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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

Reminder: Legislative Survey and Foxconn Town Halls 

I am actively seeking input for my 2018 legislative survey. If you have not responded and would like to participate, you may find the survey 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.

I am also hosting Foxconn Town Halls in New Richmond and River Falls on Monday, October 1 with Democratic lawmakers. The purpose of the public town hall events is to provide information and solicit feedback from Wisconsin residents regarding Foxconn - the largest state taxpayer giveaway to a foreign corporation in U.S. history. In less than a year, the public cost of this project has increased from an original estimate of $3 billion to $4.5 billion. These town hall events will offer local residents an opportunity to meet with state lawmakers, learn more about taxpayer liabilities and comment on identified environmental risks.

 

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Baldwin Manure Spill Reported

A manure spill has been reported in Baldwin, according to a St. Croix Public Health and Community Development press release. The spill occurred on September 11, 2018 at 2061 30th Ave. Baldwin, WI and nears the Rush River and various sinkholes. Sinkholes can serve as a conduit for manure to access groundwater. St. Croix County recommends that property owners test their well water if they notice changes to water quality.

Water testing kits for bacteria and nitrates are available at the St. Croix County Government Center located at 1101 Carmichael Rd. Hudson, WI 54016 for a fee. Residents are encouraged to contact St. Croix County Public Health at 715-246-8330 for more information.

 

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UW River Falls Meeting

I had a great meeting on September 13, 2018 at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. I met with Amber Remble, John Heppen, Grace Coggio, and Catherine Nasara, all members of the Faculty Senate. I also met with Regents Mark Tyler and Jason Plante, the Chancellor’s Advisory Council, and Chancellor Dean Van Galen.

During the meeting, we discussed workforce needs and the meaning of lifelong learning in the 21st century. One issue that was highlighted was post-graduation retention. One faculty member shared that in recent years, entire classes of students, who were trained to be teachers, graduated and ended up teaching in Minnesota despite teacher shortages in Wisconsin. On average, teachers in Wisconsin earn less than teachers in each of our neighboring states – Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan – and take home less than teachers nationwide. Addressing current and future declining enrollment was another issue that was discussed. By 2040, researchers estimate that 95 percent of the state’s population growth will be from people age 65 and older; those ages 18 – 64 will comprise just 0.4 percent of the growth.

 

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Anti-Harassment Partnership in Amery 

A social worker in Polk County recently shared the SAM project with me. SAM is an acronym for "Stop Abusive Messaging." The project seeks to educate students and adults about the consequences of harassment and bullying and how those behaviors are expressed in the digital age.

While bullying and harassment are not new concepts, the digital age allows harassers to reach victims 24/7, even in their own homes. Embarrassing conversations and pictures can be shared instantaneously across friend groups and colleagues.

The SAM project started out as a partnership between the Polk County Department of Children and Families and the Polk County District Attorney's Office. Now, it has partnered with school districts to provide age-appropriate information to student audiences.

The Amery community, in conjunction with the SAM Project, hosted a screening of the movie, Screenagers, yesterday. The movie provided an opportunity for community members to learn more about growing up and parenting in the digital age.

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District Events

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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.

 

Siren Harvestfest Celebration

Thursday, Sept. 27 – Saturday, Sept. 29

Enjoy the bounties of the harvest & the warm glow of the autumn colors! Thursday starts the festivities, followed by Saturday's Hand-crafted Artisan & Crafter Show, Carriage Rides, Farmers Market, Pumpkin Bowling, Petting Zoo, Walk for the Animals, Motorcycle Show, Contests & MORE!

 

 

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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.

 

Chippewa Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2018

Saturday, Sept. 29

All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer's further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.

 

 

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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.

 

Empowered Women’s Half-Marathon, 5k and Girls’ One-Mile Race

Saturday, Sept. 29th

Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence (“Turningpoint”) announces its first EMPOWERED Women’s Half-Marathon, Women’s 5k, and Girls’ One-Mile races on Saturday, September 29, 2018. The Empowered Women’s Half-Marathon race will begin at Weitkamp Park in Hudson and finish at Belle Vinez in River Falls. The Women’s 5k and Girls’ One-Mile will take place at Belle Vinez.

 

 

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Dresser’s 3rd Annual Apple Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, Sept. 29

Live Music, Food, Bake Sale, Apple Pie Baking Contest, Vendors, Silent Auction, Cupcake Walk, Games, Face Painting, Bounce Houses, and the Cock A Doodle Petting Zoo!

 

Turtle Lake Wisconsin Colorfest &BBQ Bash

Friday, Oct. 5 – Saturday, Oct. 6

Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, will host its second annual event, Wisconsin Colorfest & BBQ Bash on the first Saturday of October.  This event is an official Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned competition and will host 25 cooks.  People's Choice competition will be judged by attendees and prizes will be awarded to the top 5 contestants.

 

 

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Foxconn Listening Session - New Richmond 

Monday, Oct. 1

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Wisconsin Democrats are hosting a series of public town hall events to provide information and solicit feedback from Wisconsin residents regarding Foxconn - the largest state taxpayer giveaway to a foreign corporation in U.S. history. In less than a year, the public cost of this project has increased from an original estimate of $3 billion to $4.5 billion. These town hall events will offer local residents an opportunity to meet with state lawmakers, learn more about taxpayer liabilities and comment on identified environmental risks.

 

Foxconn Listening Session - River Falls

Monday, Oct. 1

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

Wisconsin Democrats are hosting a series of public town hall events to provide information and solicit feedback from Wisconsin residents regarding Foxconn - the largest state taxpayer giveaway to a foreign corporation in U.S. history. In less than a year, the public cost of this project has increased from an original estimate of $3 billion to $4.5 billion. These town hall events will offer local residents an opportunity to meet with state lawmakers, learn more about taxpayer liabilities and comment on identified environmental risks.

 

Chow Bella

Friday, Sept. 28

Presented by Cooks of Crocus Hill at Cooks of Crocus Hill, Stillwater MN. Whether you’re spending the day with mom, your sweetie, your BFF or a new coworker, you’re in for a fun-filled and delicious afternoon with this blend of Italian favorites.

 

Fall Kayak Paddle and Picnic on the St. Croix River

Sunday, Sept. 30

Enjoy a relaxing, scenic fall paddle on the St. Croix River. This tour includes everything you need for a great day – breakfast, park pass, gear, snacks, transport, lessons, happy hour and BBQ lunch on return! No experience necessary.