Governor Tony Evers Tours Watertown

(Watertown) Governor Tony Evers was in Watertown Tuesday. One of his stops included a tour of the city’s new state-of-the-art library. Construction began in 2020 on the new space which includes a six-thousand-square foot TalkReadPlay Center.

TalkReadPlay is a community movement designed to strengthen families by promoting quality, positive interactions between parents and their children. Library Director Peg Checkai told the governor that each feature of the new facility was guided by public input.

“Most of what this library is, is what we were told community people wanted,” says Checkai.

Evers had some high praise following his tour of Watertown’s library.

“The public library is just an extraordinary place to be,” says Evers.

Evers also stopped and chatted with the owners of Pine Hill Farm: Natural Wellness Collective and Market. The store was a recipient of the Main Street Bounceback Grant Program which provides one-time assistance to new and existing businesses opening a new location or expanding operations in a vacant commercial space. The governor noted the growth downtown Watertown has seen in recent years.

“I was just visiting with the mayor and they have some really significant changes downtown and [Pine Hill Farm: Natural Wellness Collective and Market] is one of them,” says Evers. “I’m glad the state’s been able to be a partner in a lot of this. But a lot of energy and good leadership has happened here.”

Evers visit to Watertown concluded with a stop at the Main Street Café where he shared a coffee with the owners and greeted constituents.