Where's the Local News? | WisCommunity

Throughout the U.S. newspapers of all sizes have been bought up by large chains or distant investors who often close offices, fire reporters and offer hollowed-out versions of the former product — creating “news deserts” in which local news is no longer easily accessible. 


A local “news conversation" group has been meeting since last September to discuss the situation in the Menomonie area. 

 “Where’s the Local News?”  is the topic of a brainstorming session the group will hold on Thursday, February 9, 1:30-3:00 pm in the Menomonie Public Library (Community Room) and will include an online option. The facilitator is Bruce Siebold, a long-time Menomonie resident. Siebold worked at UW-Stout as a business professor/administrator. He is the owner of Rusk Prairie Consulting Group, specializing in strategic planning and change management. A follow-up session will be held in March.

To date, the local “news conversation” group has:

-         Compiled a list of local news sources (print, online) 

-         Researched “news deserts” in our area and beyond 

-         Identified and began to cover gaps in local reporting (citizen journalists)   

Those interested in attending in person on Feb 9 are asked to register at 

or attending online at: 



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Feb 9 2023 - 1:30pm
Menomonie Public Library 600 Wolske Bay Road Menomonie, WI 54751