June 8, 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
Our State Qualifiers
With the school year coming to a close, it is also time for the high school spring sporting season to come to its finale. Many of our student athletes look forward to the opportunity to qualify for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) State Championships and I want to take the time to recognize the performance of many of the 12th Senate District's talented student athletes. It is no easy task balancing school work and extra curricular activities. Congratulations to all!

Last weekend, the WIAA held the State Championships for boys golf and boys and girls track and field. Below is a listing of the 12th Senate District's participants:
  • Boys Golf:
    • Jack Shinners - Antigo High School
    • Russell Detterming - Merrill High School
    • Shane Bauer - Crivitz High School
    • Ansen Nomm - Lakeland Union High School
    • Kyle Bengtson - Lakeland Union High School
    • Adam Lazaroff - Lakeland Union High School
    • Kailey Godfrey - Lakeland Union High School
    • Jake Collins - Lakeland Union High School
  • Boys Track:
    • Jared Ollhoff - Merrill High School
    • Kavanaugh FitzPatrick - Lakeland Union High School
    • Darius Driver - Lakeland Union High School
    • Maquian Johnson - Lakeland Union High School
    • Jake Rexroade - Lakeland Union High School
    • Tyler Wallschlaeger - Lakeland Union High School
    • Tyler Carroll - Lakeland Union High School
    • Jake Van Hefty - Lakeland Union High School
    • Kieran Mullen - Lakeland Union High School
    • Zach Hayes - Lakeland Union High School
    • Lochlan Siegmeier - Northland Pines High School
    • Nick Justice - Northland Pines High School
    • Kobe Miller - Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School
    • Jaden Bemis - Crivitz High School
    • Ezekial Lawrence - Crivitz High School
    • Tony Jopek - Crivitz High School
    • Michael Retza - Crivitz High School
    • Mitch Stegeman - Suring High School
    • Brock Walkowski - Three Lakes/Phelps High Schools Team
    • Jared Zwettler - Three Lakes/Phelps High Schools Team
    • Eli Ribbe - Three Lakes/Phelps High Schools Team
    • Jarin Reiter - Menominee Indian High School
    • Derek Hanson - Gillett High School
    • Bo Krueger - Gillett High School
    • William Rabe - Wabeno/Laona High Schools Team
  • Girls Track:
    • Maddy Pietz - Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School
    • Paige Norrbom - Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School
    • Emily Norrbom - Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School
    • Chloe King - Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School
    • Kylie Linke - Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School
    • Ericka Havemeier - Oconto Falls High School
    • Gabby Herfindahl - Northland Pines High School
    • Kirsten Lindemann - Northland Pines High School
    • Jacqueline Smith - Northland Pines High School
    • Aubrey Anderson - Lakeland Union High School
    • Stephanie Mauzer - Lakeland Union High School
    • Ashley Peterson - Lakeland Union High School
    • Carley Hintz - Lakeland Union High School
    • Riley Mauzer - Lakeland Union High School
    • Maddie Nelson - Lakeland Union High School
    • Emily Fink - Three Lakes/Phelps High Schools Team
    • Kortnie Volk - Three Lakes/Phelps High Schools Team
    • Daisy Campbell - Three Lakes/Phelps High Schools Team
    • Sydney Lurvey - Three Lakes/Phelps High Schools Team
    • Cassidy Crump - Three Lakes/Phelps High Schools Team
    • Khalajia Hannah - Florence/Niagara High Schools Team
    • Alyssa Cretton - Florence/Niagara High Schools Team
    • Sylvia Hansen - Gillett High School
    • Aubrey DeBauch - Gillett High School
    • Chloe Gruszynski - Crivitz High School
Congratulations to the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School girls track team for being the back-to-back top scoring team in the WIAA Division 2 State Championship!

Later this afternoon, the Tomahawk High School softball team will be competing in the Division 3 Semifinals against Prescott High School. The winner of this game will advance to the Division 3 Finals. The game was scheduled to begin at 10 am but it has been postponed due to rain in Madison. Good luck Hatchets!
The Tomahawk Hatchets softball team is pictured above with their game-winning plaque. 
Farm Blizzard Damage Loans
Governor Walker announced that farmers in 52 counties may qualify for emergency loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help recoup losses sustained from the mid-April Blizzard. The Farm Service Agency Administrator announced that this region will receive a disaster designation. This designation makes low-interest emergency loans available for farmers who had severe physical losses from the snow and winds from the mid-April storms.

In the 12th Senate District the following counties were designated by USDA to qualify for the loans:
  • Marinette
  • Oconto
  • Shawano
As a part of the program, eligible farmers in counties bordering disaster counties will be able to apply for the loans (pending available funds). In the 12th Senate District, the following counties qualify as border counties:
  • Florence
  • Forest
  • Langlade
  • Marathon
  • Menominee
Eligible farmers will have eight months to apply for the loans. If you want to find out more information about the loans, I recommend contacting your local USDA Farm Service Agency office. For the full text of Governor Walker's Announcement, please click here.
Governor's Business Plan Finalists
Two months ago, I shared some information regarding the Governor's Business Plan Contest and the 12th Senate District's entry: Rhinelander-based Replace-A-Lace.  I am pleased to share that after three rounds of judging, Replace-A-Lace was named one of the twelve finalists that presented their business plan during the annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference on Monday. 

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.

All of the finalists will recieve cash prizes to continue growing their businesses. Over 200 entries were submitted to the contest and it is a large accomplishment for any new business to receive this recognition from the contest sponsors who are two of Wisconsin's largest business advocates: the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Technology Council.

For more information about Replace-A-Lace, please click here. Congratulations Nancy!
Nancy Brekke-Jones (bottom row, far left) is pictured with Governor Walker and the other eleven finalists for the Governor's Business Plan Contest.
Photo Credit: Mark Hogan, CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
DOJ Announcements
Last Friday, Attorney General Brad Schimel announced that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) will be expanding their "Dose of Reality" campaign to the Native American tribal communities throughout the state. The campaign was established in 2015 with a partnership between local law enforcement agencies and the Department of Health Services to prevent the abuse of opioids. 

Tribal communities will now see customized brochures, flyers, posters and online advertisements targeted at opioid abuse prevention for your tribal members and their parents, caregivers and elders. A partnership between the Marshfield Clinic Health System, Alliance for Wisconsin Youth and Northwoods Coalition gathered community input from Wisconsin's tribal communities in order to formulate the messaging and design of the campaign materials. 

You can find more information about the Dose of Reality campaign including free, online downloads of all of the materials by clicking here

Attorney General Schimel also announced the next phase of the KNOW METH public awareness campaign. The campaign will highlight what an "Altered State" would look like if meth use were to impact time-honored traditions in Wisconsin. Targeted online, video, television and radio ads will begin running throughout northern and western Wisconsin in over 35 different counties, including many within the 12th Senate District. 

Meth use in Wisconsin has grown nearly 500% from 2010 to 2017 and the DOJ is using this public awareness campaign as one of many tools to take action against the rising use of methamphetamine. Additionally, DOJ has:
  • Appointed three assistant attorney general to assist local district attorneys and law enforcement in the prosecution of methamphetamine-related cases.
  • Hired an analyst and purchased new equipment to investigate meth labs. Additionally, resources will be provided to local drug enforcement teams for training using this equipment.
  • Hired four additional criminal investigation agents who are focused on drug interdiction and drug trafficking.
  • Increased spending by $6 million for treatment alternative and diversion courts (TAD) in 51 counties and two tribes.
Thank you Attorney General Schimel for your continued dedication to reducing the use of opioids and methamphetamines in Wisconsin by educating the public and increasing enforcement tools and opportunities when necessary. For more information about the KNOW METH campaign, please click here.
Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo
The 29th Annual Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo is returning to Merrill this upcoming weekend. Starting today through the end of Sunday, June 10th, the rodeo will be held at the Merrill Festival Grounds. The rodeo is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Assocation (PRCA) and the Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA). Last year, the WPRA awarded the planning committee of the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo the National Award for Small Committee of the Year. 

Each day is filled with family entertainment, live music and rodeo performances. This year, Friday evening is the Armed Services Appreciation performance. $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight. On Saturday, attendees are asked to wear the color pink to show support for cancer education, awareness and treatment. Finally, on Sunday, it is Family Day.

For more information about the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo, including a full schedule of events and information about tickets, please click here.
District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
June 8-9 MC Rock Fest Gleason
June 8-10 Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo Merrill
June 9 Walk in the Woods Art Fest St. Germain
June 9 Art Fair on the Courthouse Lawn Rhinelander
June 9 Florence Historical Society Museum Open House Florence
June 9 UpNorth Beerfest Eagle River
June 9-10 Ride for Research Dual Sport Wabeno
June 9-10 Strawberry Moon Pow-wow Mole Lake Crandon
June 9-17 Country Music Festival Porterfield
June 10 Langlade County Breakfast on the Farm Bryant
June 10 Lincoln County Dairy Breakfast Merrill
June 10 Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm Suring
June 15-16 Solstice Festival Manitowish Waters
June 16 Kickball Tournament Lena
June 16 Props and Pistons Fly-In, Car Show and Radar Run Eagle River
June 16-17 Lion's Heritage Days and Mug Bog Race Gleason
June 17 Take a Kid Fishing Conover
June 23 Ride with Leinie Land O'Lakes
June 23 First Annual Summer Festival Laona
June 23 Quilt Show/Strawberry Social/Art Fair Florence
June 23-24 Presque Isle Days Presque Isle
June 24 Shawano County Brunch on the Farm Cecil
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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