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Menomonie School District Board Meeting for 5/10/2021

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Menomonie School Board Meeting for 5/10/2021

May 10, 2021

A live stream of the meeting will appear on this page at 5:30 PM.

In order to provide sufficient physical distancing, in-person attendance for the public Board meeting will be limited to 25 people. It is anticipated that there will be 14 spaces available for members of the public.

Dunn County COVID-19 update for 5/8/2021

May 8, 2021

Dunn County Health Administrator KT Gallagher returns this week to provide you with the week's COVID-19 update for the county. 

Diana Witcher and Northern Thunder

Diana Witcher

Diana Witcher on Northern Thunder

May 4, 2021

is a grassroots organization in western Wisconsin that was formed as a student group on Earth Day in 1970. The group organized many actions and projects around activism and the environment through 2008, including creating television programs and creating WHYS Radio, the community radio station in Eau Claire.

DHS Vaccine Q&A for 5/4/2021

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 05/04/2021

May 4, 2021


  • Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer, DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases


Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. - 2;30 p.m.

Wisconsin state legislators wrote themselves a ‘bizarre’ loophole in the Open Records Law

shredding cartoon
April 28, 2021

Unlike every other public official in the state, legislators can destroy documents to avoid records requests


If the city of Oshkosh’s streets superintendent gets an email from a citizen complaining about an uneven sidewalk in front of his house, by law that public employee has to hold onto that record should anyone want to see it.

The Iron Knight

The Iron Knight Documentary

April 28, 2021

Many of you who frequent Menomonie may have seen The Iron Knight, and wondered what this guy is all about and why does he walk around town in this outfit? Spottings have been frequent over the last two years, and some Stout students released a short documentary about him yesterday. Enjoy The Iron Knight!

Every Worker Deserves a Safe Workplace

State Senator Jeff Smith
April 28, 2021

It has always fascinated me that American workers accomplished so much even when the technology and machinery that we take for granted now wasn’t yet available back then. Consider the New York skyscrapers, for instance. We’ve seen photos of workers walking on narrow beams hundreds of feet above the ground or the iconic photos of workers eating their lunch sitting on a steel beam overlooking the city. It’s hard to imagine the risks these workers took to construct those enormous structures.

Menomonie School District board meeting for 4/26/2021

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Menomonie School Board Meeting for 4/26/2021

April 26, 2021

Starting this evening WisCommunity will again start doing a live stream of more government meetings. My apologies for the video pixellation and the sometimes poor audio quality on this stream. I had some odd hardware problems on this one, and partly just from lack of practice since I've not been doing these streams for months. There are a few issues to straighten out.

MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2021, 5:30 P.M.

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Jeff Smith - How the Budget Connects Our Community

State Senator Jeff Smith
April 20, 2021

I had an amazing conversation with a number of constituents who attended my budget listening session last week. The attendees, who were strangers to each other, shared personal and heartfelt stories. They made it clear that the decisions made by their legislators truly do affect them and their communities.


Rotten Apples, Rotten Tree

April 18, 2021

6:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. My phone buzzes with a text. “What are your thoughts on Walz ordering the National Guard to Brooklyn Center?” 

Jeff Smith - Schools, Children and their Future

State Senator Jeff Smith
April 12, 2021

You may have heard politicians and the media use the line that schools should “open” or schools have a plan to “re-open.” This has caused a lot of confusion because schools never stopped providing support and instruction to their students. Teachers never stopped teaching. Yes, to protect students and families, many districts had to adjust their methods of instruction, but the work never stopped.

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Gov. Evers Signs Senate Bill 69, Requires Holocaust and other Genocides Education for Wisconsin Students

April 28, 2021

MILWAUKEE — Gov. Tony Evers today signed Senate Bill 69, now Wisconsin Act 30, requiring lessons about the Holocaust and other genocides be incorporated into social studies education for Wisconsin students throughout grades five to twelve. 

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #111, Directs State-Managed Law Enforcement to Review and Update Use of Force Policies

Governor Tony Evers
April 21, 2021

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order 111, directing state-managed law enforcement, including the Department of Natural Resources Division of Public Safety and Resource Protection, the Wisconsin State Capitol Police, and the Wisconsin State Patrol, to review and update their use of force policies.

Mai Xong resigns from Eau Claire City Council to pursue position in Evers administration

Councilwoman Mai Xong
April 12, 2021

City Clerk Carrie Riepl received the attached correspondence from former Eau Claire City Council Member Mai Xiong, indicating Ms. Xiong’s resignation from her service on the Eau Claire City Council effective April 9, 2021.

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