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Dear Neighbor,

I am honored to represent you in the state capitol. Below, you will find updates from the capitol and around western Wisconsin. Please feel free to reach out to me with your legislative and state agency concerns. 

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I ask that you help share this newsletter with your friends and family. An informed community is a strong community, and I appreciate the opportunity to discuss our communities' concerns. 





- Sen. Patty Schachtner

Clean Water is a Deliberate Policy Choice 

In past years, the safety of our drinking water has come to the forefront of Wisconsin’s political landscape. Extensive studies have shown not only the scale, but the drastic health consequences contaminated water has on our communities. Contaminants like nitrates and bacteria have been linked to blue baby syndrome, thyroid disease, and some cancers, harming rural communities like ours in western Wisconsin. Meanwhile, lead exposure continues to poison children statewide.   

On my website, I have compiled a comprehensive timeline of policy, enforcement, and implications for clean water. An examination of the past will help us understand how to improve in the future. Clean water is a health issue. It is an economic issue. It is a moral issue. It’s time we connect the dots and ensure that future generations can enjoy safe, clean water.  

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First National Community Bank Celebrates 100 Years 

I was honored to celebrate First National Community Bank’s 100th anniversary with Rep. Rob Stafsholt and neighbors.  First National was chartered on August 1, 1919, and has served the New Richmond area ever since. The bank expanded to Somerset and Hudson in the 1990s and to Dresser in 2014.

The celebration drew many residents and featured live music, food, games, and bounce houses. It is my pleasure to celebrate the success of western Wisconsin businesses and families.

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Bill Introduced to Expand Medicaid 

Last week, I co-sponsored a stand-alone bill to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid.  Over 70 percent of Wisconsinites support Medicaid expansion because it increases access to affordable health care while saving state taxpayer dollars. Governor Tony Evers proposed to expand Medicaid in his budget proposal. However, the provision was stripped out by Republicans on the legislature’s budget committee. This stand-alone bill will give legislators the chance to reconsider and join 36 other states in accepting the federal Medicaid dollars. It's time to bring our federal tax dollars home and invest in the health and well-being of all Wisconsinites.


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MLC, BILLD Conferences Recap 

I recently attended the Council of State Governments Midwestern Legislative Conference (MLC) and the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD). The conferences brought together legislators and policy experts from across the Midwest and Canada. We discussed issues such as manufacturing, mental health, and natural resources. 

Conferences like MLC and BILLD provide an opportunity for legislators to learn about best practices across states. I’m grateful for the opportunity to attend and learn.

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District Events


Burnett County Fair

Thursday, August 22 – Sunday, August 25


914 S Pine St.

Grantsburg, WI 54840


Exhibits galore including animals, crafts, flowers and crops. Lots of food vendors and carnival rides. Demo Derby, Tracker Pull, Horse Showdeo and fun & games.



Saturday, September 21; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Grantsburg Fairgrounds

State Road 87/48

Grantsburg, WI 54840


Fun for the Whole Family: Bounce houses (one for toddlers, and one for older kids) & Inflatable Obstacle Course, Dual Lane rock wall/slide, car show, free cotton candy, Corn Hole / Bags Game / Raffle, Corn Pit, free face painting, food vendors. Fun-Crow Scavenger Hunt, Great Pumpkin Contest, Hay Rides, K-9 Tracker Demonstration, Kids Outdoor Obstacle Course, free Ladies Nail Driving Contest, free Lawn Games, free Memory Screens, Police, Fire Trucks, EMS, DNR – vehicles and reps onsite, Pony Rides for a small fee – Frontier Stables, Pumpkin Bowling, free voter registration and so much more!

Many of our vendors have games, giveaways, and prizes at their booths.




Downtown Menomonie Farmers’ Market

Saturday, August 17; 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Wilson Park

800 Wilson Ave

Menomonie, WI 54751


The Menomonie Farmers’ Market features local farmers, producers, artists, musicians, authors and is one of the best markets in the area! In addition to fresh local produce, crispy right-from-the-oven breads, grass-fed meats, free-range eggs and handmade cheese, visitors can also enjoy hot lunches, fresh pop corn and fair trade coffee while listening to the performances of local musicians.


Great Community Cookout

Thursday, September 12; 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Downtown Menomonie

342 E. Main St.

Menomonie, WI 54751


Join us in Downtown Menomonie - behind the Visitors Center on 4th Street on Thursday, September 12th from 4-8pm for the 14th Annual Great Community Cookout! Enjoy live music, delicious food and drink, and fun games for the whole family! There will be a raffle, all proceeds benefitting Downtown Menomonie, Inc.




Chill on the Hill – Summer Concert Series

Tuesday, August 20; 7 p.m.


Melvin Wall Amphitheater

678 S. Third St.

River Falls, WI 54022


Free outdoor concert series at the Melvin Wall Amphitheater on Tuesdays featuring regional artists.  Grilled food, beverages and ice cream available for purchase.  Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic and lawn chairs.


Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo

Friday, September 6 – Saturday, September 7; 7 p.m.


Experience the biggest and best college rodeo in the upper Midwest! The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) invites you to an amazing Wild West adventure at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. Approximately 300 cowboys and cowgirls compete in stock events including bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, and more!




Frederic Festival

Saturday, August 17; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.



Oak St.

Frederic, WI 54837


Crafters and artists display their work from soaps and lotions to baskets, pottery and woodwork.


Moon Lake Threshing Bee

Saturday, August 17 – Sunday, August 18; 7:30 a.m.


897 2-3/8 St.

Clayton, WI 54004


Annual Moon Lake Threshermen's Show. Threshing, Crafts Building, Flea Market, Steam Powered Sawmill, Blacksmith shop, Miniature Steam Train, food, beverages and much more! 



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North Hudson Pepper Festival

Friday; August 16 – Sunday, August 18


Pepperfest Park 

401 N. 7th St.

Hudson, WI 54016


North Hudson celebrates its Italian heritage with this annual event including a parade, carnival, Italian food booths, spaghetti and hot pepper-eating contests, music , bingo, 5k & 10k run, and a Queen coronation.  


Midwest Championship Sheepdog Competition

Friday; August 30 – Monday, September 2


Badlands Sno-Park
772 Kinney Rd

Hudson, WI 54016

Come watch the country's smartest dogs compete for the coveted Midwest Championship Sheepdog Competition at Badlands Sno-Park outside of Hudson, WI. Watch dogs and handlers compete under time pressure to move sheep through a complicated course. Gather under a big, shady tent, rain or shine, cheering for your favorite dogs and groaning as a recalcitrant sheep escapes at the pen at the last second. Although the action on the course is compelling, besides being a great test of good dogs and handlers, the scenery is flat out gorgeous. This is the 34th year that the competition has entertained families and dog lovers, making it the second longest running "sheepdog trial" in the country. 

Newsletter Update from Senator Patty Schachtner