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Farmers Union voices disappointment in Secretary Perdue’s disconnect with family farmers

Darrin Von Rudin

Earlier today, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue said at the World Dairy Expo that he didn’t know if small family dairy farms can survive as the industry evolves. “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out,” Perdue told reporters and farmers gathered to meet him.

Gov. Evers considering new special election dates

Governor Tony Evers

Governor Tony Evers is considering moving the dates of the special election to replace Sean Duffy in the 7th congressional district. Previously Evers had for the primary as December 30 and the final election on Jan. 27, 2020.

Rural hospital closings reach crisis stage, leaving millions without nearby health care

Jane Bolin, Texas A&M University ; Bree Watzak, Texas A&M University , and Nancy Dickey, Texas A&M University

Presidential candidates and other politicians have talked about the rural health crisis in the U.S., but they are not telling rural Americans anything new. Rural Americans know all too well what it feels like to have no hospital and emergency care when they break a leg, go into early labor, or have progressive chronic diseases, such as diabetes and congestive heart failure.

Jeff Smith - Raising Awareness About Domestic Violence

Senator Jeff Smith

Please note, this weekly column contains sensitive information regarding domestic violence and assault, which may be triggering for some readers.

We often focus on highly visible forms of violence in our society, like mass shootings. However, domestic violence happens every day in every town and neighborhood, and it often goes unreported or even unnoticed.

Why Vaping Became A Public Health Priority In Wisconsin, The US

The stage had been set for a public health scare prompted by vaping long before July 2019, when health officials in Wisconsin announced a cluster of severe lung illnesses in eight otherwise healthy teens in the state.

Mike McCabe at the 21st Century Political Chautauqua in Menomonie

Mike McCabe

Mike McCabe at the 21st Century Chautauqua in Menomonie, WI

We have been bringing you video of the speeches from the 21st Century Political Chautauqua held on Sept. 7 and 8 in Menomonie. This is another of this series. Mike McCabe of We Are Many - United Against Hate gives one of his typical barn-burner speeches at the Chautauqua about how progressive citizens can prevail.

UW Stout student found dead

In an email sent to students and faculty today, UW Stout announced that a student had been found dead on campus. 18-year-old Haaris Ameen was from Rochester, MN and was a first year computer and engineering student. No foul play is suspected, and the death is under investigation. Social media posts today indicated that he was found unresponsive in his bed this morning.

Gov. Evers declares tornado path a disaster area

Gov. Tony Evers

Governor Evers has signed Executive Order 47 which declares Chippewa, Dunn, and Clark counties as a disaster area due to the storm and tornado damage this week. This order follows Evers' visit to the Chippewa Valley on Wednesday, where he inspected the damage personally. 

The order directs state agencies to aid in recovery in the counties and also allows deployment of  the Wisconsin National Guard.

Tornado and storms cause serious damage in Elk Mound and Town of Wheaton

Elk Mound Tornado Aftermath

Considerable damage occurred in the Elk Mound and Town of Wheaton areas due to the storm and tornado last night. Reports came in throughout the evening of semis blown over on Highway 29, trailer homes that were turned over, and some more serious damage. 

Jeff Smith - Listen Up to Save Lives

Sen. Jeff Smith

Recently I joined 700 community members at Carson Park for the Sharing Hope Walk, a fundraiser to promote awareness for suicide prevention. Before the walk began, I read a board describing the walk’s importance. Right below the board, there were hundreds of shoes lined up neatly along the course. When I read the bottom of the board, I learned the empty shoes symbolized the number of community members that died by suicide.

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