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Where's the Local News?

February 9, 2023

As our readers know, WisCommunity has for some time been concerned about the state of news coverage in Dunn County, particularly the declining coverage of civic events and government. This is primarily a one-man operation and it has been difficult to plug the quickly leaking hole in the news coverage dike. 

Menomonie School Board Candidate Forum Feb. 6

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Menomonie School District Board Candidate Forum

February 6, 2023

The League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley and the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a school board candidate forum at 7 PM on Feb. 6, 2023 at the Dunn County Judicial Center, 815 Stokke Parkway, Menomonie, WI 54751. 

Tired of turmoil, Kiel residents rebuke far-right school officials

January 31, 2023
by Mario Koran / Wisconsin Watch, Wisconsin Watch
January 24, 2023

Rebuking far-right officials who last year gained control of their school board, concerned residents of Kiel, Wisconsin, this month clawed back political power by blocking the ouster of a popular superintendent.

Two members subsequently resigned from the Kiel Area School District board, returning the usually seven-member body to a moderate majority — at least temporarily. 

Chief Eric Atkinson's update on the home invasion/officer-involved shooting that took place on January 21, 2023.

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January 31, 2023

Chief Atkinson updates the community on the shooting that occurred after a home invasion in Menomonie. Further information on the shooting will be provided when the state Department of Justice completes their investigation.

Officer-involved shooting in Menomonie

January 22, 2023

Menomonie Police, the Dunn County Sheriff's office, and UW-Stout police responded to a call at 8:58 PM last night (Jan. 21, 2023) about a complaint of an older white male who had broken into a home and was threatening the homeowner and had shot a gun. The break-in was in an apartment in the area of Bongey Drive and Terrill Road. 


Jeff Smith - Fifty Years After Roe, The Struggle Continues

January 25, 2023

As Americans we take pride that we live in a land of freedom and opportunity. Every July 4th we light fireworks to remind ourselves of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 that General Order No. 3 was issued, finally proclaiming the freedom of enslaved people in Texas. And on August 18th, we celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which affirmed the right of women to vote.


Jeff Smith - Don’t Take Amending Our Constitution Lightly

January 18, 2023

For any laws not governed by federal law or the U.S. Constitution, Wisconsin’s Constitution serves as the ultimate guide when crafting legislation. Our Constitution is sacred – it’s the framework for our state government. It determines protections and guides our justice system in how laws should be interpreted. 


Jeff Smith - Flat Tax Helps Rich Get Richer and Solves Zero Problems

January 11, 2023

In the last year, Republicans talked a lot about a flat tax. They call a flat tax a “simplification” of our tax system, but that’s a simplification of the truth. They make it sound good, but in reality it shifts a bigger share of the tax burden onto middle class families.


Press Releases and more

How votes will be counted on November 8

November 7, 2022

A press release this evening from the Wisconsin Elections Commission:

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin’s local election officials will be working late on Election Night to deliver unofficial election results to the public and the news media, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.


Dunn County burglary and pursuit

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September 29, 2022
DATE OF RELEASE: September 29, 2022
INCIDENT #: D22-01625
SUBJECT: Vehicle Pursuit - Burglary Suspects
AUTHORIZED BY: Sheriff Kevin Bygd
On September 29, 2022 at approximately 1:23 AM, the Menomonie Police Department was dispatc

Child dies in farm accident

September 29, 2022
DATE OF RELEASE:​September 29, 2022​​
INCIDENT #:​D22-01623​
SUBJECT:​Fatal farm Accident
AUTHORIZED BY:​Sheriff Kevin Bygd
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