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Live Coverage from Minneapolis today

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.

Menomonie George Floyd Protest 5/29/2020

Menomonie  Protest

George Floyd protest in Menomonie, WI

May 30, 2020

A peaceful protest, primarily of Stout Students, took place in downtown Menomonie, on 5/29/2020. We took some photographs of the protest and talked to one of the protesters. There  was also another protest at Interstate 94 where a banner was placed across the highway on the pedestrian bridge.

Minneapolis protests live feed for Friday Night

#LIVE: Minneapolis Responds To Police Murder of George Floyd

May 30, 2020

Protests and fires continue in Minneapolis tonight - video feed from Unicorn Riot and KSTP. The fires and protests have expanded throughout other parts of the city. State police are currently poised to re-take control of the 5th police precinct.

Additional Unemployment Insurance Benefits Available in Wisconsin Under Extended Benefit Program

May 29, 2020

MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Caleb Frostman announced today that, due to an increase in the state's unemployment rate, Wisconsin triggered onto the Extended Benefit (EB) program, which provides additional unemployment benefits to those who exhaust previous benefits, effective May 17, 2020.

Eau Claire County issues new COVID-19 protection order

May 29, 2020

Eau Claire County today issued a slightly-changed COVID-19 protection order. The new order is slightly different in that it restricts outdoor gatherings of people to a maximum of 20 rather than the previous 10. The  new order is attached below, and we will be putting the new media briefing announcing the order as part of this article later.

Protesters shutting down I-94 in Milwaukee

May 29, 2020

Facebook Live Video courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Protesters shutdown Interstate 94

Wisconsin hits high for COVID-19 new infections

May 29, 2020


The numbers released from the state Department of Health Services are discouraging. Today's new COVID-19 infections are a new high point for the pandemic, with 733 new positive cases today.

Dunn County Buildings to remain closed to the public

May 29, 2020

The Dunn County office buildings will all remain closed to the public through the end of June. That period may be extended or shortened depending on progress on containing the pandemic. 

“Many employees who have been working from home are now beginning to return to Countyoffices,” said County Manager Paul Miller. “With more people in the buildings and COVID-19still a threat to public health, we need to protect residents and employees of Dunn County.”

Mary Turck - Update in the Middle of it All

Photos from Minneapolis
May 29, 2020

Normally we do not attempt to cover news in the Twin Cities, but this is a story of national importance - I called on my friend Mary Turck to re-publish her story this morning on about the events in Minneapolis last night. I highly recommend her to anyone who cares about immigration issues and social justice. 

Live video from Minneapolis protests 5/28

#LIVE: Minneapolis Responds To Police Murder of George Floyd

May 29, 2020

Live streaming from Unicorn Riot and KTSP. Fires have been burning in the area of Lake St. and 28th Avenue. The 3rd District Police station has burned down, along with some commercial buildings. The Target store that was looted last night is also on fire, and there are reports of fires and looting in St. Paul and a of conflict in other parts of the Twin Cities.

Gov. Evers Announces $200 Million "Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants" Program

Gov. Tony Evers
May 27, 2020

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced the launch of the “Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants” program, a $200 million effort aimed at helping local leaders address some of their most urgent and unique COVID-19 recovery needs. Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), Routes to Recovery Grants will be allocated to every Wisconsin county, city, village, town and federally recognized tribe.

Wisconsin DHS media briefing for 5/27/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 5/27/2020

May 27, 2020

Today's media briefing includes

  • 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 
  • Dr. Aronica Williams, Milwaukee Health Services, Inc.

Dunn County COVID-19 update for 5/27/2020

May 27, 2020
Dunn County Updates Covid-19 Response 2.27.2020

Quick update from KTGallagher, Dunn County Health Department Director on Wednesday, May 27th, 20

Elections Commission formulates November election plans

elections commission logo
May 27, 2020

In a teleconference yesterday the Wisconsin Elections Commission developed new plans for the remaining 2020 elections, including plans to distribute CARES money to municipalities in the state and to mail absentee ballot information to registered voters.

Eau Claire Grand Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Temporarily Closing

May 26, 2020

As part of the Grand Avenue Plaza project, the Grand Avenue Pedestrian Bridge will be temporarily closed for the installation of a storm sewer and to pour concrete. Pedestrians and bicyclists should use caution when traveling through this area.

Work is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 through Friday, May 29,  from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

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

COVID-19 Media Briefing at SEOC - 5/26/2020

May 26, 2020

Today's COVID-19 Media Briefing is with the Department of Military Affairs outlining the work the National Guard is doing on testing and other issues.

Who:

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

What:

The Hazard Of COVID-19 Heading Up North For Summer

May 26, 2020

Every year, hundreds of thousands of cabins, cottages and lodges across the northern third of Wisconsin come back to life as their owners commence their annual summertime excursions to their home away from home. A majority are owned by people who live in the region, but one out of five of these owners live in the southern part of Wisconsin, and one in six hail from outside the state.

Dunn County extends COVID-19 Administrative Order through June 1

KT Gallagher
May 25, 2020

In a press release, this afternoon Dunn County Public Health Administrator KT Gallagher announced a new COVID-19 Administrative Order. The previous order 20-01 was set to end on May 26. The new order 20-02  extends the order through June 1, 2020 and clarifies the differences between what parts of the order are mandatory and those that are advisory. 

Wisconsin State Parks adjust their policy

Kohler-Andrae State Park
May 23, 2020

The Department of Natural Resources has announced modifications to state park policies in an attempt to open up a little more while preserving the safety of parks employees and visitors.

Beginning Saturday, May 23, all Wisconsin state park system properties will return to regular operating hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Properties will no longer be closed Wednesdays. 

Dunn County Health Update 5/22/2020

May 23, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 update with Dunn County Health Department Director, KT Gallagher

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