April 6, 2018
Wisconsin's 12th Senate District contains communities in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Shawano, and Vilas Counties.

Committee Assignments:
  • Joint Committee on Finance
  • Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry Committee (Chair)
  • Agriculture, Small Business, and Tourism Committee (Vice-Chair)
  • Revenue, Financial Institutions, and Rural Issues Committee
  • Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions
Oconto County Robotics Team
An Oconto County Robotics team comprised of three local high school students advanced to compete in the Vex Robotics World Championship Tournament in Louisville, KY. Kelton Lepak and Jacob Delzer from the town of Abrams and Jordan Sellhausen from the town of Lakewood have been competing in robotics competitions together since middle school.

The trio has been working with their current team, "202 Slim Margins," since 2016. Their team name is a reference to their record of slim victories over their opponents. Last year, they won the de facto national championship and this year they have their eyes set on winning the Vex Robotics World Championship. In March, the team officially qualified for the tournament by winning the Wisconsin Vex Robotics High School State Championship.

So far, Slim Margins have won five separate robotic skills competitions and six of the seven regional competitions. They will be competing this weekend to defend their national title at the CREATE (Competitive Robotics Enhancing and Advancing Technology Education) U.S Open in Iowa. 

Teams compete with a partner team against a pair of teams during each match. The teams then switch partners to compete in a series of matches. At the end of the event, the team with the most match points wins. The tasks that the teams compete in changes annually. This year, the robots need to pick up and stack cones and move bases for the cones.

Best wishes to the team as they compete this weekend for the National Championship and later on at the World Championship!
The 202 Slim Margins team (L to R - Kelton Lepak, Jordan Sellhausen, Jacob Delzer) is pictured above with their Darren 3 robot.
Photo Courtesy of Oconto County Reporter.
Foxconn Supplier Meeting
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has partnered with regional and county economic development organizations to host informational sessions for construction-related businesses looking for details on how to become a vendor, subcontractor, supplier or professional service provider for the Foxconn project in Racine. There are 12 informational sessions located across the state during the month of April.

The Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation will be hosting one of the 12 information sessions in Rhinelander. Below are the specific details for the event:
  • Friday, April 13th from 1-3 pm
  • Nicolet College Lakeside Center Theater
    • 5364 College Drive, Rhinelander
Advanced registration is required for the free event. You can register here. For more information about the other events around the state, please click here.
The 15th Annual Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest has entered its final round with 25 Wisconsin-based startups competing for cash and prizes. When the contest began in January there were 196 qualified entries. After two rounds of judging, the finalists will now submit a 15-20 page business plan for review by a panel of more than 110 judges. I am pleased to say that one of the finalists is from the 12th Senate District: Replace-A-Lace.

Rhinelander-based Replace-A-Lace was founded by Nancy Brekke-Jones to provide a great alternative for keeping your shoes "laced-up" without having to tie them. Replace-A-Lace is a hook and loop strap attachment that can fit into the eyelet of any shoe. The straps are secured with a double stitch and the binding screws on the shoe are made of aluminum for a tight fit.

For more information about Replace-A-Lace, please click here. Best wishes to Nancy moving forward in the competition!
TEACH Grants
Governor Walker announced the deadline for the newest round of Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) grants: May 4th. Administered by the Department of Administration in partnership with the Department of Public Instruction, TEACH grants provide support for school districts and libraries to attend, arrange and administer training activities for faculty and staff to build information technology knowledge.

Since 2016, over 587 grants have been awarded including many to school districts in the 12th Senate District. I encourage those eligible to apply to do so. As our schools continue to invest more in technology, it is important that our teachers and librarians increase their knowledge about all of the tools that our students have available.

Grant applications must be submitted to the Department of Administration by 11:59 pm on May 4th, 2018. For more information about TEACH grants, including the grant application and the eligibility, please click here.
Bill Signing
Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) and I co-authored Assembly Bill 484 after hearing concerns from the Three Lakes Northernaire Sanitary District, located in Oneida County, about the residency requirements for town sanitary district commissioners. Currently, at least one of the commissioners must be a full time resident of the district.

In some of our smaller towns, it is difficult to find qualified commissioners that may be full time residents. AB 484 removes that residency requirement but retains property ownership requirements. This bill will widen the net of potential commissioners and makes it easier for sanitary districts to fill their boards and find dedicated commissioners.

I am pleased to say that Governor Walker signed AB 484 into law this past week as 2017 Wisconsin Act 233. I am glad that we were able to make this simple change on behalf of the Three Lakes Northernaire Sanitary District.
Representative Swearingen and members of his staff joined Governor Walker as he signed AB 484 into law.
DNR Spring Hearings 

The 2018 Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearing questionnaire was recently released. It can be found here. Each county will host a public hearing on the questionnaire where individuals interested in natural resources management will have the opportunity to provide input on these questions. 

The meetings will be held on Monday, April 9th at 7 pm. You can find the location of your county's meeting here.
District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
April 6-7 Mystery Dinner Theater Florence
April 7 Maple Syrup Fest Phelps
April 7-8 WJJQ Home, Sport, & Travel Show Tomahawk
April 7 Only Fools Run at Midnight Minocqua
April 14 25th Anniversary Sturgeon Feast and Celebration Pow-wow Keshena
April 14 35th Annual St. Anthony's School Auction Oconto Falls
April 14-15 61st Annual Silver Blades Ice Show Eagle River
April 19 Sustainable Forestry Conference Florence
April 20-22 Central Wisconsin Concertina Festival Merrill
April 21 Hops and Vines Microbrew and Wine Tasting Rhinelander
April 28 Get Your K's On Run Minocqua
April 28 Merrill Historical Society History Hunt Merrill
April 29 Dorf Kapelle Dinner and Show Suring
May 5 Martinis in May St. Germain
May 5 Colors of Cancer 5K Crandon
May 5 Old Fashioned Plow Day Antigo
May 7 Lioness Spring Fashion Show Lakewood
May 11-12 14th Annual Northwoods Birding Festival Manitowish Waters
May 12 Bear 100 Bike Race Laona
May 12 Journey's Marathon Eagle River
May 18-20 Amoterra's Spring Wellness Fair Townsend
May 18-20 Spring Walleye Tournament Presque Isle
Contact Me:
Mail: Senator Tom Tiffany, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI, 53707
Phone: (608) 266-2509  Fax: (608) 282-3552
As always, if you have any events for our calendar, comments or thoughts regarding the subjects of this newsletter, please feel free to contact me.
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