Wisconsin – Catch 22 MKE http://catch22mke.com/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 23:03:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://catch22mke.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/catch-22-mke-icon-150x150.png Wisconsin – Catch 22 MKE http://catch22mke.com/ 32 32 Wisconsin VA works to reach rural veterans and tackle mental health http://catch22mke.com/wisconsin-va-works-to-reach-rural-veterans-and-tackle-mental-health/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 23:03:00 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/wisconsin-va-works-to-reach-rural-veterans-and-tackle-mental-health/

FOND DU LAC — For veterans like Deborah Minger of Fond du Lac, accessing veterans’ services isn’t always easy.

“It’s kind of a motivation for me to go to Milwaukee or go to Appleton,” Minger said. “It seems like it takes a long time to get appointments. Some vets are disabled and can’t make that trip.”

According to the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, 67% of the state’s veterans live in rural areas far from VA resources.

“Basically, on average, 17 to 20 veterans die by suicide every day,” said Milwaukee VA psychiatrist Michael McBride. “So that needs to be addressed by reaching out to veterans, especially in rural areas where we know our access to care is not what we want it to be.”

The Milwaukee VA hosted a Mental Health Summit in Fond du Lac on Tuesday to try to reach out to these rural veterans and learn what issues are most important to them.

“Since the pandemic, we’ve really been offering more video conferencing, tele-mental health, and that’s given us a chance to reach veterans across the state,” McBride said. “But it also raises the issue of high-speed internet, and about 30% of veterans who live in rural areas don’t have internet access. That’s another issue we need to address.”

At the summit, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs announced it was opening a new facility in Fond du Lac, hoping to expand services to veterinarians.

“To those veterans in our rural areas who may be struggling, I want to tell you: you are not alone,” said Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Mary Kolar. “Today’s summit at Fond du Lac is an example of our concern for you.”

Veterans in the Fond du Lac area said this could make it easier to access services.

“I think I would probably grow in terms of the perks I use,” said veteran Richard Ewald. “In terms of the medical aspects, being a bit closer, I could look at other benefits that I think I can participate in that I’m not doing right now.

When it comes to helping veterans, the stakes have never been higher.

In 2020, the suicide rate for veterans was 57.3% higher than for non-veteran American adults. That’s according to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2022 Annual Veteran Suicide Prevention Report, released Monday. The report said veteran suicides fell for the second straight year, but the VA said the job was not nearly done.

“Mental health, especially suicide prevention, is the number one goal of the VA nationwide,” McBride said.

Veteran Mark Flower said serving in the military had a devastating effect on his mental health.

“I was a drug addict and an alcoholic for a very long time. Suicidal ideation was, I won’t say daily in my brain, but constantly and in my brain,” Flower said.

Now Flower is working with Captain John D. Mason’s Veteran Peer Outreach Group to help other veterans like him.

“Life is good today because I had the help I needed and the peer support stuff that we have in Wisconsin,” Flower said.

VA officials said it was part of a larger national effort to reach underserved veterans in rural communities and address life-saving mental health issues.

“Today we focus on veterans,” Kolar said. “And by helping veterans, we’re helping everyone in our community, making sure people get the help they need.

If you are having a mental health crisis, you can call the 24/7 Suicide and Crisis Hotline at 9-8-8, and press 1 for specific services to veterans.

Homeowner kills intruder in burglary, Wisconsin cops say http://catch22mke.com/homeowner-kills-intruder-in-burglary-wisconsin-cops-say/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 14:57:54 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/homeowner-kills-intruder-in-burglary-wisconsin-cops-say/

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A homeowner killed an intruder who broke into his home in Kenosha, Wisconsin, police said.

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A Wisconsin man killed an intruder who broke into his home and attacked him, according to the Kenosha Police Department.

Officers responded to calls from a neighborhood on the city’s west side around 7:20 p.m. on Friday, September 16, for a “suspicious” person seen damaging vehicles and trying to break into homes, a the department said in a statement.

“The guy was going absolutely crazy, throwing rocks at cars, houses,” said WTMJ resident Jayme Raddatz.

Then the man “forced his way into one of the houses and attacked the owner”, police said.

Raddatz and his family were settling in for movie night when they noticed the commotion, WTMJ reported.

“He had his arm trying to open the door,” Raddatz said. “My neighbor was hitting his arm screaming for help.”

During the struggle, the owner killed the intruder, police said.

“As this was happening, some of my family members heard a loud thump and then a scream,” neighbor Alfredo Monroy told WISN. “The police had just come down the street, there were probably a dozen or more police here.”

Police did not say how the suspect was killed.

An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Kenosha Police Department at 262-605-5203, or Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333.

Mitchell Willetts is a real-time news reporter covering the United States Center for McClatchy. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and an outdoor enthusiast living in Texas.

Wisconsin is coming to India and not in a good way http://catch22mke.com/wisconsin-is-coming-to-india-and-not-in-a-good-way/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 05:39:00 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/wisconsin-is-coming-to-india-and-not-in-a-good-way/

The project is fantastic: a $19 billion investment in the semiconductor and display panel sectors, with the creation of 100,000 jobs in a state with little experience in manufacturing technology.

If voters and taxpayers in India’s northwest state of Gujarat are excited about this “historic investment,” they should educate themselves on Wisconsin’s recent history. The US state bought into a similar chimera in 2017 when then-President Donald Trump teamed up with then-Governor Scott Walker to lure Foxconn Technology Group, whose Taipei-listed flagship is Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. invest 10 billion dollars and hire 13,000 workers.

Wisconsin never met its goals. And neither does Gujarat.

What is happening in India today is eerily similar to what happened in the American Midwest five years ago, but this time the people and government of Gujarat have no excuse not to be aware of which is likely to unravel. The Americans were told clearly that the Mount Pleasant project made no sense. But still, they went ahead.

It’s inconceivable that Foxconn really thought it would spend up to $10 billion to build a high-tech manufacturing plant in the middle of American agricultural country. But, as Founder and President Terry Gou said early in the planning phase, “There is such a plan, but it’s not a promise. It’s a wish.”

So when Vedanta Ltd. Chairman Anil Agarwal says his company will invest 1.54 trillion rupees ($19.4 billion), we have to take that as wishful thinking rather than a promise. And we can also pause to bathe in the sweet irony of its chosen venture capital partner: Foxconn, the same name behind the Wisconsin project. However, to be fair, the Taiwanese are less a driving force behind this Indian project than an advisory partner. The numbers, choice of location and scope of the project are mainly decided by Vedanta, which bears most of the financial burden.

Foxconn made various promises in Wisconsin that never materialized, with the promise of a state-of-the-art 10G LCD panel factory being the most egregious. At least it never committed to assembling iPhones, the product Foxconn is most famous for.

Taiwanese corporate treachery has in some ways been spurred on by local and national governments bent on selling their constituents (and taxpayers) the assurance that a $3 billion incentive package – the largest in the history of the United States – would be worth it. It will be the “eighth wonder of the world,” Trump proclaimed at the groundbreaking ceremony in 2018.

Governments from Washington to New Delhi are unwilling to provide corporate social protection to attract monotonous projects like chip testing and assembly. They want to send out press releases and tweets that salute their territory’s move to the upper echelons of industrial society. To achieve this public relations goal, they often tie incentives not to reasonable evolutionary steps in economic development, but to extravagant plans that people never dreamed of.

And the recipients of these sweeteners are more than happy to oblige, knowing that there’s almost no downside to over-promising and under-delivering. And those who handed them out – either long out of office or safely entrenched – won’t be required to foot the bill either. Scott Walker lost his re-election bid, largely due to the failed Foxconn deal; however, he did not lose his home like dozens of Wisconsin residents who were displaced to make way for the “marvel” that never was.

Now it’s India’s turn to dream, until she has to face reality.

It may be a coincidence that the project went to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state. The neighboring state of Maharashtra thought it was a shoestring for the deal, going so far as to issue a statement two months ago announcing that the Vedanta-Foxconn firm would invest in it.

Accusations and rancor were flying in Maharashtra after Agarwal and Modi took to the stage to celebrate the winner. But in reality, residents of India’s second most populous state may end up celebrating not that they lost the project, but that they dodged a bullet.

Indians – of Gujarat and Maharashtra in particular – may take this as a warning: you don’t want to be another Wisconsin.

More from this writer and others on Bloomberg Opinion:

• Curb your enthusiasm for India’s next chip company: Tim Culpan

• A US recession will also hit India’s tech hub: Andy Mukherjee

• India’s Chip Dreams aren’t crazy, just misguided: Tim Culpan

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Tim Culpan is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering technology in Asia. Previously, he was a technology reporter for Bloomberg News.

More stories like this are available at bloomberg.com/opinion

]]> Wisconsin Rapids Man is Tug of the Year http://catch22mke.com/wisconsin-rapids-man-is-tug-of-the-year/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 03:26:00 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/wisconsin-rapids-man-is-tug-of-the-year/

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) – Chris Nieman of Nieman’s Towing and Recovery in Wisconsin Rapids receives one of the highest honors for someone in his industry.

American magazine Towman names Nieman “Towman of the Year”.

About a week ago, Chris Nieman received several envelopes from American magazine Towman.

He says that at first he thought it was just a case of sending duplicates by mistake.

“It turned out to be a different nomination sent in by nine different fire chiefs in our area of ​​Wood County,” Neiman said.

These nominations were to name him Townman of the Year.

Wisconsin Rapids Fire Chief Todd Eckes says it’s because he’s always there when they need training to respond to traffic accidents, which his father and grandfather did before him.

“The answer was always yes and the next question was always where, when and how many vehicles do you need? And they would take them out, then they would pick them up, and we would never see a bill for that,” Eckes said.

“We also see it as training for us, just so we can learn together,” Nieman said.

Eckes says the relationship North Central Wisconsin fire companies have built with Nieman’s tow is paying off in ways they never imagined.

“The good thing about Chris is he’s always listening to the radio, and that’s all he has to do is hear that there’s a case where they’re going to need a tow truck where there is a life and safety issue, he is already driving before he was asked to start coming,” Eckes said.

Eckes says there is no one more deserving than Neiman for what he has done for the community.

“The more we work with him, like he does, the safer our patients will be when we perform these movements,” Eckes said.

Nieman will travel to Baltimore in November to receive the award.

DNR: Register now for the Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers October 6-8 http://catch22mke.com/dnr-register-now-for-the-wisconsin-summit-for-natural-resources-volunteers-october-6-8/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 14:46:09 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/dnr-register-now-for-the-wisconsin-summit-for-natural-resources-volunteers-october-6-8/

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages those interested in our natural environment to attend the upcoming Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers October 6-8.

The theme of the Summit is Nature and People: Feeding Each Other. The three-day event will feature a pick-and-choose adventure format at multiple venues in Waukesha, focusing on small-group outdoor workshops, field explorations and presentations. The event is open to adults 18 and older. Master naturalist certification is not required.

“As we see the positive impacts that natural resource volunteers have on our natural world, we are still learning to appreciate the benefits that time spent in nature has for our physical and mental well-being,” said Becky Sapper, director of the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program. , UW-Madison Extension Division.

The Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers is an opportunity for people who love being in nature and caring for nature to:

  • Learn in small group workshops, hikes and field events.
  • Serve with volunteer opportunities for the Ice Age Trail Alliance and Waukesha County Parks.
  • Relate with volunteers, citizen scientists, natural resource professionals, educators, and land and water stewards.

The Summit’s keynote address will be delivered by Emily Ford, a winter adventurer and avid hiker. Emily hiked the Waukesha area on her winter hike on the 1,200 mile Ice Age Trail with her Alaskan Husky, Diggins. With an understanding and a desire to show that everyone can go on an adventure and that everyone deserves to experience the outdoors, regardless of race, gender identity or upbringing, she continues to seek the adventure and representing underrepresented people in outdoor spaces.

Attendees will also be able to learn from DNR experts, including:

  • Jennifer Redell – Bats
  • Elizabeth Braatz – Bumblebee Brigade
  • Andrew Badjie – Wisconsin Amphibian and Reptile Citizen Science Projects
  • Christine Anholt-Depies – Wisconsin Snapshot
  • Lisie Kitchell – Mussel monitoring

The DNR is always looking for volunteers to help care for state parks and public lands. Volunteers are integral to providing excellent customer service to visitors, expanding opportunities for recreation and education. Whether you volunteer for a few hours or a few weeks, your service makes all the difference.

To make volunteering easier than ever, use the DNR Volunteer Impact System online portal. The portal helps people find and register for volunteer opportunities in a variety of Wisconsin parks, trails, recreation areas, and forests. You can view, share, and apply for a variety of volunteer positions across the state.

To learn more about the Summit and to register before September 19, visit the Wisconsin Master Naturalist website.

Washington State 17, #19 Wisconsin 14 http://catch22mke.com/washington-state-17-19-wisconsin-14/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 23:35:42 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/washington-state-17-19-wisconsin-14/

WSU_Watson run 2 (Janikowski kick), 9:10.

WIS_Cundiff 17 Mertz pass (Calvaruso kick), 6:05.

WIS_Cundiff 10 pass from Mertz (shot from Calvaruso), :20.

Third quarter

WSU_FG Janikowski 26, 11:20.

WSU_Watson 31 C.Ward pass (Janikowski kick), 5:12.


First attempts 11 22
Total net yards 253 401
Rush yards 22-53 44-174
Who passed 200 227
Clearance returns 2-8 2-9
Launch returns 2-82 1-19
Interceptions Ret. 1-6 2-21
Comp-Att-Int 17-28-2 18-31-1
Sacked yards lost 2-13 1-4
Platforms 4-40.5 3-46.333
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties Yards 5-50 11-106
Time of possession 21:47 42:18



RUSHING_Washington St., Watson 11-34, Jenkins 5-26, (Team) 1-(under 1), C.Ward 5-(under 6). Wisconsin, B. Allen 21-98, Mellusi 15-44, Guerendo 3-14, Bell 3-12, Mertz 2-6.

PASSING_Washington St., C.Ward 17-28-2-200. Wisconsin, Mertz 18-31-1-227.

RECEPTION_Washington St., Ollie 5-34, Victor 3-33, Stribling 3-16, Bell 2-49, River 2-40, Watson 1-31, Jenkins 1-(down 3). Wisconsin, Cundiff 4-59, Dike 4-31, Lewis 2-62, Bell 2-17, B. Allen 2-12, Guerendo 2-12, Eschenbach 1-23, M. Allen 1-11.

MISSED GROUND GOALS_Wisconsin, Calvaruso 51, Calvaruso 43.

]]> Wisconsin defeats Beloit 5-1 for third straight win http://catch22mke.com/wisconsin-defeats-beloit-5-1-for-third-straight-win/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 03:13:14 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/wisconsin-defeats-beloit-5-1-for-third-straight-win/

September 8, 2022 – Midwest League (MWL) – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Press Release

GRAND CHUTE, WI — The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are looking to finish the 2022 Midwest League strong. They broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday night to beat the Beloit Sky Carp 4-1 at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. The victory was the third in a row for the Timber Rattlers, who have won eight of their last ten games.

Dalvy Rosario put the Sky Carp (62-66 overall, 31-32 in the second half) up 1-0 on the second pitch of the game with a solo home run.

Jose Acosta stopped a Beloit rally in the top of the fourth and was a one-man rally in the bottom of the fourth for Wisconsin (68-60, 32-31). The Sky Carp had a runner first after Osiris Johnson walked one out in the top of the fourth. Kyler Castillo hit a line drive to look like a base hit. However, Acosta jumped in for the second out and landed a strike at first just after landing to double Johnson first for the end-inning double play. Late inning, Acosta hit a solo home run with two outs to tie the game 1-1.

Neither of the two starting pitchers conceded another run. Beloit’s Evan Fitterer allowed four hits and walked one in five innings. Rattlers starter Alexander Cornielle also allowed just four hits while walking two and striking out seven of six innings.

The game remained tied until the final eighth inning, and it was Acosta who started the rally for Wisconsin.

Beloit reliever Patrick Murphy took too long to deliver a 3-2 pitch to Acosta and an autoball was called to send Acosta to first base with a walk. Zack Raabe followed with a right double and the Rattlers had runners at second and third with no outs.

Arbert Cipion, at bat with the Sky Carp infield playing on the grass, clipped a 1-2 pitch from Murphy in the middle to score the two runners and the Rattlers led 3-1.

Wisconsin added to their lead on a scoring error on a ground pitch from Jeferson Quero and an RBI single from Eduardo García for a 5-1 lead.

Joey Matulovich pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings for his fifth win of the season. Brannon Jordan closed the game with a scoreless ninth.

Game 4 of the series is Friday night at Neuroscience Group Field. Carlos Rodríguez (3-1, 1.44) is the slated starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Jake Walters (1-2, 4.26) is set to start for Sky Carp. Game time is 6:40 p.m.

The Timber Rattlers will don the lederhosen-inspired jerseys and become the Brats as part of their annual Bratoberfest celebration on Friday! The jerseys are on sale now in online auctions which end on Sunday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Proceeds from the jersey auction will go to Timber Rattlers Give Back. The first 1,000 fans in the stadium will receive a figurine of former Rattler Joey Wiemer wearing his 2021 Brats jersey courtesy of Cher-Make.

You can really get into the spirit of the game when you purchase a Bratoberfest ticket package that includes a seat ticket, beer bat, and beer bat refill for $35 when you use the promo code “brat.”

Fans of legal drinking age can purchase Arty’s Supper Club cocktails for half price as part of an Arty’s Supper Club Friday and 101.1 WIXX once inside. Johnson Financial Group presents post-game fireworks, and after the fireworks, kids twelve and under can run the bases courtesy of Menasha Corporation.

If you can’t make it to the stadium, the radio broadcast is on AM1280, WNAM and internet audio from 6:20 p.m. The game is also available on MiLB.tv for subscribers.


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Dalvy Rosario (9th, 0 in 1st inning against Alexander Cornielle, 0 out)


Jose Acosta (8th, 0 in 2nd inning against Evan Fitterer, 2 out)

WP: Joey Matulovich (5-1)

PL: Patrick Murphy (0-1)


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Ezoicreport this ad ]]> Wisconsin attorney general candidates debate how to stop crime in Milwaukee http://catch22mke.com/wisconsin-attorney-general-candidates-debate-how-to-stop-crime-in-milwaukee/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 23:02:00 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/wisconsin-attorney-general-candidates-debate-how-to-stop-crime-in-milwaukee/

MILWAUKEE — Just nine weeks away from the general election, Milwaukee has once again become the center of debate for candidates for Wisconsin attorney general.

The top two candidates want to see change so the violence that happened over Labor Day weekend isn’t repeated.


Another shooting downtown Monday morning left residents who frequent Milwaukee‘s entertainment district with a stinging feeling.

Cellphone video shows the end of a chase and then a shooting near Water Street and Juneau on Friday evening. The chase ended when Milwaukee police said Ernest Terrell Blakney, 47, shot at police and officers returned fire. During the shooting, Blakney, a homicide suspect, was fatally shot by police, and a 22-year-old bystander was also shot but is expected to survive.

“These officers and every officer there are seeing an increase in violent crime. They have been extended. They had their days off canceled on short notice and they’re trying to do a lot more with a lot less,” said Andrew Wagner, president of the Milwaukee Police Association.

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Eric Toney, (R) Wisconsin Attorney General Candidate, is the current Fond Du Lac County District Attorney.

On Monday, there was another shooting at 1:30 a.m. in downtown Milwaukee near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and State Street. He injured two people who are expected to survive. The union says these violent crimes tax Milwaukee officers.

“As we’ve seen our staffing levels go down, we’ve seen an increase in violent crime in the city,” Wagner said.

Republican candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General Eric Toney, who is backed by the Milwaukee police union, says he wants to increase resources. The same goes for Democrat and incumbent Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul. Part of how they want to increase these resources is to have initial pursuit power. This could only come if the legislator approves this change. Toney wants this authority for Milwaukee County. Kaul wants it for the whole state.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul

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Attorney General Josh Kaul.

“Make Milwaukee a priority because if we protect Milwaukee, we will protect all of Wisconsin. That’s why I’ve advocated for granting our Attorney General initial prosecutorial authority here in Milwaukee, so we can take on the crime they don’t want or can’t prosecute,” Toney said.

When it comes to crime, Milwaukee County tops the state with 53,719 offenses in 2021, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The numbers drop dramatically after Milwaukee County. The rest of the top five counties for criminal offenses include 14,016 in Dane County, 4,909 in Brown County, 4,162 in Waukesha County and 4,052 in La Crosse County.

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“I think the Attorney General should have home prosecuting authorities across the state, so that if there are crimes that the AG’s office can step in and prosecute, we have that capability. Now we also need to have resources in the AG’s office to make sure the authority is effective,” Kaul said.

Candidates also differ on where the money for these resources comes from. The mayor and the Milwaukee police union want to see the state’s shared revenue increase as the city faces deep budget cuts. Toney would not commit to advocating for increased revenue sharing. He wants the money to come from the governor’s office using US bailout dollars.



A suspect was killed and a bystander was injured in a shooting Friday night in the Mlwaukee entertainment district.

“We have a budget surplus and that’s an issue that the legislature is going to have to address and I’m going to work with them to make sure Milwaukee has those resources, but that can’t happen until next year and we have them. need now,” Toney said.

“My opponent said he wanted to use one-time funding, but that won’t get the job done. We need long-term funding so we can hire more police and prosecutors and make sure that when people commit crimes crimes, they are held accountable and end up behind bars if they have committed serious offences,” Kaul said.

Both candidates say changes also need to be made to the bail system to ensure violent offenders are not given low bail.

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Wisconsin mothers defend and criticize school board pride ban and BLM flags http://catch22mke.com/wisconsin-mothers-defend-and-criticize-school-board-pride-ban-and-blm-flags/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 06:00:19 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/wisconsin-mothers-defend-and-criticize-school-board-pride-ban-and-blm-flags/

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Two Wisconsin mothers with opposing positions explained their positions regarding their local school board’s vote to ban rainbow flags and Black Lives Matter in the classroom.

The Kettle Moraine School Board voted in August to ban teachers from displaying political and religious messages in the classroom, including these flags, as well as pro-police symbols.

“I think our school board absolutely did the right thing,” Amy Richards, a mother of four, told Fox News. “The idea that we need to somehow target a group of students worries me because you’re focusing on one problem and not your entire population.”

But Sarah Leuwerke, mother of five, including a gay son, disagreed.


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The Kettle Moraine School Board in Wisconsin has voted to ban political messages in classrooms, including pride flags.
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“If a little piece of material in a room makes a kid feel more comfortable, whether they’re gay, straight, or whatever, I don’t see why that’s become a problem,” Leuwerke said.

She told Fox News that a pride flag shouldn’t be considered a political message.

“It’s a sign of respect,” Leuwerke said. “That’s all it is. It’s not a political statement.”

“He’s a target for the LGBTQ community,” she continued. “It wasn’t a problem until a few people on the school board made it a problem and decided that this gender identity is political, which it isn’t.”

Richards said the policy is intended to foster a bullying-free environment and avoid biased messaging that could ultimately single out and isolate students.

“It was a clarification that there is no place in our classrooms for teachers to point out to students of any type what their belief system is,” she said.


The school board meeting drew some supporters, but most of the students and community members in attendance spoke out against the policy. Richards said she was shocked to hear from students opposing the ban explaining how flags have failed to stop instances of bullying.

The American flag, rainbow pride flag and a Black Lives Matter flag fly over the Nativity School in Worcester.

The American flag, rainbow pride flag and a Black Lives Matter flag fly over the Nativity School in Worcester.
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She said the school board should take all necessary steps to promote “a culture where bullying is not acceptable for any child.”

But Leuwerke said the policy “gives license to bullying”. She said flags unite people and build positive relationships.

“I started knowing who my village was,” Leuwerke told Fox News.


Leuwerke’s 17-year-old son came out as gay but then felt isolated and angry. She relied on the teachers who met her son every day for support.

“I couldn’t do it on my own,” she said. “I knew where to reach out because of the pride flags in the classrooms.

“These flags meant something to me as a parent because I knew, oh, you are part of a community that I love and support,” she said.

Richards said two school board members elected in April were focused on promoting academic excellence and eliminating divisive material in their campaigns, which she said is of concern to most parents in schools.

“What we’re seeing is a lack of balance to help them learn to think, not what to think,” Richards told Fox News. She said the school board’s decision was a step in the right direction to eliminate indoctrination.

“Competence in core areas is plummeting” for students nationwide, Richards said. “We want our students to focus on learning.”

The Ministry of Education released a report which found that student test scores have declined during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Education released a report which found that student test scores have declined during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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According to the National Center for Education Statistics, student test scores have fallen during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the most significant drop in reading scores in more than three decades and the first recorded drop in math scores.

“We’re not trying to insulate our children from other ideas,” she said. “But as parents, it is our responsibility to decide when and how these ideas are introduced.”

“The fact that some teachers decide they’re going to take on our role as parents without our involvement has excited a lot of parents,” she said.


But Leuwerke had other worries.

“The trajectory of where we’re going is really scary,” she told Fox News. She said she regrets not moving her family to a school district in Wauwatosa, Wis., that has approved a sex-ed curriculum that teaches students about transgender as early as fourth grade.

“I think they should educate about all of these things,” Leuwerke said, noting that pride flags are displayed almost everywhere. “I think we need to prepare kids to leave high school and be active participants in the world.”

Brewers make additions in September, recalls RHP Perdomo, OF Ruiz Wisconsin News http://catch22mke.com/brewers-make-additions-in-september-recalls-rhp-perdomo-of-ruiz-wisconsin-news/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 03:38:00 +0000 http://catch22mke.com/brewers-make-additions-in-september-recalls-rhp-perdomo-of-ruiz-wisconsin-news/

As major league teams were scheduled to add two players to their rosters on Thursday, the Milwaukee Brewers recalled outfielder Esteury Ruiz and right-hander Luis Perdomo from Triple-A Nashville.

The rosters grow each year on September 1, and in 2022 two players were to be added – but teams cannot carry more than 14 pitchers. Perdomo gives the Brewers the maximum.

Ruiz was acquired in the trade that sent Josh Hader to San Diego. The speedy outfielder made his MLB debut earlier this year with the Padres. Appearing in 14 games, he went 6 for 27 (.222) with a stolen base. In 22 games for Nashville, Ruiz is down .326/.383/.395 with 10 interceptions. He has played 99 total minor league games this season, including 49 in Double-A, and he is 0.332/0.450/0.523 with 70 steals.

Perdomo appeared in seven games for Milwaukee in 2022, allowing two runs — one earned — in 10 1/3 innings on nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts. In 24 games with the Sounds, he has a 2.67 ERA, .824 WHIP and 9.8 K/9s in 30 1/3 innings.

Milwaukee opens a four-game series at Arizona on Thursday night. Every game can be seen on Bally Sports Wisconsin, the Bally Sports app or Bally Sports+ beginning with Brewers Live at 8 p.m. Thursday.