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The U.S. House has passed its American Health Care Act of 2017, but the U.S. Senate is writing its own legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act. That buys time for careful, thoughtful change.
While construction work is beginning on the new Red Wing Bridge project this month, people can now watch what the finished product is expected to look like. An updated visualization from the Minnesota and Wisconsin transportation departments gives viewers the driver's seat perspective of the new bridge and new approach roadways. The video includes the button-hook ramp and jughandle intersection, as well as the bridge's artistic and design features. The Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge will remain open to traffic during construction, barring any emergency closures.
Wisconsin families work too hard to let the government waste their money on flashy buildings and unnecessary projects. In the spirit of the great, late Sen. Bill Proxmire, I am continuing his work shedding light on government agencies and projects that waste your hard-earned tax dollars.
"Can anything be done to force the largest corporations in the state to pay something for the roads, ports, airports, fire and police services, educated workforce, etc., that they are using in our state?" Linea recently wrote to me. "This implies the smaller businesses are paying far more than their fair share." About the time Linea's question came to me, so did a new memo from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau examining the drop in money coming to the state from corporations. I wondered, just how have business tax credits changed and how might they change in the new budget?
Tricia M. Davis, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, has been named interim dean. Davis will start July 1, succeeding Brad Caskey who is leaving UW-River Falls after 27 years. Caskey served as dean for the past eight years and has been named the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama.
Xcel Energy recently presented a donation of $62,662 to United Way St. Croix Valley Executive Director Ann Searles. Also present were representatives from United Way partner agency Operation HELP. Xcel Energy is a key partner in United Way's efforts to build stronger communities, and every dollar contributed by employees and retirees is matched by Xcel Energy. In addition to the fall campaign, Xcel Energy is also a strong supporter of United Way's John Coughlin Food & Resource Center, frequently volunteering and sponsoring monthly food shipments.
The American Health Care Association established National Nursing Home Week in 1967. For 50 years, the designation has provided a dedicated time frame to remind people — residents, of course, but especially their friends and families — just how much long-term facility staff and volunteers do for those in their care. The week always starts on Mother's Day, which is appropriate given that the majority of nursing home residents are women. The radio of women to men is 7:1 or greater, depending on the source.
Gov. Scott Walker is expected to announce he is ready to run for re-election in 2018, according to excerpts from a speech the Republican is scheduled to give Saturday, May 13, at the Republican Party of Wisconsin's State Convention in Wisconsin Dells. "People often ask me if I am going to run again in 2018. Well, with record employment in the State of Wisconsin, the better question is, 'Why wouldn't I run for re-election?'" according to the excerpt released Friday afternoon.
STOCKHOLM, Wis. — "What's inside a tree isn't always what you'd expect," says sculptor and Macalester College professor, Stanton Sears. His new exhibit of wood-based sculpture, "Inside+Outside," opens Friday, May 12, at Abode Gallery in Stockholm. Sears, who typically works in large-scale metal sculpture, is exploring the textures and forms that appear when the bark is peeled away. As he carves, paints and sculpts tree branches and trunks, he creates forms and textures that aren't usually associated with wood.
RIVER FALLS — More Little Free Libraries are popping up around the St. Croix Valley, with Chippewa Valley Technical College students working with area nonprofit organizations to find new locations. CVTC communication instructor Karen Jubie involved her students by picking up the ball from a project her husband was involved in. As general manager of Luther Hudson Chevrolet, Tim Jubie worked to establish a Little Free Library in every municipality in St. Croix County back in 2015.