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Where's the Local News?

January 26, 2023

As our readers know, WisCommunity has for some time been concerned about the state of news coverage in Dunn County, particularly the declining coverage of civic events and government. This is primarily a one-man operation and it has been difficult to plug the quickly leaking hole in the news coverage dike. 

Jeff Smith - Fifty Years After Roe, The Struggle Continues

January 25, 2023

As Americans we take pride that we live in a land of freedom and opportunity. Every July 4th we light fireworks to remind ourselves of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 that General Order No. 3 was issued, finally proclaiming the freedom of enslaved people in Texas. And on August 18th, we celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which affirmed the right of women to vote.


Menomonie School Board Candidate Forum Feb. 6

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Menomonie School District Board Candidate Forum

January 24, 2023

The League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley and the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a school board candidate forum at 7 PM on Feb. 6, 2023 at the Dunn County Judicial Center, 815 Stokke Parkway, Menomonie, WI 54751. 

Officer-involved shooting in Menomonie

January 22, 2023

Menomonie Police, the Dunn County Sheriff's office, and UW-Stout police responded to a call at 8:58 PM last night (Jan. 21, 2023) about a complaint of an older white male who had broken into a home and was threatening the homeowner and had shot a gun. The break-in was in an apartment in the area of Bongey Drive and Terrill Road. 

Menomonie School Board Meeting 1/23/2023

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Menomonie School Board 1/23/2023

January 21, 2023

(Per Wis. Stat. § 19.84(2))

MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2023, 5:45 P.M.



A. Call to Order

B. Roll Call and Quorum

C. Pledge of Allegiance and Reading of Mission Statement

Jeff Smith - Don’t Take Amending Our Constitution Lightly

January 18, 2023

For any laws not governed by federal law or the U.S. Constitution, Wisconsin’s Constitution serves as the ultimate guide when crafting legislation. Our Constitution is sacred – it’s the framework for our state government. It determines protections and guides our justice system in how laws should be interpreted. 


Menomonie council denies rezoning request for new coffee shop

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January 16, 2023

Scooters, a Midwest-based coffee chain, will not find a home next to Culver’s. Although the front portion of the parcel on the corner of 14th Street and Stout Road is zoned commercial, the south side of the lot – which faces Fifth Avenue – is zoned single family to create a buffer for the other residential properties on the three-block street.

Jeff Smith - Flat Tax Helps Rich Get Richer and Solves Zero Problems

January 11, 2023

In the last year, Republicans talked a lot about a flat tax. They call a flat tax a “simplification” of our tax system, but that’s a simplification of the truth. They make it sound good, but in reality it shifts a bigger share of the tax burden onto middle class families.


Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates debate values in first appearance together

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates (from left to right) Jennifer Dorow, Daniel Kelly, Everett Mitchell and Janet Protasiewicz appeared at a panel hosted by on Jan. 9. (Henry Redman | Wisconsin Examiner)
January 10, 2023

by Henry Redman, Wisconsin Examiner
January 10, 2023

The four judges vying to fill an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court appeared together at a forum hosted by Monday to debate the values and judicial philosophies they say they’ll bring to the court if elected. 

Nearly 2 years later, Wisconsin DNR and tech college board holdouts resign

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January 10, 2023

Resignations by the Republican-appointed state board members, whose terms expired last year, come after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' reelection.

By Christina Lieffring, THE BADGER PROJECT

Approximately 20 months after their terms ended, three members of the Wisconsin Technical College System board resigned before the new year, days before Gov. Tony Evers was sworn in for a second term.

Menomonie School Board affirms library reconsideration decision, hold budget hearing

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Menomonie School Board mid-year budget hearing

January 6, 2023

As part of the regular school board meeting, the School District of the Menomonie Area Board will hear an appeal to the recent  The agenda for the meeting follows.

Menomonie will hold a primary for school board

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January 5, 2023

The School District of the Menomonie Area will have a primary election for school board during the February state primary on Feb. 21, 2023. Seven candidates filed election papers before the Jan. 3 election deadline. The three incumbent candidates whose seats are up for election are running again - Amy Riddle-Swanson, Charlie Schneider (current board president), and Dale Dahlke.

Jeff Smith - You Deserve Representation You Can Trust

January 3, 2023

This week those of us elected by voters to represent you in various offices, including the State Legislature, take the oath of office to begin our service. The oath I gave, as stated in our Wisconsin constitution, went like this: “I, Jeff Smith, swear that I will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state of Wisconsin, and will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of the office of State Senate to the best of my ability. So help me God.”

Menomonie City Council appoints Director of Public Works

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January 2, 2023

Pledge of Allegiance
1. Roll Call & Special Recognitions
City of Menomonie

2. Approval of Minutes
3. Public Hearings - none
4. Public Comments
5. Unfinished Business - none
6. New Business
A. Recommendation of appointment for the Director of Public Works position –
discussion and possible motion of appointment

David Schofield was appointed by the city council as Director of Public Works unanimously. 

Jeff Smith - A New Year Means Renewed Priorities

December 26, 2022

Another year has flown by. As we celebrate the holidays I hope you have a chance to relax and enjoy time with your family and friends. While there is much to reflect on from 2022, it’s also time to look forward to 2023.


Menomonie City Council Meeting 12/19/2022 - Wolske Bay ribbon-cutting postponed 1 week

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December 19, 2022

Pledge of Allegiance

1. Roll Call & Special Recognitions

2. Approval of Minutes including December 5 and October 3, 2022
3. Public Hearings - none
4. Public Comments

Jeff Smith - Do you hear what I hear?

December 14, 2022

As I reflect on this year and the campaign that just ended last month, I must thank the voters who showed up and cast ballots. I know not everyone reading this voted for me, but I’m grateful that enough did so I can continue to serve all of you in the Wisconsin State Senate.


Wisconsin Farmers Union Annual Convention

Cathy Statz
December 12, 2022

Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) honored several individuals for their dedication to family farmers at the 92nd annual Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention Dec. 9-11th. The event drew more than 200 farmers to Wisconsin Dells for a weekend of networking, educational workshops, and grassroots policymaking. 

Friend of the Family Farmer

Big solar comes to Dunn County

Robert Shanklin, right, president and CEO of TED Renewables and Dylan Stickney, project developer for Elk Creek Solar, were at the open house to answer questions from the community at the Spring Brook town hall.
December 12, 2022

The parking lot at the Spring Brook town hall on 810th Street east of Menomonie was full on Thursday, Dec. 8, so we had to park just past the pile of leftover blacktop. Inside, residents were busy buttonholing representatives from and looking over displays showing the benefits and location of the big (1,600 acre, 300 megawatts) solar photovoltaic project.