Congress Calls for More Ag Support in Next COVID Relief Package

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) and Representatives Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) today called on Congressional Leadership to include the Farming Support to States Act in the next COVID-19 relief package. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would provide federal funding to states and other stakeholders to help support America’s agriculture economy and respond to disrupting issues in the food supply chain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

WI DNR Launches new website

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is excited to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website developed to be faster and more user-friendly.

Vernon County Accident State Highway 35 South

On Saturday August 1, 2020 at approximately 6:00 AM the Vernon County Dispatch Center was notified of a single motor vehicle crash. The crash occurred on State Highway 35 South of State Highway 162 in a construction zone.  The operator of the motor vehicle was identified as 54-year-old Kao Vang of Lacrosse.

BBB Tip: Hiring a Tutor

As parents navigate returning to school, and some being informed school will start with virtual learning due to COVID-19, many are turning to tutors to help keep kids motivated and learning. Hiring a tutor for your child is a great way to help them with a subject they struggle in, ensure that they’re staying on top of their curriculum, or prepare them for an assessment.

Wisconsin Department of Revenue Posts 2020 Preliminary Equalized Values

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) posted its preliminary Equalized Values, Tax Incremental District (TID) Values, Net New Construction Report and County Apportionment Report.  

Rep. Ron Kind’s Office Now Accepting Applications for National Service Academies

 Rep. Ron Kind announced that his office is accepting applications from individuals interested in attending one of our nation’s service academies. Applications must be submitted by October 16, 2020.   

Gov. Evers Issues Executive Order Declaring Public Health Emergency and Requiring Face Coverings Statewide

Under this order, Wisconsin residents ages five and older are required to wear a face covering when they are indoors or in an enclosed space with anyone outside their household or living unit. Face coverings are strongly recommended if you are outdoors and maintaining physical distancing is not possible. The order also enumerates exceptions to the requirement, listing activities such as when an individual is eating, drinking, or swimming. Individuals with health conditions or disabilities that would preclude the wearing of a face covering safely are also exempt from the requirement.

DSPS Completes Inspections at Amazon Beloit Fulfillment Center; Secretary-designee Crim Tours Facility

Last Friday, Department of Safety and Professional Services Secretary-designee Dawn B. Crim toured the new Amazon fulfillment center in Beloit after final inspections and in advance of its grand opening this fall. The 1.1 million-square foot facility is Amazon’s third warehouse in Wisconsin. On Friday, Amazon also announced that it will begin recruiting to fill more than 500 full-time positions to staff the fulfillment center.

Dump Truck vs Tractor

On July 29, 2020 at 1208pm, Vernon County 911 Dispatch Center received a call reporting a dump truck vs. farm tractor crash.  66-year-old, Danny E. White from rural Lafarge was operating a farm tractor pulling a hay rake.  White was traveling west on State Highway 82 and was making a left turn onto Slayback Rd.  71-year-old, Michael D. Anderson from rural Lafarge was also westbound on State Highway 82 driving a dump truck.   Anderson attempted to pass the tractor and implement on the left side.  As White was making the left turn, Anderson’s dump truck struck the front of White’s tractor.  The tractor overturned and came to rest on its side.  Danny White was ejected off the tractor. 

AG Kaul Advises Residents to be Alert to Increased Risks for Human Trafficking

Attorney General Josh Kaul is advising residents to be alert to potential human trafficking during the current health crisis. Social and physical isolation and economic insecurity contribute to the susceptibility of victims, and human traffickers are using it to their advantage. World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is July 30, 2020.