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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

SeniorCare Receives 10-Year Extension 

In early April, Wisconsin seniors received great news. The successful SeniorCare prescription drug assistance program was approved for a 10-year extension by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). SeniorCare was created in 2002 with bipartisan support. Today, it helps nearly 50,000 seniors with the cost of their prescription drugs.

After past attempts to cut SeniorCare, I am excited to work with legislative Democrats and Governor Evers' administration to increase access to affordable and quality health care.

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Governor Evers Tours UW-Stout's South Hall 

Governor Tony Evers and I toured UW-Stout’s South Hall residence facility last Tuesday. During the tour, we met with Chancellor Bob Meyer, university officials, and students. We also talked about the South Hall renovation project proposed in Governor Evers’ capital budget. The renovation would help the facility meet building codes, improve fire detection systems, and create accessible entrances.

In March, the State Building Commission voted against all 82 projects included in the governor’s capital budget on partisan lines. They also failed to forward a recommendation to the budget committee for the first time in the Commission’s recorded history. Following the votes, the status of these statewide projects remains uncertain.

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UW Student Research Featured in Capitol

Each year, UW System students display their research in the State Capitol. The event, known as Research in the Rotunda, demonstrates the strength and quality of undergraduate research happening at our universities. This year, I spoke with UW-River Falls and UW-Stout students about their projects. 

Check out their incredible research below: 

“Characterizing the Phenomenon of Particle Lane Formation in an Electric Field,” Jacob Hanson-Flores (UWRF, Physics) & “Facial Expressions Meet Big Data,” Riley Swanson (UWRF, Computer Science)



“Factors Affecting Circulating Metabolites and Postnatal Growth in Spring-Born Neonatal Beef Calves,” Claiborn Bronkhorst (UWRF, Animal Sciences)




“Effective Responses to Sexual Violence,” MaKayla Pederson (UW-Stout, Human Development and Family Studies)


Legislation Introduced to Prevent Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits  

Last week, Attorney General Josh Kaul, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, and I introduced legislation aimed at preventing another sexual assault kit backlog. The legislation comes after it was discovered in 2014 that nearly 7,000 sexual assault kits went untested in Wisconsin. The legislation creates a uniform process and procedure to handle sexual assault kits.

 As a board member of TurningPoint Wisconsin, an organization providing resources to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, I am proud to see broad support for this proposal from survivor advocates, law enforcement officials, and legislators.


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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.




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.


Get it Dunn Run

Saturday, May 11; 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.


Race Registration: Burger King

544 E. Main St.

Menomonie, WI 54751


M.O.M. was created by life-long friends Karen Hatfield McCalla and Janelle Jordan in 2009. Karen had recently lost her mother, Kathleen Fisher, to cancer. After the passing of Fisher, Janelle and Karen wanted to find a way to keep the vivacious spirit of Fisher alive through a community organization. The two founded M.O.M. to encourage people to reach their personal fitness goals, while giving back to our communities.

Following in Kathleen's motto of "work hard, play harder," M.O.M. evolved with the support of family, friends, volunteers and sponsors and in 2012 the Get It Dunn 5K & half marathon was born.




Kinniator Adventure Triathlon

Sunday, April 28; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


River Falls American Legion Post 121

701 N. Main St.

River Falls, WI


The Kinniator is an adventure course like no other! A 2 mile run though River Falls / 9 mile kayak down the beautiful Kinnickinnic River / 11 mile bike along scenic country roads back into River Falls.


Annual Ag Day on Campus

Wednesday, April 24; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


UW-River Falls Agricultural Science Building

611 S. 3rd St.

River Falls, WI 54022


The University of Wisconsin-River Falls chapter of the Collegiate Farm Bureau will host the fourth annual Ag Day on Campus on Wednesday, April 24, to promote all that Wisconsin agriculture has to offer. With interactive events taking place all day, students, faculty and community members are invited to learn more about agriculture, interact with animals and enjoy food grown and raised by local farmers. The theme for this year's free event is "Field Gate to Dinner Plate."




Amery PowerUp Family 2K & 5K

Saturday, May 4; 8:30 a.m.


118 W. Center St.

Amery, WI 54001


The PowerUp Family 2K & 5K is the perfect way to kick-off PowerUp Week, so get your sneakers ready for this out-and-back run/walk on the beautiful Stower Seven Lakes State Trail in Amery, WI! Both races are FREE, chip timed, and open to all kids and families. Strollers and leashed dogs welcome.

PowerUp Week is a special time to celebrate with fun ways to eat better, move more, and create strong healthy communities in the St. Croix valley.


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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ArtOPENer Studio Tour

Friday, May 3; 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Sunday, May 5; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
502 Second Street

Hudson, WI 54016


The annual artOPENer Studio Tour, held each spring, provides an outstanding opportunity to visit an eclectic mix of diverse artists' studios nestled in the scenic St. Croix Valley. Featuring fine art and contemporary craft, this unique tour includes studios extending from Stillwater, Minnesota to Hudson and River Falls, Wisconsin.


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).