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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

Election Day!

Election Day is here! Our democracy is built on voting, and the only way it works is if we all participate.

Please visit for more information regarding your ballot, polling location, and voter ID requirements. Remember that you can register to vote at your polling location.

I hope that you will all exercise your right to vote. Polls statewide are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and if you are in line when the polls close, you can still vote!


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Written Off Screening Recap

On Thursday Oct. 25, I hosted a screening of Written Off and a panel discussion about addiction in our community. To start off the event, I shared that it is hard to change what we do not know, and that is why it is important to bring the information to the people.

The panel consisted of Menomonie Police Chief Eric Atkinson, Dunn County District Attorney Andrea Nodolf, UW-Stout Professor Julie Bates-Maves, Dunn County Criminal Justice Coordinator Sara Benedict, Dunn County Treatment Court Graduate Dale Amundson, and Arbor Place Director Jill Gamez.

We spoke honestly about how addiction affects families and communities. I was excited to see that over 50 people attended from the Menomonie area to listen and share their personal stories. You can find a recording of the panel discussion on my Facebook page.

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Voucher Schools Cost on the Rise  

The cost to property taxpayers of the statewide and Racine voucher programs will increase by 62 percent in one year alone, according to data released from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

For students entering the programs in 2015 or later, the statewide and Racine voucher school programs are funded entirely by aid taken out of local school districts, which ends up on property tax bills. The figures show that the 2018-19 costs will rise to $68 million statewide – up from $42 million the year before.

The total cost of all of Wisconsin’s school voucher programs – Racine, statewide, and Milwaukee - increased to $302 million this year, up $33 million from last year and $90 million from four years ago. However, these costs include state general purpose revenue in addition to local school district aid deductions.

There have been concerns about accountability among voucher schools since the program started. Between 2004 and 2014, the state paid $139 million to private, voucher schools that were terminated from the program because they failed to comply with finance, accreditation, curriculum, and auditing requirements. In at least one instance, a voucher school closed nine days into the school year after receiving $5.4 million in taxpayer subsidies. The voucher school program was expanded again in the latest state budget.

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Capitol Art Program 

Each semester, I host student art from across the 10th senate district in my Capitol office. This past semester, I was pleased to feature beautiful art from New Richmond’s Evelyn Perez Mora, Amery’s Josh Bohn and Slyvie Johnson, and Somerset’s Hannah Thurmes. You can find their pieces below.


Evelyn Perez Mora, New Richmond

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Josh Bohn, Amery


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Slyvie Johnson, Amery


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Hannah Thurmes, Somerset 


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District Events


Family Night at Crex!

Wednesday, Nov. 7; 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Join us at the Visitor Center for a family night full of wildlife fun! There will be fun games to win prizes, team activities, snacks, and more! Pre-registration required. All ages welcome.


Teens and Tots Storytime

Saturday Nov. 17, 10:30 -11:00 a.m.

Join us for a special collaboration with the Independent Living class from Grantsburg High School! These teens are working hard researching, creating, preparing, and presenting monthly during our regular 10:30 am Wednesday storytime, October 17th, November 14th and December 19th.




2018 Black Friday Preview Sale

Thursday, Nov. 15; 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Get a jump on the Christmas rush and take advantage of the early preview sale! Bring your best deals, coupons, or other offers for stocking stuffers and more! Don't miss this great opportunity to expand your clientele and encourage the community to shop local for the holiday season!

The Menomonie Singers in Concert

Sunday, Nov. 28; 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. 

Under the direction of Amy Vogt, the Menomonie Singers perform choral works reflective of the quote from Shakespeare's Hamlet, "There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy." Works by Paulus, Rutter, Randall Thompson, Jocelyn Hagen, Erika Lloyd and others. Accompanied by Dr. Oxana Khramova.




Kickstarter Morning Networking

Friday, Nov.  9; 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

This month's event will take place at Country Fit Nutrition and Brush Strokes Paint Party!!  Join us to see and hear all about the very exciting news that both businesses have to share...East End Gifts and 8X8 Gallery are joining them at the same location! 


Meat Raffle

Thursday, Nov. 15; 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Common Man Tap & Table is partnering with Hancock Lodge #229 of Ellsworth to host their meat raffle.  Proceeds will go to help the Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service raise funds to purchase new equipment.




American Legion Vet’s Dance

Saturday, Nov. 10; 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Enjoy an evening of dancing in celebration of Veterans Day. This annual event is held in honor of Veteran's Day. Live music from artists in the area will be playing various styles of polkas, waltzes and other folk tunes. Some refreshments are available as well as a cash bar. This dance is open to the public.


Light up the Park & Parade & Chili Feed

Tuesday Nov. 20, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Amery's annual Lighted Parade and "Light up the Town" event will take place at 5pm with a Chili feed at the Fire Hall. The Lighted Parade at 6pm.



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Light Up Night – Downtown Hudson

Friday, Nov. 23; 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Santa arrives with elves in tow, music in the air, candy canes and much more. With a wave of his hand, Santa turns the dark of night into the festive glow of holiday lights. A sparkling evening in downtown Hudson for kids of all ages.


Hometown Holiday – Downtown New Richmond

Thursday, Nov. 29; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Come celebrate the uniqueness of a small town Holiday! With a holiday lights parade starting at 6:00pm, S'more Stations along the route, live music, a bonfire in Glover Park and Fireworks over Mill Pond. Shop unique retailers and enjoy fabulous restaurants along the way, too!