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Senator's staff holds 'mobile office hours'

Scott Bolstad, regional director for U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) held mobile office hours in Somerset on Jan. 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Somerset Village Hall. Bolstad is pictured with Somerset village employees Brenda Neumann (left) and Andrea Otto (right).

Scott Bolstad, regional director for U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) held "mobile office hours" in Somerset on Jan. 4 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Jan. 4.

"Sen. Johnson has permanent offices in Milwaukee and Oshkosh, but he also wanted to make his office more readily available to constituents outside those cities," said Melinda Schnell, Johnson's communications advisor.

Johnson's staff visits each county at least once each quarter, Schnell said.

"Most constituents come in because they need help overcoming government red tape -- often while applying for Social Security benefits or veterans; benefits," Schnell said. "Our staff hears countless stories about excessive federal regulation and uncertainty about new 'Obamacare' rules."

She said not many constituents commented on the "fiscal cliff" until December.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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