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Brig. Gen. Tim Covington, the Wisconsin National Guard Deputy Adjutant General for Civil Support, expresses his gratitude to Wisconsin National Guard troops and officials at Bellin Health Systems and Odd Fellows Home in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on April 26. The Wisconsin National Guard is winding down its mission to support nursing assistants at facilities across the state. (Photo by Major Joe Trovato)

LA CROSSE, Wis. – After more than three months, the Wisconsin National Guard’s mission to assist as nursing assistants in state health facilities is coming to an end.

Senior Wisconsin National Guard leaders and Wisconsin Department of Health Services officials visited several health care facilities across the state to express their appreciation for the partnership that has formed between them and the hospitality they extended to members of the Guard who served at these establishments. .

As the state grappled with the omicron variant COVID-19 surge in late 2021 and an ongoing shortage of health care personnel, the availability of beds in health care facilities was paramount. . This mission now ends as the Guard’s need for assistance has dissipated.

The state has turned to the National Guard to help fill the void and open additional beds at key facilities. More than 160 Soldiers and Citizen Airmen completed two-week training programs at Madison College or Bellin College in Green Bay as well as on-the-job training to obtain nursing assistant certification before being assigned to health care facilities and long-term care facilities around the state. More than 130 additional troops provided assistance at other state-run facilities.

Although these troops mostly come from non-medical backgrounds, the reviews have been phenomenal as the troops have shown their adaptability and professionalism at every turn.

Charlene Everett, CEO of Odd Fellows Home in Green Bay, where about 10 soldiers have been helping since mid-January, praised Guard members for their service at her facility.

“It was wonderful,” she said during an April 26 recognition event at Odd Fellows Home. “They have been obedient, attentive and so kind to our residents.”

Everett told the story of a resident of Odd Fellows who historically didn’t want anyone to help her, but struck up a fantastic relationship with one of the Guard members helping out at the facility. Another resident in financial difficulty told one of the Guard members that he needed a few items, and the Guard member wanted to help and used his own money to purchase the items for the man.

“Honestly, I have nothing negative to say” said Everett. “I would do it again without hesitation. The scary part is their absence, but we knew it was coming, so we prepared for it, and I think we’re going to be good.

Brig. Gen. Tim Covington, the Wisconsin National Guard’s deputy adjutant general for civil support, traveled to Green Bay to personally thank the Soldiers and Airmen involved in the Nursing Assistant Support mission who served at the facilities. from Bellin Health Systems and Odd Fellows before heading to La Crosse, where troops had helped at both the Mayo Clinic and Hillview Health Center.

Joining Covington were Dr. Jon Meiman, epidemiologist and chief medical officer for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and Miki Gould, the facility liaison for the Wisconsin Healthcare Capacity Task Force. and Col. Randall Myszka, the commander of the Wisconsin Army National Guard Medical Detachment. , on visits.

Meiman noted the critical role long-term care facilities play in the state’s overall healthcare system and how the impact of COVID coupled with healthcare worker shortages has impacted that system.

“We cannot thank the Guard enough for the work you have done, being willing to step in and volunteer you in a whole new role,” Meiman said while visiting troops ending their tours at Odd Fellow Home in Green Bay. “It has helped more patients than I think we will ever experience in this state.”

Covington also expressed his gratitude for the service of National Guard members while stressing that the success of the mission over the past few months is in large part due to the strong partnerships developed between the National Guard, the Department of Health Services and health care institutions. such as Bellin, Odd Fellow, Mayo, Hillview and dozens of others the troops directly supported.

“Success comes from partnerships,” Covington said. “It doesn’t come from being a 185-year-old organization. It comes from partnerships. First and foremost, our partnership is this relationship that we have with the military and air force members of the organization who trust the leadership to find a way to get things done, but then it’s the partnership with the civil authority which actually asks us for support.”

Since beginning its mission to augment auxiliary nursing staff in mid-January, Guard troops have helped increase the state’s post-acute care bed capacity by nearly 270, which enabled healthcare partners to decompress hospitals.

The Wisconsin National Guard has played a major role in the state’s response to the pandemic since the day the public health emergency was first declared in March 2020. Since then, the Guard has helped administer over 1.2 million COVID tests, over 230,000 vaccinations, placed over 565,000 calls to notify residents of test results, assist county medical examiners, staffed self-isolation facilities, and Moreover.

The COVID response represents the largest sustained national mobilization in the Wisconsin National Guard’s 185-year history.



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Wisconsin State Fair Milk House is back for 2022 http://catch22mke.com/wisconsin-state-fair-milk-house-is-back-for-2022/ Thu, 19 May 2022 14:35:15 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/wisconsin-state-fair-milk-house-is-back-for-2022/

The Wisconsin State Fair Milk House will be back for 2022.

A Thursday, May 19, fair press release says the dairy will be operated by the Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and every dollar raised will be reinvested in capital improvements and programs that will benefit future generations. .

Located at the southern end of Fair Park, the Milk House is famous for serving traditional and less traditional milk flavors. The Foundation plans to serve thousands of 8 oz. cups of four different milk flavors during the 11 days of the Fair. At $1 a serving, the Milk House is recognized as one of the best values ​​at the Fair. The milk will come from Prairie Farms Dairy.

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The Foundation is looking for school groups, sports clubs, church groups or any community organization that can bring a group of six or more people (16 years or older) to volunteer for a six-hour shift. All volunteers will receive free admission, t-shirts, parking and a $300 stipend for their organization. There are also a number of paid positions available.

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]]> An Ojibwa embarks on a tribal spearfishing expedition in northern Wisconsin http://catch22mke.com/an-ojibwa-embarks-on-a-tribal-spearfishing-expedition-in-northern-wisconsin/ Tue, 17 May 2022 11:03:08 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/an-ojibwa-embarks-on-a-tribal-spearfishing-expedition-in-northern-wisconsin/

LAC DU FLAMBEAU – People along the shore were shouting “Good luck, Wayne!” as Wayne Valliere paddled through the starry night in his birchbark canoe loaded with torches and equipped with a handmade spear.

One of his goals was to show how these ancient techniques can be just as effective, if not better, than modern practices for harvesting fish.

“It hasn’t been done this way for 200 years,” Valliere, 56, said. “This birch bark canoe is made as it was 500 years ago. Everything was assembled with natural materials.

The Ojibwe Lac du Flambeau (Lake of Torches) reservation, where Vallière lives and works as a tribal citizen, takes its name from 17th-century French explorers who marveled at the way the Ojibwe people filled the lakes with torches during the night in the spring on their canoes hunting walleye.