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Dunn County Reports Potential Exposures to COVID-19 at Knapp Watercross

Menomonie, Wisconsin, July 9th, 2020 – The Dunn County Health Department is alerting the public of potential COVID-19 exposure at one event within Dunn County. A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 attended the Knapp Valley Riders 4th of July event while experiencing symptoms. Anyone who was at this event on the given day…

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This is a Testing Time for All of Us

By Lee H. Hamilton A few weeks ago, The New York Times ran an article noting that with the US preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, and massive unemployment, “its competitors are moving to fill the vacuum, and quickly.” Russia, China, North Korea, Iran… All are testing how far they can go,…

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Xcel Energy to begin new EV charging program

EAU CLAIRE – On June 18, 2020, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin approved a new electric vehicle program for Xcel Energy customers that would simplify and significantly lower the cost for residential, commercial and fleet customers who would like to install EV charging equipment. “We are excited to begin offering this program to our…

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KT Gallagher: Why COVID-19 is not “just the flu”

By LeAnn R. Ralph MENOMONIE — Perhaps you have read the comment online or heard someone say it — “What’s the big deal with COVID-19? It’s just the flu.” KT Gallagher, director of the Dunn County Public Health Department, stressed in her June 26 COVID-19 weekly update on Facebook that there are some real differences…

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Public safety committee recommends allowing ATVs/UTVs on Colfax’s streets

By LeAnn R. Ralph COLFAX —  The Colfax Village Board’s public safety committee has recommended that the village board approve allowing ATVs/UTVs to operate on village streets and state Highway 40 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. year-round. State law authorizes the village to allow all-terrain vehicles and utility-terrain vehicles to operate on village streets…

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Dunn County man rejects plea deal for poaching after DA adds jail time

By LeAnn R. Ralph MENOMONIE  —  A 42-year-old Boyceville man charged in Dunn County Circuit Court with six misdemeanor counts related to poaching Whitetail deer has rejected a plea deal after the district attorney unexpectedly added in jail time. Ray C. Stuart appeared before Judge James Peterson for a plea hearing July 2. Stuart did…

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DC Fair sets rules for modified fair

By LeAnn R. Ralph MENOMONIE —  The Dunn County Fair Board has established modified rules and procedures for this year’s fair because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dunn County Fair, scheduled for July 21 through July 25, will not be open to public. All exhibitors at the fair, and their immediate family, must wear face…

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