From Buy American legislation to investing in schools, read on for my latest updates!

 
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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

Farming is our Future

Like a lot of our neighbors, I grew up on my parent’s dairy farm right here in Somerset. My mom and dad milked around 140 cows with each of us kids helping out when we were old enough- and even when we were not. Though we fought for years to keep it going, my family lost our farm and all our beloved cows to the farm crisis of the 1980s. So I know what it feels like to see your cows auctioned off and I would not wish it on anybody.

Our agricultural industry is the bedrock of our state’s economy and the strong communities that we hold so dear. From 4-H fairs to corn mazes, farming is inseparable from our identity. Now, with agriculture at risk, we are fighting to make sure that it isn’t just a part of our heritage, but a critical part of our future.

Governor Tony Evers announced a significant reinvestment in rural Wisconsin during his State of the State a few weeks ago. He announced the creation of an Office of Rural Prosperity to coordinate services across agencies, as well as a Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity that will travel the state to get your input and ideas. He also called for an Agriculture Special Session to vote on a package of bills that will provide more staff, programs, and resources to support our state’s farm families.

I am so grateful that our Governor is joining us in this fight to prevent even more farm closures and provide our agricultural communities with the support they deserve. My colleagues from both sides of the aisle will have to join together so that we can consider these bills as soon as possible. Farm families should not have to wait for our support any longer.


 
 

Buy American

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 Buy American legislation strengthens America’s economy by supporting our nation’s hardworking men and women in a variety of industries. Last week, I introduced LRB-3753 which would require that Wisconsin taxpayer money is used to support American businesses when purchasing materials. It would also create a provision that requires public contractors to use materials manufactured in America.


“It’s not right our state’s procurement laws implicitly favor foreign-made goods. That hurts Wisconsin’s and America’s middle class,” said Jennifer Grabczyk, UAW Local 722 President, who works at a GM parts distribution center in Hudson, Wisconsin. “When our state opts for cheap goods, made in other countries – whether it be vehicles for the State Patrol, lab equipment for UW campuses, or steel used in construction projects – over American-made goods, the state literally chips away at our American middle class and manufacturing base with each purchase. I will be watching to see which politicians are willing to stand up and vote to Buy American.”

 

Reducing Property Taxes and Investing in Schools

Last week, Governor Tony Evers announced a package of bills to restore the state's commitment to funding our schools and provide more money for services for students with disabilities and mental health needs. Wisconsin has a $451 million surplus in our state’s budget and in June, we will be able to reinvest those funds back into communities like ours.

It would also increase sparsity aid for our rural schools by over $10 million while providing $130 million in property tax relief!

The Governor called for the Legislature to convene a special session and consider this needed reinvestment in our rural schools on Tuesday, February 11th. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support rural communities, our schools, and our property taxpayers. 

Upcoming Listening Sessions

Over the next several weeks, I will be holding two listening sessions in St. Croix County to share updates from the capitol and listen to your ideas and feedback. Our first listening session will be focused on education issues and will be held at the Somerset High School on Monday February 24th. Our next listening session will be held at the Baldwin Library on Thursday March 5th and will include a discussion of a variety of topics. I hope to see you there!

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District Events

Hudson Rotary River Dunk

Saturday, February 15th 12-2pm

Lakefront Park

414 1st St.

Hudson

Come join the Hudson Rotary Club on Feb. 15th, 2020 for our 3rd annual River Dunk to raise funds for St. Croix Valley non-profits. We are currently looking for area churches, sport teams, service clubs or businesses to put together a team to take a dip in the river. Gather up a group of friends, family or coworkers and cross this off your bucket list. Money raised goes directly back to your chosen organization. Don't wait sign up today!

 

Candlelight Ski and Hike

Saturday, February 15th 6-8:30pm

Willow River Nature Center

1034 County Road A

Hudson

Willow River State Park Presents: Candlelight Ski and Hike! Saturday, February 15th, from 6-8:30pm Meet at the Willow River Nature Center.  Join the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks as they host a Candlelight Ski, Snowshoe, and Hike event. Both hiking and ski trails will be illuminated totaling over 2 miles of trail. There will be two bonfires and refreshments available. Please NO pets!


This event is free to attend but vehicle admission into the park is required. For more information please call 715-386-5931. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park, Inc, the park's non-profit Friends group.

Community Barn Dance

Saturday, February 15th 7-9:30pm

River Falls Academy Gym

211 N Freemont St.

River Falls

The fourteenth season of Community Barn Dances will begin in November with bands and callers we know and some we'll get to know. Anyone, any age, and any ability level can attend these dances, and anyone can dance. Professional callers teach each dance before we dance it, AND the learning is fun too. It's a great way to meet new people, to have a cheap night out, to exercise, and to frolic.
Family Dance: 7-8 pm
More challenging dances: 8-9:30 pm

Cost $5 per adults; $2.50 for children under 12
Inexpensive refreshments available for purchase.

 

Drive-In Movie for Kids

Monday, February 17th, 10am-12:30pm

Amery Area Public Library

225 Scholl Ct.

Amery

*No-School Day Event!
Decorate a cardboard box to look like a car, then park it to watch Cars (c)Disney Pixar on our big screen! Popcorn, drink, and all car-making materials provided. Please register for this event on our website (amerylibrary.org/kids), in person, or by calling the library at 715-268-9340.

Date: Monday, February 17
Time: 10:00 am
Ages: All Ages
Movie: Cars (c)Disney Pixar
Registration: YES (amerylibrary.org/kids)

 

Iceman 500

Begins Friday, February 21st

Paradise Landing

264 County Road I

Balsam Lake

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SnoFest 2020

Saturday, February 22nd, 12-5pm

Whitetail Wilderness Bar & Grill

27225 State Road 25

Webster

❄ Vintage Snowmobile Show ❄
Noon to 3PM
🎡 Hosted by and Proceeds to the
Central Burnett County Fair Association 🎡
For more info or to Pre-Register contact Traci Hopkins at 715-791-0985 or cbcfair@starwire.net

✏ Registration 11am to Noon. 1999 models and older.
$5.00 entry fee per sled.

🏆 Awards by Class at 2:30PM. Vintage ride after awards, weather permitting, all sleds welcome!

💵 50/50 Money Drawing, Raffles & More! 🎫
🐓 Chicken Feed Noon until gone! 🍗

Medallion Search Noon to 3PM
🎈🏆🎈FIND THE MEDALLION, 🎈🏆🎈
💵💰💵 WIN $1,000.00!!!!! 💵💰💵
Clues given every 30 minutes. Purchase a button for eligibility! $10.00 before show, $13.00 day of show. Purchase of a button makes you eligible for

Medallion Search and includes Chicken Feed Lunch.
🥩 MEAT RAFFLES at 1PM & 6:30PM

🎵 EVENING ENTERTAINMENT
8PM to Midnight by the CIRCUIT BREAKERS! 🎶

Downtown Menomonie Annual Meeting

Thursday, February 20th, 5-8pm

Diablo Blue

631 Broadway St. S

Menomonie

You are invited to the 2020 Annual Meeting for Main Street Menomonie Inc. Join us to hear about the terrific year 2019 was for Downtown Menomonie, planned ideas for 2020, and presentation of awards ceremony. Free to attend, donations are encouraged. Appetizers will be provided with a cash bar.

Itinerary of events:
5:00pm - Social Mixer
5:45 - 6:45 - Meeting & Awards
6:45 - 8:00 - Live music by Rich Schroeder Music

A huge thank you goes to our hosts at Diablo Blue for hosting this event, we hope to see you there!