Wisconsin briefs: Woman's arm severed at vegetable processing plant

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Woman's arm severed at vegetable processing plant

Authorities say a woman's arm was severed in an industrial accident in southeastern Wisconsin.

The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about the accident Monday morning at Lakeside Foods in Random Lake. Lakeside Foods is a private-label frozen and canned vegetable company.

Authorities say a 30-year-old woman's arm was severed above the elbow. The dispatch center talked people on the scene through live-saving procedures until deputies arrived and applied a tourniquet on the victim.

She was airlifted to Froedtert Hospital. No other details were released. The accident is under investigation.


Wisconsin Honey Queen program accepting applications

The Wisconsin Honey Producers Association is seeking applicants for the position of 2018 Wisconsin Honey Queen. The 2018 Wisconsin Honey Queen will travel the state promoting the honey and beekeeping industries.

The Queen will broaden her skills in public speaking, develop effective marketing presentations, and use social media to enhance product promotion. She will also be a spokesperson for various media outlets and teach students using an education program. 
A successful applicant will be a woman between 18 and 24 years old as of Jan. 1, 2018.
No prior experience with beekeeping is required for this unique opportunity. The candidate must be willing to learn about the industry through a variety of paid training opportunities.
Interested women must submit an application form and a 300-word essay entitled “Honey” postmarked by Friday, Oct. 20. Application forms are available at www.wihoney.org or through the Wisconsin Honey Queen Program Facebook page.


Penn State wins national title

Pennsylvania State University took home top honors Oct. 2 at World Dairy Expo with first place overall team and fifth overall team in reasons in the National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. 

Wisconsin native Jordan Siemers placed third overall for Cornell University that finished second. The University of Wisconsin Madison team placed seventh overall.

Team members include: Trent Dado, Laura Jensen, Brooke Roberts and Austin Schmitt, coached by Dr. Les Hansen. 

Wisconsin was edged out from first place (University of Minnesota) by just two points in the team competition for Reasons.Top individual performers in this class from Wisconsin include Kristen Broege, second and Elizabeth Sarbacker, seventh. Siemers finished third for Cornell. 


Governor issues disaster declaration for July flooding

Governor Scott Walker announced a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) major disaster declaration for 11 counties impacted by flooding in western Wisconsin in July. The counties included in the declaration are Buffalo, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Jackson, La Crosse, Lafayette, Monroe, Richland, Trempealeau and Vernon Counties.

Severe storms moved across western Wisconsin from July 19-22, 2017. The heavy rains caused flash flooding and several rivers to rise to major flood stage.

FEMA damage assessments showed more than $10 million in damage to public infrastructure in the region.


Viroqua receives $250,000 state grant for expansion of downtown food co-op 

 The City of Viroqua has received a $250,000 state grant to support the expansion of the Viroqua Food Co-op – a project expected to spur further development downtown. 

The Community Development Investment Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will help fund plans to double the size of the co-op’s retail space to more than 9,200 square feet. 

Expansion plans include wider aisles, additional indoor and outdoor seating, more checkout lanes, an expanded parking lot and a multipurpose educational area.  

Work is now underway on the $7 million project, which is expected to be completed by July 2018.

The Viroqua Food Co-op opened in a small rented storefront in 1995 as a natural food-buying club organized by a small group of individuals who worked together to provide their families with healthy foods. In 1999, the co-op renovated and expanded its retail space to 920 square feet. In 2009, the co-op opened a new 4,400-square-foot retail store at 609 N. Main St., its current location. 

The expansion is expected to allow for ease of shopping, increase customer satisfaction, and bring in new owner-members that may have previously shopped elsewhere because the current store is at capacity.  

The project will feature a significantly larger full-size deli; a bakery with made-from-scratch baked goods and a greater selection of wheat-free goods; and a meat department with room for meat processing, and greater selection of meat and seafood. 

The expansion will provide more fresh and healthy food options in a rural community with limited grocery options.