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You may have noticed that the site has been down off and on for the last couple days.  You may also have noticed this afternoon that it is a good deal faster than it used to be, or at least it appears that way at Chateau Cruiskeen. I've made some rather serious changes to the way the site is run on this server, and I'm hoping that this will fix some long-standing performance issues.

WFU - As Perdue rips opens rural America’s wounds, farmers get fired up

In an Oct. 1 meeting with reporters at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue tied the current dairy crisis to economies of scales, telling reporters, “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out.”

It might have been refreshing to hear a politician speak so plainly, had the line not been so apathetic that it hit the attending farmers like a kick in the guts.

News and Social Media Panel in Eau Claire

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News and Social Media Panel Discussion in Eau Claire

A News and Social Media Panel was held in Eau Claire on October 1, 2019. The panel was sponsored by the , and was attended by 20 people on a rainy uncomfortable night.

Boyceville bank robbed - update

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Boyceville police report that the Peoples State Bank in Boyceville was robbed this morning and that both of the Boyceville schools are in a precautionary lockdown. Further details when they are available.

Boyceville police are asking for help in identifying and locating the suspect in this robbery. These are the photos released by the department. The school lockdown ended after a few hours.

Farmers Union voices disappointment in Secretary Perdue’s disconnect with family farmers

Darrin Von Rudin

Earlier today, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue said at the World Dairy Expo that he didn’t know if small family dairy farms can survive as the industry evolves. “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out,” Perdue told reporters and farmers gathered to meet him.

Gov. Evers considering new special election dates

Governor Tony Evers

Governor Tony Evers is considering moving the dates of the special election to replace Sean Duffy in the 7th congressional district. Previously Evers had for the primary as December 30 and the final election on Jan. 27, 2020.

Rural hospital closings reach crisis stage, leaving millions without nearby health care

Jane Bolin, Texas A&M University ; Bree Watzak, Texas A&M University , and Nancy Dickey, Texas A&M University

Presidential candidates and other politicians have talked about the rural health crisis in the U.S., but they are not telling rural Americans anything new. Rural Americans know all too well what it feels like to have no hospital and emergency care when they break a leg, go into early labor, or have progressive chronic diseases, such as diabetes and congestive heart failure.

Jeff Smith - Raising Awareness About Domestic Violence

Senator Jeff Smith

Please note, this weekly column contains sensitive information regarding domestic violence and assault, which may be triggering for some readers.

We often focus on highly visible forms of violence in our society, like mass shootings. However, domestic violence happens every day in every town and neighborhood, and it often goes unreported or even unnoticed.

Why Vaping Became A Public Health Priority In Wisconsin, The US

The stage had been set for a public health scare prompted by vaping long before July 2019, when health officials in Wisconsin announced a cluster of severe lung illnesses in eight otherwise healthy teens in the state.

Mike McCabe at the 21st Century Political Chautauqua in Menomonie

Mike McCabe

Mike McCabe at the 21st Century Chautauqua in Menomonie, WI

We have been bringing you video of the speeches from the 21st Century Political Chautauqua held on Sept. 7 and 8 in Menomonie. This is another of this series. Mike McCabe of We Are Many - United Against Hate gives one of his typical barn-burner speeches at the Chautauqua about how progressive citizens can prevail.

UW Stout student found dead

In an email sent to students and faculty today, UW Stout announced that a student had been found dead on campus. 18-year-old Haaris Ameen was from Rochester, MN and was a first year computer and engineering student. No foul play is suspected, and the death is under investigation. Social media posts today indicated that he was found unresponsive in his bed this morning.

Gov. Evers declares tornado path a disaster area

Gov. Tony Evers

Governor Evers has signed Executive Order 47 which declares Chippewa, Dunn, and Clark counties as a disaster area due to the storm and tornado damage this week. This order follows Evers' visit to the Chippewa Valley on Wednesday, where he inspected the damage personally. 

The order directs state agencies to aid in recovery in the counties and also allows deployment of  the Wisconsin National Guard.

Tornado and storms cause serious damage in Elk Mound and Town of Wheaton

Elk Mound Tornado Aftermath

Considerable damage occurred in the Elk Mound and Town of Wheaton areas due to the storm and tornado last night. Reports came in throughout the evening of semis blown over on Highway 29, trailer homes that were turned over, and some more serious damage. 

Jeff Smith - Listen Up to Save Lives

Sen. Jeff Smith

Recently I joined 700 community members at Carson Park for the Sharing Hope Walk, a fundraiser to promote awareness for suicide prevention. Before the walk began, I read a board describing the walk’s importance. Right below the board, there were hundreds of shoes lined up neatly along the course. When I read the bottom of the board, I learned the empty shoes symbolized the number of community members that died by suicide.

Menomonie School Board Special Meeting 9/23/2019

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Menomonie School Board Special Meeting 9/23/2019

Changes to substitute teacher Compensation:

This was discussed at the previous board meeting. The motion carried.

Middle School Character Dare Program Report: - starts at 8 Minutes

Report appears below.

Enrollment Update: - starts at 13 Minutes

Achievement/ SLO report - starts at 15 minutes

Gov. Evers sets Duffy seat election dates

Governor Evers today signed an executive order setting the date for a special election to replace U.S. Representative Sean Duffy in the 7th Congressional District. Today was the effective date of Rep. Duffy's resignation. The special election will be held on Jan. 27, 2020, and the primary (if any) will be held on December 30.

Wisconsin Ag groups testify at Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality Hearing

Wisconsin Ag Groups Testify at Menomonie Water Hearing

The state legislature held a water quality hearing in Menomonie on September 4. This is part of our continuing coverage of video from the hearing. This video is the opening remarks at the hearing, along with testimony from Cindy Leitner and Kim Bremmer of the Wisconsin Dairy Alliance, followed by testimony by John Holevoet, the Director of Government Affairs at the Dairy Business Association. 

Dunn County considering vehicle registration fee

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In a news release today Dunn County announced that they are considering implementing a $20 vehicle registration fee for vehicles "normally residing" in Dunn County. This would be in addition to the already-raised state registration fees. The fees would be used to help pay for county transportation needs, primarily roads and bridges (although the money could also be used for trail maintenance, sidewalks, etc.) 

The Stubborn Similarity Of Gas Prices Across Eau Claire

Confusion over what drives differences in gas prices between gas stations in the same town ⁠— or even at the same intersection ⁠— can be a constant source of frustration for drivers. Depending on the pricing system in a state, gas prices at one station can be nearly $0.30 different from those at another across the street.

21st Century Political Chautauqua in Menomonie #1

Matt Rothschild

Melissa Kneeland speaks about Political Chautauquas

On September 7, 2019 a 21st Century Political Reform Chautauqua was held in Menomonie. The chautauqua featured multiple speakers talking about political reform in Wisconsin and ways to achieve that goal. We will bring you videos of many of the speeches at the Chautauqua throughout the next week, but to start out these are videos of Melissa Kneeland (director of the Dunn County Historical Society) and Matt Rothschild of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.