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Jacksonville, FL GOP Convention canceled

President Trump Holds a News Conference

July 23, 2020

In his address today President Trump announced that the Jacksonville, FL portion of the GOP convention is canceled, and the only portions of the convention that remain will take place in Charlotte, NC as was originally planned. It will be a very reduced convention and will be primarily in some virtual format. According to the President "I will still do a convention speech in a different form, but we will not do a big, crowded convention".

COVID-19 DHS Media Briefing for 7/23/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 7/23/2020

July 23, 2020

Further cuts to UW budget, mask wearing is essential, no mask mandate at this time, though it is being considered, new financial aids for schools, new COVID cases are primarily younger people.


More potential COVID-19 exposures in Dunn County

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July 22, 2020

We just received notice of two potential COVID-19 exposures in Menomonie from the Dunn County Health Department. We hope to have more information later today.

The Market: July 17 and 18 from 8:00 PM until 12:00 AM

The Arena: July 17 and 18 from 12:00 AM until 2:30 AM

Gov. Evers Announces Additional Cuts to State Spending Due to COVID-19

Governor Tony Evers
July 22, 2020

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced he has directed the Department of Administration (DOA), under Secretary Joel Brennan, to work with state agencies to identify $250 million in cost savings for the current fiscal year (FY20-21).

DHS COVID-19 Media Briefing 7/21/2020 - highest new case count ever

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 7/21/2020

July 21, 2020

Today's Media Briefing on the COVID-19 status in Wisconsin. In the briefing DHS announced that today's numbers are the highest number of new cases since the pandemic started. 1117 new positive tests were reported today, which is an unusually high number. This is partly because an extraordinary number of tests were performed in this 24-hour reporting period.

Menomonie City Council approves Estover Terrace development and re-zoning

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Menomonie CIty Council Meeting 7/20/2020

July 20, 2020

In a very long city council meeting tonight, the council approved both the Estover Terrace development and the re-zoning for the property involved. This development was opposed by many of the citizens in the area of the development, and they had sent a petition to the city council in advance of the meeting. Many of those opposed spoke at the meeting tonight. 


Eau Claire County reports second COVID-19 death

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Eau Claire County COVID-19 Update - July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020

In today's Eau Claire County press briefing on COVID-19 the Eau Claire City/County Health Department reported a second death from COVID-19. The person was female, under 50, and had underlying health conditions. She died in the hospital, and it was not clear where or how she contracted the disease. 

Dunn County Power Outage

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July 20, 2020

Power is back on - at least here, but  it appears many people still do not have power.

Dunn County Energy is currently reporting approximately 350 customers without power in southwestern Dunn County. This includes my home and office. Most of the outage is in towns of Dunn, Weston, and Eau Galle, with some others in Menomonie, Rock Elm, Union, and Waterville townships. The outage started around 4:15 this aftenoon.

Menomonie Public Library to require face masks

Menomonie Library Photo
July 20, 2020

The Menomonie Public Library announced today that they are joining many other businesses and organizations in the area by requiring face masks be worn by customers of the library. Their announcement requires masks on everyone age 3 and above who are visiting the library and goes into effect on Monday, August 3.

The announcement in full reads:

The People’s Maps Commission: By the People and For the People

State Senator Jeff Smith
July 20, 2020

When representatives of the original colonies gathered to determine the formation of the United States they took the bold step of putting the trust in the hands of its citizens, establishing the United States as a Democratic Republic.


We are partnering with Polco - what do you think about Menomonie schools re-opening?

July 19, 2020

We're trying out another community engagement experiment. WisCommunity is partnering with Polco to do polls of the local community. At the moment we're interested in how you feel about sending your kids back to school this fall, and how you think that will happen.

Dunn County COVID-19 update for 7/17/2020

July 17, 2020

Today's weekly COVID-19 update with Dunn County Public Health Administrator KT Gallagher.

Weekly Recap with Health Department Director KT Gallagher!

Mask Up, Friends

Wiscommunity Face Mask
July 17, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread alarmingly throughout the country and Wisconsin. Although we have not reached a crisis level in the Chippewa Valley, the numbers are not great. As of today we've had 61 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Dunn County, 48 of which are considered to have recovered. Fortunately we have not yet experienced any deaths. In Eau Claire County there have been 371 cases, and one death. State-wide the numbers are definitely not improviing (see below graphs).

State COVID-19 Media Briefing for 7/16/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 7/16/2020

July 16, 2020

The state DHS will hold one of their regular media briefings today at 1:30 PM. The video will appear here when it takes place.