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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

September 11th Remembrance

Seventeen years ago, our nation changed forever when terrorists attacked our country. That day, 2,977 lives were lost, including 412 emergency responders who ran toward danger to save others. The attack tested our nation, and when faced with evil, we came together to overcome tragedy and help those directly impacted recover. First responders and ordinary people put their lives on the line. People opened their homes to house those displaced. Across the country, people donated supplies, money, and time to help those in need.

Nancy Gibbs of Time Magazine wrote “on a normal day, we value heroism because it is uncommon. On September 11, we valued heroism because it was everywhere.” Whether we live in Wisconsin, New York, or Alaska, we are all Americans. Let us remember that today and for all the days to come.


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Suicide Prevention and Recovery Months 

September marks both National Suicide Prevention Month and National Recovery Month. Access to health care and mental health care is a crucial issue impacting Wisconsin communities, particularly in the context of substance use and/or mental health disorders. In Wisconsin, 46 of our 72 counties contain federally-designated mental health professional shortage areas. These shortages make it more difficult for individuals seeking care to access it.

While it is crucial to help address these shortages, I want to take a moment to recognize the incredible care providers we have here in northwestern Wisconsin. A few months ago, I toured Northwest Passage and their campuses in Frederic and Webster. Northwest Passage serves around 300 children through their residential mental health care programs each year.

In Dunn County, Arbor Place supports individuals living with substance use and/or mental health disorders through various treatment and programming options. Their mission starts with “the basic belief in the dignity and worth of each human being.”

Recovery means that change is possible and that we can help people live up to the dignity and worth inherent in each of us. Please know that free, confidential help is available 24/7 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD). We all have a role in the lives around us. I hope you join me in challenging the stigma around mental health and substance use disorders and help support our friends, neighbors, and family members through their recovery process.


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Monarch Paving Tour

I toured some of our regional quarries last week. The quarries, owned by Monarch Paving Company, were full of activity. I appreciated the opportunity to learn more about their industry. As a state senator, I am always looking for partners to help build our roads and infrastructure. It was great to hear more about their public-private partnership with Polk County, their operations, and upcoming projects.


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Dyslexia Committee Meets  

The Legislative Council Study Committee on the Identification and Management of Dyslexia met on August 29. Committee members, composed of legislators and subject matter experts, heard testimony from interested parties. Individuals from the Minnesota Department of Education, the Education Commission of the States, University of Albany – State University of New York, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction were among those who testified. I look forward to our future meetings and to finding ways to serve our students with dyslexia better.


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District Events and Survey Reminder

Legislative Survey Online!

I am still seeking responses for my first legislative survey for Senate District 10. The survey is available online at Constituents may also call the office at (608) 266-7745 or email to request a paper copy.



Central Burnett County Fair

Saturday, Sept. 20 – Saturday, Sept. 23

A Webster, Wisconsin tradition for 101 years. Exhibit judging, bingo, and car show among the events at the Central Burnett County Fair.


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.




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.


Menomonie Market Brat Fry

Friday, Sept. 28

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Stop by for a local brat lunch featuring Deutsch Family Farm brats and various sides.




River Falls Bacon Bash

Saturday, Sept. 15 – Sunday, Sept. 16
This porktacular, two-day festival celebrates all things bacon and features World Food Championship Official Qualifier Event, pig-themed activities for the entire family, live music, merchandise from local artists, and much more! Bacon lovers will be in hog heaven while sampling over 30 different bacon-inspired dishes from the region's best local restaurants, food vendors and trucks. 


The Galleries of the Phipps Center for the Arts

Friday, Sept. 14 – Sunday, Oct. 21

The Galleries: "Heart of the River" A national juried exhibition featuring all media, a display of photographs by Craig Blacklock, the debut of an interactive video game by Dave Beck, and a group show of ceramic artists from the St. Croix River Valley.




Amery Fall Festival

Thursday, Sept. 13 – Sunday, Sept. 16

Grand parade, Queen Pageant, arts & crafts fair, tent dance, high school football game, quilt show, demolition derby.


Apple River Quilt Guild Show

Saturday, Sept. 15 – Sunday, Sept. 16

Silent Auction, Guild Challenge, Quilt Raffle, Vendors, Demonstrations and Lunch on Saturday.



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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.