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Letter from Rep. Petryk: Skill Explorer website launched

Recently, Governor Walker and the Department of Workforce Development announced the launch of the new job search Skill Explorer website. This new website was developed to create a link between those searching for employment, skills, and the knowledge necessary to obtain the right job in one convenient database of job openings. 

When you visit the site at you can search for employment based on your job titles from past or current jobs. The goal of this site is to connect those in need of employment with the jobs that are available and are best suited to their skills and expertise. 

The website will provide job seekers with a list of current and available positions related to their current and former work experience. The open positions will be made available through the Job Center of Wisconsin ( and three other employment search websites. The Skill Explorer website will provide detailed information on the open position, how much income you can expect, and any special training or skills that the position will require from the prospective employee. The website also has a map pinpointing areas around the state that have particular jobs available and the ability to search by county. 

This website is a very useful tool in getting Wisconsin’s unemployed working again. If you are interested in employment or a change in careers, I highly suggest that you check out the Skill Explorer website at

Deer Trustee Looking for Your Assistance

Deer hunting has a long and storied history in Wisconsin and is a favorite pastime for many of us in the 93rd Assembly District. In an effort to keep our state’s deer herd healthy and sustainable, Wisconsin’s Deer Trustee, Dr, Kroll, and his team have been diligently working to develop workable recommendations for the state. 

As many of you know, in 2011, Dr. James Kroll was appointed as Wisconsin’s first Deer Trustee. Dr. Kroll’s charge is independently evaluating and reviewing Wisconsin’s deer herd management practices. He works independently from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) but also has the full cooperation of the Department. The DNR has remained transparent with regards to the deer herd and with Dr. Kroll’s help, along with his team, Wisconsin can continue this wonderful sporting tradition for generations to come.

Dr. Kroll and his team have been working across the state to fully understand the current conditions of our state’s herd. Recently, he released the Deer Trustee Report and proposed rule package. For the full text of this report please visit:

Now, Dr. Kroll is asking for your help. Located on the same webpage as listed above, there is a Deer Trustee Report Rule Package survey. This survey gives Dr. Kroll an opportunity to receive feedback from the public on the trustee team plan that they wish to implement. If you are a deer hunting enthusiast, I highly encourage you to take a few minutes to complete this survey. Deadline for survey submissions is November 8, 2013. Your input is vital in sustaining the central focus of Wisconsin’s sporting heritage!

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween

As we get into the heart of the fall season, it’s that time again for our youngsters to dress up as their favorite character or superhero and trick or treat! This also means that we all need to make sure that our children have a safe and happy Halloween. Here are some simple tips for you and your kids to make sure their Halloween is safe and fun. 

  • Make sure your child never talks to or enters a stranger’s home. 

  • Remind them to be careful when crossing the street. Make sure they look both ways and if possible, have the child wear either a   piece of reflective clothing or a light. 

  • Drivers, be vigilant of children running into the streets. Make sure to be extra cautious while driving through residential neighborhoods.

  • If your child is old enough to trick or treat without adult supervision, make sure they tell you where they will be going.

    Please make sure you know the set times for trick or treating in your community! 


    In-District Office Hours


    I will be holding in-district office hours on the following Mondays: November 4th, November 18th, and December 2nd, 2013. The goal of these office hours is to welcome constituents from the 93rd Assembly District to come and speak directly to me on issues of importance to you. 

    The following are the times and locations for office hours. Individual constituent meeting times will be based on a first come first serve basis as time allows:

    November 4, 2013

    Pepin: Pepin Village Hall – Community Room

    9:00-10:00 a.m. 

    508 2nd St

    Pepin, WI 54579

    Bay City: Flat Pennies Ice Cream

    11:00-12:00 p.m.

    W6442 Hwy 35

    Bay City, WI 54723

    Elmwood: Elmwood Village Hall – Dining Room

    1:00-2:00 p.m.

    323 W. Winter Ave

    Elmwood, WI 54740

    Durand: Durand City Hall

    3:00-4:00 p.m.

    104 E. Main St.

    Durand, WI 54736

    November 18, 2013

    Pierce/ Pepin Cooperative: W7725 US Hwy 10

    9:00-10:00 a.m.

    Ellsworth, WI 54011

    Prescott: Prescott City Hall – Council Chambers

    11:00-12:00 p.m. 

    800 Borner St

    Prescott, WI 54021

    December 2, 2013

    Pleasant Valley Pleasant Valley Town Hall

    9:00-10:00 a.m.

    S10414 County Road I

    Eleva, WI 54701

    Downsville: Downsville Town Hall

    11:00-12:00 p.m. 

    E4583 County Road C

    Menomonie, WI 54735

    Plum City: Senior Center

    1:00-2:00 p.m.

    501 Main St

    Plum City, WI 54761

    Spring Valley: Spring Valley Village Hall

    3:00-4:00 p.m.

    E121 South 2nd Street

    Spring Valley, WI 54767

Upcoming Events in the 93rd Assembly District

Amish Benefit Pancake Breakfast

November 2nd

7-12:00 p.m.

Countryside Bakery 5mi south of Rock Falls County Rd O

Durand Area Optimist Craft Festival

November 2nd 9-2:30

9-2:30 p.m.

Arkansaw Elementary School

Pepin County Shooting Range Hours

Monday through Friday November 11-15; 8-5:00 p.m.

Monday through Friday November 18-22; 8-5:00 p.m.

Closed during gun deer season 

Durand Rod and Gun Club Chicken Dinners

November 7th

Reservations required:

Greater Insurance Service of Durand (715) 672-5921

Mondovi Insurance-Mondovi (715)926-3341

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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