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What's up with WisCommunity?

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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?

COVID-19 Virus
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:

What's up in WisCommunity Land?

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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.

#GivingNewsDay is TODAY!

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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

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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.

Spring DNR and Conservation Congress Meetings Will be Online ONLY

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March 17, 2020

MADISON, WI -In light of COVID-19, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are closely following guidelines from the

Podcast available on more platforms

February 18, 2020

The So - That Happened Podcast is now available on more platforms. 

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/3YlmGNcH6GtqoFSFefbNgT

Breaker - https://www.breaker.audio/so-that-happened-4

Podcast Episode 1

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February 16, 2020

Episode 1 of our podcast, So - That Happened is now live. We're still working through a few technical issues, particularly since some of this podcast was recorded in noisy places. 

In this episode we explore citizen activists in the Chippewa Valley who are making a difference through their actions. I went on a bus trip to Madison with the Wisconsin Conservation Voters as they lobbied with their state Senators to pass legislation to protect water in Wisconsin.  I also spoke to Chris Hambuch-Boyle about her efforts to support our public schools for Public Schools Week along with the Wisconsin Public Education Network.

Podcast is live

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January 9, 2020

We're starting a podcast. The first episode of So - That Happened just went live. It is not a regular podcast episode, but is more of an introduction. I talk a little about the background of WisCommunity, how we got where we are, and what you can expect in 2020 from the podcast and from the site. You can listen many different ways. There's a play widget on the front page of the site. You can go to our podcast page. At our podcast page you can also leave feedback or audio for us to use in our upcoming episodes. 

We are also being distributed to multiple different podcast services through our main platform, Anchor.fm. It is currently available on Spotify.  The first episode should roll out to the other sites very soon, though it looks like Apple Podcasts is being a little persnickety. 

I want to encourage you to think of this as your podcast in the community, so please send in ideas for what you'd like to hear and how it can improve. 

Coming Attractions

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December 28, 2019

Life has been full. I've spent some time regrouping, making plans, and trying to forge a path for Wis.Community for 2020. As some of you know, it has been a trying year at Cruiskeen Farm. My partner and wife Lorelei died in August. Our doggie Shadow left shortly before that. As a result, I'm learning to manage the farm here, which I've blissfully left to Lori while we have lived here. I've also taken some time out to get used to living alone. 

Help Us Keep Local News Alive - 3 - Contribute Content

December 5, 2019

WisCommunity was always intended to be a community platform. Did you know that you can contribute directly to the site from your computer or phone? We would love to have more content from the community.  Adding in content on the site requires. Things you can contribute include:

Help Us Keep Local News Alive - 2 - Become A Paid Member

November 30, 2019

Producing news costs money. Newspapers around the country are struggling to find ways to fund news-gathering operations and production costs. Our production costs are fairly low, but there still is a need to pay people to do the work, to pay web hosting costs, development costs, and more. 

Local News is Dying. Help Us to Keep It Alive - 1 - Sign up for our Newsletter

November 29, 2019

Newspapers throughout the country are dying and news deserts are sprouting up. We're trying something new, producing news stories you are not likely to see in-depth elsewhere. Help us to build a new news ecosystem for the Chippewa Valley. We will have a story per day on how you can help us to build this. 

Podcast is Coming - help us build it

November 26, 2019

WisCommunity will be starting a podcast early in 2020. The podcast will cover bigger issues facing the Chippewa Valley and the state. It will feature interviews with important people in the community, and will cover a different issue every month. The podcast is titled So - That Happened

Thanksgiving Vacation

November 23, 2019

WisCommunity will be taking a Thanksgiving vacation. Through about Dec. 2 expect to see a slower pace here while the publisher/editor makes a trip to New England. 

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