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Prescribed burns set in Calumet, Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff plans to conduct prescribed burns on state wildlife areas in Calumet, Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties.

The burns will take place in coming months if and when weather and ground conditions meet strict standards for safety and effectiveness.

Prescribed burning is one tool DNR uses to preserve and restore landscapes found within state-managed properties throughout Wisconsin. These burns reduce leaf litter, improve wildlife habitat, redistribute nutrients and help control invasive species.

In this three-county area, burns are planned for the Brillion, Killsnake, Rosecrans, Besadny and Collins Marsh state wildlife areas.

Because specific weather conditions are required, the window for conducting prescribed burns can be small. Among other factors, staff assesses moisture level of groundcover relative humidity, and wind speed and direction.  For this reason, planned burns may not occur in any given season.

Qualified personnel control fire behavior and ensure safe operations by using comprehensive planning and specialized fire equipment. Local police and fire officials are notified when and where burns will take place.

For more information regarding prescribed burning in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “prescribed burning.”  Written or verbal comments are encouraged.  Comments or questions can be directed to Steve Easterly, DNR wildlife biologist, 2220 East County Rd V, Mishicot, WI 54228 or at 920-755-4983. Comments should be received by April 20.

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Today’s Darwin Award Goes To…

You know how sometimes a road is flooded, and road crews will put a “road closed” sign in the middle of it to let you know you shouldn’t drive on that road, because it’s not safe?

You definitely shouldn’t drive around those signs.

As WMTV in Madison, Wisconsin reports, a woman driving a red Volkswagen Saturday morning ignored road closure signs placed on a section of a local highway following extremely heavy rains.  Instead, she drove around the signs — and immediately learned why they were there when her vehicle plunged nose-first into an enormous hole in the middle of the highway that she had somehow failed to spot.

The woman sustained a broken collarbone and hip injuries, but survived.

Torrential rains had overflowed a culvert running beneath the road, in turn completely washing away about twelve feet of the road itself.

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UnitedOne Credit Union donates $5,000 to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

UnitedOne donation.JPGUnitedOne Credit Union is making a donation of $5,000 to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

UnitedOne raised $3,105 in February during the Children’s Miracle Network annual Chain of Hearts. Anyone who donated $1 could add a heart link to the chain.

The $5,000 donation is a result of funds raised throughout the year by UnitedOne, which for more than 20 years has hosted fundraising events and activities to gather donations for programs benefitting Children’s Miracle Network facilities.

UnitedOne Credit Union has branches in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and is open to everyone living or working in Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Kewaunee and Door counties. For more information, visit http://www.UnitedOne.org.

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Mustard on PB&J Sandwiches?

People on the Twitter are screwing up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by putting mustard on top. Not inside — ON TOP. They make the PB&J as one normally would, then squirt some mustard on the top piece of bread.

 

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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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Don’t Let Identity Theft Be One of Your Spring Break Memories

The steps you take to protect your personal information before you start your vacation are the key to mitigating potential identity theft if your devices or documents are stolen or misplaced during your trip. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) offers some simple pre-, during, and post-trip tips to help travelers limit the threat of identity theft.

“When you are on the go and making memories, you don’t want to constantly worry about whether someone is snooping through your online accounts or making new credit accounts with your identity,” said Lara Sutherlin, Administrator for the Division of Trade and Consumer Protection. “Some small preventative measures like updating the operating system and antivirus software on your mobile devices can go a long way toward fending off identity thieves.”

Devote a couple of pre-trip minutes to shoring up your online accounts, strengthening the protection around your mobile devices, and limiting your risk of information exposure. While traveling, avoid sharing sensitive information over public WiFi networks and keep the trip details you share on social media accounts to a minimum. When you return home, run an antivirus scan on your devices and update passwords for your social media, email, and financial accounts.

Here are additional pre-, during, and post-trip tips:

Before you start your trip:

  • Make sure that your mobile devices are password protected and update the operating systems and antivirus packages.
  • Alert your financial institutions about your travel plans and ensure that fraud alerts are in place on your accounts – this will allow you to be immediately notified of suspicious activity while you are traveling. Use the number on the back of your credit and debit cards to contact the banks.
  • Put your mail on hold. Identity thieves could steal mail from unattended mailboxes, giving them the information they need to misuse your identity and open credit lines in your name. The post office can hold your letters and packages until you return.
  • Limit what is in your wallet. Keep your bank cards to a minimum and do NOT pack your Social Security card or carry it in your wallet or purse if it is not necessary.
  • Photocopy your documents and cards. Leave the relevant information from the front and back of your passport, driver’s license, credit cards, tickets, and hotel reservation confirmations with a friend or family member at home in case your original documents are lost or stolen during your trip.
  • Share your plans with friends and family to avoid “grandparent scams.”
  • Turn off auto-connect to WiFi and Bluetooth connections.
  • Tighten the security around your social media accounts. Your public posts could give a thief the tools to steal your identity or rob your home while you travel. Adjust the security settings on your accounts to only allow friends and family to view your posts, and consider turning off the location services on your phone so the photos you post online are not tagged with GPS data.

​While on vacation:

  • ​Use caution with public WiFi. Avoid banking or sharing sensitive data over public WiFi networks. Only send sensitive information over password-protected networks and in secure websites (those that start with “https” – the information is encrypted).
  • Use caution with public computers – even those in your hotel.
  • Keep personal documents close. Make use of a room safe when available for mobile devices, valuables, and sensitive documents like passports, ID cards, credit cards, and airline tickets.
  • Always keep your mobile devices in a secure location. Your smartphone, tablet, and laptop contain a wealth of personal information. Know where these devices are at all times and keep them secure in public. Log out of all websites so your accounts are not accessed if your device is lost or stolen.

When you get home:

  • Change passwords. Any website you accessed on your trip was fair game for scammers, so change all of your passwords – especially for your email account.
  • Check accounts. Take a look through your bank and credit card accounts and identify any irregularities. Bring them to the immediate attention of your financial institution.
  • Check credit reports. Review your credit reports to ensure that no unexpected accounts have been created in your name.

For additional information, visit the Bureau of Consumer Protection at http://datcp.wi.gov, send an e-mail to datcphotline@wi.gov or call the Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.

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