News Digest

Bridge inspections tomorrow

Two bridges in Sheboygan County will see lane closures tomorrow (Wednesday) as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation regional office in Green Bay conducts routine bridge inspections in Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Winnebago counties.

The State 28 bridge over the Onion River in Sheboygan Falls will be inspected from 9 to 11 a.m. with lane closures with flagging operations.

The State 23 bridge over the Mullet River in Plymouth will be inspected from 12 noon to 2 p.m. with lane closures

Motorists should anticipate backups, use caution and remain alert when driving through these or any work zones.

POW/MIA ceremony scheduled

As they have for the past several years, members of Plymouth’s American Legion Post 243 and VFW Post 5612 will gather at the Plymouth City Hall flag pole Friday, Sept. 19 at 8 a.m. for a special “ Prisoner Of War/Missing In Action Recognition Day” program .

Established by Congressional action on July 18, 1979, “Recognition Day” observances moved to a different day every year until 1986 when congressional action established the third Friday in September the official observance day, as proclaimed by the President of the United States.

Here in Wisconsin, 2001 Wisconsin Act 100 established the Third Friday in September as POW/MIA Recognition Day.

It is anticipated that both Governor Walker and President Obama will issue proclamation on the day.

“Here in Plymouth, we’ve taken the observance one step farther” according to Jim Riesenberg, Post 243 POW/MIA Committee chairman. “Some of us felt that with more than 83,000 service men still unaccounted for (World War Two through Global War on Terror), the issue should at least merit a week-long presentation.”

By mayoral proclamation, the week of Sept. 19-26 will be observed as “ Prisoner Of War/Missing In Action Week” in the city of Plymouth.

The brief, 15-minute program will include the hoisting of the black and white National League of Families of Prisoner Of War/Missing In Action flag by Commanders Gene Blindauer of Legion Post 243 and Jake Henschel of VFW Post 5612.

Process helps voters obtain ID

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Department of Health Services (DHS) Vital Records Office have joined together to put a new process in place that will help citizens get a state identification card (ID) for voting without paying government fees.

The agencies are initiating the process to assist people who don’t have the required birth certificates or other underlying documents that are required for a state ID card. Typically, these customers would need to pay a fee to obtain the documentation. Starting Monday, Sept. 15, DMV and DHS will work together to provide a free verification process. DMV already has a process in place to waive the standard ID card fee if the ID is requested for voting.

“Each DMV Service Center has steps in place to support the customer with the process and to make it as quick and easy as possible to obtain a state ID.” said Patrick Fernan, DMV Administrator.

The new verification process will be available to those customers who have never obtained a Wisconsin driver license or ID card and whose documentation is unavailable to prove their U.S. citizenship, names or dates of birth. Individuals must also be at least 18 years old on the date of the next election to be eligible to vote in Wisconsin.

“We are working to ensure that individuals seeking a Wisconsin ID are able to satisfactorily prove their identity through a seamless process. This is a great opportunity for state agencies to work together to assist our customers in obtaining an ID card,” said Oskar Anderson, DHS State Registrar.

The partnership with Vital Records enables DMV to be confident that the customer is entitled to a Wisconsin ID. The process continues to protect the integrity of the Wisconsin ID card and to protect citizens from identity theft.

Complete details on obtaining a Wisconsin ID card are available on the web at DMV customers are reminded to only use the official .gov website. Websites are not official and may have extra charges for forms or list information that is outdated or incorrect.

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