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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. 





- 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 Constituents may also call the office at (608) 266-7745 or email to request a paper copy.


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Arbor Place Visit

On September 26, I toured Arbor Place, a mental health care provider based in Dunn County. Arbor Place has been supporting individuals with substance use and/or mental health disorders for over 40 years. Their mission and programming starts with “the basic belief in the dignity and worth of each human being.”

There is a significant need for mental health services in Wisconsin – 46 of our 72 counties contain federally-designated mental health professional shortage areas. When treatment is not available, it  harms individuals and families. It also creates costs for communities through increased law enforcement and emergency room needs. In our region, meth use costs counties hundreds of thousands of dollars in child placement and incarceration costs. Individuals struggling with alcohol abuse may also drive under the influence. In Polk County, 50 percent of all driving deaths are due to alcohol impairment, which is the 9th highest percentage county in the state. 

Increasing access to mental health and treatment services can help people get the help they need and create benefits for society at large. Arbor Place and Northwest Passage are crucial partners in expanding this access.


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Foxconn Listening Sessions

On October 1, I hosted a pair of listening sessions with Democratic lawmakers in New Richmond and River Falls. The listening sessions discussed the $4.5 billion taxpayer incentive package to Foxconn, a Taiwanese-based electronics manufacturing company.

The listening sessions began with presentations followed by a question and answer period. During the sessions, audience members were concerned by the public cost of the package, Foxconn’s history of not delivering on promises, and Foxconn’s exemptions from key environmental safety requirements.

I was excited that community members took the time to attend the listening sessions. If you were unable to attend, you may view the listening sessions here. You may also request a copy of the presentation materials by emailing me at


Opioid Abuse Panel 

On September 28, I attended the HOPE event in Woodbury sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the St. Croix Valley Foundation, Regions Hospital, and the Landmark Group. The event included a panel discussion around opioid abuse and community responses to it. I was proud to participate in the panel with Minnesota State Senators Julie Rosen and Chris Eaton, Jeremiah Gardner of the Hazelden Foundation, and John Magnuson of the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH). The big takeaway was that we cannot operate in silos - we need collaboration between different levels of government, medical professionals, care providers, and community members to address this devastating issue.


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District Events


Fall Festival at Crex Meadows

Saturday, Oct. 13; 7:30 am – 7:30 pm

Visit Crex Meadows in October for their annual Fall Wildlife Festival! There will be two Sandhill Crane Tours, one property tour, an archery range, mucking in the education pond, exhibitors, live animals, and more! Some events may require pre-registration. Call the Visitor Center at 715-463-2739 for more information or to register.


Mixed Sampler 31st Annual Quilt Show at Webster High School

Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 13 & 14; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 31st annual show features 200 quilts large, medium, and small from traditional to art quilts, quilt shop vendors, quilt raffle, quilt silent auction, demonstrations & special exhibits, quilt appraisals by Bev Proulx and an on-site cafe. Admission fee. Contact Judy Norstrem at 715-656-3095 or for more information.




Written Off Movie Screening and Panel Discussion

Thursday, Oct. 25; 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Please join me in a screening of Written Off, a documentary film of Matt Edwards' battle with addiction. Following the screening, we will have a panel and community discussion regarding addiction and mental health in our region. 



Oktoberfest "Sip & Shop" Craft/Vendor Tour in Boyceville

Saturday, Oct. 13; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In addition to having the fall craft/vendor show at Tiffany Creek Elementary School, they will also be having a “shop hop,” which will give shoppers an opportunity to visit the various local participating craft shops in our area. Starting at 9:00 a.m. at Tiffany Creek Elementary the ladies of Trinity will be serving coffee and treats in the morning, so stop by and grab a cup of coffee, water, juice or pop and a fresh muffin and donut as you browse the shops at the school and then stop by later to recharge with a delicious lunch. The ladies will be serving delicious barbecues, homemade potato salad, bars, chips and nachos with cheese for lunch until 1:30 p.m. Admission is free!


Mabel's Main Street Movies - Ghostbusters & Hocus Pocus

Wednesday, Oct. 17; 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Come and join the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts and Downtown Menomonie for the last of 2018's outdoor movie nights this summer! The movie will be located in the Mabel Tainter parking lot. Bring a chair, blanket and snacks and feel the nostalgia of cult classic, "Hocus Pocus" and the legendary "Ghostbusters." This event is free.




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.


UWRF Homecoming Parade and Football Game

Saturday, October 13; 10:30 a.m.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to see UWRF’s Falcon Spirit come alive in downtown River Falls! Remember to bring a bucket for candy! Homecoming football game against UW-Stout beings at 1:00 p.m.




Milltown Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, Oct. 13; 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Join the Milltown Community Club for the annual Milltown Pumpkin Fest. Free pumpkins for children, all ages costume contest, bed/lawn mower/trike/gunny sack races, and pumpkin bowling. The festival will be located at Bering Park.


Fall Color Train Ride

Saturdays & Sundays, Oct. 6 – 14

Ride this diesel powered train with vintage cars and enjoy the fall color! Ride from Osceola to Dresser or Marine on the St. Croix.



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Willow River State Park Trail Challenge and Fall Open House

Saturday, Oct. 13

This race is a scenic mix of challenging climbs and descents through Willow River State Park. Run along the banks of the Willow River, between beaver ponds, and past Willow Falls, taking on the Serpent's Tail to the finish line. Choose between 21.1K Half Marathon, 10.6K or 6.6K distances! Race as a team! The 3K Family Fun Walk is perfect for families. For kids 12 and under, the always-popular, free, 1K Kids' Obstacle Challenge is back!


Hilltop Pumpkin Party 2018

Saturday, Oct. 20; 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This family friendly event will feature horse drawn wagon rides, a pumpkin patch (pick your own pumpkin), Voyageur Fur Trading site, ghost stories, St. Croix K-9 demonstrations, the Hudson Fire Truck, EMS, petting zoo, pony rides, two bounce houses, Magic Show, demonstrations, games, crafts, food, kid costume contest, pet costume contest, prizes and so much more. Located at YMCA Camp St. Croix.