News Digest

County deer donation successful

The Sheboygan County Deer Donation Program proved to be another success during the recent 2013-14 deer hunting season.

A total of 24 deer were brought into Miesfeld’s Meat Market by Sheboygan County sportsmen and sportswomen.

The deer were processed by Miesfeld’s staff and distributed to local Sheboygan County food pantries. A grand total of 841 pounds of venison were donated to help feed Sheboygan County’s hungry.

The success would not have been possible without the generosity provided by Sheboygan County deer hunters and Miesfeld’s Meat Market.

Those interested in donating to the program next year, are asked to contact the Sheboygan County Planning and Conservation Department at 459-3060 or visit the planning and conservation website at for more information.

January third-safest on highways

Last month, 32 people died in traffic crashes in Wisconsin, which made it the third safest month of January in terms of traffic fatalities since World War II, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT).

The safest month of January in terms of traffic fatalities occurred in 2010 with 20 deaths, and the deadliest was in 1964 with 82 fatalities.

Traffic deaths last month were 11 fewer than January 2013 and four fewer than the five-year average for the month of January. Traffic fatalities in January included 19 drivers, six passengers and seven pedestrians.

“We are concerned about the high number of pedestrian deaths so far this year. The seven pedestrian fatalities in 2014 are nearly double the number from the same time last year,” says David Pabst, director of the DOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “Preliminary investigations report that in three of the fatal crashes the pedestrians were hit by a vehicle while walking on a roadway after their vehicle had crashed or slid off the road in bad weather conditions. To prevent these types of collisions, we advise that you stay inside your vehicle if at all possible with your seat belt buckled if you’ve run off the road or crashed. Then, call 911 on a cell phone or wait for a law enforcement officer to arrive. If you are outside your vehicle, you have little or no protection against vehicles that can easily slide out of control on slippery roads. Your vehicle provides the best available protection if you and your passengers remain inside it with your safety belts fastened.”

Hospice sets Cup of Hope meetings

The Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice has scheduled its February Cup of Hope Grief Support Group meetings.

The evening group will meet on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the hospice center chapel.

The morning group will get together on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. in the chapel.

There is no charge or pre-registration required for participation. Everyone is welcome regardless of where their loved one was cared for.

The hospice has an online grief resource called Grief Words Library at

The Grief Words Library can be accessed by clicking on the resources tab of the website.

For more information, contact Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator Nancy Simenz at 467-1800.

DMV launches new CDL test app

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is introducing a commercial driver license (CDL) practice test application. This new mobile app allows drivers studying for the CDL knowledge test to use their smart phones to test themselves and stay sharp and up to date on basic commercial driver safety.

DMV notes that using the mobile app should not be viewed as a substitute for studying the recently updated Wisconsin Commercial Driver’s Manual.

“The Commercial Driver License practice test app is a great way to prepare anyone taking the written driver test for the real thing. Many of our customers have smart phones, so this allows us to deliver information through their preferred communication device. We hope this app will significantly increase test success for new commercial drivers in our state,” notes DMV administrator Patrick Fernan. “It is a great resource for those looking for a career in commercial driving. Use it together with the Wisconsin Commercial Driver’s Manual to be better prepared.”

The app is currently available in the iTunes store under “WI DMV Commercial Driver Practice Test,” and can be downloaded to both an iPhone and iPad at no cost. An Android version can be found at Google Play.

Users take a quick 15 question multiple choice test and can review their scores instantly. Test takers can see what questions were incorrect and reference the correct answer. They can also share test scores to different social media platforms. Users have the ability to retake the test as many times as desired and track their scores over time.

More on the new CDL Drivers Practice Test app can be found at DMV’s official web site (

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