Observer-reporter | Jacktown Fair Returns For 149th Year

Tom Still: With talent and vision, tech companies can grow in Wisconsin’s mid-size cities : Wsj

And much of the credit has to go to Walter Buck Burns, who for the last 27 years has served as president of the Richhill Agricultural Society, which organizes the fair. With the fairs sesquicentennial just a year away, Burns is trying not to look ahead, but rather focus his attention on making this years fair the best it can be. We are ready to go and we think this year will be as good as it has ever been, he said. Rural fairs have been getting less and less all the time, Burns said, but we have been able to do it because of our volunteers and everyone who supports us. Starting off the events for the week is the kickoff parade at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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BLOG-Superhuman Transformation – The Yellow Springs News

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From 2002 until 2007, JAMF Software was basically a hand-to-mouth startup in which no one was paid with anything more tangible than late-night pizza and lots of coffee. In fact, Halmstad had another full-time job until 2004 while completing his degree and working on JAMF in any free minute that I had. Speaking recently to the board of directors for the Wisconsin Technology Council in Eau Claire, Halmstad described a company that has grown sharply since 2010 by focusing on customer service and employee retention through pay and benefit packages that attract and grow talent. At first, most people doubted Halmstad could find and keep a software workforce in Eau Claire.
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Its directors are unafraid to bewilder young actors and audiences and lead us on exotic, challenging journeys. Like many parents in town, Ive eagerly awaited the day when my first born could join the cast of a summer YSKP production. Getting cast is not a forgone conclusion. My daughter auditioned in May and, for the most part, the poor kid refused the gate. Normally confident and outgoing, she felt out of her depths upon entering the playhouse.
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