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Time to Patch and Upgrade on Windows

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There is lots of security news for your windows computer today. First off, Microsoft has released their January 2020 patch bundle, and you really want to install this one. It features a serious patch to a cryptographic library . Get patching.

Jeff Smith - Good Government Demands Redistricting Reform

Senator Jeff Smith

Every new year is an opportunity to reflect on what we can do better moving forward. When the New Year is the first of a new decade we think even bigger. What can we do in this new decade to become the sibling, parent, neighbor, colleague or citizen we’re expected to be?

 

Appeals Court Blocks Voter Purge

The legal struggle over the purge of Wisconsin voters from the voter polls continues.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Refuses to Expedite Voter Purge Case

In a somewhat surprising move, the state Supreme Court today decided 3-3 not to hear the pending litigation on the purging of possibly-moved voters in an expedited manner. Newly-elected conservative justice Brian Hagedorn joined the two more liberal judges Ann Walsh Bradley and Rebecca Dallet in voting to not hear the case.

Affordable Housing in Dunn County

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Menomonie Wi Affordable Housing Panel 2

The city of Menomonie is working on a 20-year housing plan. The goal of this plan is to increase the amount of affordable housing in the area. Affordable housing is defined as housing that can be rented by families making 60% of the median income in the are, or purchased by families making 120% of the median income. 

Judge Holds Elections Commission in Contempt of Court

This morning Ozaukee County Judge Paul Malloy has found the state Elections Commission and its three Democratic members in contempt of court on removing voters from the state voting rolls who may have moved. 

Train Derailment Near Knapp - photos

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We have seen very recent reports of a train derailment at Highway 12 at 190th St. near Knapp. Scanner reports indicate that 20-30 cars are off the tracks. There were no injuries from the accident and no hazardous leaks have happened, but highway 12 is closed at the accident. 300 gallons of diesel fuel ran out from the train into a field, and that is being cleaned up.

Green & Gold

Green & Gold (Old Town Road Parody)

In honor of the Packers today Charlie Berens brings us the Old Town Road parody we had no idea we needed.

Podcast is live

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We're starting a podcast. The first episode of So - That Happened just went live. It is not a regular podcast episode, but is more of an introduction. I talk a little about the background of WisCommunity, how we got where we are, and what you can expect in 2020 from the podcast and from the site. You can listen many different ways. There's a play widget on the front page of the site. You can go to our podcast page. At our podcast page you can also leave feedback or audio for us to use in our upcoming episodes. 

We are also being distributed to multiple different podcast services through our main platform, Anchor.fm. It is currently available on Spotify.  The first episode should roll out to the other sites very soon, though it looks like Apple Podcasts is being a little persnickety. 

I want to encourage you to think of this as your podcast in the community, so please send in ideas for what you'd like to hear and how it can improve. 

The Invasive Elongate Hemlock Scale Makes A Return Incursion To Wisconsin

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Christmas has come and gone for 2019, but an uninvited Grinch may still be lurking to steal the holiday spirit. The Grinch in this case isn't the green gremlin-esque Seussian being, but a tiny invasive insect known as the elongate hemlock scale.

You Can't Win Weather Continues - update

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Update - we are seeing numerous reports from different sources that the roads, particularly in Eau Claire County, are getting dangerous as the temperature drops and black ice is forming on the roadways. Be very careful in the evening commute.

The Day of the Year of Clean Water

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Governor Evers declared 2019 the year of clean water in Wisconsin. Throughout the year meetings were conducted across the state of the Speaker's Water Quality Task Force, which heard testimony from organizations and individuals.

Senator Jeff Smith on Fair Maps

Senator Jeff Smith

MADISON – Today, Senator Smith (D – Brunswick) and Representative Diane Hesselbein (D – Middleton) introduced LRB-5162/LRB-3797, to establish a constitutional amendment for non-partisan redistricting reform.

Farwell/Gibson Ramp to Close Temporarily for Repairs

The Farwell/Gibson parking ramp in Eau Claire will be closed temporarily for repairs from January 8 - January 13. According to the City Administrator's Office:

Repairs on the Farwell/Gibson parking ramp at 202 S. Farwell Street are nearly complete.  Work at the entrance/exit will require that the ramp be closed - this closure is scheduled to take place from Wednesday, January 8 through Monday, January 13, 2020.

Jeff Smith - Let’s Finish What We Started

Senator Jeff Smith

During this time of year, we’re surrounded by reminders to set goals for the next twelve months and fulfill our New Year’s resolutions. As the weeks pass by, we typically find ourselves falling back into our old habits and routines. Once we slip up, it may seem like our resolutions are hopeless and we push off our goals to next year.

 

Looking for that Book on Amazon? Try the library first!

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I know that a lot of you get excited about books. You hear about a book and want to read it. Things being the way they are, a lot of people immediately look the book up on Amazon. But there are other options. You can go to your local bookstore (please). Or try your library. And now there's a way to try your library every time you go to Amazon.

Wisconsin Conservatives Revive Official Language Bill

Senator Steve Nass

On Monday Senators Andre Jacque, Dave Craig, and Steve Nass began circulating a bill to make English the official language of Wisconsin. This bill was introduced in the 2013 legislative session when by Jacque and Craig when they were members of the state assembly, but failed to pass.

Today in Menomonie Debuts on Facebook - WisCommunity Starts on News Break

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Small changes have been occurring in Chippewa Valley media. I noted this morning when I opened the Facebook app on my phone that the Today in Menomonie icon appeared at the top of the page. is a Facebook feature that has slowly been rolling out through the US.

Conservative Group asks Judge to hold Election Officials in Contempt

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The conservative legal group, Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) today asked an Ozaukee County judge to hold the Wisconsin Elections Commission in contempt and charge them up to $12,000 per day in a lawsuit concerning Wisconsin's voter rolls. At issue is a ruling in December requiring the removal of over 200,000 voters from the state election rolls. WILL President and General Counsel Rick Esenberg said in a public statement, “Court orders are not optional.

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