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Why euthanize 600,000 pigs?

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May 19, 2020

A New York Times article on May 14, 2020 noted that Iowa hog farmers are estimated to euthanize 600,000 hogs in the following six weeks while Minnesota farmers already had killed 90,000 hogs. For these farmers, this pencils out roughly to losses of $96.85 million and $14.53 million respective for Iowa and Minnesota hog farmers (at $57.65/cwt for a 280 lb. hog).

Gov. Evers Announces $1 Billion Statewide Effort to support COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing, Operations, and Resources for Local Communities

Gov. Tony Evers
May 19, 2020

MADISON—Gov. Tony Evers today announced a robust $1 billion statewide effort to support COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, acquisition of needed supplies, emergency operations, and resources for local communities throughout Wisconsin.

The effort is funded by $1.17 billion in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars.

Rural broadband in the time of coronavirus

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May 19, 2020

We're All In Grant and Initiative Program announced

Governor Tony Evers
May 18, 2020

Governor Tony Evers today announced a $75 million program of grants and initiatives to help small businesses get back on their feet and recuperate from losses due to the pandemic. $2500 grants will be available to assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory. Businesses will be able to apply for grant assistance in early June.

Eau Claire County issues new COVID-19 rules

Eau Claire County COVID-19 Update - May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department has issued a new local health order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The new order is in effect until May 28 and extends the previous health order to provide specific guidance for businesses involving one-to-one services including hair-cutting and other personal services. This order for the first time would allow providing such personal services in the county.

Gov. Evers Announces $75 Million We're All In Grant Program and Initiative to Spur Wisconsin's Economic Recovery, Promote Safe Business Practices

Gov. Tony Evers
May 18, 2020

MADISON—Gov. Tony Evers today announced $75 million in assistance for small businesses as part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s We’re All In initiative, a comprehensive effort to celebrate and help Wisconsin’s small businesses get back on their feet and support best practices to keep businesses, consumers, employees and communities safe.

Wisconsin DHS Media Briefing for 5/18/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 5/18/2020

May 18, 2020

In today's call, Governor Tony Evers stated that there will be no further attempts at a state-wide order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 similar to the previous Safer At Home order. The Governor believes the GOP in the state is unwilling to support any state-wide restrictions on behavior, and in fact are not interested in any enforced restrictions of any kind.

"It just doesn’t make any sense spending a lot of time doing something we know isn’t going to be successful."

“Immune to Evidence”: How Dangerous Coronavirus Conspiracies Spread

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May 17, 2020

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Dunn County COVID-19 weekly update 5/16/2020

May 16, 2020

KT Gallagher updates the status of COVID-19 issues in Dunn County, and answers questions about the changes in the county since the Supreme Court decision.

Weekly Recap with Health Department Director, KT Gallagher!

Posted by Dunn County, Wisconsin on Friday, May 15, 2020

Dunn County Offices remain closed

May 15, 2020

All Dunn County offices will continue to be closed through the end of May, and it is possible that the closure will continue after that date. 

“This is a prudent decision given that, despite the end of the Safer at Home order, COVID-19 is still athreat to public health,” said County Manager Paul Miller. “Continued restricted access to Countybuildings and facilities is deemed necessary to protect residents and employees of Dunn County.”

So - That Happened Episode 4- Flipping the Switch with Veronika Zazovsky and the Menomonie Farmers Market

Veronika Zazovsky
May 15, 2020

In this week's So - That Happened episode I talk to Veronika Zazovsky, the manager of the Menomonie Farmers Market. The Farmers Market opens tomorrow, and in many ways the market will be different this year. We talk about how the  market will be different and what you can expect to see.

Dunn County issues health order

Coronavirus
May 14, 2020

, Dunn County late this afternoon issued a health order to provide some guidance to businesses and other organizations in the county in the wake of the court order yesterday.

Local County Health Departments respond to court opinion - updates

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May 14, 2020

County health departments around the state have been responding in different ways to yesterday's court opinion overturning the Safer at Home order extension.

Several counties moved immediately to extend all or most of the protections in the order, including Dane, Kenosha and Brown Counties, as well as the City and County of Milwaukee, City of Racine, 

Locally the Eau Claire and Dunn County health departments have released statements this morning:

How do you think Wisconsin should re-open for business?

COVID-19 Virus
May 14, 2020

In some ways after yesterday's court order this poll is moot. But it is still interesting to see what our readers think. The small unscientific poll results show a very mixed set of ideas about re-opening the state:

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