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Governor Evers signs Executive Order calling for special session on policing accountability

Governor Tony Evers

Gov. Evers and Lt. Gov. Barnes Address Wisconsinites Following Kenosha Shooting

August 24, 2020

Today Governor Evers and Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes released an executive order calling the Wisconsin State Legislature into a Special Session on policing accountability and transparency convening at noon on Aug. 31, 2020. The announcement comes after Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot repeatedly in the back by a law enforcement officer in Kenosha.   Evers and Barnes addressed state citizens on this issue this afternoon in this video.


Governor Evers statement on shooting of Jacob Blake

Governor Tony Evers
August 24, 2020

MADISON — Gov. Evers tonight released the following statement regarding the officer-involved shooting that critically injured a Black man in Kenosha.

Wisconsin Elections Commission rejects Kanye West candidacy

Kanye West
August 20, 2020

After a VERY lengthy discussion, the Wisconsin Elections Commission has voted 5-1 to reject Kanye West's candidacy in Wisconsin, accepting the staff recommendation that they reject because the papers were filed after 5 PM  on the last eligible day. 

Authoritarian battle at the school board

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August 18, 2020

Covering the Menomonie School Board has from the start been emotionally trying. I'm the guy who is almost always at the school board meeting, first doing video recordings and recently doing live streams. Through the past 2 years give or take I've seen a lot of dysfunctional behavior on the board, and a number of incidents that have left me shaking my head. The board regularly exhibits passive-aggressive behavior that at times borders on toxic.

Menomonie School Board censures board member Jim Swanson


Special Menomonie School Board Meeting

August 14, 2020

In a contentious meeting this morning, the Menomonie School Board voted 5-4 to censure board member Jim Swanson with a very strongly worded censure motion. This motion was in response to Swanson's

Menomonie School Board approves re-opening plan in heated meeting

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Menomonie School Board Regular Meeting 8/10/2020

August 11, 2020

After a very heated discussion that required a 15-minute suspension of the meeting, the Menomonie School Board approved a re-opening plan for fall.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order Honoring the Career and Legacy of Chief Justice Abrahamson

Governor Tony Evers
August 4, 2020
Wisconsin Historical Society Library Reading Room to be named in honor of Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson

Menomonie City Council 8/3/2020 -city becomes Responsible Unit for Recycling

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Menomonie, WI City Council Meeting 8/3/2020

August 3, 2020

Primary business in tonight's meeting:

Unfinished Business

A. Preliminary Stout Road design review by the WI DOT and KL Engineering – discussion

There was discussion on this topic, and there will be some virtual presentations on the details that will be publicly accessible. Plans are for this construction to take place in 2022.

From Union Contracts To City Commissions, How Police Oversight Works In Wisconsin

July 29, 2020

Police unions and the labor contracts they negotiate with local governments are seeing renewed scrutiny in communities across the United States. This attention follows a slew of high-profile cases of law enforcement officers resorting to lethal violence under questionable circumstances — incidents that are driving calls for a reassessment of how the public can hold police accountable.

Police Chief Eric Atkinson speaks about police reform in Menomonie

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Menomonie Police Chief Eric Atkinson talks about police reform

July 29, 2020

On July 28 Menomonie Police Chief Eric Atkinson spoke for over two hours to a large public crowd in Wilson Park. His talk covered a wide range of ideas, from the history of policing to the current pushes toward more police reform, particularly in reference to charges of unequal treatment of people of color by the police, the current BLM protests, and more. The talk was part of the ongoing Community Conversations series in Menomonie.

Menomonie School District Board Meeting for July 27, 2020

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Menomonie School Board meeting for July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020

This is a live stream of the School District of the Menomonie Area School Board meeting of 7/27/2020.

This meeting included the presentation of the opening plan for the SDMA schools and a discussion of the superintendent declining to meet with the teacher's union as a group for developing this plan.

The action and discussion items for the meeting follow: The full agenda is attached below.


Menomonie City Council approves Estover Terrace development and re-zoning

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Menomonie CIty Council Meeting 7/20/2020

July 20, 2020

In a very long city council meeting tonight, the council approved both the Estover Terrace development and the re-zoning for the property involved. This development was opposed by many of the citizens in the area of the development, and they had sent a petition to the city council in advance of the meeting. Many of those opposed spoke at the meeting tonight. 


The People’s Maps Commission: By the People and For the People

State Senator Jeff Smith
July 20, 2020

When representatives of the original colonies gathered to determine the formation of the United States they took the bold step of putting the trust in the hands of its citizens, establishing the United States as a Democratic Republic.


Menomonie School Board Meeting for 7/13/2020

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Menomonie School Board 7/13/2020

July 12, 2020

Meeting will take place at 5:30 PM and we will live-stream the meeting here. The full agenda is attached below.

Items of interest in this week's meeting include:


A. Approve 2020 Annual Meeting Agenda for Publication

B. Changes to the Employee Handbook for 2020-2021

C. Temporary Change to the Student Eligibility Due to COVID-19

CJCC Executive Meeting 6/24/2020

CJCC Exec Meeting - 06/24/2020

June 24, 2020

What is happening with the Dunn County Courts.

Menomonie Plan Commission recommends East Side Housing Development

City of Menomonie Planning Commission 6/22/2020

June 22, 2020

Tonight's meeting will consider several items including a property development (Estover Terrace) on the East Side of Menomonie that is. We will attempt to record the Zoom meeting tonight and present it here later.

Dunn County Board of Supervisors 6/17/2020

Dunn County Board meeting

June 17, 2020

There will be a Dunn County Board of Supervisors meeting tonight at 7 PM. The agenda is attached below. We attached the YouTube video on the page, but apparently the YouTube stream of this meeting did not work.

Wisconsin Elections Commission gives final approval to mailing of absentee ballot applications

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June 17, 2020

The Wisconsin Elections Commission will have a special teleconference today to discuss the final format of the absentee ballot request mailing that will be sent to many registered voters.

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