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The Stubborn Similarity Of Gas Prices Across Eau Claire

Confusion over what drives differences in gas prices between gas stations in the same town ⁠— or even at the same intersection ⁠— can be a constant source of frustration for drivers. Depending on the pricing system in a state, gas prices at one station can be nearly $0.30 different from those at another across the street.

21st Century Political Chautauqua in Menomonie #1

Matt Rothschild

Melissa Kneeland speaks about Political Chautauquas

On September 7, 2019 a 21st Century Political Reform Chautauqua was held in Menomonie. The chautauqua featured multiple speakers talking about political reform in Wisconsin and ways to achieve that goal. We will bring you videos of many of the speeches at the Chautauqua throughout the next week, but to start out these are videos of Melissa Kneeland (director of the Dunn County Historical Society) and Matt Rothschild of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Kardemimmit tonight in Eau Claire

Kardemimmit

Kardemimmit - Hius heliä - Fair Hair

Tonight and tomorrow present an opportunity to listen to Finnish music, something that does not often come to the area.

Jeff Smith - Have a Conversation for Democracy’s Sake

Senator Jeff Smith

Politics is everywhere around us – when you turn on the television, open a newspaper or scroll through Facebook. It’s hard to get away from it all. When we see the divisiveness all around us, it’s easy to think our system is broken.

LWV - THE TIME FOR REDISTRICTING REFORM IN WISCONSIN IS NOW

The need for redistricting reform in Wisconsin is critical. Concerned voters across the political spectrum are calling to end the practice of gerrymandering by our elected officials. The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin has advocated for nonpartisan redistricting for decades. Over these decades, the control of the legislature has teetered between the two major parties.

Speaker's Water Quality Hearing - Dunn County Officials

Speaker's Water Hearing Menomonie Dunn County Officials

Members of the Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality met in Menomonie on September 4, 2019. 70 individuals attended the hearing along with the 13 Assembly members on the task force and local legislators Sentar Patty Schachtner, D-Somerset, Senator Jeff Smith, D- Eau Claire, Rep. Jodi Emerson, D-Eau CLaire, and Rep Warren Petryk, R-Eleva. 

Like Someone Had Branded My Brain

I was driving from the farm to a gig at Best Buy where I was working as a consultant. It was a normal sunny day in The Cities as I tried to swill down enough coffee to wake up as I was listening to NPR, just like normal.

Health Alert: Vaping Linked to Severe Lung Diseas

Contact: Lieske Giese, RN, MSPH Director/Health Officer 715-839-4718, 715-514-7881 (cell) [email protected]

 Eau Claire, WI- September 10, 2019-

The Eau Claire City County Health Department is urging residents to stop using any vaping and/or e-cigarette devices immediately. If you’ve never vaped or used e-cigarette devices, don’t start.

Menomonie School Board Supports WASB Resolution against Native American Mascots

Menomonie School Board 9/9/2019

Items of particular interest on tonight's agenda:

Public Comments:

Registered speaker speaks against approving the WASB Resolution on the Retirement of Native American Mascots, asking board members to abstain.

Roberts Rules of Order for Considering Resolutions:

Citizen Testimony - Speaker's Water Hearing 9/4/2019

Speaker's Water Hearing Menomonie WI 9/4/2019 Citizen Testimony

The state legislature has been holding meetings across the state on issues of water quality. On Sept. 4 the committee held a meeting in Menomonie. We have video of the entire session, but have only edited this section so far, which is the public testimony. Earlier in the day there were multiple testimonies from invited guests including local government agencies and agricultural groups. Those videos will be available later in the week. 

WisCommunity is back

Steve Hanson

As I am sure has been clear, WisCommunity has been very slowly updated for the last few months. Those of you who know me personally have been aware that my wife has had serious health issues over the last nine months. I am sad to have to report that my darling Lorelei died on August 25th at home with me and our daughters.

Jeff Smith - America is Best When Labor is Strong

Senator Jeff Smith

Another Labor Day has come and gone. Summer is beginning to wind down and we’re taking our last chance to fish or camp for the season. Children are reflecting on their summer and eagerly anticipating the new school year.

Kiddos and Mental Health

Senator Jeff Smith

We always want what’s best for our children. We want our children to be happy, comfortable and safe. If we could provide all the tools for our children to succeed, why wouldn’t we?

Politics Behind Gun Violence Inaction

Senator Jeff Smith

I can’t imagine the horror victims go through when face to face with an active shooter while in a place of worship, school, shopping center or night club. How do families cope with the news of a loved one being murdered by a domestic terrorist, coworker or significant other? Or the news of a loved one who took their own life?

Washed Away: Northwest Wisconsin Copes With The Costs Of A Changing Climate

On the morning of July 12, 2016, Joan Elias awoke to discover she was stranded in her home. Elias, who lives on 21 mostly-wooded acres in rural Iron County, was cut off from the outside world by an unexpected — and unprecedented — deluge.

Governor Evers signs Executive Order on Clean Energy

Today Governor Evers signed an executive order on Clean Energy. The order creates an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy in the Department of Administration. It also declares a goal of reaching 100% clean energy in the state by 2050, as well as bringing the state in line with the Paris Climate Accord, and requires clean energy workforce training in the state. 

Governor Evers speaks at 2019 Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers

Tony Evers speech on Clean Water at Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference 2019

At yesterday's Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference Governor Evers spoke about different clean water initiatives in the state, and the need to improve and protect water quality. One irony of the day was that while we were all talking about clean water at the conference, we had to keep the kids at the camp event out of the water at the lovely beach at Kamp Kenwood because the lake was suffering from the same blue-green algae bloom being seen at multiple sites across the state.

Wisconsin Farmers Union 2019 Summer Conference

Gov. Tony Evers

Wisconsin Farmers Union 2019 Summer Conference

One main focus of the 2019 Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference was clean water. The conference this year featured a demonstration of water runoff from different kinds of farming practices. The demonstration was done by Pheasants Forever and showed how modern farming practices can limit water runoff and loss of nutrients while ensuring more of the rainfall actually infiltrates the soil.

Senator Jeff Smith - Legislators Gather for Nonpartisan Conference

Senator Jeff Smith

Last week I joined over 7,000 legislators and staff from other states and around the world in Nashville at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) annual Legislative Summit. NCSL is a bipartisan organization that has been around 45 years with a mission to advise, train and advocate for state government, regardless of party affiliation.

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WISCONSIN CALLS ON LAWMAKERS TO PASS STATE GUN REFORMS

The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin mourns the loss of scores of innocent lives in three recent mass shootings -- in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio -- in one week. Like so many others, we are frustrated that these tragedies continue and nothing is done to stop them.