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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

Happy Thanksgiving!

I would like to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a treasured holiday for families to get together and appreciate the things happening in their lives. This year, I am thankful for each of my six children, my husband, Joe, and my nine grandchildren. I am especially proud of my son, Dylan, who is serving in the U.S. Navy.

I am also incredibly thankful for the opportunity to serve as your state senator. Since being sworn-in in February, I have responded to close to 3,600 constituent contacts. These contacts ranged from questions about legislation to asking for assistance with state agencies and programs.

Again, have a happy Thanksgiving! As always, you can reach me at or by phone at (608) 266-7745.


Veterans Day Programs

In was an honor to participate in Veterans Day observations in Somerset and New Richmond. Wisconsin’s 10th Senate District – Burnett, Dunn, Polk, Pierce, and St. Croix counties – is home to 15,619 veterans. I was pleased to recognize those who have served with dignity in our community.

In Somerset, students and members of the honor guard put on a fantastic program to celebrate our veterans. In New Richmond, I attended the American Legion Butler-Harmon Post 80’s annual Veterans Day program.

As a mother of two sons who have or are currently serving in the U.S. Navy, I am forever thankful for all veterans of our armed forces.


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Hunting Session 

Deer hunting season is well underway for archery, crossbow, and gun hunters.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has new tips and tools available to hunters on the DNR’s Wild Wisconsin webpage.

New at the DNR is the Hunt Wild Wisconsin mobile app. The app is available at no charge, and it can be used to find public hunting land, purchase licenses, register hunts, and even create custom maps.

The DNR is also encouraging hunters to test for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).  Testing for CWD has declined in the past decade. In 2002, the DNR examined deer samples from more than 40,000 deer, but in every year since 2009, the number of tests has been below 10,000. As of August 2018, 55 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties are affected by CWD, including Dunn, Burnett, and Polk counties. Hunters may visit the DNR website to find their nearest sampling station.

Hunters are also encouraged to participate in the Deer Donation Program, which started in 2000. The program has helped food pantries receive more than 3.5 million pounds of venison in the past 18 years.

Best of luck, hunters!



ACA Open Enrollment  

If you need health insurance, or would like to check out your options, please visit the health insurance marketplace at The open enrollment period lasts until December 15, 2018. The health insurance marketplace was created as a part of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). In addition to the marketplace, the ACA created new consumer protections such as guaranteed coverage for pre-existing conditions and a prohibition of annual or lifetime dollar limits on most health care services. The ACA also prevents insurance companies from dropping coverage of an insured individual once that individual gets sick.

Again, you have until December 15 to get coverage for 2019 at


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District Events


Siren Senior Community Center Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 22; 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Join us for our 29th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, sponsored by area churches and businesses. Call the Center for meals to be picked up or delivered. 715-349-7810


Christmas in Siren

Saturday, November 24 – Tuesday, December 25

Kick-off with special Small Business Saturday promotions, Christmas Tree Lighting, Crooked Lake Park Display Lighting Ceremony



Mr. Menomonie

Wednesday, November 28; 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Mr. Menomonie is a male pageant consisting of ten junior and senior boys who compete in a variety of rounds including a best dressed round, question and answer round, and a dance round. The boys each have a selected charity in which they are raising awareness for. All money will be donated to the winner of Mr. Menomonie's charity

The Menomonie Singers in Concert

Sunday, Nov. 18; 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.



River Dazzle

Friday, November 23; 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Kick off the holiday season with great events occurring throughout the day! Bundle up the whole family & head downtown! 


Fare For All Food Distribution

Tuesday, December 11

Fare For All buys fresh produce and frozen meat in bulk from wholesalers and manufacturers to find the best deals available, then prepacks the produce and meat in food packages that are sold to anyone who prepays and orders ahead of time at a great discount.

Orders must be placed by the Thursday before the distribution date. Upcoming distributions are scheduled for Nov. 13 and Dec. 11, 2018, and Jan. 22, Feb. 19 , March 19, April 16, May 14, June 18, July 16, Aug. 13, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Dec. 10 in 2019.



Light up the Park & Parade & Chili Feed

Tuesday, November 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.


Rivertown Holiday

Saturday, December 1 – Sunday, December 2

Town-wide event. Santa, community dinner, caroling around the fire, bake sale, music and more.


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Pre-School Storytime

Thursday, November 22; 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Storytime is before the library opens for regular hours.


Light Up Night

Friday, November 23; 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Come kick off the Holiday Season with Santa and the Hudson businesses as we light up the night!  With a wave of his hand, Santa turns the dark of night into the festive glow of the holiday lights. 

Santa arrives with Elves in town, music in the air, candy canes and much more.  Businesses will have children's activities, face painting, crafts, treats and holiday sales.  A sparkling evening in Downtown Hudson for kids of all ages.