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Affordable Housing in Dunn County

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Menomonie Wi Affordable Housing Panel 2

January 13, 2020

The city of Menomonie is working on a 20-year housing plan. The goal of this plan is to increase the amount of affordable housing in the area. Affordable housing is defined as housing that can be rented by families making 60% of the median income in the are, or purchased by families making 120% of the median income. 

Train Derailment Near Knapp - photos

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January 12, 2020

We have seen very recent reports of a train derailment at Highway 12 at 190th St. near Knapp. Scanner reports indicate that 20-30 cars are off the tracks. There were no injuries from the accident and no hazardous leaks have happened, but highway 12 is closed at the accident. 300 gallons of diesel fuel ran out from the train into a field, and that is being cleaned up.

You Can't Win Weather Continues - update

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January 9, 2020

Update - we are seeing numerous reports from different sources that the roads, particularly in Eau Claire County, are getting dangerous as the temperature drops and black ice is forming on the roadways. Be very careful in the evening commute.

Farwell/Gibson Ramp to Close Temporarily for Repairs

January 7, 2020

The Farwell/Gibson parking ramp in Eau Claire will be closed temporarily for repairs from January 8 - January 13. According to the City Administrator's Office:

Repairs on the Farwell/Gibson parking ramp at 202 S. Farwell Street are nearly complete.  Work at the entrance/exit will require that the ramp be closed - this closure is scheduled to take place from Wednesday, January 8 through Monday, January 13, 2020.

Today in Menomonie Debuts on Facebook - WisCommunity Starts on News Break

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January 4, 2020

Small changes have been occurring in Chippewa Valley media. I noted this morning when I opened the Facebook app on my phone that the Today in Menomonie icon appeared at the top of the page. is a Facebook feature that has slowly been rolling out through the US. It attempts to list news, events, and Facebook Page listings from your local area.

Micon Budget Cinema Closed Temporarily due to Heating Issues

January 1, 2020

According to recent Facebook postings, the Micon Downtown Budget Cinema is closed until further notice due to heating issues in the building. We're sorry to hear this, the Budget is one of our favorite places to catch movies and some food at a great price.  The Micon chain has promised updates on their.

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Today, July 3

  • 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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  • Steve Hanson
    12:27pm

    It's Fourth of July weekend in Wisconsin. It's normally a time for outdoors, fireworks, fun, and crowds. But not so much this year. Lots of activities are being scaled back, but many of you are going to want to go out and have a normal 4th. I get it. 

    But it is far from a normal year. The COVID-19 pandemic is not as bad as it is in many states, but cases are slipping upward, more so in some counties than in others. Eau Claire County has had a concerning uptick in cases since most of the state has been decreasing restrictions, and we are mostly working on good faith on the part of citizens. 

    The Wisconsin DHS is asking people to keep their activities under control.

    The Department of Health Services urges Wisconsin residents to stay home and follow best public health practices during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. Wisconsin has seen a recent surge in cases with half of all positive cases coming within the past five weeks. Nearly 20 % of total COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin have tested positive within the past two weeks. This spike in cases is driven in part by an increase in infections among younger people, and contact tracing by some local health departments has revealed that many of these cases can be traced to bars.

    “This message is especially important for younger people to hear,” said Governor Tony Evers. “We know this is a time people like to celebrate with friends, but COVID-19 is still spreading in our state, and we need everyone to take the necessary precautions.”

    In the Chippewa Valley, the official activities have been curtailed in many ways. Freedom Fest in Menomonie is primarily a fireworks display. The Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce has provided the maps and information below for watching the fireworks. Eau Claire is also having fireworks which have been moved from their normal spot to a more central part of town (which has been somewhat controversial). 

    Have fun this weekend (despite the heat) and be careful both of the pandemic and the weather. And be kind to each other. We'll get through this together.

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