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Menomonie School Board Meeting 8/13/2018

Highlights:

A. Community Education Report

B. Athletics and Activities Report

C. Review District Calendar, Graduation Date, and Professional Development Schedule for 2018-19

D. Build Your Own Curriculum - this is a tool for teachers and parents to look at the different classes and to build a curriculum for a student. It should be available on the district website by Aug 21. There is a demonstration of the tool in the video.

E. Rule 470-Specific Student Fees...

Voting Guide for the Wisconsin Primary

We are down to the wire. On Tuesday you will all get the opportunity to help to direct the future of the state and the nation. Read that again. People often pass up the opportunity to vote and to be politically engaged. But trust me, this is important. I always vote, and I hope you do too. If you've already voted - thank you.  If you have not, here are some resources you may find useful.

If you do not know if you are registered, go to https://...

Last weekend in the valley

Sue Orfield

A few pictures from last weekend in the Chippewa Valley. Saturday was the ever-popular Dragon Boat races in Eau Claire, and all wekeend Blues on the Chippewa rocked Durand. Yours truly spent Sunday afternoon in Durand volunteering to sling beer to the thirsty Blues crowd. Anyway, these are a few views of both events.

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum Aug. 8, 2018

This is the live stream of last night's Democratic Forum hosted by WORT, Isthmus, The Progressive Magazine, and the Madison Public Library.

The forum is emceed by Dylan Brogan of Isthmus, with questions posed by Isthmus Editor Judith Davidoff, The Progressive Managing Editor Bill Lueders, and WORT FM News Director Molly Stentz.

Opinion

The Fall of Wisconsin by Dan Kaufman

Dan Kaufman

This week I have been having the interesting experience of simultaneously reading two books about the conservative takeover of Wisconsin politics, and the way that Wisconsin became the model for the following ultra-conservative takeover of the country. We have, sadly, become the workshop for the promotion of bad ideas in government.

One of these,  Unethical by Ed Wall, is highly personal. The Fall of Wisconsin by Dan Kaufman is more a historical treatment of...

An Appeal for Progressive Unity

Robert Kraig

As the primary election nears, I find myself worried about progressive disunity, and the threat it could help deliver a third term to Scott Walker. I am uneasy about the dynamic of the primary election, but at a deeper level about a disturbing level of self-destructive rancor coming from a small number of progressives.

The wide open gubernatorial primary, where progressive activists are divided between 7 candidates, provides a unique challenge for unifying the progressive base....

Fix State-Local Mental Health Partnerships

Kathleen Vinehout

“Let me tell you a story,” the county supervisor said.

A man I’ll call Frank was picked up for drunk driving. Frank faced a felony charge. Frank was sent by our local judge to a county-based program funded with a grant. Over the years, the county supervisor helped the county get funding from the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) program.

“The drug counsellor asked the man why he...

Federal and State Decisions affect Health Insurance Premiums for Wisconsinites

Recent news on the health front should give Wisconsinites pause when considering the direction our state is headed related to affordable health coverage.

Earlier this year, the Governor signed Special Session bills into law that limit access to needed healthcare. For example, one provision of the new law will essentially require cash strapped farmers to sell their cows or essential farm equipment to obtain BadgerCare. Another...

Press Releases

Clean Wisconsin: Files lawsuit challenging U.S. EPA’s failure to reduce unhealthy smog

Air Pollution Attainment Areas

Contact: Katie Nekola, Clean Wisconsin, 608-251-7020 ext. 14 (office) or [email protected]

MADISON, WI —Today, Clean Wisconsin sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the federal Circuit Court in Washington, D.C. to challenge a Trump Administration decision that fails to reduce unhealthy ozone smog in Wisconsin and other parts of the country.

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USDA Invests $97 million in Rural Broadband - including the Chippewa Valley

Note - some of this money is being given to the Chibardun Phone Coop, so is of local importance.

USDA Invests $97 Million in Rural Broadband Infrastructure to Improve Service for 22,000 Subscribers in 11 States

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Wisconsin 7th Congressional District Candidate Margaret Engebretson’s Statement on Threats to American Democracy

Thank you all for coming today.

In January 2017, our Intelligence Community released an unclassified report “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”. Since it was about our 2016 election, I read that report as soon as it was posted. It was immediately clear to me that our nation was facing a serious threat to our democratic republic. This was an active measures...

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