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Federal Criminal Complaint Charges Illinois Man With Traveling To Minnesota To Riot, Possession Of Explosive Devices

June 1, 2020

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal criminal complaint against MATTHEW LEE RUPERT, 28, charging him with civil disorder, carrying on a riot, and possession of unregistered destructive devices. RUPERT, who was taken into federal custody earlier today in Chicago, Illinois, will make his initial appearance later today before Chief Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer in U.S. District Court in Chicago, Illinois.

WFU calls for national effort to address racism, systemic oppression

June 1, 2020

The killing of Minnesota resident George Floyd – the latest instance in a long and disturbing history of systemic oppression towards people of color – underscores the urgent need for racial justice and equity in America, according to Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU).

Jeff Smith - Be the Change We Need

State Sen. Jeff Smith
June 1, 2020

In the months since Wisconsin has been impacted by COVID-19, we’ve all thought about the day that our lives will begin to return to normal. It’s an understandable thought to have. After all, the pandemic has forced us to make changes in nearly every aspect of our lives.

 

But this calls into question, what does “normal” really mean?

 

Menomonie Public Library opens today

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June 1, 2020

The Menomonie Public Library re-opens today for public use. Only twenty people will be allowed in the building at one time, and they ask that patrons wear face masks and maintain six feet of social distance while in the library. The library may be used to check out materials, to use the public computers, and to make copies.

Governor Walz putting Keith Ellison in charge of George Floyd Case

 Keith Ellison

LIVE: Coverage of continuing protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd

May 31, 2020

Governor Walz of Minnesota has just announced that he is putting Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison in charge of the George Floyd case, replacing Hennepin County prosecutor Mike Freeman. Ellison will now lead the criminal prosecution in the case, assisted by Freeman. The governor stated that this change was at least partly due to a request from Floyd's family. This is an evolving story.

Protests in Minneapolis - day 6

LIVE: Coverage of continuing protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd

May 31, 2020

Peaceful protests are building again in Minneapolis - One thing to note is that the Interstates in the Cities are once again closed as of 5 PM. I'm gathering together a couple of live feeds again for all you Chippewa Valleyers who are trying to follow. I am very glad we have been having peaceful protests in the area and let's hope for a more peaceful night in the cities tonight. 

George Floyd Remembrance Vigil and Community Discussion

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May 31, 2020

We will carry the Facebook Live stream of this Eau Claire community event today at 3 PM. More details are available on the

Eau Claire George Floyd Protest

May 31, 2020

Thanks to WQOW for the Facebook Live feed. Several hundred protesters gathered in Eau Claire today to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police. Thus far the protest has been very peaceful. There will also be an online event this afternoon at 3 PM which we will carry here as well as helping with the Zoom live stream.

Mike McCabe - Unscrewing America

Mike McCabe

Mike McCabe - Unscrewing America

May 30, 2020

Mike McCabe discussed his new book Unscrewing America on a Zoom meeting with Community Conversations and WisCommunity. 

Live Coverage from Minneapolis today

LIVE: Day 5 of George Floyd protests in Minneapolis–St Paul

May 30, 2020

According to MnDOT all of the major highways in the Metropolitan Twin Cities area will be closed starting at 7 PM tonight. There will be a strong attempt tonight to take control of the city. The highways will be closed until 6 AM tomorrow. This includes basically all of the major highways within the 494/694 loop. The protests that have been taking place today have been very peaceful after an extremely difficult night in the Cities.

Menomonie George Floyd Protest 5/29/2020

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George Floyd protest in Menomonie, WI

May 30, 2020

A peaceful protest, primarily of Stout Students, took place in downtown Menomonie, on 5/29/2020. We took some photographs of the protest and talked to one of the protesters. There  was also another protest at Interstate 94 where a banner was placed across the highway on the pedestrian bridge.

Minneapolis protests live feed for Friday Night

#LIVE: Minneapolis Responds To Police Murder of George Floyd

May 30, 2020

Protests and fires continue in Minneapolis tonight - video feed from Unicorn Riot and KSTP. The fires and protests have expanded throughout other parts of the city. State police are currently poised to re-take control of the 5th police precinct.

Additional Unemployment Insurance Benefits Available in Wisconsin Under Extended Benefit Program

May 29, 2020

MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Caleb Frostman announced today that, due to an increase in the state's unemployment rate, Wisconsin triggered onto the Extended Benefit (EB) program, which provides additional unemployment benefits to those who exhaust previous benefits, effective May 17, 2020.

Eau Claire County issues new COVID-19 protection order

May 29, 2020

Eau Claire County today issued a slightly-changed COVID-19 protection order. The new order is slightly different in that it restricts outdoor gatherings of people to a maximum of 20 rather than the previous 10. The  new order is attached below, and we will be putting the new media briefing announcing the order as part of this article later.

Protesters shutting down I-94 in Milwaukee

May 29, 2020

Facebook Live Video courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Protesters shutdown Interstate 94

Wisconsin hits high for COVID-19 new infections

May 29, 2020


The numbers released from the state Department of Health Services are discouraging. Today's new COVID-19 infections are a new high point for the pandemic, with 733 new positive cases today.

Dunn County Buildings to remain closed to the public

May 29, 2020

The Dunn County office buildings will all remain closed to the public through the end of June. That period may be extended or shortened depending on progress on containing the pandemic. 

“Many employees who have been working from home are now beginning to return to Countyoffices,” said County Manager Paul Miller. “With more people in the buildings and COVID-19still a threat to public health, we need to protect residents and employees of Dunn County.”

Mary Turck - Update in the Middle of it All

Photos from Minneapolis
May 29, 2020

Normally we do not attempt to cover news in the Twin Cities, but this is a story of national importance - I called on my friend Mary Turck to re-publish her story this morning on about the events in Minneapolis last night. I highly recommend her to anyone who cares about immigration issues and social justice. 

Live video from Minneapolis protests 5/28

#LIVE: Minneapolis Responds To Police Murder of George Floyd

May 29, 2020

Live streaming from Unicorn Riot and KTSP. Fires have been burning in the area of Lake St. and 28th Avenue. The 3rd District Police station has burned down, along with some commercial buildings. The Target store that was looted last night is also on fire, and there are reports of fires and looting in St. Paul and a of conflict in other parts of the Twin Cities.

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