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Matt Kenseth to Race Slinger Nationals in 2019

In a statement to the track, Kenseth said of returning to run the Slinger Nationals:

“I can’t think of a better place for me to get back in a race car than Slinger. It’s been a good track for me throughout my career. We’ve had a lot of success there, a lot of memorable moments, and I’m looking forward to going back.

“The Nationals have always been one of the major events in all of short track racing. Certainly it was the one you wanted to win growing up in Wisconsin. Throughout the years, a lot of big names in NASCAR have raced in the Nationals. That’s a testament to how big of a race this has been for some time.”

Kenseth is a seven-time Slinger Nationals champion, winning the event in 1994, 2002, ’06, ’08, ’09, ’12, ’16.

Among those who have won the Slinger Nationals in the past are racing legends such as Alan Kulwicki, Dick Trickle, Mark Martin and Kyle Busch. 

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72nd Alice in Dairyland Top Candidates Announced

Five top candidates for the 72nd Alice in Dairyland were announced today, a key step in the process of selecting Wisconsin’s next agricultural ambassador.

The five top candidates ­were announced at a press conference held at the New Glarus Hotel in New Glarus. Following an extensive interview process, the 72nd Alice in Dairyland will be selected from among the five candidates at the conclusion of the Alice in Dairyland Finals Program, scheduled May 9-11 at various locations in Green County.

The five top candidates are Sarah Achenbach, Eastman; Cassandra Krull, Lake Mills; Abigail Martin, Milton; Mariah Martin, Brooklyn; and Tess Zettle, Juda.

“While the end destination is naming the 72nd Alice in Dairyland, the journey through the coming weeks is one in which each top candidate will gain from this professional development experience,” said 71st Alice in Dairyland Kaitlyn Riley. “The various components of the extensive interview process allows each candidate to showcase communications and public relations skills required for being Wisconsin’s agricultural ambassador. The personal growth they will experience from this process will carry far into their future careers.”

About the candidates:

Sarah Achenbach grew up learning about hard work and dedication while helping her parents raise crops and livestock on their diversified farm, and by helping at her uncles’ dairy farms. Achenbach participated in her local 4-H and FFA clubs, where she held multiple leadership roles. Achenbach shared her love of Wisconsin agriculture as the 2010 and 2011 Senior Fairest of the Fair, and the 2014 Crawford County Fairest of the Fair. She graduated in 2018 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in therapeutic recreation with an emphasis in communication. While at UWLC she held officer positions in Student Senate, Therapeutic Recreation Club, Tri Sigma, and Gamma Sigma Sigma. With her degree, she strives to connect individuals with disabilities to life on the farm.

“As Alice in Dairyland, I will use my leadership skills and abilities to communicate to inform consumers from diverse backgrounds about the importance of the agricultural industry in Wisconsin, where their food comes from, and the farming community,” said Achenbach.

Cassandra Krull learned her work ethic and go-getter attitude from farming alongside her parents and siblings on the family dairy farm. Striving to be the fourth-generation farmer at Krull Farms, Krull completed her degree in animal science with a dairy emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in December 2015. Upon graduation, she started her professional career with Cargill Animal Nutrition, working with customers on all phases of the farm to improve dairy cow and farmer profitability. Currently, she works for STgenetics as a call center sales specialist, providing dairy farmers with different genetic opportunities throughout their herd. In her free time, she gives back to the organizations that helped mold her into the individual she is today. She helps with Jefferson County Dairy Youth, coaching dairy quiz bowl and jeopardy, teaching fitting and showmanship clinic; and she oversees dairy youth exhibiting at the Wisconsin Junior State Fair.

“As the 72nd Alice in Dairyland, I will strive to create awareness of Wisconsin’s diverse agriculture industry through different channels of communication and education,” said Krull. “As Alice, I will share our Wisconsin agriculture story, as well as traditions and values, to many audiences throughout my travels of our beautiful state.”

Abigail Martin has a passion for all things Wisconsin: good cheese, the Wisconsin Badgers, and her Wisconsin farm family. She is the fourth generation on her family’s registered Holstein farm. It was there that she found a love for dairy cattle, and long summer days at the county and state fairs. Her interest in agriculture led her to pursue a degree in dairy science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On campus, she was involved in the Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and was on the intercollegiate dairy judging team. She has held previous roles in marketing at the Rock County 4-H Fair, East Central/ Select Sires, and Babcock Hall Dairy Store. Upon graduation in May 2018, she accepted a role with DeLaval Inc. in their North American marketing and communications department.

“Being chosen as Alice in Dairyland would be an extreme honor,” said Martin. “As Alice, I would demonstrate a strong commitment to learning and sharing about our great state and its robust agriculture industry.”

Mariah Martin is the seventh generation in her family to be involved in the agriculture industry. Her love for Wisconsin agriculture began with her involvement with the Brooklyn Mighty Mites 4-H club. Martin graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in life sciences communication and a certificate in agricultural business management. Her passion for agriculture has led her to work for and with farmers as an account associate at Osborn Barr + Paramore, an advertising agency with a focus in the rural and agriculture landscape. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and her involvement with Association of Women in Agriculture Benefit Corporation and Farm Bureau.

“From the farmer’s gate, to the consumer’s plate, the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture is evident. As Alice in Dairyland, I will use my gift of gab and passion for sharing farmers’ stories to deliver the value and economic impact to diverse audiences throughout our great state,” said Martin.

Tess Zettle found her love for agriculture at a young age. Growing up on her family’s dairy farm, she learned firsthand about the hard work and dedication involved with farming. Zettle was an active member of 4-H, FFA and the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, and she also served as her community’s Dairy Queen and Green County Fairest of the Fair. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in animal science, with an emphasis in dairy and a minor in public relations. She currently is employed at Kuhn North America, an international innovator in agricultural forage and manure handling implements. As product management administrator, she is responsible for the creation of catalogs for domestic and export products. Zettle had the opportunity to travel to Kuhn’s home office in Saverne, France, and, while in France, she tasted some locally made cheeses, further driving her passion and love of all things cheese. As such, this past fall, she proudly represented the dairy industry and Swiss heritage as the 2018 Cheese Days Ambassador.

“Sharing the story of Wisconsin agriculture is my passion, from cheese to cranberries, ginseng to mink pelts and more,” said Zettle. “As Alice in Dairyland, I will promote and educate the public on the diversity and importance of agriculture in our state.”

Alice in Dairyland is a one-year, full-time public relations position with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The start date for the 72nd Alice is June 3, 2019. Top candidates completed an application and a preliminary interview.

In this highly visible and fast-paced position, Alice in Dairyland travels throughout the state teaching rural and urban audiences of all ages about Wisconsin’s extensive agricultural industry. In the position, Alice cultivates relationships with television, radio and print media outlets; writes and delivers speeches; and utilizes social media to tell the stories of Wisconsin agriculture. Additional duties include developing and executing marketing plans, delivering classroom presentations, and networking with industry professionals.

Each year, a different Wisconsin county hosts the Alice in Dairyland interview and finals activities, with Green County serving as the host county this year. The 72nd Alice in Dairyland will be selected at the conclusion of the three-day finals program, May 9-11.

The public is welcome to attend two public events during the finals in Green County in May:

Candidate Discussion Panel, Friday, May 10 (Albany Lions Club): dinner, 6 p.m.; discussion panel, 7 p.m. Ticket required ($15). Join the 72nd Alice in Dairyland candidates as they take part in a discussion panel addressing agricultural topics.

72nd Alice in Dairyland Finale Program, Saturday, May 11: social, 5:30 p.m.; dinner, 6 p.m.; finale, 7:30 p.m. Tickets required: Dinner (Monroe Turner Hall) and Finale Program (Monroe Middle School Auditorium), $30 for both; Finale Program only, $10.

For more event information, visit aliceindairyland.com.

 

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Miss Harbor Cities 2019

Service, Style, Success, and Scholarship – the four points of the crowns that
will be awarded March 16th at UWGB, Manitowoc Campus!

Manitowoc will again be host for a local preliminary competition for the Miss America
Organization. The Miss Harbor Cities and Outstanding Teen Competition will be held on March 16, 2019 at 4 p.m. at the University Theatre of UWGB, Manitowoc Campus.

Nineteen women from the state of Wisconsin will compete for the titles and scholarship.
The winners will represent the shores of Lake Michigan at the Miss Wisconsin and Miss
Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen pageants in Oshkosh, June 2019.

The areas of competition are private interview, fitness, onstage question, evening gown,
and talent.  The show will be hosted by Manitowoc native and Miss Wisconsin 2016 Courtney Pelot and feature the current Miss Harbor Cities, Serena Larie, Miss Harbor Cities’ Outstanding Teen, Olivia Lulich, and Miss Wisconsin 2018, Tianna Vanderhei, who was Miss Harbor Cities in 2016.

Vanderhei placed as a top 15 semi-finalist and was the winner of the preliminary Onstage Interview Award at the Miss America Competition this past September.  The show is open to the public and will feature special performances by current and past
titleholders, people’s choice voting and a drop raffle. Tickets are available at the door for $20 or in advance for $15 online at missharborcities.org. People’s choice voting is also available prior to the show on the website. More information is available on the website and Facebook.

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Mutts Gone Nuts Coming to CCC March 10th

Disorderly duo, Scott and Joan Houghton and their hilarious pack of pooches have created a comedy dog thrill show like no other. And, this hilarious show, “Mutts Gone Nuts,” is coming to the Baileigh Industrial Marquee Season on Sunday, March 10. This special 3:30 p.m. matinee show delivers furry fun for the entire family and is endorsed by Lakeshore Humane Society and Port Cities Animal Hospital.

Expect the unexpected in this top-notch presentation that includes incredible high-flying frisbee dogs, tightwire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs, and of course, the one and only… Sammie the Talking Dog!

Audiences and media are raving about this show, that has sold out throughout the country!

“I laughed until I wept.” – Former First Lady, Barbara Bush

“Wow, that was strong!” – Former late night host and comedian, David Letterman

“A must see!” – The Washington Post

Since 1985, comedy duo Scott and Joan Houghton have brought their unique blend of physical comedy and circus arts to audiences from Las Vegas to Tokyo. They spent three years with country star Lee Greenwood at his theater in Tennessee and seven years as the featured comedy act at Dolly Parton’s Theaters in Branson, Orlando, and Myrtle Beach.

In 2005, the duo turned their attention to a creating a comedy dog act. Their nine amazing canine partners are all adopted from animal shelters and rescues. Mutts Gone Nuts is sure to unleash havoc and hilarity as the Houghtons attempt to match wits with their mischievous mutts in a family-friendly performance that is leaving audiences howling for more!

Mutts Gone Nuts mission and assurances: The show’s dogs were adopted from animal shelters or from rescue groups. The Houghtons use all positive, reward-based training methods, which means they reward and reinforce the behaviors that they want (with treats, toys, and praise) and they ignore the behaviors we don’t want.  They look for what their dogs like to do naturally, and cultivate those talents. In addition, living conditions for their four-legged stars are a priority, with their dogs traveling in large, padded, and climate controlled kennels for their safety when on tour. And, their dogs live indoors and are never kept outside in kennels. All are USDA APHIS (Animal Welfare) registered. And, all are incredibly talented and entertaining! Don’t miss this special matinee performance at the Capitol; it’s sure to be furry family fun for all.

IF YOU GO: $25 adult tickets and $15 student tickets (plus tax and fees). Doors at 2:30 p.m. and performance at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Visit with pooches from Lakeshore Humane Society in the lobby.

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State Treasurer proclaims Wisconsin Saves Week 

Godlewski8R_300ppi_sRGB.JPGTreasurer Godlewski proclaims February 25th through March 2nd as Wisconsin Saves Week to advocate for better savings practices across our state

As part of America Saves Week, February 25th- March 2nd, 2019, the Office of the State Treasurer is proclaiming Wisconsin Saves Week. The purpose of this campaign is to start a conversation around ways we can support personal savings practices and foster a culture of saving in Wisconsin. In this national campaign, Wisconsin has been lagging behind and we are changing it.   

Fifty-one percent of Wisconsinites don’t have enough money saved to cover expenses if they are laid off or experience an illness. Additionally, the average working-age household has only $3,000 saved for retirement. When asked, 88% of Wisconsinites wished they saved more.    

“I understand personal finance is a challenge for many reasons, and our hope with this campaign is to raise awareness. Saving even $5 a month can make difference,” stated Treasurer Godlewski.   

“I’m proud to partner with Wisconsin Saves, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative (WWBIC), banks, credit unions, chambers of commerce, and other organizations around the state to promote this important message of saving. This message is critical to fostering economic security. I’ve proclaimed Wisconsin Saves Week to shine a light on this issue,” said Treasurer Godlewski.   

To learn more about the tools and resources available, we encourage people to visit Wisconsin-Saves.org and AmericaSaves.org

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Wisconsin FFA Foundation Opens 2019 Chapter Grant Applications – Entries Due March 22nd

The Wisconsin FFA Foundation has opened the application period for the 2019 Chapter Grants. Five opportunities are available to FFA chapters around the state due to generous funding from Foundation sponsors.

The Foundation’s 2019 Chapter Grant Program is available in these categories: AgCountry Chapter Grant, Bethany L. Rieth Memorial Community Service, Burton H. Morris Chapter Grant, Food for America, and WAXX/Wisconsin Farm Report Network with Pam Jahnke Convention Grant.

Chapter grants encourage Wisconsin FFA chapters to develop individual and cooperative activities which will enhance their communities.

New in 2019, the AgCountry Chapter Grant is available to FFA chapters in the AgCountry service area, located in north-central Wisconsin. Eligible chapters are listed on the grant application. The grant can be applied for any area of need or project a chapter may have, up to $500.

“We are proud to support FFA in Wisconsin,” says AgCountry CEO Marc Knisely. “This organization helps develop and transform students into young leaders by building skillsets and providing learning opportunities. FFA is a vital contributor to the health of agriculture and our rural communities.”

The Community Service Grant is available due to generous donations to the Bethany L. Rieth Memorial Fund, which was established in the Past State FFA Officer’s honor after her sudden passing in February 2016. These annual grants given in Bethany’s name will be awarded to support chapters in completing meaningful service projects that make a difference in their communities.

The Food for America Grant is funded once again by the Wisconsin FFA Foundation’s long-time Two-Star Mission Partner, Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, Inc. This grant supports activities which inform and educate others about food systems, production and healthy choices.

In its second year, the Burton H. Morris Chapter Grant is available to FFA programs with a land base in Adams County. There are no program restrictions on this grant. The funding is through a gift from the Burton H. Morris estate after the lifelong Adams’ County resident’s passing in 2016.

Also in its second year, the Convention Grant is made possible by the WAXX/Wisconsin Farm Report Network with Pam Jahnke. It is open to FFA chapters across Wisconsin whose members have financial restraints which prevent them from attending the Wisconsin FFA Convention held each June in Madison.

To be eligible for a 2019 Wisconsin FFA Foundation Chapter Grant, FFA chapters must be in good standing with the Wisconsin Association of FFA and submit a completed application to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation by March 22, 2019. The application can be found on the Wisconsin FFA Foundation website under “Chapter Grants” (www.wisconsinffafoundation.org).

For more information, please contact the Wisconsin FFA Foundation at 608-831-5058 or by emailing: info@wisconsinffafoundation.org.

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Looking for the Next Miss Harbor Cities and Outstanding Teen!

Serena and OliviaThe Miss Harbor Cities Organization is looking for the next Miss Harbor Cities
and Outstanding Teen to be an ambassador for the area and represent Northeast Wisconsin at the Miss Wisconsin and Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen Competitions in June – the state finals for Miss America & Miss America’s Outstanding Teen!
Founded in 2014, the Miss Harbor Cities Competition is an all-volunteer, not for profit scholarship program and is open to women ages 17 to 25, and the Teen competition is open to women ages 13 to 17. Participants must live, work, or attend school full time in the state of Wisconsin.

The Miss Harbor Cities Scholarship Competition provides opportunities for women to make a difference in their community and promote a platform they believe in. This program helps women to develop professional skills and their futures, while providing scholarship money to further their education. The Outstanding Teen Pageant encourages positive achievement while helping to nurture and build the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living, and community involvement of our youth.
With competitions in academics, community service, fitness, talent, and interview, the Miss America Preliminary Programs give contestants skills and confidence to shine in other areas of life including job interview and performance, leadership, and personal health.

More information and applications can be found at missharborcities.org and are due February 16, 2019.

The current Miss Harbor Cities is Serena Larie, who placed as a Top 11 semi-finalist at Miss Wisconsin this past June. And, Miss Harbor Cities’ Outstanding Teen 2018 is Olivia Lulich.

Miss Harbor Cities 2016, Tianna Vanderhei became Miss Wisconsin 2018, competed in Atlantic City at the Miss America Competition and was featured on the nationally televised finals on ABC when she placed as a Top 15 semi-finalist. She was also a preliminary Onstage Interview winner. Vanderhei will be a special guest at this year’s Miss Harbor Cities program, open to the public.

This year’s competition will be held March 16, 2019 at the University Theatre of UWGB, Manitowoc Campus. Various scholarships and prizes will be awarded to the candidates. There will also be various special performances. Manitowoc native and Miss Wisconsin 2016, Courtney Pelot, will host the show.