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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).

Jeff Smith - Be the Change We Need

State Sen. Jeff Smith
June 1, 2020

In the months since Wisconsin has been impacted by COVID-19, we’ve all thought about the day that our lives will begin to return to normal. It’s an understandable thought to have. After all, the pandemic has forced us to make changes in nearly every aspect of our lives.

 

But this calls into question, what does “normal” really mean?

 

Menomonie Public Library opens today

opening graphic
June 1, 2020

The Menomonie Public Library re-opens today for public use. Only twenty people will be allowed in the building at one time, and they ask that patrons wear face masks and maintain six feet of social distance while in the library. The library may be used to check out materials, to use the public computers, and to make copies.

Governor Walz putting Keith Ellison in charge of George Floyd Case

 Keith Ellison

LIVE: Coverage of continuing protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd

May 31, 2020

Governor Walz of Minnesota has just announced that he is putting Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison in charge of the George Floyd case, replacing Hennepin County prosecutor Mike Freeman. Ellison will now lead the criminal prosecution in the case, assisted by Freeman. The governor stated that this change was at least partly due to a request from Floyd's family. This is an evolving story.

Protests in Minneapolis - day 6

LIVE: Coverage of continuing protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd

May 31, 2020

Peaceful protests are building again in Minneapolis - One thing to note is that the Interstates in the Cities are once again closed as of 5 PM. I'm gathering together a couple of live feeds again for all you Chippewa Valleyers who are trying to follow. I am very glad we have been having peaceful protests in the area and let's hope for a more peaceful night in the cities tonight. 

George Floyd Remembrance Vigil and Community Discussion

remembrance logo
May 31, 2020

We will carry the Facebook Live stream of this Eau Claire community event today at 3 PM. More details are available on the

Eau Claire George Floyd Protest

May 31, 2020

Thanks to WQOW for the Facebook Live feed. Several hundred protesters gathered in Eau Claire today to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police. Thus far the protest has been very peaceful. There will also be an online event this afternoon at 3 PM which we will carry here as well as helping with the Zoom live stream.

Mike McCabe - Unscrewing America

Mike McCabe

Mike McCabe - Unscrewing America

May 30, 2020

Mike McCabe discussed his new book Unscrewing America on a Zoom meeting with Community Conversations and WisCommunity. 

Live Coverage from Minneapolis today

LIVE: Day 5 of George Floyd protests in Minneapolis–St Paul

May 30, 2020

According to MnDOT all of the major highways in the Metropolitan Twin Cities area will be closed starting at 7 PM tonight. There will be a strong attempt tonight to take control of the city. The highways will be closed until 6 AM tomorrow. This includes basically all of the major highways within the 494/694 loop. The protests that have been taking place today have been very peaceful after an extremely difficult night in the Cities.

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