10/19/14 - Governor Scott Walker announced that he has told state leaders to begin working on establishing an emergency preparedness plan in the case that the Ebola virus was to hit Wisconsin. There are three steps to the plan that is to be implemented. The first step is for Wisconsin State Health Officer Karen McKeown to work with other officials to train teams from the Wisconsin National Guard to serve as back-up response units that can be called upon on short notice. Step two involves creating a partnership with the Wisconsin Hospital Association and other hospitals in the state to assemble clinical professionals as part of a Clinical Advisory Team to provide assistance and lend their expertise to the Department of Health Services. The final measure has the governor calling upon the federal government to implement a travel ban on commercial flights to affected countries in West Africa. Military, charter, and medical assistance flights would still be permitted. Wisconsin has also implemented surveillance means to monitor those who have traveled to countries where cases of Ebola have been reported. All of these measures are merely a precaution as no cases of the virus have been confirmed or suspected in Wisconsin.
10/19/14 - Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy is hosting another round of listening sessions on Tuesday. Kennedy offers city residents a chance to sit down with him in a one-on-one setting, without an appointment, on the first and third Tuesday of every month, which is typically the day after each regular common council meeting. The listening sessions are on the first floor of City Hall, in Room 158, from 10am until noon and again from 5pm to 6pm on Tuesday. Kennedy says private meetings can also be arranged by appointment through the mayor’s office.
10/19/14 - Wisconsin start-up businesses are getting a much better head-start these days. A new report said investors have given over 67-million dollars in venture capital to new high-tech companies in the state. That's almost twice as much as in all of 2013, according to the report from the National Venture Capital Association and Price-Waterhouse-Coopers. The figures are based on data collected from venture capitalists by Thomson-Reuters. Throughout the country, venture capital investors have given 33-billion dollars to new business start-ups from January through September -- up from the 30-billion given in all of 2013. One of the largest investments in Wisconsin came in recent weeks, when Propeller Health of Madison was given 14-and-a-half million dollars. The firm makes digital systems for patients with chronic respiratory diseases. Tom Still, who heads the Wisconsin Technology Council, says he's encouraged by the new venture capital growth. He said companies made 22 deals for new capital so far this year. The state's record is 27 set in 2000.
10/19/14 - If you get an automated phone call that says you'll need a photo I-D to vote, ignore it. Some television media reports indicate the Milwaukee Election Commission gave out a script to community groups to help remind people that the state's voter I-D requirement was back in place. Those scripts went out before the U-S Supreme Court put the I-D law on hold last Thursday night, saying it would not be in effect at least for the November fourth elections. Nobody canceled the robo-calls after that ruling came down. Since then, Milwaukee Election Commissioner Neil Albrecht said he has reached out to those groups, and told them to stop using all materials related to the voter I-D law. Ten days of early voting begin tomorrow at local clerks' offices -- and election officials are trying to eliminate any confusion as quickly as possible.
10/19/14 - Beaver Dam Area Arts fall exhibit featuring the work of local artist Terrill Knaack wraps up today (Sunday). The Horicon Marsh-area native graduated with degrees in art and wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Upon finishing school, he began painting both in his studio and out in the field. Knaack's paintings have been shown at many of the nation’s natural history museums, as well as at the national Geographic Society's Explorer's Hall in Washington D.C. Knaack has received numerous awards throughout his career. In 1983, he received the Alumni Achievement Award from Wayland Academy and was selected as Honorary Chairperson for Wisconsin Youth Art Month in 1986. In 2011, Knaack was named Artist of the Year by the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association. Knaack’s originals hang in private collections across the nation, including at some of the Midwest's major corporations, such as Miller Brewing, Pabst Farms, State Farm Insurance, ABC Supply, Powercom, Advance Products and Century Telephone. Terrill has produced many paintings and limited edition prints for Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and Wings Over Wisconsin as the "Artist of the Year" for the conservation organizations. The exhibit is located at the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association at the Seippel Homestead and Center for the Artswhich is located on North Spring Street.
10/19/14 - One day after the second and last gubernatorial debate, both candidates hit the road to get back on the campaign trail. Governor Scott Walker was in the southeastern part of the state as he spoke at a GOP event in Burlington. Meanwhile, Mary Burke made stops at events in both Green Bay and Appleton. Each candidate spoke about the successes they believe that they took from Friday night’s debate. Burke felt that she was able to allow voters to see more of who she is as a person and that she has the qualifications necessary for the position. She also believes that she was able to give the people of Wisconsin more insight into the plans that she has for the state. Walker felt that he was able to reach independent and undecided voters by elaborating further on the plans he has for his second four years. The candidates will look to continue to make appearances throughout the state and rally voters leading up to the November 4th election.