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DHS Vaccine Q&A for 5/4/2021

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 05/04/2021

May 4, 2021


  • Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer, DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases


Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. - 2;30 p.m.

Gov. Evers Signs Senate Bill 69, Requires Holocaust and other Genocides Education for Wisconsin Students

April 28, 2021

MILWAUKEE — Gov. Tony Evers today signed Senate Bill 69, now Wisconsin Act 30, requiring lessons about the Holocaust and other genocides be incorporated into social studies education for Wisconsin students throughout grades five to twelve. 

Wisconsin state legislators wrote themselves a ‘bizarre’ loophole in the Open Records Law

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April 28, 2021

Unlike every other public official in the state, legislators can destroy documents to avoid records requests


If the city of Oshkosh’s streets superintendent gets an email from a citizen complaining about an uneven sidewalk in front of his house, by law that public employee has to hold onto that record should anyone want to see it.

The Iron Knight

The Iron Knight Documentary

April 28, 2021

Many of you who frequent Menomonie may have seen The Iron Knight, and wondered what this guy is all about and why does he walk around town in this outfit? Spottings have been frequent over the last two years, and some Stout students released a short documentary about him yesterday. Enjoy The Iron Knight!

Every Worker Deserves a Safe Workplace

State Senator Jeff Smith
April 28, 2021

It has always fascinated me that American workers accomplished so much even when the technology and machinery that we take for granted now wasn’t yet available back then. Consider the New York skyscrapers, for instance. We’ve seen photos of workers walking on narrow beams hundreds of feet above the ground or the iconic photos of workers eating their lunch sitting on a steel beam overlooking the city. It’s hard to imagine the risks these workers took to construct those enormous structures.

Menomonie School District board meeting for 4/26/2021

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Menomonie School Board Meeting for 4/26/2021

April 26, 2021

Starting this evening WisCommunity will again start doing a live stream of more government meetings. My apologies for the video pixellation and the sometimes poor audio quality on this stream. I had some odd hardware problems on this one, and partly just from lack of practice since I've not been doing these streams for months. There are a few issues to straighten out.

MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2021, 5:30 P.M.

JFC Budget Hearing press conference with Citizen Action on Climate Change


April 23, 2021

Citizen Action held a press conference on 4/22/2021 in conjunction with the JFC budget hearing  in Menomonie. The conference included the following speakers:

State Senator Jeff Smith (31st district, member of Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change)

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #111, Directs State-Managed Law Enforcement to Review and Update Use of Force Policies

Governor Tony Evers
April 21, 2021

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order 111, directing state-managed law enforcement, including the Department of Natural Resources Division of Public Safety and Resource Protection, the Wisconsin State Capitol Police, and the Wisconsin State Patrol, to review and update their use of force policies.

Jeff Smith - How the Budget Connects Our Community

State Senator Jeff Smith
April 20, 2021

I had an amazing conversation with a number of constituents who attended my budget listening session last week. The attendees, who were strangers to each other, shared personal and heartfelt stories. They made it clear that the decisions made by their legislators truly do affect them and their communities.


Menomonie City Council 7 PM 4/19/2021

Menomonie City Council Meeting 3/5/2021

April 19, 2021

Sorry that we were not able to carry that live stream successfully -- for some reason we are having problems with the audio. The attached video starts late into the meeting.

Pledge of Allegiance

1. Roll Call & Special Recognitions

2. Approval of Minutes

3. Public Hearings - None

4.Public Comments

Many citizens spoke in favor of the Asian Pacific Islander resolution. One citizen spoke against.

5. Unfinished Business

Rotten Apples, Rotten Tree

April 18, 2021

6:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. My phone buzzes with a text. “What are your thoughts on Walz ordering the National Guard to Brooklyn Center?” 

COVID-19 Dunn County status update

April 17, 2021

This is the weekly video update from Dunn County Health Department Administrator KT Gallagher. This week KT answers a question about when the vaccines will attain full approval rather than emergency approval and goes over the statistics for Dunn County. There will be no video update next Friday.

Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and Dunn County pause Johnson and Johnson vaccine delivery

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COVID-19 Media Briefing - 04/13/2021

April 13, 2021


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is instructing Wisconsin vaccine providers to stop administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine due to a federal review of adverse side effects reported. 

Jeff Smith - Schools, Children and their Future

State Senator Jeff Smith
April 12, 2021

You may have heard politicians and the media use the line that schools should “open” or schools have a plan to “re-open.” This has caused a lot of confusion because schools never stopped providing support and instruction to their students. Teachers never stopped teaching. Yes, to protect students and families, many districts had to adjust their methods of instruction, but the work never stopped.

Mai Xong resigns from Eau Claire City Council to pursue position in Evers administration

Councilwoman Mai Xong
April 12, 2021

City Clerk Carrie Riepl received the attached correspondence from former Eau Claire City Council Member Mai Xiong, indicating Ms. Xiong’s resignation from her service on the Eau Claire City Council effective April 9, 2021.

The 2021 Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearing is now open

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The Wisconsin Conservation Congress: Advocating for Wisconsin’s Outdoors

April 12, 2021

The Spring Conservation Congress is your opportunity to weigh in with the Wisconsin DNR on many different matters of importance for conservation in the state. The Conservation Congress was started in 1934 by Aldo Leopold and is the only structure of its type in the US. The spring Public Hearing and County Meeting opens at 7 PM tonight and runs for 72 hours. 

Dunn County COVID-19 Update for Dunn County 4/9/2021

Dunn County new COVID-19 cases per day
April 10, 2021

This is the weekly Friday update for Dunn County's COVID-19 status from Dunn County Health Administrator KT Gallager. Today KT discusses the fast increase in vaccinations in the county, but that the rate of infection is slightly increasing. Although we have not really reached a critical rate of infection, the increase is disheartening. 

COVID-19 media briefing for 4/8/2021

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 04/08/2021

April 8, 2021


DHS experts will answer questions about the status of COVID-19 in Wisconsin and our response, along with questions about vaccine and variants.


  • Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer, DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases


Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

The US needs a macrogrid to move electricity from areas that make it to areas that need it

April 7, 2021
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Pine Tree Wind Farm and Solar Power Plant in Tehachapi, Calif., 115 miles from LA.

Eau Claire lifts alternate side of street parking early

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April 7, 2021

Due to a relatively mild winter, an early spring, and good long-range forecast, Community Services Director Renee Tyler, in accordance with authority granted by the City code of ordinances, has issued an order suspending Alternate Side Parking restrictions in the City of Eau Claire effective today through May 1, 2021.  Parking will now be permitted on both sides of the street until November 1, 2021, except in those locations where permanent or temporary parking restrictions are posted or mark