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Menomonie School Board President Resigns

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According to the meeting agenda for the Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 special meeting of the Menomonie School Board, board president Dan Paulson has resigned. Paulson apparently resigned on Feb 14. According to district policy, Vice President Amy Riddle-Swanson is now the new board president, and an election will be held at the Monday meeting for a new Vice President. It is not currently clear if Paulson is resigning from the board or just as president.

Looking back at the World-Wide-Web

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This brings back memories.  Many many years ago in what seems like another lifetime, I was the head of the UNIX administration team at FERMILAB. We had I believe the 3rd website in the United States. Life was much simpler then - web browsers such as they were only showed text. Links were new and exotic.

Local roads are very slippery - be careful

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Please note that local roads are deteriorating quickly with this morning's heavy snowfall. Reports are coming in for crashes on I94 and Highway 29 that have closed traffic lanes.

Farmers Union members set 2019 policy priorities

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APPLETON – At the 88th annual Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention Jan. 25-27 in Appleton, delegates from across the state adopted policy that will guide the family farm organization’s work in the coming year.

Jeff Smith: Part Three - Water is Precious

State Senator Jeff Smith

This is the third of three columns describing the importance of water in Wisconsin

 

Former Senator Vinehout's home lost in fire Saturday

Kathleen Vinehout

Former State Senator Kathleen Vinehout's home burned down in a fire on Saturday morning. According to a Facebook post from her official account, the home is a complete loss, but the family is safe. Later posts indicate that Kathleen and her husband escaped the fire with only the clothes on their back. Eau Claire City Council President Andrew Werthmann has started a Facebook fundraiser to raise money for the family for immediate needs.

Jeff Smith: Part Two: Water is Prosperity

Last week I wrote about how water is life. This week I hope to show how important water is for all of us to not only survive, but also to thrive.

4 Forces Feeding Uncertainty About Foxconn's Future In Wisconsin

President Trump at Foxconn Groundbreaking

A bubbling sense of uncertainty enveloping Foxconn's plans for its manufacturing and research operations in Wisconsin has sparked considerable speculation around the state in the opening months of 2019. Industry analysts and other observers are wondering to what extent the company's promises would, or even could, come to fruition as its public commitments evolve at a fast clip.

As Number Of Wisconsin's Women Legislators Stalls, Partisan Mix Shifts

November 6, 2018 marked an historic election in the United States due to the unprecedented numbers of women elected to state and national offices. Iowa, Maine and South Dakota elected their first women governors, Arizona, Mississippi and Tennessee elected their first women senators, and 37 new women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. These historic results, however, were not equally distributed between the two major political parties.

Conservation voters applaud plans to join U.S. Climate Alliance

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
CONTACT: Ryan Billingham, Communications Director, Wisconsin Conservation Voters, 608-208-1129 (office), 608-213-6972 (mobile/text), or [email protected]

Road conditions becoming treacherous in Chippewa Valley - Tuesday, 1/12/2019

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This is getting tedious and I'm beginning to think I should just keep promoting this to the top. Road conditions are again terrible through the entire state, and reports are coming in of I-94 being shut down in several places due to accidents. Please do not travel if you can avoid it, and if you do go somewhere be extremely careful.

Menomonie School District Board Meeting 2/11/2019

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Menomonie School Board 2/11/2019

Agenda items will include plans to make up lost school days, funding for youth services officers, and a strategic planning update. Agenda is attached. We will start attempting to videotape meetings again starting this week.

I. OPENING ITEMS

A. Call to Order

B. Roll Call and Quorum

C. Pledge of Allegiance and Reading of Mission Statement

D. Agenda Order and Approval/Revision

E. Recommendations and Commendations

No Quarters for Kathy

Kathy Bernier
Shame on you, Kathy Bernier. Don't you for a moment try to normalize the prospect of toll roads in Wisconsin. For the first 100 years of automobile travel in Wisconsin, we have ensured that our taxes are enough to provide good roads.

Jeff Smith - Part One: Water is Life

Senator Jeff Smith

This is the first of three columns describing the importance of water in Wisconsin

Erin Link - Finding the Right Fit

Hey! It's the first week of February, and we just got done with the polar vortex of DOOM! Seeing negative forty on my thermometer is a bit frightening. Thankfully these cold temps didn't last for long, and all the farm critters were tucked away and did just fine. The geese even opted to sleep outside on hay piles during this cold snap. They are such hardy little critters!

Keeping On - Help!

The Beatles - Help!

As you have probably noticed, life on this web site has slowed somewhat the last few months. Those of you who know me personally are probably aware that we're dealing with serious family health issues at Cruiskeen Lawn, and that has made it difficult to get a lot of work done, much less make long-range plans.

Anti-Trust Panel at Wisconsin Farmers Union Convention

Antitrust panel at WFU State Convention 2019

The Wisconsin Farmers Union held their annual convention last week. The convention is always a whirlwind of democracy in action as the members vote to set their policy priorities for the coming year, and discuss issues affecting farmers for lobbying action throughout the coming year. This year's convention featured a panel on monopolies and antitrust legislation, including how they affect farmers.

Why Many Wisconsin Voters Offer No Opinion About Officeholders

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Scott Walker's high-profile and polarizing tenure as governor allowed Wisconsinites across the political spectrum to agree on at least one thing: they felt sure about who he was and how they viewed him. Now, with a new governor in office, many of the state's voters, including staunch partisans, appear to be less sure about their opinion.

Putting the Conn back in Foxconn

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In a report from Reuters this morning, Louis Woo, special assistant to Foxconn Chief Executive Terry Gou suggested that plans for Foxconn manufacturing in Wisconsin may be scaled back again, and may in fact not include any manufacturing at all.

Jeff Smith - Walk the Talk for Bipartisanship

I’ve said it. Governor Evers said it. Republican leaders said it - “We need to work together.”

A number of clichés come to mind as we talk about working together. “It’s easier said than done” or “Talk is cheap.” I prefer “walk the talk.”

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