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Volume One "Save Your Faves"

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Volume One has just set up a special website to help you find restaurants and other businesses that are still doing business. It's a way to help out the restaurant and business community while they're struggling.

All DMV Offices Closed on Friday

All Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles offices will be closed Friday, March 20 for deep cleaning. The offices have been providing reduced services since the Governor's order to reduce COVID-19 contact. Offices will re-open on Monday with the

Election Clerks Receiving Huge Numbers of Absentee Requests

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shows 315,429 absentee ballots have been requested across the state. 277,824 of these ballots have been sent out to voters, and 25,961 have been returned to the clerks. 

The date to register to vote has passed, although (assuming in-person voting occurs) you may register at the polls on April 7.

First COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Eau Claire County

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A press release this morning from the Eau Claire Health Department has announced the first COVID-19 confirmed case in Eau Claire County. The individual concerned was outside of the state, and according to the Health Department has been in self-quarantine at home since that travel. The press release from the Health Department is attached to this article, The release includes advice for safety during this crisis.

Unemployment Benefits Relaxed by Governor Evers

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Today Governor Evers which waives the 4-week enforced search for jobs before becoming eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

WEDC Announces Targeted Grants for Small Businesses for the emergency

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The WEDC Board of Directors on Tuesday approved $5 million in funding for the program, which will be known as Small Business 20/20 (SB20/20).

Special Elections Commission Conference Call on COVID-19 and Elections

The Wisconsin Elections Commission had a special conference call today about the challenges of holding the upcoming election during the period of COVID-19 shutdown. Much of this revolved around the challenges of where polling places could be located. Many polling places are in care facilities for the aged, libraries and schools. It will be difficult to hold elections without violating the Governor's order on reducing contact between people.

Senate Approves COVID-19 Aid Bill

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The Senate has approved a massive financial bill to relieve the huge losses from the COVID-19 crisis. The stock market  The bill had passed the House previously, and is being sent to President Trump for enactment.

Governor Announces New Restrictions on Daycare Centers

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Governor Tony Evers today released Emergency Order , which restricts the size of daycare centers due to concerns over the COVID19 virus. The order restricts daycare centers from having more than 10 staff and 50 children present at any time. The order also calls for maintaining a 6 foot distance between people so far as that is practical.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin reach 106

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Today's updated COVID-19 infection numbers show a total of 106 confirmed cases in the state. This number keeps increasing, partly due to the spread of the illness and partly due to increased testing. In any case, it is clear that the virus is spreading in the state and that the current severe measures to stop the spread are needed. 

Mayo Announces Drive-Through Testing in Eau Claire

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announces that drive-through testing is now available at Mayo in Eau Claire. To use the service you must be a Mayo Clinic patient and have been pre-approved through screening to have a test. 

Today's White House Update 3/18/2020

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Live from the White House

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FEMA has been activated under the Stafford Act. The country is now at level 1 and a command center has been set up.

The Red Cross Ships Mercy and Comfort are being set up on both coasts.

The President once again complains about the discomfort of the nasal swab test. Really? 

A Quick Note Before I Fall Asleep

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I know for a lot of us the days seem incredibly long at the moment. We're all a little worried, we're all a little stressed, and the landscape of life has become unfamiliar. As of today we have no restaurants and bars (other than carry-out). Many of the touchstones of our lives are closed or closing. Personally it's hard for me to accept that the libraries and schools are closed for the duration.

Menomonie Library Closed Until Further Notice

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The Menomonie Public Library has announced that they are closed until further notice. In a post on the library website they announced the closure after a Library Board meeting at 6 PM today.

Community members,

Dunn County Public Health Interview

KT Gallagher

I spoke with Dunn County Public Health Director KT Gallagher yesterday. She provided some good information and ideas  about coping with the current COVID-19 outbreak. It's a really fast-moving world at the moment, and the guidelines for public gatherings in Wisconsin have changed since I spoke to her. However, I think the general ideas about caring for other community members are important.

Menomonie Theater Guild Postpones Black Friday Production

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and our commitment to safety for our actors and audiences, we have moved Black Friday from our spring show slot in May to our fall opener in October. The new dates will be October 9-11 and 16-18. 

Facebook Has Been Spam Marking Posts All Day

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There have been multiple reports that Facebook has been marking totally innocuous posts as spam for the past several hours. I've had that happen myself several times today.

Spring DNR and Conservation Congress Meetings Will be Online ONLY

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MADISON, WI -In light of COVID-19, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are closely following guidelines from the

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