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January 21, 2003


LA CROSSE, Wis—Do we expect the conduct of politicians to adhere to stricter ethical standards than people do in business and other professions?  Do we have different ethical expectations for politics than we do for government?   Former legislator Brian Rude, an individual who speaks from experience both inside and outside government circles, will discuss these questions at a free Brown Bag Lecture at Viterbo Tuesday, Feb. 18 at noon.

The talk, "Ethical Leadership in Politics and Government,"  will be held in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center and reservations are not required.
Rude, now director of external relations, at Dairyland Power Cooperative, has logged17 years of service in the Wisconsin State Legislature, including one term in the State Assembly and four terms in the State Senate. From 1993 to 1996, and again in 1998, Rude served as president of the Wisconsin State Senate.

He graduated from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, with a bachelor of arts degree in history  and political science. He also earned his master of arts degree in public administration and public policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The lectures are sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and the Dahl School of Business. Randy Smith, CEO of City Brewery; Ed Kondracki, chief of the La Crosse Police Department; and Tom Downs, superintendent of La Crosse Public Schools, have been previous presenters on topics that are intended to accentuate sound and positive business practices. 

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