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Representative Petryk E-News Update
University of Wisconsin-Stout Celebrates its 125th Birthday
It was my honor to be an invited guest as the
University of Wisconsin-Stout celebrated its 125th birthday on
Tuesday, January 5th, 2016.
In 1908 the manual training school came to be the Stout Institute as course offerings broadened and in 1955 it was named Stout State College, and became a part of the Wisconsin State College System. The University of Wisconsin-Stout is unique in that it is the only university within the UW System named for an individual. UW-Stout has been proudly accomplishing a 97.1 percent graduate job placement rate for many years and is known as Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University. On a personal note, my father, Joe, and my brother, Rodger, were both successful Stout graduates and taught industrial arts at the high school level for a combined total of nearly 80 years. It was also my privilege to attend Stout for two years before finishing my B.A. degree at UW-Eau Claire in 1978. Governor Walker officially proclaimed January 5th, 2016 as UW-Stout Day in Wisconsin.
Congratulations to the entire UW-Stout organization and the
community of Menomonie and best wishes as we work to assure your
continuing outstanding success at training young people for
meaningful, family-sustaining jobs far into Wisconsin's future!
Lake Pepin: Habitat Protection and Community
Imagine life in Bay City, Wisconsin without Lake
Pepin. Small boat access to the river will cease to exist, habitat
will be lost, and fish and wildlife will be forced to respond to a
rapidly deteriorating system. This imaginary scenario is not far
from the reality taking place under the surface of the water. Local
residents remember backwater depths of 10 feet or more; today,
navigational safety is a serious concern as boat groundings in
shallow water are an increasingly common occurrence. The rate of
sediment accumulation at the head of Lake Pepin has increased
ten-fold over the last 150 years due to intensified upstream
erosion, and the head of the lake will be gone by the end of this
century. Average backwater depths are now closer to 2 to 3 feet, and
sometimes only inches deep. Without this accelerated accumulation of
sediment, Lake Pepin would be on average 1 meter deeper today, and
could persist another 4,000 years.
UW-System President, Ray Cross; UW-Stout Chancellor, Bob Meyer; and myself at the 125th birthday celebration for UW-Stout.
Events Around the 93rd Assembly District
Thank you all for letting us
know about upcoming events in the 93rd Assembly District. It is my
pleasure to share them with others through this newsletter. If you
have an event, please share them with me a month in advance and my staff
and I will do our best to share in our e-update.
Sarah Nelson Memorial Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, February 21st, 2016
$5.00 for adults and
$3.00 for kids
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