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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

Collaborating with Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin

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A couple weeks ago, I sat down with the child injury prevention team of Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin. From responding to the tragedies of child or infant death, to supporting literacy efforts, the Alliance does incredible work across the state to support children and families in Wisconsin.

They are also working on a couple initiatives involving oral health and I’m proud to be co-sponsoring Senate Bill 89 which will help extend dental healthcare access to more people. Kids can’t focus on school or eat enough food if they have a toothache. The health of our teeth is critical for our overall health so I’m working with great partners like the Alliance to ensure that oral healthcare is accessible and affordable.


Responding to Over 10,000 Constituents

Since being elected in 2018, my office and I have processed and responded to 10,612 contacts from constituents! Via phone, email, or US mail, people have reached out for assistance or simply seeking information on legislation.

As a part of this community, I want to make sure everyone’s voice is reflected in Madison. By contacting my office, folks can let me know what issues they’re having and what insights they have on legislation. We work best when we listen to each other and I look forward to doing that with even more constituents in the future.  

Constituents can reach out by calling 608-266-7745, emailing us at , or by sending a letter to Room 3 South, State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53703.


Addressing Homelessness in Rural Wisconsin

As I joined my family around the Thanksgiving table a couple weeks ago, I gave thanks for my kids and grandkids, the health of my loved ones, and the beautiful community we are a part of. I also thought of the struggles of those that are experiencing homelessness and poverty.

According to the annual State of Homelessness in Wisconsin report, 22,087 people across the state experienced homelessness last year and almost 5,500 of those were children. Almost 1,000 people are without a home in Northwest Wisconsin. The largest barrier for these folks in our area is access to affordable housing or shelters that can connect them with food, job trainings, clothing, and more. Just a few months ago, I co-sponsored legislation to put more money behind those efforts.

As medical examiner, I have made connections with many of the people and families of those who have passed away while homeless. As a healthcare provider at the Somerset schools, I have worked with kids that weren’t in a secure home to try to keep them fed and safe so they can focus on being a kid. I have seen the face of homelessness and it’s affecting our neighbors and community members every day.

Read more of my column on this issue here.

Burnett Co. Listening Session Announced


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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.


Miss me on WPR on Monday?


Yesterday, I sat down with Senator Kathy Bernier and Dean Kallenbach on WPR’s West Side program. Senator Bernier and I discussed a few pieces of legislation we’re both sponsoring and a few bills I’m authoring on mental health and protecting our natural resources.

Listen here!

District Events

Family Fun Night with Santa

Tuesday, December 17th, 4 pm- 6 pm

Kid Central

24467 WI-35/70


Kid Central, Kiddie Campus and the Community Resource and Learning Center are hosting this free event for all families.  This is a public event, please join us for a fun night and invite your families and friends!  We will have food, cookie decorating, a Holiday preschool program, and Santa! 


Sam’s Christmas Village Food Drive

December 17th and 18th, 5 pm- 8 pm

Sam’s Christmas Village

710 Spring St.


If you haven't checked out Sam's Christmas Village and Light Tour yet, be sure to stop by on:

 🎄Tuesday, December 17 (drive through night)


🎄Wednesday, December 18 (walk through night)

 Any guest that brings a non-perishable food item receives $3 off normal admission! 🎅 ✨

 Looks like such a fun, family event, Thank you so much for collecting food for us!  #samschristmasvillage


Census Bureau Applicant Day

Tuesday, December 17th, 4 pm- 7 pm

Menomonie Public Library

600 Wolske Bay Rd


The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring Recruiting Assistants, Office Operations Supervisors, Office Clerks, Census Field Supervisors, Census Enumerators/Takers.


Community Potluck Breakfast

Wednesday, December 18th, 8 am- 10 am

Hammond Community Library

850 Davis St.


It’s the holidays, bring in a holiday breakfast dish to share.  Enjoy the company and holiday spirit at the library. 


Luck Elementary Christmas Sing-a-Long

Friday, December 20th, 9:30 am- 10:30 am

Luck Public Schools

810 S 7th St.


Luck Elementary Christmas Program Sing-a-long

Featuring grades K, 2, and 4

Friday, December 20, at 9:30 am

Luck Small Gym



Permit to Carry Course- River Falls

Saturday, December 21st, 10 am- 2:30 pm

West Wind Supper Club

709 N Main St.

River Falls

Chandler's Conceal & Carry is hosting a MN/WI/FL Permit to Carry Course at the West Wind Supper Club - River Falls, WI.

Class will be: Saturday, December 21st, 2019
Time: 10am - 2:30pm with a short live fire exercise to follow.
Cost: $95.00 - this includes the range fee for the day.

You do NOT need to have taken Hunter's Safety or have any previous firearms training or experience to take this course, ALL are welcome.

This course will allow you to apply for (or renew) your MN Permit to Carry, allowing you to carry in 27 states.
With this course you can also apply for (or renew) your FL Non-resident Permit to Carry, adding 7 additional states to carry in.
For a total of 34!
This course will also allow for WI residents to apply for or renew any of the following permits: MN, WI, FL.

Chandler's will provide everything needed to complete this one day course. This will include: all required paperwork and applications, eye/ear protection, a target, the use of a handgun and ammo at no additional cost to you.

If you would like more information please call Chandler's Conceal & Carry at 612-787-2264 or register online at


Build Your Own Gingerbread House!

Monday, December 23rd, 1 pm- 4 pm

Glenwood City Public Library

127 Pine St.

Glenwood City

Build your very own Gingerbread house at the library!

Due to space - we are taking reservations.

20 slots per hour at the top of the hour from 1 PM - 3PM.

 1 PM - 2 PM: 16 slots available

2 PM - 3 PM: 20 slots available

3 PM-  4 PM: 16 slots available

Call 715-265-7443 or email to make your reservation.


Blizzard Varsity Hockey Alumni Game

Sunday, December 29th, 5 pm

Lodge Center Arena

24185 1st Avenue


Alumni game for all past area hockey players.  It will be even years (white) vs odd years (dark) (graduation year). They will run it just like a varsity high school game but with no checking.  PLEASE feel free to invite other past players. They are holding the event as a fundraiser for the current high school hockey team.  There will be a gate fee which will go to the high school team.  Concessions will be sold and that money will go to the youth program. Come on out and have some fun and get some bragging rights.