Oktoberfest Names 2022 Festmaster and Frau, Douglas and Kimberly Kratt

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He thought it was just another meeting to discuss another fundraiser. Douglas Kratt and his wife, Kimberly, were in their La Crosse home meeting with two past Oktoberfest Festmasters working on auction items for an upcoming Gemütlichkeit Foundation fundraiser. One of the items was a complete set of past festival and Festmaster buttons. But, one of the buttons was different. “They handed us a button with a sketch of Kim and me in Fest attire,” recalls Kratt. “And they asked us what we thought about adding that button to the collection.” That’s when the Kratts discovered their next Oktoberfest would be more than a little different. They would be serving as the 2022 Oktoberfest Festmaster and Frau. They were introduced during the Festmaster’s Ball Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the La Crosse Center. It will be new territory for the longtime veterinarians who own Central Animal Hospital in Onalaska. They have some familiarity with the fest — Douglas served on the board of directors and as president in the past, and he recently co-chaired the Forks and Corks fundraising event for the Gemütlichkeit Foundation. But, they know there will be lots of new adventures.
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An Inspired Leader: Kate Meurs DVM’90

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In April, Kate Meurs DVM’90 was named dean of North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. A strong leader, researcher, and teacher, Meurs joined NC State in 2011 as associate dean for research and …

HPAI Outbreak: Infection Confirmed at Jefferson Co. Farm

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Darlene Konkle, the Wisconsin State Veterinarian, said the facility houses nearly 3 million birds, noting the outbreak was rapid in its onset and quickly spread among the laying hens. Staffers are monitoring bird populations in the surrounding premises, as the farm also housed two other flocks within 10 kilometers of the confirmed outbreak.