E4299 County Rd Y, Viroqua, WI 54665
From candidate's Facebook page
Hi, I'm Loren Oldenburg, a Republican, running for the vacant 96th Assembly seat serving Crawford, Vernon, and Monroe counties.
I am a fouth-generation farmer who is proud to farm the land of my great-grandfather between Viroqua and Chaseburg, 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 the University of Wisconsin-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 can't 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 three 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.