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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Money Manager Charged with fraud: Star Tribune

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Davis Bill Called "ridiculous" by Gov Doyle: Gazette

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Yahoo: Bondagegate Scandal puts attention on Political travel expenses

Lets go over those travel expenses one more time. Click on the post for the latest.

Eager Library features LIVE bunnies: March 31---tomorrow

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Story of the Day; White House Blog: The giant battle between the interests of banks and that of students all across America

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New Ballroom Jeans radio commercial getting attention for Duluth Trading

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Supression of Safety Concerns at FDA?: Medical Imaging Hazard

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When can part time temp work be harmful? : Yahoo

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Minn Teachers Union Gets the Blame in lost "Race to the Top" Funding; Star Trib

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Minn approves 312M in cuts: More coming

Will Wisconsin follow suit? Click on the post for the full story in the Pioneer Press.

Monday, March 22, 2010

OpEd: The Joint Checking Account in an age of Depression

The finances of taxpayers in the current age is like a newlywed couple that has not talked about finances and has rushed to the altar. The budgeting discussion only occurs when the overdrafts occur---

The recent analysis of Brodhead taxes shows that the city has been the major party in incurring debt for "needed" expenses. When the tide turns from expansion and the job losses mount, there is only blame....

All across Wisconsin, because of the current structure of funding of public schools, there is the prospect of nothing but pain--we have evolved from "extra" curriculars to "co" curriculars, and the notion that these are "extra" has been lost. For many, it would be better to cut academics than the "extras".

For those that have attended many budget meetings, and I am one, we have come way past the days of cutting extras===the coming cuts will cut to the essence of small town public schools all across Wisconsin. The school funding formula should have been changed long ago, and a special session of the legislature to face this would be important---there is no reason that a "consumption tax" on certain items could not be added to fund schools. Shucks, just tax texting or stock transactions---that would have a wonderful effect--to subject school boards and local communities to the implosion and divisiveness that the current formula has created is just a terrible situation that needs to be addressed.

Gazette; The real story in Brodhead and the high taxes----

The Gazette has the scoop. Click on the post.

Two Barriers to Retirement Plans; Yahoo: Finance

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Minnestoa faces budget cuts---a three part drama: Star Trib

Is this a preview for Wisconsin? Click on the post.

"This is What Change Looks Like"----Health Care Reform headed to President's desk.

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

WSJ: Crash leads to Injuries, Arrests---

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Evansville School Board: 3/15/2010: Deliberates on Open Enrollment

Audio; Evansville School Board deliberates on Open Enrollment and potential impact of Brodhead referendum on school district enrollment, taxes, and school capacity.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Press Release; DeJa Vu Consignment Store

Press Release
For Immediate Release
March 20, 2009

Jennifer Cottam, Owner
Déjà Vu Consignment Store
Phone: (608) 882-1260

Déjà Vu Consignment Store Announces its Grand Re-Opening and 1st Anniversary Celebration!
Evansville, WI - Déjà Vu Consignment Store opened its doors in downtown Evansville last April. Owner Jenny Cottam has worked tirelessly to create a very distinctive personality for this unique consignment boutique. Crammed for space and steadily growing, Jenny has decided it is time to expand! The new store is located at 14 E Main Street which is just one block east of the original location. The Grand Re-Opening will take place on Saturday, March 27th from 10am to 5pm. The festivities will commence with a ribbon cutting ceremony performed by Mayor Sandy Decker. The store will be having hourly drawings for purses, gift certificates and other great prizes! There will also be children’s entertainment during the afternoon, following the Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt. It will be a fun day for the whole family!!
The new location will offer a great selection of name-brand clothing for the whole family, fashion accessories (including designer handbags), home décor, and furniture pieces! Since our inventory is received from our consignors (your friends and neighbors) we have a wide range of styles and sizes that are constantly changing. Since moving to our new store we have been able to expand our selection and offer even more brands, sizes, colors and styles including an expanded furniture selection. We never know what is going to come in the door, which is what makes it so fun… our customers never know what they’ll find and we have something new to offer each and every visit!
Déjà Vu specializes in clothing for the whole family. The store has something for everyone! And now with more space, you can find an even better selection of everything! If you haven’t checked out Déjà Vu yet make sure you visit the new location at 14 E. Main St in historic downtown Evansville, WI for all your summer shopping needs. You will even enjoy extended spring-time hours; Monday- Friday 10am-6pm and Saturdays from 9am-4pm! You’ll be glad you did! If you have any questions please call Déjà Vu Consignment Store at (608) 882-1260 or email us at dejavu.evansville@yahoo.com.


Lehman Bros P.S.: Always open your mail; Never open attachments

Seems that the the CEO of Lehman Bros is claiming innocence cause he never did open the attachments to emails on his Blackberry. Is there a moral here? Click on the post.

Ballot Corner; Info on the Brodhead referendum---what is at stake

Click on the post for some information from the Brodhead School District.

Evansville Park Board mulls removal of baseball lights? Are football and soccer lights next?

(Ed.note; This is a portion of the recent Evansville park Board minutes:)

Discussion on ball field lights – John Rasmussen was present to discuss the city charges for lights. Affects of removing lights – affects ball leagues, co-ed softball, soccer, relay for life, 4th of July, park store and pool will be affected, kids and family’s will not participate in park activities. Removing would be a grave mistake, as for cost, we are in the middle to high range with other communities. $5.90 per hour is the actual cost of electricity used; the base fee is $275.00 per month. Change in base rate would have to go thru Public Service Commission (PSC). Park could charge a small fee to recover energy cost. Lights could be addressed at next PSC rate hearing so that the City would own them instead of Water & Light. Changes that would occur with a rate case – electrical rate would triple for energy cost, customer cost would be $7.00 per month, city would have to maintain them, basically change bulbs ($15.00 each), typically about 12 bulbs per year, overall savings would be about 2/3’s of current cost. Rate cases are about $10,000.00 to request change. Rod Courtier questioned the cost of maintenance on the ball field light power house, John stated that it is minor in cost. John wrote a policy on ball field use, restricting the use and timing of turn on, he is not sure if it is still around. There is a policy for keys and use. Jon Frye thanked John Rasmussen for his research on helping resolve the light situation. Fred questioned what the alternatives are for the ball leagues? Jon stated they could play earlier, but it would be difficult. Farnsworth motion to recommend that W&L donate lights to the City of Evansville to restructure the fees for ball field lighting and Public Works to accept the donation, second by Modaff, unanimous.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Video: No varsity participation for Brodhead athletes?

Video: Evansville School Board: March 15, 2010: The WIAA rules stipulate that no 11th and 12th grade transfers can participate in varsity---there is an appeal process for exceptions----this situation is discussed by Mr. Cashore under questioning by Melissa Hammann.

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Crisis in the Courts? Minn: Justice Warns on Further budget cuts

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Madison Multicultural Center Secures Long Term Lease

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Zweizig Named to Wind Siting Council: Wheeler Report

The PSC announced today appointment of a Wind Siting Council, which was mandated by Act 40 to be an advisory council to the commission. Act 40 also directed the PSC to develop administrative rules specifying restrictions which may be imposed on installation or use of wind energy systems.

The following persons were named to the council: Dan Ebert, WPPI Energy; David Gilles, Godfrey & Kahn; Tom Green, Wind Capital Group; Jennifer Heinzen, Lakeshore Technical College; Andy Hesselbach, We Energies; George Krause Jr., Choice Residential LLC; Lloyd Lueschow, Green County; Jevon McFadden, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; Tom Meyer, Restaino & Associates; Bill Rakocy, Emerging Energies of Wisconsin, LLC; Dwight Sattler, a landowner; Ryan Schryver, Clean Wisconsin; Michael Vickerman, RENEW Wisconsin; Larry Wunch, a landowner; and, Doug Zweizig, Union Township.

CapTimes; Plan for Madison Library may have changed

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Video; Mediafly: Evansville School Board; 3/15/2010

Click on the post for the view from mediafly--click on the full screen icon for full screen movie view. Enjoy.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Video; Evansville School Board: Mr. Pierick speaks

Video; Evansville School Board; Monday, March 15, 2010: Mr. Pierick speaks: "Just Say NO"----the math of taking all the Brodhead Open enrollment students does not add up---it causes Evansville Taxpayers to ante up about $4000 per student taken, in a situation where Brodhead taxpayers pay less than Evansville residents, and in addition it exhausts the physical resources of the schools.

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Audio: AP History textbook: Mr. Redders

Audio; Evansville School Board: 3/15/2010: Mr. Redders talks of the new AP History textbook and the scope of the course and the strength of the textbook and asked board for funding approval.

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Evansville Leads the Pack in Risk Behavior: Student Risk Assessment: Audio

Audio: EHS School Board: March 15, 2010:
Evansville students risk behavior higher than Rock County average.

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Community center: Vero Beach Style

Video: Visual tour of the Community Center at Countryside in Vero Beach; March 2010;

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"Timing is Everything": Markets; Yahoo

Timing matters. Click on the post for the full article.

yahoo: Where have all the dividends gone? Wall Street Journal

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Next Antemeridian discussion at Eager Free Library tomorrow

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Evansville School Board Meets TODAY:Monday---Open Enrollment in Focus

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Evansville Park Board Meets TODAY Monday, March 15, 2010

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

NYT: Pres. Obama proposes sweeping changes to "No Child Left Behind"

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Mailbag: Save our Lake Leota Lights group: Monday night Parks meeting alert

(Ed.note: I received a reminder from Jon Frey that the meeting on Monday night will consider a motion to remove the lights at Lake Leota in light of the fact that the boys baseball cannot affort the price of running them. I have posted this month agenda as well as the prior months meeting minutes)

The regular meeting of the Evansville Park & Recreation Board will be held on the date and time stated below at City Hall (Third Floor), 31 South Madison Street, Evansville, Wisconsin. Notice is further given that members of the City Council might be in attendance.

City of Evansville, Wisconsin
Park & Recreation Board Regular Monthly Meeting
Evansville City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, March 15, 2010; 6:00 p.m.


1. Call to Order & Roll Call

2. Approval of Agenda as printed.

3. Motion to waive reading of minutes of the February 15, 2010 meetings & approve as printed.

4. Citizen appearances, relating to Park & Recreation but not agenda items.

5. Rod Courtier, SOLE, Concrete marker for Lake Leota.

6. Discussion on ball field lights and possible motion.

7. Chair’s report on actions of City Committees & Common Council on items of interest.

8. Reports/Updates park projects/maintenance

9. Aquatic Report

a. Hiring Employees
b. Park Store

10. Landscape design – take action on design plan

11. Antes Fund – how to use funds

12. Old Business

13. New Business

14. Motion to Adjourn

15. Next meeting April 19, 2010, 6:00 p.m.

Monday, January 18, 2010, 6:00 p.m.
Evansville Council Chambers

Amended 2-1-10

Present: Ron Carlsen, Jeff Farnsworth, Rich Modaff, Fred Juergens, Sue Merritt, Jerry Krueger, Janis Ringhand, City Administrator Dan Wietecha. Guests: John Decker for Grove Society.

Farnsworth/Juergens motion to approve agenda as printed, unanimous.

Krueger/Juergens motion to approve the minutes of the December 14, 2009 meeting as printed, unanimous.

Citizen appearances - None

Motion to approve the Ground Lease for the Grove Society/Baker Block at Leota Park on a Farnsworth/Juergens motion. After discussion the motion was amended to include “Approval of the City Attorney” on all language, by Farnsworth/Juergens, unanimous. The main motion passed unanimously with the amendment.

Chair’s report on City actions – Chair Ringhand requested that the committee consider removing the lights on the ball fields in the park as the cost has become prohibitive for the amount of time they are used, $3,000.00 annual expense with $200.00 income to offset expense. Another option to consider is charging the Co-ed Team a higher rate to help compensate expense; add advertising to fencing in ball fields as previously proposed. Questions arose as to how often the lights are used and by whom. Chair Ringhand will seek more information for the next meeting.

City Administrator Dan Wietecha shared information about the Baseball & Softball programs. Currently most are breaking even and the City is not subsidizing them. The Baseball program for youth ages 4-12 is falling short by about $3,200.00, the City will not subsidize that expense this year. Dan will contact Jenny Katzenmeyer, Baseball Coordinator, for input on resolving the short fall, either by raising fees or eliminating expenses. Baseball Youth of Evansville, BYE, is another option for youth aged 10-12; community Sponsors are another option to explore.

Old Business – none.

New Business – none.

Motion to Adjourn by Farnsworth/Carlsen at 6:30 p.m., unanimous.

Next meeting Monday, February 15, 2010, 6:00 p.m.

Declining Enrollment at Rural Schools spells pain: WSJ

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Mailbag: Rep Brett Davis Writes:

80th Assembly District Update - March 12, 2010

Davis Offers School Finance Legislation

MADISON...Representative Brett Davis (R-Oregon) announced today he is introducing K-12
finance reform legislation within the next week. The announcement comes as Governor Jim
Doyle and the Democrats in the State Legislature stated they are ending efforts to put forth
legislation on school finance.

“While Governor Doyle and the Democrats appear to have given up on providing solutions to
reform our education system in Wisconsin , I am moving forward and proposing innovative and
common-sense policies,” Davis said. “Our schools and property taxpayers can no longer afford
the status quo.”

The legislation is part of a package is focused on the theme of reforming education and protecting taxpayers. Specifically, the education reform package includes the following

- Restore Qualified Economic Offer (QEO) and align with revenue limits
- Restore arbitration factors
- Reduce property taxes by restoring 2/3rds funding
- Reduce health care costs
- Implement school efficiency incentives

“The legislation will give school boards the tools they need to budget responsibly and control
costs,” Davis explained. “If enacted, these reforms will not only reduce the property tax burden,
but will also create a more stable fiscal operating environment for school districts.”

Davis is circulating the legislation for co-sponsors this week and will introduce the bill next week. Although the Legislature is expected to adjourn in late April, Davis emphasized there was still time to get his ideas signed into law.

“I’m hoping the ideas we are putting forth this week will spark discussion on education reform,”
said Davis . “We still have time this legislative session to enact meaningful school finance

The changes Democrats made in the state budget that repealed the QEO and modified
arbitration law, to not factor in local economic conditions, will result in higher property taxes or
cuts to education services if reforms are not made this legislative session.

For more details on the legislative package, visit www.brettdavis.us

University of Minn enacts sweeping ethics code: Will Wisconsin follow suit?: Star Tribune

Click on the post for the latest. What will happen to quid pro quo and other questions remain.

Blogs: LykeMinded: Gazette; Release of Insurance info damages teacher's union credibility

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Lehman Brothers Hid Borrowing, Examiner Says - NYTimes.com

Lehman Brothers Hid Borrowing, Examiner Says - NYTimes.com

‘Green Zone’ is a failure of intelligence

‘Green Zone’ is a failure of intelligence

Five Hydro Power Plants sold


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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Poverty hitting the suburbs: Star Trib

A national trend. Click on the post for the story.

Stand up and Tax "talking"--Soucheray: Pioneer Press

Click on the post for a novel solution. We might become a nation of doers if we talked less?

Friday, March 05, 2010

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Finance Committe Meets this week: Wind Turbine on Agenda; Administrator wages

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Mailbag: Hammer; I and E Club Meeting: March 10, 2010

Hello Everyone:

Our March meeting will be action packed. Our guest speaker this month is Sandra Beccu with the UW Whitewater Innovation Center. Sandra’s topic is Market Research 101. We will then hold our Club officers elections. Toward the end or our meeting a representative will give a very brief informational presentation on the benefits that the new community center, Creekside Place, will provide for our community and area businesses. Refreshments for the March meeting will be sponsored by Jane Anderson of Palate Pleasers Catering, LLC.

Please consider nominating yourself or someone you feel a good fit for one of our exciting officer positions. You may make nominations at our meeting on March 10 or feel free to email or call in nominations for yourself or someone else prior to the meeting. Please also let us know of any questions or comments that you have regarding these positions. Keep in mind that ALL positions are available. While being an officer may require a bit of a commitment of time and energy, it is very rewarding and great experience from a business stand point. We recognize the success of our club depends greatly on involvement of our members so all responsibilities for each proposed position can be flexible.

Skype now available for mobile phones

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