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Wakanda Waterpark closed for 2020

wakanda waterpark
June 16, 2020

The city of Menomonie has announced that the Wakanda Waterpark will not open for the 2020 season due to the pandemic and financial concerns that it could not be operated without a great loss while still protecting people using the waterpark.

Passes that have been already purchased for the park for this season will be refunded automatically. 

Menomonie School Board Special Meeting 6/15/2020

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Menomonie School Board Special Meeting 6/15/2020

June 15, 2020

We have resumed producing video of the Menomonie School Board meetings. Meetings in the future will be live-streamed and available here, on Facebook Live, and on YouTube Live.

At this week's meeting the board and Administrator Joe Zydowsky announced some of the plans for re-opening from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the current plans for Phase I, which will involve re-opening of the district's facilities to the public. They have been closed since the start of the pandemic.

Person recovered from the Chippewa River identified

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June 12, 2020

The Dunn County Sheriff's office has sent out a press release that a body has been recovered from the Chippewa River upstream o the railroad bridge in the Town of Dunn. The call came in at 9:54 AM today, and the Sheriff's Office and Medical Examiner responded at the scene. 

An autopsy is being conducted at the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office in Minnesota.

Micon Downtown Budget opens Friday

Micon Downtown Budget Theater
June 10, 2020

The Micon Cinemas have announced that the Downtown Budget Theater in Eau Claire will open this Friday, June 12. Since there currently are no new films available due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the theater will be showing older movies, and at a ticket price of $3. This week's films are Forrest Gump, Midway, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and the original Superman (1978) film.

Cloudbusting

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June 9, 2020

You may have noticed the big red banner on the top of the site. Most of the area is under a flood watch for heavy rain starting in the next few hours and running through the night.  Many of us can expect 2-4 inches of rain tonight, with small areas getting more. There may also be gusty winds as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal co Ime over. Hang tight, it's just another trial in our lives this week. But be careful.

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  • Steve Hanson
    8:00pm

    If you watch WEAU, Channel 13 on an antenna (as opposed to cable or an over-the-top provider) you may have found that Channel 13 disappeared this afternoon. Many TV stations are changing frequency due to an FCC auction of frequencies. Channel 13 changed frequencies at 2 PM today. If you are not getting Channel 13 you will need to re-scan on your television sets to continue to receive the channel.

    Unfortunately they are at the moment also broadcasting at a reduced power and will continue to do so until some time in early August. If you live at the edge of their broadcast area (in fact, I do) you may find that Channel 13 has disappeared altogether. That is the case for me. If that has happened you will not have the station until early August some time, when you will need to re-scan again. 

  • Steve Hanson
    12:36pm

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    Update --- the road is patched and traffic is again normal. It's always amazing what a snarl these highway closures cause in Menomonie.
     
    Westbound highway 94 has been closed since approximately 7 PM near mile marker 42 due to buckling of the pavement on the Interstate. Traffic is being directed through Menomonie, causing a considerable backup through town. According to the highway patrol traffic will return to normal some time after 9 PM. The State Patrol asks drivers to slow down, pay attention, and expect delays. Drivers should try to take an alternate route between Exit 45 and 41 if possible.
     
    Westbound highway 94 has been closed since approximately 7 PM near mile marker 42 due to buckling of the pavement on the Interstate. Traffic is being directed through Menomonie, causing a considerable backup through town. According to the highway patrol traffic will return to normal some time after 9 PM. The State Patrol asks drivers to slow down, pay attention, and expect delays. Drivers should try to take an alternate route between Exit 45 and 41 if possible.
     
    Video courtesy of the Wisconsin State Patrol. 
     
    Video courtesy of the Wisconsin State Patrol. 
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