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Daily Bread for 3.1.21

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of 29.  Sunrise is 6:28 AM and sunset 5:45 PM, for 11h 17m 05s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 93.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Community Involvement & Cable TV Commission meets via audiovisual conferencing at 4 PM

 On this day in 1985, Herb Kohl purchases the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Rachael Vasquez reports Survey: Nearly Half of Wisconsin Manufacturers Say Business Still Down:

Nearly half of Wisconsin manufacturers say their business remains down, according to new survey results released Thursday by Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) Manufacturing Solutions, a not-for-profit manufacturing consulting firm that caters to small and midsize manufacturers across the state.

The survey found 22 percent of manufacturers reported their business down “significantly” compared to a normal year, and 17 percent said business was still “down somewhat.”

Only 8 percent of respondents said business was “down greatly,” a marked improvement from October when 18 percent of manufacturers were still reporting large declines in revenue.

Alternatively, nearly 40 percent of manufacturers said their business was up to some degree.

George Bureau, vice president of consulting services for WMEP, said that split shows an “uneven” recovery.

“We have some manufacturers that are actually too busy that are having challenge(s) getting product out the door, and some that are OK, and … a few that aren’t doing so well,” Bureau said.

Stephanie Kirchgaessner reports Workers at firm owned by top Trump donors exposed to higher Covid rates (‘Employees at Uline, owned by billionaires Dick and Liz Uihlein, have filed numerous safety complaints, investigation finds’):

Employees at a private Wisconsin company owned by two top Republican donors in the US have faced significantly higher rates of Covid-19 infection and have filed numerous complaints about workplace safety to federal authorities, according to a Guardian investigation into Uline.

Dick and Liz Uihlein, the billionaire founders of the Uline packaging and office supply company who were once dubbed the “most powerful conservatives you never heard of”, have been critics of Wisconsin stay-at-home orders and, some employees fear, used their considerable political clout to try to challenge safety rules in the state.

An internal document seen by the Guardian shows that at least 14% of Uline’s corporate workforce has tested positive for Covid-19 since last April, compared to 8.7% of the population in Kenosha county, where the company’s corporate office is located.

Jacob Bogage and Hannah Denham report As USPS delays persist, bills, paychecks and medications are getting stuck in the mail:

The agency’s delivery times have sunk to historic lows since [Louis] DeJoy took over in June. In most states, it took at least five days for a piece of first-class mail — such as a bill or paycheck — to arrive last month, according to data provided by mail-tracking vendor GrayHair Software. Going back 90 days, into the heart of holiday shipping season, it took more than six days on average for first-class delivery nationwide. The Postal Service aims to deliver local mail in two days and nonlocal mail in three to five days.

At the end of December, the agency had an on-time rate of 38 percent for nonlocal mail, according to data it reported to a federal court. Traditionally, that number is around 90 percent. The Postal Service has not disclosed 2021 metrics.

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