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Local Candidates for State Senate
to Speak on Environmental Topics

RELEASED: Oct. 17, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — A discussion titled "Wisconsin's Environmental Past, Present and Future," featuring state senate candidate Pat Kreitlow, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Schofield Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the "Conservation of the Environment" (Geog. 178) class.

The goal of the discussion and question and answer session will be to educate the university and community about environmental issues important in the upcoming state election.

Geography and anthropology assistant professor Lisa Theo said that all four of the local candidates who are running for state senate were invited to speak, at times of their choosing, on environmental issues important to them and the state.

Kathleen Vinehout, the only other candidate who accepted the invitation, will speak at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in Room 100 of Hibbard Hall. The project is part of a public service project that "Conservation of the Environment" decided to sponsor.

All attending candidates are invited to give opening remarks about Wisconsin's strong environmental leadership and conservation history, summarize where Wisconsin is today and explain where the candidate thinks Wisconsin is heading in the future. The candidates' discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.

Theo said she expects the candidates to discuss the proposed coal-fired power plant that Xcel Energy would like to build on the lower Chippewa River, as well as hunting rights, power lines and forestry management, although she left it up to the candidates to choose the environmental topics they'd like to discuss.

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