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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.

The Celebration took place with a public reception from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m at the Memorial Student Center featuring a program at 1:45 p.m. with Chancellor Bob Meyer serving as Master of Ceremonies. It was standing room only as a large crowd was present consisting of faculty, administration, students, and area community civic leaders. Comments were made by Chancellor Meyer, Vice Chancellor Mark Parsons, UW System President Ray Cross, State Senator Sheila Harsdorf, and Governor Scott Walker.

The Stout Manual Training School first opened its doors on January 5th, 1891. The school was founded by James Huff Stout. The school was run out of a two-story building as a branch of the Menomonie public school system and was located near the intersection of Main Street and Broadway Street in Menomonie, where the Administration Building stands today.

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 Resiliency
Submitted by the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance

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.

Listed as an impaired water by the state of Minnesota, the head of Lake Pepin needs a fifty percent reduction in sediment loading from upstream tributaries – primarily, the Minnesota River – if water quality goals are to be achieved. Minnesota also calls for a fifty percent reduction in internal resuspended sediment at the head of the lake, where the lake bed is stirred up by wind and wave action in this shallowing stretch of the river. Resuspended sediment creates cloudy water that limits the growth of aquatic vegetation by reducing sunlight penetration.

Efforts are underway to stabilize highly erosive areas within the 13 watersheds in the Minnesota River Basin, but existing remediation timelines range from 10 to 50 years based on availability of staff and funding to implement on-the-ground projects. In the meantime, Lake Pepin communities are left to consider their options.

The Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance (LPLA) and Audubon Minnesota have been working in partnership to identify potential opportunities to create islands at the head of Lake Pepin and to dredge backwater areas near those constructed islands. The project would restore wildlife habitat for a variety of species and improve aquatic vegetation. The islands would limit the resuspension of sediments by reducing wind fetch, and backwater dredging would provide deep-water habitat for over-wintering fish species while addressing local communities’ objectives. The village of Bay City has been investigating the cost to dredge their harbor to improve navigational safety, but plans to dredge beyond the harbor are too costly for one community.

After nearly two years of preliminary work with state and federal agencies, LPLA and Audubon MN have formerly requested that the Corps of Engineers investigate alternatives to restore or create aquatic and ecologically related habitats through island construction and dredging. The project will be considered under the Corps’ Beneficial Uses of Dredged Materials Program early this year to determine if there is a federal interest in moving forward with a feasibility study. To date, the project idea has been endorsed by Bay City, Maiden Rock, the Village of Stockholm, Stockholm Township, Lake City (MN), the Upper Mississippi Waterways Association, the Minnesota Conservation Federation, the Lake City Sportsmen Club, and Friends of Pool 2 through a signed letter of resolution.

If you are interested in learning more about the project, or how you can support on-going efforts, contact LPLA Executive Director, Rylee Main, at (630) 806-9909, or by email at rylee.main@lakepepinlegacyalliance.com.

Constituent Corner

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.  

Merry Mulch
January 8-10, 2015
Jeffers Road Brush Site, Eau Claire
*Christmas Trees are easily recycled at little cost and can be reused by county residents

Suicide Prevention Trainings
January 12, 2016, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mayo Clinic Health System Auditorium, Eau Claire
*Space is limited

Ellsworth Public Library Presents “Who Are the Amish?”
January 12, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Ellsworth Public Library, Ellsworth

Bingo Night
January 12, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Hub on Main, Ellsworth

Parent’s Night Out
January 15, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
South Middle School, Eau Claire

Free Pancake Supper
February 9, 2016, 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church, Eau Claire
*Donations accepted


Sarah Nelson Memorial Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

8:00-1:00 p.m.
Cleghorn Fire Station

$5.00 for adults and $3.00 for kids


93rd Assembly District Local Resources

Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce:

City of Eau Claire:

Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce:

Village of Ellsworth:

Prescott Chamber of Commerce:

City of Prescott:

Menomonie Chamber of Commerce:

City of Menomonie:

Village of Spring Valley:


The Village of Pepin:

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