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Menomonie City Council to consider Estover development Monday

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July 14, 2020

A large part of the agenda for the Menomonie City Council meeting on Monday Jan. 20 will involve the new housing development planned for the east side of town. Many community members have objected to the development on several grounds. The city council agenda is attached. 

Wisconsin hits new high number of confirmed COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 7/14/2020

July 14, 2020

Today Governor Evers announced a new committee to expand broadband availability in the state.  He also covered other developments in economic recovery in the state from the pandemic. He reiterated that economic recovery in the state largely depends on controlling the growth of the pandemic, and that we are now seeing record increases in cases, particularly in the past week. 

Menomonie School Board Meeting for 7/13/2020

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Menomonie School Board 7/13/2020

July 12, 2020

Meeting will take place at 5:30 PM and we will live-stream the meeting here. The full agenda is attached below.

Items of interest in this week's meeting include:


A. Approve 2020 Annual Meeting Agenda for Publication

B. Changes to the Employee Handbook for 2020-2021

C. Temporary Change to the Student Eligibility Due to COVID-19

COVID-19 cases continue their upward climb in Wisconsin

July 11, 2020

For the third day in a row, the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the state per day has hit a record high. Today's report from the Department of Health Services shows a new high of 926 cases reported in the state. Although it is true that the number of tests being done in the state has increased greatly the percentage of tests that are positive also has been rising over the last few days, with over 8% of the tests done in the past 24 hours reported as positive.

Dunn County COVID-19 weekly report for 7/10/2020

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July 10, 2020

This is the weekly health department update with KT Gallagher. These generally happen every Friday afternoon.

Evacuations underway in Eau Claire - update

July 9, 2020

We are now seeing reports that the gas leak in Eau Claire has been contained with no further damage, and the evacuation is being canceled.

Yesterday a house exploded.  This morning Highway 53 was shut down and the neighborhood evacuated due to a truck spilling Ammonium Hydrate and diesel on the highway, with fear of explosion.

Now this from the Eau Claire Police:

Wisconsin DHS media briefing for 7/9/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 7/09/2020

July 9, 2020

Today's briefing is expected to explain the new on-line registration for community testing - the new system is called COVID Connect. 

Potential COVID-19 exposure in Dunn County on July 4

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July 9, 2020

According to a press release from the Dunn County Health Department this morning, people attending the Knapp Valley Riders 4th of July event  in Knapp, Wisconsin may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. People who attended the event and who are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms should report this to their medical provider and be tested. 

Times and place of potential exposure include:


Keep Independent Venues in business

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July 9, 2020

Independent performance venues around the country are really hurting since the responsible ones have been closed and are struggling with the concept of re-opening.

Jeff Smith - Student Debt and our Future

Senator Jeff Smith
July 7, 2020

Most of us have to take on some debt at some point in our lives, whether we take out loans to purchase a car or to help us become homeowners.  Oftentimes, people borrow with clear expectations, understanding the whole process. Student loans are different and for many reasons.


Jeff Smith - Patriotism: Protecting the health of Americans

Senator Jeff Smith
July 1, 2020

As we move through a year that has already been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we think ahead to when we can resume normal activities, be part of community gatherings and celebrate holidays, like Independence Day.


Independence Day invokes strong feelings about patriotism and freedom. Many Americans use this time of year to celebrate the holiday and express these feelings, whether it’s in the form of yard displays, fireworks or even red, white and blue clothing.

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DNR Assisting With Cleanup Of Manure Spill Near Pulaski

July 14, 2020

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff is assisting with cleanup efforts of a manure spill near Pulaski in Oconto County that entered the Little Suamico River.

Late last week and over the weekend, surface-applied manure from Betley Farms near Pulaski, ran off the intended application site and into the Little Suamico River. 

Gov. Evers Releases Statement on State Supreme Court's Ruling on Lame Duck

July 9, 2020

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today released the following statement in response to the Wisconsin Supreme Court's ruling upholding provisions of the lame duck laws passed by the State Legislature in December of 2018:  

“We had a race for governor in 2018. I won. Unfortunately, things got off on the wrong foot because Republicans immediately passed a law overriding the will of the people and the election, and they’ve been sour grapes ever since.

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