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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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- Sen. Patty Schachtner

BRIDGE for Community Life Visit

On April 23rd, I met with BRIDGE for Community Life in Hudson. BRIDGE provides crucial services to youth and adults living with a disability. Some of these services include transportation for people to attend community events or go to work. Other services include job coaching and placement assistance. We also discussed some of the organization's legislative concerns, including the need for expanded regional transportation. I am coordinating follow-up meetings with BRIDGE and look forward to being a community partner in their work.


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Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony

On Sunday, I celebrated Tyler Olsen’s achievement of earning the rank of Eagle Scout. This is an exceptional achievement, as only four percent of Boy Scouts go on to become Eagle Scouts. At the ceremony, I was excited to learn about the work Tyler has done through the Boy Scouts. Since he joined in kindergarten, Tyler has earned 32 merit badges, won two National Outdoor Awards for his skill in camping and hiking, and completed a 10-day, 80-mile backpacking trek. Most recently, Tyler completed his service project, where he designed and led the construction of a flower planter at St. Croix Central High School. Congratulations, Tyler, and I look forward to seeing what you and future Eagle Scouts accomplish in the future.



Park Art Fair Receives State Tourism Grant

Yesterday, I joined the Department of Tourism in congratulating the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber received a $22,347 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant to help promote New Richmond’s 51st Annual Park Art Fair. The fair is one of western Wisconsin’s oldest and largest art fairs, and it features artists, crafters, and vendors from across the region. The Park Art Fair is a great event for community residents and its businesses. The fair is expected to have an economic impact of $569,900 for local restaurants, hotels, and attractions. State collaboration is one way to jumpstart growth on our main streets. I look forward to this great event in June and future state-local partnerships.


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Osceola Empty Bowls Event

Last Wednesday, I participated in Osceola’s Empty Bowls auction. This K-12 service project brought community members together to purchase student-made ceramic bowls. Funds from the bowls are donated to local food banks and Heifer International, an organization that trains global families in sustainable farming practices.


I was impressed with Osceola’s service-oriented youth, and during the event, I could not help but think about national events that would increase food insecurity in western Wisconsin. Recently, an analysis estimates that the House GOP Farm Bill would eliminate FoodShare eligibility for 75,720 Wisconsinites, including 23,369 children. Western Wisconsin children are among the hardest hit under the House proposal, with an estimated eight to 12 percent of currently-eligible children losing their food from FoodShare. These children would also lose eligibility for free and reduced school lunch, as the programs are interconnected. Now more than ever, we need our communities to step up in the face of hunger.


A county-specific map detailing the House Farm Bill’s impact can be found here.

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District Events 



Bird Watching

Fridays, May 18   

8:00 am- 10:30 am

As a group, we will learn how to identify different birds, share hints for bird watching on Crex, and come together to discuss our sightings. Meet at the Visitor Center then carpool through the state wildlife areas. Contact: Lauren Finch, 715 463 2739.


Webster Education Foundation Arts & Crafts Extravaganza

Saturday, May 26
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Largest annual one-day show in Burnett County! 150+ Arts & Crafts vendors. Food, free admission and parking. Contact Dawn Sargent at 612-749-6980 or for more information.




Giant Pumpkin Plant Pick Up Day

Saturday, May 19

8 am – 11 am

Giant Pumpkin Plant Pick Up. Pick Up your Germinated Pumpkin Plants and get some tips for a successful growing season. Each Plant is $5


Free Workout Saturdays in May

Saturdays, May 12, 19, 26

9 am – 10 am

To celebrate spring, we’re heading outside the gym for some exercise and fun! We’re excited to invite you to our first annual FREE WORKOUT SATURDAYS! Every Saturday in May we’re offering a free workout for the community at Riverside Park off Hwy. 29 at 9 AM.




Spring Clean Up

Monday, May 14

4 pm – 8 pm

Spring Clean Up is May 14-19. The hours for cleanup operations are Monday through Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Life-Sized Candy Land

Friday, May 18

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Play the game and enjoy crafts, treats & activities at each stop along the game.  For preschool to elementary age kids.




Polk County Museum Opens

Monday, May 28

12 pm – 4 pm

Preserving the Past for Future Generations. Built in 1899 and used as the County Court House until 1975 and is now on the National Register of Historical Places. Three floors of galleries bursting with items dating as far back as the Revolutionary War.


Café Wren Garden and Art Sale

Friday, May 25 – Monday, May 28

9 am – 4 pm (5 pm on Friday and Saturday)

Celebrating our annual garden sale! Bedding plants by Foxtail Farm and Dragonfly Gardens. Art for home and garden by 20 area artists.



St. Croix

Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Friday, May 18

5:30 pm – 10 pm

Bowl for Kids’ Sake helps raise funds to support our program of 1-to-1 mentoring for children facing adversity. Not only will you be helping Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin, this event is a chance to get together with friends, family, and co-workers and help us to continue to support hundreds of children in St. Croix and Pierce counties.


Park Art Fair

Friday, June 1 – Saturday, June 2

Friday: 5 pm – 9 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm

Over 125 arts and craft vendors featuring pottery, furniture, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, wood crafts, country decor, and much more. Held in conjunction with the Blues & Brews.