Dept. of Justice: Former Oneida County Sheriff’s Sergeant sentenced for stalking and disorderly conduct

ONEIDA COUNTY, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Justice today announced that a judge has sentenced former Oneida County Sheriff’s Patrol Sergeant, Stetson Okeefe Grant, 36, of Rhinelander, Wis., to 90 days in jail and three years of probation after a jury found the defendant guilty of one count of stalking and one count of disorderly conduct in February of 2023. “This conviction was possible because of the efforts of the law enforcement professionals who worked on this case and the bravery of the victim,” said Attorney General Kaul. “Thank you to everyone who worked to hold the defendant accountable

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Gov. Evers: Kicks off Mental Health Awareness Month highlighting mental and behavioral health budget investments

MADISON— In his 2023 State of the State address, Gov. Tony Evers declared 2023 the Year of Mental Health, and today, as the nation recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month, the governor highlighted his 2023-25 biennial budget initiatives to invest $500 million in mental and behavioral health services for kids, workers, farmers, veterans, Wisconsinites working to overcome substance use disorders, and to support the state’s mental and behavioral health workforce. “With our state’s historic surplus, we have a historic opportunity and responsibility to make critical investments to address the pressing challenges facing our state. These past few years have been especially difficult for our kids, families, and folks

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Wisconsin’s Green Fire: Hosts PFAS in Wisconsin – Policy and Practice for Local Government Leaders workshop in Wausau

Wausau, WI. Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) is hosting a PFAS in Wisconsin – Policy and Practice for Local Government Leaders workshop on Tuesday, May 2nd in Wausau. This invitation-only event will prepare local leaders to understand, respond, and act to protect communities from the risks of PFAS contamination in Wisconsin. The workshop will cover topics including PFAS sources and pathways, testing, response management, state and federal regulation and standards, and legislative and policy needs to address PFAS in the state and across the country. Presenters will include members of WGF’s Contaminants of Emerging Concern Work Group, WisconsinDepartment of Natural Resources

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WMC Litigation Center: Expands to protect business & the public from government overreach

MADISON – The WMC Litigation Center – an affiliate of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), the combined state chamber of commerce and manufacturers’ association – announced on Monday its expansion as Nathan Kane joined the organization as Deputy Director.  Nathan Kane is a 2022 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor. During his undergraduate years, he interned at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, where he gained experience in business operations and advocacy. “We are delighted to have Nathan Kane bolster our efforts in protecting against government overreach,” said WMC Litigation Center Executive

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UW-Madison: Charles Lee Isbell Jr. named UW-Madison provost

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s next provost, Charles Lee Isbell Jr., has a deep and distinguished background that blends institutional leadership in computer science, research into machine learning and artificial intelligence, and interdisciplinary collaboration. “I am tremendously excited to welcome Dr. Isbell to my leadership team and our community,” says Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin. “In addition to his exceptional credentials as a scholar, he is an experienced and effective administrator, a skilled collaborator and an advocate for access to STEM and higher education.” “I am confident that his leadership as our next provost will help advance UW–Madison’s teaching, scholarship and outreach

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Dept. of Natural Resources: General inland fishing season opens May 6

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anglers the 2023-2024 general inland fishing season will open on Saturday, May 6. All regulations and license requirements apply. Anglers participating in the opener will likely find a mixed bag of fishing conditions throughout the state but strong populations of their favorite fishes. No matter where anglers decide to fish, all Wisconsin residents and non-residents over the age of 16 are required to purchase a fishing license. Anglers can buy licenses through Go Wild, the DNR’s license portal, or from a license agent. The hook and line fishing and trout fishing regulations are available

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Wisconsin Safety Council: Recognizes National Stand-Down Week to prevent falls in the workplace

MADISON – Wisconsin Safety Council, the state’s leading provider of safety training and products, is recognizing National Stand-Down Week from May 1-5, 2023, to raise awareness about fall prevention in the workplace. Falls from heights continue to be a leading cause of death and injury in the workplace, making it essential to promote safety measures to reduce the risk of falls. The National Safety Stand-Down Week is designed to bring awareness to workplace safety and provide employers, managers, and workers with resources to prevent falls and reduce injuries. Wisconsin Safety Council is encouraging all employers to recognize the week by discussing

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Dave Cieslewicz: Stubbs disqualifies herself

A couple of weeks ago Dane County Executive Joe Parisi appointed former Supervisor and current State Rep. Shelia Stubbs to lead the county’s human services agency. On paper, Stubbs looked like a good choice, but she has managed to disqualify herself with her actions since the appointment.

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Mike McCabe: Puzzling out the rural riddle

In my lifetime, there were rural voters in many communities who were electing Democrats to represent them. I bet if enough politicians with a D behind their names ever figure out that rural folks want more for their communities than reasons to be resentful, they’d do it again.

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Gov. Evers: Kicks off Mental Health Awareness Month highlighting mental and behavioral health budget investments

MADISON— In his 2023 State of the State address, Gov. Tony Evers declared 2023 the Year of Mental Health, and today, as the nation recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month, the governor highlighted his 2023-25 biennial budget initiatives to invest $500 million in mental and behavioral health services for kids, workers, farmers, veterans, Wisconsinites working to overcome substance

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UW-Madison: Charles Lee Isbell Jr. named UW-Madison provost

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s next provost, Charles Lee Isbell Jr., has a deep and distinguished background that blends institutional leadership in computer science, research into machine learning and artificial intelligence, and interdisciplinary collaboration. “I am tremendously excited to welcome Dr. Isbell to my leadership team and our community,” says Chancellor

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Dept. of Natural Resources: General inland fishing season opens May 6

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anglers the 2023-2024 general inland fishing season will open on Saturday, May 6. All regulations and license requirements apply. Anglers participating in the opener will likely find a mixed bag of fishing conditions throughout the state but strong populations of

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Dave Cieslewicz: Stubbs disqualifies herself

A couple of weeks ago Dane County Executive Joe Parisi appointed former Supervisor and current State Rep. Shelia Stubbs to lead the county’s human services agency. On paper, Stubbs looked like a good choice, but she has managed to disqualify herself with her actions since the appointment.

Read More »

Mike McCabe: Puzzling out the rural riddle

In my lifetime, there were rural voters in many communities who were electing Democrats to represent them. I bet if enough politicians with a D behind their names ever figure out that rural folks want more for their communities than reasons to be resentful, they’d do it again.

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