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With Phillips announcement, state Youth Apprenticeship program to growSubmitted: 06/29/2016
PHILLIPS - At a Phillips dairy farm on Wednesday, Gov. Scott Walker announced that the state will pour $3.2 million into supporting more than 3,600 Youth Apprenticeships across the state next school year.

Both numbers are Wisconsin records.


The Youth Apprentice (YA) program helps to kick-start the careers of people like Savannah Sutton, who now works at United Pride Dairy in Phillips after completing an apprenticeship there in high school.

"As a Youth Apprentice, I got to work in Maternity, so I got to learn how to birth calves, and take care of a newborn calf," Sutton explained.

As an apprentice, she also learned the administrative side of farming.

"With the YA program, maybe we introduce our farm, our dairy, to somebody that doesn't really know what it is," said United Pride Dairy farm partner Bill Harper.

Harper has helped coordinate the program for the dozen or so Youth Apprentices the farm has accepted from nearby high schools since the mid-2000s.

"I think Youth Apprenticeships are incredibly important, not just because they give our students a head start, but because they expose them to the incredible technology and innovation that we have on our farms all across the state of Wisconsin," Walker said.

Opportunities will expand for people like Sutton, offering chances for high schoolers to get experience in fields like farming, manufacturing, and health services.

"We need to make sure that, particularly for our young people, we embrace and support as many career paths as possible, and give many different options," Walker said.

Those options could grow Wisconsin's workforce and help people like Sutton work toward their dreams.

"Ideally, I would like my own farm, with 100 cows and a robotic milker," she said.

Story By: Ben Meyer

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A few months ago, St. Germain asked Plum Lake to open parts of those roads as part of an ATV route. At first, the Plum Lake Town Board approved them. That was before they found out a section of Kurtzweil Road was completely in Plum Lake.

"At that time the Plum Lake Town Board by a 2 to 1 vote approved letting them use that, assuming at the time the two roads were boundary roads equally shared by Sayner and St. Germain," said Will Maines, the Plum Lake Town Chairman.

So when St. Germain came back to the next town meeting with an ordinance for the roads ready to go, the Plum Lake town board then voted no.

Maines said most of the people in Plum Lake don't want ATVs on their town roads. The board found this out from a survey of residents and taxpayers they sent out in 2015, where he said about two-thirds of non-resident property owners and about two-thirds of Plum Lake resident voters voted against allowing ATVs on town roads.

"We'd like to cooperate with the town of St. Germain, but we represent the people of Plum Lake, and they have given us the message loud and clear: they don't want us to allow them on any section of our roads," Maines said.

The St. Germain Town Chairman Tom Christensen said the decision is "disappointing," but, "it is what it is."

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