Hi, I'm Loren Oldenburg, running for the vacant 96th assembly seat serving Crawford, Vernon, and Monroe counties. I am a 4th generation farmer who is proud to farm the land of my Great Grandfather between Viroqua and Chaseburg, WI with my wife Linda.
I am a local who supports our small businesses, family farms, agriculture, and the rural life style. My heart has always gravitated towards farming, even throughout my college years at UW - La Crosse. I will never forget the moment when I came home one day and told my Dad that farming was what I wanted to do. And I didn't want to farm any old farm, I wanted to farm the Oldenburg farm. The heritage, roots, and history, sweat, and love that make up a family farm cannot be matched. I have a deep understanding about the effort and importance of sustaining a family farming operation. We are not only farmers, we are entrepreneurs, the accountant, CEO, maintenance man, manager, business owner and much more.
I am supportive of local businesses throughout our small communities. My wife Linda is a small business owner of a sip and paint company called "The Happy Canvas by Linda". Linda and I started the business 3 years ago, and we have made it a choice to keep her business local - setting up paint classes within the small businesses and homes of the 96th assembly district. There are many nights where I am working as the set up and clean up crew with my wife. I have been supportive of Linda taking a risk and starting a new business and career path. I want to promote this entrepreneurship throughout our community, and benefit our small businesses.
This leads to my next belief in collaboration. The only way to provide change is to communicate and work with the businesses, schools, citizens, and multiple organizations. We all know that government policies touch all of our lives. I am the candidate that is working for your future - collaborating and using my past leadership experiences as the Westby Creamery president to get multiple areas of our community and citizens involved. I will be out there learning what matters to YOU as a small town and rural citizen. I am working for your agenda - and working for your future.