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Additional Unemployment Insurance Benefits Available in Wisconsin Under Extended Benefit Program

May 29, 2020

MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Caleb Frostman announced today that, due to an increase in the state's unemployment rate, Wisconsin triggered onto the Extended Benefit (EB) program, which provides additional unemployment benefits to those who exhaust previous benefits, effective May 17, 2020.

Eau Claire County issues new COVID-19 protection order

May 29, 2020

Eau Claire County today issued a slightly-changed COVID-19 protection order. The new order is slightly different in that it restricts outdoor gatherings of people to a maximum of 20 rather than the previous 10. The  new order is attached below, and we will be putting the new media briefing announcing the order as part of this article later.

Wisconsin hits high for COVID-19 new infections

May 29, 2020

The numbers released from the state Department of Health Services are discouraging. Today's new COVID-19 infections are a new high point for the pandemic, with 733 new positive cases today.

Dunn County Buildings to remain closed to the public

May 29, 2020

The Dunn County office buildings will all remain closed to the public through the end of June. That period may be extended or shortened depending on progress on containing the pandemic. 

“Many employees who have been working from home are now beginning to return to Countyoffices,” said County Manager Paul Miller. “With more people in the buildings and COVID-19still a threat to public health, we need to protect residents and employees of Dunn County.”

Gov. Evers Announces $200 Million "Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants" Program

Gov. Tony Evers
May 27, 2020

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced the launch of the “Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants” program, a $200 million effort aimed at helping local leaders address some of their most urgent and unique COVID-19 recovery needs. Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), Routes to Recovery Grants will be allocated to every Wisconsin county, city, village, town and federally recognized tribe.

Wisconsin DHS media briefing for 5/27/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 5/27/2020

May 27, 2020

Today's media briefing includes

  • Governor Tony Evers
  • Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases   
  • Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor 
  • Dr. Aronica Williams, Milwaukee Health Services, Inc.

Dunn County COVID-19 update for 5/27/2020

May 27, 2020
Dunn County Updates Covid-19 Response 2.27.2020

Quick update from KTGallagher, Dunn County Health Department Director on Wednesday, May 27th, 20

Elections Commission formulates November election plans

elections commission logo
May 27, 2020

In a teleconference yesterday the Wisconsin Elections Commission developed new plans for the remaining 2020 elections, including plans to distribute CARES money to municipalities in the state and to mail absentee ballot information to registered voters.

Media Briefing Call to Update State Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Media Briefing at SEOC - 5/26/2020

May 26, 2020

Today's COVID-19 Media Briefing is with the Department of Military Affairs outlining the work the National Guard is doing on testing and other issues.


  • Gen. Paul Knapp, Wisconsin’s adjutant general
  • Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk


The Hazard Of COVID-19 Heading Up North For Summer

May 26, 2020

Every year, hundreds of thousands of cabins, cottages and lodges across the northern third of Wisconsin come back to life as their owners commence their annual summertime excursions to their home away from home. A majority are owned by people who live in the region, but one out of five of these owners live in the southern part of Wisconsin, and one in six hail from outside the state.

Dunn County extends COVID-19 Administrative Order through June 1

KT Gallagher
May 25, 2020

In a press release, this afternoon Dunn County Public Health Administrator KT Gallagher announced a new COVID-19 Administrative Order. The previous order 20-01 was set to end on May 26. The new order 20-02  extends the order through June 1, 2020 and clarifies the differences between what parts of the order are mandatory and those that are advisory. 

Wisconsin State Parks adjust their policy

Kohler-Andrae State Park
May 23, 2020

The Department of Natural Resources has announced modifications to state park policies in an attempt to open up a little more while preserving the safety of parks employees and visitors.

Beginning Saturday, May 23, all Wisconsin state park system properties will return to regular operating hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Properties will no longer be closed Wednesdays. 

Dunn County Health Update 5/22/2020

May 23, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 update with Dunn County Health Department Director, KT Gallagher

Gov. Evers orders flags flown at half-staff

American Flag
May 22, 2020

In Executive Order 77 Governor Evers has ordered all flags at state buildings be flown at half-staff for Memorial Day, starting at sunrise Monday morning.

Live Stream - why is life different at the Menomonie Farmers Market this year?

Veronika Zazovsky

COVID-19 and the Menomonie Farmers Market

May 22, 2020

We'll be running a live stream tomorrow (Friday, May 22, 1:00 PM) with Veronika Zazovsky, manager of the Menomonie Farmers Market, and Keith Bergeson from the Dunn County Health Department. We'll talk about the changes at the Farmers Market this year, and why there is no ready-to-eat food. Simultaneously broadcast on YouTube and Facebook Live. This is a new experiment. Keep your fingers crossed.