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Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Committee seeks input

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The Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Committee is seeking input from the public on their proposed CWD Surveillance Recommendations. These recommendations would require testing of deer killed in the surveillance area, and would require in-person registration of these deer. This would include portions of Dunn, Eau Claire, and Pepin counties. More specifically the area is Rock Creek, Albany, Brunswick, Drammen, Pleasant Valley,, and portions of Washington township.

Where In Wisconsin Do Hardiness Zone Shifts Reflect A Changing Climate?

For centuries, gardeners have depended on tradition and long-honed folk knowledge to inform their spring planting decisions. Although many American gardeners may still prefer to sow their seeds guided by the advice of their forebears today they have another source of information.

All Clear for beaches and roads

Weekend Update: Roseanne Rosannadanna on Smoking - SNL

A quick note - the Eau Claire County Beaches are now all open, so let the water skiing and other activities begin. Bacteria levels have finally dropped to acceptable levels.  And the road buckling on Highway 53 is now fixed, so it's all clear on the roads as well.  On the other hand there is the weather to deal with, as the weather bureau has placed the area under an enhanced risk for severe weather tonight. Take it from my friend Rosanne Rosannadanna, it's alway something.

Music, Music, Music

"Dizzy" - Joyann Parker Band - Live Video - Soul Music

It's summer in the Chippewa Valley, which can only mean one thing - Music Festivals.  There will be no Eaux Claires this summer, but that won't mean there's any shortage of music.  Two are coming up in the next few weeks, and they're some of my personal favorites.

The Blue Ox Music Festival runs June 13-15, bringing you some of the best in  Bluegrass and related genres. This year's lineup includes Pert Near Sandstone, Trampled by Turtles, The Del McCoury Band, and a whole lot more.

Commenting Changes on Wiscommunity

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We have made some changes to commenting policy on the site. In the past no comments could be made on the site unless you have previously created an account with us and signed in. For at least the time being, comments can be made by people without accounts, but they will be held for moderation until an editor approves them. We hope this will promote a lively discussion in the community without allowing a free-for-all of spam and other problems.

Menomonie Market Funds Our Foodshed

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For the second year, Menomonie Market Food Co-op has awarded grants to local farmers to promote the growth of regional farming, food processing, and product development in the Chippewa Valley.

90% of the farms in the US are classified as small according to the USDA. Although an increasing amount of our food comes from large agricultural concerns, small farms help to maintain our rural economies, steward our resources and are incubators for new agricultural opportunities.

Opinion

Budget Vote This Week: Rhetoric or What’s Right

State Senator Jeff Smith

Two weeks ago, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) passed their version of the state budget 12 to 4, along party lines. The full Senate scheduled a vote this week on the budget, a vote that may demonstrate the true callousness of politics in our state.

The first thing Governor Tony Evers did after winning his election last fall was go to the people to develop the budget. The first thing Republicans did with the Governor’s budget was throw it away.

Looking Inward for Juneteenth Day

Sentaor Jeff Smith

Wisconsin is filled with beauty. Sometimes we take our state’s beauty for granted because it’s very apparent all around us. It’s always the less apparent beauty that surprises us and compels us to look deeper in ourselves and appreciate everything around us.

Wisconsin LWV - Why We Need Medicaid Expansion and Why Opponents Are Wrong

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The co-chairs of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee have announced plans to reject Governor Evers’ proposal for Medicaid expansion in the biennial state budget. Their politically motivated decision would result in a loss to the state of $324 million over two years, including needed general operating funds.

Press Releases and more

LWV - WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF UNDEMOCRATIC LEGISLATIVE PRACTICES

MADISON – Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision against the Wisconsin Legislature, restoring the laws enacted during the Legislature’s undemocratic lame-duck session. We are disappointed in and respectfully disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the case and fails to address the ways in which the Legislature violated the Wisconsin Constitution in convening the December 2018 Extraordinary Session.

Where Have We Been?

You may have noticed that posting here has been sparse lately. I've been on a vacation and have recently returned. You will see things picking back up again over the next few days. I'll have a little to write about from the vacation, notably about Amtrak and where they are going, along with a narrative of taking the Lake Shore Limited, and how that particular train is going.

So That Happened 4/14/2019

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I'll be poking myself in here from time to time with rambling discussions of what is happening at Wis.Community, observations, and things you may or may not find interesting. This may at some point become a podcast. Or not. Bear with me. Call it a blog. Call it the musings of a quickly-aging guy. It's an experiment.

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