Happy New Year's Eve! Check out my updates as we wrap up 2019.

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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

Spreading the Spirit of Christmas to those who Serve

As my family celebrated Christmas last week, I reflected on holidays past.

I remember Christmases on my parent’s dairy farm that were spent milking and working to produce the food that our family and neighbors relied upon. I reflect upon the many Christmases I spent working as a first responder to keep our community safe and healthy. And this year, I wasn’t able to welcome my son, Dylan, home for Christmas, and I have spent many holidays separated from my sons during their time in the U.S. Navy.

As an EMT, I responded to car crashes and medical emergencies on holidays rather than gathering with my family and loved ones. While transporting patients is always stressful and difficult, it brought me peace to enter a hospital filled with poinsettias donated by churches, greeting cards from neighbors down the street, and other reminders of the holiday season. The love of our community filled me and my fellow first responders with light that the darkness could not overcome- and that is really the spirit of Christmas.

Read more from last week’s column here.


Take Your Legislator to Work Day

A couple weeks ago, I visited several Hudson-area employers and had great conversations with some people with disabilities that are contributing their time and skills in a variety of jobs. Knokes Chocolates and Nuts, Christian Community Homes, Croix Gear and Machining, and Wittstock Construction all welcomed me to their job sites to meet with some of their skilled employees.

When everyone has the opportunity to contribute to our economy great things can happen so I’m glad to see so many of our friends and neighbors with disabilities participating in the workforce!

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2021 State Park Sticker Contest

Wisconsin high school students can now submit entries for the 2021 Wisconsin state park sticker design contest. The contest will run through Friday, April 10, 2020. The contest is open to all high school age students (ninth through twelfth grades) attending public, private or parochial schools or home-schooled in Wisconsin. The winning design will be displayed on over 300,000 vehicles.

The design must be the artist's original creation and cannot be copied or duplicated from previously published art, including photographs, clip art or electronic graphic images. Photographs or photo manipulations are not accepted. Contest rules, a design template and entry form are available on the Department of Natural Resources website.

Burnett Co. Listening Session

Join me in Grantsburg on Thursday, January 9th for my first listening session of 2020! We will be meeting at the Grantsburg Public Library, 415 S. Robert St. from 6-7pm.

Bring your questions, insights, and ideas for an open dialogue about the issues facing Wisconsin. I look forward to sharing my work from the past year and hearing your opinions.

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District Events

WI State Parks First Day Hike- Red Cedar State Trail

Wednesday, January 1st, 12 pm- 2 pm

Red Cedar State Trail

921 Brickyard Road


Join us on the Red Cedar State Trail from Noon to 2 p.m. for a wildlife and history hike/ski. Bring your cross-country skis and binoculars and meet at the Depot Visitor Center Red Cedar State trailhead parking lot. The hike will take place on the Junction Trail going north from the Visitor Center, and the ski will be on the Red Cedar Trail going south from the Visitor Center. State trail passes are required for skiing and will be available to purchase the day of the event. The Visitor Center will be open with restrooms inside. This event may be canceled due to weather.


WI State Parks First Day Hike- Stower Seven Lakes State Trail

Wednesday, January 1st, 10 am- 12 pm

Stower Seven Lakes State Trail

Soo Line Park


Welcome 2019 with the Friends of the Stower and America's State Parks! First Day event will be hike, snowshoe, fat bike and ski. Meet at Soo Line Park in Amery and enjoy a beautiful trek down the Stower. Don't forget layers and water! Event will be canceled if temp is below zero at start time. Hope to see you on the trail!


WI State Parks First Day Hike- Interstate State Park

Wednesday, January 1st, 9 am- 11 am

Interstate State Park

St Croix Falls

Join park staff and the Friends of Interstate Park in welcoming the New Year with snowshoeing or hiking on the Snowshoe Trail. Warming fire and light refreshments provided by the Friends of Interstate Park. 2020 vehicle admission stickers will be available for purchase. Meet at the Ice Age Center.

Interstate Park is in St. Croix Falls, on Wisconsin Highway 35 just 1/2 mile south of U.S. Highway 8


Mental Health First Aid Training

Friday, January 3rd, 8 am- 4:30 pm

Western Wisconsin Health

1100 Bergslien St.


The training is for anyone who wants to learn how to provide initial help to someone who may be experiencing symptoms of mental illness with real-life situations.

Topics Covered:

  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Substance Use Disorders


  • Panic Attacks
  • Suicidal Thoughts or Behaviors
  • Non-suicidal Self-Injury
  • Overdose or Withdrawal from Alcohol or Drug Abuse

To register or have questions, please contact Lindsey Greer at 715-684-1521 or lindsey.greer@wwhealth.org. Advanced registration is required. Space is limited!


Youth Snowmobile Safety Class

Saturday, January 4th, 1 pm-5:30 pm

Sunday, January 5th, 1 pm-5:30 pm

Grantsburg High School

480 E James Ave.


2 Day Youth Snowmobile Safety Class - $10pp

Required in Wisconsin for all riders born after January 1, 1985 (available to youth age 11 and up)

Saturday, January 4th 1-5:30pm

Sunday, January 5th 1-5:30pm

This class is sponsored by the WI DNR.  Pre-registration is required through Grantsburg Community Education at www.gk12.net/community education or 715-463-4701 

Class is limited to 25 students.


Extreme Candyland

Saturday, January 4th, 10:30 am- 12:30 pm

Hudson Area Library

700 1st St.


Life size Candyland is back! And we’re calling it extreme because it’s more active and more fun! We’ll welcome kids to the “board” in groups, and we’ll have activities in the lobby in case it’s busy. We’ll see you on Chocolate Mountain! This is a walk-in program.


Somerset Robotics Fundraiser at Sam’s Christmas Village

Sunday, January 5th, 4:30 pm- 9 pm

Sam’s Christmas Village

710 Spring St.


Somerset Robotics will be running the Christmas Village on January 5th from 4:30-9:00! Come see the display that their robotics team and metals class worked super hard on!