September 14, 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
STEM Scouts

Last week, I had a meeting with Amanda Flannery to discuss STEM Scouts. Amanda shared some information about this innovative program that I thought many of you may find interesting:

The STEM Scouts program is a co-ed pilot program created by the Boy Scouts of America that allows kids to do fun, hands-on activities focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The kids meet in groups called labs once a week and learn from local STEM Professionals. The Samoset Council will be adding labs in Merrill, Three Lakes, Weston, Stevens Point and Rhinelander in addition to the 38 labs already running across the council. There will be brand new activities for youth to enjoy at different age levels. 

Our elementary labs will make and explore some of the most fun polymers and non-Newtonian substances, like slime, bouncing balls, silly sand, and more. Scouts will learn about endothermic reactions as they experiment with different recipes for making ice cream, and they will get to eat their experiments! The labs will be working with the Edison Robots which is a new educational robot designed to make it easy for youth to learn how to operate and write custom programs. Scouts will learn how fluids exert forces on moving objects. Finally, they will use the STEM Scouts Engineering Design Process to explore and design several different projects using moving air. These are only a few examples of the fun, hands on activities the elementary level STEM Scouts will in engage in.
Amanda Flannery and Senator Tiffany
The Middle and High School Lab activities include exploring mBot. The mBot allows the Scouts to explore how motion, lights, sounds, and sensors are used to control the actions of their robot. They will use the Scratch Blockly programming environment to work collaboratively with their team to solve challenges during each meeting. 

Scouts will learn how to optimize the speed of a racing car. They will discover what friction is and how it affects the performance of a car, and they will learn about propulsion, acceleration and deceleration, and rocket-powered vehicles. They will design several race courses, build model cars to run on those race courses, and race each other.

All Youth in grades 3-8 are invited to join STEM Scouts. STEM Scouts is a co-ed program that allows youth to explore STEM topics through hands-on experimentation and small group work. The mission of the STEM Scouts program is to inspire young people to go into the STEM fields for their future career. Currently there are not enough employees to fill all the STEM jobs in the United States.  As well as teaching them life skills such as: critical thinking, team work, leadership, and community service. To find a STEM Scout lab near you please visit or contact Amanda Flannery for more information or to volunteer at

Thank you, Amanda, for meeting with me to discuss this cool opportunity. Also to Three Lake's own Don Sidlowski for being heavily involved.
STEM Scout doing a fun experiment
Be Prepared

Recent heavy rains, flooding, and tornadoes across Wisconsin have shown that disasters can happen at any time. When the worst occurs, make sure you know what to do to protect your family and your property from further danger.

This month is Preparedness Month and ReadyWisconsin is encouraging people to learn life-saving skills that can ensure they are able to respond quickly during an emergency.

“There are many things you can do to prepare yourself before a disaster strikes,” said Wisconsin Emergency Management administrator Brian Satula. “It’s important to take steps such as learning CPR, making sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working, and learning where the natural gas shutoff valve for your home is located.”

The historic flooding seen across much of southern Wisconsin in August, in addition to flooding in northwestern Wisconsin earlier this summer, will have many families looking at ways to mitigate the risk to their homes in the future. Homeowners can take preventative steps, such as ensuring gutters remain clear and downspouts are releasing water far away from their foundation. They should also know whether they reside in a flood plain and explore flood insurance options that are available to them.

Fires and carbon monoxide leaks are common dangers in the home, so it’s important to put measures in place designed to sound the alarm when danger is present. Have a smoke and carbon monoxide detector installed on each level of a home. Test those devices monthly, change the batteries annually, and replace them every ten years.

This coming Saturday, Sept. 15, is a National Day of Action. “Consider holding a preparedness event in your community to help everyone learn how to be safe,” Satula suggested. “Attend a CPR class that’s available in your area or look for opportunities to volunteer to help those effected by recent flooding in Wisconsin.”

You can find information about CPR courses offered by the American Red Cross at

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New CWD Rules

This week, rules were published by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on chronic wasting disease (CWD) and are set to take effect on October 1st. These rules could have an impact on your hunting experience. The major provision includes restrictions on movement of wild deer carcasses in CWD affected counties. With these new rules set to take effect in the middle of the hunting season, it is my hope that wardens take a hunter education interpretation during implementation.

The new rules restrict the ability for deer hunters who harvest a deer in a CWD-affected county to move that deer outside of the county it was originally harvested in. If you are moving a harvested deer outside of a CWD-affected county, the carcass must have the head or spine attached and must be taken to a licensed meat process or permitted taxidermist within 72 hours of leaving the county of harvest. In their rule explanation, DNR expects this to increase the cost of hunting as additional hunters are expected to seek professional processing because the rules make it more difficult for individuals to home butcher their deer.
Counties in gray are considered CWD affected
Stiffer CWD rules have been called for by outdoor and sportsman publications but in their rush for action, they didn’t take into account the real world application of their demands. Instead of calling for any action, a deliberate process that brought in stakeholders and legislative leaders should have been developed to introduce additional requirements next season. This would have allowed for a more thoughtful process and proper hunter education. It’s unfortunate that in their call for action to save hunting, they may have done more harm than good.

For more information, visit the DNR webpage.
Rep. Duffy Introduces Wolf Bill

On Thursday, Congressman Sean Duffy introduced legislation to remove the gray wolf from the federal Endangered Species list. The wolf was placed on the list after a federal judge's order even though the population is well beyond the population goal of Wisconsin's Wolf Management Plan.

I've been a strong proponent of returning the management of the wolf to the state. Wolf numbers have stabilized and we have demonstrated we can successfully manage the wolf population.

I remain hopeful that this bill will pass. It is a bipartisan issue and a great opportunity for our federal representatives to get something done for us in Wisconsin. The proposal will need Democrat votes to get through the Senate so it is a great time for Senator Baldwin, who co-authored similar legislation with Senator Johnson in the past, to help whip up the support needed. 

Survey Results

This week's survey results are from the question asking if Wisconsin should borrow money to purchase land under the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. Here are the results.

Hunting Seasons

A few hunting seasons, including Fall wild turkey, ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting, as well as the archery and crossbow deer hunting, will begin tomorrow. If you need information about the seasons, please be sure to check out the DNR's website. There are season forecasts and regulation updates readily available. 

District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
September 14-15 "The Nerd" - Denim & Dessert Readers' Theater Presque Isle
September 14-15 Veterans Fall Ride Tomahawk
September 15 Lions Craft Fair & Auto Show Lake Tomahawk
September 15 Fall Harvest Festival Lake Tomahawk
September 15 Oktoberfest 2018 Three Lakes
September 15 Oktoberfest in Crivitz Crivitz
September 15 Pork in the Park Ribfest Merrill
September 15 Woods & Water Paddle Race St. Germain
September 15 Kiwanis Poker Paddle for Kids Manitowish Waters
September 15 Festi-fall Lakewood
September 15 Phelps Women's Club Annual Scarecrow Fest Phelps
September 21 - 22 STEM Fest NTC - Wausau
September 22 Annual Fall Festival Laona
September 22 Harvest Hoedown Rhinelander
September 22 Fish and Lure Rally Presque Isle
September 22 Pine River Fire Department Pig Roast Merrill
September 29 Beef-A-Rama Minocqua
September 29 Chili Blast Merrill
September 29 Crivitz Fall Harvest Fest Craft Show Crivitz
September 29 Apple Fest Niagara
October 6-7 Northwoods Art Tour
October 6-7 Cranberry Fest Eagle River
October 6 Lena Taste of Fall Lena
October 6 Cran-A-Rama Manitowish Waters
October 6 Lincoln Lager Barleyfest Merrill
October 6 Oktoberfest Antigo
October 13 ZOO BOO at Wildwood Wildlife Park Minocqua
October 13 Harvest Fest Boulder Junction
October 20 LDF Lions "Food for Kidz" Minocqua


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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