if you would personally like to help—get in touch with Tom Schneider at the Manitowoc FSA Office at 920-683-5119, ext. 2.

USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer and Lender


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Disaster Relief Assistance

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has many programs to assist producers who may have suffered losses from the recent severe thunderstorms and heavy rains.  Some of these programs include:

Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) – Producers who suffer qualifying livestock losses due to natural disasters could be eligible for assistance from the LIP program.  With the recent strong thunderstorms, livestock losses due to thunderstorm winds and/or flooding may have occurred.  LIP provides livestock producers with a vital safety net to help them overcome the damaging financial impact of natural disasters. 

A notice of loss must be filed with FSA within 30 days of when the loss of livestock is apparent. Livestock that die within 60 days of the date of the qualifying loss will be considered eligible for loss benefits.

The LIP national payment rate for eligible livestock owners is based on 75 percent of the average fair market value of the livestock.

Producers must provide supporting documentation to indicate the number and kind of livestock that died, as well as an inventory of the number of animals on hand before the disaster event.

Tree Assistance Program (TAP) – Orchardists and nursery tree growers who experience losses from natural disasters can apply for assistance from the TAP program.  TAP provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters.

Eligible tree types include trees, bushes or vines that produce an annual crop for commercial purposes. Nursery trees include ornamental, fruit, nut and Christmas trees that are produced for commercial sale. With the recent strong thunderstorm winds, eligible trees, bushes or vines may have been damaged or destroyed.

To qualify for TAP, orchardists must suffer a qualifying tree, bush or vine loss in excess of 15 percent mortality from an eligible natural disaster. The eligible trees, bushes or vines must have been owned when the natural disaster occurred; however, eligible growers are not required to own the land on which the eligible trees, bushes and vines were planted.

A notice of loss must be filed with FSA within 90 calendar days of the loss occurring.  If the TAP application is approved, the eligible trees, bushes and vines must be replaced/rehabilitated within 12 months from the date the application is approved.

For more information on LIP or TAP, please contact the Manitowoc FSA office, which handles the programs for Manitowoc and Calumet Counties at 920-683-5119, ext. 2.

USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer and Lender

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Tyler Hubbard of FGL Has Big News

Tyler Hubbard and his wife Hayley announced that they’re expecting their first child in December of 2017.

Hayley told People about the first hint of mother’s intuition when it woke her up in the middle of the night.

“We’d just gotten back from California, and I wasn’t sleeping,” she said. “I woke up one night and I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh. I’m pregnant.’

“So I took a test the next morning and I couldn’t even contain myself, I was so excited. I honestly didn’t have time to think of how to surprise Tyler, so I just jumped back into bed and showed him the pregnancy stick.”


Congrats to the happy couple!

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CMT Award Winners

We have the full list for you here!



Video of the Year

Artists of Then, Now & Forever – “Forever Country”

Brad Paisley – “Today”

Brett Eldredge – “Wanna Be That Song”

Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells”

Cole Swindell – “Middle Of A Memory”

Dierks Bentley and Elle King – “Different For Girls”

Florida Georgia Line – “H.O.L.Y.”

Jon Pardi – “Dirt on My Boots”

Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color” — WINNER

Kelsea Ballerini – “Peter Pan”

Little Big Town – “Better Man”

Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”

Miranda Lambert – “Vice”

Thomas Rhett – “Star Of The Show”


Female Video of the Year

Carrie Underwood –  “Church Bells” — WINNER

Kelsea Ballerini – “Peter Pan”

Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled”

Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes”

Miranda Lambert – “Vice”

Reba McEntire – “Back To God”


Male Video of the Year

Blake Shelton – “Came Here To Forget”

Eric Church – “Record Year”

Jason Aldean – “Lights Come On”

Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color” — WINNER

Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”

Thomas Rhett – “Star Of The Show”


Duo Video of the Year

Big & Rich feat. Tim McGraw – “Lovin’ Lately”

Brothers Osborne – “21 Summer”

Dan + Shay – “How Not To”

Florida Georgia Line – “H.O.L.Y.” — WINNER

LoCash – “I Know Somebody”


Group Video of the Year

Eli Young Band – “Saltwater Gospel”

Lady Antebellum – “You Look Good”

Little Big Town – “Better Man” — WINNER

Midland – “Drinkin’ Problem”

Old Dominion – “Song For Another Time”


Collaborative Video of the Year

Artists of Then, Now & Forever – “Forever Country”

Chris Young feat. Vince Gill – “Sober Saturday Night”

Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King –  “Different For Girls”

Florida Georgia Line feat. Tim McGraw – “May We All”

Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood – “The Fighter” — WINNER

Kenny Chesney with P!nk – “Setting The World On Fire”


Breakthrough Video of the Year

Brett Young – “In Case You Didn’t Know”

Jon Pardi – “Dirt on My Boots”

Kane Brown – “Used to Love You Sober”

Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled” — WINNER

Luke Combs – “Hurricane”

RaeLynn – “Love Triangle”


CMT Performance of the Year

Jason Aldean – “Hicktown” (From CMT Concert of the Summer)

Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan – “Want To Want Me” (From CMT Crossroads) — WINNER

John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker – “Pink Houses” (From CMT Crossroads)

Alicia Keys and Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes” (From CMT Crossroads)

Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini – “You’re Still The One/Any Man of Mine/Man I Feel Like A Woman” (from CMT Artists of the Year)

Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett – “Close” (From CMT Crossroads)


Social Superstar of the Year

Brett Eldredge

Jake Owen

Keith Urban — WINNER

Kelsea Ballerini

Lauren Alaina

Thomas Rhett

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Fake DATCP Email Circulating

A “phishing” email is making the rounds, pretending to be from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, or DATCP. Officials there are warning consumers not to click on any links in the email.

The email says, “Wisconsin DATCP has sent you a PDF via Adobe® Cloud. Kindly read through and respond with the required details. Open in Adobe®.”

This message is not from DATCP. Do not click on the “Open in Adobe®” box or anything else in the email. The scammers may be trying to collect credit card information or personal data.

DATCP does not send emails under aliases. However, if you have any doubts about whether a message is actually from DATCP, hover your cursor over the sender’s email address to see the underlying, actual address. Messages from the agency will generally be in the format of “” or “” In some cases, the address may include the name of a program rather that an individual’s name, such as “datcphotline.” But the suffix will always be either or

For more information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at, send an email to, or call 1-800-422-7128.

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If Tombstones Could Talk

Fort Howard Memorial Park Cemetery is the setting for the first Cemetery Tour of the Brown County Historical Society’s 2017 season at 6:30 pm on June 14th & 15th.  The theme for our “If Tombstones Could Talk” series is “Taking a Stand in History” and the characters visitors will meet represent a wide range of time-periods and difference stances.  Once these folks walked, laughed, worked, and contributed to our community.  Now they are a memory of yesterday.  Hear their stories – take a step back to their time. Come, visit us at the Fort Howard Memorial Cemetery Walk, and discover how these historic residents of Green Bay took a stand in history! The Brown County Historical Society and Fort Howard Memorial Park Cemetery are sponsoring this event.   This is a guided walking tour that takes place outdoors, so please dress accordingly.  Lightweight portable lawn chairs are recommended.  Cost is $7 for individuals or $18 for families.  Reservations requested by calling 920-437-1840.

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Only In Wisconsin…

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ‘SEX’ PAINTED ON WISCONSIN WATER TOWER _ A water tower in Wisconsin had the word “sex” on it for about a day — and it was basically approved by the town’s leaders. Sussex, about 20 miles northwest of Milwaukee, was having its water tower painted. The painters took a break Wednesday to allow paint to dry after covering the letters s-u-s. The word was fully covered by late Thursday morning.