Will someone please trot over to Music Row and wake up the record labels? They seem to be dozing this week. Where’s that torrent of new albums and songs we’ve come to expect in the spring — the ones propelled into prominence by the Grammy and Academy of Country Music awards shows? Drat! First, though,... Read more »...more
Life is full of lasts. That’s what I’ve been thinking almost every day, as my last child is spending her last days in high school. And just when I think I might be able to keep my tears at bay, Brad Paisley releases a song that makes it all so much more bittersweet. In his... Read more »...more
Hunter Hayes at 25 might not sound exactly like Hunter Hayes at 18. And he’s more than cool with that. “I feel like I went through a big change going from 18 to 25. I went through a lot of figuring it out, and the music was driven by that,” Hayes told Billboard. “This record... Read more »...more
4/23/17 - Dodge County hunters now have the option of donating their harvested turkey to needy families through the Turkey Donation Program. New for this spring, donated turkeys will be processed free of charge and meat will be provided to local food pantries. Dodge County is one of three pilot counties, along with Fond du Lac and Jefferson, to initiate this program for the 2017 turkey season. The program will be expanded for the fall turkey hunt later this year. Hunters wishing to donate turkeys will bring them to Pernat-Haase Meats located on N4202 Hwy M in Juneau prior to May 31.
4/24/17 - Much of Wisconsin could get a rare view of the Northern Lights tonight (Monday) if the weather cooperates. The Alaska Geophysical Institute says there's a high probability for more flare-ups from the Aurora Borealis -- and the website Aurora-Service Dot Org has hourly forecasts. The Northern Lights flared last Friday night and into Saturday, and folks in the Bayfield area next to Lake Superior were among those treated to a massive display of green and reddish green lights. Sean Miller of the National Weather Service in Sullivan says it's a big "if" as to whether the Northern Lights could be seen tonight away from the city lights of southern Wisconsin, but it's possible if the weather's good. The Weather Service predicts cloudy skies this evening, becoming partly cloudy later on.
4/24/17 - Canada's trade dispute with Wisconsin dairy farmers is starting to take a toll. State agriculture officials say 40 farms are without buyers for their milk, after Grassland Dairy of Greenwood cut them off because they could no longer sell the milk to Canadian dairies for a specialized cheese product -- and the word of the cancellations comes before the May first cutoff date that was originally reported. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says that as of Friday, 58 Wisconsin farms that used Grassland had their milk contracts canceled, while 18 found new milk buyers Another milk processor dropped 14 farmers for unrelated reasons, and some found new buyers while the rest were planning to retire anyway. Officials from President Donald Trump on down have called it a violation of U-S trade deals. The state's been looking for other milk plants to help those affected.
4/24/17 - The final two kick-off events for the Dodge County Blue Zones Project were held over the weekend. The regional health initiative brings together local volunteers with health experts from around the country to implement a series of strategies focused on healthy, active living and is designed to give people a supportive nudge toward eating better and moving more naturally. Nick Buettner, who was one of the original exploration members who travelled the globe searching for healthy communities to model Blue Zones after, attended the kickoff events to share his experiences. Buettner says that he can bring in the ideas, the engagement, train a team, but the success of Blue Zones relies the communities. He adds that the support of political leaders, worksites, restaurants, grocery stores, and people to say this is what we want is important to long term success. Kim Miller, who is the President and CEO of the Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, has been pushing Dodge County to make healthier choices. In 2013, Dodge County was ranked as the 55th healthiest county in the state out of 72, according to an annual study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Miller credits the Blue Zone work done so far with that ranking falling to 22nd in the last year. She wants to see Dodge County at number one in the near future. With Beaver Dam Hospital sponsoring the Blue Zones initiative, Miller says that hospitals have always been seen as a place of illness. Adding that it is important to be there when people are in need but prefer to be preventing diseases, helping people manage diseases differently, and help them have a higher quality of life because they are healthy. She notes that it is important to start that change at all ages but if we start in the schools, then children are learning early and will carry that with them the rest of their lives. Miller adds that she is appreciative of the support and everyone who participated in this project so far.
4/24/17 - The Waupun School District will hold a series of groundbreaking events for improvements that are part of the $36-million-dollar referendum approved by voters in November. School officials say there will be a groundbreaking on Wednesday, May 3 for the Athletic Complex which will house tennis courts, a soccer field and a new track. It starts with a parade at 3:30pm starting from the existing track at Rock River Intermediate School and ending with a 4pm ceremony at the new location at the Waupun Junior/Senior High School. A second groundbreaking will be held on Monday, May 15 at 12:45pm at Meadow View Primary on Grand Avenue. Among other things, the referendum is funding secure, visible main entrance with a canopy at Meadow View along with a regulation size gymnasium; a multipurpose cafeteria space; updated classrooms for art, music and the library. The final groundbreaking will be held on Thursday May 25 at 2pm at SAGES School on South Depot Street in Fox Lake. SAGES will see a secure main entry with a canopy and renovated office; a new library/ media center with attached greenhouse; an expanded music and art classroom and bigger classrooms. School officials say the work will be undertaken primarily over the next two summers. With ground being broken this spring, work will begin in earnest this summer with most of the interior work being completed next summer. There is select outdoor work that may be completed during the school year that would not affect instructional time. That includes the addition of the Meadowview gym, the new greenhouse and the new technology center. This summer, work will be focused on their footings and foundations phase where concrete will be poured for the additions. There will be no need to change the school calendar to accommodate construction, like the Beaver Dam School District is doing by adding time onto the school day and extending summer break. Gubin says Waupun’s plan is quite different and there will be no revisions to the calendar year or the daily schedule.
4/24/17 - With warmer weather upon us, Dodge County residents are reminded to keep the volume of their music at reasonable levels when driving. Sheriff Dale Schmidt addresses ‘sound amplification devices’ as April’s ‘law of the month.’ Schmidt says a radio or other ‘sound amplification devices’ should not be heard from a distance of more than 75 feet. The sheriff says use of such equipment is only acceptable in requesting assistance or to warn against unsafe conditions. Violation of the statue carries a fine of $187-dollars for first offense and $263-dollars for a second offense.