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Middleton Chamber 25th Annual Golf Outing (Part 1)

Middleton Chamber 25th Annual Golf Outing (Part 1)

The Middleton Chamber hosted its 25th Annual Golf Outing on Wednesday, July 16 at Pleasant View Golf Course.

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Market and economic update: Geopolitics capture markets’ attention

Geopolitical issues remained at the forefront of market attention. Israel invaded the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the continued rocket attacks. Ukrainian separatists seem to have mistakenly shot down a Malaysian Airlines flight. President Obama extended sanctions against additional Russian financial institutions to pressure an end to Russia’s interference in Ukraine.

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Scam alert: Be suspicious of customers who want to overpay for orders

Every day, as I read through my Crimedex Alerts, I am constantly amazed by how many scams involve fake checks. Some of these checks have been so painstakingly forged, even the banks can’t tell they’re phony. Every day, scammers use these checks to concoct elaborate schemes that scam people and businesses out of their hard-earned money.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Perfume haters of the world unite!

I know I’ve blogged about perfume and cologne abuse before, but it’s a subject that needs to be put out there again — and often. I’m on my soapbox because, once again, I’ve been the victim of perfume abuse. My husband, Dave, and I went to a movie on “date night” and had to look for different seats when a scent abuser entered a close-by row.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Why ‘outsourcing’ is a permanent (and necessary) part of the modern economy

The increasingly curious exchange between incumbent Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke over the “outsourcing” of jobs illustrates how political campaigns and economic realities seldom mesh.

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Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

By the time you get to Missoula, you’re really fit: the value of lifelong learning

On beautiful Friday or Saturday summer evenings, my wife and I like to hang out at the Memorial Union Terrace. The last time we were there, I happened to strike up a conversation with a guy sitting next to us. He ended up telling us that when he retired last summer, he gave himself a retirement present of biking solo across the country.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

The Stately Manor is shovel-ready and hammer happy

The roof vents were briefly installed backwards, the prefabbed roof joists were off an inch, the yard delivered the wrong cedar siding. What would any project be without minor hiccups? The great garage (pronounced “Gay-rahj”) addition to the historic Stately Manor is proceeding nicely.

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Get Fit Challenge tests marathoner’s mettle

When The Employer Group’s owner sent out an email asking for volunteers for the IB Get Fit Challenge, I knew it was right up my alley. Health and fitness are not new to me; I have participated in various physical events ranging from mini-triathlons to marathons over the years. I also designed and helped implement The Employer Group’s wellness program, which promotes healthy lifestyle choices among our colleagues. However, I was not always the health nut that I am now.

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Groom-to-be says ‘I do’ to Get Fit Challenge

Like many of my fellow Get Fit contestants, I am trying to change my personal health trajectory, and the Get Fit Challenge gives me a goal I can strive for. My goal is twofold.

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Taking Stock

with Nathan Brinkman

Top 10 tax breaks you’ll miss in 2014

You probably didn’t notice, but when the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, 2013, a number of popular tax benefits, commonly included in the list of provisions referred to as “tax extenders,” expired. While it’s possible that Congress could retroactively extend some or all of these items, you’ll have to evaluate your 2014 tax situation based on the fact that they’re no longer available.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

The hidden immigration crisis: Keeping talent in the United States

With tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors already across the southern border and thousands more likely on their way, illegal immigration has become a flash point for many Americans. Some people feel compelled to embrace vulnerable children who fled Central America in search of a better life; others are deeply worried about the economic, social, and security threats stemming from the nation’s seeming inability to stem the tide.

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Left Business Brain

with Tom Breuer

Walker attacks Burke on outsourcing; will he now censure his friends?

It was bound to come: the full-frontal assault on Mary Burke over outsourcing. In fact, I predicted this months ago. This doesn’t make me a genius, of course. I also predicted Ted Nugent would eventually make overtly racist comments about Barack Obama that could make an 18th century Boston longshoreman expectorate his porridge for a fortnight. But hey, the magic day has arrived at last, and we all get to find out what a pure patriot Scott Walker is.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Just say ‘hell, no!’ to cynical, Illinois-style politics

Another of those useless, non-binding, sounds-good and misleadingly worded referenda will be put on the November general election ballot.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Who is paying ‘Anonymous’ to spam my blogge with his statist tripe?

“Anonymous” has a beef with Blaska’s brief on free speech earlier this week, wherein I beseeched the incorporated news media to speak out for the free speech of other groups of citizens, especially those whose homes were raided by the government in the John Doe II probe. I repeat his anonymous rant here.

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Market and economic update: Economic data could show signs of growth

Little in the way of economic data last week meant the market focused on news flow. Federal Reserve minutes from the June Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting held no significant surprises for the market but did provide some context around the Fed’s attitude toward data and the transition in monetary accommodation.

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