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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

Motorcycle Rides for Suicide and Cancer Prevention

Over the past two weekends, I rode with my husband, Joe, for two incredible causes. On August 11, we participated in the 13th Annual Ride to SAVE Lives East Metro. The 130-mile ride took us through Minnesota and Osceola. About $10,000 was raised from the ride with proceeds going to SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education). Joe and I also rode to benefit the Cancer Center of Western Wisconsin this past weekend. We started our ride at the American Legion Post 111 in Somerset. The 100-mile ride featured unique raffles at each stop with proceeds benefiting childhood cancer awareness. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to support these important causes.

 

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VA Mental Health Summit 

Last Monday, I attended the 6th Annual VA Mental Health Summit in St. Paul, Minnesota. I also had the opportunity to present alongside other speakers on QPR training. QPR stands for “question, persuade, and refer,” a simple three-step process that can help individuals respond to an individual who is at immediate risk of suicide. Other presenters included keynote speaker David Holewinski, Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist at the Minneapolis VA, Peter VanDusartz of HealthPartners, Norman Ferguson from the University of St. Thomas, and others from the Minneapolis VA.

During the summit, I learned useful information about mental health services and veterans in the criminal justice system. We discussed how individuals with childhood traumas who enlisted in the military were sometimes exposed to additional trauma and how that exposure can have serious implications for mental health services and the criminal justice system. Nationwide, about eight percent of our prison population is made up of veterans. In Wisconsin, 1,332 veterans make up around six percent of our 23,000 incarcerated individuals. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections reports that 34 percent of male inmates and 84 percent of female inmates have at least one mental health condition. With Wisconsin’s prison population predicted to surpass record highs and significant overpopulation in our prison facilities, we need to have a serious conversation about what mental health service delivery ought to look like and how we can best support our veterans.    

 

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Legislative Survey Online!

Today, I am launching my first legislative survey for Senate District 10. The survey is available online at www.SenatorSchachtner.com. Constituents may also call the office at (608) 266-7745 or email Sen.Schachtner@legis.wisconsin.gov to request a paper copy.

The legislative survey covers a variety of policy issues including transportation funding, education, and the $4.5 billion taxpayer-funded incentive package to Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturing company. The survey will help me compile community input about the issues that matter to us.

 

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Supporting Broadband Expansion Grants  

Access to high-speed, reliable internet is vital for our communities and economy. Over the past few months, I have had the honor to support broadband expansion applications from telecommunications providers across our region. Proposed projects I have supported include broadband expansion in Menomonie, Sherman, Somerset, Eureka, Trade Lake, and West Sweden.

While I support these broadband expansion grant applications, I know we can do more to connect communities to broadband. The FCC reports that 13 percent of Wisconsinites have no broadband provider. In 2016, Wisconsin ranked 49th in the nation for internet speeds.

The 2017 – 2019 budget approved $11 million in broadband expansion grants – up from $500,000 in the 2013 – 2015 budget. However, in 2011, Governor Walker returned $23 million in federal funding for broadband expansion that would have helped 380 Wisconsin communities.

Between 2014 and March 2018, Wisconsin approved $3.9 million in broadband expansion grants. During the same period of time, Minnesota spent $85 million on broadband expansion and Governor Dayton plans to invest $100 million more.

Investing in broadband means investing in our economy and community. Broadband is necessary for main street businesses to connect with clients and suppliers and to do business online. Access to the internet is also necessary to help connect people to services and the surrounding community. Broadband expansion must be a priority moving forward.

 

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District Events 

Burnett

Annual Arts and Crafts Fair, Voyager Village

Saturday, Sept. 1 – Sunday, Sept. 2

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Voyager Village Arts & Crafts Show is a nonprofit organization that started in 1977. Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of dedicated volunteers, this show has raised and donated more than a half million dollars back to Voyager Village and the broader community.

 

Spooner Farmers’ Market

Saturday, Sept. 1 – Saturday, Sept. 29

We will have baked goods, syrups, wild rice, jams and jellies all locally produced and made by Barb, Tess and David.

 

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Celebrate Recovery

Sunday, Sept. 9

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

September is national recovery month — help celebrate with live music and refreshments. A free event. Bring a chair, an instrument, your voice, a friend, or just your enthusiasm. This is a tobacco, alcohol, and drug-free event.

 

Movies Over Menomin

Thursday, Sept. 13

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Evening of free cinematic entertainment featuring Karate Kid: A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager. Starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, and Elisabeth Shue.

 

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54th Annual Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo

Friday, Sept. 7 – Saturday, Sept. 8

7:00 p.m.

The 54th Annual Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo is a rodeo you are not going to want to miss. Teams from colleges all over the midwest will travel to River Falls to kick off the fall college rodeo season. The UWRF Rodeo Club will have a performance Friday night and two on Saturday. So mark your calendars because it will be a great time for the whole family.

 

Awkward Family Photos: The Exhibition

Monday, August 6 – Wednesday, September 12

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS: THE EXHIBITION aims to explore the perfectly imperfect moments that come with the family experience-- take comfort in the fact that your family is not alone! See AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS: THE EXHIBITION in the River Falls Public Library Gallery August 6-Sept 12.  Exhibit, awkward family photo contest, and event details and registration online at www.riverfallspubliclibrary.org or @RFPLGallery on Facebook.

 

 

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Osceola Community Fair

Friday, Sept. 7 – Sunday, Sept. 9

An annual event where residents and visitors come together to celebrate our roots in rural living and family!

The Fair weekend offers days of community and family fun. Enjoy the midway (for kids of all ages), truck and tractor pulls, music, exhibits, petting zoo, Miss Osceola Coronation, and of course fair food. Be sure to put your chair out early on Sunday for a prime viewing location for the 1 p.m. parade.

The fairgrounds have been a place for old friends, neighbors and families to gather together and the place to meet new friends for decades. The Fair board members hope you enjoy a fun-filled weekend in Osceola.

 

Art Exhibition at ArtZ Gallery

Wednesday, August 1 – Friday, August 31

ArtZ Gallery, an artist collective, believes that art is an essential part of a healthy community. It has power - to educate, advocate and inspire, to broaden perspectives, to challenge convictions, and to expand our understanding of the world around us. Art makes us not only better people, but more compassionate human beings.

 

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Apple Splash

Saturday, Sept. 15 - Sunday, Sept. 16

8:00 a.m.

Apple Splash Festival – a masterful balance of family fun for everyone. Enjoy the Art Fair & Makers Market, Chalk Art Festival, 1/2 Marathon & 5K Run, Car and Boat Display, Battle of the Bands, Bingo, Bean Bag Tournament, Volleyball Tournament, Beer Garden, Family Movie, Kid's Korner with Inflatables,  delicious food & drink and much more! All this takes place in our beautiful St. Croix Valley in Somerset, WI, nestled along the Apple River. Somerset Amphitheater will host this event and provide camping options!

 

Prairie Burn Music Festival

Saturday, Sept. 15

12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Amazing all-ages tunes, great food, delicious beer, and games for kids the whole time. Proceeds benefit Twin Cities YMCA Camp endowments, making life changing camp experiences accessible to all for many years to come.