Archives for December 2018

Evers Appoints New Veterans Secretary

Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers announced Friday that he has appointed a former U.S. Navy captain to head the state’s troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.
Evers said during a news conference in Madison that he has picked Dane County Supervisor Mary Kolar to serve as secretary of the agency. Kolar spent 28 years on active duty in the Navy and has served as vice president of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation’s board. She has represented downtown Madison on the Dane County Board of Supervisors since 2013.

Evers Announces His Replacement

Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers announced Thursday that he will appoint current Assistant State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor to succeed him at the state Department of Public Instruction, making her Wisconsin’s first black schools superintendent. Evers has served as state superintendent since 2009. He’ll have to give up the position when he’s sworn in as governor on Jan. 7. The superintendent is an elected, officially nonpartisan constitutional officer, but when a vacancy occurs in the post the governor can appoint someone to serve

Wisconsin Child Care Centers Lacking Employees

Wisconsin child care experts say low wages and a lack of benefits are making it difficult for child care centers to attract and retain workers, particularly in rural areas.
Child care centers are competing for employees with school districts, which have better compensation packages. Wisconsin Department of Children and Families spokeswoman Gina Paige says the agency is working to address the employment challenges. The department’s REWARD Wisconsin Stipend Program gives child care and early-education workers a wage stipend for staying in their fields.

Bar Owner Opens Up Christmas Party To Loyal Patrons

A Tomahawk bar owner opened the doors to customers, along with her staff, for a holiday party. Lisa Ammerman operates Lisa’s Pub and Grub and decided that her loyal customer base deserved to take part in her establishment’s holiday party, too. There was karaoke, prizes and a dinner that Ammerman provided to employees and others that she considers family.

Early Voting Law’s Impact

In Merrill, more than 250 voted early in this past November’s election. A new law restricting early voting to two weeks before an election will be changing the routine for some. Governor Walker signed that bill a week ago. Some groups are now formally opposing the law, one that was shot down by a federal judge two years ago.

Short Time Behind Bars Instead Of Long Stint For Tomahawk Man

A long stint behind bars sidestepped for a Tomahawk man, who , instead, will serve just another two months. 25 year old Cody Jenson had been charged with attempted murder in connection with stabbing a man during a fight over his ex-fiance. His attorney maintained in court Thursday that, in reality, it was a different set of events than had been originally potrayed in that incident. Jenson ended up pleading no contest to first-degree reckless injury, and the other charges were dismissed. Tlusty sentenced him to two months in jail on top of the four he’s already served. He’ll also be on probation for six years.

Fitzgerald Not Ruliing Out Medicaid Expansion

Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Thursday that he wouldn’t rule out accepting federal money to expand Medicaid in the state, breaking with fellow Republicans including outgoing Gov. Scott Walker. Gov.-elect Tony Evers ran on a plan to take federal money to expand coverage to about 75,000 poor people, long a Democratic priority. Fitzgerald spoke with reporters after meeting privately with Evers in his Capitol office for the first time since Evers defeated Walker.

Hurt Owl Nursed Back To Health, Released

An owl found hurt last month and nursed back to health has been released back into the wild. When the bird was found in distress against a building in Antigo, the Raptor Education Group was called in to help out. It appeared the owl may have collided with the building or something else, but inthe weeks that followed it made a solid recovery. A Boy Scout who helped nurse her back to health held her out on his hand and she took off, flying strongly back into her world.

Evers Names Cabinet Members

Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers named four Milwaukee-area leaders to his Cabinet on Wednesday, including a former campaign manager to Mayor Tom Barrett and a 30-year veteran of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department.
The picks drew criticism from Republicans, who accused Evers of not looking outside of Wisconsin’s largest city for appointments. Joel Brennan, chief executive officer for the Discovery World Science and Technology Museum in Milwaukee, will serve as Evers’ top aide leading the Department of Administration. — Preston Cole , commissioner of neighborhood services under Barrett, will lead the Department of Natural Resources. — U.S. Marshal Kevin Carr will be secretary of the Department of Corrections and — Sara Meaney, chief marketing and development officer at Milwaukee Film, will serve as secretary of the Department of Tourism.

New Courses Approved For Next Year By School Board

Some new course offerings in the next school year after the Antigo school board approved the changes this week. Theater and reading, writing about and reviewing movie and theatre performances will be offered by the English department. There will also be new courses in advanced engineering design, and machine
tool programming , offering knowledge on operating the CNC milling machines and lathes. Marketing will replace its principles of advertising and promotion course with social media marketing.