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November 22nd, 2019

 

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 Deer Hunt Opening Weekend

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This Saturday (11/23) marks the opening of the gun season for deer. I wanted to wish everyone who will be hunting, a safe and successful hunt!

Spring Green Eagle Scouts

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Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the Eagle Court of Honor for Bryce Thier and Benjamin Muhr from Spring Green. For their Eagle Projects, Bryce built a Gaga Ball Pit at River Valley Middle School, and Ben renovated a three-mile wilderness trail behind the high school. Congratulations again! 

 

Visits to Monroe

Last Friday, I visited Klondike Cheese and the Monroe Arts Center in Monroe for my district day. I met with Luke Buholzer at Klondike for a tour, where he showed me how Klondike produces their award-winning cheese. Last session, I was able to secure a matching grant of $100,000 to fund updates for the Monroe Arts Center. Kathy Hennessy gave me a tour of the newly renovated facility. Thank you to the both of them for taking the time to show me around!

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On Wednesday, I was back again in Monroe to tour Colony Brands as well as the Monroe Clinic with Senator Howard Marklein and UW-Madison Chancellor, Rebecca Blank. We heard from Mike Sanders- President and CEO of the Monroe Clinic, John Baumann- CEO of Colony Brands, and Todd Valeria- VP of Creative Marketing Services at Colony Brands. Thank you again for letting us tour!

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Black Hawk High School Football

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Congratulations to Black Hawk High School for winning the WIAA Division 7 Football Championship Title at Camp Randall in Madison. Black Hawk won the title with a 6-0 shutout against Edgar. Great Job!

 

Lafayette County Receives Funding for OWI and Mental Health Programming

The Wisconsin Department of Justice recently awarded grants for Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) programs in Lafayette County. A TAD program is a program that provides treatment and diversion for a nonviolent adult offender where substance abuse was a factor in the offender’s criminal activity. A TAD Program gives a municipality the option to offer offenders the opportunity to enter treatment court programs that involve drug/alcohol abuse treatment and other risk reduction programs. By diverting nonviolent offenders into treatment and not into correctional facilities, bed spaces and taxpayer dollars are saved while treating an offender’s underlying addiction.

The 2019-21 budget that was passed by the state legislature included $14.4 million for TAD programs across the state. Lafayette County received $118,000 to create an Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) court which will be a way that we can combat the drunk driving problem in our state. I am optimistic that the funding for TAD programs in our state will help to keep our communities safe, save tax dollars, and give municipalities the tools to combat addiction.

Have a Great Weekend!