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Root Canals, Emus Honored in Wis.

July 5, 2005

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Root canals and amateur radio operators were honored with special days in Wisconsin this year. Emus got a whole week.

Gov. Jim Doyle has issued about 1,000 proclamations since taking office in 2003, according to a review by The Post-Crescent of Appleton. Some honor people or raise awareness about serious issues, while others simply note the offbeat.

Family storytelling had its own day last October, a month that also promoted pornography awareness. March promoted caffeine awareness and recognized certified government financial managers.

But Doyle isn’t the only Wisconsin governor to issue scores of proclamations _ his predecessors issued thousands of their own over the decades.

``It’s a way to acknowledge and honor the contributions that individuals and organizations have made to the state of Wisconsin, and in some cases it’s a way to highlight or get information out to people,″ said Doyle spokeswoman Melanie Fonder.

The Wisconsin Emu Association received proclamations for the past five or six years, president Joylene Reavis said.

This year’s declared the week of May 7 as Emu Week and reads, ``Whereas the emu’s hide is soft and supple enough to be popularly used in the fashion industry...″

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