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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

My Bills Become Law

Governor Tony Evers joined us in Western Wisconsin a couple weeks ago to sign two pieces of bipartisan legislation that I co-sponsored.

Wisconsin Act 28 will ensure that people with a disability can vote without having to verbally state their name if they are unable to do so. My friend Ramsey Lee tirelessly fought for this legislation as he had encountered those barriers himself. Ramsey joined us at this signing alongside dozens of disability rights advocates in River Falls to see this important legislation signed into law.

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Then, we traveled to Prescott to join the Governor as he signed Act 48 which will keep Wisconsin in the Medical Licensure Compact. Especially in our part of the state, this compact is critical to ensuring that the people of Northwestern Wisconsin will have access to enough physicians and healthcare professionals for their healthcare needs. 


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Testing Deer for CWD

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Senator Jeff Smith and I visited CWD testing kiosks in each of our districts over the course of the 9-day deer hunt to speak with hunters and DNR scientists about the risks of the disease. Testing is important for our DNR to understand the scope of this disease among our deer herd and to ensure that your family’s venison is safe to eat. Yet last year, although over 300,000 deer were harvested only 17,000 were tested.

On the eve of the gun deer opener, a deer tested positive just outside of Menomonie marking the first case of CWD in Dunn County. We spoke with one hunter who lives just a few miles from where that deer was harvested who is growing concerned about feeding venison to his two young sons.

When 65% of hunters agree that this disease is a threat to the future of hunting in Wisconsin, it’s clear that the people expect us to do more. I’m co-sponsoring several pieces of legislation with my fellow Democrats to address this, and I will continue to reach across the aisle to move them forward and protect our hunting heritage.


Partnering with Farmers for Cleaner Water

Last week. Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes and I met the Lake family on their Dunn County farm. Jeff Lake and his wife Kelley, along with their two adult children, farm 1,500 acres of corn, soybeans, snap beans, kidney beans, and alfalfa. Jeff adopted farming technology for variable-rate planting and cover crops and no-till planting practices a few years back. These practices help limit use of fertilizer and prevent runoff to protect groundwater and nearby waterways. The Lake family was recently announced as the 2019 winner of the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award for all of their work!

Agriculture is often blamed for unclean water, but the Lake family is just one example of farmers that are working everyday to protect their land and keep their environment healthy. After all, they live in our communities and drink the same water as the rest of us.

The Lakes participate in farmer-led watershed groups that work to spread the word about more water-friendly farming practices and they’re gaining ground. I’m thankful that the Lakes welcomed us to their land to educate us and share their passion for sustainable farming.

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Delivering on Promises to Test Sexual Assault Kits

Thanks to the hard work of Attorney General Josh Kaul, testing is now complete for every sexual assault kit that needed to be tested! Over the years, a backlog of untested kits had been growing which delayed justice for survivors and put the public at risk as offenders weren’t identified. With this testing now complete, survivors can get the justice they deserve and move forward with their lives. I'm proud to have co-sponsored several bipartisan reforms that will help protect the integrity of our criminal justice system and ensure that survivors of sexual assault are not re-victimized by preventable backlogs in the future.


District Events

Santa Visits Our House

Thursday, December 5th; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Our House Senior Living- New Richmond Memory Care

1310 Circle Pine Dr.

New Richmond

Santa is coming to town!
FREE event for all ages!! Come visit and take your picture with Santa, make a Christmas craft, and enjoy cookies and cocoa at Our House!

We'll be collecting Toys for Tots!! Bring a toy for donation!


Victorian Christmas Night

Friday, December 6th; 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Octagon House Museum- St. Croix County Historical Society

1004 3rd St.


 The St. Croix County Historical Society will present the annual Victorian Christmas Night on Friday, December 6th from 6 - 8:30 p.m. The tour will include the Octagon House Museum and the Liberko’s historic Fourth Street home. This is a unique opportunity to see the Museum in its holiday splendor by the glow of lamplight with music and refreshments, as well as a beautiful Fourth Street home.

 Tickets are available at the Octagon House door, admission is $10 for adults and $3 for students. (No advance sales).

The Octagon House at 1004 3rd Street was built in 1855 for the John Shaw Moffat family. Mr. Moffat was a lawyer and Judge in St. Croix County. Four generations of the Moffat-Hughes family lived in the house before it was turned into a museum in 1964. During this special evening tour guests can see the Octagon House in all of its holiday splendor by the glow of lamplight just like the Moffats did.

 Guests will tour the main level of the museums back door neighbor, the beautiful home of Historical Society members Tony and Stephanie Liberko. Their home was recently one of the houses featured in Hudson’s annual Christmas Tour of Homes.

 Refreshments will be served in the Carriage House for tour goers and the Museum Gift Shop will be open for Christmas shopping.


Amery’s 34th Annual Holiday Stroll

Saturday, December 7th; 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Amery’s Soo Line Park

This FREE annual event has become a much-loved holiday tradition for the whole community. Plan a fun-filled afternoon in Amery.

Fill up on free hot dogs and hot chocolate in Amery’s Soo Line Park from Noon-4, and then start ‘strolling’ to look for businesses with the 'Holiday Stroll' big red bow. That’s your cue to come inside for a special treat, door prizes, and holiday deals happening this Saturday only.

As usual, Stalheim’s Clydesdales will offer free horse-drawn wagon rides all afternoon from Soo Line Park. Carolers will also fill the air with music for the event, and Santa will be strolling Amery too! Make sure to stop and tell him what you’d like for Christmas.

Amery Woman's Club will be having their cookie sale under the pavilion in Soo Line Park as well!

Bring your extra hats and mittens, the ‘Mitten Tree’ will be up in Soo Line Park to help warm little hands and heads in need.


Santa Day!

Saturday, December 7th; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Grantsburg Public Library

415 S Robert St.


Free Picture With Santa emailed to you.

• Treat Bag for Every Child

• Santa Letter Writing Corner

• Photo Button w/Santa ($3 per button) 

  • Other Santa Day Activities at the Library:
    Prize Drawings (sign up at the library front desk)
    Cookie Decorating (Burnett County Family Resources)
    Bake Sale (Mothers of Preschoolers Group)
    Scholastic BOGO Book Fair buy one get one free!
    Christmas/Holiday Books and Videos available for checkout
    FOOD SHELF COLLECTION (Canned or boxed, unexpired foods)

    Sponsored by the Grantsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Grantsburg Public Library and many other local businesses.


Hudson Holiday Boutique & Craft Sale

Saturday, December 7th; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hudson Middle School

1300 Carmichael Rd.


As seen on Kare 11 TV, this premier local event features a wonderful variety of 170 plus designers, artists, crafters and other talented creators. It's our 12th year! Come early. Shop til you drop. Bring friends. See you soon!


Hudson Holiday Craft & Gift Show

Saturday, December 7th; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, December 8th; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hudson House Grand Hotel

1616 Crest View Dr.


Ho Ho Ho! Do we have a show for you! Known for our quality and unique crafters and vendors - let us help you finish up your holiday shopping and get you in the Christmas spirit at our 4th annual Holiday Craft & Gift Show at the Hudson House Grand Hotel. Great gift ideas, tons of stocking stuffers, sweets and treats - enjoy our festive atmosphere. Raffles throughout the day. Sat. & Sun. Dec. 7-8 - open from 10am-4pm both days.


TMLIA End of Year Social

Tuesday, December 10th; 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

brewery nonic

621 4th St. W


 Join us for our upcoming year-end social! Come meet the board members and active citizens involved in Tainter Menomin Lake Improvement Association (TMLIA) that are helping protect our watershed. All are welcome!


Kinni River Farms Christmas Open House

Saturday, December 14th; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Kinni River Farms

331 County Road JJ

River Falls

Christmas in the Country!! Come enjoy some hot chocolate & treats while visiting with Santa and meeting the ponies & horses in our stable! Bring your camera and perhaps even a carrot or apple to share with the horses if you would like!  (Please park in the driveway across from the Town Hall & ball diamond.)


Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 14th; 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

YMCA Camp St. Croix

532 CR-F


Join us for our annual Breakfast with Santa.

Bring your family to Camp St. Croix and enjoy breakfast and wreath making. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the moment your kids share their holiday wishes with Santa.

Adults: $8 | Kids: $6

Open to the community! No registration needed.


Sam’s Christmas Village & Light Tour

November 29th through January 5th

YMCA Camp St. Croix

532 CR-F



ADULT: $10

KIDS (4-10): $5

3 and Under: FREE




PARKING: $10 (portion of proceeds donated to Somerset athletics/clubs).