December 22, 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
Merry Christmas!

The Christmas season is an exciting time of the year. I always look forward to celebrating the holiday with my friends and family. In addition to the traditions we share with our family and friends, there are a host of celebrations across the 12th Senate District to enjoy the Christmas holiday. 

Last week, I had the chance to attend an early Christmas celebration in Madison with my family. My wife, oldest daughter, and I attended the Governor's Annual Christmas Party at the Governor's Mansion here in Madison. This year, the exterior of the Governor's Mansion was decorated by JJ's Acres of Woodruff. Congratulations and great job!

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!
My Wife, Chris, and my daughter, Karlyn, joined me at the Governor's Mansion for the Governor's Annual Christmas Party.
Snowmobile Trails

Snowmobile trails are beginning to open across the 12th Senate District. While most of our trails are not open yet, I wanted to provide an update before the holiday weekend of which trails are open:
  • Forest County - Trails closed.
  • Florence County - All trails will be opening today.
  • Langlade County - Trails closed.
  • Lincoln County - Merrill-area trails are closed, but Tomahawk-area trails are partially open.
  • Marathon County - Trails are closed.
  • Marinette County - Trails are partially open. 
  • Oconto County - Trails are closed.
  • Oneida County - Trails are open with exceptions. Three Lakes trails are all closed and Minocqua Forest Trails are partially open.
  • Vilas County - All trails are open.
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism compiles an online snow report that includes up-to-date information from snowmobile clubs about trail conditions around the state. You can find the snow report here.
Rebecca Deschane

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the University of Wisconsin-System have announced the creation of a new position that will lead and coordinate statewide efforts to attract and retain talent for both organizations. The position will be referred to as the Talent Initiatives Director. The first person to hold this position will be Rebecca Deschane.

Rebecca Deschane, a graduate of Crivitz High School, has been serving the citizens of Wisconsin in various roles since she graduated from college. Throughout her career, Rebecca's main focus has been on economic development. She has a history of working with businesses across our state to address the needs of Wisconsin's workforce.

Since 2011, Rebecca has been serving as a liaison between the legislature and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. I believe that this will be a great opportunity for Rebecca to continue working with business partners across our state to ensure that we are attracting and retaining the highest quality of talent in our workforce. Congratulations Rebecca!
Public Land Maps

The third edition of the Public Access Lands atlas has just been released. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) compiles an atlas that includes all properties owned by the Wisconsin DNR, county governments, and the federal government.

You can download and print the maps included in the atlas online for free. You can also purchase a hard copy of the atlas which includes 441 different maps online at the University Book Store. There is also a separate atlas available for purchase that includes separate maps for each of Wisconsin's 72 counties. 

In addition to ordering the atlas online, you can mail a check with this order form to the University Book Store or you can call 1-800-993-2665 ext. 5929. When calling, make sure to mention the atlas' item number: 099127660.
Oconto County Board Members

Two of Oconto County's longest serving county board members have announced that they will be retiring at the end of their term. Lee Rymer and Bill Grady will be completing their service to Oconto County at the conclusion of their current terms, in April. 

Lee, up until the last county board meeting, was the County Board Chairperson. He has been in that role since 1998. Lee was first elected in 1986 and is currently the longest serving county board member. Lee represents parts of Oconto Falls. Bill Grady, also of Oconto Falls, has served on the county board for 13 two-year terms. Bill has long served as the chair for the Public Property Committee.

Thank you to both Lee and Bill for their service and dedication to Oconto County. Best wishes to both of them in their retirement.
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
December 25 Annual Christmas Day Dinner Amberg
December 26-31 Marvel in Manitowish Waters Manitowish Waters
December 31 Red Hot Fun New Year's Celebration Woodruff
December 31 Legion New Year's Eve Party Three Lakes
January 1 Annual Polar Plunge Tomahawk
January 12-14 Trig's Smokehouse Vintage World Championship Derby Eagle River
January 13 Arctic Warrior Race St. Germain
January 13 Lake Nokomis AMVET Fishing Tournament Nokomis
January 13 Laona Lions Annual Predator Hunt Cavour
January 13 Little Rice Fire Department Chili Feed Little Rice
January 21 World Championship Snowmobile Derby Eagle River
January 27 Paul Bunyan Snow Fun Day Lakewood
January 27 Roberts Memorial Ski Race Florence
January 27-28 Winterfest Sled Dog Race Merrill
February 3 Bridge Runners Classic Cruise Vintage and Antique Snowmobile Ride Deerbrook
February 3 Ice Fishing Jamboree Conover
February 3 10th Annual Frozen Tozen Boulder Junction
February 3-4 Dog Days of Winter Festival Doty
February 3-4 Three Bear Sled Dog Race Land O' Lakes
February 7-8 Annual Groomer Show St. Germain
February 9-11 13th Annual Labatt Blue Adult Pond Hockey Championship Eagle River
February 10 Keyes Peak Snowmobile Championship Races Florence
February 17 Northwoods Blizzard Blast Conover
February 17 43rd Annual Red Arrow Fish-a-Ree Townsend
February 24 Fireman's Ball 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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