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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

Tiger Manufacturing Visit  

On May 29th, I toured Webster High School’s Tiger Manufacturing program, a student-run enterprise specializing in wood and metal work. Tiger Manufacturing began in 2006 with the help of volunteers, teaching staff, and private businesses. Since then, it has grown in production capacity, adding multiple machines including a computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) machine. At Tiger Manufacturing, students are exposed to a variety of soft and career skills. They can also earn industry certifications in SOLIDWORKS and metalwork.  I spoke with students and Mr. Roy Ward, the technical education instructor. Mr. Ward shared that when students know that the community is supporting them, whether it is through the community’s business or donated time and supplies, it instills values and local pride. I was impressed by many things at Tiger Manufacturing, but what touched me most was the intergenerational connections being formed at the school and within the Webster community.




YMCA in Hudson 

On May 23rd, I had the opportunity to tour and see the work that YMCA in Hudson is doing for our youth. During the tour, Chris Kost, the executive director of YMCA in Hudson, emphasized that the “Y” is more than the local “gym and swim.”  He shared that the YMCA has focused on promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility through its activities and programming. I also had the opportunity to see the Y’s new teen center that had just been completed. The center is open to all community youth, regardless of whether they are a member or not. I am excited about the Y’s continued impact on Hudson. It is so important to develop skills and relationships that will help our youth transition into adulthood. 


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Need for Court Reporters 

Across the state, there is a growing need for court reporters. Court reporters use specialized equipment to keep an accurate transcript of courtroom proceedings. These transcripts serve as an important record of what happened in a case, especially when a case is appealed. The median salary for court reporters is around $53,000, and many court reporters take advantage of additional freelancing opportunities. To become a court reporter, one must undergo two or more years of specialized training. Training options can be found in some of Wisconsin’s technical colleges, including a 100 percent online degree from the Madison Area Technical College. Feel free to share with friends and family who may be interested.  


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Hemp Planting

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure to plant hemp with the help of some local partners. Abbie Testaberg, a local businesswoman and owner of Kinni Hemp, organized the community planting. Members of the St. Croix County Farm Bureau and students and faculty of the UW-River Falls College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences also participated.

Wisconsin’s history with hemp stretches back to the early 1900s. By World War II, Wisconsin had become a leader in industrial hemp production, producing over 75 percent of the nation’s supply. Hemp production stopped in 1970 under the federal Controlled Substances Act due to hemp’s genetic similarity to marijuana. Despite hemp’s genetic similarity, it does not have enough THC to get high, curtailing the potential for abuse.

I am excited about the economic and environmental benefits hemp can have for Wisconsin and our farmers, who are struggling today. If you or someone you know is interested in growing hemp, please monitor DATCP’s application website for updates.




District Events 


Dairy Day

Friday, June 15

10am – 5pm

Happy Dairy Month!  Join us as we celebrate during Dairy Day at Burnett Dairy near Grantsburg. Activities include viewing room tours, many kids activities, several tasty samplings, local vendors, live music, and enter to win great prizes!


Fourth of July Festivities

Tuesday/Wednesday, July 3/4

All Day

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!




Music Over Menomin


6/7 pm

Enjoy free live music performances every Thursday during the summer on the Menomonie Public Library’s lawn.



Wednesday, July 4

This event celebrates Independence Day with music, games, good food, fun and fireworks! Bring your families for a fun-filled day of entertainment! Free live music at the lower beach area of Wakanda Park. Grand finale fireworks at dusk. Minimal fees based on the various vendors. Entrance fee to the park.




Ellsworth FFA Alumni Tractor Pull

Saturday, June 10

6:30 pm

This year's pull will be held on SATURDAY, JUNE 10th at 6:30 pm- this is the 12th Annual Fundraiser for the Ellsworth FFA Alumni. Region 3 Pull of the Year!


Cheese Curd Festival

Friday/Saturday,  June 22/23

All day

Centrally located within Ellsworth’s East End Park, admission to the festival is free. Several guided tasting experiences offer you the opportunity to learn and engage with the crafters, cooks, and makers of our festival’s starring foods: Cheese, craft beer, wine, hard ciders, real dairy ice-cream and authentic Sconnie BBQ. When you’ve had your fill of food, sit back and enjoy an eclectic mix of music.



Luck FFA Alumni Tractor & Truck Pull

Saturday, June 9

1 pm

Tractor and Truck Pull fundraiser for Luck FFA Alumni to assist the Luck FFA and provide scholarships. Truck pull starts at 1 and tractor pull starts at 4.


Clear Lake Heritage Days

Thursday-Sunday, June 21-24

Join us the last full weekend in June for Food, Music & Fun for all ages! Carnival, Live Bands. Demo Derby. Citywide Garage Sale, Parade, 5K, Car & Snowmobile Show and LOTS more!



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Locust Street Classic Car & Motorcycle Show

Sunday, June 17

1 pm – 5 pm

The Classic Car Show returns to Downtown Hudson the third Sunday of every month May-September from 1 pm - 5 pm. Come on down for this family-friendly event and view classic cars & trucks, muscle cars, one of a kind automobiles and custom motorcycles. The show is free and open to the public.


Hudson Booster Days

Thursday-Sunday, June 28-July 1

Hudson's Annual Independence Day celebration includes a carnival, food, live music, games, a parade, and fireworks. Join us for the weekend! The parade is Saturday (11 am) in Downtown Hudson and Fireworks are on Sunday in Lakefront Park at dusk.