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February 17, 2019

2/1/2019 2:58:00 PM
Give them the thanks they deserve
Winter in Wisconsin has been no joke for the last week or so! A couple feet of snow, not to mention sub zero windchills, winter has arrived!
Many people have been inside staying warm to fight the temperatures. But there are others who are out there, helping the people inside fight it.
First our area farmers. It is no secret that farmers are in a national crisis now. They are being forced to give up their livelihood, and to date, Wisconsin has lost approximately 640 farms, leading to unneeded shame, depression, and unfortunately suicide. In the meantime, farmers do not get a vacation: they are out in the barns working to save a newborn calf in subzero temperatures, and working extra hard to make sure their ag equipment can withstand the cold. So remember when you buy agricultural products, you are supporting a farmer who has worked in weather of all kinds to bring food on your table.
Second, our area law enforcement. They are also fighting the cold and dangerous roads to uphold the laws of our county, states and nation. Many have sacrificed their lives when responding to calls in treacherous conditions. It is their job to serve and protect our community, and even in unfavorable conditions. They also deserve our appreciation.
Third, our area emergency personnel. Dispatchers from all over are answering calls to vehicle accidents and illnesses as we speak. First responders, EMTS and drivers are also out on the roads providing care to those who need it. To the doctors, nurses, and those who work in healthcare, we appreciate all that you do to help people in what perhaps may be some of their darkest moments in time.
And also to our lineworkers, plow truck drivers, plumbers, electricians and other public work employees who are spending time away from their families and helping others as another cold winter season comes and goes.
And to everyone else, please remember this. Nothing is worth putting yourself in danger if the task at hand can wait until another day. If you don't feel comfortable getting out on the roads, by all means don't. Use your judgement, stay safe, and stay warm.

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