Wisconsin briefs: Latinos to give Trump a chance

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Latinos in rural Wisconsin to give Trump a chance 

Members of the Latino community in rural Wisconsin say they are willing to give President-elect Donald Trump a chance, despite campaign promises to deport those in the country illegally.

About 500 of the 2,300 residents in Abbotsford, a mostly conservative city, are Latino and work at jobs ranging from dairy farms to radio stations, Wisconsin Public Radio reported.

Alejandro Vazquez, who runs the internet radio station El Primerito and newspaper Noticias in the town, said he doesn't believe Trump will go through with his deportation promise.

Tony Gonzalez, an interpreter who helps Latinos navigate the criminal justice system, said he is not surprised that 29 percent of Latinos supported Trump nationwide because many of them are socially conservative. While he was troubled by Trump's campaign rhetoric, Gonzalez said third or fourth-generation Latino-Americans are more concerned about the economy than immigration.

"We share values that are very similar to the Christian principles that the United States was founded under," he said. "Everybody wants to be a part of it and not have to hide."

Gonzalez said even if Hispanic people give Trump a chance, legislators should still condemn hate speech.


Annual Toilet Bowl

Everyone knows about the Rose Bowl, the Cotton Bowl and even the Fiesta Bowl. But who knows about Hustisford’s annual Toilet Bowl that takes place on New Year's Day?

This is the 52nd year that the public has the opportunity to attend one of the holiday season's most bizarre and fun events. Some people compare the event to giant frat party. Lots of "potty" references, some beer drinking, toilet paper throwing and music.

Activities for this year's event will include musical entertainment, water barrel fights and the popular parade. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. Be prepared to get toilet paper thrown at you.

After the parade is the Toilet Bowl pull (tug of war, rope pull competition) which will be held at noon on the Firemen's Park ball field. D.J. Jesse James will be playing tunes upstairs at The Community Hall from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Come and join the fun! Food and drinks will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and there is no cover charge!

Anyone interested in participating in the parade is invited to come down to the staging area on Griffith Street at 10:30 a.m.


Annual CAFO update mtg

UW Extension will again host the 2017 annual CAFO update meetings.  These events held across Wisconsin are for WPEDES permitted CAFO owners and managers, nutrient management plan writers and engineers. Cost of the event is $35 in advance and $45 after registration deadline (Jan. 23) and walk-ins at the door. Cost includes meal.

Topics discussed by UW and DNR staff include: building a positive work culture; production site – how to stay in compliance with your permit; runoff control/collection from feed storage areas and animal lots; monitoring, reporting and compliance; nutrient management – issues observed, surface applications, CAFOs and cover crops. Presentations will be followed by a DNR panel Q & A.

Update meetings will be held at the following times and locations: 8 to 11:45 a.m. Jan. 31, Tundra Lodge Conference Center, Green Bay; noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 31, Crystal Falls Ballroom, New London; 8 to 11:45 a.m. Feb. 1, Silver Valley Banquet, Manitowoc; noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 1, UW Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac.

For more information or to register email


Estate, succession planning event

Navigating Your Farm’s Future is an estate and succession planning educational event for Wisconsin farm families. This event will run from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at four different locations in Southern Wisconsin during the month of January.

This workshop will cover important topics including: Estate Planning as a Necessity, Protecting the Farm from the Nursing Home, Taxes – Gifting & Inheritance, The Farm as a Business Entity, Pre-Marital Agreements, and Farm Meetings: Communication and Management Styles. Presenters will include representatives from Wilson Law Group LLC, Badgerland Financial, and UW Extension.

Meeting sites and registration contacts are as follow: Jan.10 - Rex’s Inn Keeper, 301 N Century Ave, Waunakee, 608-224-3717; Jan. 12 - Deer Valley Lodge, 401 Industrial Drive, Barneveld, 608-224-3717; Jan.17 - Jefferson County UW Ext. Office, 864 Collins Rd., Jefferson – 920-674-7295; Jan 19 - MPTC, 700 Gould St., Beaver Dam, 608-742-9680.

Pre- registration is required. Registration fee is $10 for the first person from a farm, $5 for each additional farm/family member. Lunch provided.


Northeast Wisconsin Woodland Owners Conference

The 2017 Northeast Wisconsin Woodland Owners Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.. The $15 registration fee includes light refreshments.

The Woodland Owners Conference will feature topics of interest for forest landowners: forest health update; large carnivores, panel presentation on assistance to landowners followed by questions.

For more information and to register visit www.glacierlandrcd/events or call 920-465-3006.