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Fair Maps Rally in Eau Claire

Fair Rights Rally Crowd

Fair Maps Rally Eau Claire

January 21, 2022

  Over 50 people attended the Fair Maps Rally in Eau Claire, which was one of many such rallies across the state. The rallies were in support of developing fair maps and ending the gerrymandering in the maps which currently makes it nearly impossible for a Democrat to win in most of the districts in the state. The maps are currently being considered by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which should return a decision on the maps soon.

DHS COVID-19 Press Call for 1/20/2022

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 01/20/2022

January 20, 2022


DHS experts will answer questions about the status of COVID-19 in Wisconsin and our response.


  • Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer, DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases
  • Dr. Jasmine Zapata, Chief Medical Officer, DHS Bureau of Community Health Promotion


Menomonie School Board Candidate Forum

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2022 School District of Menomonie Candidate Forum

January 18, 2022

The League of Women Voters  of Greater Chippewa Valley and WisCommunity will present a candidate forum of all seven of the candidates running for the three open seats on the board of the School District of the Menomonie Area on February 7, 2022 at 7 PM. The live stream will be carried on this page. 

Pearson vs. SDMA hearing ends

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January 16, 2022

Note that WisCommunity had initially intended to either live-stream or record the public hearing in this case, but judge Sally Pederson ruled that although the hearing was public, that did not allow recording or streaming of the proceedings. We will provide a detailed summary of the hearing later in the week. 

COVID notes from Dr. Hall - COVID-19 continues to skyrocket in Dunn County

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January 15, 2022

A brief note from Dr. Hall today with some alarming graphs. Please get vaccinated and wear masks indoors in public. This is quickly skyrocketing. 

I think the appropriate word would be stratospheric... Please stay close to home - even though Omicron is mild for most, it's often still no fun, and it's not mild for everyone.

Red Cedar Watershed Conference canceled for 2022

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January 15, 2022

The Red Cedar Watershed Conference for 2022 has been canceled due to COVID concerns. According to the conference website:

The Red Cedar Watershed Conference will not be held this year. The committee decided that the health of the community is being stressed to its limits by Covid-19 and that an in-person event like ours would not be in everyone’s best interest.

Menomonie School Board Meeting for Jan. 10 2022

Menomonie School Board Meeting Jan. 10 2022

January 10, 2022

The January 10 school board meeting will have multiple parts. We will live stream all parts of the meeting. At 5 PM there will be a mid-year budget hearing. This will be followed by a Special Meeting of the Electors, after which the normal school board meeting will be held. 



Wisconsin DHS Media Briefing on COVID-19 for Jan. 6, 2022

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 01/06/2022

January 6, 2022


Experts will answer questions about our COVID-19 response, vaccination, and testing.


  • Traci DeSalvo, Director, DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer, DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases


Thursday, January 6, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

We expect the DHS to discuss their press release from this afternoon:


Jeff Smith - The Final Five: How Would You Rank Them?

December 13, 2021

Americans are skeptical about our political system, and I can’t blame them. Having been elected to the Wisconsin State Senate eight years after leaving the Assembly in 2010, I personally see how politics have changed. Americans recognize this dysfunction and they’ve grown frustrated from it.


Jeff Smith - The Time is Now for Affordable Health Insurance

November 30, 2021

Staying on top of your health is key to a good quality of life. Although, it can be cost prohibitive if you have to pay out-of-pocket for routine checkups or visits to a clinic. That’s where health insurance comes in. Even then, for some, the cost of a good health insurance policy can be out of reach.


Jeff Smith - Support Small Businesses this Holiday Season

Senator Jeff Smith
November 23, 2021

Over the last ten to fifteen years, we’ve seen an amazing resurgence of entrepreneurs and small home-grown businesses. Something seems to have occurred to make us realize that fun and quality shopping isn’t necessarily in malls. Sure, it’s still pretty fascinating that so many stores can be under one roof, but something was always missing. It was the personal identity of a small business—going into a shop that you won’t find in every city and every mall.

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Dunn County Enters Crisis Standards – Highest COVID-19 Case Rate of 2021

November 26, 2021

Dunn County Wisconsin –As of November 24th, 2021, Dunn County has 508 active cases of COVID-19 and a 7-day average of over 48 new cases per day.

The Dunn County Health Department
(DCHD) is no longer able to follow-up
with everyone who is positive with
COVID-19 and their close contacts. 

Everyone age 18+ now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine booster

November 23, 2021

Full press release from the Eau Claire City/County Health Department is attached below:

DNR To Host Virtual Public Comment Meeting On CWD Response Plan Review

November 23, 2021

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced it will host a virtual public comment meeting on the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Response Plan Review on Friday, Dec. 3 from 9-11 a.m.

The meeting provides an opportunity for public input to the CWD Response Plan Review Committee to help inform the review.

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