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COVID-19 cases continue their upward climb in Wisconsin

July 11, 2020

For the third day in a row, the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the state per day has hit a record high. Today's report from the Department of Health Services shows a new high of 926 cases reported in the state. Although it is true that the number of tests being done in the state has increased greatly the percentage of tests that are positive also has been rising over the last few days, with over 8% of the tests done in the past 24 hours reported as positive.

Dunn County COVID-19 weekly report for 7/10/2020

Dunn County Seal
July 10, 2020

This is the weekly health department update with KT Gallagher. These generally happen every Friday afternoon.

Gov. Evers Releases Statement on State Supreme Court's Ruling on Lame Duck

July 9, 2020

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today released the following statement in response to the Wisconsin Supreme Court's ruling upholding provisions of the lame duck laws passed by the State Legislature in December of 2018:  

“We had a race for governor in 2018. I won. Unfortunately, things got off on the wrong foot because Republicans immediately passed a law overriding the will of the people and the election, and they’ve been sour grapes ever since.

Evacuations underway in Eau Claire - update

July 9, 2020

We are now seeing reports that the gas leak in Eau Claire has been contained with no further damage, and the evacuation is being canceled.

Yesterday a house exploded.  This morning Highway 53 was shut down and the neighborhood evacuated due to a truck spilling Ammonium Hydrate and diesel on the highway, with fear of explosion.

Now this from the Eau Claire Police:

Wisconsin DHS media briefing for 7/9/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 7/09/2020

July 9, 2020

Today's briefing is expected to explain the new on-line registration for community testing - the new system is called COVID Connect. 

Keep Independent Venues in business

Save Our Stages logo
July 9, 2020

Independent performance venues around the country are really hurting since the responsible ones have been closed and are struggling with the concept of re-opening.

Potential COVID-19 exposure in Dunn County on July 4

COVID testing picture
July 9, 2020

According to a press release from the Dunn County Health Department this morning, people attending the Knapp Valley Riders 4th of July event  in Knapp, Wisconsin may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. People who attended the event and who are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms should report this to their medical provider and be tested. 

Times and place of potential exposure include:

Eau Claire City-County Health Department issues new COVID-19 order

virus photo
July 8, 2020

The Eau Claire CIty and County Health Department has issued a new public health order that advises new restrictions due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in the county. The new order takes place at midnight tonight for Eau Claire County, and the primary changes in the new order (which is in effect until July 22 unless further changes are needed in the interim) include:

Weather - heat warning in effect for today

warning map
July 7, 2020

The National Weather Service has issued a warning that all of the Chippewa Valley will have heat indexes of 100 degrees or more tomorrow. Please be careful, we like to keep you all as readers.


* WHAT...Heat index values around 100 degrees expected.

Chippewa County warns about potential COVID-19 exposure

July 7, 2020

Chippewa County Department of Public Health is alerting the public of potential COVID-19 exposure at the following Chippewa County locations:

Cornell Street Dance, Fireworks, and Parade: July 3, 2020

We recommend if you were at any of these locations during the provided timeframe AND are experiencing or develop symptoms of COVID-19 that you contact a healthcare provider to be tested.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

• Fever or chills

Dunn County Solid Waste meeting 7/7/2020

Solid Waste & Recycling Management Board 07/07/2020

July 7, 2020

Today's meeting looks forward to the next year, how to fix the large loss of money for recycling, and how to deal with the quickly decaying facilities for solid waste disposal and recycling. 

There was much discussion about many topics in the meeting,. but they did vote to approve increases in fees for many recycling items as attached.

Eau Claire City Council Work Session on Policing Policies

Valley Media Works - News Works, Video Stream

July 7, 2020

There will be an Eau Claire City Council work session on Policing Policies today at 4:00 PM.

Dunn County Public Health Department introduces new COVID-19 dashboard

Dunn County COVID-19 dashboard
July 7, 2020

The Dunn County Public Health Department today introduced a new . The new dashboard shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Dunn County, as well as some information on how Dunn is doing compared to other counties in the state.

Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 briefing for July 7, 2020 and state-wide PPE distribution

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 7/07/2020

July 7, 2020

This is the first state-wide COVID-19 briefing since 6/23/2020. We expect that there will be discussion today about the increasing levels of coronavirus infection in the state and how that will be addressed.

Jeff Smith - Student Debt and our Future

Senator Jeff Smith
July 7, 2020

Most of us have to take on some debt at some point in our lives, whether we take out loans to purchase a car or to help us become homeowners.  Oftentimes, people borrow with clear expectations, understanding the whole process. Student loans are different and for many reasons.


Staying Chill When the Heat is High

July 6, 2020

Water, planning, and rest are the keys to successful outdoor activities when the heat is high. The plan for extreme heat must include taking along enough water for the activity or having infallible means of procuring more water, planned cooling off time, and plans for keeping hydrated. Water can be carried in old fashioned canteens like my well worn one on the left, water bottles, or hydration packs. The most important aspect of the plan is following it.

Eau Claire School Board 7/6/2020

Eau Claire School Board Meeting - July 6, 2020

July 6, 2020

Tonight's board agenda:


Menomonie City Council denies 3 event permits, approves one other

Menomonie, WI City Council Meeting 7/6/2020

July 6, 2020

Please excuse the sound quality on this recording. It is a continuing difficulty because the council is holding these meetings as a hybrid of a live meeting and sending it out on Zoom. Therefore there is echo very often due to sound from the PA system in the room bleeding through to the laptops.

Tonight's city council meeting will involve the following new business: