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Letter from Rep. Petryk: Back to School time

Back to School Time

The time is quickly approaching when Wisconsin’s students will return to school. With the return of school looming there may be many stresses both on the child and the family from homework to school supplies to the finances required to send your child to school. There are many local, state, and federal resources to help with all these issues. 

The site,,, has many useful tips and resources for the family and the student. Also, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has advice and resources for our state’s students and their families. You can visit their site at  

For those of you have not started buying school supplies or researching the upcoming school year, there is still plenty of time. Many of our local retailers have the lists of supplies for your child’s school readily available. The following are the websites for our local school districts where you can find more information on your child’s school for the 2013-14 academic year:

Durand School District: 

Eau Claire Area School District: 

Elmwood School District: 

Menomonie School District: 

Pepin Area Schools: 

Plum City School District: 

Prescott School District: 

Spring Valley School District: 

I wish each and every one of you and your child the best of luck and great success this academic year!

Ludington Guard Band

Recently, I attended the 125th Anniversary of the Menomonie Ludington Guard Band. The band is the oldest continually performing concert band in the State of Wisconsin. It was my privilege to help present the Ludington Guard Band with a legislative citation along with my colleagues, Senator Harsdorf and Representative Murtha. I had the distinction of being the youngest member ever (at the time), at 12 years old, in the Ludington Guard Band, playing trombone under Director Lynn Pritchard from 1967-1974. 

In 1888, the Ludington Guard Band was formed under the direction of Mr. Charles Ingraham. The name of the band came from the Ludington Guard, a military organization that was formed in Menomonie in 1877. This was a cavalry unit that was named after Wisconsin’s former Governor, Harrison Ludington. 

Originally, the Ludington Guard Band began with just a small group of only eleven members. Today, they are a seventy member concert band. These seventy members range in age from twelve to those in their nineties. 

The Ludington Guard Band begins their season the first Tuesday in June and concludes the first Tuesday in August. The concerts are free and always take place in the shell at Wilson Park in Menomonie. The season has now concluded but I encourage each of you to mark you calendars for next year and come listen to the wonderful and enchanting music of the Ludington Guard Band!

Upcoming Events in the 93rd Assembly District

Town Festivals

Downsville Day

August 24th

Chippewa Valley Farm-City Day

August 24th 10:00-2:00 p.m.

Five Star Dairy

E9817 590th Ave, Elk Mound

Eau Claire Festival in the Pines

August 24-25th

Prescott Daze

September 6-8th

Pepin Laura Ingalls Wilder Days

September 14-15th 

Other Events

Durand Rod and Gun Club Chicken Dinners

August 22

September 5, 19

October 3, 17

November 7

Reservations required:

Greater Insurance Service of Durand (715) 672-5921

Mondovi Insurance-Mondovi (715)926-3341

Mailing Address:  Representative Warren Petryk, 306 North, State Capitol, P.O. Box 8953, Madison, WI  53708 

Phone Numbers:  Toll Free (888)534-0093 or (608) 266-0660