Sunday, December 30, 2007

Champagne Dreams

I have seen that some of my readership may suffer from what Jeff Foxworthy calls, "A glorious lack of sophistication." This may lead to some confusion when confronted with the choice of a fine wine with which to celebrate the New Year.

I offer these tips.

All Champagnes are sparkling wines, but sparkling wines are never
Champagne unless they are produced in the french region of Champagne.
If your Mogen David has started to show bubbles you have left it on the cellar steps too long. Buy another gallon.

Born in the most northern appellation in France, the region of Champagne
makes wines that are the product of a chalky soil and an austere climate.
The other grapes refer to these as "thug grapes," because of the neighborhood from which they come.

While Champagne’s early wines occasionally developed a momentary bubble,
they were essentially still wines until the 17th century when the cork was
introduced, a contribution usually credited to a Benedictine monk named Dom
Perignon. Only then was it possible to keep the magical bubble in the
Due to a worldwide natural cork shortage some bottlers now use a plastic stopper. Truly fine sparkling wines never have screw tops and a straw for you to "Bubble it yourself."
The grapes that make this glorious wine are the white Chardonnay and two
black grapes – Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, with the later used primarily in
Much like Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. Black and white combine to make a product that is predominantly white.
After the new cuvée is completed, it is bottled with a very small amount of
sugar and yeast dissolved in wine and called the liqueur de tirage. This
solution is responsible for starting the next major step in Champagne making –
the second (secondary) fermentation.
Secondary fermentation will also occur in your cousin, Ray-Ray about 10:30 Monday night. Someone should be assigned to keep him away from the crab dip, the liquor cabinet and your wife's friend Wanda.
Still a wine, the bottles are stored in the cellars for at least one year
and often longer. At the end of that time, the wine has undergone its secondary
fermentation. The bubbles are in the bottles, but so is the sediment, which the
fermentation has deposited. To remove the French have developed a slick way to
remove it. The bottles are placed in a pupitre, or also known as riddling rack,
with their necks slightly downward. Each day skilled workmen twist the bottles
and tilt it farther down to force the sediment into the neck next to the cork.
This process is called the remuage. When all the sediment has been worked into
the neck, the wine is ready for its dégorgement. In modern facilities this
delicate operation is made with robots. (riddling machines),
computer-controlled, reproduce the meticulous work of the riddler.
Heath Ledger has been chosen to do the job of The Joker and Dick Cheney has taken on the role of The Penguin.

Sweetness of Champagne

The amount of sugar to be added to each type of Champagne is determined by the individual Champagne maker. Generally, however, the standards are not so very different and the designation on Champagne’s label will help you to know how sweet or dry it is.

1. Brut is usually the best choice for an apéritif; it contains almost no sugar.

2. Extra Sec or Extra Dry, despite the name, is very slightly sweet.

3. Sec, which means dry in French, actually refers to a fairly sweet wine in Champagne terminology.

4. Demi-sec and Doux are both very sweet and excellent choices for a dessert wine. They are rarely shipped to North America.

To recap:
"Brut" on the label is okay. "Bluto" on your label is generally bad.
"Extra Dry" Means "Not Dry"
"Sec" is sweet. Sex is Sweeeeeet!
Demi-sec is reserved for Ashton Kutcher.
All Champagne should be served chilled in a tulip-shaped or all-purpose
glass rather than a wide, shallow saucer-shaped one, which dissipates the
bubbles too quickly.
The old movies were wrong. Get over it and use those glasses for an appletini or something.
To open, wrap a towel or napkin around the bottle to keep the cork from
flying out and causing injury. Hold the bottle at a 45-degree angle, remove the
wire, grasp the cork firmly and turn the bottle working the cork out slowly,
with a whisper, not a bang. You lose fewer bubbles that way. And bubbles, after
all, is what Champagne is all about. Once the cork is removed, take off the
towel. No wine or Champagne should be served wrapped in a towel.
Never give the bottles to someone who is likely to holler, "Hey! Watch this!" before pulling the cork. Ray-Ray should not be allowed to toast the crowd wrapped in a towel, either.

A few more tips from the old grumps.

Beware of cheap imitations. If the words "Reconstituted," "From Concentrate," or "Now With Extra Pulp," appear on the label you should probably take a pass.

No truly great Champagne costs less than $25 a case, even if it says "Premium" on the carton.

Box wine may be okay for that Chardonnay your sister-in-law Darlene has been swilling all night but Champagne in a box is just vinegar waiting to happen.

Cheap Champagne or fine; kiss someone you love at Midnight and make a wish. Designate a driver. Have the happiest of New Years. I'll see you on the other side.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Pants On Fire, Indeed

Congratulations to Greg Peck for telling the best whopper of the year. Well, anyway, the best intentional, publicly-acknowledged, for publication, accompanied by a dollar whopper of the year.
A man with a stellar name, Greg Peck of Janesville, is this year’s
contest winner, which will bring him a grand prize of notoriety and a parchment

Peck’s one-liner involved theWisconsin River, which he said “was so low
this year that the local government started taxing us for more property on our
riverfront lot.”

There were six honorable mention runners-up, including two Racine
County residents.

Also, congratulations to Racine County for two honorable mentions. We always knew that there were some almost-as-good liars over there.

Just for the record, I did not submit an entry this year. That deadline sneaks up on me sometimes.

Saw The Line. Touched The Line. Crossed The Line

Oconomowoc Town Chair Robert Hultquist was doing okay when he sent his annual newsletter pggybacked on the yearly tax bill. He was probably on safe ground to praise his fellow Town Board members for the work they had done in the past year.

However, there is a bright line that says you cannot solicit or endorse on the taxpayers' dime. Once Hultquist started to tell folks for whom to vote he crossed that line.
In the last paragraph of the letter, Hultquist wrote:
"I will therefore not only be endorsing and supporting Jan and John in their efforts for re-election, but I also ask that you do the same and cast your vote for both of
them in our April 2008 election. Our present Board of Supervisors is truly a
good one!"

Friday, December 28, 2007

Protecting Us From Bad Sermons

Gun permit? Check

Religious service? Check

Safety on? "I thought so"

Holster secure? Not so much

Three shot. Mistaken identity hilarity ensues.

Reckless youth. Heh!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Passing Along An Invitation For Tonight

You're Invited!
Friends of the Evansville Community/Senior Center
extend an invitation to all to come for an informal
Meet and Greet
December 27, 2007
5-7 PM
Evansville Country Club
View proposed plans for the Community/Senior Center
Meet and Greet
  • Architect Dean Schulz of Excel Architects
  • Consultants Boris Frank and Brad and Ginny Gilbert
  • Donor Liaison Kent Knutson of Edwards Jones
  • Contractor Steve Knudson of Magill Construction

Bring your questions for our experts to answer.

Free hors d'oeuvres, Cash Bar

Contact Janis Ringhand; Interim Executive Director


Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Thank You

Thank you, Sylvia and Steve. You've made a lot of people happy again this year.

A Platform For Confrontation, Controversies And A Channel Of Insults And Misinformation

Strangely enough, not WTMJ.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services (MIBS) has banned
Radio Lyambai in Mongu from broadcasting call-in programmes.

In a letter sent to the station dated 30 November 2007, Juliana Mwila,
the ministry's director of press and planning, said the programmes had to stop
while the station was under investigation. According to Mwila, the station was
under investigation for allegedly having failed to handle calls professionally, which resulted in the station "becoming a platform for confrontation,
controversies and a channel of insults and misinformation."

Mwila called on the station to disseminate information in a balanced
manner and to behave ethically.

How Dry Is It?

Passed along by Richard Russell

It's so dry in Georgia that:

The Baptists are starting to baptize by sprinkling;

The Methodists are using wet-wipes,

The Presbyterians are giving out rain-checks, and

The Catholics are praying for the wine to turn back into water.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Good Grief!

Re-Rate Doesn't Rate In Janesville

Big truck demand is dropping and they are re-rating the line again. If I'm remembering right that should have them down around 45 per hour.

Not good news.

And now Navistar is in the mix somehow for the medium-duty line. And the Isuzu line is laying off.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Glad It Ain't Me

Boy, I'm glad I didn't just sink a bundle into a business that's moving into a tough time.

Oh, and isn't Outback a competitor?

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Gotta Wonder

Will she accuse Brad of runnning a Liberal Hate Site next?

Coexist. For Four Minutes It Won't Hurt You

My Take, Take Two

If Mike Huckabee wants to spend his campaign money to wish voters a Merry Christmas there is nothing to stop him.

If he wants to appeal, subliminally or overtly, to Christian voters there is no reason he shouldn't.

Unless and until he says that he's the best qualified simply because of his faith or that it should be the single deciding factor there is no good compelling reason to tell him to knock it off.

Find something else to be upset about. There's plenty out there.

My Take

You can be for or against the Bible, or a single religion or multiples thereof. You do not have the right to be a disruptive ass.

The sooner you learn that, kid, the better off you'll be.

Freedom of Speech is not the same as license to be a putz.

Our Deepest Sympathies

The Stateline has lost a great friend.

From the Gazette: Billionaire Hendricks dies after fall.

The ABC statement.
"This is an enormous tragedy and a great loss to the family,
associates, and the community. Right now, we are focused on working through the initial impact of this tragedy with primary focus on the Hendricks family, as we keep them in our hearts, thoughts and prayers."

Okay, Now That's Funny

Dad29 shows us what it's like when Caroling With the Disturbed.

You Gotta Hate That

Tancredo does the hard work of dropping out of the race, swallows his pride to endorse Willard and still doesn't get the picture on the story.

G'bye Tom. We hardly knew ye. No. Really. We hardly knew ye.

Thursday, December 20, 2007


It looks like four one-candidate alder races in April and a one candidate mayoral race as well.

According to city clerk Judy Walton, the election looks like this so
far based on papers that have been filed:

--Mayor Sandy Decker, 143 W. Main St., will seek a second two-year term.

--First district alderman and council president Mason Braunschweig, 590 W. Main St., will seek a second two-year term.

--Fourth district alderman John Sornson, 249 Franklin St., will seek reelection for a two-year term.

--Former mayor and alderwoman Janis Ringhand, 412 Fowler Circle, will run for the second district seat. Current second district alderman Fred Juergens, 401 Badger Drive, has not filed papers yet, but he said he won't seek reelection.

--Third district alderman Tony Wyse, 112 Grove St., has not filed papers yet, but said he plans to seek office again.

--Judge Thomas Alisankus will seek reelection for a four-year term.

Candidates must file papers with Walton by 5 p.m. on Jan. 2 at city
hall, 31 S. Madison St.

I talked with Heidi Carvin last week and we may have only one candidate for the three open seats on the School Board as well. Not so very auspicious is it?

Add to that the fact that Steve Eager isn't running for re-election to District 1 Supervisor and there may not be a need for any candidate forums in the Spring.

Update: It looks as if Karen Aikman will be making a run for her former seat in the 3rd District against Tony Wyse.

Update 2: Janis Ringhand will be busy this Spring running for the Supervisor seat vacated by Steve Eager as well as for 2nd District Alder.

Supervisor Needed

From The Gazette comes a release from the County Board Chair:

Evansville area resident needed on county board

If you want to be a supervisor on the Rock County Board, here's your chance.
A press release from the county:

Richard K. Ott, Chair of the Rock County Board of Supervisors, is seeking persons interested in filling the vacancy in Supervisory District 1, formerly represented by Steve Eager.

District 1 includes the City of Evansville and Ward 1 in the Town of Union. Town of Union Ward 1 covers the area to the south and west of Highway 14, as well as an area between Highway 14 and Cemetery Road, south of Bullard Road. In addition, Ward 1 includes an area to the east of Highway 14 bounded by the Dane County line, Highway 59, and Franklin Road.

State statutes provide that the county board chair, with the confirmation of the county board, is to appoint a person who is a qualified elector and resident of the supervisory district to fill the vacancy. The person appointed will serve the unexpired term until the April 2008 election.

Chair Ott asks that individuals interested in being considered for appointment send him a letter listing their qualifications and expressing why they want to be a County Board Supervisor.

Letters should be sent to:
Richard K. Ott, Chair County Board of Supervisors Rock County Courthouse 51 S. Main Street Janesville, WI 53545

Deadline for submittal of letters is 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, 2008.

Don't Hide Your Light Under A Bushel

It's time to cut loose! Time to rock out! Time for HANDBELL HERO!

C'mon, Charlie! Hire A Ghost Who Can Spell.

Sometimes even those Pulitzer Prize nominees need to be reminded. The rule for words ending in "Y" is to drop the "y" and add "ies" when making a plural.

By Charlie Sykes
Story Created: Dec 20, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Even Google Has Its Limits

Some poor soul has wound up on my site twice today because they were searching for "fat lady in hot tub." I'd feel sorry for them but this ain't that kind of blog.

However, if you follow the link that comes up you wind up here. All of that leads me to wonder* if it's Scooter himself doing this search or if it's JBvH. The question remains. Why didn't Scooter plead? He was never that bad a judge of his chances before.

(*Hey, if Frau Bucher can wonder if sundry and various local bloggers are Leo Burt, I can do a little wondering, too.)

Seasonal Disturbance

Campus Police were called to the Memorial Union yesterday to break up a scuffle in the lobby following a Chess Club meeting. Several of the students were bragging about their respective proficiency and a shoving match broke out in the entryway by the news stand.

The police report that it was just another case of Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.

I apologize. I really do.

The Things You Never Expect To Read

Brittney's little sister is preggers. That? I expected, sort of.

She's keeping the baby. That? I expected

Mom's Christian Parenting book is delayed? That's to be expected.

Not with the boyfriend anymore? I expected that.

"Jamie Lynn plans to raise the baby in her home state of Louisiana "so it can have a normal family life."" Man, I never saw that coming.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Hot New Tech Site

Just in time for Christmas giving. Etch-A-Sketch Technical Support

The Hall of Fame

The Worst Terror Plot Ever! No. Really. C'mon, No Kidding.

Remember when this was a big story? We were supposed to run in circles and genuflect toward Dick Cheney's man-sized safe, for he is the only one to keep us safe.

How did that all turn out? Oh, yeah. One acquittal, six mistrials. Nevermind.

Life Is Fragile

Hold it gently in your hand. Burnish it to a warm glow. Cherish any moment you can share with another.

Cincture of Protection
I weave the cinture of protection
from the nine threads of life:
Peace of mind
Truth of speech,
Timeliness of action
Success of deed,
Prosperity of work.
Health of body,
Courage of spirit,
Compassion of heart,
Wisdom of soul.
These nine threads be my belt wherever I walk

From Celtic Devotional,
Caitlin Matthews

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Naughty List

Nobody is surprised that Jose Canseco is on Mitchell's List. No one is surprised that Ozzie Canseco isn't.

Slammer weighs in on Gagne on another post.

Eleven past and present Brewers? And yet Selig continues his denials. Frankly, I'm speptical.

I think the biggest surpise is Turnbow. I thought these were called performance enhancing drugs.

Now they've announced that Madonna is headed for the Hall of Fame but she's not on the list. I'd have bet money on that one.

Distressing News

Fans of Terry Pratchett know him as a pointedly funny writer who is truly prolific. Now he's facing a challenge that few will face, a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's. His message to fans shows that his humor is still intact. It ends:
PS I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that
this should be interpreted as 'I am not dead'. I will, of course, be dead
at some future point, as will everybody else. For me, this maybe further
off than you think - it's too soon to tell.I know it's a very human thing to say
"Is there anything I can do", but in this case I would only entertain offers from
very high-end experts in brain chemistry.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Take A Minute. Take A Walk.

Go ahead. Put on your boots and take a quick walk to the other side of the street. Turn back to look at your house.

See the fond memories wafting up from its roof? Feel the warmth of all you've done there, all you've saved there, all you've shared there?

Now remember that it would take a fire fewer than ten minutes to take it all away and that a fire can double in size every minute. That means that in the five minutes it might take your local VFD to dig out the hydrant the fire will have grown by 32 times the size it might have been if you'd taken the time to help a neighbor do the job now.

For yourself and for your community...dig out the hydrants now.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Whadda'ya Think?

43 saves for the year or 60 Day DL by May 10th?

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Unfortunate URLs

You should have someone else look at that before you send your check to the hosting company.

h/t The Chief (New on the blogroll)

It's Possible To Be Absolutely Correct and Still Not Have It Taken Well

Paul's use of an idiom is taking away from his message. A bike rider on an uncleared road is a hazard, to themselves and to others. Quite possibly they are well-intentioned but they are still a hazard.

To the bike riders in this week's storm and to Paul I offer the axiom.

No matter how good your cause nor how pure your heart, some days the dragon is going to win.

Friday, December 07, 2007

It's Not...

It's not how much a man makes that his worth is measured against. It's not how much he hoards or spends. You measure the worth of someone to society by how much they give back.

Thank you, Brett.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

I Can't Believe We Missed It

Some of you already know that a commenter, James Buss, on Owen Robinson's blog, Boots and Sabers, was arrested after making immoderate comments that were perceived as viable threats against teachers.

I'm still torn over whether Owen did the right thing or not. It would be easy to make a case on either side and a lot of folks have been. I'm not sure how I feel about his actions although I'm fairly certain that I'd roll over just as easily as he did. It just feels a little icky to give someone else up that smoothly, though. I mean, Peter is quoting Rev Niemoller in defense of tater chips and Owen is giving the "Ole" swoosh of his cape for free, political speech.

That Buss was wandering around out on the fringe of rational thought seems to be a safe conclusion. Even Frank Lasee only wants the teachers to be able to do the shooting in our schools. There are those making a lot out of Buss' service as a Union officer and trying to make him out to be some sort of mole for the Left (whoever they are.) They even point out that Buss tried to make his post look as if it came from a conservative by inserting misspellings and bad grammar. (We knew it wasn't true because he hadn't capitalized enough words to be a true righty-nutbar.)

In all of this no one pointed out that he may have been a true self-loathing conservative. Goodness knows there are enough of those running around right now. (Don't anybody read that to say that all conservatives hate themselves. That's not what I said and you know it.) You've got family values types out having gay sex. You have Evangelicals swallowing hard to endorse a pro-abortion, anti-gun serial adulterer. And, locally, you have our own easiest target, a journalist who hates what reporters do, a small-government, anti-teacher government-paid teacher who rails against the excesses of the trial lawyers while sharing a household with one who (some say) is one of the state's most powerful trial lawyers. There's the textbook definition of "internally conflicted."

So, that's a lot more words on top of a bunch already written. Most of mine don't add a whole lot but they did help me work through my thoughts and that's what this blog started out to be. But there is one thing that I think I can add that everyone seems to have missed. These things always endure longest when they have a catchy title or handle. We remember Teapot Dome and Watergate and Whitewater while a thousand smaller scandals have fallen by the wayside. So that the object lessons of this little escapade are not forgotten I propose that we christen it with a snappy moniker all its own:

"The Tale of Buss and Boots"

Sunday, December 02, 2007

And A Child Shall Lead Them

The NYT tells us why a candidate shouldn't rush to tell someone what he thinks they want to hear.

“Who is your favorite author?” Aleya Deatsch, 7, of West Des Moines
asked Mr. Huckabee in one of those posing-like-a-shopping-mall-Santa

Mr. Huckabee paused, then said his favorite author was Dr.

In an interview afterward with the news media, Aleya said she was
somewhat surprised. She thought the candidate would be reading at a higher

“My favorite author is C. S. Lewis,” she said.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Our Sympathies

May the Lesnick's somehow find peace.


On the median strip of Park St in Madison.

A shopping cart chained to a signpost with a Krytonite U-Bolt lock.

Somebody must really like that cart

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Constitutional Law Explained (Sec MMCCIV)

Um, sorry. No. There is no "Right to watch the Packer game on basic cable."

Take it up with Mr Jefferson.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

I Felt Your Pain

Oh, yes. I did feel the horrors of Black Friday personally yesterday. Normally I just sit back out of the foolishness and avoid the crowds of frothing consumerism but I felt the call and ventured out to spend my coin.

I couldn't belive the throng and the wait. I went to the lumber yard and there was another customer there. During deer season! I'll bet I had to wait nearly 20 seconds to check out.

I was so shaken I had to stop at the Night Owl for a cold Newcastle.

As the ivory hunter, Mr Kurtz, once said,"The horror. The horror."

Friday, November 23, 2007

What's The Difference?

I need to know.

What's the difference between Jennifer Morales proposing to grant full benefit packages to all domestic partners of MPS employees (which seems to be sparking a snit in some corners) and Bill Kramer voting to give his personal domestic partner of the moment her very own personal raise?

Historic Gas Stations?

Well, Heck yah!

Houston (h/t to The Sloane Gallery)

Winston-Salem (a true one-of-a-kind)

Janesville? (And don't you love the idea to turn it into a coffee/donut shop?)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Passing On A Request

From The Red Cross


We need all blood types this holiday week but we have a special need for blood for premature babies.

If you are:
Type AB +
Type AB -
Have not taken aspirin within the last 48 hours of donation

Please make an effort to donate this week or next week.

Your blood donation could save the life of a young patient and make their family very appreciative of your gift.

Thank you and we appreciate the OAW clubs that are sponsoring blood drives.

Um. No.

I'm sorry. You're in prison. Put that thing away.

Yes, I know it's difficult. Yes, I know it's a hardship. It's one of the things you give up when you go to prison.

Where It Is Due

Over the last few weeks Nick has written some of his best writing and some of the best in the Cheddarsphere. I don't always agree with him but I do recognize good work.

Whether he's writing about personal benefits, tasers, or Ron Paul he's been at the top of his game. His explanation of the difference between precision and accuracy is not to be missed.

Maybe, Just Maybe

I'd like to believe that this will address everyone's concerns about stem cells but it sounds as if there are problems. From viral catalysts to cancerous results it's still a long way from replacing the viable science we have in place.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Wisconsin State Journal Hires Sherlock Holmes

Why didn't somebody say this before the bill was passed?
Cable bill may not be boon to consumers
Oh, wait. You say someone did but the paper kept their yap shut while AT&T wrote, bought and paid for the bill.
Supporters of a statewide cable competition bill, including
telecommunications giant AT&T, have been saying for more than a year that
the measure will offer Wisconsin consumers more television choices and lower
But when competition will actually arrive in the Madison area -- or
your neighborhood -- is anyone 's guess.
AT&T and other companies aren 't saying if or when they would start competing for TV customers in the Madison area with cable giant Charter Communications, if the bill is signed by Gov. Jim Doyle next month as expected.
And yet, they see falling readership. I wonder why that is?

Fun With Visual Metaphors

Saturday, November 17, 2007

I Can Second That

From Brett Davis' Newsletter

Enjoy A Safe Hunting Season!

This weekend I will join the many sportsmen & sportswomen across Wisconsin in opening weekend of gun deer hunting season. Starting this Saturday, November 17, the 9 day hunting season is something that I and numerous other hunters look forward to every year, and this year is no exception with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) estimating between 1.6 million and 1.8 million deer available for the hunt. Excitement and precision await Wisconsin’s hunters as we continue this great tradition.

Even non-hunters in Wisconsin benefit from the season. Every year Wisconsin businesses enjoy a $1 billion dollar economic boost from the season including a $535 million boost in retail activity.
But this tradition comes with responsibility, as a safety-first approach is extremely important. The Wisconsin DNR provides useful hunting tips for safety including the TAB-K abbreviation:

T = Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
A = Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
B = Be certain of your target and what’s beyond it.
K = Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.

For additional information regarding the hunting season including Regulations, Earn-a-Buck Info, Tag information, Deer Density Maps, and the 2007 deer hunting regulations can be found at

Friday, November 16, 2007

And I Know Who The MC Will Be

ECT Presents “Christmas in the Grove

Have you got the holiday doldrums? Has the spirit of Christmas not hit you yet?

Well then it is time to get out of the house and come see our holiday show. We will be featuring several people from the community that enjoy singing, laughing, and entertaining.

We will also be featuring our aspiring chef Tyler Franklin as he makes appetizers for the show on Friday (December 7th @ 6:30 p.m.) and Saturday December 8th @ 6:30 p.m.) Tyler will also be using his culinary skills in preparing desserts for the (December 9th at 2:00 p.m.)

We plan to make this an annual event and fundraiser to help encourage others to come and share their gifts and talents. The tickets to the show which will be held at the Masonic Temple on Main Street are $15.00.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Tom Beaver or Melissa Schnepper.

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas!!

Tom Beaver 295-1483

Melissa Schnepper 882-4523

The Gazette Has the Schedule For The Celebration On The Bricks

Evansville will have a celebration Friday and Saturday in downtown to mark the opening of its Main Street makeover and the beginning of the holiday season.


3 p.m. Ribbon cutting and cake, sponsored by city of Evansville

3 p.m. Evansville Community School District’s marching band

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Treats and historical tour at Eager Free Public Library

4 to 7 p.m. Carriage rides, sponsored by Evansville Chamber of Commerce

4:30 p.m. Third- and fourth-grade drum and xylophone ensemble at Eager Building

6 p.m. Kris Adams performs Indie, folk and folk rock at Real Coffee, sponsored by Evansville Community Partnership


10 a.m. to noon Santa arrives on fire truck at Grange Mall, sponsored by Chamber of Commerce

10 a.m. Kids’ activities at the old Dollar Land, 26 W. Main St.

1 p.m. Band “Undercover” performs at the Eager Building. Part of East Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic to allow people to carryout beer or wine from local businesses to visit other businesses and to listen to bands. Sponsored by Evansville Community Partnership.

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. School choir carols along Main Street and at local businesses.

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. “The Blue Olives” perform at the Eager Building, sponsored by Evansville Community Partnership.

7 p.m. East Main Street reopens to vehicle traffic.

8 p.m. at La Trattoria, 1 W. Main Street, band “Saboroso” playing scola de samba or School of Samba.

Don't You Wish That This Was A Surprise?

Barry Bonds indicted for perjury and obstruction.

Who does he think he is, Alberto Gonzales?

Fred has the indictment.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Memo From City Administrator To Council re: North Prairie Productions Project Suspension

November 13, 2007
To: Common Council
From: Dan Wietecha, City Administrator
Re: Effect of NPP Suspension

In spring 2007, City bonds and loans were issued totaling $4,065,000 to support biodiesel and associated infrastructure improvements. Approximately $1,710,000 of this is improvements benefiting neighboring properties and will be assessed accordingly; much of this property is not currently in the city so the assessments will be deferred until future annexation and/or development. Net result is $2,355,000 to directly support biodiesel; the full amount of which is expected to be financed through TIF and state grants.

The TIF assistance is scheduled to be paid during construction rather than all up front. The City has limited expenditures for the biodiesel facility to the following amounts:
$330,000 County Road M improvements specifically benefiting NPP site.
$ 80,000 Electric service and transformer for NPP site.
$ 60,000 Legal, engineering, and fiscal costs for development agreement.
$470,000 TOTAL approximate expenditures to date.

All costs are TIF eligible, meaning the collection of future tax increments may be used to satisfy any debts associated with the costs. This assumes that the project proceeds and will generate increment.

The Development Agreement requires construction of the biodiesel facility by January 1, 2009, and the TIF projections are based on this date.The Development Agreement also contains a guarantee that in any year that an insufficient amount of increment is generated (including the possibility of no increment), then NPP will pay the shortfall.So between the TIF and the guarantee, the City’s expenditures are contractually covered. As long as NPP meets it guarantee, the City will not need to levy taxes against other residents and businesses to service the TIF debt supporting the project.

The City has received $250,000 in CDBG-PFED and TEA grants from the state. These require construction of the biodiesel facility and creation of 25 jobs by December 31, 2008. The state may require repayment or penalties for not creating 25 jobs; any required repayment or penalty is passed on to NPP in the Development Agreement. The City has not taken any of the grant money and has notified the Department of Commerce that it does not intend to draw funds with the project on hold. If the project does not proceed, this may cause a $250,000 cash flow problem for the City in spring 2008; this may reduce the amount of TIF provided as a development incentive to NPP.

Additional safeguards:
The TIF projections are conservatively based on $10 million in taxable equalized value; whereas, actual value after construction will more likely run $14-16 million. This means that (when completed) the facility should generate roughly 40-60% more increment than needed to make the projections.3

The $2.3 million in TIF depends on revenues projected through 2027. A delay does not lengthen the end date; it simply reduces the time frame for collecting revenues. The longer the delay, the less TIF support for the project.

The $330,000 in County Road M improvements may be levied as a special assessment against the NPP property. This would provide an additional degree of protection for the City in the event the delay is lengthy, the project folded altogether, or it were impossible to collect on the guarantee that NPP cover any shortfall in the anticipated increment.Development Agreement requires NPP to cover any repayment or penalties that may be imposed under the two state grants.

Development Agreement requires Landmark to pay taxes to Town of Union over next five years (total $36,000) if not covered by TIF.

Next Steps:
City meeting with representatives of North Prairie Productions and Landmark Service Cooperative anticipated within the next week to review Development Agreement and obligations therein.

Negotiate project extension for state grants beyond December 31, 2008.

Run TIF projections based on delay; consider revisions to Development Agreement to ensure progress of project without jeopardizing the City.

Consider impacts of additional development (crushing facility) on TID #7.

Caption This- Classics Edition

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

You Can Tell Me It's Not Disguting. I Won't Believe You

Stuffed-crust pizza in a world gone mad. 646 calories per slice. Surprise! It's from Pizza Hut in Japan.
Pizza Hut Japan's exclusive Double Roll pie is 646 calories per slice, with
little bacon wrapped sausages littered across the crust, and mini hamburger
patties on top of the mushrooms, soy beans, corn, paprika, garlic chips, green
peppers, and pepperoni. As for cheese, it has mozzarella, cheddar and

Monday, November 12, 2007

In The Words Of Henry Higgins' Mother

My, what an unpleasant surprise.

Brenda Has A Suggestion

Don't go quietly.

She has the Governor's contact information, too.

Tell Your Kids and Grandkids

From Senator Erpenbach's newsletter

State Park Sticker Design Contest:

State Park and Forest vehicle admission stickers are designed by high school students chosen in a statewide contest. Entries are now being accepted for the 2009 Vehicle Admission Sticker Design Contest.

The entry deadline is March 31, 2008.The design contest, sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is open to all high school age students attending public, private, or parochial schools in Wisconsin. The design must be the artist's own original creation and not copied or duplicated from previously published art, including photographs. For more information, ask Sabrina Tolley, (608) 266-2181.

Weekend Leftovers

Dear Bob Griese,

The name of our state is not Wescahnsin. The name of our neighboring state is not Ellehnoy. In both cases, however, you pronounced "upset" perfectly.

Dear "You Know Who"

In the words of someone you inexplicably respect; You're offended? So what? Get over it.

Thank you

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Discussion Is Hardly New

From the author's BA in Journalism thesis.

In discussing the community standards it might be well to mention the fact that even though Evansville has had a fairly large class of intoxicating liquor users, the saloon has always been voted down. This fact proves that even the “drinking public” has been willing to maintain the high community standard even at its own expense.
The City Dance Hall Inspector, who assumes his duties at all public dances, is another agency existing to maintain ethical control. The WCTU, as in all cities, is active in accomplishing its purposes while the local newspaper, through its editorial columns, attempts to control the community according to good ethical principles.

-Wm B Antes 1927

Friday, November 09, 2007

The League of Women Voters of Beloit Studies Immigration Issues

The League of Women Voters of Beloit will be having an informal discussion about immigration issues on Wednesday, November 14th at 7PM at the Beloit Public Library.

League members will be presenting information outlined by the national League of Women Voters.

The main areas of study are the current U. S. immigration policy and enforcement, reasons people immigrate, the economic impact that immigration has on the U.S., and the cultural diversity that immigration brings.

The meeting is open to the public.

The Wizard Gets His Due

Buddy Melges is headed for the Hall Of Fame.

Zenda’s Harry “Buddy” Melges Jr., a two-time Olympic medal winner in
sailing, is one of six sports figures who will be inducted into the Wisconsin
Athletic Hall of Fame tonight.

Melges won an Olympic gold medal in 1972 and bronze in 1964. He was a
two-time Star world champion (1978, 1979), a three-time 5.5 Meter World Champion (1967, 1973, 1983), a five-time E-Scow National Champion (1965, 1969, 1978, 1979, 1983), a seven-time Skeeter Ice Boat World Champion (1955, 1957, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1980, 1981) and a three-time Yachtsman of the Year.

To cap off his competitive career, he helped steer America3 to a successful defense of the America’s Cup in 1992.

A well-deserved honor for an innovator and Sportsman. The man could commit poetry at the helm of a Skeeter.

Others being inducted are Dick Bennett, Mike Webster, Cecil Cooper, Sen. Herb Kohl and sportsman Fred Miller.

Reading Levels and Foolishness

cash advance

Sean started it.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Overture! Curtain! Lights!

Today may be the day. From the WSJ:
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals is expected to issue a decision today on
former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen 's bid to overturn his 2006 conviction for
misconduct in public office.

Jensen's defense of, "But, Mom. All the other kids were doing it," is not expected to hold much water.
Jensen, once one of the most powerful politicians in Wisconsin, was
convicted in March 2006 of three felonies and a misdemeanor for running an
illegal campaign machine using staff members from the Assembly Republican Caucus and his own Capitol office.

The Waukesha Republican was sentenced to 15 months in prison by
Dane County Circuit Judge Steven Ebert in May 2006. He has been free pending his appeal.

One of the most curious paragraphs ever mars the report, though.
Jensen is among nine lawmakers and staffers -- including former Democratic
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Chvala of Madison -- found guilty of charges
related to illegal campaigning in the Legislature. The scandal was uncovered by
the Wisconsin State Journal in a series of articles beginning in May 2001.

I doubt that Scooter was uncovered in the articles, if you know what I mean.

UPDATE: A technicality over jury instructions wins Scooter a new chance to drag all of the facts of his misdeeds through the Press as run-up for the Wisconsin Primary. Shall we start a pool on the date of the plea bargain?

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

My Flight Was A Challenge Last Night

Please consider for your next trip:


If you are travelin soon, consider Lutran (Lutheran) Air, da no-frills airline.

You're all in da same boat on Lutran Air, where flyin is a upliftin experience. Dere is no first class on any Lutran Air flight.

Meals are potluck.

Rows 1-6, bring rolls; 7-15, bring a salad; 16-21, a main dish, and 22-30, a dessert.

Basses and tenors please sit in da rear of da aircraft.

Everyone is responsible for his or her own baggage. All fares are by free will offering and da plane will not land 'til da budget is met.

Pay attention to your flight attendant, who will acquaint you wit da safety system aboard dis Lutran Air 599.

"Okay den, listen up. I'm only gonna say dis vonce. In da event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, I am frankly going to be real surprised and so vill Captain Olson, because we fly right around two tousand feet, so loss of cabin pressure would probably mean da Second Coming or someting of dat nature, and I wouldn't bodar with doze liddle masks on da rubber tubes. You're gonna have bigger tings to worry about den dat. Just stuff doze back up in dair little holes. Probably da masks fell out because of turbulence which, to be honest wit you, we're going to have quite a bit of at two tousand feet, sort a like driving across a plowed field, but after a while you get used to it.

"In da event of a water landing, I'd say forget it. Start saying da Lord's Prayer and just hope you get to da part about forgive us our sins as we forgive doze who sin against us, which some people say "trespass against us," which isn't right, but what can you do?

"Da use of cell phones on da plane is strictly forbidden, not because day may confuse da plane's navigation system, which is seat of da pants all da way. No, it's because cell phones are a pain in da wazoo, and if God meant you to use a cell phone, He would have put your mout on da side of your head.

"We start lunch right about Noon and it's buffet style with da coffee pot up front. Den we'll have da hymn sing; hymnals are in da seat pocket in front of you. Don't take yours wit you when you go or I am going to be real upset and I am not kiddin!

"Right now I'll say Grace: "Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest and let deze gifts to us be blessed. Fadar, Son, and Holy Ghost, may we land in Dulut or pretty close."

58,256 Remembrances

Each name on the Viet Nam Vetereans' Memorial Wall will be read over the next four days.

My first visit to the Wall was on Monday and I was not prepared for the enormity of the emotion that a stark wall can bring out. More than a list of brothers and sisters forever locked in time, the Wall is a presence in the Here and Now, a stark reminder of what we as a society are doing when we commit our soldiers to a cause.

The Reading of the Names will take place for 65 hours over a four-day
period, during which nearly 2,000 volunteers will read the over 58,000 names
inscribed on The Wall in the order they were taken from us. The first reader
will be Hank Cramer, whose father, Harry Griffith Cramer, died in South Vietnam
in 1957. When The Wall was first dedicated, the names listing began at 1959.
Cramer’s name was added later. It is the second name that will be read on
Nov. 7.

The four days of readings will open with a Nov. 7 ceremony at the Memorial beginning at 3:00 p.m. Gordon Mansfield, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs, will be the keynote speaker.

Wednesday, Nov. 7 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 8 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 9 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Okay. I'm Back.

Five days well spent in Baltimore and Washington.

What did I miss? Anything I should have posted on?

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Maybe I Was Wrong About Mark Bellowing

Maybe he does have a freekin' clue about how government works. His latest headline in the Waukesha Freeman?

Will it ever end?
Taxes keep going up because the majority votes for

Yes, Mark. Majority still rules.

But, then again he thinks that Americans For Tax Reform is an influential group. maybe he does need to get around a little more. Maybe meet some new people. People who don't listen to his show.

Unfortunately For His Consitituents, He May Be Right

From WisOpinion Quotes of the Week
This is probably one of the better decisions I've made as a state
-- Rep. Tom Nelson, D-Kaukauna, on his decision to stage a sit-in in the Assembly chambers until a budget was passed. Nelson spent almost five days in the chamber.

Lessons Learned

Once the World's Stickiest Three-Year-Old's eyes start to bounce in her head like a chihuahua on home-made crank from all of the candy she's had it's time to hand her off to Momma and say, "Grandpa will see you next week, Honey," and then just let her go.

They were dragons. I should have seen the vestigal wings. I apologize for the "lizard" comments.

Kid, you should have realized that the fake fangs would make you say, "Frick or freef," at every door by the third house or so.

Do, Not. Give. Milk Duds. to a three-year-old.
Two words. Caramel drool.

We probably didn't need 300 DumDums.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

No Comment

It seems kindest to say nothing.

Make The Pie Higher

The following is a poem comprised entirely of actual quotes from our president. The quotes were arranged by Post writer Richard Thompson.

MAKE THE PIE HIGHER by George W. Bush:

I think we all agree
The past is over.

This is still a dangerous world.
It's a world of madmen
And uncertainty
And potential mental losses.

Rarely is the question asked
Is our children learning?
Will the highways of the Internet
Become more few?

How many hands Have I shaked?
They misunderestimate me.
I am a pitbull on the pant leg
Of opportunity.

I know that the human being
And the fish Can coexist.

Families is where our nation
Finds hope
Where our wings take dream.

Put food on your family!
Knock down the tollbooth!
Vulcanize Society!
Make the pie higher!

Make the pie higher!

Major league.


There are blogs for the language snobs among us. There is Literally one for every snob "out there."

Oh, yeah. You know who you are.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Mad Skilz

Hurry Back

First and foremost we hope Rep. Gundrum and all of our troops come home safely, sooner rather than later.

But can't you see the film that could be made of his deployment?

Gundrum, an attorney in Waukesha County, will be working in legal areas as a
judge advocate dealing with governance and rule of law issues as well as
mentoring democratic officials.
Imagine the wackiness when ordinary Iraqi citizens face the conservative judge from Wisconsin.

“I have had some great training already in combat, lifesaving and the Arabic
language,” Gundrum said, “But now we will be stepping it up.”

Goofy translation errors abound when a Sunni messenger is caught bringing colored margarine from Karbala.

Lt. Col. Richard Appel, public affairs officer for the unit, explained
exercises at an active post will allow for more tactical training and
team-building activities that are critical for preparing for Iraq.
The first part of the movie takes place at Training Camp in North Carolina where Gunnery Sgt. Denzel leads the unit through 10 grueling hours of Trust Excercises and The Ropes Course.

Channel 3 reports that Gundrum will be helping the Iraqi government with corruption issues. I think the Iraqi government has that issue under control. They need the help with anti-corruption issues.
Finally, from Boots and Sabres:
Gundrum, 37, will be leaving next month for several weeks of training at
Fort Bragg, N.C., and hopes to return to Wisconsin to spend the holidays with
his family including wife, Mary, and their six children before leaving for Iraq
at the end of January.

Why can't these bloggers leave the wives and children out of it? Haven't they suffered enough?

Drawn That Way

Do you really, really love what you do?

This guy does and he shares his love of old animation and drawing with us on two blogs.



If you love the look of theatrical cartoons you owe it to yourself to check these out.

Less Geeky? More Geeky?

The Brunching Shuttlecocks have the Geek Hierarchy Chart posted.

Go find your own self. I'm pretty sure the rest of us don't want to know.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Some Of The World's Best Punchlines

I’m still equally confused, but on a much higher level.

…in an odd number of places.

We know how much,but not what of.


Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it one.

I’m a sex maniac? Who’s got all the dirty pictures?

The court will return $5000 to counsel for the plaintiff, and we’ll try this thing on its merits.

Yes, but I'll be sober in the morning.

If you were my wife, I'd drink it.

I was misinformed.

What you mean we, paleface?

We already know that. Now we're haggling about price.

Relax, Father.

The smartest man in the entire world just jumped out of the plane with my knapsack.

Madam, you flatter yourself. It is hanging out.

Seven ayes, one no. The noes have it.

If it weren't for the honor of the thing, I'd just as soon walk.

That isn't such a shaggy dog.

You mean life isn't a fountain?

Three years for insulting the Party Secretary, and twenty for revealing a state secret.

What God wants, He takes.

You're going to do it over, and over, and over again until you get it right.

They make it up on volume.

That's where the money is.

Yeah, but I'm not lost.

But I never asked anyone how.

Not if you keep your thumbs out of the way.

Assume a can opener.

Compared to what?

... thus reducing it to a previously solved problem.

Sure there is, buddy. But that's the first time anybody asked me for it in the pluperfect subjunctive.

Give him a nickel and tell him to vote Republican.

... the pleasure is fleeting, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.

... and tell you to put the black ten on the red jack.

Seven to four? Comrades!Seven to four is mathematics, not politics.

How do you pick up peanuts with that little thing?

So how do you cause a flood?

They're not eating sardines, they're selling sardines.

Sell? To whom?

Start with a large fortune and follow your broker's advice.

What's posterity ever done for me?

No, it don't conflict with my interest.

I’m shocked – shocked! – to find out that gambling has been going on in this establishment.

It might lead to dancing.

It mattered to that one.

Expansion of Evansville Wildlife Area Imminent

From Senator Erpenbach's electronic newsletter

Department of Natural Resources Planned Purchase in Town of Union:

The Department of Natural Resources has plans to purchase land in the Town of Union in Rock County to expand the Evansville Wildlife Area. The land will be managed for conservation and public recreation and is adjacent to a current wildlife area. Visit the Department of Natural Resources Real Estate Program for more information on conservation purchases.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Enough Heaviness

It's time for a little bloggy fun. We all guessed way too short on Wisopinion's "When will Wisconsin get a new budget" pool. We should have a chance to get right before Christmas comes around.

Add your guess to the comments...When will Scott Suder have to take out the next restraining order against one of his girlfriends?

For bonus points think of a name for an Assembly dating service to keep young Scott from his own mistakes a third time.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Another Union. Another List.

This list of men and women who were grateful for the opportunity to serve is long. I know that. I had almost decided not to post it because the loudmouths who should be ashamed of their language and behavior seem to be impervious to the irony of their own words, much less mine.

But then I saw the name of Jim Jantz on the list. Jim was one of Dad's buddies from way-back, shot during a routine traffic stop that would turn into one of Wisconsin's largest manhunts.

I will repeat my challenge. Show a little gratitude. Have a little shame.

End of Watch

Shannon, Michael E
Adams County Sheriff's Office

Leist, Ronald E.
Algoma Police Department

McArthur, John
Antigo Police Department

Dunn, Alfred E.
Appleton Police Department

Day, Mahlon John
Appleton Police Department

Gaik, Walter
Ashland County Sheriff's Office

Olson, Matt
Barron County Sheriff's Office

Larson, Wally L
Barron County Sheriff's Office

Kavajecz, John J.
Bayfield County Sheriff's Office

Parquette, Richard G.
Bayfield County Sheriff's Office

Larsen, Peter A.
Beloit Police Department

Gusinda, Jeffrey J.
Brookfield Police Department

Wenner, Raymond
Brown County Highway Police

Truttmann, Wayne J.
Brown County Sheriff's Office

Eilers, Anthony G.
Burlington Police Department

Schenning, Hubert W.
Burlington Police Department

Gramer, Paul R.
Burnett County Sheriff's Office

Albee, Allen A.
Burnett County Sheriff's Office

Hansen, Charles
Calumet County Sheriff's Office

Williams, Jeffrey J.
Calumet County Sheriff's Office

Loud, William H.
Cassville Police Department

Steffes, Anton J.
Chilton Police Department

Spike, Donald Georg
Chippewa Falls Police Department

Stamper, Todd J.
Crandon Police Department

Lester, Robert D.
Crawford County Sheriff's Office

Bzdusek, Stephen G.
Cudahy Police Department

Van Deusen, Earl A.
Dane County Sheriff's Office

Orsburne, Harlend G.
Dane County Traffic Police

Moran, Frank
Darlington Police Department

Krakow, Andrew A.
Dept. of Natural Resources

Johnson, Einar P.
Dept. of Natural Resources

Vander Kelen, Alfred P.
Dept. of Natural Resources

Russell, Mark H.
Dept. of Natural Resources

Markle, Robert B.
Dept. of Natural Resources

LaFave, Neil L.
Dept. of Natural Resources

Reif, Albert E.
Dept. of Natural Resources

Bentz, Kurth
Dodge County Motor Police

Lisko, Hugo
Dodge County Motor Police

Leigh, Walter S.
Dodgeville Police Department

Coleman, Milton A.
Dunn County Sheriff's Office

Heisa, Gordon L.
Dunn County Traffic Police

Hahn, Stephen J
Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office

Sundby, Elmer
Eau Claire Police Department

Bolton, Robert P.
Eau Claire Police Department

Lindstrom, Hans
Elkhorn Police Department

Baum, W. Carte

McCready, Patrick
Fairchild Police Department

Spikerman, Boyd H
Federal Bureau of Prisons - Oxford WI

Kenford, Jack E.
Federal Prohibition Agent

Prinslow, William Chris
Fond du Lac Police Department

Klaske, Nick A.
Fond du Lac Police Department

McKee, David A.
Fort Atkinson Police Department

Backes, Robert D.
Germantown Police Department

Sassan, George Rober
Glendale Police Department

Hedbany, Ronald E.
Glendale Police Department

Reuter, Thomas L.
Grant County Sheriff's Office

Schinzing, Richard F.
Grantsburg Police Department

Motquin, George A.
Green Bay Police Department

Solbraa, Matthew E.
Green County Sheriff's Office

Williams, Bruce A
Green Lake County Sheriff's Office

Scherger, Leonard
Hartford Police Department

Woodbeck, George
Hayward Police Department

Etter Jr, Robert G
Hobart-Lawrence Police Department

Markins, Stephanie R
Hobart-Lawrence Police Department

Liebenow, Charles
Horicon Police Department

Gibson, William E.
Horicon Police Department

Dunn, Thomas
Hortonville Police Department

Erickson, Clarence John
Hudson Police Department

Mork, Gerald W.
Iola Police Department

Housworth, Richard L.
Juneau County Sheriff's Office

Johnson, Steven J.
Juneau County Sheriff's Office

Aquino, Blanco
Kenosha County Sheriff's Office

Rieschl, James
Kenosha County Sheriff's Office

Fraid, Gary W.
Kenosha Police Department

Pingitore, Antonio
Kenosha Police Department

Hanske, Edmund E
Kiel Police Department

Staats, Hubert D.
La Crosse County Sheriff's Office

Sampson, Roy B.
La Crosse County Sheriff's Office

Groeschner, Frank
La Crosse Police Department

Donndelinger, Joseph A.
La Crosse Police Department

Gates, T. Perry
La Crosse Police Department

Exner, Albert C.
Lake Geneva Police Department

Buchen, Edward
Langlade County Sheriff's Office

Olson, Otto K
Laona Village Marshal

Riphon, Edward F.
Madison Police Department

Thompson, Palmer
Madison Police Department

Dosch, Grant J.
Madison Police Department

Dreger, Herbert C.
Madison Police Department

Metsker, Lawrence H.
Manitowoc Police Department

Ten Haken, Dale R.
Manitowoc Police Department

Mueller, Fred
Manitowoc Police Department

Sheets, Jeffrey N.
Marathon County Sheriff's Office

Hoffmann, Edward R
Marinette County Sheriff's Dept.

Butts, Emmet
Marinette County Sheriff's Office

Beell, Fred A.
Marshfield Police Department

Taylor Jr., John S.
Menomonee Falls Police Department

Panck, Gordon R.
Menomonie Police Department

Buntrock, Thomas E.
Mequon Police Department

Krueger, Elmer C.
Merrill Police Department

Coffey, John Ray
Millston Police Department

Demos, David M.
Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office

Trandel, John V.
Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office

Beckemeier, Alvin H.
Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office

Schilling, Wallace N.
Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office

Zylka, Ralph E.
Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office

Bang, Sung Hui
Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office

Rhodes, Lloyd L.
Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office

Grundman, Howard F
Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office

Du Planty, Paul G.
Milwaukee Police Department

O'Bradovich, Dennis Lee
Milwaukee Police Department

Sroczynski, Alan
Milwaukee Police Department

Stecker, Stephen
Milwaukee Police Department

Luedtke, Walter
Milwaukee Police Department

Smith, Charles T.
Milwaukee Police Department

Kohn, Albert C.
Milwaukee Police Department

Matulis, Thomas G.
Milwaukee Police Department

Kaemmerling, William F.
Milwaukee Police Department

Draeger, Michael L.
Milwaukee Police Department

Hasenstab, Steven John
Milwaukee Police Department

Hempe, Gerald W.
Milwaukee Police Department

Riley, Robert D.
Milwaukee Police Department

Reagan, Ronald Patri
Milwaukee Police Department

Weiler, Paul
Milwaukee Police Department

Tourmo, Michael R.
Milwaukee Police Department

Snow Jr., Sydney C.
Milwaukee Police Department

Templin, Albert
Milwaukee Police Department

Collura, Rosario J.
Milwaukee Police Department

Caswin, Frank
Milwaukee Police Department

Mehlberg, Charles S.
Milwaukee Police Department

Lesnieski, Leonard R.
Milwaukee Police Department

Machajewski, John A.
Milwaukee Police Department

Kaiser, Frederick
Milwaukee Police Department

Niehoff, Michael A.
Milwaukee Police Department

Wagner, Richard E.
Milwaukee Police Department

Spindler, Edward
Milwaukee Police Department

Sterling, Roger A.
Milwaukee Police Department

O'Brien, David
Milwaukee Police Department

Deckert, Henry
Milwaukee Police Department

Gorlewski, Dennis J.
Milwaukee Police Department

Kiefer, Thomas R.
Milwaukee Police Department

Robertson, William A.
Milwaukee Police Department

Seehawer, Charles
Milwaukee Police Department

Piszczek, Frank
Milwaukee Police Department

White, Vernon V.
Milwaukee Police Department

Thurow, Hilbert F.
Milwaukee Police Department

Johnson, Ernest
Milwaukee Police Department

Werner, Arnold O.
Milwaukee Police Department

Fish, George
Milwaukee Police Department

Lecher, Joseph A.
Milwaukee Police Department

Bahlke, Robert
Milwaukee Police Department

Kossow, John
Milwaukee Police Department

Raabe, George H.
Milwaukee Police Department

Nencki, Raymond A.
Milwaukee Police Department

Goodman, Nels
Milwaukee Police Department

Adam, Valentine
Milwaukee Police Department

Flieth, Otto H.
Milwaukee Police Department

Bates, Elmer A.
Milwaukee Police Department

Schmidt, Harry W.
Milwaukee Police Department

Kraemer, Robert E.
Milwaukee Police Department

George, Charles
Milwaukee Police Department

Zingler, Richard
Milwaukee Police Department

Kubacki, Joseph
Milwaukee Police Department

Rivers, James J.
Milwaukee Police Department

Gauer, Peter
Milwaukee Police Department

Hogan, Ronald T.
Milwaukee Police Department

Moschea, Bryan J.
Milwaukee Police Department

Pieske, Harry
Milwaukee Police Department

Tanner, Wendolyn O.
Milwaukee Police Department

Jordan, Fred
Monticello Police Department

Lynch, James
Neillsville Police Department

Coopman, Edward T.
Oconto County Sheriff's Department

Skenandore, Jeffrey Scott
Oneida Tribal Police

O'Connor, George
Oshkosh Police Department

Hardy, Louis
Oshkosh Police Department

Spiering, Walter A.
Oshkosh Police Department

Welch, Elwin
Outagamie County Sheriff's Office

Griffin, Fred C.
Owen Police Department

Coleman, Charles G.
Pepin Co. Sheriff's Office

Baker, Joseph H
Portage County Sheriff's Office

Garland, Charles Z
Prescott Police Department

Hanson, George W.
Racine County Sheriff's Office

Denman, Henry
Racine County Sheriff's Office

Hantschel, James J.
Racine Police Department

Breheim, Harry C.
Racine Police Department

Worden, Harold
Racine Police Department

Christensen, Alvin B.
Racine Police Department

McEachern, Lester
Racine Police Department

Lenzke, Frank F.
Racine Police Department

Fine, James R.
Racine Police Department

Baribeau, Michael R.
Rice Lake Police Department

Gagner, Louis E
Rice Lake Police Department

Weinke, Richard A
Sauk County Sheriff's Office

Searles, Stuart J.
Sauk County Sheriff's Office

Meeks, Walter Calvi
Sauk County Sheriff's Office

Jantz, James C.
Sauk County Traffic Police

Villiard, Michael S.
Sawyer County Sheriff's Department

Harp, Oscar
Sawyer County Sheriff's Department

Johnson, Carl
Sawyer County Sheriff's Dept

Scott, Fred W
Sawyer County Sheriff's Dept

Braun, John E.
Schofield Police Department

De Lisle, John
Scholfield Police Department

Stoltenow, James E.
Shawano County Sheriff's Office

Nennig Jr., LeRoy H.
Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office

Husting, Theodore
Sheboygan Police Department

Chybowski, Frank
South Milwaukee Police Department

Nenning, Frank
South Milwaukee Police Department

Stoll, John Jerom
South Milwaukee Police Department

Murphy, Lee
St. Croix County Highway Patrol

Harris, Harry O.
St. Croix County Sheriff's Office

Moore, John
Stanley Police Department

Kraby, Paul A.
Stoughton Police Department

Atkins Jr., Robert E.
Summit Police Department

Olson, Wayne W.
Summit Police Department

Fulton, Robert J.
Superior Police Department

Jackson, Roy W.
Superior Police Department

Beaton, Finley
Superior Police Department

Zimmerman, Arthur H.
Superior Police Department

Jacobson, Adolph G
Superior, City of

Nystrom, Carl O.
Tomahawk Police Department

Rocque, Leo
Two Rivers Police Department

Dodge, Thomas R.
Two Rivers Police Department

McCormick, William L
U.S. Marshal's Service

Dickson, Bobbie W.
Vernon County Sheriff's Office

Radcliffe, John
Vilas County Sheriff's Office

Mohr, Mary C.
Vilas County Sheriff's Office

Cook, Michael G.
Viola Police Department

Starry, Curtis
Viroqua Police Department

Bolton Jr., Patrick R.
Walworth County Sheriff's Office

Schmitt, John M.
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Snover, Charles
Waukesha County Sheriff's Office

O'Brien, Quin E.
Waukesha County Sheriff's Office

Geszvain, Michael
Waukesha County Sheriff's Office

Phipps Sr., William J.
Waukesha County Sheriff's Office

Schmidling, George A.
Waukesha Police Department

Baerwald, Edward
Wausau Police Department

Rutherford, George
Wineger, Town Constable

Meyer, Richard A
Winnebago County Sheriff's Office

Balchunas, Jay P
Wis. DOJ - Div. of Criminal Investigation

Schumacher, Matt
Wis. Department of Revenue

Pederson, Donald C.
Wis. State Patrol

Schoenberger, William
Wis. State Patrol
Powless, Gary G.

Wis. State Patrol

McMenamin, Deborah M.
Wis. State Patrol

Payne, Roland S.
Wisconsin Rapids Police Department

Berg, William A.
Wood County Sheriff's Office