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Cow of the Year

MapletonVlyLTBorroloola.jpgMapleton Vly LT Borroloola, a seven-year-old Milking Shorthorn bred and owned by Mapleton Valley Farms LLC of Oconomowoc, is the 2017 Wisconsin Cow of the Year. Borroloola will be recognized with the honor at a special ceremony Oct. 3 during this year’s World Dairy Expo.

Each year, a different Wisconsin purebred cattle association selects a cow to represent her breed as the Cow of the Year at World Dairy Expo, with the honor rotated annually between the seven major dairy breeds (Guernsey, Ayrshire, Holstein, Red & White Holstein, Brown Swiss, Jersey, and Milking Shorthorn). The Milking Shorthorn will be recognized this year.

Affectionately known as “Loola,” the 2017 Cow of the Year has Australian roots. In 2008, the Agnew family, owners of Mapleton Valley Farms, purchased a heifer consigned by the Alpha Syndicate featuring outstanding embryo-transfer offspring of several breeds. The heifer, Alfa Treble Bailey EXP ET, resulted from embryos imported to the United States by the Alpha Syndicate from Australia. The Australian Illawarra donor, Meadowhaven Blossom 460th, was Champion at the Melbourne Show.

This heifer, “Bailey,” offered at public sale, presented Mapleton Valley with an opportunity to add a special cow family to their herd. Loola is Bailey’s natural calf and is classified 3E92 at seven years old. She is sired by an All-American Innisfail Lothario. Loola’s embryo transfer sister sold in Expo’s World Premier Colored breed sale a few years ago, and Mapleton Valley sold Borroloola’s first heifer calf privately to a junior dairy enthusiast to start his Milking Shorthorn herd. Born Sept. 10, 2010, Loola recently earned her third “E” (Excellent) rating. In her first four lactations she has produced: 85,887 lbs milk, 3.9 % Fat, 3.0 % Protein. She recently freshened again in May.

Pat and Phyllis Agnew, along with their children, Katie, and Tom with his wife, Keely, and children Bryn and Blake, all contribute to farm operations at Mapleton Valley Farms. Their 60-cow milking herd has been on the Dairy Herd Improvement Association with the Dodge County Testing Association since the early 1960s. The farm has been in the Agnew family since 1907. Pat and Phyllis started their Milking Shorthorn herd in 1978, receiving their first animal as a wedding gift from special friends. Both Pat and Katie have served as AMSS national directors, and Tom has judged shows from local to national levels. Katie is a high school science teacher and Tom also owns a dairy farm supply company.

Wisconsin Cow of the Year is a special honor for the Agnews, as Phyllis’s family bred and owned the first Milking Shorthorn to be honored. Willard and Sylvia Gerner, along with their son, Jeff and his wife, Monica, showed Weg Acres Major’s Faith at World Dairy Expo as the breed’s first recipient of the honor in 1983.

What’s in a name? The Agnew’s decided to choose unique, Australian city names for the offspring from Bailey…thus, Borroloola.

The Cow of the Year ceremony is organized annually by DATCP. The 2017 ceremony will be held at approximately 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 3 during the Milking Shorthorn Heifer Show. The award will be presented by the DATCP Secretary and 70th Alice in Dairyland Crystal Siemers-Peterman.

This year’s World Dairy Expo is scheduled Oct. 3-7. The annual dairy and trade show draws more than 70,000 visitors to Madison from around the world. Learn more at

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Fun Police?

Appleton East’s School Resource Officer Taschner looks like he’s shutting down fun at their football game being the “fun police” – but then the crowd joins in on what is apparently a school tradition.  Great to see police and youth working together and having fun!

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Kangaroo Was Loose in Wisconsin

Maybe he doesn’t like pumpkins.

Citizens of Wisconsin got a big surprise Thursday morning when a kangaroo was seen hopping around Kenosha.

WBAY reports that the kangaroo escaped from Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin Farm in Kenosha.

Kenosha Country Sheriff’s Office said, “The kangaroo decided to wander west on 18th Street.”

Apparently the kangaroo got loose by kicking open the gate of the farm.

The farm was contacted and five-year-old Joey was returned safely to its home.

No one was hurt.

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Lincoln High School Named Most Beautiful School by Architectural Digest

Manitowoc’s very own Lincoln High School has been recognized by Architectural Digest! AD put out a list this week of The Most Beautiful Public High School in Every State in America.  Built in 1923, Lincoln is the oldest standing public high school in Wisconsin. Lincoln’s gothic style tower definitely helped beat out other schools in Wisconsin for the honor. The tower is now locked for safety reasons and use to house an office for yearbook staff as well as a school greenhouse. Hundreds of student names and their graduation years are scrawled on walls, window sills and ceiling supports.

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Taste of Sheboygan Coming September 14th

Great food and more fun – TASTE SHEBOYGAN to benefit the United Way of Sheboygan County will take place in Fountain Park on Thursday, September 14 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.  This year’s event will feature something for the entire family including food, beverages, entertainment, and a visit from the United Way of Sheboygan County Business Champions.

10 restaurants, with unique and diverse menus from throughout the area, have agreed to participate.  Tasty tidbits from restaurants such as 8th Street Ale Haus, Paradigm, Black Pig, Ranieri’s Four of a Kind, Three Guys & a Grille, Sprechers Restaurant and Pub, The Bull at Pinehurst Farms, Nicki’s Pizza and Jakes Roundabout Steakhouse will present a diverse food sampling.

To quench every thirst, beverages including soft drinks, beers and wines will be served in a specially designated area.

A variety of entertainment will perform throughout the evening starting with Buck Shot performing at 4:00 p.m., The Big Bass Trio from 7:00 – 9:45 p.m.  So it will be food, music, fun and much, much more.


The United Way of Sheboygan County Business Champions are key companies that support the efforts of United Way, and each of these companies have created life size characters that will be interacting with the guests at Taste, as well as participate in their first every event of Punt, Pass and Kick.  Companies participating are Sargento, Johnsonville, Vollrath, Kohler, Plastics Engineering and Rockline.


Randy Schwoerer, organizer of Taste Sheboygan to Benefit the United Way of Sheboygan County said, “I’m very excited about the diversity in food sampling presented this year at Taste and all the activities we have scheduled for the night.  This will be a memorable night of sharing and recognition.  This is also a major performance by The Big Bass Trio in Sheboygan and I know they will rock the park with their diverse and fun song list.”


Proceeds raised from TASTE SHEBOYGAN will go to benefit the United Way of Sheboygan County.  This funding is used to support 42 programs and 3 focus areas provided by 22 non-profit partner agencies. United Way is also the home of the Volunteer Center with more than 50 member agencies.


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Wisconsin Man Gets 8th Drunk Driving While on Bike

Kelly O’Brien, of Black River Falls, Wisconsin might want to consider walking from now on. He just received his eighth drunken driving offense from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, reports WEAU. All of his run-ins with the law stemmed from him operating the same motorized bike.

The fifty-two-year-old was once again driving his favorite two wheeler on State Highway 54 in the Town of Brockway Monday night when he was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy.  The officer noted that O’Brien did not have proper lighting and was weaving between lanes.

During the traffic stop, O’Brien allegedly admitted to drinking and showed signs of impairment, according to police. He refused to take a field sobriety test and was booked in the Jackson County jail for his 8th OWI (operating while intoxicated).

O’Brien was already out on bond from his seventh drunken driving arrest in May when he got caught this eighth time.

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Outsmart Social Media Scammers

Social media applications are everywhere: on our computers, our phones, our televisions and even in our cars. Nowhere is this more evident than on a college campus, where students use these apps as a means of making personal and professional connections to help them prepare for the future. But all of that goodwill can be undone by scammers and identity thieves who set up traps on these apps with a goal of capturing users’ money and personal information.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection asks college students to help protect their identities and their wallets by tightening the security around their social media accounts and by thinking before they click on links in social posts.

“Academic and lifelong learning is the primary focus for a college student, and spending time undoing damage caused by a scammer or identity thief takes away from that experience,” said Frank Frassetto, Division Administrator for Trade and Consumer Protection. “There are numerous scams targeting users of all of the major social media apps, and the best protection for a student is to limit the sharing of personal information and clicking of suspicious links.”

Users of all services should set up complex passwords or passphrases for their social media accounts, turn on two-factor authentication if it is offered, and use the security features available in the apps to block public access to their posts. To avoid scams, users should be very suspicious of links in posts that direct them to unfamiliar websites or that advertise unrealistic offers for popular products.

Scammers often use fake account support emails to gather login details from social media users. These “phishing” emails falsely warn recipients that they need to provide their usernames and passwords in order to update a social media account or avoid an account suspension. Delete similar emails and log directly into the service if you need to check your account status.

Each social media application has its own risks for identity theft and scams. Watch for these app-specific risks:


  • Watch out for links in direct messages from users you don’t know. These links may be included with a message intended to draw you in, like “Can you believe this is true?”
  • Watch for warnings from Twitter about unsafe links. According to Twitter, these links match a database of potentially harmful URLs which could lead to phishing, malware or spam sites.
  • Buying followers and engagements and using “free followers” apps could compromise your account and may also violate Twitter’s rules.


  • Watch for “profile viewer tracking” service pitches – Facebook does NOT offer this feature.
  • Hacked accounts can send malicious posts to everyone in your friends list, and the messages will post to their feeds (potentially attracting other victims). The links in these posts could drive users to websites where malware is transmitted to their devices.
  • Fake surveys and quizzes can be ploys to harvest personal information.


  • Watch for “get rich quick” and work-from-home scams. Do your research on a company before you apply for a job posting, particularly if it seems too good to be true.
  • Third-party websites claim to provide LinkedIn phone support for a fee, but these groups are not affiliated with LinkedIn. LinkedIn does not charge users for support and will not request login information from customers.
  • Other common scams according to LinkedIn: mystery shopper offers, phony inheritance scams (advance fee scams), romance scams.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at, call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128 or send an e-mail to