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Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 media conference for 12/17/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 12/17/2020

December 17, 2020


  • Governor Tony Evers
  • Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer, DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases
  • Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor

When: Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.            


Wisconsin DHS Vaccine Q&A for 12/16/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 12/16/2020

December 16, 2020


  • Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Stephanie Schauer, Ph.D., Division of Public Health Immunization Program Manager

When: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. ** Note time change          

Jeff Smith - Budgeting to Reflect the Will of the People

State Senator Jeff Smith
December 15, 2020

It’s often said that a budget is more than just a fiscal document, it’s a moral document. While Wisconsin leaders work on creating and approving a new budget, we must make sure our state budget reflects the values we share as a state. You have an opportunity to get involved and advocate at every stage of the budget process, beginning with the People’s Budget listening sessions.


Menomonie School Board meeting 12/14/2020

School District Logo
December 14, 2020

In order to provide sufficient physical distancing, in-person attendance for the public Board meeting will be limited to 25 people. It is anticipated that there will be 14 spaces available for members of the public.

DHS Vaccine Q&A

December 14, 2020

At 1:30 PM today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services will hold a Vaccine Q&A session, answering questions about the COVID-19 vaccine in the state. 


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

When: Monday, December 14, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.      

SCOWIS rules on Trump lawsuit and indefinitely confined status

Madison Capitol building
December 14, 2020

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled this morning on a lawsuit which was argued in September regarding the status of indefinitely confined voters. Under Wisconsin law a voter may declare themselves indefinitely confined when requesting an absentee ballot, in which circumstance they do not need to provide voter ID to vote.

Wisconsin electors vote for president

President-elect Joe Biden
December 14, 2020

Monday at noon the Wisconsin electors will vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for president and vice-president. The Wisconsin Democratic electors this year are:

Menomonie High School students planning strike against resuming class

Menomonie Student Union Strike Logo

Student Strike Interview with Lila Parent

December 12, 2020

Update - I spoke with one of the strike organizers at MHS. 

The Menomonie School District recently announced that the high school will resume in-person classes at Menomonie High School on Monday, Dec. 14. The district had closed the High School previously due to the pandemic, and particularly because illness and quarantine cases for the staff had made it difficult to continue classes.

Dunn County COVID-19 update for 12/11/2020

COVID-19 graphic
December 12, 2020

This is this week's COVID-19 status update with Dunn County's Health Services Director KT Gallagher. This week KT discusses why COVID numbers are different on different websites,  the new guidelines on length of quarantine, how  long immunity lasts, and what is going to happen with the new vaccines.

Wisconsin Supreme Court agrees to hear Trump case, two federal cases dismissed

President Trump
December 11, 2020

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case brought by the Trump campaign which was by the Milwaukee County Circuit Court. The Supreme Court had previously rejected hearing this case, and remanded it down to the Circuit Court. 

Gov. Evers Announces Wisconsin Electoral College Meeting

Governor Tony Evers
December 11, 2020
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced Wisconsin’s Electoral College members will meet next Mon., Dec. 14, 2020, at 12 p.m. in the Wisconsin State Capitol to cast their votes for President and Vice President of the United States.

Joint Committee on Campaigns and Elections Hearing

Wisconsin Capitol
December 11, 2020

A hearing will be held by the Join Committee on Campaigns and Elections at 10 AM on Friday, Dec. 11. We will embed the live stream here, thanks to Wisconsin Eye, as soon as the hearing starts.

The committee has announced who has been invited to testify, which is almost exclusively conservative and Republican people, including a right-wing talk show host.  Dean Knudson and Robert Spindell are two of the three Republican members of the bi-partisan Wisconsin Elections Commission.

Judge Simanek rules against Trump campaign in state lawsuit

President Donald Trump
December 10, 2020

On December 10, 2020, the Milwaukee County Circuit Court will hear Donald J. Trump et al v. Joseph R. Biden et al with Reserve Judge Stephen A. Simanek presiding. Case (consolidated with Dane County Circuit Court Case ).

DHS COVID-19 Media Briefing for 12/10/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 12/10/2020

December 10, 2020

Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services will hold a COVID-19 status briefing today at 1:30 PM.


  • Governor Tony Evers
  • Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Traci DeSalvo, Acting Director, Bureau of Communicable Diseases
  • Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor

When: Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.            

Menomonie High School to re-open Monday, 12/14/2020

Menomonie Schools Logo
December 10, 2020

In this week's COVID-19 update, Menomonie School District Superintendent Joe Zydowsky wrote that the Menomonie High School will return to in-person learning on Monday, Dec. 14. 

Hello SDMA Families and Staff.

Greetings from the School District of the Menomonie Area. There is a lot of information in this week's update, so information will be grouped in the sections below:

Jeff Smith - Fend for Yourself Unless Republicans Do Their Jobs

State Senator Jeff Smith
December 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives significantly, killing nearly 4,000 Wisconsinites, devastating our economy and leaving us in a hard place to recover.  After more than 230 days since the State Legislature met, Governor Tony Evers stepped up, once again, to provide relief for Wisconsin families.

Eau Claire to receive Department of Defense medical help

medical testing
December 9, 2020

This morning Governor Tony Evers announced that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will deploy approximately 45 U.S. Army medical personnel to assist the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19 in Wisconsin. One of the four cities receiving help is Eau Claire, which will receive help at the Marshfield Clinic.

Eau Claire County potential COVID-19 exposure

December 8, 2020
The Eau Claire City-County Health Department is alerting the public of potential COVID-19 exposure at Buddha’s Bar (129 W. Lincoln St. in Augusta) on Thursday, December 3rd from 5:00 pm-2:00 am. Post Date: 12/08/2020 5:19 PM

The Election is Over. Wisconsin Turns to Redistricting.

district map comparison
December 8, 2020

The veto is intact. 

Now that the election is over, it’s time to move on to the next political fight in Wisconsin. The results from that will last longer than a Joe Biden presidency.

Like every state in the union, Wisconsin must redraw its political districts. Many experts consider the Dairy State’s to be among the most gerrymandered in the nation.

Post-election in Wisconsin, nothing much changed in regards to the state legislature, which draws the maps.

Local businesses receive state awards for COVID-19 innovation

December 8, 2020

231 Wisconsin businesses were awarded grants totaling 3 million dollars in the We're All Innovating Contest. This contest awards state CARES act funds to businesses that have found innovative solutions to issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. The competition was limited to businesses with 50 or fewer employees and is administered through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).