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Ken Meter speaks on Strengthening Communities

Ken Meter

Ken meter strengthening rural communities

Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the U.S., integrating market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns. Meter holds 47 years of experience in inner-city and rural community capacity building. His local economic analyses have promoted local food networks in 140 regions in 40 states, two provinces, and three tribal nations. 

Changes in the Eau Claire restaurant scene

A few big changes in some highly-valued restaurants in Eau Claire:

The popular coffee shop Racy D'Lene's and the associated breakfast spot The Nucleus are changing hands. They have been purchased by Pablo Properties, currently involved in The Oxbow Hotel and The Lismore in Eau Claire. Pablo Properties has promised to not make big changes in either of the very popular spots, but the new owners do intend to attempt to source more local ingredients.

Menomonie School District Board Meeting 11/12/2018

Menomonie School Board Meeting 11/12/2018

The agenda for the meeting is attached below. The meeting included a slightly contentious discussion about board ethics and the work that Board President Dan Paulson and his work with other organizations. In particular the issue was raised that Mr. Paulson is a member of the group Menomonie Cares, which has written to the board objecting to the money expended on the second development phase of the Sports Complex.

Vinehout - Citizens Vote to Raise Property Taxes to Pay for Schools

A little-told story from the recent election is the change happening across Wisconsin as citizens voted to increase their property taxes to pay for local schools.

Conservation voters congratulate Evers, Barnes on historic victory

MADISON – Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters congratulates Tony Evers and Mandela Barnes on their election victory.

Walker concedes to Evers

News Conference: Gov-Elect Evers & Lt. Gov-Elect Barnes Discuss Tuesday Win

The Governor's campaign office has released a concession letter. Evers is now speaking after the concession.

Maple Syrup's Deep Roots In Wisconsin

Maple Syrup

Breakfast enthusiasts understand the importance of a quality maple syrup. But the real stuff often isn't in the big bottles that line grocery store shelves — no, genuine maple syrup is a product resulting from a meticulous practice of tapping trees and cooking sap. And even though it's produced in the spring, maple syrup is a year-round household staple.

Crowd-Sourced Election News

We're working on a new collaborative social media curation tool and will be collecting election news here. If you'd like to help out, use the contact form on the site and let us know.  

Unofficial Election Returns Tonight

ballot box

Now that you have voted - you have voted, right? you are probably wondering how you find out who won. State-wide, the AP collects data from various counties and reports results. Many news organizations in the state are AP members, and so will have access to the returns. If you are interested in local results, it's usually fastest to look at the elections on your own county website. We've listed some of our favorite links below.

Flop Sweat on the Campaign Trail

As we head into the election tomorrow, let's review the increasingly obnoxious campaign trends of the last few weeks. We all get trained to not call campaign statements lies. Let's face it, candidates of all parties are prone to stretch a point while campaigning, and to cast themselves in the best light possible, and their opponents in the worst.

Girl Scout tragedy strikes the community, forces us to look at drug abuse

The recent horrific accident in Chippewa County that took the lives of three local Girl Scouts and an adult supervising them on a road clean-up has shaken both the scouting community and everyone in the area. A vigil last night helped the grieving process in the Chippewa Valley and this process will unfold for a long time to come.

Wisconsin dairy crisis on Nightline

Last night's Nightline program featured the dairy crisis in Wisconsin. Watch local farmers, including Farmer's Union officer Sarah Lloyd as they discuss the dairy crisis, the current administration, and the upcoming election. 

What Does Foxconn Mean to Me?

“Hard to wrap my head around,” the woman shared as she considered Foxconn. Just what do big budget decisions mean to us?

Work has begun on crafting the next state budget. Over the next few months, this work will continue in earnest. One hefty unbudgeted expense added to upcoming budget math is a large taxpayer funded payment to a foreign corporation.

Matt Rothschild, Dr. K. Zagorski on Fair Maps

Fair Maps Panel

Fair Maps/Gerrymandering Panel

Thursday night Matt Rothschild of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and Dr. K. Zagorski spoke in a forum on fair maps and gerrymandering in Menomonie. The discussion, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley clarified the history and current status of gerrymandering in Wisconsin, and what can be done to move forward. Wisconsin currently has one of the most gerrymandered voting maps in the country.

Shifts In Student Numbers Help Drive School Referendums Across Wisconsin

School referendums around Wisconsin have been steadily increasing in the 2010s, particularly years when a general election is held. In 2017, the state Legislature enacted Act 59, a biennial budget bill that limits a school board from approving no more than two resolutions in one year authorizing school funding increases. But it has not slowed the number of school districts that have chosen to go to referendum in 2018.

New Web Security Feature - update

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Wis.Community is a member of LION publishers. We receive multiple benefits from this, one of which is receiving full coverage with Cloudflare for our site. This protects the site from DDOS attacks and hackers, and improves the site performance. This should work out great, but we are currently tuning some of the parameters for the web firewall.

67th Assembly District Candidate Forum

Wren Keturi and Rob Summerfield

Wisconsin 67th District Candidate Forum

The League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley sponsored a candidate forum on October 22 at Bloomer Middle School. Rob Summerfield and Wren Keturi fielded a wide array of questions submitted by the audience, which numbered approximately 35. This video will be the last of our video coverage of area candidate forums. 

Please keep the candidate responses to the questions in these forums and in the various voter questionnaires in mind when you vote on Nov. 6. 

No School Board Coverage tonight --- will be at candidate forum

Lack of resources strikes again. Rather than being at tonight's Menomonie School Board Meeting, we will be videotaping the 67th District Candidate Forum in Bloomer. If you're going, stop by and say hello to the guy with the video camera.  Details of the candidate forum (Wren Keturi and Rob Summerfield candidates) are below, as well as a link to tonight's Menomonie School Board agenda.

A few other items of interest this week:

Thursday:

K. Vinehout - WEDC: Facts Don’t Jive with Rhetoric

What happens to state money given to companies to create jobs? Do the jobs get created? How do we ensure the money is not misspent?

These questions came to mind as I recently communicated to a constituent who feared state economic development money was being misused. I encouraged, among other actions, a call to the Legislative Audit Bureau’s Fraud, Waste and Mismanagement Hotline (877-372-8317).

Live Stream of the Gubernatorial Debate

We have replaced the live video stream of the debate with a recording so that you may watch it again today.