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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. 

In addition to this newsletter, you may follow me on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.





- Sen. Patty Schachtner

Laborers' Training Center Tour

On May 9th, I had the opportunity to tour the Wisconsin Laborers’ District Council's training center. The Wisconsin Laborers’ District Council brings together five local unions and represents over 9,000 laborers across the state. These laborers work in construction-related specialties including demolition, sewer and water, and utility distribution.

At the training center, I met with council leadership and learned about their training and apprenticeship opportunities. The center is home to 35 specialized courses offered throughout the year. Each course emphasizes worker safety and a learn-by-doing approach.

One of the best ways to move Wisconsin forward is to make workforce training accessible. That’s why I was pleased to see the work that the Wisconsin Laborers’ District Council is doing. I look forward to working with community and statewide partners to increase worker and skills training in northwestern Wisconsin.


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Women Build Event 

On May 10th, I attended the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity and Lowes’ Women Build event. Over a dozen volunteers chipped in to help build a new house for a family moving to Hammond. I was honored to join and help support the volunteers. The work done by our St. Croix County volunteers is part of a nationwide effort to help place people into decent shelters. I believe stable housing is key to independence and self-reliance. I look forward to continued partnerships with the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity.


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Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Events 

Last week, I attended a series of suicide prevention events across northwestern Wisconsin. On Thursday, I spent the morning in St. Croix Falls with the Mental Health Task Force of Polk County. I listened to the Task Force’s agenda, their approach to mental health care, and what the needs of the community are. I also shared my insights as a medical examiner and former school board member.

Later that afternoon, I spoke with students at the St. Anne’s Grade School in Somerset about mental health and the importance of respect and kindness. Mental illness is common, with about one in four people developing a mental illness in their lifetime. I thought it was helpful to empower young students with age-appropriate information, including the knowledge that it is okay to reach out for help. 

Finally, on Saturday, I participated in the 3rd Annual Polk County Suicide Awareness Walk. In the first annual walk in 2016, 500 people participated. In 2017, 700 people walked or ran in support of suicide awareness. This year, Kevin Hines, who survived jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, was the main speaker. He shared his story and his journey to suicide prevention activism. I was impressed with the community turnout and support for mental health and suicide prevention awareness.


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WITC Graduation Ceremony  

Last Friday, I had the pleasure to speak at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) – New Richmond graduation ceremony. Over 210 people graduated at the event.

As you may know, WITC is my alma mater. It is where I obtained my EMT certificate and kicked off my health career. For my family, WITC has been instrumental in opening opportunities. My family – both parents, my husband, my siblings, and my children have all taken courses at WITC. I value the affordable and relevant education that our technical colleges provide students across the state. These institutions open doors into new careers through accessible skills training. As a state senator, I am invested in protecting our technical colleges and expanding access to job and skills training. I want every Wisconsin family to have the same opportunities my family had thanks to WITC.


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District Events 


Bird Watching

Friday, June 1   

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.



Free Workout Saturdays in May

Saturday, May 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.


Chippewa Valley Nature Festival

Friday, June, 1 – Sunday, June, 3


Chippewa Valley Nature Festival is a weekend celebration of the unique animals, birds, insects, plants, and places throughout the Chippewa Valley.




Adult Coloring

Wednesday, May 23

6 pm


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


Ellsworth FFA Alumni Tractor Pull

Saturday, June 10

6:30 pm


This year's pull will be held on SATURDAY, JUNE 10th at 6:30pm- this is the 12th Annual Fundraiser for the Ellsworth FFA Alumni. Region 3 Pull of the Year!




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

Office Hours

Wednesday, May 23

5 pm - 6:30 pm


Drop in for an informal discussion with State Senator Patty Schachtner.


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.


Suicide: The Ripple Effect Movie Screening

Wednesday, June 6

7:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Join me in viewing Suicide: The Ripple Effect. Thank you to Shawnah Breault for captaining this screening. I look forward to giving opening remarks and viewing this powerful documentary.


Locust Street Classic Car & Motorcycle Show

Sunday, June 17

1 pm – 5 pm


The Classic Car Show returns to Downtown Hudson the third Sunday of every month May-September from 1 pm - 5 pm. Come on down for this family friendly event and view classic cars & trucks, muscle cars, one of a kind automobiles and custom motorcycles. The show is free and open to the public.