Check out the latest updates from the floor of the WI State Senate!

 
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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

Coronavirus Update

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As the coronavirus continues to dominate the news, it’s important to remember that our risk here in Wisconsin is still low. The first confirmed case was in Dane County but that patient is already cleared and has recovered. Yesterday, a second case was confirmed in Pierce County and today a third case was confirmed in Dane County. Both patients are currently quarantined.

Our Department of Health Services has recommended that taking the usual precautions for cold and flu season is our best defense: Wash your hands, cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze and cough, and stay home if you feel ill whenever possible.

You can get daily updates by following the Department of Health Services on Facebook at Facebook.com/DHSWI or on their website at www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm.


 
 

Supporting Family Caregivers

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Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm joined us in Baldwin a few weeks ago to hold a roundtable of family caregivers from all over our area. This is an important issue that we are working to address on the Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving.

While Wisconsin’s aging population grows, our crisis of quality, reliable long-term care will grow as well because family caregivers, rather than paid professionals, provide care to around 90% of the long-term care population. This unpaid caregiving is so prevalent that one out of six members of our state’s workforce are also unpaid caregivers. And 30% of those caregivers are over 65 themselves.

In Baldwin, we brought family caregivers to the table to give us the stories beyond the statistics. Read their stories and more of my latest column here!

 

Visiting Luck Schools

A few weeks ago, I spent time in the Luck School District meeting with teachers, administrators and students. We discussed the issues of mental healthcare access and a critical need for special education resources. I also got to learn about their great school breakfast program that is utilizing locally produced foods, and met with students that participate in an employment program at Jensen Furniture to learn job and life skills!

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Listening Sessions across the District

I have been holding listening sessions across the district this year from Grantsburg to Amery to Somerset, and recently in Baldwin. We have been having great conversations about the issues that matter most to our communities and I have been able to share my perspective while listening to folks that hold different views. I always appreciate the opportunity to have these direct, respectful conversations because I know that when we engage in the conversation, we can always find common ground.

Next, I will be in Menomonie on March 19th! First I will be holding office hours for UW-Stout students on campus from 9:30-10:30am at the Memorial Student Center, then we will be holding a listening session from 5:30-6:30pm at the Shirley Doane Senior Center. I hope you’ll stop by!

  

District Events

Student Debt Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 10th 7-8pm

River Falls Public Library

140 Union St.

River Falls

River Falls' AAUW (American Association of University Women) is sponsoring a panel discussion featuring Senator Patty Schachtner, UWRF Financial Aid Director Robert Bode, and WITC Financial Aid Director Terry Klein. All are welcome to attend.

 

Regenerating Soil for Environmental and Human Health

Wednesday, March 11th 7-8:30pm

Farm Table Restaurant

110 Keller Ave. North

Amery

The way we farm, and the kind of farming our food choices support, has great potential to enhance human health and mitigate climate change. Soil health is the foundation for all agricultural systems, while management practices are the tools that help us increase the health of our soils. Regenerative agricultural system approaches focus on soil biology and utilize integrated, dynamic principles to address fertility, pest, and disease issues. These regenerative systems have the potential to leverage increased soil organic matter to feed soil biology. This presentation will discuss crop diversity—including perennials, annuals, and cover and companion crops—reduced soil disturbance, and managed grazing, to increase profitability by maximizing nutrient and water use efficiencies.

 

Red Cedar Watershed Conference

Thursday, March 12th 8:30am-4pm

UW Stout Memorial Student Center

302 10th Ave. E

Menomonie

Do you farm? Do you live in town? Do you manage residential, commercial or public property? Do you enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, canoeing? Do you think the economic and environmental health of this beautiful region is important?

Event Highlights:

  • Farm, city and waterfront success stories — profitable land management for clean water
  • Solutions to the serious problem that plagues our lakes and rivers — runoff pollution
  • A great networking opportunity for all citizens at an important event
  • Approved for CEUs: .6 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout or 6 CEUs for Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

REGISTER TO ATTEND HERE

 

10th Annual ShamWalk

Saturday, March 14th 8am

Siren School

24022 4th Ave.

Siren

Please join us for the 10th Annual Shamwalk hosted by the Burnett County Prevention Coalition, a diverse community of organizations and individuals dedicated to preventing youth and adult substance abuse by promoting a healthy environment and supporting safe choices.

Registration: Siren Schools - 24022 4th Ave - Siren, WI 54872

Route begins and ends at Siren K-12 School

5K & 10K  - $20 by Feb. 21st, 2020 postmark;  $25 thereafter -

Children ages 12 are under $10-  infants in strollers are free.

Option to purchase a Shamwalk Hoodie for and additional $25

 

Concealed Carry Class WI/MN

Saturday, March 21st 11am-3:30pm

Uncle Mike’s M Pour E Yum

736 Rodeo Dr.

Hudson

This class is stacked full of information about handguns, self-defense, and the use of deadly force. If you protect your loved ones with firearms, or have always wanted to learn how to shoot handguns...this class is for you! This is a 4-hour class in a relaxed setting(lunch available), followed by a one-on-one firing range exercise (onsite) with the instructor. No gun, no problem, I supply everything you need free of charge. The class is $80, and certifies you to apply for your WI and/or MN Concealed Carry permits. Women encouraged.
Seating is limited, rsvp via text or call Scott Hawkins 612.209.6101