August 23, 2019
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)
  • Elections, Ethics, and Rural Issues (Vice-Chair)
  • Local Government, Small Business, Tourism and Workforce Development
  • Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions
Northern Wisconsin Rail Service

One last reminder that if you'd like to attend the rail meetings in either the Upper Peninsula or Rhinelander, you're welcome to attend!
Butter Carving

Last Friday, I won Honorable Mention in the butter carving contest at the Lincoln County Fair. Sue Kunkel and the audience were very generous! My carving was of our great state of Wisconsin.
Senator Tiffany and his Honorable Mention ribbon
Oversize-Overweight Permits
I’d like to thank the Department of Transportation (DOT) for working with me and other stakeholders to help assist with cleanup following July’s storm.  The DOT released the following information on how to obtain the necessary emergency permit:

To assist with the cleanup and recovery efforts following mid-July’s severe weather event, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is issuing an exclusive emergency, oversize-overweight permit.

The permit is only valid for the transportation of raw forest products, lumber, or forestry biomass on the following routes: 
•    WIS 64 between Pound and Antigo
•    WIS 32 from Mountain and Laona

This permit does not authorize operation on municipal, town or county roads unless the city, village, town or county official with legal control of the road gives written approval for use of the road. Written approval must be carried with the permit and carried in the truck.

Vehicle configuration and length must comply with Michigan vehicle size law and may exceed 75 feet for Michigan configured B trains.

In addition, a permit issued under this subsection does not authorize the operation of any vehicle or vehicle combination at a maximum gross weight in excess of 164,000 pounds. A 164,000-pound vehicle combination must have 11 or more axles.

This Executive Order #35 emergency oversize-overweight permit is valid until spring thaw (2020 Class II) declarations are issued impacting the designated routes or such time as the department deems necessary.

Information on WisDOT’s oversize-overweight permit process can be viewed at here.

Laona State Bank Open House

I was pleased to join the staff and management of Laona State Bank and Keller Construction for an open house celebrating the new bank in Lakewood. Congratulations! 

This bank is very important to the community.  I also heard that Laona State Bank will be opening up a Townsend branch in the next few months at the location formerly held by Associated Bank.
Senator Tiffany at the Laona State Bank in Lakewood
Coolest Thing Made In the Northwoods
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and Johnson Financial Group announced on Thursday that the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest will be back for a fourth straight year. The annual competition aims to highlight the state’s manufacturing industry – which employs nearly 1 in 5 Wisconsinites – and ultimately determine the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin.

Nominations will be accepted through the end of the month. Following the nomination period, a popular vote will determine the Top 16 products that will be placed in a bracket-style tournament called Manufacturing Madness. Products will compete against one another in head-to-head match-ups, and the products that receive the highest votes in each match-up will advance to the next round.

Here’s the breakdown:

Aug. 12 to Aug. 30 – Nominations Accepted
Sept. 9 to Sept. 15 – Popular Vote to Determine the Field of 16
Sept. 16 – Announce the Top 16
Sept. 17 to Sept. 22 – 1st Round of the Bracket
Sept. 23 – Announce the Top 8
Sept. 24 to Sept. 29 – 2nd Round of the Bracket
Sept. 30 – Announce Top 4
Oct. 1 to Oct. 8 – Final Round
Oct. 8 – Winner Announced

Products that move onto the next rounds will be announced via Facebook Live, and the winner will be announced on Oct. 8 at WMC Foundation’s Business & Industry Luncheon at State Fair Park in Milwaukee.

Please visit for more information on the contest and to begin nominating a Northwoods product.
Check out the Coolest Thing Made In Wisconsin Contest
Microloans Available
This week, the Governor officially requested a federal disaster declaration for 18 counties and two tribes that suffered damage during the storms in July. State and federal agencies verified more than $19.5 million in damage. If approved, money would be available to help communities with the cost of infrastructure repair, debris cleanup and other expenses. Businesses and homeowners are not eligible.

However, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced that businesses that suffered damage during the July 18 storms and their aftermath in west central and north central Wisconsin will be eligible for no-interest microloans to help cover repair costs.

The WEDC Board of Directors has allocated $1 million in funding for the Disaster Recovery Microloan (DRM) Program to assist businesses damaged by the severe weather.

The WEDC loans will be administered by the West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. Affected businesses should contact the respective RPCs directly to access the loans.

Officials from these areas have already identified more than 60 businesses that may need assistance, including 18 each in Wood and Langlade counties and a total of 28 businesses in Barron and Polk counties.

Under the DRM Program, WEDC awards grants to its contracted regional designees, such as the local regional planning commissions, which in turn provide loan applications and issue loans to damaged businesses seeking short-term assistance. Businesses must have suffered measurable physical damage because of the disaster and must intend to resume business operations in the community as quickly as possible.

Businesses in the affected areas will be eligible for microloans of up to $20,000 at 0% interest, which will provide them with a short-term source of funds for repair work and operating expenses until more long-term recovery funding can be secured. The loans have a two-year repayment period, with the first payment deferred for at least six months.

The loans can be used for procurement of cleanup and restoration services, operating expenses, temporary space, payroll, and repair and reconstruction work.

Details on the program in the north central region (Adams, Forest, Juneau, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Vilas and Wood counties) are available at Details on the program in the west central region (Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Polk and St. Croix counties) are available at

WEDC’s Disaster Recovery Microloan Program was introduced in 2018 and is available to businesses in all 72 counties impacted by manmade or natural disasters declared by state or federal authorities. For more information, including a map of the regional planning commission contacts, visit
District Events
Date Event Location
August 22 - 25 Marinette County Fair Wausaukee
August 23 Music by the River Oconto Falls
August 23 - 25 Florence County Fair Florence
August 24 Three Lakes American Legion Social Three Lakes
August 24 Classic Car Show Eagle River
August 24 Twin Triathlon Phelps
August 30-Sept. 1 World Championship Off-Road Races Crandon
August 30-Sept. 2 Suring Labor Day Celebration Suring
August 31 Corn Roast & ATV/UTV Parade Townsend
August 31 MKLPA Pig Roast Minocqua
August 31 Armstrong Creek Sportsman's Club Labor Day Weekend Celebration Armstrong Creek
August 31 Northwoods Bad-Dash Mud Run Manitowish Waters
August 31 Riverview Fire Department Annual Corn Roast Riverview
September 1 Labor Day Picnic Pearson
September 1 Sausage Fest Eagle River
September 1 Star Lake "Mayor" Election Star Lake
September 2 Merrill Lion's Car Show, Parade & Celebration Merrill
September 5-8 Stumble Stump Rendezvous Antigo
September 6-8 Forest County Fair Crandon
September 7 Lena Lions Dairy Fest Lena
September 7 Run for the Taps Merrill
September 7 Wolfman Triathlon 2019 White Lake
September 14 10th Annual Scarecrow Fest Phelps
September 14 SepTimber Ride Eagle River
September 14 Fall Harvest Festival Lake Tomahawk
September 14 Festifall Lakewood
September 14 Oktoberfest in Crivitz Crivitz
September 14 Pork in the Park Ribfest Merrill
September 20-22 Northwoods Rendezvous & Wild Rice Festival Crandon
September 21 Laona's Annual Fall Festival Laona
September 21 Art Harvest Land O'Lakes
September 21 Pine River Fire Department Pig Roast Merrill
Contact Me:
Mail: Senator Tom Tiffany, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI, 53707
Phone: (608) 266-2509  Fax: (608) 282-3552
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