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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

Deer Park Receives AARP Grant 

The Village of Deer Park helped install three automatic door openers thanks to a grant from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).  The doors have been installed at the Deer Park Community and Senior Center and the Deer Park Library.

Last May, my office distributed information about the AARP 2018 Community Challenge Grant to local officials and area libraries. Grant funding is intended to help communities with short-term improvement projects that will help improve facilities for seniors, children, and individuals with a disability.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held this weekend. I was honored to attend alongside Deer Park officials and AARP representatives.

 

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Meeting with Civil Air Patrol

I recently met with the Civil Air Patrol Wisconsin Wing. The Civil Air Patrol conducts 90 percent of inland search and rescue missions tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Last year, they helped save 158 lives.

The Civil Air Patrol also has a program to help educators with STEM programming. For a one-time fee of $35, the Civil Air Patrol will provide classrooms with STEM kits, featuring drones and model rockets, each year through its Aerospace Education Member (AEM) program.

I grateful for the Civil Air Patrol’s impact in our state and nation.


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Upcoming Budget Listening Sessions: Make Your Voice Heard 

Our constitutional republic depends on citizen engagement. Beyond the ballot box, there are many ways to make your voice heard.

In February, Governor Tony Evers proposed a budget that invests in communities across Wisconsin. From a $100 million investment in broadband expansion - which is more than double the amount spent in the past five years – to a commitment to fully fund our schools, this budget lays out a plan to create a Wisconsin for all of us.  

In a complex document like the state budget, I’m sure there are many questions about what this means for the typical family. That’s why I’m excited for the flurry of budget listening sessions being hosted by the governor and legislators.

Governor Tony Evers is back on the road with budget listening sessions across the state. These events are open to everyone – not invite only – and they start at 5:30 p.m. so it’s easier for working people to participate.

In River Falls, the Joint Committee on Finance, the legislature’s budget committee, is holding a public hearing at UW-River Falls, 500 Wild Rose Ave. The session will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15. Individuals seeking to testify before the committee will have two minutes to share their thoughts and must register on a first come, first served basis. Free parking is available at Pay 1 Lot, on North Second St.

In Menomonie, Senator Jeff Smith and I are hosting a listening session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 at the Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 East Sixth St. Participants can learn more about the budget, share their priorities, and ask questions. No registration is required.

Ultimately, a budget reflects our priorities, and the only way we can advocate for them is by listening to the people and building consensus. 

We are stronger when we work together. As our communities age, we will face new challenges about health care, our workforce, and transportation. These are serious issues that deserve thoughtful considerations. I am hopeful that you can help be a part of this conversation.

 

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School Referendum Results 

Wisconsin residents approved 75 percent of school referendums in the April elections, including referendums in Frederic and Somerset. Voters approved one of two referendums in Luck and Siren while the sole referendum in Osceola failed.

As a former school board member, I have seen school districts take on more and more responsibilities without a corresponding increase in resources. Many school districts are still recovering from historic cuts made to education in 2011. In fact, when accounting for inflation, the most recent budget spends less on K-12 education in 2019 than Wisconsin did in 2010. Voters helped backfill state reductions through referendum spending.

The latest referendum results show that Wisconsinites recognize that investing in our students means investing in our future. Governor Tony Evers has said that “what’s best for our kids is what’s best for our state.” I’m excited to see the governor’s budget restore cuts made to K-12 education and invest in mental health and special education.

 

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District Events

Burnett

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. https://websteref.org/craft.htm

 

 

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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.

 

2nd Annual Kite Festival

Sunday, April 28; 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Tanglewood Greens

2200 Crestwood Dr.

Menomonie, WI 54751

 

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Menomonie's second annual kite festival! Bring your family and your kites, and let's fill the sky with color. A FREE event open to the public. Vendors will be on site with great deals on kites as well as other kids' toys. Also enjoy food specials in the clubhouse during that time.

 

 

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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.

 

Budget Public Hearing – Joint Finance Committee

Monday, April 15; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

UW-River Falls University Center

501 Wild Rose Ave

River Falls, WI 54022

 

The legislature's budget committee is holding four public hearings on Governor Tony Evers' proposed budget. Individuals seeking to testify must register at the hearing on a first come, first served basis. Individuals will have two minutes to testify.

Written comments are also accepted at BudgetComments@legis.wi.gov.

Individuals with ADA considerations should contact Becky Hannah, Legislative Fiscal Bureau, One East Main Street, Suite 301, Madison, WI 53703, (608) 266 3847, to discuss accommodations.

 

 

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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.

 

Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits

April 12-28; Times Vary

 

St. Croix Festival Theatre

​Franklin Square Black Box, 125 N. Washington Street,

St. Croix Falls, WI, 54024

 

​A thrilling collection of scenes from Shakespeare’s masterpieces featuring live music and presenting compelling scenes chosen from Hamlet, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, and more! Associated with The Big Read from ArtReach whose 2019 novel is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Tickets are $26 for Adult and $13.50 for Youth (ages 5-25).

 

 

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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).