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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

Gov. Evers orders flags flown at half-staff

American Flag
May 22, 2020

In Executive Order 77 Governor Evers has ordered all flags at state buildings be flown at half-staff for Memorial Day, starting at sunrise Monday morning.

Live Stream - why is life different at the Menomonie Farmers Market this year?

Veronika Zazovsky

COVID-19 and the Menomonie Farmers Market

May 22, 2020

We'll be running a live stream tomorrow (Friday, May 22, 1:00 PM) with Veronika Zazovsky, manager of the Menomonie Farmers Market, and Keith Bergeson from the Dunn County Health Department. We'll talk about the changes at the Farmers Market this year, and why there is no ready-to-eat food. Simultaneously broadcast on YouTube and Facebook Live. This is a new experiment. Keep your fingers crossed.

Dunn County Fair to be limited to remote youth events

Dunn County Fair Logo
May 21, 2020

In a press release the Dunn County Fair Board announced that all in-person events for the Dunn County Fair are canceled for 2020. The fair will be limited to youth and 4-H events that can take place remotely.

5/21/2020 DHS Media Briefing

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 5/21/2020

May 21, 2020

Today's DHS COVID-19 Media Briefing will include:

  • 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 
  • Kteile Smith, ADN, St. Paul Elder Services, Inc.

It will take place at 1:30 PM Central Time.

Governor Evers announces new support for farmers and to reduce hunger

Governor Tony Evers
May 20, 2020

Today Governor Tony Evers announced a new program to directly pay Wisconsin farmers for losses during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to increase food security for Wisconsin residents. The Wisconsin Farm Support Program will provide $50 million in payments to Wisconsin farmers and $15 million in payments to combat hunger.

Why euthanize 600,000 pigs?

pigs
May 19, 2020

A New York Times article on May 14, 2020 noted that Iowa hog farmers are estimated to euthanize 600,000 hogs in the following six weeks while Minnesota farmers already had killed 90,000 hogs. For these farmers, this pencils out roughly to losses of $96.85 million and $14.53 million respective for Iowa and Minnesota hog farmers (at $57.65/cwt for a 280 lb. hog).

Gov. Evers Announces $1 Billion Statewide Effort to support COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing, Operations, and Resources for Local Communities

Gov. Tony Evers
May 19, 2020

MADISON—Gov. Tony Evers today announced a robust $1 billion statewide effort to support COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, acquisition of needed supplies, emergency operations, and resources for local communities throughout Wisconsin.

The effort is funded by $1.17 billion in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars.

Pier 1 closing all retail operations

Pier 1 logo
May 19, 2020

In a Pier 1 announced the orderly shutdown of all of their retail operations, including closing all stores and liquidating inventory, including their e-commerce operations and intellectual property.  They join a list of companies suffering in the pandemic, including J. C.

Rural broadband in the time of coronavirus

network wiring
May 19, 2020

We're All In Grant and Initiative Program announced

Governor Tony Evers
May 18, 2020

Governor Tony Evers today announced a $75 million program of grants and initiatives to help small businesses get back on their feet and recuperate from losses due to the pandemic. $2500 grants will be available to assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory. Businesses will be able to apply for grant assistance in early June.

Eau Claire County issues new COVID-19 rules

Eau Claire County COVID-19 Update - May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department has issued a new local health order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The new order is in effect until May 28 and extends the previous health order to provide specific guidance for businesses involving one-to-one services including hair-cutting and other personal services. This order for the first time would allow providing such personal services in the county.

Jeff Smith - Disappointment and Opportunity

Senator Jeff Smith
May 18, 2020

Disappointment and opportunity may not always belong in the same sentence, but when addressing conflicts they often work together. We can be disappointed, but we have to consider the opportunity before us to move forward and be better.

 

This is how I felt about last week’s Wisconsin Supreme Court decision to lift the Safer at Home order. Although we’re left feeling disappointed, we must consider the opportunities ahead to get through this crisis.

 

Gov. Evers Announces $75 Million We're All In Grant Program and Initiative to Spur Wisconsin's Economic Recovery, Promote Safe Business Practices

Gov. Tony Evers
May 18, 2020

MADISON—Gov. Tony Evers today announced $75 million in assistance for small businesses as part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s We’re All In initiative, a comprehensive effort to celebrate and help Wisconsin’s small businesses get back on their feet and support best practices to keep businesses, consumers, employees and communities safe.

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