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March 12, 2020

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Girls State Basketball Tournament

Congratulations to the Black Hawk High School Girls Basketball Team as they travel to Green Bay for the Division 5 State Semifinal game. The game will take place at 9:05AM on Friday, March 13

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UW Research in the Rotunda

Undergraduate students from UW System schools came together in the Capitol as part of the 17th annual Research in the Rotunda event. Every year, students fill the Capitol Rotunda to share their research findings on a variety of important topics with legislators, staff, and members of the public. I had the opportunity to listen to UW-Platteville student Hannah Frank of Dodgeville present her findings on "Applying Writing to Learn in STEM Education." UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis Shields also visited the Capitol as part of this exceptional event. It's a great day to be a Pioneer!

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Coronavirus Update

This week, the White House hosted a briefing call for state and local leaders to provide an update on the on the recently declared Coronavirus pandemic. The call emphasized that the overall threat to the American public remains low. The President has directed the White House Task Force to take all steps to ensure the health and well-being of the American people.

The Centers for Disease Control have posted the following tips to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

More information on coronavirus from the CDC can be found here

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Agriculture Press Conference

Today, agriculture groups came together to hold a press conference urging the Senate to pass important agriculture legislation. Stakeholders including the Wisconsin Farm Bureau, Wisconsin Farmers Union, Dairy Business Association, and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association spoke to the importance of legislation recommended by the Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality and other bills addressing agriculture. The bills mentioned included funding for county conservation staff, creation of a nitrate reduction pilot program, increased investments in our producer-led watershed groups, and resources for counties to conduct well studies.

As Chairman of this important task force, I agree that these modest investments by the legislature will pay huge dividends, both for water quality and for farm profitability.

All of the bills recommended by the Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality have passed the Assembly. If passed in the Senate, they will be presented to the Governor for his signature.

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Lafayette County Municipal Meeting

This week, I spoke at the Lafayette County Annual Municipal Meeting hosted by Highway Commissioner Tom Jean. Local elected officials came together to hear Tom provide an update on the services his office provides to the county, funding available, and planned projects. I discussed our legislative session including the Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality. Thank you for having me!

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Read Across American Week

In honor of Read Across America Week, I read to a group of 2nd & 3rd graders at Dodgeville Elementary School. The book I read was "We Don't Eat Our Classmates" by bestselling author Ryan T. Higgins. It's about Penelope Rex, a dinosaur who has trouble making human friends at school. It was a great group of students. Thanks for inviting me!

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World Championship Cheese Contest

The largest technical cheese competition in the world took place last week in Madison with over 3,600 entries. Home to the most cheese factories in the state, the 51st Assembly District was well represented at this competition. While the Gruyere cheese from Switzerland was named the world’s best, many awards were handed out to local cheese makers. Congratulations to the following winners from the 51st Assembly District:

  • Traditional Waxed Cheddar, Mild to Medium
    • Best of Class – Maple Leaf Cheesemaking Team, Maple Leaf Cheesemakers Inc, Monroe (English Hollow Cheddar)
  • Traditional Waxed Cheddar, Sharp to Aged
    • Best of Class – Maple Leaf Cheesemaking Team, Maple Leaf Cheesemakers Inc, Monroe (English Hollow Cheddar)
    • Second Place – Maple Leaf Cheesemaking Team, Maple Leaf Cheesemakers Inc, Monroe (English Hollow Cheddar)
    • Third Place – Chris Roelli, Roelli Cheese Co, Shullsburg (Roelli Haus Select Cheddar)
  • Rindless Swiss Style
    • Best of Class – Neal Schwartz, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe (Full Cream Rindless Swiss)
  • String Cheese
    • Best of Class – Nick Siedschlag, Chula Vista Cheese Co, Browntown (Mexican String Cheese)
    • Third Place – Mark Boelk, Chula Vista Cheese Co, Browntown (Mexican String Cheese)
  • Flavored Feta
    • Best of Class – Steve Webster, Klondike Cheese Co, Monroe (Odyssey Peppercorn Feta)
  • Brick and Muenster
    • Third Place – Dave Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co, Monroe (Buholzer Brothers Brick)
  • Havarti
    • Second Place – Ron Bechtolt, Klondike Cheese Co, Monroe (Buholzer Brothers Havarti)
  • Flavored Havarti
    • Second Place – Ron Bechtolt, Klondike Cheese Co, Monroe (Buholzer Brothers Dill Havarti)
    • Third Place – Luke Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co, Monroe (Buholzer Brothers Dill Havarti)
  • Latin American Style Fresh Cheeses
    • Second Place – Team W&W Dairy, W&W Dairy LLC, Monroe (Queso Fresco)
  • Latin American Style Hard Cheeses
    • Best of Class – Sigma Darlington Plant, Sigma Foods, Darlington (Queso Cotija)
  • Washed Rind/Smear Ripened Soft Cheeses
    • Second Place – Team Emmi Roth, Emmi Roth, Monroe (Roth Monroe Cheese)
  • High Protein Yogurt – Cow’s Milk
    • Second Place – Adam Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co, Monroe (Odyssey Greek Yogurt 3.5%)
    • Third Place – Steve Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co, Monroe (Odyssey Greek Yogurt)
  • Flavored High Protein Yogurt – Cow’s Milk
    • Second Place – Dave Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co, Monroe (Odyssey Greek Yogurt Lowfat Vanilla)
    • Third Place – Adam Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co, Monroe (Odyssey 3% Greek Yogurt Vanilla)
  • Open Class: Flavored and Unflavored Shredded Cheese
    • Best of Class – Zach Hagen, Chula Vista Cheese Co, Browntown (Chihuahua Cheese Shred)
    • Third Place – Molly Meyer, Chula Vista Cheese Co, Browntown, (Chihuahua Cheese Shred)
  • Open Class: Flavored and Unflavored Shredded Cheese Blends
    • Best of Class – Dan Reed, Chula Vista Cheese Co, Browntown, Chihuahua/Oaxaca Blend)