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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

Recap of Written Off Screening and Panel 

I hosted a mental health roundtable, addiction movie screening, and panel discussion last Monday at UW-River Falls. It was great to have Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes join us as well!

We began the day taking questions from students and reporters about the mental health and addiction crises and how some of the governor's budget proposals would address them. We then met with social work students and counselors for a roundtable discussion; counselors shared mental health trends at the university while students shared their concerns about the profession.

In the evening, Lt. Governor Barnes and I welcomed around 150 people who came for the screening of Written Off, a film about one individual’s battle with addiction. The film helped start a dialogue with our panel participants, which included Pierce County Judge Joseph Boles, Pierce County District Attorney Sean Froelich, River Falls Police Chief Gordon Young, Pierce County Drug Court Coordinator Mary Kelly, drug court graduate Chris and drug court participant Tasha. The panelists provided their unique insights about the addiction issue and responded to audience questions.

I was extremely impressed with the community’s engagement. Addiction is a complex, human issue. It requires a human and comprehensive response.


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Judge Blocks Lame-Duck Limits 

Last Thursday, a judge struck down measures passed during the December lame-duck session. The session, called after Governor Evers won the November election but before he was sworn in, took powers away from the governor and attorney general. The session made additional changes to tax law, local road projects, and early voting.

The judge ruled that the proposals were passed during an unlawful session and has blocked enforcement of those provisions. His decision follows a January ruling by a federal judge, who ruled that the early voting restrictions violated a 2016 court order.  

Republican lawmakers, utilizing private attorneys with funds authorized by the lame-duck legislation, are planning an appeal.  

Following the judge’s decision, Governor Evers withdrew Wisconsin from the Affordable Care Act lawsuit. The lawsuit, if successful, would have eliminated crucial consumer protections like coverage for pre-existing conditions, bans on lifetime and annual limits, and a prohibition on insurance companies from retroactively dropping coverage because treatment became too costly.


Somerset Career Day 

I had the pleasure to speak with Somerset Middle School students during their career day. Speakers were asked about their jobs, the career paths we took, and the role planning and mentorship played during our journey. I am fortunate to have two unique careers, one as the St. Croix County medical examiner and the other as your state senator. While these seem like an odd fit, the overarching goal is service to the community. Regardless of one’s career, it’s crucial to work hard, set goals, and honor commitments.

As a Somerset graduate, I was honored to share the morning with fellow Spartans. I am proud to say that our future is bright!


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State Building Projects Rejected by Committee 

For the first time in 48 years, the State Building Commission failed to forward a recommendation to the budget-writing committee, putting building projects statewide at risk. All 82 projects, ranging from veteran nursing home upgrades to maintenance improvements at UW System campuses, failed to advance on party-line votes. The move comes after the Commission unanimously voted to support Governor Evers’ capital budget requests just one day prior.  While members of the Commission have disagreed on individual projects in the past, it is likely unprecedented for the committee to reject each and every project. In District 10, this means uncertainty for projects at UW-River Falls and UW-Stout and the contractors that would work on these jobs.


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District Events


Taste of Siren

Saturday, May 11; 5 – 8 p.m.


Tesora Restaurant

23985 State Road 35

Siren, WI 54872


You are invited to the 10th annual Taste of Siren- an evening of Food, Festivities, & Fun! 'Food & Beverage Tastes' by Siren area dining establishments and select wine, brewery & beverage businesses! 'Festivities & FUNdraisers' by the Salvation Army of Burnett County, this year's non-profit partner.


Webster Arts & Crafts Extravaganza

Saturday, May 25; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Webster Elementary School

7364 Alder St E

Webster, WI 54893


One of northwest Wisconsin's largest arts and crafts shows featuring more than 150 vendors showcasing and selling handmade products and gourmet foods including cabin/garden decor, furniture, wildlife photography, oil/watercolor/acrylic paintings, sculpture, textiles, woodworking, ceramics/pottery, jewelry, and more. Brats, burgers, soda, coffee and baked goods for sale.




AARP Wisconsin Income Tax Assistance

Wednesday, February 6 – Thursday; April 11


Judicial Center

615 Stokke Parkway

Menomonie, WI 54751


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.


2019 Red Cedar Speedway Car Show

Friday, March 29; 5 – 11 p.m. and Saturday, March 30; 8 a.m. -11 p.m.


Dunn County Ice Rink

620 17th St SE

Menomonie, WI 54751


Join Red Cedar Speedway as we prepare to kick off our 2019 Season!  This is a FREE event that is great for the whole family.  Kids and parents can meet the drivers and get an up close view of all the cars.  We will have kids games, a band on Saturday, and other exciting events both days.  There will also be food and beverages available for purchase.




Human Trafficking in Wisconsin Speaker

Tuesday, April 2; 6:30 p.m.


River Falls United Methodist Church

127 South Second Street

River Falls, WI 54022


A presentation on sex and labor trafficking, by Rachel Monaco-Wilcox of LOTUS Legal Clinic in Milwaukee, is being held at the River Falls United Methodist Church.


The 9th Annual River Falls Roots and Bluegrass Music Festival

Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 14


Downtown River Falls

214 N Main Street

River Falls, WI 54022

Enjoy over fifty hours of foot stompin' Bluegrass, Roots & Cajun at this free music weekend at multiple venues in the heart of downtown River Falls. Sample craft beers and local wines at the Annual Beer & Wine Tasting at Junior’s Restaurant & Tap House from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (ticketed event). Sign up today to compete in musical competitions and experience musical workshops, open jam sessions and more! Sponsored by the River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau.




Mammoth Gravel Classic Bike Event

Saturday, April 13; 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Scenic Overlook
125 North Washington Street - St Croix Falls, WI 54024


A beautiful ride for every level, 35/70/100 mile rides. Please call Cyclova XC for more information. Free event.


Northwest Wisconsin Maple Farm Tour
Saturday, April 6; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Morley’s Maple Syrup
1347A State Hwy 48
Luck, WI 54853


Need to get the family out of the house this spring! Come join your local syrup producers in the first annual Maple Farm Tour of Northwestern Wisconsin. Several syrup producers are also featured on this tour including Hardwood Hill Sugar Bush in Amery, Christian Maple Syrup in Grantsburg, and High Point Maple Syrup in Frederic.



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Hudson Hospital Field Trip

Tuesday, April 16; 1:00 p.m.


Pine & Spruce Conference Room

Hudson Hospital & Clinic

405 Stageline Road

Hudson, WI 54016


The Hudson Womens Club is sponsoring a program at Hudson Hospital to learn about our Hudson Hospital History, the Healing Arts Program, and the Hudson Hospital Foundation.


Ladies Day Out
Monday, April 25; 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Historic Downtown Hudson
Hudson, WI 540106

Join us for store and restaurant specials, giveaways, and treats! Stay tuned for more details as the event draws closer. Brought to you by Hudson Independent Business Association (HiBA).