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A Quick Note Before I Fall Asleep

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?

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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:

What's up in WisCommunity Land?

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.

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    Join us online for the 2nd Annual Pablo Center at the Confluence Gala. The evening will showcase works of art, remarks from Executive Director Jason Jon Anderson, live performances, and a silent auction.


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    Acclaimed One Man Show Comes to Thursdays from the ULadysmith, WI - On Thursday, November 12, Kevin McMullin will be performing excerpts from his one man show, Into the Black Sea, Stories of Darkness and Light, that will be livestreamed from 12:30-1:30 on Thursday, November 12th as part of the Thursdays from the U Lecture and Performance series. To access this event, visit the webpage at www.uwec.ly/Thursdays at least 5-10 minutes prior. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the entire fall schedule, news releases for each talk, and archived recordings. Thursdays from the U is sponsored by UWEC-BC Foundation.McMullin’s childhood playgrounds ranged from the housing projects of Chicago to the suburban neighborhoods haunted by Ernest Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright. He embellished his somewhat unusual upbringing with an education at Northwestern University where he studied tuba with brass demigod, Arnold Jacobs. He tossed in a couple of years learning old time fiddle with Chicago Barn Dance icons, Mark Gunther and Mark Ritchie. The whole pastiche went with him to Seattle, Washington, where McMullin began playing the Pike Place Market and movie lines. With a somewhat addled sense of career opportunity, he decided to make a home in Sarona, Wisconsin. There he shed his urban ways, added storytelling to his bulging bag of tricks, and launched a trajectory of playing, telling, writing, educating and in general plying a trade for which there is no appropriate box on any federal tax form. Things were going pretty well. He cofounded Duck for the Oyster, one of the hottest folk dance bands in the upper Midwest. He cut a CD with jazz jock, Randy Sabien. He toured Chile. Then Mexico. Then Peru. He was sought after as a teacher and a performer. It all came crashing down in 2015 when he was diagnosed with a vestibular schwannoma, a non-malignant brain tumor that left him deaf in one ear, and struggling with chronic dizziness, tinnitus and fatigue. While he was recovering from the surgery, his father was diagnosed with a rare lymphoma. So McMullin moved to Chicago where he cared for his father until his father’s death 8 months later. “Let’s just say it threw my life into some disarray,” McMullin says. The abilities he lost forced him to do a lot of letting go. “I’d just lost my father. My music career was toast. Playing by myself is hard. Playing with others is not an option. I was grieving and exhausted and I had no idea where to go next.”But those years of illness, recovery and loss were fecund with stories. His own stories as well as the stories of others’. “I realized at some point that I could tell these stories. That I needed to tell these stories,” he says, “Stories of people walking in dark places and finding or making some kind of light in the most unlikely ways. And once I started telling them, I...

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