Area News

Farmers’ reactions to Ellsworth Creamery

By Amber Hayden On April 2, the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery sent letters out to the local farmers stating they would be better off to quit dairy farming by receiving the equity in the cooperative for the years 2010 to 2019. Dairy farmer Chris Van Dyk, New Richmond, said there would be no point in selling…

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New Richmond man sentenced to 12 years for mortgage rescue fraud scheme

Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Aston Wood, 56, New Richmond, Wisconsin and Miami, Florida, was sentenced on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 12 years in federal prison for a mortgage rescue scheme that defrauded more than 70 Wisconsin homeowners.…

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DATCP, WEDC notify farmers of federal Paycheck Protection Program

MADISON – Following new guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) are notifying the state’s farmers about the opportunity to apply for the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). “As Governor Tony…

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Dunn County community support during COVID-19

As of April 4, 2020 there are four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Dunn County. 1 recovered, 3 self-quarantined, and 1 hospitalized. All essential businesses and operations are encouraged to remain open; all employers must consider the best ways to lower the impact of COVID-19 in their workplace. Consider teleworking, staggered shifts, and increasing physical…

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Nichols: regenerative agriculture and the impact it has on water quality

By Amber Hayden MENOMONIE — Kris Nichols, PhD, was one of three key note speakers at the 2020 Red Cedar Watershed Conference on March 12, and helped those in attendance gain a better understanding of regenerative agriculture. Nichols is the founder and principal scientist of Knowledge for Regeneration and Innovation in Soils (KRIS) Systems Education…

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I-94 Construction Update

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) provides weekly updates on road construction projects in the following counties in northwest Wisconsin: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer, Taylor, Trempealeau and Washburn counties. Dunn and St. Croix counties: I-94 between Hudson and Menomonie near…

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Rural Energy for America Program deadline extended

LYONS, NEBRASKA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the application deadline for its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to April 15. REAP provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to complete a variety of clean energy projects. “If you have been considering installing renewable energy systems or making…

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Fees waived for Wisconsin State Parks and Trails

Gov. Evers’ Safer at Home order (item 11.c) recognizes outdoor activity as an essential activity. As such, all State Parks, Trails and Forests remain open and all fees are now waived. All current regulations apply for hunting, trapping, and fishing seasons. Under the Safer at Home order, we must do all that we can to…

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Wisconsin petroleum marketers, DATCP report Wisconsin fuel supply remains stable

MADISON – In light of the ongoing developments related to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (WPMCA) are reassuring consumers that Wisconsin’s fuel supply remains stable. As part of DATCP’s continued outreach with a variety of stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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Baldwin leads WI Congressional Delegation, calling on USDA to support WI dairy farmers amid COVID-19 crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the coronavirus pandemic threatening Wisconsin’s agriculture economy, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today led seven bipartisan members of the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation in calling on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to take immediate action on behalf of Wisconsin dairy farmers and dairy processing businesses during this crisis. As the…

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