Local News Briefs 2-22-14

Marian Nursing Students

Seventeen nursing students
from Marian University represented the Marian
University Student Nurses¹ Association (MUSNA) at the 65th Annual Convention of
the Wisconsin Student Nurses’ Association (WSNA) held February 7 ­- 9 in
Wisconsin Dells. While attending the convention, MUSNA received the Most
Community Projects award, which is given to a chapter who is actively involved
in serving their community and promote the mission of the nursing profession.
In addition to receiving this award, Kate Kwiesielewicz, from Merrill, Wis.,
was elected to serve on the 2014 ­ 2015 WSNA Board of Directors.

Taste of Fond d Lac
Presented by Festival Foods

Area restaurants will be
showcasing their very best on Sunday Taste of Fond du Lac
presented by Festival Foods at the Fond
du Lac
County Fairgrounds Expo
.  Jim Brajdic of A&W is this year’s Senior
Chair while Tad Wallender of Fat Joe’s is serving at Junior Chair.  Five MPTC Culinary Students will take part in
“Sliced” a culinary competition. The doors will be open from 11am to 5pm


Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund

Governor Scott Walker announced an additional
$500,000 has been released from the Department of Administration’s Division of
Energy Services to the Keep Wisconsin
Warm Fund (KWWF).
  KWWF is a statewide, non-profit charitable
organization that provides energy-related crisis assistance.  The state funding comes from Wisconsin’s federal Low
Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  By law, the State must
use LIHEAP funds to assist citizens at or below 60 percent of the
state median income.  For a family of four, 60 percent of the state
median income is $47,485. The additional state funding
directed to KWWF for resident’s meeting the federal
low-income eligibility requirements will allow KWWF to redeploy
existing private contributions to help citizens between 61 and
80 percent of state median income who do not qualify for traditional low-income
energy assistance.   Previously, the state released
$1 million to KWWF in January to ensure as many people as possible can be
assisted during the propane shortage.  The Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund has
agreed to temporarily allow an increase in their income limit for propane
households from 61 percent of State Median Income (SMI) to 80 percent SMI, will
allow propane households to potentially receive an increased maximum benefit of
$600, and has temporarily adjusted their policy to allow propane households the
ability to potentially receive two benefit payments in a
year.  Through KWWF, over $750,000 has already been
distributed to citizens between the 60-80 percent range.