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Why euthanize 600,000 pigs?

May 19, 2020

A New York Times article on May 14, 2020 noted that Iowa hog farmers are estimated to euthanize 600,000 hogs in the following six weeks while Minnesota farmers already had killed 90,000 hogs. For these farmers, this pencils out roughly to losses of $96.85 million and $14.53 million respective for Iowa and Minnesota hog farmers (at $57.65/cwt for a 280 lb. hog).

Gov. Evers Announces $1 Billion Statewide Effort to support COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing, Operations, and Resources for Local Communities

Gov. Tony Evers
May 19, 2020

MADISON—Gov. Tony Evers today announced a robust $1 billion statewide effort to support COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, acquisition of needed supplies, emergency operations, and resources for local communities throughout Wisconsin.

The effort is funded by $1.17 billion in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars.

Pier 1 closing all retail operations

Pier 1 logo
May 19, 2020

In a Pier 1 announced the orderly shutdown of all of their retail operations, including closing all stores and liquidating inventory, including their e-commerce operations and intellectual property.  They join a list of companies suffering in the pandemic, including J. C.

Rural broadband in the time of coronavirus

network wiring
May 19, 2020

We're All In Grant and Initiative Program announced

Governor Tony Evers
May 18, 2020

Governor Tony Evers today announced a $75 million program of grants and initiatives to help small businesses get back on their feet and recuperate from losses due to the pandemic. $2500 grants will be available to assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory. Businesses will be able to apply for grant assistance in early June.

Eau Claire County issues new COVID-19 rules

Eau Claire County COVID-19 Update - May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department has issued a new local health order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The new order is in effect until May 28 and extends the previous health order to provide specific guidance for businesses involving one-to-one services including hair-cutting and other personal services. This order for the first time would allow providing such personal services in the county.

Jeff Smith - Disappointment and Opportunity

Senator Jeff Smith
May 18, 2020

Disappointment and opportunity may not always belong in the same sentence, but when addressing conflicts they often work together. We can be disappointed, but we have to consider the opportunity before us to move forward and be better.


This is how I felt about last week’s Wisconsin Supreme Court decision to lift the Safer at Home order. Although we’re left feeling disappointed, we must consider the opportunities ahead to get through this crisis.


Gov. Evers Announces $75 Million We're All In Grant Program and Initiative to Spur Wisconsin's Economic Recovery, Promote Safe Business Practices

Gov. Tony Evers
May 18, 2020

MADISON—Gov. Tony Evers today announced $75 million in assistance for small businesses as part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s We’re All In initiative, a comprehensive effort to celebrate and help Wisconsin’s small businesses get back on their feet and support best practices to keep businesses, consumers, employees and communities safe.

Wisconsin DHS Media Briefing for 5/18/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 5/18/2020

May 18, 2020

In today's call, Governor Tony Evers stated that there will be no further attempts at a state-wide order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 similar to the previous Safer At Home order. The Governor believes the GOP in the state is unwilling to support any state-wide restrictions on behavior, and in fact are not interested in any enforced restrictions of any kind.

"It just doesn’t make any sense spending a lot of time doing something we know isn’t going to be successful."

“Immune to Evidence”: How Dangerous Coronavirus Conspiracies Spread

May 17, 2020

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