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Dunn County issues health order

May 14, 2020

, Dunn County late this afternoon issued a health order to provide some guidance to businesses and other organizations in the county in the wake of the court order yesterday.

Local County Health Departments respond to court opinion - updates

virus testing photo
May 14, 2020

County health departments around the state have been responding in different ways to yesterday's court opinion overturning the Safer at Home order extension.

Several counties moved immediately to extend all or most of the protections in the order, including Dane, Kenosha and Brown Counties, as well as the City and County of Milwaukee, City of Racine, 

Locally the Eau Claire and Dunn County health departments have released statements this morning:

How do you think Wisconsin should re-open for business?

COVID-19 Virus
May 14, 2020

In some ways after yesterday's court order this poll is moot. But it is still interesting to see what our readers think. The small unscientific poll results show a very mixed set of ideas about re-opening the state:

Governor Evers responds to Supreme Court ruling in today's Radio Address

Governor Tony Evers
May 14, 2020

Hi, folks. Governor Tony Evers here.

As you may have heard, the State Supreme Court struck down Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order, effective immediately.

Until now, Wisconsin was in a pretty good place in our battle against COVID-19.

Wisconsin DHS Daily Media Briefing

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 5/14/2020

May 14, 2020

Today's Media  Briefing will start at 1:30 PM and include:

  • 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 

The media briefing will almost certainly include information about yesterday's State Supreme Court ruling.

Eau Claire County announces new COVID-19 information site

COVID-19 website capture
May 14, 2020

Eau Claire County has released a new that includes a current dashboard of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations along with informative articles and links to the county's COVID-19 press briefings. 

State Supreme Court rules against Evers and Palm on Safer at Home

Governor Tony Evers
May 13, 2020

The state Supreme Court today ruled against the Safer at Home rules imposed by Governor Evers and Secretary-Designee Palm, claiming that the emergency orders overstepped the authority of the Department of Health Services and also violated the law passed in the lame-duck session at the end of the Walker administration that requires all administrative rules be approved by the state legislature. 

Dunn County COVID-19 update

COVID-19 Dials
May 13, 2020

This afternoon KT Gallagher of the Dunn County Public Health Department released the following COVID-19 update:

State Park passes may now be ordered online

couple exploring park
May 13, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced today that State Park passes may now be purchased online. Most of the State Park System is now open with restrictions. Previously passes needed to be ordered by telephone, but a new system has been developed to purchase passes online for the first time in state history. Passes may not be purchased at the state parks due to the pandemic crisis.

Menomonie Market receives grant

Mary Dirty Face Farm
May 12, 2020

Menomonie Market Food Co-op has recently received a Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP). MMFC will use the money to purchase equipment that will allow the co-op to fulfill their goal of bringing more local food to the Chippewa Valley and to strengthen the valley food system. The new equipment will grow their capacity to process, preserve, and store food.

Menomonie School Board Meeting 5/11/2020

Menomonie Schools Logo

School Board Meeting Live Stream

May 11, 2020

There will be a regular meeting of the Menomonie School Board on Monday, 5/11/2020 at 5:30 PM. The Live Stream of the meeting will be available here. The agenda is attached below.  Public comments to the board should be emailed to [email protected] by 5 PM on Monday. 

It was again difficult to hear most of the board in the Zoom meeting. 

Action Items:

Several changes were approved to policies:

Governor Evers announces more store openings in Wisconsin

Governor Tony Evers
May 11, 2020

Governor Evers and Secretary-Designee Palm today announced a further "turning of the dial" in Wisconsin. allows all standalone or strip-mall based retail stores to open to in-person shopping for up to five customers at one time.

Jeff Smith - The Importance of Being Prepared

Senator Jeff Smith
May 11, 2020

As we become responsible adults we are faced with many decisions that can affect our future and the future of our families. We choose a career, decide where we work and how to prepare for retirement. We may choose a life partner, start a family, move and continue to make important decisions because, after all, we’re responsible to prepare our children to be independent.


DHS 5/11/2020 Media Briefing

Gov. Tony Evers

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 5/11/2020

May 11, 2020

Today's media briefing will include 

COVID-19 drive-through testing in Eau Claire

COVID Testing Eau Claire
May 11, 2020

The previously-announced drive-through testing in Eau Claire went well on Sunday, and while I was there the lines were short and moving as briskly as could be expected. According to today's Eau Claire Health Department briefing, 216 tests were run on Sunday. Testing will continue today (Monday, May 11, 2020) from 11 AM until 7 PM. There is no charge for the testing, and you do not need to have a healthcare provider to have the testing done.

National Guard helps with COVID-19 mass testing - coming to Eau Claire tomorrow

May 9, 2020

The National Guard has been assisting in mass COVID-19 testing throughout the state. On Sunday and Monday they will bring their testing to Eau Claire. We will be bringing you some pictures and video from the Eau Claire testing, so please don't go over there to just see what the testing process is like.

Farmers Union donates 30,000 pounds of pork to Feed My People

Farmers Union Enterprises Truck
May 8, 2020

During the current pandemic, food insecurity has visited many families in the area due to unemployment and under-employment. Farmers Union Enterprises donated 30,000 pounds of pork ribs to the Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire today The ribs come from Redwood Farms, one of the companies belonging to Farmers Union Enterprises. Redwood Farms supplies premium pork products to high-end restaurants in New York, Chicago and other cities across the U.S.

What's up in WisCommunity Land?

May 8, 2020

So it's like this. It's Friday night and I've spent part of the afternoon coping with the fact that our web provider fell off of the internet intermittently for a lot of the afternoon. And I'm still getting used to the idea that the big pot of money I was hoping for from Facebook seems not to have fallen into the company checking account.

Dunn County COVID-19 update for 5/8/2020

May 8, 2020

Today's update on the COVID-19 situation in Dunn County with Health Dept. Administrator KT Gallagher.