A Thank You to Hazel Green for a Fun Weekend

What a heartwarming celebration in Hazel Green this third of July!   What a beautiful day, and a wonderful crowd, for the Golden Knights, as they dropped from the sky onto Southwester’s football field.  The landing of the giant helicopters was the show stopper.
It reminded me of years past, when Hazel Green held a four day celebration, for the Fourth of July.   At that time there was an air show put on by the Blue Angles; of which two of the pilots were Hazel Green born and raised, the Swift Brother’s.  Today brought back all those wonderful memories.
We truly thank the Golden Knights and Army for the thrilling show.  A tremendous thank you, to all the volunteers,  who worked so hard to make this happen.  To the people who brought in the Golden Knights. Thanks to Larry the Flag Man, and the Freedom Riders, who graced our Village with all the American Flags.  To all the many volunteers who put up and took down all the flags, directed traffic and helped to make everything work smoothly.  This all made for a wonderful experience, brought back loving memories and hopefully the start of something to energize our community.
Hats off to all for giving us some great new memories.   It is greatly appreciated!
Jack and Carolyn C.


Local Financial Adviser Honored for Performance

Ben Reeves, who has been an Edward Jones financial advisor in Southwest Wisconsin since 1987, attended the Edward Jones Managing Partner's Conference April 19 - 21 in San Antonio, TX. The prestigious annual event honors the top 400 of the firm's more than 14,000 financial advisors.

The three-day meeting pools Edward Jones' most successful financial advisors for a discussion with Jim Weddle, Edward Jones' managing partner, on issues facing the firm and the financial services industry as a whole.

Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle says, "This meeting allows our most successful financial advisors to network and enables them to learn about trends in the market and industry, and share new ideas on how to better serve clients, who are long-term individual investors. We discuss a multitude of topics, including how to provide an ideal client service experience."

"It's rewarding and extremely beneficial to spend time with our firm's visionaries and colleagues who are so accomplished," says Reeves. "I've returned energized and with lots of fresh ideas to share with my clients."

This is the 21st time Reeves has attended this event.

ROELLI CHEESE "LITTLE MOUNTAIN" TAKES BEST OF SHOW

Des Moines, IA — July 29, 2016 — Little Mountain from Roelli Cheese Company Inc. in Wisconsin was named “Best of Show” among 1,843 entries at the American Cheese Society’s (ACS) 2016 Judging & Competition. The results were announced in a ceremony on Friday, July 29, at the 33rd Annual ACS Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Second place Best of Show was a tie, going to Bleating Heart Cheese’s Buff Blue from California and The Farm at Doe Run’s St. Malachi Reserve from Pennsylvania. Third place Best of Show was awarded to Caves of Faribault’s Jeff’s Select Gouda from Minnesota and Murray’s Cheese’s Greensward from Vermont, also in a tie. “This is everything we’ve ever worked for and it means so much to all of us, our families, our teams and our entire company. We are so honored to receive this award,” said Chris Roelli, of Roelli Cheese Company, on winning Best of Show. The 2016 ACS Judging & Competition saw 1,843 entries of cheeses and cultured dairy products from 260 companies. Entering companies represented 37 U.S. states, three Canadian provinces and Colombia. Three hundred seventy-four ribbons were awarded: 104 first place ribbons, 127 second place ribbons, and 143 third place ribbons. Please see the 2016 ACS Judging & Competition media kit for a complete breakdown of awards by product, dairy location, and milk source, as well as for producers’ contact information. For a printable list of this year’s winners and judges’ bios, visit cheesejudging.org.  

EZ Sell USA is Coming Full Circle after 40 Years!

EZ Sell USA is Coming Full Circle after 40 Years!
Paul and Linda Connor-Owners of EZ Sell USA

We are pleased to announce that EZ Sell USA, after over 10 years in Dubuque, Iowa, has moved to 201 North Commerce Street, in Galena, Illinois.  EZ Sell USA was started in the back room of Choo Choo Charlie's in 1975, and after 2 moves, is making what we hope will be our last move to Downtown Galena.  Owner, Linda Connor, and her Husband Paul, celebrated a quiet opening on June 6th, just in time to be Linda's birthday present.  A ribbon cutting and grand opening are planned for July 7th.  The move has been 40 years in the making, and one that had many twists and turns along the way.  Come join us on July 7th for our Grand Opening!  And, check us out on Ebay and Craigslist.

SK Plastic Molding, Inc.


Exciting business news for the Darlington Area!  As of April 1st, 2016, SK Plastic Molding of Monroe, WI has acquired the old Merkle Korff facility.  Located at 1 Merkle Korff Lane, SK Plastic Molding looks forward to utilizing the 68,000 square foot facility.  SK Plastic will only initially utilize about 30,000 square feet, and look to rent out the remaining half.
SK Plastic Molding, Inc. is a custom injection molding company known for producing quality products, on time, at competitive prices that meet or exceed customer requirements.  We treat our customer’s challenges like our challenges.  We believe the customer is boss-and every plastic molding challenge we face is another opportunity to find a solution others might miss.  Currently SK has 27 presses in Monroe, and will soon have 6 in Darlington.  Right now the Monroe facility employs around 100 individuals requiring various skill levels.
Founded in 1985 by Steve Streff, President, SK Plastic Molding, Inc. has experienced steady growth while maintaining its original customer base.  By looking at the longevity of the current staff SK has built a reputation of being a great employer in the Monroe area.  With an ever increasing demand for high quality injection molded products, it was time to expand.  Thus the existing building in Darlington was purchased.  The location relative to current and prospective customers, our staff, and potential employee pool make it a good fit for SK Plastic Molding, Inc.
Initially, only a small number of presses will be installed into the Darlington plant running 1 shift.  As business expands a 2nd and 3rd shift will be necessary and more efficient for production.  Currently, the building is undergoing massive renovations with the hopes of production beginning in early July.  There will be a demand for qualified and energetic workers.  Initial demands will be for machine operators, material handlers, quality control technicians, and shipping department team members.  Experienced manufacturing set up personnel and supervisors are needed as well.
This new facility is a great opportunity for SK Plastic Molding as they look to continue their expansion in the injection molding industry.  SK looks forward to growing, and they look forward to growing with the community of Darlington!
For employment information, please see www.skplastic.com/employment, or email a resume to aolson@skplastic.com.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 

Local Financial Advisor Honored for Perfomance



Ben Reeves, who has been an Edward Jones financial advisor in Southwest Wisconsin since 1987, attended the Edward Jones Managing Partner's Conference April 18 - 20 in St. Louis, MO. The prestigious annual event honors the top 350 of the firm's more than 14,000 financial advisors.

Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle says, "This meeting allows our most successful financial advisors to network and enables them to learn about trends in the market and industry, and share new ideas on how to better serve investors. We discuss a multitude of topics, including how to provide an ideal client service experience."

The three-day meeting pools Edward Jones' most successful financial advisors for a discussion with Jim Weddle, Edward Jones' managing partner, on issues facing the firm and the financial services industry as a whole.

"It's rewarding and extremely beneficial to spend time with our firm's visionaries and colleagues who are so accomplished," says Reeves. "I've returned energized and with lots of fresh ideas to share with my clients."

This is the twentieth time Reeves has attended this event.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 10 on FORTUNE magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2016, is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

Annual Pancake Breakfast

Belmont Ambulance Service is hosting our annual "Pancake Breakfast" fundraiser on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the Belmont Fire/EMS building. We will be serving Pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, cheese curds, applesauce, donuts, coffee, juice and milk from 7:30 am to 12 noon. $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 6-10 years and 5 years and under are free. Money raised will be used to update equipment and educate our EMT's.

Alliant Energy Project Approval Means Investment and Jobs for Wisconsin




Riverside Energy Center natural gas and solar-integrated facility moves forward.

Madison, Wis. – March 31, 2016 – Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin utility received verbal approval today to build its Riverside Energy Center expansion located near Beloit, Wis. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin agreed that moving ahead with the 700-megawatt natural gas-fired facility is in the best interest of customers.

“This is a major step forward as the Riverside project is a critical part of our mission to provide reliable, cost-effective energy to our customers for many years to come,” said Patricia Kampling, Alliant Energy Chairman, President and CEO. “This highly efficient generating station will modernize our generating operations and further our transition to cleaner energy sources.”

The project is scheduled to break ground this fall, with construction ramping up in the spring of 2017. It is expected to create more than 1,000 construction jobs and will support local suppliers and businesses throughout the state and region. The approximately $700 million investment will be one of the largest economic development projects in Wisconsin.

The Riverside Energy Center expansion was first announced in late 2014; it quickly gained widespread support in the Beloit area, Rock County and throughout Wisconsin. It will be built near Alliant Energy’s existing 675-megawatt, natural gas-fired generating station. When completed, the Riverside expansion will be capable of powering more than 535,000 homes.

Alliant Energy Corporation’s Wisconsin utility subsidiary, Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL), utilizes the trade name of Alliant Energy. The Wisconsin utility is based in Madison, Wis., and provides electric service to 463,000 customers and natural gas service to 185,000 customers across central and southern Wisconsin. The employees of Alliant Energy focus on delivering the energy and exceptional service their customers and communities expect – safely, efficiently, and responsibly. Visit alliantenergy.com or call 1-800-ALLIANT for more information. Alliant Energy Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LNT.


Summary of Key Elements of the Verbal Decision
The verbal decision contains the following provisions:
The estimated project cost of $700 million excludes transmission and AFUDC and it is expected to be in service by early 2020.
The Riverside expansion will replace approximately 640 megawatts of older, less-efficient Wisconsin coal and gas units for which retirement has or will occur by 2020.
PSCW approval is conditional on Alliant Energy obtaining other state and federal permitting approvals necessary to construct, operate and connect the Riverside Expansion to the transmission system.
 

Dickeyville-Kieler Lion’s Club donated $1500.00 to the Village of Dickeyville

 Dickeyville-Kieler Lion’s Club donated $1500.00 to the Village of Dickeyville

The Dickeyville-Kieler Lion’s Club donated $1500.00 to the Village of Dickeyville to update their Christmas decorations.  Dale Neis, public works director ordered the bulbs and garland and Dale, Ron Muller, Mark Rohde, Norm Hanfeld, Dennis Casper, John Gantenbein, Bob Busch, Harry Burlage and Jim Pickel help to replace the lights and the garlands on 13 of the decorations.  Bob Splinter allowed the group to use his building to work on the decorations as well as help them.

The picture is President, John Gantenbein, Committee Chairman, Mark Rohde (Lion’s Club Members) Public Works Director Dale Neis and Village President Tammy Kunkel.  (left to right)

The Village Board of Dickeyville wishes to thank the Dickeyville-Kieler Lion’s Club, Dale Neis & bob Splinter for their generous donation of money and their time for the decorations.  We appreciate it.

Additional pictures can be seen at www.dickeyville.com