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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

Grantsburg School Visit 

It’s always a pleasure to visit local schools and connect with students, staff, and teachers. I recently visited Grantsburg High School and iFoward, the largest online public high school in Wisconsin. We had a productive discussion about Grantsburg’s programs and greater community. I was impressed with the district’s emphasis on developing personal relationships to create a positive learning environment. Way to go, Grantsburg!


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Glenwood City Student Art Highlight 

Each semester, I am honored to showcase student artwork from northwestern Wisconsin. This semester, I proudly displayed student art from Glenwood City High School in my Capitol office in Madison. Check out their work below.  


Makayla Sina



Connor Olson


Kyann Price

Evers to Introduce State Budget 

Governor Tony Evers is set to introduce his state budget on February 28. Some components of the budget have already been released, including a $43 million investment in rural dental care and a proposal to decriminalize marijuana and allow it for medical use. The full budget will go before the Joint Committee on Finance, the state’s budget development committee. The committee has traditionally included public debate through statewide public hearings and hearings in the Capitol. In past months, Governor Tony Evers held public listening sessions to solicit feedback and priorities from Wisconsin residents in developing his budget.

I am excited for the legislature and governor to come together and negotiate in good faith during this budget process. The opportunity for bipartisanship is here. I am ready to work with anyone and everyone to advocate for northwestern Wisconsin.

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Meeting with Wisconsin Cheese Makers 

I had a great meeting with the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association about exciting projects and partnerships happening in western Wisconsin. Northwestern Wisconsin is filled with cheese makers like Cady Cheese in Wilson and Bass Lake Cheese Factory in Somerset. Like many other industries, cheese makers are finding it hard to find workers. Regional partnerships between the dairy industry and UW-River Falls are helping to recruit and train dairy workers. At UW-River Falls, the Dairy Pilot Plant is conducting teaching, outreach, and research in product development and dairy entrepreneurship. The potential for the plant to be a training center and community resource has spurred private sector and state investment. I was excited to support this project in a recent meeting of the State Building Commission, and I’m pleased they helped move this project along. I am optimistic about the UW-River Falls Dairy Pilot Plant and the value it can bring for our farmers and dairy industry folks.  


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District Events


Grantsburg Showshoe Hike

Saturday, March 2; 1 – 3 p.m.

Join the St. Croix River Association and St. Croix National Scenic Riverway the first Saturday of January, February and March for a National Park Snowshoe Series. We will highlight a St. Croix National Scenic Riverway trail on each Saturday of the series (Jan 5, Feb 2 and Mar 2). This snowshoe series will be fun and family friendly, appropriate for all ages and stages of snowshoers. We will hike a couple of miles for each snowshoe event, learn about the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, and natural history of the trail we are hiking on.


St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Saturday, March 9; 10 a.m.

Join the 9th Annual Shamwalk/run - Run, Walk, or Leprechaun Leap your way thru this fun family event! Find our 'Lucky Lilacs' in our 5th Annual Scavenger Hunts! Plus meet the St. Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family & Vulcans at our 41st Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade! Chances to Win Fabulous Prizes with a button purchase! And enjoy food & beverage specials plus music at several local establishments.




AARP Wisconsin Income Tax Assistance

Wednesday, February 6 – Thursday, April 11

Income tax assistance will be provided at the Judicial Center located at 615 Stokke Parkway in Menomonie. AARP volunteers will be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Appointments are required and can be scheduled through the Dunn County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at 3001 US Hwy 12 East, Menomonie (715) 232-4006.


Menomonie Empty Bowls

Saturday, March 2; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hand-crafted bowls to fill with soup from area chefs and community groups who also provide fresh-baked bread and desserts. Entertainment by local musicians, silent auction with hundreds of items, and kid's activities. Annual fundraiser benefits Stepping Stones of Dunn County's food pantry, homeless shelters, and community programming.




Senior Pizza Party

Thursday, March 7; 4:30 p.m.

Seniors are offered a chance to socialize while enjoying salad, pizza, ice cream and beer, punch, water and/or coffee.  This event is hosted by Wellhaven Senior Living and the River Falls Senior Center.


Fare For All Food Distribution

Tuesday, March 19

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.

Distribution is at the River Falls United Methodist Church at 127 South Second St., River Falls, WI 54022.




Bingo at VFW

Thursday, February 28

VFW Post 7929 hosting bingo at the VFW post.


Mammoth Gravel Classic Bike Event

Saturday, April 13

Apr 13, 2019. Registration opens at 7am. 100 mile riders leave 8am, 70 mile riders leave 9am, and 35 mile riders leave at 9:10 am 



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Saturday Crafternoon

Saturday, March 2; 1 – 3 p.m.

Make a unique picture frame from scrapbooking materials. Register online or at the front desk. Ages 16+


Ukulele Lessons for Beginners

Wednesday, February 27; 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Very simple group lessons which includes such topics as tuning, chords and some simple songs.  Ends with children sharing their learning together to friends and family.  Recommended for ages 5 and up.  Registration required.