Iron County Progressive

From State Senator Janet Bewley
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hunting 

Every fall, my husband, David, and our beloved black lab, Pearl, head out to eastern North Dakota for their annual duck hunting trip. Although I miss them terribly, I know that they both love this trip. Pearl is one heck of a retriever and my husband’s a pretty good shot. We love to share the fruits of this hunt with friends and neighbors. 


While that specific hunting excursion may be over for the two of them, another one is just getting started here in Wisconsin. Rifle season is upon us and if you’re a hunter, perhaps you’ve already restocked your freezer with fresh venison for the year by the time you’re reading this. Or you’ve already sat down for a thanksgiving meal with your friends and family members. Regardless of how you choose to spend your time this winter, I hope it’s safe for those that you love and care about.


Safety is definitely on my mind when it comes to hunting. In addition to worrying about loved ones out hunting, I also worry about the safety and wellbeing of our deer herd. So far Northern Wisconsin has been lucky in that Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a degenerative and fatal brain ailment that spreads among deer and similar species, has not decimated our herd in the way that it has done in other parts of the state.


This year, further precautions are in place so that hunters can have peace of mind that any deer they harvest is not afflicted with CWD. If it is discovered to be infected, the deer carcass can be disposed of in a way so that it cannot infect any further deer in the local area. There are numerous stations throughout Northern Wisconsin where harvested deer can be tested and if necessary, properly disposed of. For a list of these locations, I encourage you to either call your local DNR station or go to


In the spirit of the season, I’m thankful that the DNR is being proactive when it comes to managing this disease. Down in Madison, I have been working with my colleagues in the democratic caucus to pass legislation that would authorize even more testing kiosks throughout the state, but unfortunately our efforts have been unsuccessful. I hope that with the New Year, we as legislators can find a way to cut through the partisan gridlock and do more to understand and combat this disease.


I’m looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with my husband, my daughters and their husbands, and my grandchildren. And Pearl is looking forward to grabbing whatever food she can from under the table.  I hope everyone has a safe and festive Thanksgiving holiday!

This week in review with Rep. Beth Meyers 
As the holiday season approaches, I want to encourage everyone to take a moment to be thankful for all that we have. While we begin the festivities with turkey, hunting, football, and pumpkin pie, we also reunite with family and loved ones to reminisce about this year’s blessings.

I know that I’m thankful to call Northern Wisconsin home. Not only is Northern Wisconsin naturally beautiful—from Lake Superior’s shoreline, to the Penokee Hills, to the Chequamegon National Forest, to Timm’s Hill—but our warm and welcoming communities are what makes the Northwoods truly special. Our district, which runs from the tip of Bayfield County to the southern border of Price County, is full of hard-working and caring people. I am very proud to represent the people of the 74th Assembly District.

Being a voice for Northern Wisconsin is what I aim to do as your State Representative, and I want to give thanks to everyone who has reached out in support of important issues around the district this past year. One instance of many was when Deputy Sheriff Mika supported a bill that protects spousal and family benefits of law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty. I truly appreciated him reaching out to me. I know this is an important issue for Northern Wisconsin, and so I co-sponsored the bill, which has since been signed into law.

Additionally, some realtors in our district reached out about a bill that addresses safety issues for homeowners during open houses and private showings. After listening to their concerns, I decided to become a co-author. The students from the Class Act Charter School in Park Falls advocated for a bill to make the ruffed grouse the state small game bird, which I was happy to author.

This year I have been focused on many important tasks; these include being on the Suicide Task Force, seeking justice for missing and murdered tribal women, expanding broadband in the district, and working with the new governor and his administration. This upcoming year, I will continue my commitment towards the common goals of our community, as there is always more to be done.

I am incredibly honored to serve so many wonderful people in the 74th Assembly District
. The kindhearted, giving people of Northern Wisconsin have created a welcoming community that is easy to be thankful for. During this Thanksgiving holiday, I cannot say thank you enough to everyone, and with that I wish you all a very happy and festive Thanksgiving!

I encourage everyone who is planning on holiday shopping to go out on Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Last year, I traveled around the district to visit many wonderful locally owned shops in the 74th Assembly District. I drove 286 miles, spent 12 hours, went to 4 counties, and shopped at 22 stores and restaurants to support small businesses and got some wonderful gifts for family and friends.

This year, I plan to do it all over again. I hope to see you out there!