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It's always something - and then there's the weather

February 5, 2021

So it's the tech week from - er - heck here. Beyond the normal pile of slightly-unexpected tech issues, at the moment our VPS supplier tells us they're having some internet stability into our data center. I've noticed a few periods when we've dropped off the web, which has made life interesting. Add that to the fact that I had to fix 2 different laptops this week, power outages in the area, and a quick drop into the deep freeze starting tonight, it's been quite a week.

Gov. Evers to Veto GOP Bill Limiting Response to Pandemic

Governor Tony Evers
February 5, 2021
Legislature abandons bipartisan compromise, sends first bill to governor’s desk in more than 290 days

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today reacted to the passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 1, which was passed after Republicans abandoned compromise legislation that passed the Wisconsin State Senate with bipartisan support. A previous bipartisan version of AB 1 had received the governor’s support, signaling he would sign that version if Republicans sent it to his desk.  

 

COVID-19 vaccination appointment information from Dunn County

vaccine information graphic
February 4, 2021

As of Feb. 1 over 2800 COVID-19 shots have been given to Dunn County residents, and 885 have been given to people over the age of 65. The Dunn County Health Department asks you to only make a single appointment for your vaccination when you become eligible. 

This is the appointment information for the major health providers in the county:

Governor Evers signs new health emergency order

Governor Tony Evers

Gov. Evers Puts Public Health Before Politics, Signs New Public Health Emergency

February 4, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order  and Emergency Order establishing a statewide public health emergency and requiring face coverings in public places to protect the health and safety of Wisconsinites.

Rural leadership recognized at WFU Convention

Rachel Henderson and Family
February 4, 2021

Several members and two Wisconsin legislators were recognized for their leadership and dedication to rural Wisconsin this weekend during the 90th Annual Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention. Nearly 250

Dunn County Power Outage

February 4, 2021

Update - power was restored to all areas within a few hours - in time to get power back to people before the cold snap set in.

Assembly votes to revoke the face mask mandate

February 4, 2021

The Wisconsin Assembly just voted to accept the amended resolution revoking the governor's mask mandate and has sent the resolution back to the Senate. This, in effect, has removed the state-wide mask mandate. 

The resolution will formally take effect tomorrow after it’s signed by Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg.

Wisconsin Elections Commission Meeting for 2/3/2021

February 3, 2021

This is the live stream provided by Wisconsin Eye of today's Wisconsin Elections Commission meeting. The meeting is a look back at the November 2020 election and the agenda and other information are on the Elections Commission website at https://elections.wi.gov/node/7305 .

Eau Claire City and County approve mask ordinance

virus photo
February 2, 2021

Update -- After a long hearing in which 16 people spoke against the new mask ordinance and 10 spoke against it, the Eau Claire City Council approved the mask ordinance 13-0. 3,195 people responded to a survey put out by the city recently and of those respondents 59% favored the mask mandate and 41% asked to not have it implemented.

Menomonie School Board Candidate Forum for 2021

Menomonie School Board Candidate Forum

February 2, 2021

The eight candidates for the school board of the Menomonie Area have accepted an invitation from League of Woman Voters – Greater Chippewa Valley, in partnership with the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce, to participate in an online candidate forum on Tuesday, February 2, 7 to 9 pm.

The primary election will be February 16, where voters will vote for three candidates. The top six vote getters will go on to the general election on April 6, where the three winners will be selected.

DHS Vaccine Q&A for 2/2/2021

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 02/02/2021

February 2, 2021

Who:

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

When: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.              

Oops again

Dropped ice cream cone
February 2, 2021

Well, it's been a week of surprises. I've been trying to shape up some of the behavior of the web site in preparation for doing a complete site upgrade and tuning the server performance. In the process, I managed to forget that I'd left the server in an odd mode while I was debugging something, and the upshot is that this morning it completely ran itself out of memory. The technical term in the system administration for this is "Httpd faw down go boom".

Correct a Cheating System with Fair Maps

State Senator Jeff Smith
February 2, 2021

I can always appreciate a good game of cribbage; sure, there’s some friendly competition, but more importantly, it’s a chance to catch up with someone and make some memories. But, imagine someone beat you to the end of the board just to find out they cheated the whole game, maybe by moving their pegs a couple extra spots each round or slyly taking a look at your cards. You’d probably be frustrated and distrusting if you play them again, right?

 

Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton and UW-Eau Clare Counseling Services to receive Regents' Diversity Awards

Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton
February 1, 2021

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will honor the recipients of the 13th annual Regents’ Diversity Awards on February 5 in Madison at the next Regents meeting. These awards recognize individuals and programs that foster access and success for students who are members of historically underrepresented populations. Each recipient is awarded $7,500 to support professional development or continue the program being honored.

Menomonie City Council Meeting 2/1/2021

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Menomonie City Council Meeting 2/1/2021

February 1, 2021

Pledge of Allegiance

1. Roll Call & Special Recognitions

2. Approval of Minutes

3. Public Hearings

4. Public Comments

5. Unfinished Business

6. New Business

A. Proposed First Amendment to the Ellsworth Menomonie Creamery, LLC Wastewater Collection and Treatment Agreement – discussion and possible motion approving

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council

Governor Tony Evers
February 1, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers today announced 30 appointments to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Equity and Inclusion.

Help on the way for rural Wisconsinites struggling with lousy internet? Maybe.

Slow Computer Rage cartoon
January 31, 2021

More help might be on the way for those in Wisconsin with snaillike internet.

After a tough 2020 in which many students endured remote learning and adults had to work from home, Gov. Tony Evers declared 2021 “The Year of Broadband Access” in his State of the State speech earlier this month. He proposed $200 million in state grants for the expansion of high-speed internet and aid for poor residents to pay for it.

Menomonie School Board Meeting for 1/25/2021

Menomonie Schools Logo

Menomonie School Board Meeting for 1/25/2021

January 25, 2021

The stream started late here because the stream from the district ran on a different channel on the CESA platform than was in the agenda.

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.

What's up at WisCommunity in January 2021

January 24, 2021

So many projects, so little time. Once in a blue moon, I write a little article to let readers know what is going on here, and what you will see coming in the future. 

Who Are We?

January 23, 2021

WisCommunity is published by Steve Hanson, who is the primary employee at the moment. We are working on expanding our staff and may be taking on an intern and perhaps a part-time employee soon.