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Friday, December 30, 2011

Maibag: MoveOnOrg writes re Petition to prevent Gov from cutting Pensions

I'm writing because I want to make sure that everyone in Evansville sees this urgent petition opposing Governor Scott Walker's effort to gut the retirement pensions of Wisconsin public employees.

The petition was started by Kathleen Marsh, a MoveOn member from Townsend, Wisconsin, and already nearly 15,000 Wisconsinites have signed. Will you sign the petition and help reach the goal of 20,000? Just click here:


You can check out the original email about this petition below.

–Steven



Dear Wisconsin MoveOn member,

Scott Walker wants to radically alter the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), our public employee pension system in Wisconsin. He plans to turn this 97%-funded, defined benefit system into a high-risk defined contribution system.

If he gets his way, his investment house buddies will cash in big, while Wisconsin retirees will lose the safety and security of one of the best retirement funds in the country.

That's why I created a petition on SignOn.org to Governor Walker, as well as the Wisconsin State House and Senate, which says:

Scott Walker: Keep your hands off the Wisconsin Retirement System!

Will you sign the petition? Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends:

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Video: John Mourning Speaks: On land Purchase

School Beat; Ad Hoc Committtee: 9-10-2008: John Mourning speaks on purchase of land; on high risk of attempting to define ten years out the details of an educational system that is rapidly changing away from brick and mortar. Today, December 2011 the issue of what the educational system will look like in an era of declining enrollments and rising class sizes and full utilization of digital resources is on the front burner.

Libraries makin the move to Ebooks: Will Evansville follow?

http://www.gazettextra.com/news/2011/dec/28/libraries-stock-digital-editions-popular-titles/

Click on the post for the story in the Janesville Gazette today.  There is  a move to grow the digital books as opposed to stacking the books high to the ceiling.  It is no longer a space game....not the biggest library, but the one with the most digital resouces.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

OpEd: After Scott Walker---What next for Wisconsin?

In a dialogue recently with a fellow resident, I mentioned that Minnesota had taken a big loss of jobs with the closing of the Ford plant in St. Paul---the home of the Ford 150.  Scott Walker was not the governor of Minnesota.

He agreed, but quickly added:  "This is a matter of priorities. The priorities will change."

Yes.  The new after Scott Walker will be about sacrifice and cuts----and the principle of ability to Pay will be the core----progressive taxation was the heart of the progressive movement in Wisconsin. The first quarter of 2012 may be stunning....the cuts will continue----and the pain will continue, because it took decades for the structural imbalance of Wisconsin finances to take their toll---those who think a mere change in the governors mansion will produce a miracle are mistaken....a total reversal of governance in all branches of government is required.

Former Evansville City Administrator Recommends Evansville Observer to citizens

(Ednote: Bill Connors posted this on Linkedin during the holidays.)

(The Observer) provides a tremendous service to the people of Evansville through his Observer blog. He makes it easy to keep up on what is happening in the community, school district, and city government. When I was the city administrator, I frequently posted messages or responses on the Observer as an effective way to communicate with the city's resdents.” December 14, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Local Editors Visualize What is "News"

http://talesfromnormal.blogspot.com/2011/12/local-editors-visualize-what-is-news.html

Click on the post for this breaking story.

Mailbag: Hurley writes: Evansville Schools Administrator Search Information

Hello Friends,


I know this is an extraordinarily busy time of year, but I wanted to let you know that the Evansville School District will begin its search for a new District Administrator as soon as school restarts in January, and the School Board would like to get as much input as possible. As you know, our District faces many challenges in the year ahead, and the Board wants to do all it can to find the very best fit for a new Administrator. Focus Groups will be held with the Board, staff, students, and the public at large on Tuesday, January 3 and Thursday, January 5. Each session will last about a half hour, and participants will be asked to answer 7 specific questions.


Some sessions are scheduled with specific persons or groups and some are Open Sessions for anyone to attend. Below are listed the dates, times, and places for relevant sessions.


Tuesday, January 3


Open Session 9:00 a.m. District Board and Training Room

Open Session 3:00 p.m. District Board and Training Room

Open Session 5:00 p.m. District Board and Training Room

Rural Townships 5:30 p.m. District Office Conference Room

Clergy/Daycares 5:30 p.m. District Board and Training Room

K-5 Parents 6:00 p.m. District Board and Training Room

6-12 Parents 6:30 p.m. District Board and Training Room


Thursday, January 5


Retired Teachers/Seniors 9:00 a.m. District Board and Training Room

City Officials/Former Board Members 9:30 a.m. District Board and Training Room

ECP/Chamber 10:00 a.m. District Board and Training Room

Open Session 1:30 a.m. District Board and Training Room


If you’re interested in attending one of these focus groups please contact Kelly Mosher at the District Office either by phone at 882-3387 or by email at mosherk@evansville.k12.wi.us. Kelly will need your address, telephone number, and email address so she can confirm with you the date, time, and location of your session and send you the questions to look at before the group meeting.


You can find more information on the District Administrator search by looking under What’s New on the district’s home page. Click on District Administrator Search Update. If you would like to give your input on the DA Search but can’t attend a focus group you can still provide feedback through the Community Survey, which should be posted on the district’s Web site in the near future.


I hope you’ll consider giving us your input. Thanks for getting through this email. Have a wonderful holiday. Hope to see you in the New Year.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Movie: Catch the Culture: Terry Whipple speaks

Click on the post for a memory from the Economic Development conference in Evansville.

Video: 2008: Merry Christmas Musical Bonus--

Musical Debut: 2008: George Wollinger and Jacob Wollinger----Christmas Day---St. Paul's Church--Evansville, Wi.

Video: 2009: I & E Club: Dr. Carol Scovotti

Video: 2009:Dr. Carol Scovotti; "Killer Mistakes in Marketing Small Business----

Evansville Observer video now on Youtube: Check it out.

Selected videos from the Evansville Observer are now on Youtube. Click on the post for the channel. If you go full screen, Youtube fully displays the video and audio quality. Enjoy.

Nostalgia: Memories of the Candidates Debate: 2006: Mason Speaks on Possible Pipedreams

(Ed note: This is a copy of the original post of 2006)

Last night at the Bauer Haus was a mayoral forum that consisted of two parts---first a 10 minute presentation by each candidate, and then a short question and answer period where each question asked was answered by each candidate.

The first question was asked by Mason Braunschweig, 590 W. Main, an aldermanic candidate in the April election. He asked " What would you do as Mayor to reduce taxes?"

There was a moment of silence since it may have been a long time since the prospects of reducing actual spending has been in view. Both Sandy Decker and Mike Anderson responded that they felt the city budget was in order and so no area that could sustain big cuts. Karen Aikman, the current Finance Chair, responded that yes Evansville taxes were high, but the thing to concentrate on was developing more commerical and industrial tax base which might provide some relief to homeowners. The key was not to concentrate on absolute cuts but on having the homeowner tax burden shrink relative to the total taxes paid.

If any candidate wants to add to this description, feel free to do so.

The comment line is open.
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Mason B. said...
The question was fair and so were the answers...mostly.

A popular answer is that if we bring in commercial industries and businesses then we can help reduce the tax burden felt by the citizens. That is all well and good, but what if the courtship of a large scale industry is a pipe dream? What if we have spent too much on the downtown restoration that we have little left to offer in incentives to a new industry here in Evansville? I am not saying downtown restoration is a bad thing, I am saying you can stretch a dollar only so far.

I understand that my queries call for speculation based upon premises that have been created by the local government in place, however I think the local government must realize that we cannot have our cake and eat it too!

I like the idea of grant applications and requests. I hate that this idea is not already been abused by our local government.

As for the presumption that there is no fat to trim in Evansville, well I find that a little hard to believe. I know an awful lot of money goes to the police department. How many costs are associated with ridiculous internal investigations or flipped squad cars in this city?

I have yet to attend a city council meeting or a committee meeting where someone requests money and has been turned down. Maybe it is time to check the little "drops in the bucket," because they have certainly accumulated.

10:55 PM

Shooting in the courthouse in Grand Marais, Minn: Mpls Star

Click on the post for the latest. They had a sign on the door. yo.

Rich People DON'T Create the Jobs: Yahoo: Blodgett

Click on the post for the story.

Changes Coming for Evansville: Gazette

City Administrator Dan Wietecha will be leaving...

Click on the post for the article in the Janesville Gazette by Gina Duwe.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

OpEd: Evansville needs a strong City Administrator: Not "Billy bob"

Years ago there was a referendum where the city of Evansville residents decided...decided that we needed...and at the time very desperately...a strong city manager...that the weak decentralized way of doing things...a way that I term "billy bob" was not going to work..it had led to multiple disasters...

Now more than ever we need a wise experienced city manager that can stand and represent the interests of Evansville citizens and not just the few. Stay tuned.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Yahoo: Finance: Relax ...Markets will act

Do not worry about the politicians--the markets will act. Click on the post.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mailbag: Tammy Baldwin Writes:

The Obama Administration recently finalized a new effort to help distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure. The new plan allows those with government-backed mortgages to refinance their existing loans with a lower interest rate and lower monthly payments. This is welcome news for those who qualify. To find out if you qualify for this new program or other existing programs, click here.

Since the housing collapse began in 2007, too many families have lost their homes in foreclosure, some as the result of potentially criminal behavior by mortgage lenders. Middle class families struggle to refinance mortgages with artificially high interest rates. Small businesses struggle to get the credit they need to grow, and high unemployment persists. I understand these frustrations and I know that economic recovery will not occur until the housing market recovers.

Many factors led to the current housing crisis. One of these factors was the actions of Wall Street firms making huge gambles in the housing market. Big banks made billions in risky loans which were chopped up and sold off to unsuspecting investors and pension funds as low-risk investments. These false claims were then backed up by the very ratings agencies who were supposed to protect these investors. In the years leading up to the collapse of the market, Wall Street reaped billions in profits. When this house of cards collapsed, middle class Americans were left holding the bag.

Now, having been bailed out by U.S. taxpayers, most of these institutions have returned to business as usual, reaping huge profits and paying big bonuses.

The U.S. Department of Justice and State Attorneys General initiated lawsuits against some of the worst offenders, including Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Ally Financial. These suits are currently in settlement talks and there are reports that the big banks may be granted immunity from both civil and criminal penalties in exchange for a relatively small payment. If this reported deal is allowed to proceed, once again, big banks could be let off the hook and homeowners would be left holding the bag.

I am leading an effort in Congress to see that those families who were victimized by unscrupulous and illegal activities by banks and mortgage companies are made whole.

Earlier this month, I wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder opposing any settlement that grants large mortgage servicers immunity for their wrongdoing while offering no significant help for struggling homeowners. To read my letter to Attorney General Holder click here.

I also introduced a Congressional Resolution (H.Con. Res. 85), expressing that it is the sense of the House of Representatives that any action taken by the Department of Justice should hold mortgage servicers fully accountable for fraudulent behavior, and adequately compensate victims harmed by the servicers’ wrongdoing. Read my resolution here.

Over the past few years, I have heard from homeowners throughout Wisconsin whose lives have been turned upside down by the collapse in housing, and the loss of jobs and retirement savings. I will pursue every avenue to see that those who were wronged are allowed a remedy.

If you or someone you know is a distressed homeowner seeking assistance, you will find a number of resources on my website. As always, my staff also stands ready to assist if at all possible. You may contact my Wisconsin office at 608-258-9800. I look forward to being of service as I continue my work to address Wisconsin’s economic challenges.

Sincerely,

Tammy Baldwin
Your Member of Congress


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Saturday, November 19, 2011

OpEd: Word on the Street: Germany is not the Debt Savior

Thursday night we had a relative visit who is based in Germany----she reports that the word on the street in Germany is that they will not rescue anybody----the dream of Germany bailing out Greece or France or Italy is just a fantasy--make a note of it.

Podcast Download volume of Police Commission Hearings Doubles

There has been a doubling of podcast downloads of the Evanville Police Commission Hearings. Stay tuned.

Nostalgia: 2008: Video: The Fireside Chat: Chris Eager of UB&T Speaks

Video: The Fireside Chat: Chris Eager, President of UB&T speaks on the economy, banking and how UB&T is responding, and has some thoughts for the community on surviving and thriving in these times.



This the classic video from 2008 that preceded the visit of ABC News to Evansville, Wisconsin to review whether small town community banking could be the answer for the big time banking problems of America.

What is interesting to me is that the very first rule of banking and investment is the "Know the Customer" Rule. But ironically in a big city like New York, brokers NEVER have face time with their customers, and in fact in some cases it is prohibited. Transactions are what matter. Period.

Thus the Wall Street Protesters today are saying exactly the same thing---that the needs of individual savers and investors and borrowers are ignored generally in the current scheme of things, and the system is not designed to serve the public.

Chris Eager asserts that small town banking, UBT, can serve and respond to the problems the community faces, and the Evansville community is not immune to the problems. Today, November 2011, there are far more foreclosures than back in 2008, and the challenge appears far greater than 2008------the challenge still remains.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Recall Walker Website:

Click on the Post to access the "Recall Walker" website and all the activities.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Evansville School Board Meets

EVANSVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda
Monday, November 14, 2011
6:30 p.m.
District Board and Training Center
340 Fair Street
Note, public notice of this meeting given by posting at the District Office, Levi Leonard Elementary School Office, Theodore Robinson Intermediate School Office, J.C. McKenna Middle School Office, High School Office, Evansville School District Web Site: Evansville.k12.wi.us, and by forwarding the agenda to the Evansville Review, M&I Bank, Union Bank & Trust and Eager Free Public Library

6:00 Two board members are available to listen to the public on a drop in basis.


I. Roll Call: Dennis Hatfield Kathi Swanson Eric Busse John Rasmussen
Tina Rossmiller Sharon Skinner Nancy Hurley Board Rep. Hertina Kan
II. Approve Agenda.
III. Public Announcements/Recognition/Upcoming Events:
 American Education Week – November 13-19
 Congratulations to Brielle Greenleaf, Competed at WIAA State Cross Country and Placed 29th


 Other Announcements
IV. District Administrator Report – District News and Strategic Planning.
V. High School Board Representative Report – High School Events.
VI. Information & Discussion:
A. Presentation on Testing Throughout District.
B. School Board Election Timeline.
C. Selection of Delegate and Alternate to WASB Convention in January.
D. 2012-2013 Budget Calendar.
VII. Business (Action Items):
A. Approval of Staff Resignation and One Year Administrative Contracts for District Administrator and Director of Human Resources.
B. Approval of the 2012-2013 Budget Calendar.
C. Approval of M&I Authorized Person.
D. Approval of July and August Reconciliation Reports.
E. Approval of District Administrator Search Process.
VIII. Consent (Action Items):
A. Approval of October 10 Regular, 2011 Annual, and November 8 Special Meeting Minutes.
B. Approval of October Bills.
IX. Set November 28, 2011, Regular Meeting Agenda.
X. Adjourn.
Mission Statement:
The Evansville Community School District, in active partnership with families and the community, will provide a positive learning environment that challenges all students to achieve personal excellence and become contributing citizens of the world community.
Vision Statement:
Creating a culture of excellence in:
 Academic achievement
 Character development
 Pursuit of arts, athletics, and other activities
 Community engagement
 Highly effective staff
This notice may be supplemented with additions to the agenda that come to the attention of the Board prior to the meeting. A final agenda will be posted and provided to the media no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting or no later than 2 hours prior to the meeting in the event of an emergency.
Persons needing special accommodations or more specific information about the agenda items should call 882-5224, Ext. 3387, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.
Posted: 11/8/11

Economic Development Meets Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

Click on the post for the full agenda.

The Return to Post WWII Austerity: NYT

Click on the post for a look.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Video: LOMR: Straight Talk from Mr. Mauch

Video: LOMR: Buyer Beware: The fiction that "nobody knew" and other matters Mr. Mauch gives some straight talk.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Video: Yahoo Finance: Pulling out the streetlights----

Click on the post for what one town in Michigan is doing for austerity.

Italian Prime Minister will resign after Italy becomes Austere:;;nice

Let's all make a promise that is conditioned on Italy becoming austere. It's kind of a catchy concept.

The New Robot Warehouse; CNN

Click on the post for the latest.

Lee Enterprises Reports Loss: WSJ

Lee Enterprises is the owner of the Wisconsin State Journal and Capital Times. Click on the post for the story.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Radio Shack Moving-----500 feet.....This Weekend

It's not levitation---but they are moving to the former furniture space on the end. A larger space for inventory, and a little larger space for showroom. They will move from two registers...to four....Just in time for the Christmas season.

Snow Coming?

Click on the post for some weather.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Evansville Common Council Meets Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011

Common Council

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
City Hall, 31 S. Madison Street, Evansville, WI

Agenda
Revised 11/07/2011 adding Items 6B6 and 6C2
1. Call to order

2. Roll Call

3. Approval of Agenda

4. Motion to waive the reading of the minutes of the October 11, 2011, regular meeting and to approve them as presented.

5. Citizen appearances
A. Public Hearing: 2012 Operating Budget.
(1). Staff report.
(2). Initial discussion by Council for clarification.
(3). Public hearing.
(4). Final discussion by Council. (Any changes to the budget must be included in the motion. Changes to the levy will affect the tax rate and that rate will be recalculated by the Finance Department)
(5). Second reading and motion to approve Ordinance 2011-16, Adopting 2012 Operating and Capital Budgets and Setting Tax Levies.

6. Reports of Committees
A. Youth Center Advisory Board Report

B. Finance and Labor Relations Committee Report
(1). Motion to accept the Water & Light bills as presented.

(2). Motion to accept the City bills as presented.

(3). Motion to approve Purchase of Services Agreement with Rock County Humane Society.

(4). Motion to approve Purchasing Policy revisions.

(5). Motion to approve Agreement with InfoSend, Inc. for printing and mailing of monthly utility bills.

(6). Motion to approve Agreement with Sunland Development LLC for Capstone Ridge.

C. Plan Commission Report
(1). Motion to recommend Rock County Land Conservation Committee approval of PACE application 2011-10-28.08.

(2). Motion to approve Agreement to Convey Property and Drainage Easement Maintenance Agreement. [Pond behind Ace Hardware.]

D. Public Safety Committee Report

E. Public Works Committee Report

F. Water & Light Committee Report

G. Economic Development Committee Report
(1). Update: bridge naming contest.

H. Redevelopment Authority Report

I. Parks and Recreation Board Report

J. Historic Preservation Commission Report

K. Fire District Report

L. Police Commission Report

M. Energy Independence Team Report

N. Library Board/Liaison Report

O. Board of Appeals Report

7. Unfinished Business
A. Second Reading and motion to approve Ordinance 2011-14 Designation of Snowmobile Routes. [Sponsors Wessels and Jacobson].

8. Communications and Recommendations from the Mayor
A. Update: Dennis Wessels resignation.

B. Motion to waive the seven-day notice on citizen appointments.

C. Motion to approve the Mayoral appointments of Ald. Jacobson as chair and Ald. Fuchs as committee member to the Public Safety Committee.

D. Motion to approve Resolution #2011-19, a Resolution Promoting Civil Public Discourse.

E. Discussion on legislative advocacy and lobbying.

9. Communications from the City Administrator
A. Discussion: personnel policies.

B. Update: Water & Light Superintendent.

C. Update: City Engineer.

10. New Business
A. First Reading of Ordinance 2011-17 Relative to Outdoor Storage in Light Industrial District [Sponsors Fuchs and Brooks]

11. Introduction of New Ordinances

12. Meeting Reminder:
A. Regular meeting, Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 6:30 pm.

13. Adjournment

Sandra J. Decker, Mayor

Requests for persons with disabilities who need assistance to participate in this meeting should be made to the Clerk’s office by calling 882-2266 with as much advance notice as possible.

Please turn off all cell phones while the meeting is in session. Thank you.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

"The Doc of Rock": Hand Jive

Video: Soul Sessions: On Location near River Falls: The Doc of Rock, with Denny, brother Mike on Lead Guitar and Mike on Bass. "Hand Jive"

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Evansville LOMR---the MOVIE

Click on the post for the clips of this meeting last Tuesday, October 25, 2011.

Every word of this meeting will be posted in complete video for citizens of Evansville. Enjoy.

I and E Club Meets Nov. 9th:

Nov. 9: Inventing a Career, Making A Business Real



A local entrepreneur will speak about the business of art, and the dream of “hanging out your own shingle,” at the Nov. 9 meeting of the Evansville Area Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club.



Margaret LeMay is the owner of Integrated Art Group, LLC. Her company specializes in curating fine art collections for corporations, professional offices, healthcare organizations, and private collectors. And while she could have elected to work out of her home, instead she chose to open a Main Street shop.



The whys, hows, headaches and heroics will be part of LeMay’s presentation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Creekside Place, 102 Maple St., Evansville. The meeting is free and open to the public, thanks in part to monthly meeting sponsors and donations. November’s sponsor is FuzzyKnuckles Mitten Co., ably led by founder Mary Calley. FuzzyKnuckles is all about recycling, combined with warmth and incredible charm. Calley is the woman who creates exquisite mittens out of old but beautiful sweaters. Acquire your next pair of mittens by contacting Calley at 608-921-5852, or—just in time for holiday shopping—check out her brand-new line of aprons!



For information about sponsorships or the I&E club, contact Sue Berg at 608-882-0986 or suebergsolutions@gmail.com, or John Gishnock III at 608-314-6656 or john.g@formecology.com.











Berg Solutions, LLC
608-333-1664
www.linkedin.com/in/sueb

Video: LOMR: Dave Sauer Presents:

Video: LOMR: Evansville Public Information Meeting: 10/25/2011: Dave Sauer presents what the LOMR means to the affected homeowners; Plus answers questions. Video 1

Video: LOMR Presentation: Dave Sauer

Video: LOMR Presentation; 10/25/2011: 2 of 2: Dave Sauer Presents FEMA LOMR details to affected homeowners at Public Information Meeting;

Consequences of Lying on Home Condition Report in Real Estate Sales in Wisconsin: Knight Barry

So you think you might have a remedy? Click on the post.

Evansville Finance Meets Today, Nov 2, 2011

Click on the post for the full agenda.

Evansville, Wi City Meetings Now on Podcast, Full Screen Video; Audio

Click on the post for the full screen video and audio of Evansville, Wi city meetings. Over five hundred titles are available. Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Evansville Schools faces Rising Debt Service:

Click on the post for the schedule of debt. The "Backloaded" bonds the school has mean the debt service rises each year till maturity.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Recall Effort Details: Things are Ramping up

west side field office on recalls/needs help,training on recall petitions
Tuesday show up to protest concealed carry
tuesday show up stop increase of taxes on poor
PARTY THURSDAY NIGHT

WEST SIDE RECALL OFFICE, HELP NEEDED

My name is Cassandra Hoch, and I'll be working as a field organizer with Nick Niles on the recall effort. My counterpart, Matthew Rigney, and I will be working in the Dane County West Office (6602 Normandy Lane). You recieved an email from James 'Skip' Sonneman, who's our colleague working out of Dane County East Office (330 East Wilson Street).

As a senior at UW-Madison last year, I remember standing with you and more than 100,000 others in the cold and snow to protest Scott Walker's outrageous proposals. I then volunteered in Madison this summer to recall those Senators who voted lockstep with Walker instead of listening to their constituents. And now, I'm working on this recall to help finish what we started and hand Walker his pink slip.

We're ready to go and we know your are too. Our Dane County West Office, located at 6602 Normandy Lane, will open Tuesday, 11/2 for circulator trainings. These trainings are designed to give you the basics of signature gathering and answer any questions you might have.

You can sign up for circulator trainings here: bit.ly/WestSideSchedule.

In addition, we're looking for some dedicated folks to make up our Leads Team. The Leads Team is a group of highly motivated and skilled volunteers and interns who will be able to work 6-15 hours per week on a regular schedule. Leads Team members will take on increased responsibility in the offices helping to conduct trainings, do regular data entry, and help keep the office running smoothly.

To apply for a leads team position send an resume to Nick Niles at nickn@wisdems.org.

Finally, we need supplies to help our office up and running. Anything that can be donated is greatly appreciated.

View our Office Wish List here: bit.ly/WestSideWishList

Cassandra Hoch
Field Organizer - Dane County West
Democratic Party of Wisconsin
cassandrah@wisdems.org

Concealed Camera Day in the Wisconsin Assembly

The Haunted Train Ride: Check it out.

Put this on the calendar for next year. Click on the post.

Yahoo: Real Time Muni Ratings Coming:; Important first step toward transparency

Click on the post for the latest.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Video: Utube: Jon Erpenbach Speaks: "The Big Divide in Wisconsin"

Click on the post for the video of a speech by Jon Erpenbach last night in Madison. Enjoy.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Video: Occupying Wall Street In the Snow:

The movement has legs. Check it out. Click on the post.

Tech Corner: Some Video not loading---techs on the scene

The Observer is experiencing some technical problems in playing video. Please be patient...the techies are working on it.

Wessels resigns as 4th Ward Alderman:

Developing Story.

Arvhive Video: Evansville Police Commission Hearings: 2007: Podcast movie

The Janesville Gazette is reporting tonight that the Wourms family has filed a Federal suit against the City of Evansville and Officer Fields.

Click on the post for the podcast movie of the police commission hearings.

The Evansville Observer features video and audio in archive. We are unlike a newspaper in that once we write it or film it, we do not destroy it every 24 hours.

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Energy Independence Team meets November 1, Tuesday, 7am

Evansville Energy Independence Team


Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 7:00 a.m.
City Hall, 3rd Floor, 31 South Madison Street, Evansville, Wisconsin

AGENDA


1. Call to order.

2. Roll call.

3. Motion to waive the reading of the minutes of the December 10, 2010, March 15, 2011, and July 12, 2011, meetings and approve them as presented.

4. Status of EECBG funding.

5. Update on wind turbine.

6. Upcoming WPPI Power Report with Evansville as featured community.

7. WPPI Energy Update as provided at October 20, 2011 Chief Executives Breakfast during League Annual Conference. WPPI Energy President Mike Peters will attend December Evansville Common Council meeting.

8. Possible revitalization of Energy Independence Community Program by the State Energy Office of the Wisconsin Department of Administration. Exploratory meeting November 4, 2011 in Jefferson.

9. Discussion regarding proposed legislation impacting municipal electric utilities. League Lobby Corps meeting November 2, 2011, in Madison.

10. Disbursement of public benefits energy efficiency funds.

11. 2012 Energy Fair.

12. School energy efficiency review.

13. Review of status of implementation of Evansville 25 x 25 plan.

14. Other.

15. Adjourn.

Tentative Next Meeting Date: February 7, 2012, 7:00 a.m.

Video: LOMR: Straight Talk from Mr. Mauch

Video: LOMR: Buyer Beware: The fiction that "nobody knew" and other matters Mr. Mauch gives some straight talk.

LOMR: How did this Process begin?

Video; Mason reviews how the LOMR process began.

LOMR Public Meeting on Flood Plain Held: Sparks Fly---Movie coming

School Scoop Debunks 4K Baloney at recent Evansville School Board Meeting

Click on the post for the latest.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Recall Scott Walker: Training Info:

Recall Walker Circulator Trainings From:
James Sonneman jamess@wisdems.org To: wireman1234@sbcglobal.net

Hello Everyone,

My name is James ‘Skip’ Sonneman, I'm one of the organizers working with Nick Niles on the East Side of Dane County on the Recalls. I'm here to help with logistical and resource support as we all work to Recall the Governor. For a little background, I graduated from UW-Madison and have made this city my home since then. I spent the past summer up-state working in the State Senate Recalls. I'll be working out of the office at 330 East Wilson and look forward to being back in an area with such strong progressive roots.

You can sign up for a circulator training in the office here: bit.ly/EastSideSchedule.

Over the past few days, we've been working hard get the East Side Office up and running. And we are almost ready to go. On Saturday (10/29) we will start holding daily cirulator trainings. The focus of these trainings is to prepare folks for what signature gathering will look like and answer any questions you might have. You can sign up for a training at the link above.

We can't wait to have the office brimming with people ready to send Scott packing. However, the place is still a little bare. We still need materials like tables, chairs, desks, and other things to get the office firing on all cylinders. We've put together an office "wish list" and would be incredibly grateful for anything you can donate.

You can view the office "wish list" here: bit.ly/EastSideWishList

Thank you for helping us make history.

In Solidarity,

-Skip

James 'Skip' Sonneman
Field Organizer - Dane County East
Democratic Party of Wisconsin
jamess@wisdems.org
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Energy developers Reaped excess Aid----Memories of the Union Wind Turbine Battle

Click on the post for a story about one of the principals in the Union wind turbine battle. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Evansville Municipal Court Report: September 2011

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Lack of Response; Lack of Transparency alarms Evansville Residents on Fire Hydrant Snafu

(Ednote: The following is a freedom of information request from the Observer to the City of Evansville---it went unanswered. So much for the priority of fire protection in Evansville? )

Dan---

Yesterday there was a fire run on Franklin St, and it appears that the hydrant right across from the fire was inoperable because the hose was not compatible with the hydrant. This concerns me since this hydrant also services my structures or at least the garage structure at 255 E Main.

Are there other hydrants in the city that are older and were not converted to be compatible with the new fire hoses? Was there an inspection for this or will there be one done?

In an unrelated matter, I need to know the final sale price, net to the city, of the old police station on East Main. I thought it was 140,000 but need you to confirm.


regards---

Richard Woulfe

Monday, October 24, 2011

Public Works committee meets Tuesday: Public Information meeting on FEMA-LOMR Letter of Map Revision

NOTICE
The regular meeting of the Public Works Committee for the City of Evansville will be held on the date, time, and place stated below. Notice is further given that members of the City Council might be in attendance.
Public Works Committee
Regular Meeting
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
DPW Shop, 535 South Madison Street, Evansville, WI
AGENDA
1. Call meeting to order.
2. Roll call
3. Motion to approve the agenda as presented.
4. Motion to approve the minutes from the September 27th, 2011 regular meeting.
5. Citizen Appearances-
a. Public informational meeting regarding FEMA-LOMR.
6. Construction Updates-
a. Main St. Bridge -
7. Site plan reviews-
8. Communications from the City Engineer-
a. Update, if necessary, on wind turbine and WWTF.
9. Communications from the Public Works Director-
a. Monthly Department Update
10. New Business-
11. Old Business-
12. Parks and Recreation Report-
13. Motion to adjourn meeting.
Mason Braunschweig,
Chair Public Works Committee
Please turn off all cell phones during the meeting. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Minneapolis School enrollment reverses: growing latino population: StarTrib

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History of Heidi Carvin--The Podcast Movie: is now available

Click on the post for the FREE podcast movie detailing the public audio and video history over the past decade.

Agenda; Regular Evansville School Board meeting following Annual Meeting at 7:00PM: TONIGHT

EVANSVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda
Monday, October 24, 2011
7:30 p.m. (or following the Annual Meeting)
Evansville High School Media Room
640 S. Fifth Street
Note, public notice of this meeting given by posting at the District Office, Levi Leonard Elementary School Office, Theodore Robinson Intermediate School Office, J.C. McKenna Middle School Office, High School Office, Evansville School District Web Site: www.evansville.k12.wi.us, and by forwarding the agenda to the Evansville Review, M&I Bank, Union Bank & Trust and Eager Free Public Library.
I.
Roll Call:
Dennis Hatfield
Kathi Swanson
Eric Busse
John Rasmussen
Tina Rossmiller
Sharon Skinner
Nancy Hurley
II.
Approve Agenda.
III.
Approve September 26 Minutes.
IV.
Budget Finance – Chair, Eric Busse -
A.
Discussion Items:
1) 2011-2012 Budget Update.
B.
Action Items:
1) Approval of Use of Fund Balance to Meet the 2011-12 Budget.
2) Approval of Use of Fund Balance to Offset General Fund 10 Budget Expenses.
3) Approval of 2011-2012 Tax Levy Amount and Revised Budgets.
C.
Develop Budget Finance Draft Agenda for November 28 Meeting.
V.
Future Agendas – Chair, Kathi Swanson
A.
Develop November 14 Regular Board Meeting Agenda.
VI.
Adjourn.
Mission Statement: The Evansville Community School District, in active partnership with families and the community, will provide a positive learning environment that challenges all students to achieve personal excellence and become contributing citizens of the world community.
Vision Statement:
Creating a culture of excellence in:
 Academic achievement
 Character development
 Pursuit of arts, athletics, and other activities
 Community engagement
 Highly effective staff
This notice may be supplemented with additions to the agenda that come to the attention of the Board prior to the meeting. A final agenda will be posted and provided to the media no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting or no later than 2 hours prior to the meeting in the event of an emergency.
Persons needing special accommodations or more specific information about agenda items should call 882-5224, ext. 3387 at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.
Posted: 10/20/11

Evansville Schools Annual Meeting---Report to the Community

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Audio: "The Leaseback School" Nostalgia: 2008: Tales From Normal, Mn: FICTION

New Age Accounting Gimmicks for cost effective education: ( Ednote: One option of 4k options presented in Evansville was for a leaseback option. This audio version of the written satirical piece gives the extreme implications.


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Audio: Tales From Normal, Mn.: " Half Day School"---FICTION

Audio; Tales From Normal, Mn.: "Where Every Child goes to school Half Day---and the school district charges the State for FULL--FICTION


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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Video: Quiddich

Video: U of Minn Marching Band Quiddich Team and pep band highlights

Video: U of Minn Quiddich Pep Band

Video: Molly Woulfe and the U of Minn Quiddich Pep Band

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Park Board Requests Funds

PARK & RECREATION BOARD MINUTES
Monday, September 12th, 2011, 6:00 p.m.
Evansville City Hall


1) Call to Order & Roll Call
o Call to order - called to order at 6:05pm by Culbertson.
o Present: Todd Culbertson, Ben Ladick, Rich Modaff, Rick Hamacher, Jerry Krueger, Lyman Fuson, Ray Anderson, Ron Carlson & Sue Merritt
o Absent: none
2) Motion to approve Agenda as printed.
o Motion made by Rich Modaff, second by Ben Ladick
3) Motion to waive the reading of the minutes from the August 8th, 2011 meeting & approve them as printed.
o Motion made by Rich Modaff, second by Ben Ladick
4) Citizen appearances, relating to Park & Recreation, but not listed as agenda items.
o Susan Krueser, 244 Eager Ct. addressed the board regarding lap swimming at the Veteran’s Memorial Pool. Susan expressed appreciation for the increase in lap swim opportunities this summer. Susan also requested that the board consider markings at the pool bottom in order to enable swimmers to swim in a straight line. Park & Recreation Board will discuss options at the October meeting.
o Jon Frey, 13816 W. Northridge, addressed the board regarding the successes of the Jays baseball team this summer. Jon asked the board to review a list of improvements that the Jays would like to make to the Lake Leota Park field in the coming months/years. The board recognized several of the items on the list as being acceptable for the Jays to proceed with, while working with Ray Anderson. Several of the more extensive goals will need to be reviewed individually by the board.
o Dan W. asked for feedback from the board as he completes a checklist of items that will enable new committee members to become more knowledgeable as they join committees.
o Mayor Decker spoke to the board about the application process for Lake Leota Park as a historic landmark at the state and federal level. It is being nominated as a “Historic Park Landscape”. Making future improvements will need to be comprehensive and should include collaboration between Historic Preservation Committee, State Historical Society and the National Park Service. Park Board and the Historic Preservation Committee will meet during the winter months in order to begin the comprehensive planning efforts.
5) Cannon relocation
o Nothing to report.
6) Shoreline restoration
o Nothing to report
7) Creek wall restoration – A motion by Rich Modaff, second by Sue Merritt, to recommend to Finance & Labor Committee and Council to utilize additional budget funds in the amount of $10,000 for this year’s improvements on creek walls. The total for 2011, if approved, will be $20,000.
8) Horse Barn rental fee – tabled
9) Ice skating proposal – tabled
10) Behavioral concerns within city parks – tabled
11) 2012 budget discussion
o Park Board recommends the following:
i. Creek walls $20,000
ii. Misc. projects & maintenance $15,000
iii. Westside park projects
1. Shelter $15,000
2. Tennis courts $15,000
iv. Lake Leota shoreline restoration project $20,000
v. Pool-PVC liner - Moved on Capital Budget from 2015, to 2013
vi. Lake Leota Restoration-Every Farm Fields – to be determined by City Council
12) Aquatic report
o Nothing to report
13) Chair’s report on items of interest and/or actions of City Committees & Common Council
o Nothing to report
14) Reports/updates park projects/maintenance
o Nothing to report
15) Old business
o Recommendation to be made to Council regarding swimming hazards and liabilities at Lake Leota Park.
16) New business
o Nothing to report
17) Motion to adjourn – Motion made to adjourn at 7:30pm by Sue Merritt, second by Ben Ladick.


Next meeting Monday, October 10th, 2011 - 6:00 pm, Evansville City Hall

Local School Leaders What to Hear from You

Local School Leaders Want to Know What’s Important to You

Submitted by Nancy Hurley

Evansville Community School District officials want to find out what you think is going well at the schools, what areas need improvement, how you envision our schools in the future, and what you think should be the district’s priorities in the face of constricting budgets.
During the month of October school district staff and Board of Education members will lead a series of focus groups to get feedback from the community. The groups will be held at a variety of times and locations in the hopes of making the meetings accessible to everyone. All members of the community – whether you have children in Evansville schools or not – are encouraged to attend and give their input.
Each focus group meeting will last about two hours and will begin with a brief introduction about the current state of our schools. Afterward, those in attendance will divide into smaller groups to discuss three specific topics: the positive and not-so-positive things happening in our schools now, the vision participants have for our schools in the future, and priorities for our school district in the coming years. Results of the discussions will then be shared with the larger group and documented.
Similar focus group discussions have already taken place among school district administrators and staff and the Board of Education. The results of these meetings have been tallied and will be combined with the results of the community focus groups to provide school district staff and board members a complete set of information from all focus groups. These data will then be used to develop concrete goals and plans for each school and for the District as a whole in a process known as Strategic Planning. The final results will be shared with district staff and the community and will be used to guide decision-making in the years to come.
“Strategic Planning provides a framework for the initiatives and decisions the school district needs to make over the next 5-10 years,” said District Administrator Heidi Carvin who is working with the Board of Education and school administrators to spearhead the Strategic Planning process. “Our Strategic Plan will help us make tough budget decisions and allocate time and resources to help our schools move further into the 21st Century.”
School Board President Kathi Swanson emphasized the importance of involving the community in the development of a Strategic Plan.
“It’s essential that the Board knows what community members want our schools to look like, especially in this environment of diminishing funds, “ said Swanson. “And the more people we involve in this process the more good ideas we generate.”
All meetings are open to all parents and community members. Participants are encouraged to attend whatever focus group works best for their schedule. The dates and locations for the District’s Strategic Planning Focus Groups are as follows:

Tuesday, October 11, 6:30 p.m., J. C. McKenna Middle School Cafeteria
Wednesday, October 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Eager Free Public Library (light lunch served)
Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 p.m., Evansville High School, Room C144
Thursday, October 13, 6:30 p.m., Theodore Robinson Intermediate School Library (LMC) (child care provided. Please use entrance at back parking lot facing Fair St.)
Wednesday, October 19, 8:45 a.m., Creekside Place (continental breakfast served)
Wednesday, October 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Creekside Place (light lunch served)
Thursday, October 20, 7:00 p.m., J.C. McKenna Middle School Cafeteria

For more information or questions about Focus Group times or locations contact the Evansville Community School District at 608-882-3387 or mosherk@evansville.k12.wi.us.

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Evansville Law Firm says $125/ hour is "equity"

 
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Increased Taxes for Creek Walls

 
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Evansville Wants to Get "Branded":

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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Evansville Schools Wants to hear From You:

School District wants to hear from you!
What do you think is going well in our schools? What needs some improvement? What’s your vision for our schools as we move into the future? What should be the district’s priorities in scarce budget times? Come to one of the District’s two-hour focus groups on Strategic Planning and help us develop a plan for our schools.


Tuesday, October 11, 6:30 p.m.,
J.C. McKenna Middle School Cafeteria
(Childcare provided)

Wednesday, October 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Eager Free Public Library
(Light lunch provided)

Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.
Evansville High School, Room C144

Join us for any meeting that works for you!


Thursday, October 13, 6:30 p.m.
Theodore Robinson Intermediate School Library (LMC)
(Please use entrance at back parking lot facing Fair St.)
(Childcare provided)

Wednesday, October 19, 8:45 a.m.
Creekside Place (Continental breakfast served)

Wednesday, October 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Creekside Place (Light lunch served)

Thursday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.
J.C. McKenna Middle School Cafeteria





School District wants to hear from you!
What do you think is going well in our schools? What needs some improvement? What’s your vision for our schools as we move into the future? What should be the district’s priorities in scarce budget times? Come to one of the District’s two-hour focus groups on Strategic Planning and help us develop a plan for our schools.


Tuesday, October 11, 6:30 p.m.,
J.C. McKenna Middle School Cafeteria
(Childcare provided)

Wednesday, October 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Eager Free Public Library
(Light lunch provided)

Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.
Evansville High School, Room C144

Join us for any meeting that works for you!


Thursday, October 13, 6:30 p.m.
Theodore Robinson Intermediate School Library (LMC)
(Please use entrance at back parking lot facing Fair St.)
(Childcare provided)

Wednesday, October 19, 8:45 a.m.
Creekside Place (Continental breakfast served)

Wednesday, October 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Creekside Place (Light lunch served)

Thursday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.
J.C. McKenna Middle School Cafeteria



The Evansville Community School District Wants to Hear from You!

What do you think is going well in our schools? What needs some improvement? What’s your vision for our schools as we move into the future? What should be the district’s priorities in scarce budget times? Come to one of the District’s two-hour focus groups on Strategic Planning and help us develop a plan for our schools. Whether or not you currently have children in school, the district wants to hear from you!





Focus Groups Dates and Locations



Tuesday, October 11, 6:30 p.m.,
J.C. McKenna Middle School Cafeteria
(Childcare provided)

Wednesday, October 12, 11:30 – 1:00
Eager Free Public Library
(Light lunch and children’s activities provided)

Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.
Evansville High School, Room C144

Thursday, October 13, 6:30 p.m.
Theodore Robinson Intermediate School Library
(Use entrance at back parking lot facing Fair St.)
(Childcare provided)

Wednesday, October 19, 8:45 a.m
Creekside Place (Continental breakfast served)

Wednesday, October 19, 11:30 – 1:00
Creekside Place (Light lunch served)

Thursday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.
J.C. McKenna Middle School Cafeteria

Join us for any meeting that works for you!


For more information contact the Evansville Community School District at 608-882-3387 or mosherk@evansville.k12.wi.us

I and E Club Meets October 12th--Gladhanding 101 on the Agenda

Oct. 12, I&E Club Presents Glad-Handing 101



Does working a room full of strangers make your hands clammy? Ever wonder to yourself, why do I put myself through this networking torture?



Then take some time to learn great, easy tips and tricks from a pro, who regularly quaffs free beer and food while collecting new connections. Come to the next meeting of the Evansville Area Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club, set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. The meeting is free and open to the public at Creekside Place, 102 Maple St., Evansville.



Networking is like speed dating, with a different set of rules. Talking about what’s great and what’s not so hot in networking will be Jake Clevenstine, a financial planner with Wisconsin Financial Group who has made it an art to hang out with entrepreneurs, inventors, geeks, investors, engineers and anyone in business. He’ll address good and bad networking, how to network, and overcoming inhibitions. It’s not about meeting 500 new people; it’s about meeting five right people interested in helping you and being helped by you.



After the presentation, guests will be invited to introduce themselves and then practice their new networking skills. Guests also are invited to help themselves to refreshments, this month sponsored by Sarah Krause. This versatile Girl Friday teaches “Strong Women, Strong Bones” at Creekside Place, fills in as a temp at various retail stores in town, and croons lovely tunes. Her vocal range covers everything from Billboard Top 40 to 1940s Golden Oldies. Just call 608-290-4817 to arrange for a musical interlude at your special event.



The I&E Club appreciates sponsors like Krause, and donations, all of which make it possible to bring in speakers and host activities. For more information about the I&E Club, contact Sue Berg at 608-882-0986 or suebergsolutions@gmail.com, or John Gishnock III at 608-314-6656 or john.g@formecology.com.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Video: "The Vintage Wedding--Intro"

Video: "The Vintage Wedding--Intro" starring Garrett and Joan Born, married 9/30/2011 at Como Park Pavilion, St. Paul, Mn. with wedding reception at the Varsity Theatre, Dinkeytown.

The Evansville Observer was a guest at "The Vintage Wedding", the wedding of Garrett Born, wedding photographer and Joan Hector, fashion designer, wedding at Como Park Pavilion, St. Paul, and reception in Dinkytown, Mpls. Here is the opening to the movie. Full podcast to follow.

Evansville Finance Committee Meets Thursday: Raises for Law firm on agenda

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Video: Yahoo: Finance: Frugality as the new Necessity not Choice

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The New Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: The Plan

Click on the post for the stategic plan of the new Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Video: Evansville Police: Which Model is Best?

Video: Question is asked which model is most durable----its the Chevy

"Living More With Less" a citywide book read for October": Tales From Normal, Mn.: FICTION

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Evansville Police Budget: Tony Asks the Question

Video: Tony Wyse asks the question at the recent Evanville Budget Meetings regarding the refurbishment of Crown Vic autos--it is a national thing, and he asks whether the Evansville Police Dept has considered this as an option

Evansville Police Commission Meets Today:

EVANSVILLE POLICE COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting and Agenda

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Please take notice that the next meeting of the Evansville Police Commission will take place on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Evansville Police Station, 10 West Church Street, Evansville, Wisconsin.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

1. Roll call

2. Approval of minutes of the May 18, 2011 Police Commission meeting

3. Citizen appearances

Chief’s report Scott:

4. Motion to formally accept resignation of full time officer Cristian Bennett who resigned effective October 10.

5. A. Motion to approve the appointment of Officer Jeremy Schmidt as a permanent part time officer for a period from October 15 through January 13, 2012. After the expiry of that period, provided he fulfills any necessary requirements for eligibility, his status will change to full time with full benefits. If approved by the Commission, Jeremy Schmidt’s one year probationary period will start October 15, 2011, Discussion (in closed session), and vote (in open session after closed session)

B. Motion to approve the no-cost sponsorship of Matthew McElroy in his attending the academy. Discussion on sponsoring Matt McElroy in the Law Enforcement Police Academy. Discussion (in closed session), and vote (in open session after closed session)

C. Motion for the Commission to convene in closed session pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 19.85(1)(c) in order to discuss confidential information regarding candidate proposed for appointment by the Chief to fill vacant position(s), discussion, and vote on motion.

D. Motion to leave closed session, discussion and vote on the motions.


E. Adjournment

Respectfully Submitted: Walter E. Shannon, Secretary

Public Notice of this meeting given by posting at the Evansville City Hall, Evansville School District Office, Eager Free Public Library, Union Bank and Trust Company, M & I Bank, the Evansville Police Department and by forwarding to the Evansville Review.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Observer mourns the passing of Victor Paulson:

Click on the post for some audio memories of Victor Paulson. He passed away recently, and his memories of the early days of Evansville were priceless. Enjoy.

City of Evansville, Wi Meetings now on PODCAST: Full Screen Video; Audio

Click on the post to see the meeting site on Mediafly. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Audio: Evansville Budget: Economic Development: 9/26/2011

Audio: Presentation of Budget for Economic Development at Budget meeting: 9/26/2011


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Monday, September 26, 2011

Audio: EMS: Evansville Budget Presentation: 9/27/2011

Audio: EMS Budget Presentation by Zack Beaver, Monday, 9/27/2011


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Audio: Eager Library: Budget Presentation: 9/27/2011

Audio: Evansville Common Council
Budget Presentations: Eager Library: Kathy Kemp


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Audio: Police Dept Presents: Budget 2012

Audio: Evansville City Council Budget Presentations: Monday, Sept 26, 2011. Presentation of proposed police Budget


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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Evansville Budget Meeting Coming Monday, September 26, 2011: Are any cuts coming?

Common Council
Special Meeting – Budget Presentation
Monday, September 26, 2011, 6:00 p.m.
City Hall, 31 South Madison Street, Evansville, Wisc.

Agenda
1. Call to order.

2. Roll call.

3. Approval of agenda.

4. Citizen appearances.

5. 2012 Capital and Operating Budget Presentations. Each department head and/or committee will present their proposed capital and operating budgets. Presentations will include revenues and expenditures; each presentation is expected to run about 2 to 10 minutes depending on complexity and Q&A. The page listings refer to the Budget Worksheet dated September 20, 2011; all capital projects are on pages 43-49 and a separate handout.

A. General Fund Revenues pg. 1-5
B. Police Department pg. 10-12
C. Youth Center pg. 18
D. Library pg. 24-27
E. Economic Development pg. 19
F. EMS pg. 21-23
G. Fire District pg. 11-12 and separate handout
H. Pool and Park Store pg. 17-18
I. Finance pg. 8-9
J. Miscellaneous: Council (p 6), Mayor (p 6), Legal Services (p 7), City Administrator (p 7), Accounting/Auditing (p 7-8), Assessor (p 8), Municipal Buildings (p 9), Other General Government (p 9-10), Support for Outside Programs (p 15-16), Baseball (p18), Planning (p 19), Preservation & Restoration (p 19).
K. Public Works
• Building Inspector pg. 12-13
• Public Works, general pg. 13-15
• Recycling & Disposal pg. 14 and separate handout
• Parks Dept (maint.) pg. 16-17
• Cemetery pg. 28-29
• Wastewater Utility pg. 50-55
• Stormwater Utility pg. 56-58
L. Water & Light Utility Separate handout, pg. 1-9
M. TID #5-8 pg. 30-40
N. Debt Service pg. 41-42
O. Municipal Court pg. 6-7

6. Budget observations and recommendations by city administrator.

7. Motion to take no action on Agreement with Community Action for Use and Occupancy of 209 South First Street. (Note: No action means automatic one-year renewal under like terms).

8. Motion to approve Resolution 2011-17, Approving Amendments to 2011 Budget for Retail Market Analysis.

9. Adjourn.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Nostalgia: City takes EMS Fund for Police Garage

Video: Budget Hearings: Wietecha Explains proposal to take EMS designated funds for ambulance and use them for Police Garage

Nostalgia: Video: Finance: 2008: EMS: $375,000 Garage: Remodeling Capital expense

Finance Committee: 9-4-2008: 5 Year Capital Plan: Discussion

nostalgia: Video: Council: 8-14-2007 Ald Fred Juergens Speaks

Ald Fred Juergens urges a focus on recent ten year data to create a solution that meets what appears to be intensifying rain activity

"Justices Say "Law" does not apply to them": Tales From Normal, Mn.: FICTION

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Does "Buy and Hold Longterm" still work? Yahoo: Finance

The changing of demographics in America raises quetions whether, if and when the baby boomers decide to cash in their holdings, the market can recover given the attitudes of the next generation about risk.

Check out this article on Yahoo that goes over the demographics. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Modern Health Care Comes to Normal, Mn.: FICTION

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Normal, Mn. announces Combined Health and Octoberfest Fair: Tales From Normal, Mn.: FICTION

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2007: Art Phillips Speaks: re: School Building

7-16-2007--Building and Grounds, Evansville School District, Art Phillips, Board member cautions that review of sites is fine, but with respect to building anything, the recent slowdown in building activity must be taken into account---the future is unknown. It can go either way.

Evansville Budget Meetings Begin, Monday, September 26th at 6PM, City Hall

The annual review of the city deparment budgets will begin on September 26th at 6PM. at City Hall, third floor.

Court Documents Reveal state of Airport Security on 911: NYT

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Evansville EMS meets Wednesday, September 21, 2011: Budget on Agenda

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Moodys notes Decline in Assessed Valuation Affect on Cities: Yahoo

Moody's foresees further declines in revenue for cities and counties with the cutbacks in Federal aid to governmental units---combined with declining assessments for property, the two add up to further difficulty.

Click on the post for the article in Yahoo.

A good example of a decline in Evansville is the sale of the Police Station on East Main street. It was assessed at $179,000 two years ago and sold for about $145,000.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Prof. Scovotti: What is "Brand?"

Click on the post for a short clip from a lecture at the I and E Club in Evansville, Wisconsin. Enjoy.

Art Auction TOMORROW--Downtown Evansville

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CNN: Jobs Crisis Could lead to Riots Here

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Nostalgia: Audio: 2007 Bldg/Grounds/School 7-16-2007: Discussion of Land Purchase

Discussion of Enrollment, discussion of placing purchase of one or even two pieces of land, maybe one on East and one on West for possible school sites with target of 5 Years hence.

15 minutes audio---


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Miss Toosie's Retort: Tales From Normal, Mn: FICTION

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Evansville School Reports indicate shortfall of $600,000: Fund Balance used

Click on the post for the full report. Due to the fine work of the prior school board from 2007 to 2011, the fund balance had a goal to be achieved and was met. Due to this, the fund was ready for the time of need.

It appears that next year may be even more challenging. Stay tuned.

Brodhead Court Report; 9/7/2011

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Presentation on Tourism Scheduled for Tuesday, Sept 20th

NOTICE

A regular meeting of the Economic Development Committee Subcommittee on Tourism for the City of Evansville will be held on the date, time and place stated below. Notice is further given that members of the City Council may be in attendance.

City of Evansville
Economic Development Committee Subcommittee on Tourism
Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 2 PM
Creekside Place, 102 Maple St., Evansville, WI

AGENDA

1. Call to order.

2. Roll call.

3. Motion to approve agenda

4. Presentation from David Spiegelberg, Regional Tourism Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Tourism

5. Set next meeting dates.

6. Motion to adjourn.

Austerity Days Come to Normal, Mn.: FICTION

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Classic Duluth Trading Ballroom Jeans Radio Commercial

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Eager Library Tailgating Coming this Saturday---17th

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Office Hours for Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin in Evansville--next week, Sept 22nd

Helen Forbeck, Field Representative for Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin will be holding Office Hours on behalf of the Congresswoman in Evansville next Thursday September 22. Please stop by if you have any need for help with the federal government or if you have questions or comments about legislation, federal grants or doing work with the federal government.

Thursday September 22

10:30AM - 11:30 AM Creekside Place, 102 Maple Street

Feel free to contact Helen anytime here in Tammy's Beloit Congressional Office.

Also, if you would rather not receive notices like this, please let Helen know at her email address which is Helen.Forbeck@mail.house.gov and she will remove you from this list.

Thank you,

Tiffany Henry | Staff Assistant

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin | WI-02

400 East Grand Ave, Suite 402 | Beloit, WI 53511

608-362-2800 office | 608-362-2838 fax

Duluth Trading announces Expansion Plans----

Duluth Trading of Belleville, Wisconsin announced yesterday that they have purchased the old Ace Hardware on Hwy 69 in Belleville, Wi., and will use it as a Customer Care Center, and in addition will use part of it for an Outlet Store.

President Steve Schlecht said that in a world of mostly bad news, this news is good for Duluth Trading employees and all of Belleville, for it will alleviate crowing conditions at it's main headquarters, and will create traffic for other commercial business on Hwy 69.

The current Call center is overcrowded and is facing a Christmas season of potentially blockbuster proportions as the ad campaign of Duluth Trading goes nationwide.

There is also speculation that Duluth Trading is currently looking for a location in Minneapolis. Some speculate that it might be on the way to the new Viking Stadium---so that Viking fans can stop on the way to games to pick up their Duluth gear. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Universities Hit with Copywright infringement Suit: Yahoo

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Video: Songs of the Fishermen: "Rollin Down the River"

Video: On Location: Lake Winnie: Songs of the Fishermen: "Rollin Down the River": Chris on Guitar, Guys with backup vocals

Video: "My Girl": Songs of the Fishermen

Video; Classic Songs of the Fishermen version of the classic; Chris on guitar, unnamed acapella backup.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Video: "Bongo Finale" featuring Andy

Video: Songs of the Fishermen: Lake Winnie; 2011; Andy on bongos shows his stuff.

Video: "I Still Miss Someone"--Featuring "Cosmo"

Video: Songs of the Fishermen: 2011: Lake Winnie, Minn. ; Song by Roy Cash, nephew of Johnnie Cash, Sung by "Cosmo" who served with Roy in squadron of F4's during the late 60's and sang this song in the ready room before missions.

"Big Lies Foster Big Beliefs: Kutler: CapTimes

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Normal, Mn. considers building Shrine: Tales From Normal, Mn: FICTION

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Mysteries of 911: Why the goverment will not release videos of Pentagon strike; Yahoo

Right after the Pentagon was struck on 911, the video tapes covering the Pentagon were seized---there are about 84 that have not been released..why?

Click on the post for the story in Yahoo.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

The Mysteries of 911----Who is the "We" that demolished building number 4?

The bombshell video from all the testimony about 911 was the short statement of Mr. Silverstein, who was the owner of the World Trade Center---when explaining why the "building number 4 imploded" he said: " We decided it was unstable and brought it down."

The key question is: "Who is WE?"

Normal demolition takes weeks to prepare. There is some additonal information that the public needs to know that was not revealed.

Evansville Area Business Expo coming Saturday: Sept 17th

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
September 8, 2011
Contact:
Lori Allen, Vice President
Evansville Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
Office: 608.577.4663
evansvillecoc@litewire.net
www.evansvillechamber.org



Evansville Area Business Expo
The Evansville Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is sponsoring the First Annual Evansville Area Business Expo on Saturday, September 17th at the new Creekside Place from 1 to 5 p.m. The expo is a free family friendly event showcasing what Evansville area businesses have to offer. Attendees will enjoy an afternoon filled with refreshments, door prizes and fun.
In addition to the exhibitors, Jeff Farnsworth from State Farm Insurance is offering a free seminar on New Auto Insurance Rules and How They Affect You at 1:00 p.m. and Blase Strobl from Core Physical Therapy and Dr. White from Mercy Evansville Clinic are offering a free seminar on the Management and Treatment of Low Back Pain at 2:00 p.m.
“Evansville is an amazing community,” states Lori Allen, owner of Allen Realty and Vice President of the Evansville Chamber of Commerce. “To receive great products and services, you don’t need to leave Evansville. We’re having it the same weekend as the Harvest Windmill Festival on Main Street in hopes families who are already out and about will stop by the expo.”
The Evansville Area Business Expo is generously sponsored by the City of Evansville, Creekside Place, Dairyland Real Estate, Midwest Dental, Roger G. Roth & Associates, Sarah & Company, Stoughton Hospital, Stoughton Trailers and Union Bank & Trust.


The Evansville Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism welcomes and supports new and existing businesses. Evansville is a Discover Wisconsin Choice Destination and we are proud of our “buy local” efforts. Please consider local Evansville merchants for your needs. Questions? Please call the Chamber at 608.882.5131 or email evansvillecoc@litewire.net.




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Video; "Mr. Bo Jangles": Songs of Fishermen

Video: Songs of the Fishermen: "Mr. Bo Jangles...with Chris on Guitar: Lake Winnie: 2011

Video: "I Fell in Love with a Roller Derby Queen"

Video: On Location: Lake Winnie: Songs of the Fishermen 2011: Chris on Guitar; Andy and the guys on vocals. Dedicated to all those Roller Derby Queens out there.

Will 2013 be the year of the Big tax Surprise in Evansville?

Click on the post for the debt schedule for the Evansville School District. Click on the schedule to enlarge. You will note that 2013 is the year that the scheduled repayment has a large increase. This is a "backloaded bond" and citizens are about to understand the term "backloaded" in their pocket books.

If there was by chance a large increase in commercial construction before then, maybe the increase in commercial taxation could help...stay tuned.

"Austerity Days" Come to Normal, Mn. : FICTION

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Fighting Bob tells President Obama----"Do Something---Stop Being Timid"

Click on the post for the latest from Fighting Bob---like the Chinese saying: When you walk...walk. When you run...run----Don't Wobble.

Mysteries of 911: The No-Show of US Military: Gov Mark Dayton describes scene

Click on the post for an article by Gov. Mark Dayton in the Mpls Star Tribune---not a plane in the sky except for the ones headed for Trade Center. Where was the US military...a question not answered even to this day.

Finance: 9-6-2007: The New Hotel

Discussion and motion to recommend development agreement with Evansville Hotel Group.


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9-2007: Finance: 5 Year Capital Plan

Finance Committee discusses the adoption of the five-year capital plan--2008---2012


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The Mysteries of 911: How did that big airplane fit into that tiny hole in the Pentagon?

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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

I and E Club Meets Wed. Sept 14: Social Media is the Focus

Greetings

Come to Creekside Place next Wednesday, Sept. 14, for a great session on social media. Refreshments (sponsored by Anonymous!) will be served, and Creekside Place will host a cash bar. It will be great to see you next week Wednesday.
Sue


What Can Social Media Do For You?



A social media strategist with national client experience leads the program Wednesday, Sept.14, for the Evansville Area Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club.



Genia Stevens is the social media instructor at Social Media Academy-Beloit, where participants learn hands-on, tactical strategies. Clients she has helped range from solo practitioners to T.G.I. Friday’s. Steven’s list of clients includes several area businesses in Evansville.



For the I&E Club presentation, “How Small Businesses Can Successfully Use Social Media to Build a Better Brand,” Stevens will focus on three points:

Using social media to connect and engage with customers
Turning customers into brand ambassadors
Using social media to nurture the relationship between your brand and your ambassadors.


Everyone is encouraged and invited to attend this free meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. The meeting will be hosted at Creekside Place, 102 Maple St., Evansville. Refreshments will be offered, sponsored by a long-time area entrepreneur, business person and mentor who chooses to be anonymous. Plan to attend the meeting not only to gain great tips from Stevens but also to network, trade advice, and perhaps identify the mystery sponsor!



Meeting sponsorships and donations matter, because they enable the club to keep the meetings free and open to everyone. For more information about I&E club, contact Sue Berg at 608-882-0986 or suebergsolutions@gmail.com, or John Gishnock III at 608-314-6656 or john.g@formecology.com. Or visit www.linkedin.com and look for the name “Evansville Area Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club” under “groups.”

Audio: Ace Hardware CSM: Swamp deliberations

Audio; Evansville Plan Commission: Sept 6, 2011; Continuing discussions on the saga of the pond near the Ace Hardware and how to separate it off and convey it to the city.


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Audio: Evansville Plan: Land Divison for homes on Bullard R

Audio: Evansville Plan Commission; Tuesday, September 6, 2011; Approves land division in Extraterritorial area for homes on Bullard Rd.


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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Wednesday is Historic day for Siting Law in Wisconsin: Gazette

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Audio: Evansville Plan: 119 E Main St Rezone

Audio; Full Discussion of Application to Rezone 119 E Main St from B2 to B3 and allow auto repair business in location of old Auto Transformer.


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Monday, August 29, 2011

Eager Library Board of Trustees Meets August 30th

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The Dying Heart of America: A true Story

Two weeks ago on the 15th of August I was preparing to go fishing---and looking at the stock market and the charts of the Standard and Poors 500. My wife had taken the day off, and I was showing her the chart of the S&P that had a huge "W" in it, with the wild swings of the prior month.

She said:" That looks like a dying heart. " What is the "W" supposed to mean. I responded that the "W" was a danger sign and that the right shoulder could either go up or if it did not hold, it means a plunge.

She said that the wild swings resembled ventricular tach and that there would be a move to shock the heart if this was a medical case. Then she said---"It's time to sell."

After a couple of weeks away fishing, I have to admit I have witnessed what I call the "Unravelling"----Whether it is politics, family, finances, investments, employment or just business in general, there has been an unravelling of an onion so to speak, and there is nothing but pain. And with the new "Austerity" it has just begun.

Audio: Evansville Planning Commission Review of 119 East Main: Dejavu: Will feature Location, Hazards, Enforcement problems of the past:

Click on the audio below to listen in to the discussion in August of the preliminary discussion of reusing the site of the old Auto Transformer site at 119 East Main St for a auto body and repair operation.

It appears that the applicant is qualified and competent and I expect no questions about the sincerity or ability of the applicant. However, if you review all the other auto operations in Evansville, and for that matter in any city, you will see at least 10 parking spots that customers need, first to tow their vehicle to await repair, and for customers visiting the facility for estimates etc. The lack of parking in the 119 East Main location has been a prior enforcement sore point as cars have spilled over to interfere with neighbors etc. Typically the conditional use permit has been a poor mechanism in the renewal for enforcement of agreed conduct, and it has been a nightmare for local officials in enforcement and avoidance of complaints.

In the matter of hazards---some time ago I visited with an auto body shop out of town, and questioned if they would consider moving to Evansville. I mentioned that I had once worked in a paint spray line for Whirlpoor when I was 21....so years ago....He smiled and replied that there is nothing nostalgic about paint spray operations, and the new safety requirements are not the old days. He said a new auto body shop could cost a million to construct and equip with all the modern equipment.

Thus, if the thought is to "grandfather in" the safety requirements at 119 to the "old days", this would not be acceptable once the neighbors considered what the impact could be.

Thus----I hope the City of Evansville can suggest some site for this applicant that would be affordable and work for them. They have a dream for a business in Evansville, and I think it is best that it not turn into a nightmare by having it at the wrong location. I hope to have video and audio for the meeting....Stay tuned.



Audio: Unedited: Preliminary discussion to rezone 119 East Main St ( Old Auto Transformer site) from B-2 Central Business District to B3 Community Business District.


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Monday, August 15, 2011

OpEd: Bachmann Knows Waterloo: Would Take USA there.

Certainly was interesting watching the news from the Iowa Straw Poll. Michelle Bachmann said she was proud to oppose the recent debt agreement and was still firmly for a default---nice.

Her supporters in Iowa loved her.

She grew up in Waterloo, and indeed she has the capacity to take all of America to its Waterloo. Stay tuned.

Evansville Municipal Court: July 2011

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Evansville High Junior Prom Court Pt II

2nd part of 2 of Evansville High School Junior Prom Court, May 12, 2007, plus presentation of Queen and King.

Wall Street Wild Sends Chills to Pension Funds and Employees Future: Yahoo

The failure to reform Wall Street could be deadly for the future of pension funds and those who plan on retiring someday. Click on the post for the story in yahoo Finance.