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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

2018 Year in Review  

We had a busy year, and I wanted to share some of the work my office and I accomplished. Since being sworn-in in February 2018, I have:

  • Responded to over 4,000 constituent contacts
  • Visited 16 of 19 school districts in our senate district
  • Hosted 10 listening sessions across the region
  • Introduced bills to provide grants to Science Olympiad teams and increase assistance to student victims of sexual violence.

I look forward to keeping my focus on service in 2019. In terms of legislation, I will advocate for increased access to affordable and comprehensive health care, fully-funded schools, and improved roads. I also look forward to working with my colleagues and the incoming administration on finding a way forward on a Minnesota-Wisconsin tax reciprocity agreement.


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Diversified Services, Inc. Visit

It was my pleasure to visit Diversified Services, Inc. (DSI) in Siren. DSI provides assembly, packaging, and placement services for regional businesses. They are also a business that emphasizes access, with 60 percent of their 75 workers being individuals with disabilities. All individuals have value, and I am so glad to see partners like DSI give individuals with disabilities a chance at employment. I know that DSI is a valuable part of our community.



Stop Substance Abuse Calendar Contest

I was honored to attend the St. Croix County Sheriff Department's Stop Substance Abuse Calendar Contest. We had a great turnout for this tradition, which was started in 1989 by St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson. I enjoyed seeing young and old community members united against substance abuse. As a medical examiner, I know the human cost of drug addiction on individuals and families is devastating. With 2017 being the worst year for overdose deaths in our nation, we need to re-examine our approach to addressing this crisis.

The Stop Substance Abuse Calendar Contest is one way to help children reflect on substance abuse in an age-appropriate way. Congratulations to grand prize winner Caitlyn Tannhauser, a fifth-grader from E.P. Rock Elementary. 


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WEDC Audit Brings New Foxconn Concerns

Taxpayer concerns regarding Foxconn continue to grow following a state audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the quasi-private entity that drafted the multi-billion dollar contract with Foxconn.

According to the audit, WEDC planned to give Foxconn payments for jobs created outside of Wisconsin. State auditors said that this would have violated state law and the contract that WEDC itself had drafted.

WEDC and Foxconn are no strangers to controversy. Previous audits have found that WEDC failed to follow state law, did not adequately track jobs tied to subsidies, and did not verify data submitted by businesses receiving taxpayer money. Meanwhile, Foxconn has not followed through on past investment promises and has been questioned for its labor practices. In June, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Foxconn is scaling back its plan for its Wisconsin facilities.

I am troubled by the audit, especially since legislation passed in the lame-duck session gives majority control of the WEDC Board to the legislature. In addition, the lame-duck legislation eliminates the requirement that WEDC annually verify payroll and employment data, instead allowing them to verify submitted samplings of the data.


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District Events


Siren Destination Wedding Fair

Sunday, January 17; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Area Wedding Expert Exhibitions showcase the latest in Wedding Services, Styles & Designs and demonstrate Siren's claim as "your Premier Wedding Destination!  "You've been dreaming of this day forever. Capture true romance in Siren's serene setting of natural beauty and north woods charm.  Come to Siren and plan the Perfect Destination Wedding that will keep family members & friends talking for years to come!


Whopper Ice Fishing Contest

Saturday, February 23; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join us on the ice for this popular annual event on Siren's Clam Lakes! Great contest prizes, on-ice raffles, and many door prizes! Sponsored by the Siren Lions Club. Tickets are $7 pre-sale and $10 on the day of the event.




Mental Health Peer Support Group

Monday, January 7; 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

A meeting to discuss mental health, community, and resources. Anyone welcome to join. We talk about PTSD, depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders along with symptom management.


Menomonie Polar Plunge

Saturday, February 9

Last year, more than 200 brave souls took the plunge in Menomonie. The best part? After their bodies returned to 98.6°F and the donations were tallied, they raised more than $40,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Booyah.




Fare For All Food Distribution

Tuesday, January 22

Fare For All buys fresh produce and frozen meat in bulk from wholesalers and manufacturers to find the best deals available, then prepacks the produce and meat in food packages that are sold to anyone who prepays and orders ahead of time at a great discount.

Orders must be placed by the Thursday before the distribution date. Upcoming distributions are scheduled for Nov. 13 and Dec. 11, 2018, and Jan. 22, Feb. 19 , March 19, April 16, May 14, June 18, July 16, Aug. 13, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Dec. 10 in 2019.

Distribution is at the River Falls United Methodist Church at 127 South Second St., River Falls, WI 54022.


Adult Coloring

Wednesday, January 23; 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

No need to register, coloring materials are provided along with coffee and a light snack.
Questions - call Heather Johnson at 715-425-0905.




Winter Fishing Contest

Tuesday, January 26; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fun family activities during Winter Fun Day and a fishing contest on Coon Lake, food served on the lake, raffle and prize drawings.


St. Joseph Annual Ice Fishing Contest

Wednesday, January 27; 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

100+ door prizes, largest fish prize and raffle prizes. Special kids fishing contest.



St. Croix

That’ll Be The Day – The Music of Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstandt, and Gene Pitney

Monday, December 31; 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Vocalists Wayne Luchau, Colleene Raye, and Debbie O’Keefe along with The Echoes Rock and Roll Band perform hit after hit, including “Pretty Woman,” “Your got It,” “Crying,” “Blue Bayou,” “That’ll be the Day,” “Desperado,” “Town Without Pity,” “24 Hours from Tulsa,” and “Liberty Valence.”


Hot Air Affair

Friday, February 1 – Sunday, February 3

Hudson Hot Air Affair will celebrate 30 years of hot air ballooning with a Pirates Fly'n the Croix~ribbean theme!  Come celebrate Hudson's spectacular winter ballooning event. Torchlight parade with kazoo marching bands - Friday, 7:15pm, downtown historic Hudson.