November 17, 2017
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
Good Luck Hunters!

As this weekend approaches, I want to wish everyone a safe, successful hunting season. Before going out, it is important to know the new law changes pertaining to the deer hunting season.  This year, there have been some specific changes made to the tagging process and the age requirements to enter the mentored hunting program.

This year brings changes regarding the use of your deer or turkey tags. Hunters are no longer required to validate their deer tag in any way. This means that hunters will not be required to attach their tags to harvested deer or turkeys or keep the deer or turkey tag with the meat. 

Even though you are not required to tag your deer or wear a back-tag, you are required to have proof of a valid tag/license while you are hunting. The following are acceptable forms of proof:
  • an original or reprinted paper tag/harvest authorization
  • a Go Wild conservation card
  • a Go Wild-authenticated Wisconsin driver's license
  • a Go Wild digital PDF file displayed on a mobile device
Despite these changes to the tagging rules, registration is still required for all harvests. You will need to register your deer or turkey by 5 pm the day after the harvest. You can register your harvest online at or by phone at 1-844-426-3734. You can locate your tag or harvest authorization number on the paper copy, Go Wild PDF, or in the My GameReg section of your Go Wild account at

Additionally, Governor Walker signed 2017 Wisconsin Act 62 into law last week which eliminates the age requirement to participate in the mentored hunting program aligning Wisconsin with our neighbors. As of  Monday, any person under the age of 11 will be able to purchase a mentored hunting license. The mentored hunting law continues to require that those hunters remain within an arm's reach of a qualified hunter. This law will also allow the mentor and the mentored hunter to be in possession of a firearm, bow or crossbow. 

For more information regarding these changes including a link to FAQs, please click here

I would like to wish everyone a safe, successful hunting season and a Happy Thanksgiving! My office will be closed for the Holiday next Wednesday, November 22nd until Monday, November 27th. As always, feel free to email or call my office if there is anything I can help with.
Expera Paper and Errand Solutions
On Thursday, Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) and I attended two notable events in the district. 

Expera, the paper manufacturer in Rhinelander, unveiled their new paper machine at the former Printpak location on Kemp Street.  Thank you to Lt. Governor Kleefisch and DNR Secretary Dan Meyer for participating.  The coated paper they will produce in the new location is for a variety of purposes including for components on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Expera is one of two vendors worldwide to be certified by Boeing.  Many organizations came together to bring this investment to the Northwoods including Oneida County and the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands and most importantly Expera.  Plant Manager, Jeff Verdoorn, deserves special recognition for his tenacity in convincing leadership at Expera that Rhinelander is the right location for the expansion. 
Following the Expera event, we traveled up Hwy 17 from Rhinelander to the top of the state, Land O' Lakes.  The Town of Land O' Lakes and Chairman Dan Balog were recognized by the Public Service Commission Broadband Director, Angie Dickison, as a Broadband Forward Community. Vilas County continues to see a steady roll-out of expanded broadband capability with the state's Rural Broadband program.  Local providers like SonicNet and ChoiceTel, in partnership with Vilas County Economic Development are leading the way. 
Recently, Errand Solutions opened a new call center at the old WE Energies building in Land O' Lakes.  Land O' Lakes beat out Tampa, Florida for Errand Solutions expansion!!  A key part of the decision for Errand Solutions is the broadband capability in Land O' Lakes.  They are already hiring local people to get the operation off the ground.  Thanks to Janine and Olivia for hosting us!
In both instances, Expera and Errand Solutions have repurposed vacant buildings that were once vital parts of our local communities.  It is great news for the Northwoods to see formerly vacant buildings come back to life.

Left: Michelle and Jeff from Expera showed me the new paper machine at their Rhinelander facility.
Right: Janine and Olivia from Errand Solutions gave Rep. Swearingen and I a tour of their facility in Land O' Lakes.
Education Awards

Two of the 12th Senate District's educators were recognized this past week for their work:

The Wisconsin Rural School Association recognized Florence County High School business education teacher and Fab Lab director, Mrs. Kay McLain, as the 2017 Rural School Teacher of the Year. Kay has been serving the School District of Florence County for 25 years. She currently serves as the District's school-to-work coordinator and has been the Director of the district's Fab Lab for three years.This award recognizes a single teacher in a rural community for his/her significant contributions to their districts and students. Mrs. McLain will now automatically become a semi-finalist for the National Rural Teacher of the Year Award sponsored by the National Rural Education Association.

The Association of Wisconsin School Administrators recognized Justin Szews of Lakeland Union High School with the Wisconsin Assistant Principal of the Year Award. Justin has served in that role for the last eight years. In order to receive the award, Justin had to win considerable support from a selection committee that includes members from the Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, and the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators. 

I would like to thank Kay and Justin for the service to the children and families of their communities. Congratulations on your award!
Capitol Christmas Ornaments

This is the final week to submit ornaments for the State Capitol Christmas Tree. This year the theme is the Capitol's 100th Birthday. The Tree is displayed in the Capitol Rotunda and every year it is filled with ornaments handmade by students from across the state.

Ornaments are asked to be made of non-breakable material. The ornaments are expected to be strong enough to withstand shipping and placement on the tree. The Department of Administration recommends that ornaments are 4-6 inches in size and are made of a color that contrasts the tree for optimal viewing.

Please send your ornaments to the address below by Wednesday, November 22. Also, please be sure to include the teacher’s name and grade, school name, and address so that we may acknowledge your contribution:

Claire Franz
Wisconsin Department of Administration
Division of Facilities Management
17 West Main Street, Suite 119
Madison, WI 53703
Statewide Cisco Record
Michael Lemanski, of Florence, caught a 6.3 lbs., 21.8-inch cisco while he was fishing in Lake Ottawa this summer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As of early November, the Michigan Deparment of Natural Resources (DNR)  has verified that Mr. Lemanski has broken a state record for the largest cisco (lake herring) caught.

The Michigan DNR has taken months to determine if the fish that Mr. Lemanski caught was not a hybrid of a cisco and a lake whitefish. Following the determination of cisco, DNR scientists verified the 6.3 lbs. weight cisco as the new state record holder.

The previous record holding cisco was caught by a man from Wisconsin and weighed 5.4 lbs and measured 25 inches. In Michigan, state records are only recognized by weight. 
Eagle Scout Presentation

Representative Felzkowski (R-Irma) and I had the opportunity to present Matthew Turkiewicz of Tomahawk with a legislative citation in honor of his Eagle Scout Court of Honor this past Sunday. 

Matthew is a current senior at Tomahawk High School and is active on the football and wrestling teams. For his Eagle Scout project, Matthew rebuilt and refinished three picnic tables at the American Legion Post 93. His project also included the sandblasting and painting of a mailbox for the public to properly dispose of used flags.

Matthew's hard work and service to his community have earned him the achievement of the Eagle Scout Rank. Congratulations Matthew! 
Rep. Felzkowski and I presented Matthew Turkiewicz with a legislative citation to commend his efforts in achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
Recount Legislation
During the final floor session, the Senate voted and affirmed Assembly Bill 153, relating to election recount reform. The legislation, authored by Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), was written in response to Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein's recount request following the 2016 general election.

Jill Stein had receieved 1% of the final vote count and her request for a statewide recount delayed the certification of Wisconsin's Electoral College votes and cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. This legislation was drafted to prevent unnecessary recounts and wasteful spending from occurring. The bill:
  • limits recount requests to within 1% of the winning candidate.
  • requires a recount petitioner to reimburse the Elections Commission for recount costs.
  • requires a recount petitioner to make a recount request earlier in the process
I believe this legislation will make sure that electoral recounts will be used appropriately. I'd like to thank the nearly 2,000 county, town, and municipal clerks for their service to their communities and the state ensuring the credibility of our elections.
2017-18 Blue Books
The 2017-18 Wisconsin Blue Books recently arrived. If you would like to request a copy of the 2017-18 Wisconsin Blue Book, please reply to this email with your full mailing address. My office will be processing the requests over the next couple weeks prior to shipping them across the 12th Senate District. 

You can view previous versions of the Wisconsin Blue Book online by clicking here.
District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
November 17 Venison Feed Tomahawk
November 17 Kickin' Off the Season Antigo
November 18 Holiday Open House Rhinelander
November 18 Hunters Lunch and Bake Sale Athelstane
November 24 Santa Comes to Town Land O' Lakes
November 24 29th Annual Christmas Walk Boulder Junction
November 25 Christmas Comes to Minocqua Minocqua
November 25 Avenue of Lights Lighting Oconto Falls
November 25 Christmas Walk Kids Day Boulder Junction
November 25 Breakfast with Santa Land O'Lakes
December 2 Christmas Parade Merrill
December 2 Village of Lights Lena
December 2 Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Rhinelander
December 2 Wabeno Winterfest Wabeno
December 2 McCaslin Lions Children's Christmas Party Townsend
December 2 Lion's Club Kids Christmas Party Three Lakes
December 2 Holiday Home Tour Manitowish Waters
December 3 Christmas In Florence Florence
December 6 Chili Cook-Off Antigo
December 10 Christmas Crunch Bizarre Phelps
December 10 Brunch with Santa Cecil
December 21 Sno-Eagles Guided Snowmobile Rides Eagle River
December 25 Annual Christmas Day Dinner Amberg
December 26-31 Marvel in Manitowish Waters Manitowish Waters
January 27 Roberts Memorial Ski Race Florence
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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