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Schultz plans visits in area on Monday
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MADISON - Sen. Dale Schultz will be in Blanchardville and Cassville on Monday, September 29. Schultz welcomes community members to join him at stops during the day.

In Blanchardville, Schultz will make several stops, beginning at 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. at Burreson's Food Center, 200 S. Main St. During that time he will be available to speak with any community members and will also meet with owner Darin Burreson.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m., Schultz will be at the Blanchardville Village Hall, 208 Mason St., for a meeting on the Blanchardville RiverWalk project. Participants who will discuss the status and direction for the project include Schultz and Rep. Steve Hilgenberg, representatives from the Wisconsin Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources and from Blanchardville and Lafayette County: Marty Chandler, Paul Saether, Kathryn Kammerude, Ron Niemann, Jan Krahenbuhl, Diana Van Matre, Darin Burreson, JoAnne Ehasz of Lafayette Development Corporation and County Highway Commissioner Tom Jean.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Schultz will be available to meet with any community member to discuss any issue or concern at the Viking Café, 210 S. Main Street in Blanchardville. Schultz will have lunch with community members and talk with Viking Café owner Diana Van Matre who also serves as president of Blanchardville Community Pride Inc.

From 1 to 1:45 p.m., Schultz will visit the Blanchardville Co-op Oil Association, 401 S. Main Street, Blanchardville. There he will meet with General Manager Ladd Pettit and employees, members and customers of the Co-op.

Schultz's last stop in Blanchardville will be the home of Gordon Larson, a retired community member and prolific builder of bluebird houses. Creating habitat for birds is a passion of Schultz on his Sauk County farm.

In Cassville, Schultz will participate in a public hearing on the proposed expansion of the Nelson Dewey Power Plant. At the hearing, Schultz will tell the state's Public Service Commissioners of the project's critical importance to the state's need to develop a bio-mass energy infrastructure. The hearing is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Cassville Elementary School gym, 715 E. Amelia Street, Cassville.

Schultz welcomes anyone to contact him with questions and concerns at his Web site,