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State Park passes may now be ordered online

couple exploring park
May 13, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced today that State Park passes may now be purchased online. Most of the State Park System is now open with restrictions. Previously passes needed to be ordered by telephone, but a new system has been developed to purchase passes online for the first time in state history. Passes may not be purchased at the state parks due to the pandemic crisis.

Menomonie School Board Meeting 5/11/2020

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School Board Meeting Live Stream

May 11, 2020

There will be a regular meeting of the Menomonie School Board on Monday, 5/11/2020 at 5:30 PM. The Live Stream of the meeting will be available here. The agenda is attached below.  Public comments to the board should be emailed to by 5 PM on Monday. 

It was again difficult to hear most of the board in the Zoom meeting. 

Action Items:

Several changes were approved to policies:

Menomonie City Council Meeting 5/4/2020

Menomonie City Council Meeting 5/4/2020

May 4, 2020

We will be attempting to cover more of the city and county government meetings by reporting briefly on them and making recordings when possible of the new online meetings. This is a recording of the 5/4/2020 Menomonie CIty Council Meeting, which was held as a Zoom conference. 

Menomonie School District Board Meetings 4/27/2020

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School Board Meeting Live Stream

April 27, 2020

Tonight's school board meeting will  happen in multiple parts:

a. A public hearing regarding waivers of the instructional hours requirement from DPI due to the pandemic. This is a public hearing at 5:15 PM and can be joined online at with the password: WeiTxHcn765.

Governor Evers Declares Wildfire Emergency

Governor Tony Evers
April 21, 2020

This morning Governor Evers declared a state of emergency due to wildfires in the state. 

“Our first priority is protecting the people of Wisconsin and this executive order helps us control existing wildfires and use all available state assets to prevent new ones from starting,” Gov. Evers said. “With the Wisconsin National Guard, we'll have the resources we need to appropriately assist in potential wildfire response and recovery efforts.”

Menomonie City Council Meeting 4/20/2020

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Menomonie City Council 4/20/2020

April 20, 2020

Tonight's meeting was held virtually on the Zoom platform because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A recording of the Zoom meeting will be available after 10 PM. 

Adventures in covering Zoom meetings continue - some of the recording will be a little rough and the first part will have the colors mapped incorrectly as I worked through some of the settings to collect the video in OBS Studio on my end. An official recording of the meeting will be available from the city later.

Press Conference with Megan Wolfe, Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator

April 8, 2020

Wisconsin election stumbles over the starting line, gasping for air

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April 7, 2020

The ill-advised Wisconsin Spring Primary roared to life this morning. Perhaps that's inaccurate, it's more like it stumbled over the starting line, knowing the finish is six days in the future. 

Additional Extended Hours at the Dunn County Transfer Station & Recycling Center and Boyceville, Colfax and Elk Mound Area Collection Stations

DCSWR Updates
April 7, 2020

Menomonie School Board Special Meeting 9/23/2019

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Menomonie School Board Special Meeting 9/23/2019

September 23, 2019

Changes to substitute teacher Compensation:

This was discussed at the previous board meeting. The motion carried.

Middle School Character Dare Program Report: - starts at 8 Minutes

Report appears below.

Enrollment Update: - starts at 13 Minutes

Achievement/ SLO report - starts at 15 minutes

Menomonie School Board Supports WASB Resolution against Native American Mascots

Menomonie School Board 9/9/2019

September 9, 2019

Items of particular interest on tonight's agenda:

Public Comments:

Registered speaker speaks against approving the WASB Resolution on the Retirement of Native American Mascots, asking board members to abstain.

Roberts Rules of Order for Considering Resolutions:

Wisconsin GOP -- elections don't matter, we'll still run everything

December 2, 2018

Wisconsin voters elected Democrats to the state-wide offices of Governor and Attorney General.  As we are so often reminded by the Republicans, elections have consequences. There is supposed to be a balance of power between the Governor's office and the legislature. Yet the still-GOP-controlled legislature is holding a lame-duck session starting tomorrow with the sole purpose of clawing back power from the Governor's and Attorney General's offices and moving it to the legislature. 

Menomonie School Board 11/26/2018

Menomonie School Board 11/26/2018

November 27, 2018

The monthly Special Board Meeting was held on Monday, 11/26/2018 at 5:30 PM. This meeting discussed budget plans, and also included a discussion on board leadership, and an election of new board officers, as suggested at the last meeting.  The board agenda and board policy on leadership are attached. Notes on the meeting are below, and the video of the meeting will be added some time Tuesday afternoon.

Meeting Notes - 

Menomonie School District Board Meeting 11/12/2018

Menomonie School Board Meeting 11/12/2018

November 13, 2018

The agenda for the meeting is attached below. The meeting included a slightly contentious discussion about board ethics and the work that Board President Dan Paulson and his work with other organizations. In particular the issue was raised that Mr. Paulson is a member of the group Menomonie Cares, which has written to the board objecting to the money expended on the second development phase of the Sports Complex.

Shifts In Student Numbers Help Drive School Referendums Across Wisconsin

October 26, 2018

School referendums around Wisconsin have been steadily increasing in the 2010s, particularly years when a general election is held. In 2017, the state Legislature enacted Act 59, a biennial budget bill that limits a school board from approving no more than two resolutions in one year authorizing school funding increases. But it has not slowed the number of school districts that have chosen to go to referendum in 2018.

Menomonie School District Meeting 10/8/2018 - Sports Complex funding passes 5-4

Menomonie School Board Regular Meeting 10/8/2018

October 8, 2018

Agendas and supporting documents for tonight's school board meeting are attached. Perhaps the most interesting portion of the meeting will be the vote on funding Phase 2 of the Sports Complex.

Menomonie School District Strategic Listening Sessions

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October 8, 2018

The Menomonie School District will conduct strategic listening sessions at different times and places in the next few weeks:

First debate between Vukmir and Baldwin tonight

October 8, 2018

The first debate between the two 2018 US Senate candidates will take place tonight at 6 PM. You can listen at ,  or the website.

29th Assembly Candidate Forum

John Rocco Calabrese

Wisconsin 29th Assembly District Forum 2018

September 27, 2018

The League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley Area sponsored a candidate forum on 9/25/2018 at the Dunn County Judicial Center. Candidates from the 27th District that participated were John Rocco Calabrese (D) and Rob Stafsholt (R) - the incumbent candidate. Brian Correia (L) was unable to attend the forum. Questions were submitted to the candidates from the audience and time limits were set on their responses.

Menomonie School Board Special Meeting 9/24/2018

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Menomonie School Board Special Meeting 9/24/2018

September 25, 2018

This is the video recording of the Menomonie School District special meeting of 9/24/2018. Particular items of interest include a discussion of the Home Sweet Menomonie program and if the district should contribute funds to it to help pay for down payments on homes for people moving to Menomonie for jobs, and a particularly spirited discussion continued from the last meeting about funding for the second phase of development for the Sports Complex. 

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