Madison Office: 122 South, State Capitol  Phone: (608) 266-7745  E-mail: Sen.Harsdorf@legis.wi.gov
7/1/2016
Celebrate America!

cap%20flag.jpgThis fourth of July weekend, Americans will be celebrating the freedoms our forefathers fought so hard for.  A time to reflect on the courage exemplified by members of our armed forces who continue protect our freedoms. Traditionally we look forward to this long weekend to celebrate with family and friends, to enjoy local festivals and parades, and to remember with pride how our country was formed.
 
Enjoy celebrating our independence this weekend, and please remember to be safe as you light those fireworks and travel. Ready Wisconsin is available with many tips for enjoying a safe and fun celebration.  You may check out their website here for some quick reminders.  And for all your road condition questions go to 511.
 
Happy Fourth of July!

 

 

 

 

6/20/2016
Senator Harsdorf Statement on Death of Secretary Kitty Rhoades

“The sudden loss of Secretary Kitty Rhoades saddens me deeply. Kitty was a friend to many, a tenacious servant to her constituents as she served the 30th Assembly District, and her constituencies within the aging, long term care, and disability communities. Her legacy as Secretary of the Department of Health Services will have a long lasting impact on Wisconsin. She was dedicated to serving those in need.”
 
“Secretary Rhoades will be missed by all of us who knew her and served with her in state government. My deepest sympathy to her family at this difficult time.”

 

6/14/2016
Celebrate Flag Day

Flag Day is today, June 14, a holiday that commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States by the Second Continental Congress in 1777. On Flag Day citizens are urged to fly the American flag and celebrate all that it represents, freedom, liberty, democracy, and national pride. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Flag Day, which was first officially celebrated in 1916 by a proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson.
 
During your day, take a few moments to celebrate our nation’s flag and the values that make our country great.  

 

5/23/2016
I-94 Construction Update

The Wisconsin DOT has given notice that construction work on I-94 Bridge will impact traffic in St. Croix County as there will be overnight lane closures over the coming days.

Work to replace the 233rd Street Bridge over I-94 in St. Croix County will result in overnight lane closures May 23 - 27. The 233rd Street Bridge will be closed to through traffic throughout project duration with access provided for adjacent landowners. Motorists can expect single lane closures periodically throughout the project.
 
Eastbound I-94 is scheduled to be closed to traffic the following times:
·         Wednesday, May 25 from 7:00 p.m. – Thursday, May 26 at 9:00 a.m.
·         Thursday, May 26 from 7:00 p.m. – Friday, May 27 at 7:00 a.m.
 
Westbound I-94 is scheduled to be closed to traffic during the following times:
·         Monday, May 23 from 6:00 p.m. – Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 a.m.
·         Tuesday, May 24 from 6:00 p.m. – Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 a.m.
 
On 50th Ave., west of County Road BB, traffic will travel west only. On 233rd St. to County Road N, traffic will travel south only. This traffic pattern will remain in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until this bridge project is completed and all signage is removed.
 
Work to replace the County Highway T Bridge over I-94 in St. Croix County will result in overnight lane closures May 23 - 27. The CHT Bridge will be closed to through traffic throughout project duration with access provided for adjacent landowners. Motorists can expect to be directed around single lane closures with the use of flaggers.
 
Eastbound I-94 is scheduled for single lane closures the following times:
·         Monday, May 23 from 6:00 p.m. – Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 a.m.
·         Tuesday, May 24 from 6:00 p.m. – Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 a.m.
·         Wednesday, May 25 from 6:00 p.m. – Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 a.m.
·         Thursday, May 26 from 6:00 p.m. – Friday, May 27 at 7:00 a.m.
 
Eastbound I-94 will be closed in both the driving and passing lanes on Monday, May 23 from 10:30 p.m. – Tuesday at 5:00 a.m.
 
Westbound single lane closures on I-94 are scheduled for the following times:
·         Tuesday, May 24 from 6:00 p.m. – Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 a.m.
·         Wednesday, May 25 from 6:00 p.m. – Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 a.m.

 

 

·         Thursday, May 26 from 6:00 p.m. – Friday, May 27 at 7:00 a.m.

 

 

For more information, contact Diana Maas, WisDOT Region Communication Manager (715) 635-4968

 

 

 

5/19/2016
I-94 Bridge Construction Update

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has given notice that construction work on I-94 Bridge will impact traffic in St. Croix County as there will be overnight lane closures over the coming weeks.

 

Work to replace the 200th Street Bridge over I-94 in St. Croix County will result in overnight lane closures May 31 – June 2 and the night of June 6. The overnight closures are necessary to set the girders.

Westbound I-94 is scheduled to be closed to traffic during the following times:

  • Tuesday, May 31 at 10:30 p.m. to Wednesday, June 1 at 5:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 1 at 10:30 p.m. to Thursday, June 2 at 5:00 a.m.

 

During these times, traffic will be detoured from Exit 19 (WIS 63) to Exit 10 (WIS 65) using the I-94 Alternative Route along US 12. Westbound ramps will be closed at the County Highway T interchange, Exit 16, during the full road closures.

 

Eastbound I-94 is scheduled to be closed to traffic during the following times:

  • Thursday, June 2 at 10:30 p.m. to Friday, June 3 at 5:00 a.m.
  • Monday, June 6 at 10:30 p.m. to Tuesday, June 7 at 5:00 a.m.

 

During these times, traffic will be detoured from Exit 10 (WIS 65) to Exit 19 (WIS 63) using the I-94 Alternative Route along US 12. Eastbound ramps will be closed at the County Highway T interchange, Exit 16, during the full road closures.

 

Motorists can also expect single lane closures during the week between the hours of 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Diana Maas, WisDOT Region Communication Manager, (715) 635-4968

To learn more about traffic impacts in Wisconsin’s Northwest Region:

4/11/2016
Recall Alert!

 

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has issued a recall on pasties produced by Grammy’s Pasty’s.  Grammy’s Pasty’s is a Green Bay business that is voluntarily recalling the pasty product and working with the department to collect as much product as possible.  DATCP indicated in their press release that the affected products have the Julian date of 88-16, 81-16, 74-16, 60-16 and 54-16 on the label or on the package.
 
The pasties included in the recall were sold at retail stores as well as wholesaled by distributors throughout the state prior to March 29, 2016. All products were packaged individually in a clear plastic bag with the product label on the front of the package, nutritional information and Julian date on the back. Wholesale product is packaged individually as well with 20 pasties to a box that has the product label and Julian date on the box.
No illnesses have been reported as a result of consuming these products. Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should contact a physician.
 
Consumers with questions regarding this recall, may contact Mr. Eric Gullstrand at 920-217-6978.

 

 

 

 

4/6/2016
Boaters beware! St. Croix Crossing Project Resumes

​Boaters should beware of construction barges!

Construction crews have resumed work on the St. Croix Crossing Project bridge deck construction placing pre-cast concrete segments.

Crews have completed 59 percent of the segments at Pier 8 closest to the Minnesota shoreline. Pier 9 is 55 percent complete and 7 percent of the segments were installed at Pier 12 closest to the Wisconsin bluff as of the fall, 2015.

By mid-April, crews will be placing segments at all five river piers.

3/3/2016
Complimentary Blue Books Available

blue%20book%202015.jpgThe Wisconsin Blue Book is a biennial publication that provides detailed information about all areas of our state government. This year's edition includes a special historical chapter detailing Wisconsin's role in the Civil War. The Blue Book is a great tool for learning about Wisconsin’s government, both past and present. Contact my office if you would like a complimentary hardcover copy! The Blue Book is also available online here.
 

 

 

 

 

 

2/1/2016
Listening Sessions Announced
Harsdorf to Hold Listening Sessions
 
(State Capitol, Madison)… State Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) has announced upcoming listening sessions for residents of the 10th Senate District.  Listening sessions provide citizens throughout the district with the opportunity to talk with Harsdorf about issues of interest to them, to ask questions and to share their ideas and concerns.
 
“As we continue our work in the legislature, the input I receive in the listening sessions is invaluable in identifying the priorities of area residents.  I appreciate the input and personal interaction with those who attend and share their thoughts,” said Harsdorf.  “Given that many of the bills I introduce come directly from suggestions brought to me by constituents, the feedback on how state government can be improved or reformed is critical in shaping my legislative agenda.”
 
Listening sessions have been scheduled around the 10th Senate District, which is comprised of parts of Burnett, Dunn, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties.  Below are the dates, locations and times of the listening sessions:
 
Friday, February 5
11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Siren, Burnett County Government Center, County Board Room (7410 County
   Road K, Siren)
1:30 PM-2:30 PM, Amery City Hall, (118 Center Street W)
3:30 PM-4:30 PM, Baldwin Village Hall, Board Room (400 Cedar Street)
 
Monday, February 8
2:00 PM-3:00 PM, River Falls, Public Library, Lower Level Meeting Room (140 Union Street)
4:30 PM-5:30 PM, Boyceville Village Hall, Lower Level Meeting Room (903 Main Street)
Area residents are encouraged to attend. If you would like more information please feel free to call Sen. Harsdorf’s office at 608-266-7745 or 1-800-862-1092 or e-mail Sen.Harsdorf@legis.wi.gov