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Reengineering Infrastructure For A Wetter Wisconsin

Flooding throughout the Midwest, including Wisconsin, is dangerous, costly and becoming a more frequent occurrence. Over the last few years, bridges and roads have washed away during flash floods in the northern part of the state, and in places like Madison, floodwaters took weeks to recede after heavy rainstorms in 2018. But how can engineers tackle the problem in order to prevent this kind of infrastructure damage in the future?

Menomonie High Embedded Associate's Degree

Menomonie School Board Meeting 11/11/2019

The Menomonie School board meeting of 11/11/2019 discussed the embedded business management associate's degree that will be offered soon. Brian Seguin, director of instruction, assessment, and 4k programming described how this will allow Menomonie High School students to obtain a college degree while they are attending high school. This program is in conjunction with Chippewa Valley Technical College.

Lafayette County Board tables SWIG ordinance

Criticizing the reporting of the SWIGG study

In a sometimes-contentious meeting tonight, the full Lafayette County Board let the proposed ordinance to control the release of information on the SWIGG study die for the time being.

Lafayette County committee passes amended rule on SWIGG study information release

Update - I just spoke to board member Kriss Marion. The meeting has ended, and the Land Conservation committee passed the rule with several amendments.

Special Meeting to be held on shortening Solid Waste Facility Hours

We that the hours for the Downsville Solid Waste Transfer center were being shortened as of November 1. It is now clear that this is only the beginning of possible cuts to the hours of county transfer centers.

Opinion

Jeff Smith - Playing the Blame Game

Senator Jeff Smith

President Harry Truman followed the mantra, ‘the buck stops here.’ These are honorable, and even courageous words to lead by. His motto was displayed on his White House desk and was proudly expressed in his speeches.  He reminded us not to pass blame on to others.

 

This is exactly what’s happening now in Wisconsin.

Putting the people above the politics

Darin Van Ruden

Recent developments in Madison have threatened livestock siting rule changes, leaving our water and rural communities at risk.

Broadband Expansion: Broadband for Those Who Need It Most

Senator Jeff Smith

We’re facing one of the largest infrastructure challenges in Wisconsin history. The decisions we make today on broadband expansion can either make Wisconsin a leader or allow us to fall behind in the digital age.

 

Press Releases and more

Wisconsin Farmers Union on Pfaff firing

Wisconsin Farmers Union appreciates Brad Pfaff's long-time commitment to family farmers, and we are disappointed in the dysfunction witnessed on the Senate floor today.

Happy Halloween

Young Frankenstein (1974) Bloopers & Outtakes

It's one of my favorite films, and appropriate to tonight. Enjoy this set of outtakes and bloopers from Young Frankenstein.

So That Happened - 10/29/2019

This is a semi-regular compendium of thoughts, observations, and events from the Chippewa Valley. 

So - That Happened

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