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State Representatives Dean Knudson, John Murtha and Erik Severson and State Senator Sheila Harsdorf attended St. Croix Economic Development Corporation's 2010 legislative networking event and will return Dec. 5 for the third annual legislative forum.

St. Croix Economic Development Corporation will host its third annual legislative forum with St. Croix County's four state legislators 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Cashman Conference Center on the WITC campus in New Richmond.

Area lawmakers expected to attend include Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls; Rep. John Murtha, R-Baldwin; Rep. Dean Knudson, R-Hudson; and Rep. Erik Severson, R-Star Prairie.

Public and private sector members of St. Croix EDC, county residents and business people are invited to attend and participate. An informal networking session with the legislators runs from 4:30 to 5 p.m., followed by a town hall-style question and answer period 5-6 p.m.

"Forums like this help bring our residents and businesses closer to their legislators," said William Rubin, executive director of St. Croix EDC. "Meanwhile, the personal networking and public questions help the legislators better understand issues they can bring back to Madison."

Harsdorf represents Wisconsin's 10th Senate District. She was elected to the Assembly 1988-96, and first elected to the Senate in 2000. She will serve on the 2011-2012 Joint Finance Committee and is the Republican caucus vice chairperson in the Senate.

Severson was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in November 2010 represents the 28th Assembly District.

Murtha represents the 29th Assembly District. He was first elected to the Assembly in 2006.

Knudson was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in November 2010 represents the 30th Assembly District. He previously served as alderman and mayor of Hudson.

Persons planning to attend the event are asked to RSVP to or call (715) 381-4383.