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November 24, 2020

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released unemployment data from March 15 to November 21, 2020, revealingthat 93.55% of the over 8.2 million weekly Unemployment Insurance claims that have been filed since March 15, 2020, have been processed.


Record COVID-19 deaths in Wisconsin, Governor asks people to have controlled holiday

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COVID-19 Media Briefing - 11/24/2020

November 24, 2020

Today Wisconsin had a record number of reported COVID-19 deaths, with 104 citizens losing their lives to the pandemic. This is after some lower numbers over the last two days. Reported infections and deaths often drop over the weekend as both tests and reporting slow down on weekend days. 

State-wide another 279 people were reported as hospitalized after a drop over the weekend in that statistic as well. 

Menomonie School Board meeting for 11/23/2020

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Menomonie City Council Meeting for 11/23/2020

November 23, 2020

Note that WisCommunity will not be providing live streams of the school board meetings for the time being since the board is meeting in person and we have decided that we will no longer attend in-person government meetings until the pandemic subsides. We will attempt to capture the live stream provided by the school district and post it here later.


A. Call to Order

B. Roll Call and Quorum

11/20/2020 Dunn County COVID-19 update with KT Gallagher

November 20, 2020

This is the weekly COVID-19 update with Dunn County Health Dept. Administrator KT Gallagher.

Gov. Evers issues new Public Health Order, Face Coverings Order

Governor Tony Evers
November 20, 2020

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today declared a new public health emergency in Wisconsin as Wisconsin’s hospitals are operating at or very near full capacity and healthcare providers are struggling to keep up with the demand for care.

Dunn County Health and Human Services Meeting 11/19/2020

Health & Human Services Board - 11/19/2020

November 19, 2020

This is the live Zoom meeting for 11/19/2020. 

KT Gallagher has reported two new deaths in Dunn County since this morning's state numbers were released, raising the number to 8. There may be one more that has not been confirmed as a COVID-19 death.

83 more COVID-19 deaths in Wisconsin

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November 19, 2020

COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continue to indicate that this will be a long winter. 83 more deaths from the pandemic were reported today in Wisconsin. None of these deaths were in Dunn County, which stays at a count of 5 deaths. In Eau Claire County, two new deaths were reported, bringing the total to 48.

People's Map Commission 3rd CD Hearing Tonight

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People's Maps Commission Online Public Hearing | 3rd Congressional District

November 19, 2020

The Third Congressional District Fair Maps hearing is tonight at 5:30 PM. If you are concerned about gerrymandering and fair maps in the state this is an important hearing for our part of the state. You may watch the  hearing here or at

Murder investigation near Downsville

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November 19, 2020

An incident is currently being investigated near Downsville, WI at N2564 440th St. The Dunn County Mobile Command Center and multiple officers are at the site. Officers are taking photographs of the trailer home on site.  Officers at the site and the Dunn County Sheriff's office would not discuss what is happening at the site. We'll try to provide more information later.

WEC Orders Presidential Election Recount

Attorney Troupis and Meagan Wolfe
November 19, 2020

Madison, WI – The Wisconsin Elections Commission today ordered a partial recount of presidential election results in Dane and Milwaukee counties after receiving a recount petition and $3 million payment from the Trump campaign.

The order comes following a meeting of the six-member, bipartisan commission late Wednesday at which the commission unanimously approved the recount order.  (A copy of the order is attached.)

Gov. Evers to issue new public health emergency

Governor Tony Evers

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 11/18/2020

November 18, 2020

There will be a media briefing at 1:30 today on COVID-19 with Governor Evers and others. It would not be surprising if the Governor discussed the package of bills he sent to the legislature yesterday on COVID-19. 


Trump campaign files for recount in Dane, Milwaukee Counties

Troupis files for recount
November 18, 2020

The Trump campaign wire transferred 3 million dollars to the Wisconsin Election Commission overnight. According to Reid Magney the press contact for the commission, they have not yet received a petition for a recount and have no other information other than that they have been told a petition will be filed later today.


November 17, 2020

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released unemployment data from March 15 to November 14, 2020, revealingthat 93.28% of the over 8 million weekly Unemployment Insurance claims that have been filed since March 15, 2020, have been processed.


COVID and the Arts - Katie Shay, Menomonie Theater Guild

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Interview with Katy Shay

November 17, 2020

Although everyone has been punched in the pocketbook by the pandemic, arts organizations have been particularly hard-hit, particularly performing artists. With most performances banned, or at least a very bad idea, many performers are hurting, and the many new virtual performance opportunities are not cutting it. 

Hobbs Ice Arena to close temporarily

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November 17, 2020

Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire will be closed starting tomorrow (Wed. Nov. 18) due to a concern about the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. In a press release today:

New state records for deaths and hospitalizations from COVID

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November 17, 2020

State-wide Wisconsin is suffering badly from the pandemic. Today's numbers how a record number of hospitalizations (318) and the highest reported one-day number of deaths (92). 2274 people are currently hospitalized with the virus, with 456 people in intensive care. These are both new records.

Governor Evers and DHS Direct an Additional $80 Million to Support Skilled Nursing Facilities

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November 17, 2020

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and the state Department of Health Services (DHS) today have pledged an additional $80 million to support Wisconsin’s skilled nursing facilities through the end of the year. In addition, to address critical staffing shortages, DHS is partnering with the Departments of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) and Workforce Development (DWD) to enhance existing efforts to strengthen the workforce in Wisconsin’s health care and long-term care settings.

Rapid Testing Is Less Accurate Than the Government Wants to Admit

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November 17, 2020

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Midwest Governor Conference on COVID-19

November 17, 2020

Conference call of Midwestern Governors on the pandemic crisis.

Wisconsin DHS Media Briefing on COVID Vaccine

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COVID-19 Media Briefing - 11/17/2020

November 17, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services will hold a media briefing at 1 PM today answering questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.


  • Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Stephanie Schauer, Ph.D., Division of Public Health Immunization Program Manager

When: Tuesday, November 16, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.  ** Note time change