As a former high school quarterback, many of my favorite memories were made under Wisconsin’s Friday night lights. I passed this tradition on to my boys and have enjoyed traveling across western and central Wisconsin cheering on our teams and celebrating Wisconsin’s sporting traditions.

Like many communities in the Driftless region, the village of De Soto faced flooding in 2016. This flooding, much like the recent severe flooding and storms across our state, devastated homes, businesses, farms, and community fixtures − like the De Soto High School football field. My office worked with FEMA to help clean up area homes and businesses, and provide the $500,000 needed in repairs to the football field.

I was excited to see De Soto High School’s field repaired and reopened when I attended the De Soto vs. Wonewoc-Center/Weston game last Friday. It was a great game between two great teams, and I look forward to watching more football on their new field. I was also honored to present a new American flag to the school, which was flown over the United States Capitol in honor of the reopening of the field.

My office can help Wisconsinites work with federal agencies after flooding and severe weather. More information can be found by calling toll-free: 1-888-442-8040 or by visiting I also encourage you to report home damage by calling 211, or your county emergency management offices.

Democrat Ron Kind, La Crosse, represents Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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