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Governor Evers announces end of National Guard involvement in George Floyd protests

Governor Evers
June 9, 2020

This afternoon Goverrnor Tony Evers announced that the deployment of National Guard troops deployed to protect citizens, journalists, and protesters in the state in the George Floyd protests is ending. 

In coordination with local leaders, nearly 1,500 troops mobilized over the last week in response to requests for Wisconsin National Guard assistance.

Cloudbusting

Tropical Storm Map

Kate Bush - Cloudbusting - Official Music Video

June 9, 2020

You may have noticed the big red banner on the top of the site. Most of the area is under a flood watch for heavy rain starting in the next few hours and running through the night.  Many of us can expect 2-4 inches of rain tonight, with small areas getting more. There may also be gusty winds as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal co Ime over. Hang tight, it's just another trial in our lives this week. But be careful.

COVID-19 Media Briefing for 6/9/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 5/29/2020

June 9, 2020

Who:

  • WEDC Secretary Missy Hughes
  • DNR Secretary Preston Cole

What:

  • An update on the state’s response to COVID-19 from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Capital One and Other Debt Collectors Are Still Coming for Millions of Americans

Loans Photo
June 8, 2020

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Since 2018, Capital One has been a looming presence in Julio Lugo’s life, ever since the company sued him, as it did 29,000 other New Yorkers that year, over an unpaid credit card. But when the coronavirus hit the city this March, it wasn’t on his mind.

Jeff Smith - June: What We Can Learn From Dairy Month

Senator Jeff Smith
June 8, 2020

Last Friday, I had the chance to connect virtually with some good friends in western Wisconsin to celebrate June Dairy Month. We had a conversation about the ways dairy has made an impression on our own lives and the impact the dairy industry has on the State of Wisconsin. And of course, after sharing stories, we started a milk chug challenge, throwing back glasses of fresh, cold milk.

 

UW Stout, Eau Claire, and River Falls campuses to re-open in the fall

June 5, 2020

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls and UW-Stout announced they will welcome students to campus for the fall semester.  

All three universities, which completed their respective spring semesters using alternative delivery methods due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are putting comprehensive safety plans in place to allow faculty, staff and students to return to campus.   

Madison and Milwaukee Community Leaders discuss racial justice

June 5, 2020

In a forum sponsored by our fellow LION publisher Madison365 and the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, community leaders from Wisconsin discuss racial justice and inequity throughout the day today. of the discussion.

Wisconsin DHS Media Briefing for 6/4/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 6/04/2020

June 4, 2020

There has not been a state media briefing for a while, but one will be held today at 1:30 PM.  Featured speakers will be

  • Governor Tony Evers
  • Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases   
  • Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor
  • Patricia Golden, DO, Ascension Medical Group, Milwaukee

Wisconsin DHS Media Briefing for 6/4/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 6/04/2020

June 4, 2020

There has not been a state media briefing for a few weeks, but one will be held today at 1:30 PM.  Featured speakers will be

  • Governor Tony Evers
  • Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases   
  • Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor
  • Patricia Golden, DO, Ascension Medical Group, Milwaukee

Wisconsin State Park campgrounds opening June 10

Father and Son Camping
June 4, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is opening the State Park Campground system on June 10. Several precautions are being taken to improve the safety of the campgrounds and reservation system.

Park offices will remain closed to the public, signs will be placed throughout the campground giving advice on COVID-19 safety, and an automated touchless check-in system has been implemented. 

George Floyd Protest today in Menomonie

Menomonie Protest photo

Menomonie, WI George Floyd Protest 6/3/2020

June 3, 2020

There will be a protest for the death of George Floyd today in downtown Menomonie, at the corner of Broadway and Main.

WFU calls for national effort to address racism, systemic oppression

Darin VonRuden
June 2, 2020

The killing of Minnesota resident George Floyd – the latest instance in a long and disturbing history of systemic oppression towards people of color – underscores the urgent need for racial justice and equity in America, according to Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU).

Dunn County Solid Waste and Recycling Hours expanded

Dunn County Waste Hours
June 2, 2020

Collection hours at the Dunn County Solid Waste and Recycling collection sites have changed. The sites which had been previously closed after the start of the pandemic have been re-opened, and hours at the main site on Highway 29 have been expanded. 

In other changes, there will be no Clean Sweep event in Dunn County this year.

Dunn County COVID-19 Health Alert and Information

KT Gallagher
June 2, 2020

The Dunn County Health Department has released a Health Alert and more information in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic and Dunn County. 

Governor Evers statement on racism and George Floyd

Gov. Evers: We Must Confront Society's Comfort with Racism

June 2, 2020

Governor Evers this morning released a video statement on the death of George Floyd, the protests, and the unacceptable use of force. He called for the passage of Assembly Bill 1012 on excessive use of force in policing.

DNR Revises High Capacity Well Review Process In Response To Action by Attorney General Kaul

Lake Beulah
June 2, 2020

The Wisconsin DNR today announced that they will change their rules for considering the effects of high-capacity wells. The administrative rules on high-capacity wells have been a sore point for years in Wisconsin. The focal point of this has been the high-cap well that is near Lake Beulah in Walworth County. This well was the subject of litigation that was drawn out over many years. 

Silent Vigil for George Floyd in Eau Claire

photo from vigil
June 2, 2020

Several hundred people participated in a silent vigil at Phoenix Park on Monday, June 1. The organizers of the vigil also gathered supplies to send to people in need in Minneapolis due to the protests in the city. The vigil was moving, completely silent, and very peaceful. This was one of many protests and vigils in the area in the past week since George Floyd was killed by the police in Minneapolis.

Federal Criminal Complaint Charges Illinois Man With Traveling To Minnesota To Riot, Possession Of Explosive Devices

June 1, 2020

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal criminal complaint against MATTHEW LEE RUPERT, 28, charging him with civil disorder, carrying on a riot, and possession of unregistered destructive devices. RUPERT, who was taken into federal custody earlier today in Chicago, Illinois, will make his initial appearance later today before Chief Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer in U.S. District Court in Chicago, Illinois.

WFU calls for national effort to address racism, systemic oppression

June 1, 2020

The killing of Minnesota resident George Floyd – the latest instance in a long and disturbing history of systemic oppression towards people of color – underscores the urgent need for racial justice and equity in America, according to Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU).