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A Quick Note Before I Fall Asleep

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June 20, 2020

Since lately the world seems to have become crazier than normal and I have been caught up in working a lot more than normal, I thought it was time to take a deep breath and let you know what's up with us, and the news, and the future.

How do you think Wisconsin should re-open for business?

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May 14, 2020

In some ways after yesterday's court order this poll is moot. But it is still interesting to see what our readers think. The small unscientific poll results show a very mixed set of ideas about re-opening the state:

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May 8, 2020

So it's like this. It's Friday night and I've spent part of the afternoon coping with the fact that our web provider fell off of the internet intermittently for a lot of the afternoon. And I'm still getting used to the idea that the big pot of money I was hoping for from Facebook seems not to have fallen into the company checking account.

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May 5, 2020

Today we ask for your help. The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful for news organizations around the globe both in having an entirely new beat to cover, but more because it has so impacted our revenue.

New Podcast Episode - Flipping the Switch with MMFC

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May 5, 2020

The podcast is finally back. Life has been pretty hectic around here, and although I've been interviewing people for the podcast, it's been difficult to find the time to edit things together. I'm starting a series called Flipping the Switch, where I will talk to community members about how their work lives have changed since the pandemic started. Today's episode is a talk with Becca Schoenborn, the Outreach and Education Coordinator at Menomonie Market Food Co-op.

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April 30, 2020

Many businesses and organizations in the Chippewa Valley are suffering during the pandemic. Restaurants are short of customers and trying to make do with pickup service and selling gift cards for when life gets back to normal. Farmers are having a tough time of it and are working more on direct sales to consumers. Non-profits are struggling and looking for donors. 

Story of Plastics Panel Discussion

The Story of Plastics Panel Discussion

April 26, 2020

Our recent Virtual Environmental Film Festival screening was very successful. About 30 people signed up to watch the film (and our link was used by another group showing that couldn't work out getting set up - I was glad to help). We had a panel discussion after the movie showing, and had 12 people (some of whom came and went) after the showing.

Crowdsourcing project to add resources for the COVID-19 crisis

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April 3, 2020

We are starting a project to have community members add resources to the website so that people can find resources to help them through the current situation. This includes things like grocery stores and restaurants that are open, local farmers, government information sources, ways to keep entertained, and a lot more.

Music - let's try this

March 21, 2020

I know we're all feeling a little on-edge. On a personal note I have been running as fast as I can for the past week and still feel incredibly behind. There are so many things to do, and life refuses to slow down. And as things stand now I am more and more just hunkering down in the house and trying to do everything from here. I have the disturbing feeling that the smattering of life video from meetings yesterday will be the last outside reporting gig for a while.

A Quick Note Before I Fall Asleep

It's Always Something
March 17, 2020

I know for a lot of us the days seem incredibly long at the moment. We're all a little worried, we're all a little stressed, and the landscape of life has become unfamiliar. As of today we have no restaurants and bars (other than carry-out). Many of the touchstones of our lives are closed or closing. Personally it's hard for me to accept that the libraries and schools are closed for the duration.

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  • Steve Hanson
    8:49pm

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    *We are now seeing reports that the gas leak in Eau Claire has been contained with no further damage, and the evacuation is being canceled.*
     
    Yesterday a house exploded.  This morning Highway 53 was shut down and the neighborhood evacuated due to a truck spilling Ammonium Hydrate and diesel on the highway, with fear of explosion.
     
    Yesterday a house exploded.  This morning Highway 53 was shut down and the neighborhood evacuated due to a truck spilling Ammonium Hydrate and diesel on the highway, with fear of explosion.
     
    Now this from the Eau Claire Police:
     
    Now this from the Eau Claire Police:
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  • Steve Hanson
    8:32pm

    MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today released the following statement in response to the Wisconsin Supreme Court's ruling upholding provisions of the lame duck laws passed by the State Legislature in December of 2018:  

    “We had a race for governor in 2018. I won. Unfortunately, things got off on the wrong foot because Republicans immediately passed a law overriding the will of the people and the election, and they’ve been sour grapes ever since.

    “From the lame duck laws and challenging my veto power, to Safer at Home and holding an unsafe election this past April, clearly Republicans are going to continue working against me every chance they get, regardless of the consequences. But I'm not going to let that stop me from continuing to do what I promised I would when I ran for this office—I am going to keep putting people first and doing what's best for the people of our state.”

     

  • Steve Hanson
    8:31pm

     “People should get to choose their elected officials, not the other way around”

    MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced the official application and selection processes for The People’s Maps Commission, a nonpartisan redistricting commission charged with drawing fair, impartial maps following the 2020 U.S. Census. During his 2020 State of the State Address, Gov. Evers announced he would be creating a commission comprised of the people of our state—not elected officials, lobbyists, or political party officials—to draw maps and present them to the Legislature for their consideration. Several days later, the governor signed  creating The People’s Maps Commission. The governor’s executive order came just months after Gov. Evers declared in signing his first biennial budget he would bring the fight for fair maps to the Legislature after the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee removed a nonpartisan redistricting proposal from the governor’s proposed 2019-21 budget. 

    “I believe, and I know Wisconsinites do, too, that the people should get to choose their elected officials, not the other way around,” said Gov. Evers. “The maps we have were drawn behind closed doors without public input, resulting in years of litigation. When I ran for governor, I promised the people of this state that I would fight for nonpartisan redistricting and fair, nonpartisan maps that were drawn in the light of day, and by golly, we’re going to make good on that promise.” 

    51 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties encompassing nearly 80 percent of Wisconsin’s population have passed resolutions or referenda supporting nonpartisan redistricting. According to a , more than 70 percent of Wisconsinites prefer to have redistricting conducted by a nonpartisan commission. Nonpartisan redistricting proposals have been introduced in the Legislature for several legislative biennia—and have even received bipartisan...

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  • Steve Hanson
    8:29pm

    COVID Connect provides shorter wait times and faster results  MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers announced today that citizen soldiers staffing the Dane County National Guard COVID-19 testing sites have completed as many as 40 percent more tests per hour over two days last week thanks to the new COVID Connect testing registration system. The system was piloted by the state at the National Guard testing site at the Alliant Energy Center and will soon roll out to other National Guard testing sites in Wisconsin. Testing site staff collected 4,200 specimens over the course of the two-day trial.

    “It took the hard work of many to develop and test COVID Connect before its roll out, so it's great to see it get off to such a strong start,” said Gov. Evers. “COVID Connect allows us to not only test more people faster, but also to increase contact tracing efficiency.”

    COVID Connect allows patients to register online for their test right from their phones, significantly shortening wait times at the testing site. Once a patient registers on COVID Connect, they receive two emails. The first email confirms their registration and provides a code that is used to access the registration information. The second email contains a link to the system for them to report suspected COVID-19 exposures, including people, events, or locations.

    Each specimen collected at a National Guard site using COVID Connect receives a code that is linked to the patient’s record and used to track it through the process. Once the results are complete, the patient receives an email with a link to access their results. Results are not provided in the text of the email.

    In addition to the 4,200 specimens collected over the two days, 3,800 results emails were also sent out over that timeframe (not all patients provide an email address). COVID Connect has created efficiencies and reduced opportunities for data errors at nearly every step of the process, as the previous process included paper registration and multiple points of data entry.

    “Using COVID Connect results in faster testing, more timely results to patients, and more comprehensive information that contact tracers can use to track the spread of COVID-19 and encourage isolation,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “This is one more tool we can use to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.”

    COVID Connect will continue to be used at the National Guard site at the Alliant Energy Center going forward and will roll out to other National Guard testing sites based on testing volume and readiness. For up-to-date information about Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response, including community testing options, visit the DHS...

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  • Steve Hanson
    8:17pm

    We are now seeing reports that the gas leak in Eau Claire has been contained with no further damage, and the evacuation is being canceled.

    Yesterday a house exploded.  This morning Highway 53 was shut down and the neighborhood evacuated due to a truck spilling Ammonium Hydrate and diesel on the highway, with fear of explosion.

    Now this from the Eau Claire Police:

    Update! Evacuating Chippewa, Niagara, Broadway, and Hudson St from 1st through 2nd Ave. Owen Park is also being evacuated.
    Gas line was cut in the area of 1st and Water. Xcel Energy and ECFD are on scene. We are currently evacuating the areas of Chippewa St. and Niagara St. along 1st and 2nd Ave. Please avoid the area and we will update ASAP.
    Please avoid that part of town and be really careful.
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    8:09pm

    Join for live music from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. with Catya’s Trio!

    Rain or shine!

    Featuring the amazing Sue Orfield on tenor saxophone, Randy Sinz on acoustic and electric bass, guitar, and vocals, and singer/songwriter, Catya, on vocals, guitar, fiddle, and mandolin. Catya’s Trio performs a mix of original and traditional Blues, Swing, Americana, and Contemporary Acoustic music.

    There will be wine, cheese, and snacks available for purchase, so come, relax, and enjoy.

    Feel free to bring a chair to this outdoor event.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2807953322625351/

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    Claudia Schmidt is a truly gifted master of folk music, jazz and the spoken word. A Midwestern treasure, she is renowned for her spellbinding performances, enchanting presence, gorgeous voice and exquisite work on dulcimer and guitar. Whether performing in clubs, theaters, festivals, TV or radio, her music delights with clarity, humor and wonder. So much more than a simple performer with a talent to entertain, Schmidt transports audiences into her world with a rapt, almost child-like sense of discovery.

    You may have heard her numerous appearances on A Prairie Home Companion and at The Folk Project’s Acoustic Getaway and Troubadour Acoustic Concert Series, but her accomplishments as a beloved national artist extend far beyond those well-respected realms. Her many recordings on Flying Fish/Rounder Records, both as a soloist and as a duo with Sally Rogers, are cherished throughout the folk community. Her later recordings delve into the worlds of jazz, folk/acoustic and the spoken word. Her award-winning scores for theatrical productions have garnered wide acclaim.

    This Stayaway e-concert will be a tour de force. Claudia’s literate and intelligent approach, with passion and compassion for people and the world around us, is overwhelming and thrilling.

    https://www.claudiaschmidt.com/
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    Join us Every Tuesday & Friday at 7:00 p.m.

    Folk Project Acoustic Stayaway concerts are FREE. In the fine forty-year tradition of our Troubadour, all donations made during the show will go directly to the performer.

    Think of this as your e-Troubadour. It takes a few minutes on your end, so join at 6:50 for a 7:00 launch.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/947706622406080/

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    5:09pm

    On Thursday, September 3rd, from 12:30-1:30, the featured
    speaker in UW Eau Claire-Barron County´s weekly lecture series will be Wanda
    McFaggen, an enrolled member of the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin,
    who resides in the West Hertel community of St. Croix. She was born in Oregon but raised in Chicago’s
    Uptown area with 6 brothers and 3 sisters; she moved to the St. Croix
    reservation about 1983. Wanda’s spirit
    name is Bedobanukwe (Be-dob-a-nu-kwe,) which roughly translates to Daybreak
    Woman. She is from the Migizi (Eagle) Clan and is also Second Degree Midewewin.

    McFaggan established the St. Croix Tribal Historic
    Preservation Department in August 2000 for the protection and preservation of
    cultural, historical and archaeological resources on St. Croix reservation
    lands. She will discuss her role as
    Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and what she does to oversee all things
    significant to the St. Croix band, such as Archaeological/Sacred Sites, Burial
    Mounds, research into tribal members, history and traditions, as well as
    restoring tribal traditions that are in danger of being forgotten. She will
    also explain how her work relates to the National Historic Preservation Act and
    how it informs audiences that may be tribal members, non-native communities and/or
    local colleges.

    McFaggan´s presentation is part of the Thursdays from the U
    Lecture and Performance series. Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 series
    will be held entirely online. To access the live-streamed events, visit
    the Thursdays at the U webpage at www.uwec.ly/Thursdays
    at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event. There you will
    find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the fall schedule,
    news releases for each talk, and archived recordings. Thursdays from the U is
    sponsored by the UWECBC Foundation.

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    4:09pm

    Don Siniff is an emeritus professor at the University of Minnesota. He received his master´s and bachelor´s degrees from Michigan State University and his Ph D, in 1967, from U. of Minnesota. Prior to his PhD work, he spent time in the Air Force and worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as their biometrician. In 1968, when the National Science Foundation was looking for scientists interested in censusing the seals of Antarctica, he began work on that project. His first trip to Antarctica was on the ice breaker Glacier. His involvement with the southern-most continent would continue for 30 years. His students´ projects have also involved tigers in Nepal, manatees in Florida, and sea otters in Alaska and California.On Thursday, September 24th, from 12:30-1:30, he will first talk a bit about the Antarctic, the pack ice, and the marine ecosystem in general. Then he will describe the four species of Antarctic seals, the team´s research projects and the seals´ general life histories. Dr. Siniff will also share some of his photos of penguins, and maybe some of the fish of the region.This talk is part of the Thursdays from the U Lecture series, which due to COVID-19, will be held entirely online during fall 2020. To access the live-streamed events, visit the Thursdays from the U webpage at www.uwec.ly/Thursdays at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the lecture. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the fall schedule, news releases for each talk, and archived recordings. The series is free and open to the public thanks to financial support from the UWEC-BC Foundation.

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    4:09pm

    On Thursday, September 3rd, from 12:30-1:30, the featured speaker in UW Eau Claire-Barron County´s weekly lecture series will be Wanda McFaggen, an enrolled member of the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, who resides in the West Hertel community of St. Croix. She was born in Oregon but raised in Chicago’s Uptown area with 6 brothers and 3 sisters; she moved to the St. Croix reservation about 1983. Wanda’s spirit name is Bedobanukwe (Be-dob-a-nu-kwe,) which roughly translates to Daybreak Woman. She is from the Migizi (Eagle) Clan and is also Second Degree Midewewin.McFaggan established the St. Croix Tribal Historic Preservation Department in August 2000 for the protection and preservation of cultural, historical and archaeological resources on St. Croix reservation lands. She will discuss her role as Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and what she does to oversee all things significant to the St. Croix band, such as Archaeological/Sacred Sites, Burial Mounds, research into tribal members, history and traditions, as well as restoring tribal traditions that are in danger of being forgotten. She will also explain how her work relates to the National Historic Preservation Act and how it informs audiences that may be tribal members, non-native communities and/or local colleges. McFaggan´s presentation is part of the Thursdays at the U Lecture and Performance series. Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 series will be held entirely online. To access the live-streamed events, visit the Thursdays at the U webpage at www.uwec.ly/Thursdays at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the fall schedule, news releases for each talk, and archived recordings. Thursdays at the U is sponsored by the UWECBC Foundation.

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    2:09pm

    Many Wisconsinites are concerned with water and water quality -- the basis of our health, recreation and the tourism industry. You can learn more about these issues by attending Thursdays from the U from 12:30-1:30 on November 5th. George Kraft, Professor Emeritus of Water Resources and current research scientist with UW-Stevens Point and Extension, will discuss “Wisconsin Groundwater: Can We Manage It Sustainably?” Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 series will be held entirely online. To access the live-streamed events, visit the Thursdays from the U webpage at www.uwec.ly/Thursdays at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the fall schedule, news releases for each talk, and archived recordings. Thursdays from the U is sponsored by UWECBC Foundation. Kraft will address how unmanaged high capacity well pumping, largely for crop irrigation, is drawing down water tables and threatening lakes, streams, and wetlands. In locales such as the Central Sands region, dozens of lakes and streams have already been affected, some to the point of complete drying. A political battle is keeping Wisconsin from adopting common sense 21st century policies that allow reasonable amounts of pumping consistent with healthy water bodies. Dr. Kraft’s career of three decades has been dedicated to serving the citizens, communities, businesses, and governments of Wisconsin in the Wisconsin Idea tradition - “the boundaries of the University are the boundaries of the state.” Kraft is also actively involved in his local community, coaches high-school cross-country ski racing, and has completed 27 Birkebeiner ski races.

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    2:09pm

    Are you a fan of Chapter A Day on public radio? If so, you may have heard Jim Fleming read from Laurentian Divide. It is the 2nd book in Sarah Stonich´s Northern Trilogy and the Winner of the 2019 Minnesota Book Award for Novel & Short Story. The first in the series, Vacationland, continues to be chosen as community read and book club favorite. Her memoir, Shelter, came out to rave reviews and won the North Eastern Minnesota Book Award in 2011. Her other novels include These Granite Islands; The Ice Chorus, and the latest, Fishing!' The author says, “Once I plot a story and begin, the characters own it. When they pull me along to places where I'm unsure what might happen next, I know I'm writing.” Her presentation on October 29th from 12:30-1:30 is entitled, “It´s Complicated: Writing the Places We´re From.”Sarah´s presentation is part of the Thursdays from the U Lecture and Performance series. Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 sessions will be held entirely online. To access these live-streamed events, visit the webpage at www.uwec.ly/Thursdays at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the lecture. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the fall schedule, news releases for each talk, and archived recordings. Thursdays from the U is sponsored by UWEC-BC Foundation.

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    2:09pm

    Have you experienced the beauty of Alaska? Do you love the outdoors? Or do you prefer to travel via armchair? Regardless, you´re sure to enjoy the master storytelling of Billy Molls, whose passion for nature and adventure led him to the “Last Frontier.” He is the creator of the Modern Day Mountain Man documentary series and an expert guide to anything and everything about the wilds of Alaska.Born and raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm, Molls was inspired by his grandfather, who was a professional trapper. For the past 22 years, he has lived as many as 160 days of the year in the remote bush of Alaska while guiding big game hunters for brown bear, grizzly bear, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and wolf. With camera in hand, Molls has filmed and photographed every one of his Alaskan hunting adventures. Having lived more than eight years of his life out of a tent in the wilderness, Billy has many tales to tell and will share some of the best of those on Thursday, October 22nd. Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 series will be held entirely online. To access the live-streamed events, visit the Thursdays from the U webpage at www.uwec.ly/Thursdays at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the fall schedule, news releases for each talk, and archived recordings. Thursdays from the U is sponsored by UWECBC Foundation. For more information on Billy Molls, go to www.billymollsadventures.com.

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    2:09pm

    “Never again” was a phrase often heard in the house where Hella Buchheim was growing up. Her parents were Holocaust survivors; her father fled to South America on the last ship that docked. Hella´s mother was 8 years old when her perfect childhood world was disrupted by Hitler. “Never again” meant hearing about the brutality her mother endured. “Never again” also meant that Buchheim would someday carry the burden to repeat those stories of what happened to outsiders. And that is what she is going to discuss during “Raised in the Shadow of the Holocaust” on Thursday, October 15th. Hella Buchheim was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was on the staff of her high school´s weekly newspaper and, in her senior year, was Editor of the Front Page. After earning her BA in Communications (with a minor in Photography) at Ohio State U, she then spent the next 30 years in broadcasting and broadcast sales, including time at WCCO and National Cable Communications. After 9/11, Hella decided she wanted to do something more meaningful with her life and became a Personal Historian, publishing memoirs for everyday people and their special lives, while also creating a CD called Creating Your Family Heirloom Cookbook. She has been doing photography since she was 10, and only 5 years ago started selling her photographs. Buchheim currently serves on numerous local boards in Cook County MN and enjoys living in the woods of northern Minnesota. Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 series will be held entirely online. To access the live-streamed events, visit the Thursdays from the U webpage at www.uwec.ly/Thursdays at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the fall schedule, news releases for each talk, and archived recordings. These talks are free and open to the public, thanks to financial support from the UWECBC campus foundation.

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    One of America’s most familiar yet widely misunderstood religious groups is the Old Order Amish. The presentation on Thursday, October 8th from 12:30-1:30 will address central aspects of Amish life and the Christian faith that anchors it. There will be special emphasis on Amish communities in Wisconsin, which has the fourth-largest population of any US state. The talk is part of the Thursdays from the U Lecture and Performance series. Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 series will be held entirely online. To access the live-streamed events, visit this webpage: www.uwec.ly/Thursdays at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the fall schedule, news releases for each talk, and archived recordings. The speaker on October 8th will be Mark L. Louden, who is the Alfred L. Shoemaker, J. William Frey, and Don Yoder Professor of Germanic Linguistics and also the Director of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the author of Pennsylvania Dutch: The Story of an American Language, which received the 2017 Dale W. Brown Book Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. This and other talks in the series are free and open to the public, thanks to financial support from the UWECBC campus foundation.

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    Dave Lovelace is a vertebrate paleontologist specializing in Triassic-aged rocks of the Rocky Mountain West (252-201 million years ago). He joined the UW Geology Museum team as a research scientist after completing his PhD at UW-Madison’s Department of Geoscience in 2012. Dave combines the study of ancient bones, trackways, and soils to build a picture of what ecosystems looked like 230 million years ago — when the first mammals, turtles, crocodiles, lizards, dinosaurs, and birds evolved. Since becoming a member of the museum team, Dave has made several exciting discoveries including: the oldest known turtle tracks in the world, two mass-death-assemblages of Late Triassic amphibians, and the oldest dinosaur tracks in Wyoming.On Thursday, October 1st, from 12:30-1:30, Lovelace will regale the audience with a discussion of America´s Oldest Winged Dinosaur. He will explain how the turn of the century saw a revolution in our understanding of dinosaur evolution and their relationship with modern birds. Hundreds of new specimens, mostly from Asia, have illuminated a surprisingly diverse array of winged (paravian) non-flying feathered dinosaurs. In 2004, a tiny meat-eating theropod dinosaur was accidentally discovered by three undergraduates from the University of Wyoming. This little dinosaur has been known as ‘Lori’ for many years, and as of July, 2019 was formally named Hesperornithoides miessleri. Lovelace will describe this animal, analyze its evolutionary relationship within the dinosaur family tree, and show the long, drawn-out history of avian flight evolution. The presentation promises to be a compelling story of how science works. This session will be part of the Thursdays from the U Lecture and Performance series. Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 series will be held entirely online. To access the live-streamed events, visit the webpage at www.uwec.ly/Thursdays at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the fall schedule, news releases for each talk, and archived recordings. The series is free and open to the public, thanks to financial support from the UWECBC Foundation.

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    2:09pm

    Brian Wright, currently the District Attorney for Barron County and with 25 years of experience in the legal profession, will speak from 12:30-1:30 on Thursday, September 17th. He began working as a special prosecutor in the Barron County District Attorney's Office in March of 2018, then was formally sworn in as district attorney in July of 2018. Prior to this position, Brian was appointed by Governor Scott Walker to work as Eau Claire County District Attorney in 2012 and as an Eau Claire County Circuit Court Judge in 2015. Wright graduated Magna cum Laude from Marquette University Law School in 1993.The topic of his presentation at UW Eau Claire-Barron County is “Bail versus No Bail: A Middle Ground.” The question of cash bail is currently a highly controversial topic. Opponents argue that it is a form of discrimination against low-income persons, who are jailed because they have no funds to pay bail. Being incarcerated until trial means they may also lose their jobs, housing and/or child custody because they can´t go to work, pay their bills or care for their kids. Proponents contend that requiring cash bail provides an incentive for the person to show up in court (or else to forfeit the bail amount) and it also saves the state the costs associated with keeping the person locked up until the court date.His presentation is part of the Thursdays at the U Lecture and Performance series. Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 series will be held entirely online. To access the live-streamed events, visit the Thursdays from the U webpage at www.uwec.ly/Thursdays at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the fall schedule, news releases for each talk, and archived recordings. Thursdays from the U is sponsored by UWECBC Foundation.

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  • Steve Hanson
    1:33pm

    Today's briefing is expected to explain the new on-line registration for community testing - the new system is called COVID Connect. 

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