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Rep. Rob Stafsholt
State Capitol, Room 17 North
PO Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708

Toll-Free (888) 529-0029 or (608) 266-7683
Rep.Stafsholt@legis.wi.gov

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Rob's Syttende Mai Resolution

 

was happy to co-author a Joint Resolution at the Capitol that passed the Assembly and the Senate proclaiming May 19, 20, and 21 of 2017 as Syttende Mai Weekend across the entire state of Wisconsin! Syttende Mai is a Norwegian holiday that celebrates the anniversary of the 1814 signing of the Norwegian Constitution that declared Norway’s independence from Denmark. 

Norwegian culture and heritage spans the entire state of Wisconsin with many communities that celebrate Syttende Mai every year. Back here in the District, Woodville holds an annual parade and festivities on this weekend to celebrate Norwegian music, dancing and tradition. Thank goodness it is not mandatory to eat lutefisk to enjoy these festivities!

Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee Public Hearing 

 

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The Committee on Colleges and Universities held its first public hearing of the session. We heard testimony on three bills – Assembly Bill 266 relating to eligibility for the Technical Excellence High Education Scholarship Program, Assembly Bill 313 relating to resident technical college fees for active duty service members, and a very long discussion on Assembly Bill 299 which relates to the right of free speech and the First Amendment within the UW- System, on UW grounds, as well as with guest speakers on campuses.

We had a full house as many members of the public came to testify before the committee. Speaker Robin Vos spoke in favor of Assembly Bill 299, highlighting the importance of free speech rights on our state campuses. I am so honored to be your Representative on such important issues pertaining to our colleges and universities.

 

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Dunn County Tourism Trip

 

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Last Thursday, I was joined by Julie Fox, Northwest Regional Tourism Specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, and Leah Hauck, Menomonie Chamber Director of Tourism, to tour some of Dunn County's tourism locations. The day started out with the Tourism Commission Meeting at the Menomonie Airport where we discussed Dunn County’s Tourism numbers from the recently released State Tourism Report.

Next, we traveled to the Dunn County Historical Society Museum which is located in Wakanda Park.

Tourism often depends on accommodations for people to stay in town.  I was honored to be able to attend the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the new Hampton Inn and Suites that is going up on the north end of Menomonie. The hotel, built by Hoeft Builders will add 86 rooms to our community for visitors to use when they come to our area.

In the afternoon, we visited the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts and then took a short walk to get a view of the Red Cedar State Trail. To say it was a full day is an understatement! Thank you to Julie and Leah for organizing this great day! It is great to see Dunn County's efforts to make the area a place people want to visit, and hopefully stay!

St. Croix County Fair Board Meeting

 

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 Photo Credit: Carole Schurtz

After a long day in Madison, I swung by the St. Croix County Fair Board Meeting in Glenwood City last week to see how the planning is coming along. The plans and facilities are all working their way to being in order, but they have one issue they need help with!

The Fair Board is looking for groups to work as parking attendants at the fair, July 19 -23. If your local group is looking for a fundraiser that only takes three days start to finish - then here it is! Help raise some funds while having fun at the same time, contact Gail Maier at stcroixcofair@gmail.com for more information on how to get involved. The amount you can raise is a set amount for the event, and the money your group can put in their funds depends a little on how much free Fair food and drinks you pick to receive while there.  The rest is given to your group as a check - so let them know if you are interested!

Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony 

 

Last Tuesday, River Falls held the River Valley Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony. In light of it being National Law Enforcement Officers Week, this event brought community members together to remember Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities. In 2016 alone, 143 officers were killed in the line of duty. The ceremony paid tribute to these officers, as well as recognized the contributions of the officers who serve St. Croix, Pierce, and Pepin Counties.

I would like to remind everyone to take a moment and thank your local law enforcement officers for all that they do to keep our communities safe.


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