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Dunn County Passes Wheel Tax

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Dunn County Wisconsin Yearly Budget Hearing

This is our video coverage of the annual Dunn County Budget hearing. The primary thing that happened of interest in this meeting was passing the proposed $20 per vehicle wheel tax. The wheel tax applies to cars, SUV's, light trucks that are registered in the county. The tax is expected to raise $725,000 that will be used to maintain the 425 miles of county roads. This money cannot be used to maintain roads in the city of Menomonie.

Menomonie High Embedded Associate's Degree

Menomonie School Board Meeting 11/11/2019

The Menomonie School board meeting of 11/11/2019 discussed the embedded business management associate's degree that will be offered soon. Brian Seguin, director of instruction, assessment, and 4k programming described how this will allow Menomonie High School students to obtain a college degree while they are attending high school. This program is in conjunction with Chippewa Valley Technical College.

Special Meeting to be held on shortening Solid Waste Facility Hours

We that the hours for the Downsville Solid Waste Transfer center were being shortened as of November 1. It is now clear that this is only the beginning of possible cuts to the hours of county transfer centers.

First snowfall bringing accidents - be careful

The Dunn County Sheriff's office is reporting multiple slide-ins and accidents in the county. This always seems to happen in the first measurable snowfall every year as drivers re-tune their driving skills to match the slippery roads. Please be careful as this is likely to become worse as people go home from work tonight.

Menomonie High School on Lockdown - update

Menomonie High School is currently in lockdown. According to news from the Menomonie Police Department and an email sent to parents this morning a scrap of paper was found in the school with an inappropriate reference to a school shooter. The police and school district are not considering this a credible threat and according to social media the hard lockdown has just been changed to a soft lockdown.

Downsville Solid Waste Disposal hours changing

solid waste disposal map

Those of us living in the rural areas in the Chippewa Valley share one rural experience - going to the dump. I have lived here so long that I remember when it really was a dump, rather than a solid waste disposal facility. This is much better in all ways. And it really is true that I generally only run into friends at the dump, at the Fleet Farm, and at Menomonie Market. I live in rural Downsville, so the Downsville collection site is a familiar place to me.

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Today, November 17

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    11:07am

    Come join us in the brewery from 2 PM - 5 PM for the Sunday Sessions. This weekly event will be alternately hosted by Tommy Bentz Band and Sarah VanValkenburg Music. Throughout this series, special guests musicians will occasionally join both Sarah and Tommy (check for special postings). So spread the word, and come enjoy some great original music, other classic songs along with great micro brews!

    About the artists:

    Tommy Bentz is the singer-songwriter/guitarist from the power trio, the Tommy Bentz Band which has been in existence for over 15 years & jams in the style of “the Allman Brothers meets Van Morrison”. Amazing musicians in their own right (featuring one of the Midwest’s finest slide guitar players), the band has five original albums & a live DVD and CD in their arsenal, & boast unique covers from Cream/Clapton, The Band, SRV, Beatles, etc. TBB tours regionally, has toured overseas for over 10 years & will be competing in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January, 2020.
    www.tommybentz.com

    https://www.facebook.com/events/717395042006412/

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    10:07am

    We are proud to present to you Food Fight! 5 restaurants, 5 burgers, 5 weeks and 1 non-profit. Dean & Sue's, Log Jam, Silver Dollar, Stout Ale House - Menomonie and The Timber Inn; Downsville, WI will compete for the best burger in town beginning on October 25th and running though November 27th. Tickets are $40 and available at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office in Eau Claire, participating restaurants and Zymurgy Brewing Company in Menomonie. The tickets will allow you to enjoy one burger at each restaurant. After you have tasted them all, you will vote on your favorite. Than k you to Covia for sponsoring this event.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/513680466117565/

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    10:07am

    16 Western Wisconsin breweries will participate in the 2nd Annual Brewery Battle at the Growler Guys in Eau Claire!
    Each week in November, 4 of the 16 beers submitted for contest will be served in $5 flights. Only style and ABV will be listed. Each flight purchased qualifies for a vote, with a semi-finalist being chosen each week. Weekly semi-finalists will then compete the week of December 2nd,and the beer that ends up with the most first place votes in the final week will win and be crowned the Champion for 2019!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2441350492751373/

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    8:07am

    TWISTED PLAY THINGS
    November 8-January 10, 2020
    James W Hansen Gallery
    Free and Open to Public

    What are the things that go bump in the night? Do they have a face? A name? Step into a dark winter's evening full of mystery and puzzles. Take your time in a room full of curiosities. But don't stay too long, you might step into the looking glass and get carried away!

    Monday - Friday | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday| 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    + 2 hours before events

    Featuring works from:
    Cyd. J Conner
    Anthony Deibner-Hanson
    Nancy Erickson Dutmer
    Gail Schellinger
    Steve Terwilliger
    Dana Major

    Pictured (left to right):
    Cyd J Conner's Fear the Dark
    Anthony Deibner-Hanson's Science of Comfort
    Gail Schellinger's Moonbeam Puppies
    Steve Terwilliger's Animal, Mineral, Vegetable

    https://www.facebook.com/events/530017290880094/

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