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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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- Sen. Patty Schachtner

Schachtner Secures "Welcome to Wisconsin" Sign 

Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Craig Thompson and I unveiled a newly-installed “Welcome to Wisconsin” sign on the St. Croix Crossing yesterday. Over the past year, I have worked with DOT to secure welcome signage so visitors and returning Wisconsinites can be greeted while entering our great state. I was excited to have local government and business leaders present to celebrate the installation ceremony. 

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Schachtner, Stafsholt Attend Eagle Scout Ceremony

Last Monday, I was honored to present citations to Zachary and Benjamin Cahanes with Rep. Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond) recognizing their achievement of becoming Eagle Scouts. Both Zachary and Benjamin displayed incredible dedication to their community and leadership through their Eagle Scout service projects; Zachary built new picnic tables for Somerset’s Village Park while Benjamin constructed a walkway at McMurtrie Preserve in Star Prairie. As a legislator and lifelong resident of western Wisconsin, it is my privilege to recognize the outstanding things happening in our region.

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Joint Finance Committee Sends Budget to Legislature 

The Joint Finance Committee approved on party lines a diminished version of Governor Tony Evers’ biennial budget last week. As members of the legislature’s budget-writing committee traveled the state, they heard from people in communities across Wisconsin testify in support of priorities like Medicaid expansion, strong public education, and quality roads. Governor Tony Evers heard similar priorities when building and introducing his budget proposal, dubbed the “People’s Budget.” His budget proposal came at a time when public schools and all statewide road projects received less funding in 2018 than in 2010 when accounting for inflation. Now, both chambers of the legislature must vote on the budget. If passed, it will head to Governor Evers’ desk.



Lieutenant Governor Barnes Visits Burnett County 

I joined Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes on a tour of Burnett County's highway and health and human services departments last Wednesday. As a lifelong resident of western Wisconsin, I know that quality roads and accessible health care are crucial to helping our communities thrive, and I know that our county employees are working hard to make our region an even better place to live. One of the topics discussed included the benefits of Medicaid expansion, which would result in $6 million in new health care investments in Burnett County alone. Statewide, expanding Medicaid would increase access to health care for 82,000 Wisconsinites, lower premiums, and save state taxpayers $324 million.

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District Events


Siren Music in the Park

Thursday, June 20; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


Crooked Lake Park

24258 Hwy 35 70

Siren, WI 54872


Relax and enjoy a summer concert at the Crooked Lake Park Band Shell (Siren School, if rain). A variety of performers are scheduled for your listening enjoyment - from patriotic, country, & gospel to blues, rock'n'roll, & Celtic! Refreshments are available by local non-profit organizations.


Fourth of July Festivities

Wednesday, July 3; 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Thursday, July 4; 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Main Street

Siren, WI 54872


Siren's July 4th festivities are not to be missed: Annual Freedom Five 5K Walk/Run - about 1,000 runners; hilarious bed races; Kiddie & Grand Parades; home-made pie & home-made ice cream social; patriotic Music in the Park concert; & culminating with spectacular fireworks over Crooked Lake! Plus be sure to come early and attend our July 3rd FREE STREET DANCE!




Lake Menomin Water X

Saturday, June 22 – Sunday, June 23; 10 a.m.


Wakanda Park Beach

909 Pine Ave

Menomonie, WI 54751


Come join us for an action packed weekend as the IWA circuit makes its annual stop in Menomonie! Watch racers gear up to speed their sleds from the beach across ample open water at speeds up to 70 mph! Men and women racers aim to crush their heat as they take their specially fitted snowmobiles onto the waters of Lake Menomin.


There is food and beverage onsite and live music on the beach Saturday night… come for a night or stay for the whole weekend. It is great fun for the whole family with plenty of racing action!


Downtown Menomonie Farmers’ Market

Saturday, June 29; 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Wilson Park

800 Wilson Ave

Menomonie, WI 54751


The Menomonie Farmers’ Market features local farmers, producers, artists, musicians, authors and is one of the best markets in the area! In addition to fresh local produce, crispy right-from-the-oven breads, grass-fed meats, free-range eggs and handmade cheese, visitors can also enjoy hot lunches, fresh pop corn and fair trade coffee while listening to the performances of local musicians.




Chill on the Hill – Summer Concert Series

Tuesday, June 18; 7 p.m.


Melvin Wall Amphitheater

678 S. Third St.

River Falls, WI 54022


Free outdoor concert series at the Melvin Wall Amphitheater on Tuesdays featuring regional artists.  Grilled food, beverages and ice cream available for purchase.  Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic and lawn chairs.


Music in the Park

Friday, June 21; 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Veterans Park

1 N Main St.

River Falls, WI 54022


This annual summertime series features a diverse range of wonderful live entertainment for all ages in beautiful Veteran's Park, centrally located in the heart of downtown River Falls. Friday & Saturday nights.




Music on the River

Friday, June 21; 5 p.m.


Michael Park

132 Central St.

Amery, WI 54001


Food, music, and family fun in Michael Park. 


Stower Seven Lakes Trail Triathlon

Saturday, June 22; 9 a.m.


Soo Line Park

Amery, WI


Tri-athlon which includes a 3 mile run, a 12 mile road bike ride, and a canoe/kayak paddle, which will encompass 3 lakes in the area.



St. Croix

Hudson Food Walk

Saturday, June 22; 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 23; 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.


516 Second St.

Hudson, WI 54016


The Hudson Food Walk’s guided tours are a culinary delight suitable for all groups and invite guests to experience the unique tastes and unforgettable charm of historic downtown Hudson. Tastings at five destinations and a guided tour of historic downtown.


St. Croix Riverfest

Tuesday, July 16 – Friday, July 21


Lakefront Park

Locust and First Streets

Hudson, WI 54016


In Celebration of Life on the River join us for river related fun! Activities will include a concert in the Park by the St. Croix Valley Symphony, river clean-up, family paddle, demonstrations and more. For a complete listing of events please visit us online.