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MADISON - Some of Wisconsin's most famous wrestlers were on hand today, when the state Assembly voted unanimously to ask that the sport not be dropped from the Olympics. Lawmakers approved a resolution calling on the International Olympic Committee to keep a sport that's been a part of the modern Games since 1896. In February, the IOC's executive board recommended dropping wrestling from the 2020 Games. Andy Rein, who won an Olympic silver medal in 1984 and was later the wrestling coach at Wisconsin, supported the Assembly's move.
GREEN BAY -- Today (Tuesday) Shopko announced plans to open five new Shopko Hometown stores. The stores, located in Afton, Wyoming, St. Peter, Minnesota and Winneconne, Ellsworth and Tomahawk, Wisconsin, are expected to open in late fall 2013.
Looking for some wholesome, free, family entertainment this summer? Don't miss the famous Teddy Bear Band performing at the East End Park in Ellsworth on Tuesday, June 18. Bringing a bear is not required, but makes the event so much more fun! So...BYOTB, if possible! The Ellsworth Public Library is partnering with the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce's Together Tuesdays event to bring family fun to town throughout the summer.
MAIDEN ROCK--The annual Maiden Rock Summerfest celebration will be held this Saturday, June 15, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Village Park. The party in the park will feature kids' games, a silent auction and prizes drawn all day (must be present to win). A spiffiest car in the park contest is planned (judging at 7 p.m., winner announced at 8 p.m.--$100 prize). The parade begins at 2 p.m. (line up starts at noon). There will be music by the "Instigators" from 3:30-5:30 p.m. "The Blue Steel Band" will play from 6 p.m.
I like music, and most songs, but I like to be able to understand the words. So many singers seem to think that the "louder the better," even on Idol, to the point of screeching. Uff da! I like Faith Hill, who is known as "The Queen of Christian Rock." I like the way she isn't shy about sharing her faith, and sings a lot of inspirational songs.
"We want to make things better," one of the Finance Committee members recently told his colleagues. This Medicaid plan, he said, "Protects taxpayers, strengthens the safety net and lowers total cost to taxpayers." What actually happened would cost the state a hundred million more dollars than full Medicaid expansion, drop coverage for 84,000 people and leave almost half a billion of federal dollars on the table in this coming budget. Only half of those who lost Medicaid will likely ever sign up for private insurance.
The work on the Wisconsin budget bill (Assembly Bill 40) by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) is now complete and the bill moves on to the full Assembly for our consideration. As you may know, I am not a member of the powerful JFC, so my one and only opportunity to vote on the budget bill will be when it comes to the full Assembly for a vote. The legislation is thousands of pages in length, it is all-inclusive, and each member can only cast one vote.
Citizens now have another option for sharing ideas and voicing their opinions on Red Wing issues. The city recently launched imagineredwing.com, a site that includes forums, polls and other ways for participants to get involved in discussions. "We want you to think of this site as a digital town square," Council President Lisa Bayley says in an introductory video on the website. Planning Director Brian Peterson said the city had been looking ways to get citizens more involved that didn't necessarily mean coming to public meetings. "It's not to take the place of other ways of involving citi
Just more than six months after it originally planned, the Red Wing School District officially opened its employer-sponsored clinic Monday.
Dan Bender is Red Wing's new mayor. Bender garnered 945 votes of the 2,455 cast in Tuesday's special election, according to unofficial results. "I thought that we had done a good job," Bender said. "When I was out campaigning it was pretty well received. But you never know." Bender, a former City Council member, said he thinks his experience in government along with his message that he will "consider all sides of issues, try to put good thought into things" and promote Red Wing was what voters liked. Second in vote totals was John Sachen with 640 votes.