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Where did Channel 13 go?

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July 3, 2020

If you watch WEAU, Channel 13 on an antenna (as opposed to cable or an over-the-top provider) you may have found that Channel 13 disappeared this afternoon. Many TV stations are changing frequency due to an FCC auction of frequencies. Channel 13 changed frequencies at 2 PM today. If you are not getting Channel 13 you will need to re-scan on your television sets to continue to receive the channel.

Have a great holiday weekend - but stay safe

July 3, 2020

It's Fourth of July weekend in Wisconsin. It's normally a time for outdoors, fireworks, fun, and crowds. But not so much this year. Lots of activities are being scaled back, but many of you are going to want to go out and have a normal 4th. I get it. 

Westbound 94 closed at Menomonie

July 2, 2020

Update --- the road is patched and traffic is again normal. It's always amazing what a snarl these highway closures cause in Menomonie.

Frac sand supplier Covia files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

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July 1, 2020

Frac sand supplier Covia has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In Wisconsin, Covia has facilities in Columbia, Dunn, Monroe, Pierce and Waupaca counties, including the only frac sand mine in Dunn. Covia has entered into a cost-reduction agreement with its secured creditors, and intends to reduce costs by $1 billion. Covia owns 32 mines, and is a result of the merger of Unimin and Fairmont Santrol.

Jeff Smith - Patriotism: Protecting the health of Americans

Senator Jeff Smith
July 1, 2020

As we move through a year that has already been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we think ahead to when we can resume normal activities, be part of community gatherings and celebrate holidays, like Independence Day.


Independence Day invokes strong feelings about patriotism and freedom. Many Americans use this time of year to celebrate the holiday and express these feelings, whether it’s in the form of yard displays, fireworks or even red, white and blue clothing.

Dane County order closes bars, limits restaurants

Madison, WI
July 1, 2020

After a week of quickly-increasing COVID-19 cases in young people, and 21% of the cases stemming from bars, the Madison and Dane County Health Department this morning ordered a reduction in capacity for restaurants and the shuttering of all bars for any non-takeout service.

Matt Rothschild - Cynical Appeals Court Helps Wisconsin GOP

Matt Rothschild
June 30, 2020

The outrageous decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to limit early voting in Wisconsin was a gift to Wisconsin Republicans.

The three-judge panel – all appointed by Republicans – overturned the decision by Judge James Peterson of Madison, who had ruled that parts of the Voter ID law limiting early voting were unconstitutional because they were aimed at reducing African American turnout.

League of Women Voters files suit on failure of absentee ballot system

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June 30, 2020

[MADISON, Wis.] – Despite the heroic efforts of municipal clerks preparing and mailing out an unprecedented number of absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s April 7 election (more than 1.2 million ballot requests were made), the system experienced a catastrophic failure as numerous ballots were never delivered to voters who requested them or arrived too late for voters to cast them.

Here Comes The Rain Again

June 29, 2020

Apologies to the Eurythmics. But you will notice the big red banner at the top of the site is telling you we are under a flash flood warning. They mean it. People in the area are reporting various amounts of rainfall from 5-8 inches since this started last night, and it's still coming down hard here outside of Downsville. The farm rain gauge broke the other day so I do not know what we have received here, but it's a lot of rain.

Museums preserve clues that can help scientists predict and analyze future pandemics

June 27, 2020
Specimens like these at Dublin’s Natural History Museum contain valuable information about the evolution of pathogens and host organisms.

Dunn County COVID-19 Update for 6/26/2020

Status Update
June 26, 2020
Dunn County COVID-19 Weekly Update

Thanks for your patience! Here is the weekly COVID-19 update with Dunn County Health Department Director, KT Gallagher.

Still more possible contact risks in Eau Claire

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June 26, 2020

For the third day in a row the Eau Claire City-County Health Department is reporting possible contact risks in Eau Claire, again involving bars on Water St. Today's report is another contact possibility at The Pickle (at a different time) and a potential risk of exposure at Brother's. Anyone who was attending these businesses during the listed hours and are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should contact their health provider.

Interview with Dr. Mark Neumann

Mark Neumann

An interview with Mark Neumann

June 25, 2020

We recently interviewed Dr. Mark Neuman, congressional 3rd CD Democratic Candidate. Neuman is running against Ron Kind in the August primary. You may also listen to this interview .

Eau Claire reports potential new COVID-19 exposures

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June 25, 2020

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department has reported two new cases of potential COVID-19 exposure. Anyone who was at these establishments on the given days and times AND are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their provider to get tested. Both establishments are cooperating with the public health investigations. 

Times and places of potential exposure include:

• The Pickle on June 19 from 10:30 PM – 12:00 AM and June 20 from 11:30 PM -1:30 AM

Eau Claire issues new Public Health Order

COVID-19 Virus
June 24, 2020

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department has issued a new Public Health Order which loosens requirements in the county and goes into effect at midnight tonight.  These decreased requirements are taking place despite an increase in cases and risk in the county, and primarily reflect the fact that the health department has been able to keep up with contact tracing in the county. Please see today's information briefing for more details on recent outbreaks in the county.

Governor Evers Deploying National Guard to Dane County to control protests

Governor Tony Evers
June 24, 2020

, Governor Evers announced today that the is deploying the National Guard to Dane County to protect state buildings and infrastructure. The protests last night in Madison were in response to the arrest of activist Yeshua Musa.

CJCC Executive Meeting 6/24/2020

CJCC Exec Meeting - 06/24/2020

June 24, 2020

What is happening with the Dunn County Courts.

Eau Claire City-County Health reports potential COVID-19 exposures

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June 24, 2020

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department is reporting the potential for exposure to the COVID-19 virus at two Eau Claire County businesses and asks that people who may have been exposed receive tests if they are experiencing symptoms. It is possible that some people were exposed at these businesses and were not able to be contact-traced.

DHS Media Briefing 6/23/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 6/23/2020

June 23, 2020

Today's DHS media conference primarily announced a new dashboard of data, primarily including . This is intended to help local governments, organizations, and businesses to better understand the status of their county and to make good decisions on that basis.

Jeff Smith - Aging in Rural Wisconsin

Jeff Smith
June 23, 2020

Growing old is an inevitable part of life. When it comes to aging, we can’t help but wonder where we’ll live when we retire, the quality of life we’ll have and how we’ll stay healthy. While most of us want to remain in our homes for as long as possible, aging in place is almost a must for farmers in rural Wisconsin.