MADISON (WKOW) -- Co-workers of the late Secretary of Agriculture Rod Nilsestuen are volunteering their time and raising funds to help Habitat for Humanity.
In July, Nilsestuen drowned in Lake Superior while volunteering with Habitat. Friends say it was a charity very close to his heart. About 50 employees of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection spent the day working on this Dane County building site.
They say it's the perfect way to honor Nilsestuen's memory.
DATCP employee Elisabeth Patton says, "He had a life of giving that we weren't even aware of. We worked with the man everyday and it just seemed like a very appropriate match to honor his memory this way."
The DATCHP employees are working on an eight-home development on Madison's north side.
So far, their primary fundraising methods have been luncheon fundraiser's and free will offerings.