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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

We Can All Be the One to Prevent Suicide

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and it is particularly important for us to elevate this issue in Wisconsin. Suicide rates in our state have risen by nearly 26% since 1999 according to the Centers for Disease Control- a rate two points higher than the national average.

As a medical examiner, I work closely with law enforcement to investigate deaths and speak with families who have been impacted by the death of their loved one.  I know that each suicide creates a ripple effect that touches family, friends, and our entire community. These deaths are preventable, and we can do more to reach people who are struggling.

Read my column about this issue here.

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National Recovery Month

September is also National Recovery Month. It’s a time to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. While Wisconsin has a shortage of services and trained specialists available to support people in recovery, we have some incredible resources in Northwestern Wisconsin.

Last week, I toured Northwest Passage’s campus in Amery. Northwest Passage serves around 300 children through their residential mental health care programs each year. In Dunn County, Arbor Place supports individuals living with substance use and/or mental health disorders through various treatment and programming options. Their mission starts with “the basic belief in the dignity and worth of each human being.”

 Recovery means that change is possible and that we can help people live up to the dignity and worth inherent in each of us. Free, confidential help is available 24/7 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD). We all have a role in the lives around us. I hope you join me in challenging the stigma around mental health and substance use disorders and help support our friends, neighbors, and family members through their recovery process.

 NW Passage Painting

Painting done by students at Northwest Passage

Speaker’s Water Quality Task Force

Last week I joined the Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality as they brought their statewide tour to our area today. We began with a tour of Alfalawn Farm in Menomonie followed by a listening session held at UW-Stout. It’s important for us to consider your input on this issue before we jump in with solutions and I am glad the task force reached out to our communities.

Clean water is a health issue. It is an economic issue. It is a moral issue. It’s time we connect the dots and ensure that future generations can enjoy safe, clean water.

 Patty at Water Task Force

Written Off Movie Screening

Senator Schachtner will host a free, public screening of Written Off, a documentary film about Matt Edwards’ battle with addiction.

Following the screening, Sen. Schachtner and a panel will facilitate a community discussion regarding addiction and mental health in western Wisconsin.

 Written Off Danbury Poster

 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.

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!



Great Community Cookout

Thursday, September 12; 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Downtown Menomonie

342 E. Main St.

Menomonie, WI 54751

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.



River Falls Bacon Bash

Saturday, September 14; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 15; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

232 W. Maple St.

River Falls


Celebrate all things bacon at River Falls' 7th Annual Bacon Bash! This FREE two-day festival allows you to sample over 30 bacon-inspired dishes and features pig-themed activities for the entire family. Plus you can enjoy live music, merchant vendors, and much, much more!

Visit our website for complete information:



Amery Fall Festival

Thursday, September 12th through Sunday, September 15th


Amery Fall Festival 2019 will take place on September 12th - 15th 2019! This is our 70th year of hosting this fantastic event! Come join us for live music, arts & crafts, pie eating contest, grand parade, carnival, tons of food vendors, Meet & Greet with a Spider Hero & Tower Princess (NEW FOR 2019), queens competition, quilt show, car show, bean bag tournament, beer tent, photo booth, pancake breakfast, run/walk, and so much more! Be ready to show your inner GEEK on Saturday as The Dweebs will be playing under the big tent! Follow our Amery Fall Festival Facebook page and checkout our website, to catch all of the event announcements! Fun for the entire family!


Mussels: Unsung Heroes of the River

Saturday, September 14; 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Interstate State Park

State Highway 35

St. Croix Falls


Mussels are mysterious creatures that most people don't see when they are out enjoying the river. Come explore the wide variety of mussels that are in the St. Croix and learn why they are so important that they are actually protected! Meet near the boat launch area.


St. Croix

We are Midwest Market

Saturday, September 21; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

ReStyle & Co.

1813 11th Ave.



Fall is in the air!! Our We Are Midwest Market is Saturday September 21st 9-4. Join us as we pack our parking lot with 50+ local artists, makers, & creators!! Live music, & kids activities!!