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Another record-breaking day for new COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin

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September 18, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has reported a new record for new COVID-19 cases in the state in the numbers just released. Today's numbers include 2533 new cases, the second day in a row of over 2000 reports. The percentage of positive cases to negative cases has also increased again today to 19.38 percent. The state is facing a quickly-rising pandemic increase after the beginning of school.

Menomonie City Council postpones action on pandemic ordinances

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Menomonie City Council Considers Mask and Capacity Ordinances

September 17, 2020

In a special meeting at 5:30 this evening the Menomonie City Council considered an ordinance requiring mask-wearing in the city. They will also consider an ordinance on attendance limits. The agenda is attached and we will provide a video of the meeting later tonight.

People have been testifying both for and against the proposed ordinance and the meeting has at times been a little rowdy. We will have a recording of the Zoom meeting available later this evening.

Eau Claire City-County Health Department COVID update

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September 17, 2020

Today's live update from the Eau Claire City/County Health Department.

Record number of COVID-19 cases

Graph - 2034 cases today
September 17, 2020

2034 cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in today's statistics. This is the first time a single day's case number was over 2000. The percentage of positive cases also went back up drastically in today's numbers, reaching 17.77 percent.

Eau Claire County looking for information on dog bite incident

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September 17, 2020

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department is seeking assistance in locating a dog that bit a 10-year-old girl, Tuesday, September 15th, 2020, at approximately 6:30 p.m. The bite occurred at the entrance the tunnel of Birch Street and Hastings Way (near the old YMCA tennis building) in Eau Claire, WI. 

League of Women voters soliciting voter forum questions, hosting Fair Maps Beer Day

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September 17, 2020

The Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Chippewa Valley Chapter of the League of Women Voters are soliciting questions from area residents for candidates running for state senate and assembly races to be used in upcoming online forum events.

"Candidate forums seem particularly appropriate and needed at this time when opportunities for candidates to share their views with voters are so limited," said Susan Hall, a vice-president of the local League.

First COVID-19 case in Menomonie school district, possible changes coming

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September 16, 2020

In, Menomonie Schools Administrator Joe Zydowski reports that the district has had its first confirmed case of COVID-19 since school opened. The Dunn County COVID dashboard was updated today, and now reflects that the burden level for Dunn County is high and that the trend is now increasing.

Opinion

Jeff Smith - Housing Crisis in a Pandemic

State Senator Jeff Smith
September 16, 2020

Six months into a global pandemic, we’ve become familiar with language we’ve never expected to use before COVID-19. “Quarantine” was a word most likely associated with popular sci-fi movies, and “safer at home” was a phrase we probably only heard when we were expecting a big snowstorm.

 

Jeff Smith - Frances Perkins’ New Deal

State Senator Jeff Smith
September 9, 2020

Note: Information about the inspiring life and work of Frances Perkins for this column comes from the .

 

Annually, our country honors the contributions of American workers on Labor Day, but perhaps it wasn’t until this year, while living through a pandemic, when many really appreciated the essential role many workers have in our day-to-day lives.

Cherries, Cows, and Cognitive Dissonance - oh, my!

Brittany Olson
September 3, 2020

Even though my days as a farm journalist are getting farther and farther behind me in the rearview mirror, the desire to know what’s going on in the world is one that I still haven’t been able to shake. One day, I was reading Wisconsin Ag Connection as I do before chores every morning when I came across a piece titled “USDA Announces Production Controls on Cherries”.

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DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman resigns after demand from Gov. Evers

Caleb Frostman
September 18, 2020

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced he has asked for and received resignation from Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Caleb Frostman. Secretary Frostman’s resignation is effective immediately. Department of Corrections (DOC) Deputy Secretary Amy Pechacek will lead the transition until the new secretary is appointed.

Gov. Evers, WisDOT, DOA Announce $18 Million in Public Transit Grants for Wisconsin Communities

September 9, 2020

Grants will enable Beloit, Wausau, Sheboygan, Madison, Eau Claire, Racine, Green Bay, and La Crosse to purchase a total of 34 public transit buses

Dunn County Health Dept. and Menomonie Police support mask wearing

KT Gallagher
September 3, 2020

Governor Evers’ Emergency Order , issued on July 30, instructed all Wisconsin residents to wear a face covering when in public or an enclosed space. Please see https://evers.wi.gov/Pages/Home.aspx for more information on this. The mandate has generated some questions from the community that we would like to take some time to address. 

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