Homeowners, Small Businesses to Gain under Plan to Close Dark Store Loophole The dark store loophole is affecting northwestern Wisconsin, too. Walmart and Menards sued the city of St. Croix Falls in 2017 looking for property tax adjustments. If the cases are successful, the companies could receive refunds of close to $100,000.
The Hill: Wisconsin Deserves Better than Foxconn's Constant Waffling Core elements of the deal keep changing, leaving taxpayers in the dark about when — or if — the state will see a return on its investment.
For Private Well Owners, Testing Can Bring Peace of Mind The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recommends private well owners test their water on an annual basis. Changes to the color, taste, or smell of one’s water can also warrant additional testing.


After Lame-Duck Power Consolidation, Where Do We Go From Here? These proposals are less exciting than the narrative of us versus them, but they matter to western Wisconsin. We were sent to Madison to serve the public, not fight over political power.
Giving Tuesday an Opportunity for Community Partnerships This Giving Tuesday, we have a choice to make about what kind of community we hope to be. Please consider donating to a local food shelf or supporting our local non-profits. We can all play a part to help support those struggling in our community.
October is National Farm to School Month All over the country, farm to school programs are empowering children to make informed and healthy food choices. These programs are also strengthening local food supply chains and building up local economies.
I Want to Hear From You! Serving constituents is the best part of my job. Whether I am helping people navigate state agencies or answering questions about legislation, I appreciate the opportunity to assist and engage with community members.
Recovery Month Shines Spotlight on Community Care Providers This September marks the 29th National Recovery Month. Recovery means that change is possible and that we can help people live up to the dignity and worth inherent in each of us.
Community Members Share Foxconn Concerns In Area Listening Sessions On August 2, Senator Janet Bewley and I hosted a pair of listening sessions in Rice Lake and Amery to talk about the $4.5 billion taxpayer incentive package to Foxconn, a Taiwanese-based electronics manufacturing company.
Happy Birthday, Medicare and Medicaid! Medicare and Medicaid will celebrate their 53rd birthday on July 30. Since the programs’ inception, millions of elderly, low-income, and disabled Americans have benefited from crucial health care coverage.
Youth Treatment Program Inspires Through Nature and Art Communities across Wisconsin are facing barriers in access for mental health treatment. For children who are still developing, these barriers can have life-altering implications.
Suicide: A Tale of Access Suicide has touched communities across the nation. The deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain – like all deaths from suicide – are tragic. While tragic, their deaths refocused the national attention on what is a growing suicide epidemic.
A Newcomer, a Look Back, and the Road Ahead I have helped people all my life - as a first responder, health care provider, and medical examiner - and I was ready to serve the communities of northwestern Wisconsin.
A Community Dialogue for Mental Health Awareness This past month, I traveled across western Wisconsin to engage in needed conversations about mental health and suicide prevention.
The Work of Our Teachers Teachers help shape our children’s future, and they know firsthand what it means to be resilient. In recent years, we have asked our teachers to do more with less.
Environmental Stewardship Extends Beyond Awareness As we take a look back at Earth Day, let us remember that our environment is something to protect. It is an investment that we, and the generations that come after us, will reap the benefits of.
Invest in Success, Science Olympiad Pays it Forward When I was in high school, Science Olympiad was just getting started, holding its first event in November 1974. Since then, Science Olympiad has grown nationwide with over 7,800 schools participating, including 98 here in Wisconsin...