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WAUKESHA — Grab a copy of today's Freeman which is loaded with extra content and stuffed with many ad inserts promoting Black Friday sales.

Some highlights from Wednesday's Freeman: historian John Schoenknecht recalls the glory days of soap box derby racing in Waukesha; an in-depth look at how southeastern Wisconsin grocery stores are competing during this holiday season; recipes using cinnamon to spice up the holidays; tips for caregivers to ease stress during the holidays and year-round; and Christmas budgeting made easy.

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A day in the life of Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch
1:07 a.m. 

TOWN OF OCONOMOWOC — Riding in the back of a darkened SUV on a Tuesday evening, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch doesn’t take much time to reflect on the day behind her that started at 8:15 a.m. with dropping her daughter off at the school bus and included attending numerous events in the Fox Valley area before she opens up her large three-ring binder and reviews the schedule for the next day.
The highlight of Kleefisch’s day that took her to Fond du Lac, Appleton and Neenah on Nov. 17 was meeting the veterans who are continuing their education at Moraine Park Technical College. The discussion of how to train, recruit and retain quality workers began during a conference at Moraine Park and continued throughout most of the day’s events.
Read the full story in Wednesday’s Freeman.


Favre is 4-ever un-4-gettable for fans
1:03 a.m.

WAUKESHA — At long last, the Packers’ prodigal all-pro, NFL all-time Iron Man, Brett Favre, is home to stay.
It’s hard to believe the better part of a decade has passed since the divorce — Favre’s retirement from the Green Bay Packers, his unretirement, the Packers’ decision to move on with Aaron Rodgers, women and children cursing at Rodgers, the indignity of seeing Favre in a Jets uniform and then beating the Packers as a Viking  — and all the passions that were inflamed as a result.
But as Favre said then, time tends to heal wounds. This year, Favre and the Packers reunited, with Favre being inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame before a near-capacity crowd of the 4-ever faithful.
So we set about 4-aging for Waukesha County’s No. 1 fan of No. 4 and came up with some 4-tuitous stories along the way. We present them in no particular order — kind of like how Favre played some days.
Read the full story in Wednesday’s Freeman.


Addressing the achievement gap in the Waukesha School District
1 a.m.

WAUKESHA — This summer, a fifth-grade student enrolled in the Waukesha School District’s dual language program received her test report from the Badger Exam.
The results from the statewide reading and math assessment were encouraging. She had tested “advanced” across the board.
At the same time, the test results of her peer with whom she has spent the past six years in school tell a different story. That student had received only “basic” scores.
This is, for teachers and administrators alike, a puzzling scenario. Student A and B have had the same teachers, using the same curriculum and instructional model — one that district leaders say has research on its side. So why the test score disparity?
Read the full story in Wednesday’s Freeman. 


Legendary Whitetails to open in Slinger
12:56 a.m.

SLINGER — The sister company of Legendary Whitetails has made a business investment in Slinger. East Mequon Development Corp. closed Thursday on the purchase of property for Legendary Whitetails — a direct-to-customer retailer.
The company bought a building and land at 850 Enterprise Drive for $600,000 from Cedar Lake United Educators, a union that merged with the Wisconsin Education Association Council about two years ago. Legendary Whitetails’ offices and manufacturing/distribution facility, which covers about six acres, is next door at 820 Enterprise Drive.



Republicans propose term limits for Wisconsin lawmakers
2:55 p.m.

 MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin state lawmakers and the governor would be term-limited under a long-shot proposal being circulated by three Republicans in the Legislature.   
 The constitutional amendment being floated this week comes 15 years after the last state imposed restrictions on how long someone can remain in office and seven years after the idea was last brought forth in Wisconsin.   
 If the proposal wins approval, the changes wouldn’t take effect until 2020, and currently serving lawmakers and governor would not be covered. The restrictions would limit newly elected Senate and Assembly members to no more than 12 years in office and the governor and lieutenant governor to eight years.    
 But the plan has a long way to go. Both the state Senate and Assembly would have to approve it twice over the next three years, after which voters would be asked on a statewide ballot whether they wanted to add the term limits to the Wisconsin Constitution.