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State secretary stops for visit

The Wisconsin Secretary of Safety and Professional Services, Dave Ross, stopped by New Richmond June 25 for a quick visit with one of his volunteer board members.

Jim Rusch, with Sweet Greetings in New Richmond, has served on the Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors for 16 years. Rusch works with the state regulatory agency to ensure that licensed professionals meet education and skills requirements established by the state.

"The Department of Safety does a lot for the public," Rusch said. "Compared to many others states, Wisconsin ranks high in protecting the public. I think that's critical."

Rusch is a licensed land surveyor by trade.

Ross explained that the Department of Safety and Professional Services licenses 241 professional fields in Wisconsin and operates 79 boards and councils that professionals serve on and help guide regulations.

The department was formed in 2011, when many of the regulatory responsibilities of the Department of Commerce were transferred to the new agency.

When he travels the state, Ross said he tries to visit various board members and gather input from the corners of Wisconsin.

A native of Superior, Ross said he's keenly aware that the northwest part of Wisconsin is very important to the economy of the state. He said too often state government is centered too much on the concerns and ideas of people and businesses in the southern part of Wisconsin.

"We certainly want to reach out to all of Wisconsin," he said. "We like to hear what we can improve upon and hear what we've been doing right."

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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