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Steve Hanson

Steve Hanson

Steve is a web designer and has recently retired from running the hosting and development company Cruiskeen Consulting LLC. In his spare time he makes beer and wine, and has a life-long interest in music of all types. Cruiskeen Consulting LLC is the parent company of Wis.Community, and publication of this site  continues after his retirement. 

My particular skills include web developing and hosting, music (particularly 60-70's popular music and opera -- that is eclectic enough). I am also a beer, wine, cider, and mead maker.  I am on the board at Menomonie Market Food Co-op and have a strong interest in politics, local government, and local foods. I am a member of the Citizen Action Organizing Co-op of Western Wisconsin and Wisconsin Farmers Union. I have in the past contributed to many different web publications and for many years edited

Steve is a member of LION Publishers.

Recent Activity


Yesterday, July 9

  • 8:49pm

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    Evacuations underway in Eau Claire
    Evacuations underway in Eau Claire - update
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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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  • 8:41pm

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    Evacuation Day
    Evacuations underway in Eau Claire
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  • 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.”


  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • 1:33pm

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

  • 12:15pm

    Too many differences to list. See Revisions for details.

  • 12:06pm

    Independent performance venues around the country are really hurting since the responsible ones have been closed and are struggling with the concept of re-opening. The arts are a part of our lives just like anything else we do, and when we are in a position to start going out again, I want to have some choices and was reminded this morning in a post from , asking for people to sign at and ask their legislators to support stimulus funding for independent venues. A lot of these will not survive the ever-lengthening shutdown without some help. If you're tired of sitting at home, think how frustrating it will be to have things open up again, and not have anywhere left to go because everything has gone out of business.

    If you go to the site you'll see a lot of familiar Wisconsin venues, including many in the Chippewa Valley. Entertainment spots are doing a lot of interesting things to try to open up and to do it safely. I was amused today to see that in Oshkosh  (reputed to be haunted by multiple ghosts) is selling ghost tickets to fill in the seats required for social distancing.

    If your local venues are important to them, consider leaping over to the website and ask your legislators to send a little of that stimulus money to your local venues.

  • 11:49am

    According to a press release from the Dunn County Health Department this morning, people attending the Knapp Valley Riders 4th of July event  in Knapp, Wisconsin may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. People who attended the event and who are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms should report this to their medical provider and be tested. 

    Times and place of potential exposure include:

     Knapp Valley Riders Water Cross Event and 4 th of July Celebration in Knapp, Wisconsin

    o 7/4/20 from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM

    o 7/4/20 from 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM

    If you visited this event during these times and are experiencing symptoms, please call yourhealth care provider to get tested for COVID-19 out of an abundance of caution.*COVID-19 symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, headache, body or muscle aches,chills, fatigue, vomiting, or new loss of taste or smell.