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Governor Evers statement on racism and George Floyd

Gov. Evers: We Must Confront Society's Comfort with Racism

June 2, 2020

Governor Evers this morning released a video statement on the death of George Floyd, the protests, and the unacceptable use of force. He called for the passage of Assembly Bill 1012 on excessive use of force in policing.

DNR Revises High Capacity Well Review Process In Response To Action by Attorney General Kaul

Lake Beulah
June 2, 2020

The Wisconsin DNR today announced that they will change their rules for considering the effects of high-capacity wells. The administrative rules on high-capacity wells have been a sore point for years in Wisconsin. The focal point of this has been the high-cap well that is near Lake Beulah in Walworth County. This well was the subject of litigation that was drawn out over many years. 

Silent Vigil for George Floyd in Eau Claire

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June 2, 2020

Several hundred people participated in a silent vigil at Phoenix Park on Monday, June 1. The organizers of the vigil also gathered supplies to send to people in need in Minneapolis due to the protests in the city. The vigil was moving, completely silent, and very peaceful. This was one of many protests and vigils in the area in the past week since George Floyd was killed by the police in Minneapolis.

Menomonie Public Library opens today

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June 1, 2020

The Menomonie Public Library re-opens today for public use. Only twenty people will be allowed in the building at one time, and they ask that patrons wear face masks and maintain six feet of social distance while in the library. The library may be used to check out materials, to use the public computers, and to make copies.

Governor Walz putting Keith Ellison in charge of George Floyd Case

 Keith Ellison

LIVE: Coverage of continuing protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd

May 31, 2020

Governor Walz of Minnesota has just announced that he is putting Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison in charge of the George Floyd case, replacing Hennepin County prosecutor Mike Freeman. Ellison will now lead the criminal prosecution in the case, assisted by Freeman. The governor stated that this change was at least partly due to a request from Floyd's family. This is an evolving story.

Protests in Minneapolis - day 6

LIVE: Coverage of continuing protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd

May 31, 2020

Peaceful protests are building again in Minneapolis - One thing to note is that the Interstates in the Cities are once again closed as of 5 PM. I'm gathering together a couple of live feeds again for all you Chippewa Valleyers who are trying to follow. I am very glad we have been having peaceful protests in the area and let's hope for a more peaceful night in the cities tonight. 

George Floyd Remembrance Vigil and Community Discussion

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May 31, 2020

We will carry the Facebook Live stream of this Eau Claire community event today at 3 PM. More details are available on the

Eau Claire George Floyd Protest

May 31, 2020

Thanks to WQOW for the Facebook Live feed. Several hundred protesters gathered in Eau Claire today to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police. Thus far the protest has been very peaceful. There will also be an online event this afternoon at 3 PM which we will carry here as well as helping with the Zoom live stream.

Opinion

WFU calls for national effort to address racism, systemic oppression

June 1, 2020

The killing of Minnesota resident George Floyd – the latest instance in a long and disturbing history of systemic oppression towards people of color – underscores the urgent need for racial justice and equity in America, according to Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU).

Jeff Smith - Be the Change We Need

State Sen. Jeff Smith
June 1, 2020

In the months since Wisconsin has been impacted by COVID-19, we’ve all thought about the day that our lives will begin to return to normal. It’s an understandable thought to have. After all, the pandemic has forced us to make changes in nearly every aspect of our lives.

 

But this calls into question, what does “normal” really mean?

 

Jeff Smith - Disappointment and Opportunity

Senator Jeff Smith
May 18, 2020

Disappointment and opportunity may not always belong in the same sentence, but when addressing conflicts they often work together. We can be disappointed, but we have to consider the opportunity before us to move forward and be better.

 

This is how I felt about last week’s Wisconsin Supreme Court decision to lift the Safer at Home order. Although we’re left feeling disappointed, we must consider the opportunities ahead to get through this crisis.

 

Press Releases and more

Federal Criminal Complaint Charges Illinois Man With Traveling To Minnesota To Riot, Possession Of Explosive Devices

June 1, 2020

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal criminal complaint against MATTHEW LEE RUPERT, 28, charging him with civil disorder, carrying on a riot, and possession of unregistered destructive devices. RUPERT, who was taken into federal custody earlier today in Chicago, Illinois, will make his initial appearance later today before Chief Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer in U.S. District Court in Chicago, Illinois.

Additional Unemployment Insurance Benefits Available in Wisconsin Under Extended Benefit Program

May 29, 2020

MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Caleb Frostman announced today that, due to an increase in the state's unemployment rate, Wisconsin triggered onto the Extended Benefit (EB) program, which provides additional unemployment benefits to those who exhaust previous benefits, effective May 17, 2020.

Gov. Evers Announces $200 Million "Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants" Program

Gov. Tony Evers
May 27, 2020

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced the launch of the “Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants” program, a $200 million effort aimed at helping local leaders address some of their most urgent and unique COVID-19 recovery needs. Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), Routes to Recovery Grants will be allocated to every Wisconsin county, city, village, town and federally recognized tribe.

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