Area News

DPI seeking additional Wisconsinites to test internet speed

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is seeking additional Wisconsin residents to take part in its initiative to collect information on internet connection speeds to improve access around the state. In partnership with Measurement Lab, the DPI invites residents to test their home internet speeds using M-Lab’s speed test. Data produced by the…

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SCVMGA now accepting 2021 Grant Applications

The mission of St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners Association is to provide community service through education, environmental stewardship, and provide information on horticulture to the residents of Pierce and St. Croix counties. The Grant Committee is currently accepting applications for 2021 SCVMGA Community Service Grants. The SCVMGA will consider applications for the following: beautification of public spaces, horticultural education of…

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No interest loans available to help with home repairs

Many homeowners do not realize that Community Development Block Grant funds are available to help make repairs to their homes.  The CDBG Home Repair Program, administered by Chippewa County Housing Authority, offers loans at no interest to income eligible homeowners for necessary repairs. Income limits vary by County. Loans are available for properties located in…

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Red Cross calls for healthy blood donors following severe weather

Record-breaking cold and winter storms across much of the U.S. has forced the cancellation of hundreds of American Red Cross blood drives in about 30 states and caused more than 15,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. The Red Cross is urging healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give now to…

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Youth artists encouraged to enter 2022 Park Sticker Design Contest

Did you know that Wisconsin state park and forest vehicle admission stickers are designed by talented high school students each year? The DNR’s design contest is open to all high school age students attending public, private or parochial schools in Wisconsin. The design must be the artist’s original creation and shall not be copied or…

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Former Boyceville man sentenced to prison on meth and election fraud charges

By LeAnn R. Ralph MENOMONIE — A former Boyceville man charged with delivering methamphetamine and with election fraud has been sentenced to one year in prison and three years of extended supervision. Anthony P. Lippert, age 40, appeared with his attorney, Francis Rivard, February 4 before Judge Rod Smeltzer in Dunn County Circuit Court for…

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