News 6/7/15

New Site Shows Internet Speeds In Wisconsin Municipalities

 

6/7/15 – If you want to know what type of Internet service is offered in a specific part of Wisconsin, there’s a new online tool that can help.  The state Public Service Commission’s Broadband office has launched the “Wisconsin Telecommuter Speed Map.”  Just by zooming to a specific place on the map, or writing in an address, you can find out what companies provide the Web at that spot — and at what speed.  One goal is to help folks learn what’s offered where they plan to move.  Communities can also use the information to attract new residents and businesses.  Companies can also find out if their employees can work from home if need be.  Internet speed is broken into three levels.  Many Dodge County municipalities including Beaver Dam, Juneau, Horicon, Mayville, Fox Lake, Waupun, and Watertown as well as Columbus have the fastest speeds. Randolph, Fall River, Cambria, and Friesland are among the area municipalities where the service ranks lower. The map is the result of five years of data collection, and it’s constantly updated. You can find it online at broadbandmap.wisconsin.gov.

 

Wisconsin Continues To Lead The Way In Cheese Production

 

6/7/15 – Wisconsin had another big increase in cheese production in April.  New U-S-D-A figures show that the Badger State made almost 256,000,000 pounds of cheese during the month — three-point-nine percent more than April of 2014. Wisconsin’s increase is well above the national jump, just like it’s been for most of this year. Nationally, cheese factories pumped out 979,000,000 pounds of products in April.  Wisconsin contributed just over 26% of that total. The Badger State remains the nation’s Number-One cheese-maker.  Second place California, plagued by a massive drought, had a one-point-two percent drop in its cheese production.  The Golden State made about 204,000,000 pounds in April.  Wisconsin had almost a 10% jump in its Cheddar output from the same month the year before. It also made seven-point-three percent more American cheeses and two-point-seven more Italian cheeses.

 

SAGES School Students Dedicate Chicken Coop

6/7/15 – When agricultural is part of your school name it shouldn’t be too surprising to hear that children at the school dedicated a chicken coop on their next to last day of school. The dedication ceremony at the School for Agricultural and Environmental Studies or SAGES charter school in Fox Lake was held Thursday morning capping a big project for students of the school. Waupun Schools Superintendent Tonya Gubin says students did a lot of research for the project. She says there are about 6 or 7 chickens in it right now.   She says students had to work with the Fox Lake City Council to change an ordinance to allow the coop.  Gubin says it was a totally student-driven project.   She says the project got a lot of support from area businesses.

Wisconsin Lagging In Start-Up Businesses

6/7/15 – Wisconsin has dropped to last among the 50 states in the rate of its start-up activity for new businesses.  That’s according to a report from the Kauffman Foundation.  The state’s ranking dropped five places from a year ago, when it was 45th.  The Badger State had just over 100 new businesses open for every 100-thousand residents.  The report also listed the rate of new entrepreneurs in each state, and the percentage of entrepreneurs who were not unemployed before starting their own companies.  Montana and Wyoming were ranked first-and-second. Alabama was second-to-last behind Wisconsin.

 

Wisconsin Drought Almost Gone

 

6/7/15 – Wisconsin’s three-month drought has virtually disappeared, thanks to sizable rains in the latter half of May.  According to the U-S Drought Monitor, just over 19.5% of the state’s land area was abnormally dry or worse this week.  That’s way down from 43% a week ago.   Only three patches of the state are said to be abnormally dry — and those territories continue to get smaller.  One area covers about five counties in the far northwest.  Another dry patch is in the Hudson and Menominee areas.  The third abnormally dry location is in the north central part of the state, roughly bounded by Stevens Point, Tomahawk, and Shawano.

 

Craft Fair To Be Held At Swan City Park Next Month

 

6/7/15 – The 44th Annual Day in the Park Craft Fair will be held in Beaver Dam next month.  The Women’s Affiliate hosts the event at Swan City Park.  Since the event’s inception, the Women’s Affiliate has raised over $400,000 to contribute to charitable causes in the area.  Chamber of Commerce President Phil Fritsche says the proceeds have also gone to fund community projects such as the building of the city’s hospital and YMCA facility.  The cost of having a booth at Day in the Park is $70 if registered prior to July 10 or $100 for anyone signing up the final few days before the event.  That can be done by contacting the Beaver Dam Chamber.  Fritsche says those who do have a stand must only sell original works.  Day in the Park will be on Sunday, July 12 from 10 am to 4 pm.

 

Dodge And Fond du Lac Counties Holding Joint Forage Meeting

 

6/7/15 – The Dodge and Fond du Lac County Forage Councils will hold their annual joint Twilight Meeting later this month.  The event is open to all interested producers and Forage Council members and will feature a presentation titled “The Current Economic Status: Impact on Dairy and Forage Enterprises” by Vita Plus Dairy Development Manager Gary Sipiorski.  There is no charge for the meeting which will be held on Wednesday, June 17 beginning at 7 pm at the Clover Hills Dairy Farm LLC in Campbellsport.  More information can be found by contacting the Dodge County UW-Extension.

 

Waupun Fire Department Holding Fire Training Next Week

 

6/7/15 – The Waupun Fire Department in conjunction with the Wisconsin Propane Education and Research Council will be holding a live fire training session later this month.  Roughly 50 firefighters from Waupun and surrounding communities will be on hand for the program which starts with an hour of classroom instruction followed by live fire scenarios across from the Waupun Community Center. There participants will work in teams of five to put out fires.  Area residents are advised that they may see flames shooting upwards of 20 feet into the air during the training.  The public is invited to watch but must remain a safe distance from the props and spray from the hoses.  The training will start at 6 pm on Monday, June 15.

 

Fox Lake Fire Department Looking For Its Newest Queen

 

6/7/15 – The 44th Annual Day in the Park Craft Fair will be held in Beaver Dam next month.  The Women’s Affiliate hosts the event at Swan City Park.  Since the event’s inception, the Women’s Affiliate has raised over $400,000 to contribute to charitable causes in the area.  Chamber of Commerce President Phil Fritsche says the proceeds have also gone to fund community projects such as the building of the city’s hospital and YMCA facility.  The cost of having a booth at Day in the Park is $70 if registered prior to July 10 or $100 for anyone signing up the final few days before the event.  That can be done by contacting the Beaver Dam Chamber.  Fritsche says those who do have a stand must only sell original works.  Day in the Park will be on Sunday, July 12 from 10 am to 4 pm.