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Vos' challenger drops out of race due to family attacks

Robert Prailes
May 8, 2020

Only one week after entering the race to run against Robin Vos, Robert Prailes dropped out of the race this morning after alleged attacks on his family.  Prailes' Facebook page held the following statement today:

Governor releases best practices for businesses after re-opening

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 5/8/2020

May 8, 2020

This  morning Governor Evers released a set of best practices for businesses that will be re-opening as restrictions are lifted under the Badger Bounce Back plan. 

The brochures include general guidelines for all businesses to follow as well as industry-specific advice, such as for restaurants, retailers, manufacturers, professional offices, farmers, manufacturers, builders, hotel and motel operators, barbers, personal care services and other fields.

So - That Happened Episode 3 - Ted Stark, the Menomonie Public Library, and the pandemic

Ted Stark
May 8, 2020

In the most recent episode of So - That Happened, I talk to Ted Stark, director of the Menomonie Public Library, about the challenges the library has faced due to the pandemic, how they are now providing curbside book pickup from the library (only of local materials), ways you can use the library from home, and what is in the future for the library.

Eaux Claires, Ashley for the Arts canceled for 2020

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May 8, 2020

Both the Eaux Claires festival and Ashley for the Arts announced this morning that they are canceling their musical events for the summer of 2020. 

Eaux Claires had previously worked out an agreement with the city of Eau Claire to hold their festival downtown this summer rather than at the prior more rural location. Ashley for the Arts will take place August 12-14 2021.

Mabel Tainter and Red Cross host a blood drive

mabel Tainter
May 7, 2020

PFAS Found In Sediment and Surface Water At Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern

May 7, 2020

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has received results from surface water and sediment sampling performed in November 2019 to determine if per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly called PFAS, are present in areas that are targeted for potential cleanup-related dredging across the US EPA-designated Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern (AOC).

Facebook awards $16 million to fund local newsrooms - but sadly not ours

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May 7, 2020

Facebook that they have provided emergency grants to over 200 local newsrooms in the United States to help them cover losses due to the COVID-19 situation and to expand coverage of the pandemic.

Governor Evers and DHS announce online map of community testing sites

Governor Tony Evers
May 7, 2020

Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services have announced expanded community testing sites and to help people with COVID-19 symptoms to be tested. DHS will update the map daily to reflect new mass community testing sites and sites that will be set up specifically to address outbreak areas in the state.

Republican legislators and business owners discuss opening up Wisconsin

May 7, 2020

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May 5, 2020

Today we ask for your help. The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful for news organizations around the globe both in having an entirely new beat to cover, but more because it has so impacted our revenue.

New Podcast Episode - Flipping the Switch with MMFC

Becca Schoenborn
May 5, 2020

The podcast is finally back. Life has been pretty hectic around here, and although I've been interviewing people for the podcast, it's been difficult to find the time to edit things together. I'm starting a series called Flipping the Switch, where I will talk to community members about how their work lives have changed since the pandemic started. Today's episode is a talk with Becca Schoenborn, the Outreach and Education Coordinator at Menomonie Market Food Co-op.

Media Briefing Call to Update State Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Media Briefing at SEOC - 5/5/2020

May 5, 2020
  • Gen. Paul Knapp, Wisconsin’s adjutant general
  • Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk

WFU applauds Attorney General for joining DFA lawsuit

Darin Von Ruden
May 5, 2020

Live - Wisconsin Supreme Court Arguments on Safer at Home

May 5, 2020

Live coverage by Zoom meeting of this morning's Supreme Court arguments on the Safer at Home plan from Gov. Evers and Secretary Palm. Live Coverage thanks to Wisconsin Eye. There seem to be some intermittent problems with this stream. Our apologies.

Menomonie City Council Meeting 5/4/2020

Menomonie City Council Meeting 5/4/2020

May 4, 2020

We will be attempting to cover more of the city and county government meetings by reporting briefly on them and making recordings when possible of the new online meetings. This is a recording of the 5/4/2020 Menomonie CIty Council Meeting, which was held as a Zoom conference. 

Gov. Evers Announces Plan to Make Wisconsin One of the Top States in Testing Per Capita

May 4, 2020

MADISON —​ Gov. Tony Evers announced today the state's plan to make Wisconsin one of the top states in testing per capita, in addition to already being one of the top states in COVID-19 testing capacity. Gov. Evers shared that Wisconsin is prepared to provide 85,000 COVID-19 tests per week, ensuring that everyone in the state who needs a test receives a test.

Local drive-through COVID-19 testing for Eau Claire and Dunn counties

COVID-19 drive-through testing
May 4, 2020

Drive-through testing is taking place over the next week through many of the counties in the state. This has been mentioned here before but it was brought out again this morning in the Governor's briefing and we have received more detail about the local testing for Dunn and Eau Claire counties.