COVID-19 testing expands to all UW-Eau Claire students
Free, rapid-result COVID-19 testing is expanding to include all University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students during the spring semester.
About 3,700 students living in residence halls have been tested regularly since the start of the school year. Beginning Jan. 23, off-campus students also will be required to take an antigen test that provides results in about 15 minutes.
Students living in university housing will be required to take an antigen test once a week during the spring semester while off-campus students will be tested every other week.
Students at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County also will have access to antigen testing on the university’s campus in Rice Lake.
"Testing all students will allow us to identify COVID positive individuals as soon as possible so that they can be appropriately isolated and prevent further spread to the campus community," says Dr. Kimberly Frodl, Student Health Service medical director at UW-Eau Claire.
Ken Vance Motors Fund Distributes $50,000 to Chippewa Valley Nonprofit
Ken Vance Motors is making a big difference in the Chippewa Valley using a Fund it established at the Eau Claire Community Foundation. It’s distributing $50,000 in grants to ten Wisconsin nonprofits. The grantees are:
These grants will help recipients do everything from purchasing necessary equipment to hiring new staff members. “Thanks to Ken Vance Motors, we are able to purchase a more energy efficient freezer for our shelter and allocate funds to assist with maintenance of our truck,” said Amy Giani, Executive Director of Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley, which runs the Beacon House shelter for families experiencing homelessness.
Governor Tony Evers, UW-System President Tommy Thompson visit Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
Green Bay, Wis. – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and UW-System President Tommy Thompson were among state and local dignitaries to visit the Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay today on its first day of operations.
Located inside the Kress Events Center, the Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is the first of its kind in Northeast Wisconsin and one of the largest in the state with capacity to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to more than 10,500 people each week as doses become available and additional phases of vaccine eligibility are announced by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).
“It was 25 years ago this month, that the founding physicians of what they would call “Prevea Health,” came together and made a commitment to care for the health of our communities,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO, Prevea Health in his remarks to state and local dignitaries today. “After seeing so much pain and suffering these past ten months of the pandemic, our dedication has never been more galvanized. We have all experienced loss over this time, and now it is time turn that loss into focus.”
The Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic officially opened today to vaccinate area police and fire personnel, and additional community members who qualify under the DHS Phase 1a vaccination prioritization guidelines. It will also serve all other community members who become eligible for the vaccine in the DHS phases to come.
Dr. Deborah Kerr Nears Election with Most Cash on Hand, Most Signatures for Ballot Placement
CALEDONIA - Dr. Deborah Kerr, candidate for Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction, today issued the following statement regarding her having filed the strongest fundraising numbers of any candidate and displaying the broadest base of support from across the state:
“I am deeply honored by the hard work and dedication to our campaign of people from across our state and across the country. I am pleased to announce that we are nearing the election on February 16 with the most cash on hand of any candidate - $50,141.38.
“I have always made it clear that we are going to be a campaign that brings everyone to the table and assembles the broadest base of support. I am proud that we have Democrats, Republicans, and Independents who all agree with our message: there’s no room for politics in education.
“Our campaign is also proud to announce that we showed how well our efforts were organized when we collected nomination signatures to have my name placed on the ballot. We had 2,965 signatures verified that were collected in 177 cities, villages, and towns from across the state. More signatures than any other candidate in this election.
“We are taking our position in this race seriously and we’re going to continue to build on our strength and appeal in the weeks to come. I’m encouraging you to join our efforts as we gain the support of voters from all across Wisconsin.
“As superintendent, I'm going to bring every school district to the table and work together to fight for every child. Wisconsin is ready for real leadership and a commitment to the future of education across the state. Wisconsin's kids are counting on us.”
Royal Credit Union Announces New Branch Manager - Hudson Branch
HUDSON, Wis. – Royal Credit Union (Royal) announces Hossam Selim as Branch Manager of the Hudson branch. Selim’s new role will include maintaining highly engaged team members to ensure superior levels of service to Members while staying engaged in the Hudson community to live and promote Royal’s core values.
Selim has been in banking for a total of nine years, the last seven as a branch manager. Selim started as a teller at TCF Bank after high school and worked his way up to branch manager. Selim was also a branch manager at Bank of America in Minnesota as well as at Beal Bank in Edina Minnesota. Selim received his business administration degree from Metropolitan State University in 2013.
Selim has stayed active in the community through volunteer efforts for Habitat for Humanity and Feed My Starving Children. Selim also organized Beal Bank’s partnership with People Reaching Out to People (PROP), a local food shelf. Selim is looking forward to being an engaged members of the Hudson community through volunteer work and building relationships with community members. Selim resides in Burnsville, Minnesota.
About Royal Credit Union
Royal Credit Union is a federally insured credit union proudly serving over 220,000 Members in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Royal is driven by a core ideology built on a strong purpose and values. You can open an account or apply for a low-rate loan at Royal Credit Union if you live or work in 26 counties in western Wisconsin or 16 counties in Minnesota. Counties served in Wisconsin include Adams, Ashland, Bayfield, Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Lincoln, Marathon, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Washburn, and Wood. Counties served in Minnesota include Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Olmsted, Pine, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Wabasha, Washington, Winona and Wright. Realtors in the state of Wisconsin or Minnesota are also eligible to join the credit union. Visit rcu.org or call Royal Credit Union at 800-341-9911 for more information.
'Clear Water' Exhibit Opens Feb. 1 in Foster Gallery
The Artist Series and the Foster Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have partnered to present "Clear Water," a graphic design exhibit by Minneapolis-based designer Melanie Walby. The exhibit examines how racism manifests in everyday life and more importantly, what to do about it. The show will be installed in the Foster Gallery from Feb. 1-March 7, and is free and open to Blugold students, faculty and staff. A gallery video tour will be accessible to the general public on the Foster Gallery webpage. Interim Foster Gallery director Amanda Bulger is excited to share this important exhibit with the campus and area communities, an exhibit Walby tailored for this particular audience.
"This exhibition is specifically designed for the Blugold and greater Eau Claire community. Confronting racism in our community can be challenging and uncomfortable but Walby has designed this exhibition to offer healing, liberation and joy," Bulger says.
"Once you see the fishbowl you can’t unsee the clear water. It was through studying and making relationships with people who were further along in their learning than me that I was able to understand racism systemically — not as something that only racist people do, but as a thoughtful, intentional design that people made sure happened on purpose for hundreds of years. The work is designed as though I’m in conversation with another person of color. It walks the viewer through my own process of unlearning and ends with where I’m trying to go. My exhibition offers grace in the reality that none of us are done. It points to scriptures that we can use for inspiration while working to build a better world. And it holds the viewer accountable to themselves and others in the same loving way that God has done for us. I want people to leave this exhibit with a new understanding of dismantling racism that feels more spiritual than divisive. This is "Clear Water.'"
Walby grew up in Eau Claire and received a bachelor's degree in graphic design from the Art Institutes International Minnesota. She spent several years in the design and marketing world before making a move to nonprofit work as a communications manager. She currently serves as design director for Pollen Midwest, a Minneapolis media arts organization that "fosters empathy, encourages connection across differences and inspires meaningful action by sharing stories of individuals who want to change our collective story for the better."
Walby has served on the board of the Minnesota chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts as the director of sustainable design and was recently named to the Minnesota Ad Federation's "32 under 32" list of artists to follow. She also has been featured in industry publications like Communication Arts magazine and Adobe Creative Jam, recognized for the ways in which her works demonstrate "a deep understanding of how art and design move people toward social change."
To see the "Clear Water" exhibit in the gallery, campus members may attend during open gallery hours, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 6-8 p.m. Thursdays; and 1-4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
MLK Jr. Day Panel On The First Amendment And Race On “The West Side” January 22
Eau Claire, Wis. – Excerpts from a panel on Race, Civility and the First Amendment from the Martin Luther King Remembrance Celebration on Monday will be featured at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22 on “The West Side” on The Ideas Network stations of Wisconsin Public Radio: 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls.
Participants in the panel included Josh Kaul, Wisconsin’s Attorney General; Eric Kasper, Director of Constitutional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; Timothy Shiell, University of Wisconsin-Stout philosophy professor and author of the book “African Americans and the First Amendment;” and Lynette McNeely, chair of legal redress of the NAACP in Wisconsin. The moderator of the panel was Le’Trice Donaldson, assistant professor of history at UW-Stout. Teresa O’Halloran, interim Vice-Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Student Affairs at UW-Eau Claire, shared questions from the live audience during the panel presentation.
The panel was part of a day-long program held during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday sponsored by the Pablo Center at the Confluence, Uniting Bridges, Converge Radio, UWEC, UW-Stout, Chippewa Valley Technical Colleges, and the cities of Eau Claire and Altoona.
“The West Side” is broadcast each Friday at 10 a.m. on The Ideas Network stations 88.3 WHWC-FM Menomonie/Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM River Falls and via an online live stream on 88.7 WRFW-FM via wrfw887.com/listen-live.html. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at (800) 228-5615. Archives of “The West Side” are available at wpr.org/programs/west-side.
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Gov. Evers Announces New Public Health Emergency, Issues New Face Coverings Order as State Continues Vaccine Distribution
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #104 and Emergency Order #1 establishing a new statewide public health emergency and face coverings requirement, respectively, as the state continues to expand vaccination distribution across the state. Executive Order #104 is available here and Emergency Order #1 is available here.
“We’re working every day to get vaccines distributed and get shots in arms to get our state back to some sort of normal,” said Gov. Evers. “At the end of the day, vaccine supplies are limited, so while we continue to ask the federal government for more vaccines and faster, we have to keep working together to stop the spread today by continuing wear our masks, staying home whenever we can, avoiding gatherings, and doubling down on our efforts to keep our friends, neighbors, and families safe.”
As of today, Wisconsin has administered 248,185 vaccines across the state and began administering vaccines in Phase 1B to first responders and law enforcement earlier this week. The Department of Health Services (DHS) also announced Wisconsinites 65 years or older will be eligible for the vaccine starting Mon., Jan. 25, 2021. There are approximately 700,000 Wisconsin residents 65 years or older that would be eligible for the next round of vaccines, therefore it will take time to get through this group and will be dependent on the number of vaccines provided by the federal government.
For up-to-date information about Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response, visit the DHS COVID-19 webpage. We also encourage you to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram for more information on COVID-19.
UW-Eau Claire nursing students are part of mobile COVID-19 vaccine teams
Some University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire nursing students are engaged in the all-hands-on-deck effort to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in the state.
Blugold nursing students are part of the mobile COVID-19 vaccination team program recently announced by Gov. Tony Evers to expand access to the vaccine in Wisconsin. As of Jan. 19, nearly 250,000 state residents had received a vaccination, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
A pilot vaccination clinic is in Eau Claire on Wednesday, Jan. 20, for frontline health care workers, including police and fire personnel.
Six nursing students have volunteered to be part of the vaccination teams that are staffed by Wisconsin National Guard members, state health workers and the UW System. In addition to the experience, students receive a $500 tuition credit for the spring semester for working 16 hours with the program.
Nursing students can play an important role in the rapid response to the highly infectious and deadly virus, says Dr. Pamela Guthman, assistant professor of nursing at UW-Eau Claire.
Prevea Health partners with Jacob’s Well Church to open community COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the Chippewa Valley on Feb. 1
Eau Claire, Wis. – Prevea Health is partnering with Jacob’s Well Church in Lake Hallie to launch a community COVID-19 vaccination clinic beginning Monday, February 1.
“We are grateful to Jacob’s Well Church for its partnership on this historic and life-saving effort that will help to protect our community members from COVID-19,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO, Prevea Health.
The Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Jacob’s Well Church, 3211 N. 50th Ave., Lake Hallie, will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all community members eligible for the vaccine under the vaccination prioritization guidelines set by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).
Currently, frontline health care personnel, residents in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities, police and fire personnel and adults ages 65 and older can make an appointment for vaccination. For the latest on who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin, Prevea Health encourages everyone to regularly check the DHS website at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-about.htm
Appointments are required for the Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Jacob’s Well Church. Prevea encourages patients and members of the public to create a MyPrevea account at myprevea.com as this is where vaccine scheduling is available. You do not have to be a Prevea patient to sign up for a MyPrevea account or to receive a vaccine at the Prevea community vaccination location. You can also visit www.prevea.com/vaccine for additional information or call 1 (833) 344 – HERE (4373) for assistance. Appointment availability is dependent on available vaccine supply that is provided by Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Please note: Prior to the opening of the Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Jacob’s Well Church on Feb. 1 - those eligible for vaccination (frontline health care personnel, residents in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities, police and fire personnel, and adults ages 65 and older) can make appointments with Prevea Health to be vaccinated at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire. Again, appointments are required through MyPrevea or by calling 1 (833) 344 – 4373. Appointment availability is dependent on available vaccine supply that is provided by Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
About Prevea Health
Founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, Prevea Health is a health care organization that provides high-quality, primary and specialty health care in 80+ locations across northern, eastern and western Wisconsin in clinic and hospital settings. It is partnered with six Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin to provide patients a system of highly-coordinated care, close to home: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls; HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire; and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.
City Council City Manager Search Update
On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, members of the Eau Claire City Council met in closed session to consider the three city manager candidates and review feedback with respect to city manager candidate interviews that were held on January 14 and 15, 2021. City Council discussed the qualifications of the candidates and deliberated on a hiring decision and related next steps. The Council has provided direction to Baker Tilly, the City’s search consultant, to extend an offer of employment and commence negotiations with the selected candidate. The next Eau Claire City Manager will be announced once the candidate has been contacted and accepts the terms of appointment.
WESTconsin Credit Union Donates $10,000 to Eau Claire Senior Center
Eau Claire, WI-- WESTconsin Credit Union is pleased to announce the donation of $10,000 to the L.E. Phillips Senior Center in Eau Claire. The donation will specifically benefit the “Fit for the Future” Campaign to design and build a 4,000 square foot fitness facility and remodel the existing lower level. The renovation will provide space for additional physical fitness programs and create rooms to support partnerships with area organizations like the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement.
2021 Chippewa Valley Rally Week
Feb 22-25 Virtual Event
Presented by the Chippewa Valley Chamber Alliance
Chippewa Falls * Eau Claire * Menomonie
For 26 years, Chippewa Valley business and community leaders have traveled to Madison each winter to visit lawmakers in the State Capitol to advocate for our region's economic priorities. In February 2020, more than 100 people participated in this annual event organized by the Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, and Menomonie Chambers of Commerce.
Because of restrictions on large groups and the need for safe practices amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rally will look a bit different in 2021. Plans are now coming together for a virtual event, probably including a combination of events over several days the week of February 22. But just as always, it will bring critical area priorities to policy makers as decisions are made about the 2021-23 state budget.
How it will work
The 2021 Chippewa Valley Rally will take place virtually in bite-sized portions over Monday-Thursday, Feb 22-25. There will also be an optional advance issues briefing on Friday, Feb 19. The event will kick-off with two sessions for all attendees on Monday afternoon, then continue with a variety of sessions and small group legislative visits on the mornings and lunch hour on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All events will be conducted via Zoom.
What registration includes
* Access to various all-attendee events, including presentations from the Governor (invited), legislative leaders, cabinet secretaries and policy experts.
* Advance issues briefings and advance information on the 2021 key issues being presented by the Chippewa Valley Chamber Alliance
* Legislative visits: You’ll be asked to participate as part of a small team in 3-5 total virtual visits with legislators (scheduled with 30-min time slots), which will be scheduled in the mornings on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, based upon your availability. (After you sign up, you’ll be contacted to confirm your schedule availability. Each visit will be led by an experienced team leader.)
* Registration this year is just $39 per participant, since we will not have transportation, facility and food expenses.
Click here to register
Events times subject to change and will be updated as schedules are confirmed
Friday, Feb 19
11:00 a.m. Advance Issues Briefing and Q&A
Monday, Feb 22
1:00 p.m. Issues Briefing and Q&A (same content as Friday)
2:30 p.m. All-attendees event (topics and speakers to be announced)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Feb 23-25
8:00 a.m. All-attendees event (topics and speakers to be announced)
9:00-12:00 Legislative small group visits
Participants will be assigned to 3-5 total visits, in 30-min. time slots, Tue, Wed, or Thu based upon your availability (In other words, a total of 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours in legislative visits over the three days)
12:00 noon All-attendees event (topics and speakers to be announced)
More information will be available soon and this page will be updated. You can click here to register now. If you have questions or comments in the meantime, contact Scott Rogers at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chippewa & St Croix Valley Rail Connections move closer to reality
Two initiatives that would provide passenger rail connections to the Chippewa and St. Croix Valleys have taken important steps forward in recent weeks. They include:
Map from the Wisconsin Rail Plan: Long range vision for passenger rail (WisDOT)
Starting with Twin Cities-Eau Claire trains
The West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition has been working for several years to lay the groundwork to establish passenger train service serving the region with trains to the Twin Cities, Milwaukee and Chicago to ensure the area's economic competitiveness. Those connections are included in the official long-range transportation plans for both Wisconsin and Minnesota. As a first step, the coalition is proposing a public-private partnership to start with four trains a day each way between St. Paul and Eau Claire, with shuttle connections to other nearby communities like River Falls and Chippewa Falls. See map below...
West Central Wisconsin train and route
Trains will travel over the tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad with potential stops for Stillwater, Hudson/River Falls, Baldwin, and Menomonie. The Coalition is working with a private rail developer interested in providing the equipment and operating the trains, with ongoing costs provided by fares and the economic activity around station sites.
Next step: Chippewa-St. Croix Rail Commission
To advance the public side of the project, counties and municipalities along and near the route are working on establishing a Chippewa-St. Croix Rail Commission to identify the public benefits of the project, pursue opportunities for transit oriented station development, foster bi-state cooperation, and help the project obtain grant funding for start-up costs. Resolutions to create the commission have already been passed by the Dunn, Eau Claire, and St. Croix County Boards; the City of Eau Claire, the City of Altoona, The City of Menomonie, and the Village of Baldwin. Other entities are in the process of considering their participation. Once at least eight counties and municipalities approve similar resolutions, the commission will be created. See the links below for more information on the project and to see Eau Claire County's resolution for establishing the commission.
West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition website
Fact Sheet: Bringing Passenger Rail to West Central Wisconsin (click to download)
Eau Claire County Resolutions Re: Chippewa-St. Croix Rail Commission (passed Dec 15, 2020, click to download)
Group hopes to bring passenger rail service back to Chippewa Valley (WEAU 13 News)
Eau Claire sets its sights on passenger rail with new Rail Commission (WQOW News 18)
Rail advocates push for independent body (Leader-Telegram, subscription required)
Eastward connections to Milwaukee and Chicago
Given the vision to link the region east to Milwaukee and Chicago, another development make progress in recent weeks that would provide a dedicated shuttle connection from Eau Claire to access Amtrak trains at Tomah.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announced it has received two federal grants that will enable it to implement plans with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to extend one of its popular Chicago-Milwaukee Hiawatha trains on the current Amtrak "Empire Builder" route to Tomah, La Crosse, Winona, Minnesota and St. Paul. That plan could include dedicated shuttle connections from that route to Madison, Eau Claire and Rochester.
WisDOT map showing shuttle connections for the Twin Cities Hiawatha extension
Many Chippewa Valley area residents already drive to Tomah to catch the current Amtrak service, but a dedicated shuttle will improve mobility for those who cannot or do not want to drive. Shuttle connections like these have been successful in other states like California and North Carolina. WisDOT also recently established dedicated shuttles to link the current Hiawatha service at Milwaukee to Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, Appleton, and Green Bay.
The grants announced by WisDOT from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) include a $16.2 million Restoration & Enhancement Grant, which helps new services get established by paying a declining percentage of the operating expenses over three years as ridership builds, and a $31.8 million matching grant to help cover capital improvement costs.
Local support for Eau Claire shuttle
As WisDOT began consideration of the Eau Claire shuttle, local support for the connection was expressed in resolutions and letters from the Eau Claire City Council, Eau Claire County Board, Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, and West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition.
The proposed Eau Claire shuttle would travel along I-94 and make a direct connection to trains at the Amtrak station in Tomah. The West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition, which is working to establish a multi-frequency Twin Cities-Eau Claire corridor as a public-private partnership on the tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad, has endorsed the proposal as a complementary step to provide residents of the region access to the national passenger train network.
In a resolution it drafted earlier this year the Coalition noted that many people already drive to the station at Tomah: "This would open up more travel opportunities for area residents and visitors to connect to/from Milwaukee and Chicago via Tomah, and would especially provide improved mobility for students, seniors and others who cannot or do not want to drive 80 miles to access the service." In a letter to WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson, the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce noted: "Transportation is a critical component for economic prosperity. The Chamber has long advocated for establishing passenger rail service to our region as an important component for economic competitiveness and talent attraction," and that the shuttle "would enhance the connectivity of our community and be complementary to efforts to obtain future direct train service for Eau Claire." The Eau Claire City Council passed a supporting resolution on February 25, and the Eau Claire County Board on May 5. See the links below.
Next steps for the Hiawatha extension and shuttle
WisDOT, MnDOT, and Amtrak are working on schedules and operating scenarios for the new train project, and Minnesota's legislature must still appropriate its needed $10 million in matching funds for the capital expenses, which is expected to be considered during its 2021 session.
’Second Empire Builder’ project wins a $12.6 million Restoration & Enhancement grant (MIPRC)
Wisconsin-Minnesota passenger rail project getting $31.8 million federal grant (La Crosse Tribune)
Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago Intercity Passenger Rail Service (WisDOT)
Eau Claire-Tomah Shuttle Fact Sheet (West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition)
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce Letter in support of CRISI grant (Eau Claire Chamber)
Eau Claire City Council Resolution (City of Eau Claire)
Eau Claire County Board Resolution (Eau Claire County)
West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition Letter and Resolution (West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition)
Long-term opportunities for high speed Chicago-Milwaukee-Twin Cities service
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is nearing completion of a Midwest Regional Rail Planning Study that is expected to show the Chicago-Twin Cities corridor to be one of the strongest potential high speed rail markets in the Midwest because of its high travel demand. With current bullet-train style projects advancing in California, Texas and LA-Las Vegas, there is significant potential for Eau Claire and the region to be located on one of the next high speed rail lines to be developed.
FRA Midwest Regional Rail Planning Study
Update: Local Health Ordinances
Back-up Mask Ordinance advances to Eau Claire City Council and County Board
The Eau Claire City Council and the Eau Claire County board are expected to vote in February on companion ordinances that would implement a local mask mandate if and when a statewide mask mandate is no longer in effect.
The move comes after the proposal was endorsed at a January 12 joint meeting of the Eau Claire City-County Board of Health and the Eau Claire County Administration Committee. The next steps: First reading notices at the January 19 County Board meeting and the January 26 City Council meeting, then votes on February 9 at the City Council and February 17 at the County Board.
Note that this is a significantly different proposal than the broader communicable disease ordinance that was considered last fall, of which both the City Council and County Board postponed consideration. More explanation below. First, here are the details about the current proposal:
Why the new local ordinance is being proposed and what it would do
In proposing the ordinances, local health and elected officials cite the value of mask wearing in slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. There is currently a statewide mandate in place, ordered by Governor Tony Evers, who on January 19 extended the order another 60 days to March 20. However, there is a case pending before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, where the plaintiffs are arguing that the Governor does not have the authority to issue multiple emergency orders based upon the same disease. Should the Supreme Court strike down the state mandate, local proponents want a back up local ordinance to be able to continue the requirement to wear masks in Eau Claire County.
The proposed ordinance is written so that it will take effect only if the state order is vacated by the court or not extended by the Governor. It would require mask wearing, with specified exceptions, in indoor enclosed spaces, other than a private residence, where "Another person or persons who are not members of the individual’s household or living unit are present in the same room or enclosed space." It would also mandate that building with public access "post a notice at their entrance that face coverings are required." It has a sunset date of June 30. To meet the requirements of state statutes, both the Eau Claire City County and County Board would have to pass mandates to ensure the mandate is in effect throughout the county.
Click here to read the actual proposed ordinance (Eau Claire County)
Evers Will Extend Mask Mandate As DHS Reports 2,269 COVID-19 Cases (WPR)
Gov. Evers Announces New Public Health Emergency, Issues New Face Coverings Order as State Continues Vaccine Distribution (News release)
Effectiveness of masks asserted
The first step in the process of enacting the ordinance required it to be considered by the Board of Health and the County Administration Committee, who held a joint meeting on January 12, and approved taking it as direct legislation to the local elected bodies, the Eau Claire City Council and Eau Claire County Board. During the discussion, Board of Health member Dr. Don Bodeau, an occupational health physician with over 30 years experience in respiratory issues, asserted that the ordinance is "the right thing to do from a public health perspective."
"The CDC has reviewed 45 high quality studies that document something better than a 70% protection," said Dr. Bodeau. " It’s a two-way protection, both control from the source and control from the user. It’s also well documented that asymptomatic spread, people who do not have symptoms at the time, are responsible for creating and spreading 50 to 60 percent of the new cases. These are people who are not sick today and do not know that they will become sick tomorrow or the next day. Then retroactively we track down those contacts and we find out they have infected a whole host of people. It’s also quite clear that when measures like this are undertaken new infections fall significantly and that businesses are more able to reopen, and the need for lock downs and more stringent legal control mechanisms are reduced. By going with a mask ordinance like this, we can actually maintain our public health, we can maintain our business community, and we can move forward in what can turn out to be the most graceful way possible as we wait for our vaccinations to reach that threshold of herd immunity."
Video Recording: Jan 12 Joint Meeting - Eau Claire City-County Board of Health and Eau Claire County Administration Committee (Eau Claire County)
Board of Health, county Administration Committee approve local mask ordinance (Leader-Telegram)
Mayo Clinic research confirms critical role of masks in preventing COVID-19 infection (Mayo Clinic Health System)
Organizers optimistic for summer events in the Chippewa Valley (WEAU 13 News)
Input sought from the Chamber and other stakeholders
In November, at the request of local public officials, a survey of customer-facing businesses was conducted by the Chamber and Downtown Eau Claire Inc. Of those responding, 74% said mandatory wearing of face masks would be reasonable to include if a local health order was enacted.
Before finalizing the proposed ordinance, city and county officials on December 21 sent the draft to health institutions, education institutions, business organizations, elected officials and the Chippewa Valley Economic Recovery Task Force, with an explanation of the purpose of the ordinance and requesting response by January 2. Chamber staff forwarded the request to our Board of Directors and members of our Governmental Affairs Committee. Based upon their responses, we submitted feedback that included clarification that individuals working alone are not required to wear a mask, and that the primary responsibility of businesses and organizations with public access is to post a sign. The original draft had a sunset date of September 30, which we suggested was too long. The final version subsequently shortened the sunset date to June 30. The Chamber has not taken a position on the mask ordinance, and encourages its investors who are interested to participate in the public comment process.
What's next in the process and how you can comment
Based upon regular local legislative processes, the ordinances require a "first reading," or notice that they will be up for consideration, at a regular meeting of each body preceding the one at which action will be taken. Those are January 19 for the County Board and January 26 for the City Council. The City Council will have a public discussion at its regular Public Hearing meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 8, then vote at its Legislative Session at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9. The Eau Claire County Board will vote at its meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17.
News release outlining legislative process and public comment options (City of Eau Claire & Eau Claire County)
FAQs and links to County Board and City Council sites (Eau Claire County)
How this is different than the ordinance that was proposed and postponed last fall
In mid-September, the administrations of the City of Eau Claire and Eau Claire County introduced companion local health ordinances intended to clarify the role of the local health officer related to orders of general applications regarding communicable diseases and to provide for enforcement mechanisms. These were broad ordinances that dealt with the powers of the health officer and the legislative oversight of local elected officials.
Full text of both ordinances (September 2020, Board of Health)
The Chamber's position: The Chamber Board of Directors voted on October 5 to ask the city and county to withdraw the original proposed ordinances. We believed the ordinances as drafted embody policy decisions that were not arrived at with a community consensus. Among them, we believe the proposed legislative oversight was too passive and weak, the expectations and limits on enforcement need more clarity, and circumstances under which closure of whole categories of businesses could be ordered must be more clearly delineated, if allowed at all. These and the other policy questions within the ordinance would be better served if they were arrived at with input from the business community, educational institutions, health care organizations and others.
Click here to download and read the Chamber's full statement.
(The Chamber has not taken a position on the mask ordinance, and encourages its investors who are interested to participate in the public comment process. See more below.)
City of Eau Claire: At its Legislative Session on October 13, the Eau Claire City Council voted 10-1 to postpone action on the city version of the proposed health ordinance, instead creating a task force to get more community input and consensus before being brought back later. The action came after over two hours of debate and discussion, much of it reflecting the kinds of concerns about the process and content of the ordinance that were raised by the Chamber and others. The motion was proposed by Council Vice President Catherine Emmanuelle.
Voting Yes on postponement (consistent with the Chamber’s position): Emily Anderson, Emily Berge, Jill Christopherson, Catherine Emmanuelle, Jeremy Gragert, David Klinkhammer, John Lor, Terry Weld, Andrew Werthmann, Mai Xiong;
Voting No: Kate Beaton
Contact information: City Council members (City of Eau Claire)
Eau Claire County: At its October 20 meeting, the Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors voted 17-12 to approve a motion, proposed by Supervisor Gary Gibson, to postpone consideration of the County version of the ordinance and work with the city to on a task force. Roll Call:
Voting Yes on postponement (consistent with the Chamber’s position): Carl Anton (Dist 5), Mark Beckfield (21), Steve Chilson (7), Missy Christopherson (29), Kimberly Cronk (28), Gary Gibson (1), Chris Hambuch-Boyle (16), Melissa Janssen (25), Robin Leary (23), Donald Mowry (9), Stella Pagonis (4), Nick Smiar (15), Kevin Stelljes (8), Zoe Roberts (27), Connie Russell (13), Gerald Wilkie (19), Dane Zook (6).
Voting No: Nathan Anderson (Dist 20), Colleen Bates (12), Nancy Coffey (10), Heather Deluka (24), Jim Dunning (18), Judy Gatlin (14), Ray Henning (11), Joe Knight (3), Sandra Mckinney (2), Martha Nieman (17), Katherine Schneider (22), Tami Schraufnagel (26).
How to find and contact your County Board member (Eau Claire County)
What's different and what's next
The latest back-up mask mandate is different because it is direct legislation that will be voted upon by elected bodies before taking effect. It is also narrowly written for a specific period of time with mask wearing being its only focus. It does not create any new powers for the health officer or others. As noted previously, the Chamber has not taken a position on the mask ordinance, and encourages its investors who are interested to participate in the public comment process.
Task force being constituted
As promised when the previous ordinances were postponed, County Board Chair Nick Smiar and City Council President Terry Weld have appointed a task force that will be charged with reviewing the need for an ordinance to deal with future communicable disease emergencies. That task force expected to begin meeting soon, but its work is not anticipated to have an impact on the management of the current pandemic. The Chamber will keep its investors updated as that process moves forward.
Posted by Scott Rogers, Governmental Affairs Director
Eau Claire Chamber to Governor Evers, Legislators: UWEC Science Building funding critical to economic future of the region
As Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Legislature develop the new 2021-23 biennial state budget, The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce has written the Governor, strongly encouraging the inclusion of the second phase funding of the Science & Health Sciences Building at UW-Eau Claire.
“There is no other current project that is more important to the future of our regional economy and workforce than this urgently needed replacement for the aging and outdated Phillips Hall,” asserts the letter, signed by Chamber Board Chair Scott Biederman and President/CEO Dave Minor.
The letter points out that the new building goes beyond the direct benefit to the UWEC Campus because it includes a planned research collaboration with Mayo Clinic Health System, will spark innovation and new business spin offs, enhances the ability to attract and retain talent, and will be the site of a new Blugold Center for High Performance Computing in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Two years ago, the 2019-21 State Budget included $209 million for the first phase funding of the project, with the understanding that the second phase would be funding would be provided in the 2021-23 budget so UWEC could achieve its goal to design a unified, efficient building, thereby allowing for a shortened construction timeline, cost savings for taxpayers, and timely completion to successfully realize all of its potential benefits.
The project has garnered bi-partisan support among Chippewa Valley area legislators, many of whom have cited it as the top area priority for the new legislative session.
See the letter below...
Marshfield Clinic Health System to begin vaccinating community health care workers
MARSHFIELD – Marshfield Clinic Health System is now scheduling community health care workers and emergency responders in north-central Wisconsin who qualify for COVID-19 vaccination based on the Wisconsin State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee’s definition of a health care worker.
These individuals include health care personnel and emergency responders who provide direct patient care or engage in services that place them into contact with patients who are able to transmit SARS-CoV-2, and/or infectious material containing SARS-CoV-2. These workers include behavior health providers, chiropractors, dental services, emergency medical responders, police, firefighters, hospice workers, pharmacists, social workers and many others.
“Our communities have many health care workers who interact with their patients and clients daily and need the protections offered by the COVID-19 vaccines,” said Tammy Simon, Vice President at Marshfield Clinic Health System’s Institute for Quality Innovation and Patient Safety. “We are working tirelessly to use the vaccinations we receive from the State and get them into frontline health care providers, and now our community health care workers, as soon as we can.
Visit the Marshfield Clinic Health System website at marshfieldclinic.org/community-vaccine to enroll yourself for the COVID-19 vaccine. You will need to provide the name of your organization, your job position(s), contact information and date of birth. You will then be contacted within several days to schedule an appointment. We request patience as we anticipate a high number of health care workers reaching out to us to schedule a vaccination.
Marshfield Clinic is offering vaccinations at our medical offices in 14 communities across Wisconsin.
The COVID-19 vaccine is not available to most patients at this time.
“We are expecting further guidance from the State about the rollout of the vaccine beyond these groups in the coming weeks,” Simon said. “We are working on our vaccine rollout plan now to ensure we are ready when the State is ready. We will communicate out to the community once the vaccine is available.”
Prevea Health welcomes Renita Robinson, MEd, MS, ABD Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
Green Bay, Wis. – At Prevea Health, we recognize widespread disparities exist in health outcomes and care in the state of Wisconsin. According to the 2020 Wisconsin Health Disparities Report: Rural and Urban Populations, the state of Wisconsin received a D on this report as it relates to providing equitable care across race/ethnicity and payer categories.
Prevea Health is committed to caring for all and ensuring health care is readily available to all. To carry this commitment forward, Prevea Health is honored to welcome Renita Robinson, MEd, MS, ABD to its family as Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. As part of this role, Renita will mine through available data to identify disparities in our health care system statewide and offer solutions to eliminate those disparities.
Brian Duffy Named CEO of Per Mar Security Services
DAVENPORT, Iowa – Per Mar Security Services, the largest family owned full service security company in the Midwest, is pleased to announce that Brian Duffy has been promoted from Chief Operating Officer of Per Mar to President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2021. Brian Duffy becomes the third generation of the Duffy family to lead Per Mar. The company was founded by John and Eleanor Duffy in Davenport, Iowa in 1953. Michael Duffy will continue with the company as Chairman of the Board.
Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Celebration to be held virtually Jan. 18
The Chippewa Valley will honor the life and work of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 18, with a virtual event that includes history, training and education, culminating in a virtual community concert at Pablo Center at the Confluence.
The day of programming, titled the Chippewa Valley 2021 Martin Luther King Remembrance Celebration, will be livestreamed beginning at noon through Pablo Center and Facebook Live on the King Remembrance Program Facebook page. Community members can register on the Pablo Center site. Parts of the day’s events will be broadcast live on Converge Radio, 101.9 FM.
Author Kevin McMullin on “Spectrum West” January 14
Eau Claire, Wis. – Kevin McMullin, musician, storyteller, writer and educator, will be joining host Al Ross on “Spectrum West” at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14 on The Ideas Network stations 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/ River Falls. The show will also feature the outline of a potential season at a theater in Rice Lake, announcements of current events at the public library in Eau Claire and a preview of a dance performance by an Eau Claire company taking place at the end of the month.
Ross will be welcoming back frequent guest Kevin McMullin to talk about his new book “Into the Black Sea: Stories of Darkness and Light.” McMullin is a musician and educator as well as an author. The book is an adaptation of his stage show of the same name. McMullin will be reading from the book.
Senators Smith and Bernier on “The West Side” January 15
Eau Claire, Wis. – State Senators Kathy Bernier, R-Chippewa Falls, and Jeff Smith, D-Eau Claire, will talk about the new legislative session and issues that will impact their western Wisconsin constituents at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 15 on “The West Side” on The Ideas Network stations of Wisconsin Public Radio: 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls.
Smith and Bernier will join host Dean Kallenbach for a look ahead to the spring legislation, which will include negotiations over the biennial state budget and COVID-pandemic relief. They will also share their thoughts about other legislation expected to come up in the current legislative session, including the creation of new legislative and Congressional districts in Wisconsin for the next ten years.
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Potential Community-Wide Mask Ordinance
(Eau Claire, Wis.) – As our community continues to respond to the ongoing pandemic, Eau Claire City-County Board of
Health, Eau Claire City Council, and Eau Claire County Board have partnered to identify actions that may be needed to
protect the well-being of our residents, businesses, educational institutions, healthcare, and other community partners. One evidence-based community strategy is the use of facemasks in public spaces.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is currently considering the Governor’s legal ability to declare multiple emergency
declarations for the same emergency. If the court determines multiple emergency declarations cannot be issued, then
the requirement for the use of masks will no longer be in place across Wisconsin. Additionally, the current State
mandate ends January 19th and the Governor has not given an indication of whether there will be a continuing State
order if it is legally permissible.
DigiCOPY Offers Complimentary COVID-19 Cards-Be the Light
(Eau Claire, WI – January 11, 2021) – In the past ten months, no one has escaped the impact of COVID-19 on our families and our communities. In December, 2020, DigiCOPY began working with Compassion in Action, a faith based non-profit organization in Marshfield, WI, on their “Be the Light” program. DigiCOPY printed cards and envelopes for the organization’s “Be the Light” COVID-19 care packages-supporting COVID-19 positive patients, front-line pandemic workers and children/teens struggling with the impacts of coronavirus.
DigiCOPY is now supplying complimentary cards and envelopes in their Eau Claire store location, 1033 W. Clairemont Avenue, to help communities show compassion in action and “Be the Light.” “I invite you to stop by DigiCOPY and pick-up complimentary cards and envelopes to help uplift the spirits of family members and neighbors in need during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said DigiCOPY CEO/Founder Craig Shuler. “We are pleased to provide the cards to our customers and community and help “Be the Light” for COVID positive patients, front-line workers and children and teens struggling with the pandemic,” Shuler adds.
We need assistance to get Eau Claire County residents vaccinated!
As you may know, COVID-19 vaccinations began in Eau Claire County in December. Vaccinations are currently happening for healthcare workers and long-term care staff and residents, as these groups are the priority to receive vaccine based on state and federal guidelines. There are several entities in the area that are approved vaccinators and providing vaccines to this group.
The Health Department is also an approved vaccinator and we are requesting assistance with our appointment-only COVID-19 vaccination clinics on Wednesdays in Eau Claire. Training will be provided. Staff working the clinic will be supplied with appropriate PPE. Please read in entirety.
Additional details on how to sign up:
Jan 13th- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044EA9AC22A6FF2-covid196
Jan 20th- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044EA9AC22A6FF2-covid192
Jan 27th- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044EA9AC22A6FF2-covid198
If you can’t assist at these times but would like to assist in the future:
Please email Samuel Simmons <Samuel.Simmons@co.eau-claire.wi.us> and indicate that you would like to be put on the list to volunteer at future clinics when dates and times are finalized.
Questions: Please contact Paulette Magur <Paulette.Magur@co.eau-claire.wi.us>
$34,500 Awarded in Second Round of Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. COVID Relief Grants
Eau Claire, Wis.: The Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. (DECI) Board of Directors released a second round of grant assistance to downtown businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The DECI Grant Committee reviewed applications and awarded 23 applicants with grants in the amount of $1,500 each, for a total of $34,500. In June of 2020, DECI awarded $46,500 in assistance grants to members. In total, the organization has distributed $81,000 in direct relief grants to downtown member businesses and organizations. Recipients of the DECI Relief Grants issued in June of 2020 were also eligible to apply for grants this round.
Tax Assistance available through Chippewa Valley Technical College and Royal Credit Union Partnership
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union is partnering with Chippewa Valley Technical College and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to provide assistance to community members with their tax returns. VITA was created to provide free income tax return assistance to taxpayers who cannot afford to pay for professional help. VITA volunteers provide free tax assistance to anyone with an adjusted gross annual income of $57,000 or less including disabled, non-English speaking, senior citizens and special needs taxpayers.
This service will be available on Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. from February 4 until April 15, with the exception of March 25. Services will be provided at CVTC’s Business Education Center at 620 W. Clairemont Avenue in Eau Claire. Appointments for VITA are required; appointments can be made by going to www.rcu.org/vita or by calling 800-341-9911 and dialing extension 6.
Precautions like mandatory masks, temperature checks, and physical distancing will all be in place to ensure everyone’s safety. To limit the number of people involved, it is asked that only the client/spouse attend the appointment. Translators or caregivers will be allowed for those clients that require them. Royal Credit Union is among a number of credit unions in Wisconsin who are taking the initiative to help build financially strong, self-supporting families and communities by offering innovative services like VITA.
Tax returns are prepared by student volunteers from Chippewa Valley Technical College who have taken the steps to become certified by the IRS and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. VITA offers free basic income tax return preparation and e-filing. Taxpayers with complicated returns or questions will be referred to an IRS publication, to the IRS, or to seek private professional assistance. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis by the VITA volunteer. Those that take advantage of this unique service are asked to bring photo ID, social security cards for taxpayer and all dependents, earnings statements, a copy of their tax return from last year, forms 1095(A, B or C) affordable health care statements, rent certificates from landlord or property tax statement, financial institution’s routing and account numbers for direct deposit.
About Royal Credit Union
Royal Credit Union is a federally insured credit union proudly serving over 220,000 Members in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Royal is driven by a core ideology built on a strong purpose and values. You can open an account or apply for a low-rate loan at Royal Credit Union if you live or work in 26 counties in western Wisconsin or 16 counties in Minnesota. Counties served in Wisconsin include Adams, Ashland, Bayfield, Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Lincoln, Marathon, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Washburn, and Wood. Counties served in Minnesota include Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Olmsted, Pine, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Wabasha, Washington, Winona and Wright. Realtors in the state of Wisconsin or Minnesota are also eligible to join the credit union. Visit rcu.org or call Royal Credit Union at 800-341-9911 for more information.EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union is partnering with Chippewa Valley Technical College and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to provide assistance to community members with their tax returns. VITA was created to provide free income tax return assistance to taxpayers who cannot afford to pay for professional help. VITA volunteers provide free tax assistance to anyone with an adjusted gross annual income of $57,000 or less including disabled, non-English speaking, senior citizens and special needs taxpayers.
Jan 12 Chamber/UW-Eau Claire Breakfast: Chancellor James Schmidt thanks the local community and looks forward to an increase of new students in fall 2021
On Tuesday, January 12 the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire hosted the annual Business Community Breakfast virtually this year. The event was streamed via Perigon at WIN Technology and included a State of the University report from Chancellor James Schmidt as well as a panel composed of faculty, staff, and students who shared details about new initiatives and plans UW-Eau Claire has for the future. During the State of the University report, Chancellor Schmidt discussed the university’s quick response to COVID, challenges the university will face in upcoming years, and a few points of pride for UW-Eau Claire.
The Chancellor began his report thanking the Chamber and the community saying, “there isn’t a single thing the Chippewa Valley can’t accomplish if we respect each other as partners and neighbors, and work together.” Through efforts such as the Chamber’s advocacy with legislators in Madison and Washington D.C., the Chippewa Valley Economic Recovery Task Force, and continued advocacy for replacing Phillips Hall on campus, he has continually seen the local community’s positivity and determination to succeed.
UW-Eau Claire's successful fall semester
This past fall saw the university working hard with the community to develop effective COVID mitigation protocols to keep everyone safe during the unprecedented fall semester. Through virtual career fairs and a team of advisors to help students navigate online classes, the university has continued to connect students to local businesses and help students develop skills for life after college. The university saw extremely high student compliance with mitigation steps on campus, making it through three months of in-person classes before moving online out of precaution after Thanksgiving break.
In addition to challenges brought by COVID, UW-Eau Claire has financial challenges to plan for. The Chancellor referenced a study from the Brookings Institute which found that not a single university saw any real growth in per-student appropriations between 2006 and 2017. In Wisconsin, state funding for higher education fell by more than 33% between 2000 and 2019. The university also expects a decreased number of high school students around the year 2025.
This decrease in state funding, tuition freezes, and prospective students has forced UW-Eau Claire to come up with new strategies to recruit and retain new students. This has involved developing a more strategic marketing campaign to reach incoming students and continuing to become a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus.
Science building developments
The Chancellor is also hopeful that the new science building will recruit the best and brightest students to the Chippewa Valley. Plans for the new science building to replace Phillips Hall continues to remain a focus of the university. With developments for a new science building underway and an exciting new partnership with Mayo Clinic, the Chancellor is confident UW-Eau Claire will enhance its reputation in the Midwest.
UW-Eau Claire's accomplishments
With plans to address current and future challenges in place, Chancellor Schmidt acknowledged a few of UW-Eau Claire’s accomplishments. The university was once again, named the top school in Wisconsin and Minnesota as being the best for veterans. It was also ranked number 3 in the United States and number 1 in Wisconsin as being the best school for LGBTQ students and the best in Wisconsin for LGBTQ students.
The new learning and teaching environment
The panel of faculty, staff, and students addressed the anticipated decrease in enrollment, the new learning and teaching environment for students and faculty, and the newly implemented training for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Billy Felz, the Interim Executive Director of Enrollment Management, explained that UW-Eau Claire has partnered with a consulting firm to increase and improve the university’s advertising to Incoming students by uniquely targeting students based on their personality. Applications are now up over 50% compared to last year. Lauren Becker, a student at UW-Eau Claire and Director of the Student Office of Sustainability explained that the current learning environment has seen much grace from both the instructors and the students. While virtual learning is not bad, it is a different environment than usual requiring much adjustment. Dr. Louisa Rice, professor and chair of the History department, agreed with Becker explaining that teaching during the pandemic has required faculty members to go from in-person to online, and at times, a little of both. However, Dr. Rice is proud of the way instructors have risen to these challenges and still created meaningful relationships with students.
New university developments
Members of the panel also discussed some developments going on within the university. Becker said the Sustainability and Climate Action task force has a vision to make UW-Eau Claire the most sustainable university in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Dr. Rice has been working with other faculty members to incorporate the humanities and the sciences to create a certificate on holistic medicine that would incorporate not just the science of health but also the whole person. Dang Yang, the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, explained that while equity, diversity, and inclusion training has currently been focused on faculty and staff, this training will begin for students this next fall. The university is also working with Alumni and local partnerships to extend equity, diversity, and inclusion to make the Eau Claire community more inclusive and diverse.
Chancellor Schmidt concluded the event by saying, "our community has tackled the pandemic together and we look to continue to collaborate." The interdependence between UW-Eau Claire and the local community has created a sense of unity few business communities and public universities have.
Video Recording: 2021 Chamber/UWEC Breakfast (Perigon)
UW Eau-Claire looks to bolster Blugold enrollment (WEAU 13 News)
The 2021 Chamber/UW-Eau Claire Breakfast was sponsored by EO Johnson Business Technologies, Market & Johnson, Inc., Mayo Clinic Health System-Luther Campus, McDonough Manufacturing Company, Northwestern Bank, and Perigon sponsors Prevail Bank and Royal Credit Union.
Posted by Grace Hanson, Governmental Affairs Intern
Chippewa Valley Community Chorus
The Chippewa Valley Community Chorus is embarking on a unique season this spring. It is joining the many great local organizations in adapting to the current times by going virtual. Though this is a new challenge, it is an exciting one. It will allow us to bring together members not only from the Chippewa Valley but also from across the country. We will be keeping to our short spring season, rehearsing Tuesdays January 12th-March 16th from 7-8:30 pm, and will culminate the season by compiling a recorded virtual concert to share with those in our communities. The format will be different, meeting via zoom with one hour of rehearsing music for the concert followed by a half-hour relaxed sing-a-long format. We will give members the option of participating in one or the other parts of the rehearsals or both if they would like. Our director, accompanist, and board are all collaborating to make this unique season enjoyable for all, and we hope to continue to bring music to those around us. After all, we believe that singing and working together is the way we can change the world.
Health Care Workers at HSHS, Prevea Health now receiving second doses of COVID-19 Vaccine
Today Prevea Health began administering second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to its health care workers, along with those at its HSHS hospital partners in Wisconsin. The second dose, which is required for maximum effectiveness (94%) of the vaccine, is given 21 days after the first dose.
“From the moment these vaccines first became available to us by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services just 21 days ago, our teams have been working swiftly, yet carefully to effectively immunize every health care worker within the Prevea Health and HSHS Wisconsin systems that wishes to be vaccinated,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO at Prevea Health. “We are immensely proud of the work our teams have done so far to get our health care workers and community EMS teams vaccinated. We continue to eagerly await the opportunity to offer these life-saving vaccines to our community members and put an end to this pandemic.”
Sassha Rongholt Joins Charter Bank as Internal Auditor
Charter Bank is proud to announce that Sassha Rongholt has joined the Charter Bank as the Internal Auditor. She will be responsible for the internal audit and review of all functions performed by bank personnel, for establishing the bank’s Risk Based Audit Program, and the timely execution of both internal and external audits in accordance with the annual audit plan.
Rongholt comes to Charter Bank with 10 years of internal audit experience within the financial service line and 16 years of banking experience. Most recently, she was the Internal Audit Manager at Wipfli LLP in Eau Claire. Rongholt has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from DeVry University in Chicago.
Market & Johnson's Employee Impact Fund Donates $60,000 To Local Organizations
(December 2020) The employees of Market & Johnson continue their community support throughout western Wisconsin by donating $60,000 to several organizations through the Market & Johnson Employee Impact Fund (EIF). Organizations benefiting from the fund in 2020 include both Eau Claire and La Crosse Junior Achievement offices, both Eau Claire and La Crosse Big Brothers Big Sisters, both Eau Claire and Black River Falls Boys & Girls Clubs, St. Croix Valley Foundation - Sterbernz Ryan Scholarship, Chippewa Valley Street Ministry, Eau Claire School Foundation Homeless Program, La Crosse Veterans Mentor Program, Collaborative to End Homelessness, and the Eau Claire Community Foundation Covid-19 Response. “Our employees never cease to amaze us,” said Jason Plante, Vice President, Market & Johnson. “Many people today are facing difficult times, and our team has stepped up and set a record amount of money to give back to those in need.”
Chippewa Valley Technical College President Barker Announces Retirement
After twenty-one years of service to the Chippewa Valley Technical College district, President Bruce Barker has announced his retirement.
At the regular meeting of the CVTC Board on Tuesday, Dec. 15, the board voted to hire The Association of Community College Trustees executive search division to assist with the selection of the next CVTC president. Barker will retire effective July 1, 2021.
Over the past 12 years as president, Barker has been at the center of efforts to meet the region's workforce needs, a vital part of the mission of CVTC. Barker joined CVTC in 1999 as director of human resources and became vice president of operations the following year. In 2008, he was selected as the 10th president of CVTC.
“Being part of the CVTC team has been a wonderful experience and privilege,” Barker said in his announcement to employees Tuesday evening. “I will always be extremely proud and grateful for what we have accomplished. CVTC provides our students with options, hope, direction and the skills and confidence to succeed. We provide our communities with essential workers, experts in every field, entrepreneurs and leaders.”
One-class students at Chippewa Valley Technical College
Curtiss Anderson war recently working on on an electrical controller training unit in December at the Mechatronics lab in Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Gateway Campus. However, Anderson is not a typical student in the Mechatronics program, which was formerly known as Industrial Mechanics. In fact, he is a member of the program’s Advisory Committee, which includes professionals in the field and helps guide the program to ensure students learn the skills they need.
“I came back as a student for the electrical maintenance and PLC (programmable logic controller) refresher, but I am learning a lot too,” said Anderson, 45, a technical operations manager at Premium Waters in Chippewa Falls.
Anderson was only enrolled in one class during fall semester and was not in any degree program. Such students, known as undeclared or non-contract students, are not unusual at CVTC, particularly in the manufacturing cluster. People need to keep up to date on their skills in highly technical fields.
Security Financial Bank Accepting Applications for Scholarships
Security Financial Bank (SFB) is currently accepting applications for scholarships it awards to graduating high school students continuing their education.
Each year, SFB awards up to two $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors in each of its markets, including Bloomer, Durand, Eau Claire, Ladysmith and River Falls. Recipients are chosen based on involvement in school, youth organizations and community events with particular preference given to students pursuing a career in finance, accounting or business administration. The applicant or parent/guardian of applicant must be an account holder of SFB.
For more information and complete guidelines, students are encouraged to download an applicationat http://www.sfbank.com/webfiles/fnitools/documents/2021_scholarship_application.pdf. Application deadline is March 1. Applications can be delivered to a branch location or emailed to email@example.com.
Contact Becky Seelen, SFB marketing director, at 715-930-7030 with any questions.
About Security Financial Bank
Established in 1934, Security Financial Bank is a locally-owned financial institution focused on business and agriculture with offices in Bloomer, Durand, Eau Claire, Ladysmith and River Falls. SFB strives to provide products and services that exceed its clients’ needs and provides guidance that enable them to succeed. For more information on SFB, please visit www.sfbank.com or call 888-254-0615. SFB is an equal opportunity provider.
Spring Election: April 6, 2021
Spring Primary: February 16, 2021
(No primary is needed for the local elections)
While it may feel as though the fall election has just recently passed, the spring election is already on its way. Unlike the fall election, the spring election is non-partisan and will include both local and state races. This year, the election falls on April 6. Although no primary is needed for the local Eau Claire and Altoona races, there will be a primary held on February 16 for the Wisconsin State Superintendent and 3rd Court of Appeals races.
Eau Claire City Council
In Eau Claire, there are five city council seats up for election. The Eau Claire City Council is made up of ten City Council members and one City Council president. Each member is elected for a 3-year term. Five members are elected from aldermanic districts and five members are elected at large. The City Council President is also elected at large. The five district seats are the only positions up for election this spring.
All five incumbents are seeking reelection. Councilwomen Emily Berge and Jill Christopherson do not have any challengers for their districts. However, councilmembers Emily Anderson, Jeremy Gragert, and Andrew Werthmann are running against challengers Kyle Woodman, Josh Stanley, and Gabriel Schlieve respectively.
Altoona City Council
In Altoona, three city council seats are up for election. The Altoona City Council is made up of six City Council members and one mayor. Each member is elected for a 2-year term. In even number years districts 1, 2, 3, and the Mayor position are up for election. This year, districts 4, 5, and 6 are up for election.
All three incumbents are seeking reelection and are running unopposed.
Eau Claire School Board
The Eau Claire School Board has a total of seven members. Six are elected for 3-year terms and one is elected for a 1-year term. This year, three seats are up for election and the 1-year term will be given to the candidate who receives the third-largest number of votes.
All three incumbents are seeking reelection and face one challenger, Kathleen Kivlin.
Altoona School Board
The Altoona School Board has a total of 5 members that are each elected for 3-year terms. This year, only one seat is up for election. Incumbent Rick Risler is seeking reelection and is running unopposed.
Wisconsin State Superintendent
The Wisconsin State Superintendent is elected to oversee and provide leadership for the public school districts across the state. Superintendents are elected to serve a 4-year term. This year, seven candidates are running for this position. The primary on February 16 will narrow this list down to the two candidates who received the most votes. In the general election on April 6, voters will elect a Superintendent from the top two candidates.
3rd Court of Appeals
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals is the state’s intermediate appellate court and is composed of sixteen judges from four districts. Elected judges serve a 6-year term. The Eau Claire Area is in the 3rd district and will choose from four candidates in the February 16 primary. The two candidates who receive the most votes will move on to the general election.
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The Workforce Connector is a monthly publication made possible by HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System, Prevea Health, and Xcel Energy.
The Eau Claire Area Chamber has many initiatives to help employers retain, recruit and develop employees. Many of these programs, committees, and events have been around for years; At the 2019 Annual meeting our CEO/President David Minor announced the intention of focusing on Workforce Challenges and Solutions in the Chippewa Valley. This publication and the initiatives highlighted on our website are the beginning, use the button below to "learn more".
The chamber's workforce initiatives are led by the Workforce Development Committee Chair, Monica Obrycki of Eau Claire Energy Cooperative and Kaylynn Stahlbusch, Workforce and Program Director of Eau Claire Area Chamber.
Chamber Buy Local Bucks Sales Top $260,000 in 2020
In a year where supporting our local businesses was more important than ever, our community did their part to keep their dollars right here in the Chippewa Valley. According to the Chamber’s chief financial officer, Danielle Kummer, in 2019, the total amount of Chamber Bucks issued was $194,955. In 2020, it was $266,180, an increase of nearly 37% and an additional $71,225 contributed to our local economy.
Thank you to everyone who purchased Chamber Bucks, to WEAU 13 News for helping us promote them during the holiday season and to the 425+ Chamber investors that currently accept Chamber Bucks. If you are a Chamber investor who would like to participate in the Buy Local Bucks program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn About Regional Career Pathways
The Wisconsin Workforce Development Association's Talent Development Council in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction welcomes you to hear from Karin Smith of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as she provides an overview of Wisconsin's Regional Career Pathways program.
Learn how educators, employers, economic and workforce development partners around the state are working together to create Regional Career Pathways for high school students that highlight high-skill, in-demand careers.
Please register for the event by visiting the WWDA events page. Details for how to log into the call are below. You can submit questions for our speakers ahead of time by emailing them to email@example.com.
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Emergency Use Authorization Vaccines - A Caution to Employers
Happy New Year! As we move into 2021, we know that many of you are considering whether to require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccination. The current COVID-19 vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization ("EUA") from the Food and Drug Administration. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act ("FDCA") governs the conditions of emergency use authorization including the condition that:
"individuals to whom the product is administered are informed ... of the option to accept or refuse administration of the product..." Section 546(e)(1)(A).
Both the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 EUA Fact Sheet and the Moderna COVID-19 EUA Fact Sheet clearly specify that recipients or their caregivers must have the right to accept or refuse the vaccine. Links to each fact sheet:
So what does this mean for employers?
Employers who require employees to get these vaccines prior to full FDA approval run the risk of a "wrongful discharge" in violation of public policy. While Wisconsin and many other states recognize the "at-will doctrine" (employer may terminate employees at any time for any reason) there are exceptions. One such exception is "when the discharge is contrary to a fundamental and well-defined public policy as evidenced by existing law." (See Brockmeyer v. Dun & Bradstreet, 113 Wis.2d 561, 335 N.W.2d 834 (1983))
Accordingly, employees terminated for refusing the vaccine under the FDCA likely have a viable claim for wrongful discharge under the public policy doctrine.
Bottom line: Once the vaccine receives formal FDA approval (barring religious or accommodation issues as we reported in our previous e-alert: Breaking News! EEOC Issues Vaccine Guidance), you can take a stronger stance on requiring the vaccine. Until then, we recommend you steer clear of a mandate.
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What Businesses Need to Know About the New Pandemic Relief Bill
The new federal law includes a “Second Draw” PPP for small businesses who have exhausted their initial loan, direct aid for performance venues, and PPP loan eligibility for civic organizations. There are also changes to EIDL loans, the loan forgiveness process, the tax treatment of PPP loans, and the Employee Retention Tax Credit.
What Businesses Need to Know About the New Pandemic Relief Package (US Chamber of Commerce)
Mayo Clinic Careers Webinar
We invite you to learn more about how to explore a “life-changing career” at Mayo Clinic!
Invest an hour to learn how to promote yourself in the application process. Come hear from our recruiters.
Whether you are starting your professional life or well vested in your career journey, you may wonder if you are aligning with the work you were meant to do. This webinar will provide the tools to help you navigate towards a life-changing career.
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM (CST)
Register at: Mayo Clinic Careers Webinar
Cost: No cost to attend
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Preview our promise to you at: Mayo Clinic Life Changing Careers.
Affordable Care Act Reporting 2021 - Webinar
Are your 1095-C and 1094-C forms ready? The process can be confusing and daunting. To help with 1094/1095 reporting required for 2020 and completed in 2021, MRA is offering a learning opportunity entirely focused on your ACA reporting requirements. Join us for a review of the forms! The fundamentals, such as forms and codes, are very similar to last year; however, we will cover any changes that have been made in the last year. In addition, we will discuss common errors employers make which cause them to receive penalty letters from the IRS.
Who Should Attend: HR professionals, business managers, payroll personnel
Renee Kuhs is a Senior Compliance Attorney at M3 Insurance. She is responsible for assisting employers in proactively managing risk associated with their employee benefit plans.
Renee advises employers on compliance obligations such as HIPAA, COBRA, FMLA, Section 125, wellness plan compliance, and the Affordable Care Act. She frequently hosts workshops to discuss compliance strategies and authors articles to explain new legislative developments. Renee also works closely with Account Executives and Account Managers to support clients.
Setting New Goals for the New Year
Challenge yourself in 2021 by setting new goals! Follow these five tips for setting your goals.
Upcoming Chamber Events
Momentum Sales Conference
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Cost to attend:
$59 - Investor Price
$39 - Student Price
$79 - Non-Investor Price
Includes (1) $20 restaurant gift card per attendee
Sales representatives have been selling the same way for years and with over 40% of professionals working from home now needing to adjust how they sell, it's important that we highlight those methods. How do you actually sell successfully in a virtual world? This conference will explore those best practices and creative ways to maximize your sales technique in today's virtual market.
Announcing our Keynote Speaker - Christopher Fullarton, EO Johnson Business Technologies!
Chris Fullarton is the Senior Vice President of Imaging at EO Johnson Business Technologies, a position he has held since early 2019. Prior to his role as SVP of Imaging at EO Johnson, he served as a Business Integration Specialist at the company.
Click here for Chris's full bio along with the conference agenda, listing of presenters and topics.
If you are interested in speaking at the conference or being a sponsor, please reach out to Phil Swiler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
***This event will be held virtually via the digital streaming platform, Perigon.
Thank you to our Perigon sponsors, Prevail Bank and Royal Credit Union.
Thank you to our Corporate Sponsor, Steamatic of Western Wisconsin and our Co-Sponsors, CF Products, Chippewa Valley Technical College and Coulee Tech!
Business After Hours January 2021 - Special Edition!
Monday, January 11 2021
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Cost to attend: $8.00 (Chamber Investor)
Business After Hours 2021 is Happening!
Join us for the kick-off of the 2021 Business After Hours - "Special Virtual Edition" on Monday, January 11th from 4:30 to 6 PM! Come Network, Network, Network! Start off 2021 with some strong networking. Phil Swiler and a special guest will be hosting this fun event. We will be networking and sharing stories via ZOOM. We will be sharing the entire Business After Hours 2021 schedule. The cost will be $8 for Investors and $12 for Non-Investors. You must be "present" on the zoom call to be eligible for prizes! A zoom link will be sent to attendees a few days before the event.
We will be giving away the following prizes:
Wisconsin Logo Lawn Chair (2)
Igloo 6-quart Wheeled Cooler (like a YETI)
Group Health Cooperative Bean Bag Game (full set)
Chamber Bundle Basket (various items from the Chamber)
2 YP Memberships for 2021 and YP Masks
We look forward to seeing you!
Questions? Contact Phil Swiler at email@example.com.
Eau Claire Chamber/ UW- Eau Claire Virtual Business Community Breakfast
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Virtual Event via Perigon
No cost to attend
Sponsored by: EO Johnson Business Technologies, Market & Johnson, Inc., Mayo Clinic Health System, McDonough Manufacturing, Northwestern Bank and Royal Credit Union
The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce and University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire invite you to join us for this virtual event featuring a State of the University report with Chancellor Jim Schmidt. Chancellor Schmidt will review 2020 and share some of the lessons learned as UW-Eau Claire responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as take a look forward to the coming year, enrollment trends and projects on the horizon.
Joining Chancellor Schmidt will be a panel made up of faculty, staff and students who will share details about upcoming initiatives and opportunities for collaboration with the region. Questions may be submitted via the chat feature during the panel discussion.
There is no cost to attend but we do request that you register in advance by Friday, January 8, 2021. Those registered by January 8 will receive a breakfast swag bag.
This event will be streamed via Perigon. A link to log into the event will be sent to all registered attendees on Monday, January 11. Each attendee will need their own individual login link.
Thank you to our Perigon sponsors, Prevail Bank and Royal Credit Union.
Eau What A Night 2021 Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
3:30 - 4:00 - Special Pre-Event Entertainment
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Program & Award Presentations
Virtual Event via Perigon
Cost to attend: $80
The Chamber, along with Title Sponsor, WEAU 13 News, invite you to join us for Eau What a Night, the Chamber's 106th Annual Meeting!
We have an exciting and fun evening planned with all of the elements our live event would offer:
This event will be offered via the streaming platform, Perigon. Attendees will receive an individual login link prior to the event. Thank you to our Perigon sponsors, Prevail Bank and Royal Credit Union.
***BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!***
As a registered attendee of Eau What a Night, you will also be invited to join us for Eau What a Night - Part 2! Save the date of Wednesday, May 19, 2021 and stay tuned for more details regarding this in-person, outdoor event that will take place in downtown Eau Claire's beautiful Phoenix Park.
Virtual Eggs & Issues: The State of Eau Claire County
Friday, January 29, 2021
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Cost to attend: $25.00 (Chamber Investor)
The Chamber's annual "State of the county" address. Hear the highlights of the county's work over the past year and its priorities for 2021, with remarks led by Eau Claire County Board Chair Nick Smiar and County Administrator Kathryn Schauf.
The program will be recorded. A link will be sent to all registrants when the recording becomes available. If you can't participate during the "live" broadcast, register anyway and you'll receive the recording.
Registration closes at 12:00 noon on Thursday, January 28. An email address is required for each attendee to register. A link to login to this session will be emailed to you about 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 28. ***PLEASE NOTE: If you do not receive the email containing the link to log in to the meeting, please be sure to check your spam folder.
This event/program will be hosted using the webcasting solution, Perigon. Special thank you to our Perigon Sponsors, Prevail Bank and Royal Credit Union.
The Eggs & Issues Series is a Chamber Business Advocacy event. Investors include: Partner level - Xcel Energy; Advocate level - Miron Construction; Supporter level - Banbury Place/Cigan Properties, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative and HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Josephs' hospitals
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.