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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Video: 4 of 4: Open Enrollment 101: DPI

Video: 4 of 4: Open Enrollment 101: DPI: Evansville School Board, October 25, 2010

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Video: 3 of 4: Evansville School board: Open Enrollment 101

Video: 3 of 4: Open Enrollment 101: DPI: Evansville School board, Monday, October 25, 2010

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Audio: DOT Hwy 14 Meeting: 10/27/2010

Audio: Public Information Meeting: DOT: Regarding Study of Roadway from Wis 92 to I-39/90 along Hwy 14. Held At Evansville High School, 10/27/2010

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Video: 2: Open Enrollment: DPI Presents

Video: Open Enrollment: DPI Presents: Evansville School Board: Monday, October 25, 2010

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Wisconsin DOT Hwy 14 Corridor Meeting in Evansville coming TODAY October 27: EHS, 4pm to 7pm.

Click on the post for the latest. The presentation is at 5:30 pm.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Key point: Open Enrollment:

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One of the key points made at the recent Evansville School Board meeting was that open enrollment is like having vacant seats on an airplane prior to takeoff---the district is given a marginal cost and not the full amount and thus it is not appropriate for a district to be near full capacity and then take open enrollment students and then have to build more classrooms or schools to handle the resulting overage---enrollment projections are used, and the whole point is that the district is taking students to fill slots that otherwise would not be filled.

Open Enrollment: final slide

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Open Enrollment Slide 2

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Open Enrollment Slide 1

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Duluth Trading Flagship Store Now Open!

Duluth Trading Flagship Store Now Open!

Video: 1 of 4: Open Enrollment 101

Video: 1: Open Enrollment 101; Department of Public Instruction presents:

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Video: School Levy: Mr. Pierick Speaks

Video: Evansville School District: Mr. Michael Pierick on 10/24/2010 urged the Board to apply some of the fund balance to reduce slightly the tax levy on taxpayers. He was outvoted 1-5.

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Audio: School Board; Levy Set

Audio; Evansville School Board: Levy Limit discussed, set; Monday, October 24, 2010.

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Special Historic Preservation Meeting on November 8, 2010

(Revised 10/25/2010)
Monday, November 8, 2010
6:30 P.M.
City Hall, 31 S. Madison Street
Third Floor Council Chambers

1. Introduction of presenters: Daina Penkiunas, National Register Coordinator, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, and Timothy Heggland, Preservation Consultant, Mazomanie.

2. Presentation by Ms. Penkiunas re: the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

3. Presentation by Mr. Heggland re: properties and districts in Evansville eligible for nomination to the registers.

4. Question-and-answer session.

5. Adjournment.

A quorum of the Evansville Historic Preservation Commission may be present, but no regular business of the Commission will be conducted.

This program is funded in part by a grant-in-aid from the United States Department of the Interior-National Park Service.

Evansville Municipal Court Report: September 2010

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Friday, October 22, 2010

The Rollingstone Interview with Pres Obama

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Dateline Normal, Mn.: City cancels Youth Funding; Closes Library: Adds Historic Districts and Cemetary Theatre: Fiction

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Reflection: Election: Fear Rules the Street Posing: Consider this on Election Day

Consider the situation. Local communities have had the federal government cover their sewage plant, which they could not afford to finance. Cost 6 million. Local communities have had the federal government cover their school aid shortfalls, to avoid teacher layoffs.....local citizens have had their mortgages readjusted to avoid foreclosure...they have had their credit card terms adjusted to avoid predatory behavior by their banks....citizens have been given aid to trade in their clunkers...and aid to save energy with more efficient appliances.....

And after all that...considering everything....citizens have responded by saying that

They want no further debt....they want Atlas shrugged maybe....wearing clothes made in America maybe...just the belt and shoes I presume....

Citizens should consider on election day that they indeed WERE saved from an economic collapse that would have been worse than the Great Crash----their pensions, life insurance and all their bank holdings could have been vaporized.....

You were saved. Consider that on election day.

WsJ: Alt Vehicle Expo Coming to Monona Terrace Nov 5th

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Wind Corner: Oregon to Study Wind Turbine Health Effects: Oregon Live

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Minn Debt Collection firm to pay big fine: Star Trib

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New Historic Districts Coming to Evansville?

Click on the post for the agenda for the meeting on Nov. 8, 2010.

Alert: Mailbag: Eager Free Library; Fred Juergens Writes re: Urgent Needs: How you can make a difference

Dear Friends,

As you may have recently learned, our Eager Free Public Library is facing a difficult economic situation. In order to keep its agreement with the Arrowhead Library System, Eager Free is obliged to buy a specified dollar amount of books and other media annually to share with the other ALS libraries through the RockCat inter-library loan system. Because of unavoidable rising costs for wages & benefits, insurance, utilities, building maintenance, etc., EFPL has fallen behind in these acquisitions. The Library Board of Trustees has begun a "Buy a Book" fund drive to raise $10,000 by December 31, 2010 to catch up.

The Executive Committee of the Friends of EFPL has decided to donate (from money we have raised through our Ice Cream Socials, Book Sales, membership fees, etc.) to the "Buy a Book" Fund in two ways:

a. The Friends will make an initial donation of $1500 to the "Buy a Book" fund. This presentation will be made at the Friends' Annual Meeting tomorrow night at 6 PM at the library. This coincides with our celebration of Friends of the Library Week in Evansville. We urge you to come to the celebration to show your support of your library.

b. We are also putting forward a challenge to individual Friends and to the Evansville community. The Friends of EFPL will match individual donations to the "Buy a Book" Fund, up to another $1500. Please consider giving a personal donation to "Buy A Book", and the Friends will match it. It would be great if you could bring a check to tomorrow evening's celebration at the library. No amount is too small. If your Friends membership is now on an annual basis and you donate at least $100, you will automatically become a lifetime member of the Friends; no more membership fees for you.

Imagine your life without your local library, and give generously to make sure that EFPL can continue to serve you. Even if you can't come to tomorrow evening's celebration and Annual Meeting, you can make your donation to "Buy a Book" by getting a check to the library as soon as possible.

Thank you for responding to this urgent plea.
Fred Juergens, President
Friends of the Eager Free Public Library

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mailbag: Kathy Kemp writes: Evansville Eager Library to have "Buy a Book" Campaign

Mailbag; Kathy Kemp, Eager Free Library writes:

"The Library's in a Jam and we need your Help!!
Rising costs ate our book budget.

We need to raise $10,000 by December 15, 2010 to buy books in order to remain a part of the seven library shared system which gives you free and easy access to thousands of books, cd's and dvd's.

We're asking you to make a donation to our book fund to help us out of this jam.

Stop by the library and make a donation today or make a check out to the Eager Free Public Library and mail it to Eager Free Public Library, 39 West Main St., Evansville, Wi. 53536

All donations are tax deductible and GREATLY appreciated.

Mortgage: Finance: Limbo Rock: How low can rates go?: Yahoo

How low will 15 and 30 years mortgage rates go? Click on the post for the story.

The Natural "Green" Burial: Gazette

Just think of the energy savings. Click on the post.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Changes in Evansville Budget: TIF Increment not meeting Expectations---

Click on the post for the changes noted on the City of Evansville web site for the budget since the department head presentations on September 20, 2010.

The changes in the expectations for the TIF districts are noted, and you can see that the revenue expectations are down...and the taxpayer will pick up the tab.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Feingold Pollster says the "Creative Destruction" Agrument of Johnson has been the "game changer"

The tide is turning toward Feingold in the Senate Race. Click on the post for the recent note from the Feingold pollster.

Evansville Common Council Meets Tuesday, Oct. 12th.: Tax Levy to be set

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Should Evansville be forced to reasses all property due to valuation decline?

One of the things that comes up each year as folks get property tax bills that represent that their property is valued more and more, is whether there should be a comprehensive reassessment for communities where there has been a "shock" to valuation such as the current economic decline.

Our city represents in the current budget that the valuation decline has been about 2%---However if you click on the post, you can see that the city itself has lowered the sales price for the former police station from $178,000 to $149,900. One wonders whether the city budget figure is just a fiction to avoid facing reality.

There has been an argument that all residents suffer equally during a decline and thus, there is still equity with respect to the local owners. However....there is not equity to those coming to town or shopping to purchase a home in Evansville. One hint of that fiction is that there are homes that have been on the market for almost 5 years now and no buyers. thus...

Would it serve everyone better and fairer if there was a reassessment of all properties in Evansville? You make the call.

Nostalgia: July 2007: "Fireworks as the total Economic Development Program: Tales From Normal, Mn.: FICTION

Memories of summer 2010 in Normal, Mn. Click on the post.

Dateline Normal,Mn.: Republicans panic over Military Unemployment: FICTION

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Audio: 2009: Senior Ctr to eliminate fitness area

Audio: 2009: Senior/Community Center: Proposes to eliminate fitness area and a bathroom.

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WSJ: Federal Jobs Money goes to 4K in Madison

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Saturday, October 09, 2010

Audio:2009: Nostalgia: History: Senior Ctr to eliminate fitness area

Audio: 2009: Nostalgia: Senior/Community Center: Proposes to eliminate fitness area and a bathroom.

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Pioneer Press: Tattoo Convention heralds new industry norm

Seems we have replaced regular manufacturing with body defacement as the major occupation of America...click on the post for the latest.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

I and E Club: October Meeting 2010

Passion for Pets Becomes Paws-itive Business

Hear More Oct. 13 at I&E Club Meeting

On the east end of Evansville is a full-service pet store called Big Sweeties Pet Supply Center. It’s more than food and toys and cleaning supplies; it’s also a place where dogs can be groomed to look their best and homeless cats have hope for adoption.

Big Sweeties is the result of pet-passionate owner and entrepreneur Xandra Kashkashian. Kashkashian is the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Evansville Area Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club, set for Wednesday, Oct. 13. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., in the lower level of the Eager Economy Building at 7 E. Main St., Evansville.

Big Sweeties has grown from one store in Evansville to several in southern Wisconsin. At the club meeting, Kashkashian will talk about her business experiences, pitfalls, ups and downs. Prior to developing Big Sweeties, Kashkashian worked as a national sales trainer, and owned 23 Nutrisystem store franchises. She traded Chicago and a pressure-cooker corporate life for life in Evansville. Never idle, she saw the potential of combining her pet passion with her business savvy, and launched Big Sweeties.

After Kashkashian’s presentation, participants will have time for networking and refreshments. The sponsor for this month’s refreshments is another entrepreneur, Cathy Cryor Burgweger, who recently opened Franklin Grove Etc., in Attica. Just minutes from Evansville, Franklin Grove is a charming place where patrons can order food, enjoy a drink and shop for that perfect antique or resale item. The business is in a restored blacksmith shop on the edge of the Sugar River. Cryor Burgweger is not only the proprietor, she also is a realtor affiliated with Sugar River Crossing Realty.

Sponsors and donations enable the club to offer free meetings. For more information, contact club President John Gishnock at 608-882-6656, or Sue Berg, vice president of marketing and outreach, at 608-882-0986.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Moss Goes to Vikings: Star Tribune

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Nostalgia: 2007: Finance: Video: Ehlers and Assoc. Speaks "Assuming nothing new is Borrowed":

Greg from Ehlers and Associates, the financial advisors to Evansville, (2007)reviews the debt capacity of the City with respect to General Obligation borrowing, and where we are as a city.Assumes nothing "New" is borrowed, and assumes equalized valuation staying the same, and not declining.

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Monday, October 04, 2010

WSJ: Duluth Trading's First Store to open in Mt. Horeb on November 1---

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Gazette; Wind Plan Scrapped---Not an Adequate Wind Source

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Wis. Justices May move to curb online records releases: Gazette

Click on the post for the story in the Gazette. There has been release of charges in cases that were dismissed or unproven. For the record, the Observer Court report only publishes convictions from the official court report and not charges for this very reason.

Gazette; Fire at Evansville Landmark Grain Elevators-----

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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Pioneer Press: Next Week Habitat for Humanity Big Push in St. Paul-Mpls; Pres Carter there

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Senior Center History: Podcasts available

On Monday, the Evansville Planning Commission will meet to consider a conditional use permit for the Evansville Senior Center. Click on the post for the podcasts of prior meetings on this Center.