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Troop Box Packing

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As many of you know, a few months ago I asked if anyone at the Noon Rotary Club was willing to donate some money to spend on supplies to send over to our troops in Europe. Lots of money was given by several kind-hearted individuals that was used to buy a variety of food and hygiene products. In mid-March, the legislature planned to put our troop boxes together and send them off overseas. Unfortunately, that was delayed due to the pandemic and lockdown policies ensuing.

Luckily, the 52nd District office had the opportunity today to reschedule our troop box packing and send them off to our awesome troops. I thank you all again who donated money for the supplies to support them!

Rep. Thiesfeldt's Thoughts on the Death of George Floyd

This past week we have witnessed thousands of Americans band together to protest the death of George Floyd in the custody of the Minneapolis police. The demonstrations occurred across Wisconsin as well, and I found the images I witnessed to be very moving and effective. The diverse gatherings of thousands of fellow Americans demanding equality has had a profound effect on my family and me.

Because my life experiences have largely been distant from the challenges some of my constituents face, I do not claim to completely understand the experiences of racial inequality. Whether the pain is caused by direct or subtle actions, the outcome is the same. Although my experiences are lacking, it does not leave my heart void of empathy. I am not alone amongst many Americans who have paused to listen to the cries from the streets, and learn of what solutions can be offered. I stand ready to evaluate what can be done to see that all Americans are treated equally under the law. This is what our constitution requires, and above all it is the justice God demands of those in positions of authority.

In the midst of the national environment of the last week, it is unfortunate that the piercing, effective message emanating from the peaceful demonstrations has been tarnished by the lawlessness of a few who have other goals. Just as it is wrong to indict all police officers for the actions of a few, it is also wrong to do the same for reasonable, peaceful actions of public protest. The violent actions of looting, burning buildings, smashing windows, and creating general mayhem in the lives of others are inexcusable, as were the actions of the Minneapolis officers. Both must be addressed according to the law.

We are all best served if moments of trauma become opportunities for unity. The challenges we face in life are not equal. Our circumstances are as varied as our cultures. The American experiment has been to sew together all of our individualities to form a unique American tapestry that is "indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." The results of this experiment have been remarkable, but clearly more work must be done. We desire an environment in which all have opportunity to succeed and can expect equality under the law. We are stronger when we move together, respectful of our differences. Let's not lose sight of the dreams we can achieve together.

"We're All In" Small Business Grant Program Updates 

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC) "We’re All In" Small Business Grant is designed to help small businesses get back on their feet while also encouraging adoption of best practices to keep employees, customers, and communities safe. The application period for this grant will open from June 15-21, 2020. More information on the grant, application requirements, eligibility, etc., can be found on WEDC's website.

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State Park Updates: Camping

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has announced that state campgrounds will reopen on Wednesday, June 10 with special conditions to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.

Some of the changes that campers and park visitors will experience beginning June 10 include automatic touch-less check-in and new signs to educate visitors on recreating responsibly. Park offices will remain closed to the public.

Visitors are reminded to practice social distancing, refrain from congregating in large groups, travel only within their home communities, and follow all existing state park rules and guidelines. Visitors are also encouraged to wear masks in situations where social distancing is difficult.

For more information, visit https://wisconsin.goingtocamp.com/.

Free Fishing Weekend

This weekend, June 6th and 7th, people can enjoy all the waters of the state being open to free fishing - a good way to get outside and relax during the pandemic. This is a great opportunity to take a young person and see if you can get them hooked on fishing. All the normal rules about bag limits, size limits, etc. are still in place. More information on the even can be found here. While fishing, make sure to stay safe while maintaining social distancing!

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Last E-update Next Week

Due to campaign laws, legislative offices are only allowed to send out E-updates until mid-April of the even year of every legislative biennial cycle. With the pandemic, the COVID relief legislation passed by the WI legislature extended that deadline to 30 days after the Governor's public emergency declaration ended, which was on May 11th. Thus, the last day the 52nd District office can send out E-updates is on June 10th/next Wednesday. One more will be sent on Wednesday. Then, they will be on hold until after election day in November. I appreciate the feedback and compliments people give on the E-updates sent out. I enjoy being able to communicate with you all on important information on things going on at the Capitol, in the district, and around the state, especially during the pandemic.

Upcoming Holidays

  • Friday, June 5 – National Doughnut Day
  • Saturday, June 6 – D-Day
  • Sunday, June 7 – June Bug Day
  • Monday, June 8 – Best Friends Day
  • Tuesday, June 9 – Donald Duck Day
  • Wednesday, June 10 – National Herb and Spice Day
  • Thursday, June 11 – Corn on the Cob Day

For more fun and out-there holidays, visit checkiday.com, a website created by a former Fond du Lac resident!