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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.

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. 

 

Sincerely, 
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- Sen. Patty Schachtner

Potential Scam Advisory 

Recently, a constituent reached out to my office asking about recent mailings she has received from the “Polk County Council on Retirement.” The mailings asked for a donation in order to receive social security benefits and protect social security. The mailings share similarities with potential and verified scams in other states.

If you have received similar mailings, you may contact the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and file a consumer complaint.

DATCP Bureau of Consumer Protection
2811 Agriculture Drive
PO Box 8911
Madison, WI 53708-8911

DATCPHotline@wisconsin.gov

(800) 422-7128
(608) 224-4677  Fax
(608) 224-5058  TTY

 

 

Dyslexia Committee Meets 

The Legislative Council Study Committee on the Identification and Management of Dyslexia met for the first time last Monday. Dyslexia, a language-based learning disability, can result in difficulty reading, spelling, or writing regardless of one’s intellect or learning opportunity.

The 11 member committee is made up of five legislators, including myself, and six members of the public with expertise in reading curriculum, psychology, and dyslexia. At the first meeting, speakers from teaching and research backgrounds presented their experiences and findings.  A variety of viewpoints were shared. Additional concerns related to cost and staffing for dyslexia services were shared by Kurt Eley, Director of Student Services at Waunakee Community School District.

As vice-chair of the committee, I was impressed by the passion demonstrated by everyone attending the day-long meeting. We owe it to our students and parents that every child has the opportunity to succeed.  I look forward to our next meeting in August.

 

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County Fair Season Arrives  

It is county fair season in the tenth senate district! The county fair is a great affair, bringing communities together to celebrate agriculture and outstanding food. Agriculture is an important part of our state’s heritage, and the county fair provides an opportunity to recognize and admire youth interested in agriculture and farming. Members from 4 – H, FFA, and other youth service organizations can show off their exhibitions, livestock, and projects.

One of my favorite events is the tractor pull – though that may be because of my time as the former president of the Championship Pulling Series, a tractor and truck pulling organization previously based in St. Croix County. The organization has since moved to Minnesota and merged with another pulling organization. From a Farmall H to a John Deere 4020, all were welcomed on the track. Rev’em up and let them go! Good luck, pullers!

 

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Retired Teachers Speaking Event

Last Tuesday, I spoke with a group of retired teachers at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hammond. The group asked me to update them about changes to the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) and the state of education in Wisconsin. While no changes were made to the WRS in the past year, I shared that funding for K-12 education had increased in the 2017 – 2019 biennium budget.

However, K-12 education funding, adjusting for inflation, will be lower in 2019 than education funding in 2011, despite the recent increase. The same can be said for every year in between 2011 and 2018. In 2011, Governor Walker cut $792 million in direct state aid to K-12 schools – the largest cuts to education in our state’s history. The cost of these cuts was shifted to local communities in the form of referendums, less experienced teachers, and - in some cases - school consolidation and closures.

Teachers are resilient, as are our students and parents. Moving forward, we need to invest in quality public education, which is the gateway to economic opportunity.

 

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District Events 

Burnett

Gandy Dancer Fly In

Saturday, July 21

Enjoy an incredible airshow featuring sky divers and aerobic acts. The event also includes a bounce house, pedal planes, a pancake breakfast, and more!

 

Siren Music in the Park

Thursdays, June 7 – August 23

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Relax and enjoy a summer concert at the Crooked Lake Park Band Shell (Siren School, if rain). A variety of performers are scheduled for your listening enjoyment - from patriotic, country, & gospel to blues, rock'n'roll, & Celtic! Refreshments are available by local non-profit organizations.

 

Burnett County Fair

Thursday, August 23 – Sunday, August 26

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

 

Dunn

Dunn County Fair

Wednesday, July 25 – Sunday, July 29

Enjoy entertainment, including live music, comedians, gospel and A Cappella performances. Play a game or take a ride at the carnival.  Indulge in all the fair food you can imagine from Dunn County’s vendors. And more!

 

Music Over Menomin

Thursdays

6/7 pm

Enjoy free live music performances every Thursday during the summer on the Menomonie Public Library’s lawn.

 

Pierce

Beldenville Old Car Show & Swap Meet

Sunday, July 21

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Annual Beldenville Old Car Show is celebrating its 41st year! Enjoy Northwestern Wisconsin’s largest one day show featuring hundreds of classic cars, as well as antique and collector tractors. 

 

Stockholm Art Fair

Saturday, July 21

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Village of Stockholm will host over 100 juried artists with unique paintings, jewelry, clay, glass, sculptures, wood, photography, and more.

 

Pierce County Fair

Thursday, August 9 – Sunday, August 12

Tractor, truck & horse pulls, demo derby, hundreds of exhibits, educational opportunities, entertainment, and much more!

 

Polk

Lucky Days Festival

Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22

Enjoy Luck’s community celebration for games and activities, a car show, food court, used book sale, parade, and more!

 

Polk County Fair

Thursday, July 26 – Sunday, July 29

Polk County’s annual celebration includes a demolition derby, tractor pulls, carnival rides, live entertainment, animal juggling, food, and more!

 

St. Croix

St. Croix County Fair

Wednesday, July 18 – Monday, July 23

Join St. Croix County for the annual fair featuring agricultural exhibits, contests, artisans, entertainment stages, carnival rides, tractor pulls, food vendors and more!

 

St. Croix Riverfest

Tuesday, July 17 – Sunday, July 22

Join the celebration and conservation of the St. Croix River. The annual event includes concerts by the St. Croix Valley Symphony, a river clean up, boat cruise, family paddling activities, and more!

 

Jazz Festival

Saturday, July 21

8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and enjoy live jazz music, great wine, beer, and food.