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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

Manufacturing an Economic Engine of NW Wisconsin

Last week, Wisconsin was selected by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to be one of only 10 states to participate in the Policy Academy on Strengthening Your State’s Manufacturers. I’m proud to be a part of this team that will be working to leverage our state’s resources to ensure our communities and taxpayers see the full benefit of their investment in the manufacturing industry.

The Policy Academy will provide a great opportunity to seek national support for this industry in our area and ensure that our state continues to build on our strong manufacturing heritage for the next generation.

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Bill to Fund Crisis Intervention for Mental Health Emergencies in NW Wisconsin

Across northwestern Wisconsin, our law enforcement officers are responding to an increasing number of mental health emergencies. DHS currently requires that individuals in need of emergency detention and involuntary commitment be taken to the Winnebago Mental Health Institute in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Law enforcement in small communities are put under considerable strain attempting to deal with the significant travel and time away from other important duties. Western Wisconsin saw an increase of 284% in the use of Winnebago between 2013 and 2017.

I introduced LRB 3873 to require the Department of Health Services (DHS) to collaborate with hospitals to develop a grant program to establish regional mental health crisis centers for emergency detentions. Local and state leaders have been working together to address this critical issue. This bi-partisan proposal provides one of many solutions to the mental health challenges facing Western Wisconsin and the entire state.

Purple Heart and Good Conduct Ceremony for SPC5 Maloy “Ole” Monicken Jr.

SPC5 Maloy “Ole” Monicken, Jr. was born April 15, 1949 in Baldwin, Wisconsin to Maloy and Betty Monicken.  He was drafted into the Army in April 1969 and later deployed to Phu Loi in South Vietnam with the 20th Engineering Battalion under the 34th Engineering Group, where he served 11 months during the war.  In July 1970, SPC5 Monicken was escorting his Captain as a driver on a routine perimeter mission.  On their route, the two soldiers encountered an anti-tank mine.  The mine detonated just before the vehicle reached it and both the Captain and SPC5 Monicken escaped with their lives, in part due to the sand bags that lined the vehicle floor. As a result of his injuries, SPC5 Monicken was honorably discharged and returned back to Wisconsin. Yet he never received the Purple Heart ceremony and recognition that he was due.

On August 22nd, I joined Senator Tammy Baldwin in recognizing SPC5 Monicken and presenting him with the Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart. I was honored to join with SPC5 Monicken and his family on this important day.

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Governor’s Caregiving Task Force

Last week I was honored to be appointed to Governor Tony Evers’ Task Force on Caregiving which was created in February of this year through Executive Order #11.  I will join other members of the Legislature with caregiving specialists, employers, and providers to explore potential solutions to the long-term and direct care workforce shortages in Wisconsin.

Sept. 1 marks the opener for Wisconsin's mourning dove, early teal and early Canada goose hunting seasons

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Canada Goose

Canada Goose hunting begins with the early season Sept. 1-15, with a daily bag limit of five geese during this time. During the early goose season, regulations apply statewide, with no zone-specific regulations.


The early teal season will run Sept. 1-9, with a daily bag limit of six teal. Shooting hours for the early teal season are sunrise to sunset (see page 28 in Migratory Bird Regulations). Early teal season hunters are at minimum required to purchase the following licenses and permits:

  1. Small game license;
  2. Federal duck stamp;
  3. State duck stamp; and
  4. HIP registration.

The duck identification quiz found at, keyword "waterfowl," gives hunters an opportunity to brush up on duck identification before the early season.

While the early teal season is offered statewide, some state-owned properties have special waterfowl hunting limitations. Contact a local wildlife biologist or consult the 2019 Migratory Bird Regulations for a list of areas with additional requirements or limitations.

To view a full list of waterfowl hunting seasons and the 2019 Migratory Game Bird Regulations, search keyword "waterfowl."

Mourning Dove

In 2019, the mourning dove hunting season will run from Sept. 1 to Nov. 29. The daily bag limit is 15 doves, and possession limits for doves are three times the daily bag limit.

Go Wild

Early and regular goose permits print on regular white paper rather than green thermal paper. While afield, hunters must carry their Canada goose harvest permit. Acceptable methods of proof include a paper copy; department-approved PDF displayed on a mobile device; Wisconsin driver's license, or Go Wild Conservation Card. As a reminder to Canada goose hunters, registration of Canada geese and in-field validation of the Canada goose hunting permit is no longer required.

For more information regarding Go Wild, visit

Band Reporting

If you find or harvest a banded bird, please report it at [Exit DNR]. You'll need the band number, or numbers, where, when and how you recovered the bird. Even if the band you recover has a 1-800telephonenumber inscribed on it, you can only report it at [Exit DNR].

Fields & Forest Lands Interactive Gamebird Hunting Tool

Dove hunters are encouraged to check out the Fields & Forest Lands Interactive Gamebird Hunting Tool. FFLIGHT helps hunters of all types locate young aspen and alder habitat for grouse and woodcock hunting, pheasant-stocked public hunting grounds, and managed dove fields.

FLIGHT also allows users to print maps and find GPS coordinates to assist in navigation and provides measuring tools to help estimate acreage and walking distance. Mobile users can use this tool on-the-go to find suitable habitat for hunting.

For more information, search keyword "FFLIGHT."

District Events



Saturday, September 21; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Grantsburg Fairgrounds, State Road 87/48, Grantsburg, WI 54840


Fun for the Whole Family: Bounce houses (one for toddlers, and one for older kids) & Inflatable Obstacle Course, Dual Lane rock wall/slide, car show, free cotton candy, Corn Hole / Bags Game / Raffle, Corn Pit, free face painting, food vendors. Fun-Crow Scavenger Hunt, Great Pumpkin Contest, Hay Rides, K-9 Tracker Demonstration, Kids Outdoor Obstacle Course, free Ladies Nail Driving Contest, free Lawn Games, free Memory Screens, Police, Fire Trucks, EMS, DNR – vehicles and reps onsite, Pony Rides for a small fee – Frontier Stables, Pumpkin Bowling, free voter registration and so much more!



Downtown Menomonie Farmers’ Market

Wilson Park, 800 Wilson Ave., Menomonie, WI 54751

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019 at 10:00am

Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 at 8:00am

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2019 at 10:00am


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.


Great Community Cookout

Thursday, September 12; 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. 342 E. Main St., Menomonie, WI  

Join us in Downtown Menomonie - behind the Visitors Center on 4th Street on Thursday, September 12th from 4-8pm for the 14th Annual Great Community Cookout! Enjoy live music, delicious food and drink, and fun games for the whole family! There will be a raffle, all proceeds benefitting Downtown Menomonie, Inc.



Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo

Friday, September 6 – Saturday, September 7; 7 p.m.

Experience the biggest and best college rodeo in the upper Midwest! The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) invites you to an amazing Wild West adventure at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. Approximately 300 cowboys and cowgirls compete in stock events including bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, and more!



Canoe Lessons

Saturday, August 24, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Interstate State Park, State Hwy 35, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

Learn paddle strokes and helpful tips for canoeing (supplies provided). Meet near the Beach House at the Lake O' the Dalles.


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Falcons of the Driftless

Saturday, August 31, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Willow River State Park, 1034 Cty Hwy A, Hudson, Wisconsin

This will be a great "all ages" opportunity to learn about these amazing native birds. Children are welcome, and don't forget your camera! How fast can a falcon fly? What makes them different from an owl or an eagle? What does it take to become a falconer? Bring your questions and curiosity about raptors! Abbey Krumrie is a Winona native and graduated from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a B.S. in Biology. She was a staff member at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, and then spent the last 4 years as Director of Education at the Raptor Education Group in Antigo, WI. She has recently moved back to our area, where she and her husband hope someday to start a raptor center. Come meet her and enjoy this fun and educational program!

 Senator Patty Schachtner seeking Fall Capitol Interns

Senator Schachtner’s office is seeking interns to work in her Capitol office in Madison. The internship offers students and recent graduates an opportunity to learn about state government and the legislative process.

  • General internship responsibilities consist of:
  • Constituent correspondence and casework
  • Assisting with policy research and content drafting
  • Assisting with data entry and management
  • Answering phone calls
  • Completing special projects and tasks

Interested applicants should be able to devote at least eight hours per week. Internships are unpaid but may qualify toward class credit.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Fall Capitol Internship.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through September 30, 2019.