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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

A New Hope for the New Year

The holidays have unofficially wrapped up. When the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve, we found ourselves in a new decade and with the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us. Without holiday cards to expect or visits by grandkids or nieces and nephews, many of our neighbors are entering a period of loneliness- especially in rural areas like ours.

As a medical examiner, I have responded to deaths of those whose depression was brought on by this feeling of isolation and loneliness. That social isolation is too common and the winter creates a particularly difficult time for seniors.  This social isolation takes a toll on physical health, too. Loneliness has been shown to increase risks of heart disease and stroke. An AARP study has even found that a lack of social contacts among older adults is associated with an estimated $6.7 billion in additional federal spending each year. This is a cost we can avoid, and we can all benefit by addressing it.

The quality and quantity of our social relationships has been shown to impact how long we will live. Limiting the loneliness of others enriches us as well. So my hope for this New Year is that we will each strengthen and expand our social circles. Reach out to a relative you haven’t heard from in a while or sit down with a new person for coffee after church. Share your stories, spread some love, and keep the social support networks in our communities strong. With this hope, may we all have the happiest New Year.


Catch me on WPR

Last week, I joined the Morning Show to provide updates on our work so far this session and what we hope to accomplish before we adjourn. We had a great conversation on mental health and criminal justice issues with listeners that called in.

Give it a listen here! 


Polk County Listening Session

Join me for my next listening session in Polk County on February 3rd in Amery! Bring your questions and ideas and hear some of my updates from the State Capitol. We will be meeting in the Burman Family Room at the Amery Public Library.

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Rural Youth Assembly Applications

The Rural Assembly will host the Rural Youth Summit April 2-5, 2020 in McAllen, Texas. Fifty young adults from rural places across the country will gather to discuss the issues that they see as important to their lives and their communities. They will engage a diverse group of young people to build awareness around issues of relevance across rural geographies and identities, including income, race, culture, faith, accessibility, gender, and sexual orientation. Their goals for this summit are to bring a select group of young people together to further explore the unique challenges facing rural youth, identify creative solutions, and provide a context for how these issues fit into national rural policy.

The Rural Assembly is seeking young people who are interested in rural and Native issues and invested in strengthening their communities. They look for individuals who are willing to engage in respectful and sometimes challenging conversations, and are committed to finding common ground to create solutions.

Find more information to apply or nominate a young person here!


District Events

Free Fishing Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, January 18th-19th

Fish almost anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend -- January 18th and 19th!

Take advantage of this free opportunity to introduce your friends and family to fishing. All the waters of the state will be open to free fishing; however, all usual regulations will be in force.


Menomonie Winter Market

Saturday, January 18th 9:00 am- 1:00 pm

Raw Deal

603 S Broadway St.


Join us in the warmth of the most wonderful coffee shop in town!
Local farmers, bakeries and artists will bring their made-with-love handcrafted goodies just in time for the holidays!


River Falls MLK Holiday Breakfast

Monday, January 20th 7:00 am- 9:15 am

Saint Bridget Fellowship Hall

211 East Division St.

River Falls

Program Includes

Live Music by River Falls High School Singers
Hot Breakfast compliments of the River Falls Lions Club
Youth Centerpiece and Placemat Art
Presentation to Youth Community Service Award Winner
Youth Poetry/Essay Winners Read their Poem/Essay
Donation Recipient: UNCF (United Negro College Fund)

Live Stream Broadcast of Keynote Speech by The Honorable Eric H. Holder Jr.*
Additional Information @ & Facebook MLK Jr Breakfast - River Falls, WI


$5.00 Suggested Donation (children under 12 free)

Available at: REGISTER AT EVENTBRITE, River Falls Event or call Kathy Scott at 651-442-5189 or to hold at will call

Some tickets may be available at door. This community breakfast is held in conjunction with the main event in Minneapolis ( as one of 9 Community Breakfasts Supported by Interfaith Action of Greater St Paul (


Community Potluck Breakfast

Wednesday, January 22nd 8:00 am- 10:00 am

Hammond Community Library

850 Davis St.


We would love to see you on Wednesday morning for a great breakfast. Library provides the space, coffee and tea. You bring a breakfast dish to pass and enjoy time spent with community members.


Saturday Snowshoe Hike for Families

Saturday, January 25th 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm

Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area

102 E Crex Ave.


Join us for an afternoon of snowshoeing fun! We will take a 1-mile hike behind the Visitor Center in search of wildlife and wildlife sign! All ages welcome. Snowshoes provided on a first come, first serve basis. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED via our website:


Candlelight Ski, Showshoe, Hike, and Fat Bike

Saturday, January 25th 5:30 pm- 9:00 pm

Stower Seven Lakes Trail

111 Keller Ave. S


Enjoy about 4 miles of luminaries lighting the way from Soo Line Park in Amery west to County Highway C. Please pack a headlight if traveling farther.
The ski-snowshoe-hike starts at 5:30 p.m. and the fat bike starts at 6:30 p.m.
Learn more about Stower Seven Lakes Trail:


Community Open House- Dunn County Extension

Thursday, January 30th 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm

Dunn County Community Services Building

3001 US Hwy 12 Suite #216


They just moved into our new office on the second floor of the Dunn County Community Services Building, so they want to invite you to come see their new home. They are holding a community open house so that you may stop in and learn more about what Extension has to offer! Feel free to stop by their brand new office and rent out the pressure canner. Purchase a plat book, sign up a child for 4-H, drop off an insect you want to be identified, or just to simply say hi! Their normal hours of business are M-F, 8 am - 4:30 pm.