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Letter to the Editor - School Vouchers

March 24, 2021

The School District of the Menomonie Area (SDMA) is rapidly falling financially behind due to the private school voucher system that is taking increasingly larger amounts of money directly off the top of our state aids. 

My three primary concerns are:

1.  Taxpayers are funding two school systems—one public and one private. 

Circuit Court Candidate educational forum on 3/23

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Circuit Court Educational Forum

March 23, 2021

The League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley will hold a candidate forum with the candidates for circuit court in Dunn and Chippewa Counties on 3/23/2021 at 7 PM. The candidate forum will air on this page, on YouTube at https://youtu.be/KoekD3FRQvw, and on the Facebook Pages of WisCommunity and the LWV-GCV. 

SDMA School Board Meeting for 3/8/2021

Menomonie School Board Meeting 3/8/2021

March 8, 2021

MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2021, 5:30 P.M.

In order to provide sufficient physical distancing, in-person attendance for the public Board meeting will be limited to 25 people. It is anticipated that there will be 14 spaces available for members of the public. The meeting will also be live-streamed at: http://sdmaonline.com/s_d_m_a_livestream_channels.

Menomonie School Board Special Meeting 2/22/2021

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Menomonie School Board Special Meeting for 2/22/2022

February 22, 2021

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2021, 5:30 P.M.

In order to provide sufficient physical distancing, in-person attendance for the public Board meeting will be limited to 25 people. It is anticipated that there will be 14 spaces available for members of the public. The meeting will also be livestreamed at: https://ensemble.cesa10.k12.wi.us/Watch/j2TAb89N

Menomonie School District and State Superintendent Results

February 17, 2021

In the local Menomonie School Board Race all votes are in and the results are:

Karl Palmer - 1042

Donna Thibado - 794

Jim Swanson - 786

Mark Hillman - 775

Penny Burstad - 722

Angie Skillings - 587

Rick Scharlau - 441

Jeremy Enger - 139

President Acquitted in second impeachment trial

WATCH LIVE: Trump’s second impeachment trial underway in Senate | Day 5

February 13, 2021

Update -

7 Republicans joined the Democrats in the Senate voting against ex-president Trump but still fell short of the mark on finding Trump guilty. This vote was considerably more bi-partisan than during Trump's first impeachment. 

Fourth day of Trump impeachment trial

WATCH LIVE: Trump’s second impeachment trial begins in Senate | Day 4

February 12, 2021

Today the Republicans mount their defense of the ex-president.

Third day of Trump Impeachment Trial

WATCH LIVE: Trump's second Senate impeachment trial Day 3 | Direct feed

February 11, 2021

Again, thanks to the PBS NewsHour

Primary Election Feb. 16

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February 10, 2021

There is a primary election in Wisconsin on Feb. 16, next Tuesday. State-wide there is an election for Superintendent of Schools, a particularly trying position at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges facing schools because  of that.

Second day of Trump Impeachment Trial

WATCH LIVE: Trump's second Senate impeachment trial Day 2 | Direct feed

February 10, 2021

This is the second day of the impeachment trial thanks to the PBS NewsHour.

Menomonie School Board Meeting for 2/8/2021

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Menomonie School board 2/8/2021

February 7, 2021

Sorry about this -- it's a little difficult to re-purpose the video streams from the school district and I had a lot of trouble getting this one going, much less with enough volume to actually hear it. Let's hope that the pandemic will settle down enough so that I feel like we can live-stream these ourselves. The stream here starts about 15 minutes into the meeting.

Menomonie School Board Candidate Forum for 2021

Menomonie School Board Candidate Forum

February 2, 2021

The eight candidates for the school board of the Menomonie Area have accepted an invitation from League of Woman Voters – Greater Chippewa Valley, in partnership with the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce, to participate in an online candidate forum on Tuesday, February 2, 7 to 9 pm.

The primary election will be February 16, where voters will vote for three candidates. The top six vote getters will go on to the general election on April 6, where the three winners will be selected.

Menomonie City Council Meeting 2/1/2021

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Menomonie City Council Meeting 2/1/2021

February 1, 2021

Pledge of Allegiance

1. Roll Call & Special Recognitions

2. Approval of Minutes

3. Public Hearings

4. Public Comments

5. Unfinished Business

6. New Business

A. Proposed First Amendment to the Ellsworth Menomonie Creamery, LLC Wastewater Collection and Treatment Agreement – discussion and possible motion approving

Menomonie School Board Meeting for 1/25/2021

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Menomonie School Board Meeting for 1/25/2021

January 25, 2021

The stream started late here because the stream from the district ran on a different channel on the CESA platform than was in the agenda.

In order to provide sufficient physical distancing, in-person attendance for the public Board meeting will be limited to 25 people. It is anticipated that there will be 14 spaces available for members of the public.

City Council City Manager Search Update

January 20, 2021

On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, members of the Eau Claire City Council met in closed session to consider the three city manager candidates and review feedback with respect to city manager candidate interviews that were held on January 14 and 15, 2021. City Council discussed the qualifications of the candidates and deliberated on a hiring decision and related next steps.

Live Justice Department and FBI Press call on Washington Riot Status, Eau Claire man charged

WATCH LIVE: Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin and FBI provide update on Capital attack charges

January 12, 2021

The FBI has opened over 160 case files on the activities in Washington on Jan 6. They have received over 100,000 pieces of digital media and the FBI is asking for more. Over 70 cases have been charged and the FBI expects that to grow into the 100's. 

The charges are very wide-ranging from simple charges of trespassing up to planting pipe bombs, assault and battery on police officers, and different theft charges.

Gov. Evers to deliver State of the State speech tonight

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Governor Evers to Deliver the 2021 State of the State Address

January 12, 2021

At 7 PM tonight Wiscnsin Governor Tony Evers will deliver his State of the State speech for 2021. The speech will be carried on Facebook Live and YouTube, and will be shown on this page as well. The speech will also be shown on PBS Wisconsin's Wisconsin Channel, with a response from Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg to be carried on the Here and Now program on Friday night.

Some excerpts from the speech have been sent by the Governor's office in a press release:

Menomonie School Board Meeting for Jan 11, 2021

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Menomonie School District Board Meeting 1/11/2021

January 11, 2021

The Menomonie School Board will meet at 5:30 PM on Jan 11, 2021. 

The meeting was preceeded by the mid-year budget hearing. The budget document is attached.

In order to provide sufficient physical distancing, in-person attendance for the public Board meeting will be limited to 25 people. It is anticipated that there will be 14 spaces available for members of the public.

Capitol Rioters Planned for Weeks in Plain Sight. The Police Weren’t Ready

January 7, 2021

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No charges issued in Jacob Blake shooting

Kenosha officials hold presser on Jacob Blake shooting

January 6, 2021

Kenosha County District Attorney  outlined why he chose not to prosecute 

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