Kleefisch discusses state issues during Antigo visit|
'Taste of the Town' offers best in local cuisine for the United Way
|Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, joined by Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler, brought their message of tax reform to Antigo Friday, part of a series of listening sessions scheduled around the state.|
Kleefisch and Chandler stopped by the Antigo Daily Journal to discuss, as she said “a whole bunch off good things,” led by the passage of Gov. Scott Walker’s “Blueprint for Prosperity” by the Assembly and Senate. The two versions must now be reconciled before going to the governor for his signature.
The plan features a mix of property tax reductions and changes in the income tax withholding tables that Kleefisch said will save the average Wisconsin family $681.
“That’s money that you can put in your budget,” Kleefisch said, adding that “we’re making strides in the right direction and it feels good.”
But while the lieutenant governor was quick to point to tax reform successes, she said the larger part of her tour around the state was focused on what to do next.
With that goal in mind, Kleefisch and Chandler have been holding roundtables around the state—including one Friday in Rhinelander—asking residents what they would like to see next in the way of
The Antigo Daily Journal press was printing papers Friday afternoon when Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch visited.
Bits and Pieces for March 8
|The United Way of Langlade County is inviting everyone to enjoy “A Taste of the Town,” Saturday, April 26.|
The event, featuring favorite cuisine from the area’s favorite restaurants, will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Edison Club Event Center.
“Taste of the Town” will booths from 23 area restaurants, all serving up favorite dishes. There is no admission charge. Attendees will purchase tickets which they deposit at the booths of their choice for samples of some great Antigo specialties.
Options will include mini roast beef sandwiches, tequila lime pasta, fettuccine alfredo, coffee, fruit, fresh baked flax bagels, potatoes with toppings and much more.
Proceeds will benefit Langlade County United Way, which is in the midst of its fund drive to raise $55,000. The organization supports 16 not-for-profit charitable organizations that provide programs and services to residents in need.
The United Way’s board of directors is made up of local volunteers. All funds raised stays in Langlade County and there are no administrative fees involved.
There will be raffle tickets available for $5 each or 5 for $20, with a grand prize of $1,000;
Owner Chuck Turney and waitress Sharon Kuney of Farmers Home Restaurant, with Jenny Schlundt, United Way board member. Farmers Home is featuring their famous chicken dumpling soup for the "Taste of the Town," a new fund-raiser for the United Way.
The radio weatherman said bright and early Thursday that the Wausau area had set a record for cold temperatures.
When the readings skidded below zero Wednesday night and early Thursday, it was the 56th time during the winter of 2013-2014 it had happened, at least in Wausau. The previous record was 55 days, and it seems to me we’ve had 56 of those chillers and perhaps more here in Antigo.
With that chill have come added responsibilities and the city’s street department has been socked.
As we all know, the snowfall has been tremendous and the time those men are sitting in graders, loaders, blowers and trucks is substantial.
Then mix in the cold and problems with water connections freezing, and they have really been putting in hours and often in less than hospitable conditions.
Minutes of the city’s Public Works Committee from Feb. 25 reflect appreciation by members of the council for the municipal employees and the efforts they have made this winter, especially in connection with water problems.
Bob Piskula, the city’s street commissioner, explained his crew has really been on the job, some men with
It is obvious here, agricultural jobs in Wisconsin are big business
Frisch family wants end to tough winter
|Recent statewide statistics illustrate what anyone who has ever driven through the Antigo flats already knows—ag jobs are big in Wisconsin.|
From the big dairy operations operated by Nagels, Malys, Schroepfers and others, to the major potato-growing operations that Schroeder Bros., Matteks, Baginskis and more, the region is a hub of farming activity that contributes to the state’s—and nation’s—economic health.
According to the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, the Antigo-based trade group representing farm interests, one out of every 10 jobs in Wisconsin, and 14.2 percent of all jobs in nearly half the counties in the state, are agriculture-related.
“People just don’t realize that the whole agricultural community in Wisconsin is a nearly $60 billion industry that adds more than 350,000 jobs to our workforce,” Duane Maatz, the association’s executive director, said, “And it’s not just rural areas. In Milwaukee County alone, agriculture contributes $6 billion to the county’s economy. Compared to many other industries, these numbers are astronomical.”
According to a study produced by the University of Wisconsin—Madison and the University
Aaron Cernoch worked in the Nagel Farms milking parlor Thursday.
|At the Frisch Greenhouses in Antigo, there is no doubt this has been a difficult winter.|
Tremendous cold and chilling winds, which have set records in central Wisconsin cities and counties, sent the heat bills soaring at the large Seventh Avenue glass-covered building.
The winter that just won’t give up — at least not yet — is demanding a bit more heat with the arrival of the traditional planting season.
Jim Frisch, who cares for thousands and thousands of plants, called the winter season a “perfect storm.”
Because of continuing upgrades in the heating equipment and installation of complex moisture and ventilation systems, the traditional March activities are well underway in a very comfortable setting.
On Wednesday, members of the firm’s crew were working on geraniums, one of the staples of summer. They were using seedlings and cuttings that will yield the plants and even more blooms in several months.
Frisch explained that the greenhouse idles a bit during the deep winter months, growing a number of plants in a more segregated area near the showroom.
But once March and April come along, the heat goes up, and the planting and
Carol Hofrichter and Chris Arrowood worked on geraniums Wednesday afternoon at Frisch Greenhouses.
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