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Where Are Binge And Heavy Drinking Most Common Around Wisconsin?

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Flooding in Eau Claire

The city of Eau Claire has issued a warning about potential flooding in the city. At 5 AM today the Chippewa River gauge at Grand Avenue read 770.6 feet, approximately three feet below the flood stage reading. 

The current crest projection is 771.7 feet for Tuesday, May 21. Some of the Chippewa River Trail will be below water at that point. 

As a safety precaution, the following areas are closed:

Menomonie School District Board Meeting 5/13/2019

Menomonie School Board

Menomonie School Board 5/13/2019

Meeting agenda is attached/

1. Presentation of community awards

2, Student presentation on internship at Westconsin Credit Union.

3. Student Representative Presentation - last presentation for this school year.

5. Community Communications - new policy on community communications was read.

Why Wisconsin Presents A "Perfect Opportunity" For A Measles Outbreak

The United States declared measles eliminated in 2000, thanks to a sustained public health effort built around near universal use of a safe and effective vaccine. But less than two decades later, measles is back, and at a level not seen for a quarter-century, meaning a generation of healthcare workers have little experience with the disease.

Wisconsin's Place In A Bewildering Milk Pricing System

A stubborn slump in milk prices is hammering Wisconsin's dairy industry. In 2015, prices plummeted, and have yet to recover. In 2018, the state lost dairy herds at a record-breaking pace, and led the nation in farm bankruptcies.

Menomonie School Board 4/22/2019

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Menomonie School Board 4/22/2019 Organizational Meeting

Reorganization Meeting - 5:30 PM

1. Call Meeting to Order \

2. Seating of Newly Elected Members

3. Roll Call and Quorum

4. Election of Board Officers

President nominations - David Styer, Amy Riddle-Swanson - results, Styer  4, Riddle-Swanson 5

Vice President nominations - David Styer, Tricia Thompson - results, Styer - 4, Thompson - 5

Treasurer nominations - David Styer - elected by consent

Opinion

Sen. Jeff Smith - We are All One Wisconsin

Senator Jeff Smith

This past week, I met with several healthcare leaders from around the state. Dentists, dental hygienists, physicians, nurses, social workers and others discussed a whole gamut of healthcare topics.

Jeff Smith - Knowledge is Power

Senator Jeff Smith

How many times have you heard the expression, “Knowledge is Power?” I heard it from an unexpected source last week during one of our public hearings in the Senate Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection Committee.

Constitutional boundaries need enforcement - League of Women Voters

On May 15, the Supreme Court will hear arguments concerning the legality of the December 2018 “extraordinary session.” The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is one of the plaintiffs in this lawsuit. In recent weeks, there have been some misconceptions perpetuated by those who oppose the merits of our case. Here are some facts of the lawsuit:

Press Releases and more

So That Happened 4/14/2019

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Wisconsin Democrats to hold Medicaid Expansion town halls

The state Democrats have just announced a series of town halls to discuss Medicaid Expansion, to be held April 16-30 in Green Bay, Madison, Brookfield, Chippewa Falls, Viroqua, and Beloit. Details are in the attached press release.

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