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  • Brown County District Day
  • Hometown Hero
  • Listening Session Reminder
  • Cuff the Cops Event


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Brown County District Day

Earlier this week, I held my first district day of 2019-20 legislative session in Brown County! Over the next few weeks, I will be visiting additional counties throughout the 89th Assembly District.

The day started off with constituent meetings at Kaverna Coffeehouse in downtown Green Bay. I had the opportunity to meet with advocates from the DarJune Foundation to talk about what we can do to help support those on their path towards recovery. We talked about the importance that recovery housing plays in the recovery process. Currently, I am working with colleagues on legislation that will support reputable and responsible recovery housing in Wisconsin.

Additionally, I met with ‘Promise Wisconsin’ and ‘CARES LLC’ to talk about the Governor’s proposed budget and ways we can help people and families with disabilities around Wisconsin. Personal Care Workers and Direct Caregivers deliver necessary services to thousands of families across Wisconsin. In the last budget, we included funding to support these workers. One of the biggest issues facing these professions is a lack of retention. I will look for additional ways to help attract and retain skilled individuals.

After some coffee at Kaverna Coffeehouse, I met Howard Suamico Superintendent, Damian LaCroix, at Bay Port High School. As we walked the halls of Bay Port High School it was easy to see all the great things going on. From the greenhouse, raising tilapia fish, to virtual reality learning in the library, the educational opportunities that Bay Port High School provides their children is top notch. Last session I authored a bill that will target additional resources to low-spending school districts, like Howard-Suamico.

Following the school tour, I had the privilege to visit a local business, Winona Foods. This family-owned cheese company employees nearly 200 people in their Howard facility. The Howard facility began operation in January of 2018. At the Howard location, they produce shredded cheese, cheese slices, cheese cubes, cheese dicing, and cheese chunking. It’s important that we do all that we can to help companies like Winona Foods grow in Wisconsin. Thank you for having me!

To end the day, I held a listening session at the Brown County Library – Weyers-Hilliard Branch. Thank you to all those who came out to discuss issues important to you. We had great discussions on our states healthcare workforce needs, transportation, K-12 education, and other topics. Opportunities like this allow me to be the most effective voice for you down in Madison!

Next Thursday, the 18th, I will be holding a listening session in Marinette at the Stephenson Public Library from 4:30pm-5:30pm. I look forward to seeing you there!

Here are some photos from the day:

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Hometown Hero Honored

This week I was honored to welcome Specialist Jordan Westphal of Oconto to the State Capitol to be recognized as a Hometown Hero for his service on our nation's southern border. As our nation continues to battle our opioid and heroin epidemic, protecting our nation's borders is one of the best tools we have to stop the flow of deadly drugs into our communities.

Data from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol indicates that the seizure of illegal drugs along the border have consistently increased over the last five years. In just the first five months of 2018, U.S. Customs Officers and Border Patrol Agents seized 1,060 pounds of Fentanyl.

I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to Specialist Westphal and all those serving for their continued dedication and service to our country. It is our duty to continue our commitment to protecting our nation’s borders.

Listening Session Reminder

My second listening session of the 2019-21 session is quickly approaching! I always value opportunities to speak with friends and neighbors on the issues that impact them the most and what I can do to be their voice down in Madison.

When and Where:

Monday, April 18th

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

Stephenson Public Library-WPS Room

1700 Hall Ave

Marinette, WI 54143

If you have any questions, please contact my office at Rep.Nygren@Legis.Wisconsin.Gov or (608)-266-2343. I look forward to seeing you there! I will be announcing more listening sessions around the district at later dates.

Cuff the Cops Event

This past week over 50 kids attended the fifth annual Cuff the Cops event at Marinette’s Dome Lanes. Kids were able to bowl with members of the Marinette Police Department, see their cruisers up close, and even put the officers in handcuffs if they won.

The Cuff the Cops event lets the kids in attendance see that members of law enforcement are people, just like them. They like to joke, laugh, and of course, go bowling. Cindy Dechaine said Cuff the Cops leaves a lasting and meaningful impression on these kids, “These days, so many of them see the police as the bad guys.” Derrick Maye, a K-9 handler for the Marinette police adds, “It’s not something that should be scary for them, and they should be able to look to us for comfort. It’s great for them to see us in a different atmosphere.”

These kids were not going down without a fight. Maye ended up letting the kids cuff him a little early because they challenged him to bowl while handcuffed. One winner Lilly Colson, who scored 62 in her first round, said she had a blast and liked that she had the chance to defeat the officers. Maye laughs, “It’s different being on the other end, that’s for sure. They put them on a little tighter than I do, which makes things more difficult.”

Lilly’s mother, Joyce Colson, praised the event by saying, “The kids get to meet their officers, they lose that fear, they develop a friendship and a trust. It gets them out with their friends making a memory.”

Thank you to the Marinette Police Department for all they do to keep our community safe and for hosting this great event!

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