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Micon Budget Cinema Closed Temporarily due to Heating Issues

According to recent Facebook postings, the Micon Downtown Budget Cinema is closed until further notice due to heating issues in the building. We're sorry to hear this, the Budget is one of our favorite places to catch movies and some food at a great price.  The Micon chain has promised updates on their.

Every Conversation Sparks a New Idea

State Senator Jeff Smith

The past year pushed me to learn and grow as a leader. As I spent time with my family over the holiday season, I reflected on the value of collaboration, a lesson learned in 2019. I thought about all the conversations I had with others, and how accomplishments were possible from the time spent learning from others.

New Years Eve Choices Abound in the Chippewa Valley

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Want to do something for New Year's Eve but haven't picked anything yet? Our community calendar is chock full of Chippewa Valley New Year's Eve events. Many of them are listed in the Featured Events on the front page, but

Elections Commission defers action on Voter Purge - update

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is holding a this morning to, among other things, have an update on the legal status of the purge of voters from the voter rolls. At the moment we have no information on the outcome of the meeting. Updates will follow.

Road Conditions Deteriorating - update

10:15 PM - The Eau Claire Police Department has advised that the snowplows have been taken off of the streets for the time being and that travel is not advised. A semi is blocking the road Northeast of Brackett at the intersection of County Road J and Lincoln Town Line Road. This semi cannot be removed currently and the road will remain blocked for the time being. 

Old Man Winter gets his Last Licks in Before New Year

winter landscape

The Chippewa Valley has already set a record for the largest snowfall in one year, and it looks like we're going to get hit with another winter storm right before the end of the year. The red banner at the top of the site shows weather warnings. The predicted snowfall for tomorrow has been inching upward throughout the day, and we're now under an official Winter Storm Warning, with predictions of up to 10" of snow in some of the area. 

Coming Attractions

Coming Attractions - 35mm - HD

Life has been full. I've spent some time regrouping, making plans, and trying to forge a path for Wis.Community for 2020. As some of you know, it has been a trying year at Cruiskeen Farm. My partner and wife Lorelei died in August. Our doggie Shadow left shortly before that. As a result, I'm learning to manage the farm here, which I've blissfully left to Lori while we have lived here. I've also taken some time out to get used to living alone. 

Lessons Learned in 2019

State Senator Jeff Smith

This time of year offers an important opportunity to reflect and be grateful for the experiences we’ve earned. It’s been an honor serving as your state senator this year. As I returned from my last Madison trip of 2019, I had so much to think about, including the lessons learned, accomplishments made and what to look forward to in 2020.

 

Our Favorite Things - Menomonie Winter Farmers Market delights the senses

Rachel Henderson at Farmers Market

Sock Making Machine

This is the start of a new series of articles about our favorite things in the Chippewa Valley. Today's is the  For the winter, the Menomonie Farmers Market moves indoors, and features a variety of winter foods, crafts, art, baked goods and more.

Pink Slime News Sites

. There is a very large network of algorithmically-driven "fake" news sites around the country.

About that Voter Purge

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The news ricocheted around the state - 234,000 to be removed from the voter polls. It sounds terrible. Well, it probably is terrible in the sense that as with most of the Republican moves against voter fraud, it is a solution searching for a problem. At the moment it is far from clear what will actually happen as the result of a ruling in an Ozaukee County court last week.

Sen. Smith - It’s Cold Outside for Our Furry Friends

Senator Jeff Smith

While it’s not officially here yet, the winter season has come to western Wisconsin. Snow has fallen and temperatures have dropped close to zero. During these winter months, my family’s two dogs enjoy exploring the outdoors. But, as the days get even colder, you’ll find the dogs spending more time inside near the wood-burning stove in our family room.

Changes to Dunn County Solid Waste and Recycling

As we previously reported, there will be many changes to the collection of solid waste and recycling materials in Dunn County starting on Jan. 1. This press release lists all of the upcoming changes and the new hours for the Dunn County Transfer Stations. We will be adding the new hours of operation to our community calendar before Jan. 1 to help you keep track of the alternating weeks on Saturday, etc.

40 Years of London Calling

The Clash - London Calling (Official Video)

I was reminded on Facebook that the seminal album by the Clash, London Calling, was released 40 years ago today. Oddly, I happened to be listening to the album on the train up from the Google News Initiative Local conference (more on that tomorrow) and did not realize I was taking part in an event. As I was listening to it I thought it felt timely again in a creepy way. I don't live in London, but I do live by the river.

Fish-Fry Time is Voter-Purge Time

Pat Kreitlow

Good Morning from Lake Wissota…

While you were preparing to enjoy your Friday night fish fry, a Republican-appointed judge in the Milwaukee suburbs may have just fixed the 2020 election for the Republican Party and put an unnecessary barrier between the ballot box and almost a quarter-million Wisconsin voters, maybe even you.

State Court Orders Purge of up to 234,000 Voter Registrations

ballot box

An Ozaukee County judge ruled today that as many as 230,000 registered voters in Wisconsin must be purged from the voter rolls.

Another Special Elections Fracas And The Question Of Representation

Gov. Tony Evers

For the second time in as many years, Wisconsin's gears of democracy have slipped and slowed on the questions of how and when a special election would be set by the governor's office. Calling these irregular and often unexpected votes for seats in the state Legislature and occasionally Congress has been a fairly mundane, run-of-the-mill matter for decades. But two quite different governors set special election dates that would end up being confusing, controversial and even litigious.

Jeff Smith - What Will it Take to Close Lincoln Hills?

Senator Jeff Smith

Within the last decade, Lincoln Hills has reached a state of crisis. New reports emerged this fall, citing the violence taking place at this youth detention facility. This revelation reminds us that nothing yet has happened to resolve the serious issues in Wisconsin’s youth prisons.

 

WisEye Morning Minute - Junk Health Insurance Plans

WisEye Morning Minute: DHS Sec.-Designee Palm Warns Against "Junk" Insurance Plans

We will occasionally share these Morning Minute videos if they are of general interest.

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