Sunday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 83. Sunrise is 5:26 AM and sunset 8:33 PM for 15h 07m 14s of daytime. The moon is a waxing gibbous with 85% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1832, Fort Koshkonong Construction Begins:
On this date General Henry Atkinson and his troops built Fort Koshkonong after being forced backwards from the bog area of the “trembling lands” in their pursuit of Black Hawk. The Fort, later known as Fort Atkinson, was described by Atkinson as “a stockade work flanked by four block houses for the security of our supplies and the accommodation of the sick.”
It was also on this date that Atkinson discharged a large number of Volunteers from his army in order to decrease stress on a dwindling food supply and to make his force less cumbersome. One of the dismissed volunteers was future president, Abraham Lincoln, whose horse was stolen in Cold Spring, Wisconsin, and was forced to return to New Salem, Illinois by foot and canoe.
Two-term Lt. Gov. Kleefish has been, effectually, running for governor since she left office. Scott Walker, members of his family, and Walker operatives have supported her effort. She created a PAC to back likeminded candidates for local office. Kleefisch should be a clear frontrunner.
Instead, the polls are close.
Last year, she plunged into the high-profile recall race over the Mequon-Thiensville School Board, only to see her recall candidates lose. This spring, her candidates for that board’s spring general election lost again.
Polls show Michels is in a tight primary race with former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
In an interview with WPR, Thompson cited longstanding ties with Michels’ family, specifically his parents Dale and Ruth, who founded the Michels Corp. construction firm based in Brownsville.
Thompson said Tim Michels and his brothers have built the firm into one of the largest construction companies in the Midwest.
“And I think he’ll take that same hard work, that same determination that he got from his father and mother and do the same great job as in the state of Wisconsin as governor,” said Thompson.
Derecho turns sky green, sweeps through 5 states with 90 mph winds (‘Hardest hit were Iowa and South Dakota, where winds reached hurricane force’):
The Midwest and the Plains states don’t get hurricanes. They get derechos — sprawling thunderstorm complexes that can travel hundreds of miles and cover multiple states with the impact of a 100-mile-wide tornado. Parts of South Dakota and Iowa, as well as Nebraska, Minnesota and Illinois, faced a derecho on Tuesday. It even turned the skies green in some areas.