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.
Staffing, enrollment are discussed at White Lake
|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.
Tickets for AHS musical go on sale
|Questions about enrollment and staffing sparked an informational meeting at the White Lake School Tuesday, held to discuss the upcoming April 1 spending referendum.|
District Administrator Bill Fisher walked the dozen-plus people in attendance through the details of the plan, which would allow the district to spend $250,000 above state-imposed revenue caps for each of the next three years.
“It went very well,” Fisher said, explaining that the meeting was designed to present accurate information about the plan, which is a continuation of spending cap overrides that have been in place for the past 13 years.
The referendum dollars would replace a $200,000, three-year revenue cap override approved in April, 2011 that is expiring this year, and will be used to maintain existing programs.
The cost is estimated at 95 cents per $1,000 of equalized valuation. That means that the owner of a $100,000 home could expect to see taxes for the school increase by $95 if the plan is successful. Twenty-nine cents of that increase is the additional $50,000 being sought. The remaining 66 cents is due to other factors, including increased enrollments that are allowing the
White Lake District Administrator Bill Fisher speaks to people attending an referendum informational meeting Tuesday.
Chilly, yes, but still a great ski Fun Day
|Tickets go on sale this afternoon for Antigo High School’s spring musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”|
Performances, all in the high school’s Volm Theater, are scheduled for March 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16 at 2 p.m.
Tickets, priced at $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10, will be sold starting at 5 p.m. in the high school commons, and the prime seats and performances generally sell quickly.
Tickets will remain available in the commons from 5 to 7 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. The box office will also open one hour before curtain time on performance nights.
All seats are reserved.
The spring musical production, which is completely sung-through, with little spoken dialogue, features a family-friendly storyline, universal themes and a mix of catchy, familiar music.
The musical tells the story of Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, and his coat of many colors.
Joseph’s jealous brothers sell him into slavery, where, after many adventures, he comes to the attention of the Pharaoh and, through his ability to interpret dreams, becomes the most powerful man in Egypt.
Joseph and h
Daniel Bradley as Joseph and Billy Schmidt as the Pharaoh in a scene from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
|The weather was chilly but skiing conditions were excellent for Kettlebowl’s annual Fun Day Sunday.|
The event drew dozens of newcomers, who came to enjoy Nick Salm’s Belgium waffles, sausages donated by Lakeside Market, maple syrup and fruit toppings donated by many individuals.
“These visitors saw what a wonderful facility Kettlebowl Ski Hill is,” volunteer Judy Peterson said. “Nick Salm was impressed with all the volunteers who came to help with the event.”
Skiers and snowboarders enjoyed the hill but had to keep their faces covered due to the colder temperatures. Many area businesses and individuals donated items for the skier and snowboarder drawings as well as for other numerous raffles.
“All told Fun Day was very successful and everyone had a great time.” Peterson said.
Kettlebowl will continue to be open next weekend weather permitting. Normal hours at the hill are Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. weather permitting. Ski rentals are available on the grounds. Lift passes are $6 for adults; $3 for teenagers; $2 for children ages six to 12; and free for youngsters five and under.
The hill is located 15 miles northeast of An
The winners of the Kettlebowl Fun Day drawing, William Brown, Jakob Hoyt and Tanner Theisen, posed at Sunday’s event. They won a snowboard, set of skis and helmet.
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