News Digest

Rammer renews certification

Sherry Rammer has completed the necessary requirements to renew her designation as a Certified Municipal Treasurer of Wisconsin from the Municipal Treasurers Association of Wisconsin. In an organization with more than 500 members, 75 currently have the CMTW designation but only 24 are eligible and have met both the educational and work experience criteria in order to be recertified. The designation must be renewed every five years by attending continuing education classes and maintaining proficiency in their area of fiduciary responsibility.

Stroebel town hall in Waldo

State Sen. Duey Stroebel, R-Cedarburg, will be holding 10 town hall meetings throughout the 20th Senate District during the month of May. One will be held Thursday, May 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Waldo Village Hall, 810 Second St., Waldo. Stroebel has also released a spring survey for his constituents. The survey is available online at

Katsma announces re-election bid

State Rep. Terry Katsma, R-Oostburg revealed last week that he will seek election to a second term in the Wisconsin State Assembly in the fall general election. Katsma submitted 400 nominating signatures to the Government Accountability Board, which is twice the required minimum. “It has been a great honor to serve the people of the 26th District during the past two years,” said Katsma. “I had the opportunity to help enact hundreds of measures that are saving taxpayer money, reforming government and putting people to work. But we have more work ahead, and I intend to keep making these priorities my focus in the years ahead.” The fall general election will occur on Nov. 8. Wisconsin’s 26th Assembly District includes the cities of Sheboygan and Sheboygan Falls; the villages of Adell, Oostburg, Random Lake and Cedar Grove; and the towns of Lima, Holland, Sherman and Wilson.

Crackfilling set on State 57

Wisconsin Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be crack filling on northbound State 57 between Clearview Road and County PP in Sheboygan County Wednesday through Friday this week from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be various lane closures while repairs take place. All maintenance operations are weather dependent. Maintenance operations are typically preformed in spot locations in the project limits. Traffic impacts do not typically affect the entire highway limits of the maintenance project, or throughout the project’s entire duration. Motorists are urged to slow down and be mindful of workers in close proximity on both highways.

State pollinator protection in place

Wisconsin’s pollinator protection plan is now complete and available to gardeners, farmers, beekeepers and open lands managers just in time for the growing season. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) contracted with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Entomology Department to develop the plan. It describes scientific data on risks to pollinators, and recommends best management practices, or BMPs, to protect them. Nearly 30 stakeholder groups had input, including beekeepers, environmental groups, agribusinesses, pesticide manufacturers, commodity groups, government agencies, and tribal governments. DATCP released a draft plan in January for public comment. Those comments were duly considered and incorporated into the final plan; however, some of the comments suggested changes that are outside DATCP’s authority or what the plan was intended to address. Some comments involved minor editing changes, and some complimented the plan or expressed support for it. Others addressed the length of the plan or missing information; authors have now edited for more concise language and added pertinent information. Management restriction comments were shared with the relevant agencies and organizations that could implement them. In Wisconsin, pollinators include managed non-native honey bees; more than 400 wild native species of bees; and other insects. News stories have focused on population declines among managed colonies of honey bees, but some wild pollinators like bumble bees are also declining. Science suggests that a number of factors are in play. For honey bees, the risks include parasites, pathogens and lack of genetic diversity. Both honey bees and other pollinators are affected by loss of habitat, inadequate forage, and pesticide exposure.

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