Monthly Archives: April 2012

NOAA Emergency Radio Just Might Save Your Life

From WI Dept. of Military Affairs.

A Weather/All-Hazards Radio receiver with the ...
A Weather/All-Hazards Radio receiver with the S.A.M.E. alert feature manufactured by Midland Radio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For more information contact: Tod Pritchard Office: 608-242-3324   Cell: 608-219-4008

For Immediate Release

April 30, 2012

NOAA Emergency Radios Save Lives

“Listen, Act and Live!”

(MADISON) – May 9, 2012 is NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Awareness Day. The campaign encourages Wisconsin residents to own a NOAA All Hazards Alert Weather Radio, a 24-hour source of weather forecasts, watches, warnings, and non-weather emergency information provided by the National Weather Service and its parent agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“NOAA emergency weather radios save lives”, says Tod Pritchard, Wisconsin Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. “The early warning of possible danger gives you and your family time to act and stay safe.” Pritchard adds this reminder, “Listen, Act and Live! Listen to the weather radio warnings and take action right away. You’ll have a much better chance of surviving disaster.”

Weather radios are “smoke detectors for danger.” A NOAA Weather Radio with an alarm and battery back-up is one of the best ways to protect your family, especially at night when the alarm feature can wake you up during severe weather and give you and your family time to seek appropriate shelter. If there is no severe weather or emergency your radio can be switched to a silent, stand-by mode.

ReadyWisconsin profiles people who survived tornadoes thanks to emergency weather radio. You can see those profiles at

The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards network started in 1972 and is the sole government-operated radio system to provide direct warnings for all hazardous conditions that pose a threat to lives and property. There are 37 stations that broadcast weather and hazards information to the residents of Wisconsin, and over 1,000 stations nationwide.

Weather radios come in many sizes, with a variety of functions and costs. They can be purchased at most electronic stores. Most weather radio receivers are either battery-operated portables or AC-powered desktop models with battery backup. The portable weather radios are an important item to take along when you are enjoying the outdoors such as camping and boating. Many receivers have digital technology called Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) that allows users to program their radios to alarm only for hazardous conditions that affect their county.

For additional information about weather radios including real life stories of Wisconsin residents who survived a tornado thanks to the early warning from an emergency weather radio, go to  You’ll also find a Q & A section with the most asked questions about emergency weather radios. For more information contact Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Tod Pritchard at: [email protected].


Can You Inspire People To Change

From Great Leadership and Dan McCarthy. An article from Paul Thornton about what great leaders need to do to inspire the people they meet or work with in today’s world. To get the most out of people is the power you have to inspire them.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Inspire People to Change
Here’s an encore guest post by Paul Thornton:

Leaders not only challenge us but also inspire us to take action. Some leaders post quotes in their office as reminders to inspire themselves and others. Here are a few examples.

“Make It a WOW Experience!” —Sign in the office of Kate T. Labor, Vice President-Customer Support, Systems, and Software.

“I will change one life today!” —In the article, “Understanding the Importance of Rituals,” author Justin W. Carter said that this sign was in the front office of a small company. As employees entered the office, they tapped the sign with their hand. This ritual instantly reminded them of the importance of their mission.

“Bring Energy!” —Sign on the desk of Maxine Clark, Founder and Chief Executive Bear, Build-A-Bear Workshop.

“Prove Your Groove.” —Sign on the office wall of Peter H. Reynolds CEO/Owner, FableVision Enterprises.

“The Buck Starts Here!” —Sign on the desk of Donald Trump.

Leaders inspire us by what they say, how they say it, and what they do. You must believe in yourself, your employees, and your message.

What Leaders Say

Read the rest here to inspire your way to success.

Red sunrise over Oostende, Belgium
Red sunrise over Oostende, Belgium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Leaders In An Age Of Information Overload

The following is from Todd Lohenry at e1evation on what leaders need to do to take themselves forward in an age of information overload. If you want to be a leader, the time to be timid and tepid is a thing of the past. Read and take yourself forward.

How to Be a Leader in an Age of Information Overload

I talk frequently about curation and what a valuable tool it is. I teach my students and clients that the time to curate content like this is when you find the paragraphs you WISH you’d written and you can add value to the curated content in the process. Jeff Goins is one of the most influential writers in social media and he recently shared this:

“The privilege of leadership used to belong to a select few. The social elite. The especially charismatic. The unbelievably successful.

You used to have to be the head of your own organization. Or carry a prestigious title.Influence was earned slowly over time. And few had access to it.

But now, that’s all changed.”

In the age of ideas when the exchange of information is as easy as a click of the button, anyone can be a leader. In the traditional sense, leadership is dead, and influence has replaced it.

So what do you — someone who wants to lead — do?

Read more at e1evation. The goal is elevation.

Faced with information overload, we have no al...
Faced with information overload, we have no alternative but pattern recognition. -Marshall McLuhan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Charlton Heston’s Final Interview

Charlton Heston gives his final TV interview. The actor died in April 2008 at age 83, following battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Actor Charlton Heston at the Civil Rights Marc...
Actor Charlton Heston at the Civil Rights March in Washington, D.C. in August 1963. Magyar: Charlton Heston az 1963-as, polgári jogokért folytatott washingtoni menetben (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Video: Dolan’s Homily During Mass At Holy Hill

Published on Apr 28, 2012 by jsonline

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 19: Newly Appointed cardinals John Tong Hon Archbishop of Hong Kong (R) and Timothy Michael Dolan archbishop of New York (L) attend a mass held by pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica on February 19, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 84 year old Pontiff installed 22 new cardinals during his fourth concistory, who will be responsible for choosing his sucessor. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

It was apparent from Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s homily that New York hasn’t dulled his famous sense of humor, to the crowd’s delight. Dolan touted the Giants’ victory over the Packers and dissed Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki’s hometown.

Keweenaw ATV Club Looking to Expand Trails

Keweenaw ATV Club seeks trail designation

April 30, 2012
By STACEY KUKKONEN – DMG writer ([email protected]) , The Daily Mining Gazette
EAGLE RIVER – Off-road vehicle trails are a concern in the Keweenaw, and at a special meeting this month, more than 100 people came out to hear what representatives from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources had to say about creating a designated trail system.

Rob Katona, trail analyst with the DNR in Marquette, said the public meeting was held in Eagle River to bring up a variety of issues with the general public, including use of the trails by riders, funding and the history of the Keweenaw trail system.

The Keweenaw ATV Club has been spearheading an initiative over the last few years to get approval from local land owners to use the vast terrain in Keweenaw County for ATV trail use. The club, searching for support from the DNR to become a designated trail system, contacted several landowners and received permission to establish 54 miles of trails.

“They’ve been trying to develop and manage a trail corridor up there,” Katona said.

Read more at Houghton Mining Gazette.

WUPN: We have heard from readers about the trail in Calumet. We hope more trials will stretch across Upper Michigan.

Keweenaw ATV Club web site


Houghton: Michigan Tech, 1000 Grads Get Degrees

Tech graduates 1,000

Michigan Technological University
Michigan Technological University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

April 30, 2012
By KURT HAUGLIE – DMG writer ([email protected]) , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON – At 55 years old, James Brandt knows he’s one of the more atypical graduates at Michigan Technological University, but despite his uniqueness, he had a good time working toward his degree in accounting.

Brandt, who was one of about 1,000 graduates getting their degrees Saturday at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena in the Student Development Complex, said although most of his classmates, and even some of his instructors, were young enough to be his children, he didn’t feel very much out of place.

“It wasn’t too bad,” he said.

Read more at Houghton Mining Gazette.

Michigan: Debate Opens On Smoking Ban

Smoking ban debate ignites

A semi-airtight cigar storage tube and a doubl...
A semi-airtight cigar storage tube and a double guillotine-style cutter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lawmakers look to add amendment to law

April 30, 2012
The Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Some state lawmakers are trying to burn holes in Michigan’s two-year-old smoking ban, which has cleared the air in public places and enjoyed public support but contributed to cash-flow problems at some bars.

An amendment added to a budget bill by one lawmaker this past week would stop enforcement of the ban at longtime charitable fundraising events. A Senate bill introduced last year would allow smoking in enclosed, separate rooms and outdoor patios of eateries.

Neither is a done deal. But for the senator who sponsored the exemption tucked into the Michigan Department of Community Health‘s budget proposal for the next fiscal year, it’s less about lighting up than letting up on regulation he never cared for in the first place.

“Philosophically I’m opposed to the smoking ban,” said Sen. Howard Walker, a Traverse City Republican who sought to help a Catholic charity in his district that raises tens of thousands of dollars through an annual cigar dinner.

More from the AP and the Escanaba Daily Press.

WDNR Secretary Cathy Stepp Speaks Out On DNR Issues

4/27/2012 4:04:00 AM
Stepp: Legislators threw jobs into the air like confetti
DNR secretary: public input key in improving state’s deer management

Richard Moore
Investigative Reporter

Department of Natural Resources secretary Cathy Stepp had a lot to say about a range of issues during a recent interview at The Lakeland Times, ranging from deer management to changes within the DNR to, especially, mining.

Stepp has been vocal about the defeat of mining legislation that would have expedited permitting for iron mining, and the subsequent collapse of a massive mining project in northern Wisconsin, and she was no less vocal at The Times, saying legislative opponents had acted cavalierly.

“Here’s a visual for you, and this goes back just about a year, during a lot of the protests that were going on,” Stepp said. “I had a few public appearances with Gov. (Scott) Walker all over the state on different issues, and I particularly remember one, which was somewhere in the Milwaukee region, and there were folks carrying picket signs out front saying ‘Jobs Now, Where are the Jobs?’ (A)nd, you know, I say to those folks, you know, the sign instead maybe you should be holding is, ‘Where Are My Senators,’ because we had thousands of jobs in the palm of our hands. I mean, really good-paying jobs, good family-supporting jobs, and what we saw happen was just kind of the Senate Democrats and (GOP) Sen. (Dale) Schultz throw it up in the air as if it was confetti at a labor rally, and what’s happened and what’s falling onto the floor now are the futures of families for Wisconsin, and it’s really devastating to the folks in this part of the state, and there isn’t another way to say it.”

Read more from Richard Moore at The Lakeland Times on many other issues concerning DOT, deer and stewardship concerns in the state of Wisconsin.

WDNR: Hunter Safety Program Surpasses One Million Graduates

April 27, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Cullen Werwie, 608-267-7303

William Cosh, DNR [email protected]

DNR’s Hunter Safety Program Surpasses One Million Graduates

Volunteer instructors key as next million graduates fill classes statewide

Madison—Today Governor Walker announced that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has certified more than one million students through the Hunter Safety Program.

“I would like to thank the expertise of the volunteer instructors whose generosity helps make Wisconsin known for safe hunting,” said Governor Walker.

In 2011, more than 25,000 students completed the hunter’s safety program, pushing the total enrollment since the course’s launch past the one million mark. Already in 2012, classes are under way or planned for each of the state’s 72 counties for students to carry on the tradition and skills that make hunting in Wisconsin a safe experience for all.

“The hunter education course is taught by volunteer instructors who truly know hunting and have a genuine passion to ensure the tradition is passed on to generations in the safest way possible,” Jon King, Department of Natural Resources’ Hunter Education Administrator and conservation warden, said. “The instructors and this course are the top reasons Wisconsin did not have a single gun-related fatality during the 2010 and 2011 gun-deer seasons.”

Started in Dunn County in 1967, the course seeks to instill in students the knowledge and skillsets to be a responsible hunter. The basic course consists of a minimum of 10 hours, during which students learn how hunting accidents are caused and how they can be prevented. The classes consist of lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, practical exercises and individual study and activity assignments.  In 2011, there were 924 classes offered by 3,802 volunteer instructors.

“The way we teach the course is evolving,” King said. “Now, the course has a big emphasis on the real experience – a more hands-on approach which is applicable to real life. However, what has not changed is the course focus on the rules of firearm safety.”

The DNR has also introduced an online version of the course and features bilingual instructors, as well as additional materials for Wisconsin’s diverse population.

“We are ready to instruct students with other challenges – educational or physical,” King said. “We can offer sign language courses and have had students who use wheelchairs.”

King emphasized that all instructors are serious about their role in passing hunting knowledge to the next generation. “Instructors will have a student retake the course to ensure the proper knowledge has been absorbed if necessary. It’s not ideal, but safety is always the top priority.

“This focus and dedication is why the course is on its way to the next million students. Each student who has come before has helped make this course a valuable partner in the hunting heritage of Wisconsin.”

If you are looking for a class near you log onto the DNR website at  If you are interested in continuing Wisconsin Heritage and have time to help please call the Hunter Education Administrator Jon King at 608-575-2294 and express your interest in becoming an instructor.

Wisconsin: More ATV Trails Open May 1, 2012

May 1st is another date when more ATV trails in Wisconsin will be open. Some have been open already but it’s always good to check with the clubs in Wisconsin for more information. Go to Wisconsin club list here.  If you are not a member, please join one. Your dues help keep the trails open and also most clubs have special rides or events planned throughout the riding season. Also remember new regulations go into effect in Wisconsin on ATV / UTV License Plate regulations. Information here.  Last but not least, safety first. Know the rules, know your trials  and have a safe ride this season.

WDNR has some information from their web site:

All-terrain vehicle riding is a growing sport in Wisconsin. Along with the privilege of enjoying the sport comes the responsibility of making sure you are operating an ATV safely and responsibly. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 who is at least 12 years old must complete an ATV safety certification course in order to operate on public ATV trails and areas in Wisconsin. DNR recreational safety specialists recommend all ATV operators complete a safety course.

Information at WDNR link here.

Following are some trail information on openings. You can always go to WATVA for more information.

Marinette County ATV Trail Re-opening April 13, 2012. Link

Langlade County all-terrain vehicle trails opened April 27. Link

Oconto County Trails open May 1, 2012. Link

Clark County ATV Trails open May 1, 2012. Link 


Lakewood: ATV Roger Steinbach Memorial Ride, May 5th

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012
Roger Steinbach Memorial Ride and Sign Dedication: May 5th

Date: Saturday May 5th Rain or Shine
Location & Time: Ride starts at the Trailhead in Lakewood to Animal’s Bear Trail Inn via the new trail south of Lakewood. We will be leaving the Trailhead at 10:00 am. The Lakewood Trail Head is located on Highway 32 in the middle of Lakewood. Just a reminder that the ride over to Animal’s will be thru some Forest Service Property and UTV’s over 50 inches wide are not allowed on FS property at this time.

Ceremony & Sign Dedication: The Ceremony will start at noon at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn on the corner of Highway T & 64, Mountain WI. There will be a short Memorial Ceremony and sign placement on the trail to honor Roger

Read more about the Hidden Bear Trail ATV Club Roger Steinbach Memorial Ride at WATVA here.

Wisconsin: ATV / UTV License Plate Information

With the new ATV, UTV regulation changes coming to Wisconsin July 1, 2012, WATVA has an instructional You Tube on Information concerning ATV / UTV License Plate Information.

On April 2nd 2012, Wisconsin signed a bill into law that required consumers to supply their own rear plate showing their machines registration number (the same bill also created the UTV registration program and other ATV regulation changes). There have been many questions about the license plates, so we hope that this pages answers all of those questions.

See instructional You Tube and other information at WATVA.

Image from WATVA.

Remember, starting July 1st, you will need to have plates on your machine. 

Manistique Farmers Market Opens In 28 Days

← 28 Days and Counting!

Manistique Farmers’ Market Pre-Season Happenings

Posted on April 30, 2012 by Manistique Farmers’ Market

While the Manistique Farmers’ Market for 2012 does not open until May 23rd, there is a lot of work being done to make sure everything is ready for the farmers and the shoppers in just 23 days.

Two big things that have been happening are bolting the tops on the EZ-Up canopies and preparing the new storage facility for the farmers’ market equipment.

See more at Manistique Farmers’ Market

Map of Michigan highlighting Schoolcraft Count...
Map of Michigan highlighting Schoolcraft County.svg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)