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Armstrong Running for 75th Assembly Seat

posted by News Room

Tuesday March 31, 2020 - Barron County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Dave Armstrong announced he is running for the 75th Assembly District seat. Armstrong will not leave his current post while looking to replace Rep. Romaine Quinn who recently announced he will not seek reelection. 

Armstrong has been heavily involved in the community previously serving two-terms on the Rice Lake City Council and is involved with numerous civic groups. 

In addition to his service in local government and community groups, Dave was successful in the private sector, starting two different companies in the medical field which he later sold.



Free Online Test for COVID-19

posted Mar 27, 2020, 10:26 AM by News Room   [ updated Mar 27, 2020, 10:27 AM ]

Friday March 27, 2020 - Prevea Health is offering free online screening and evaluation for COVID-19 through Prevea Virtual Care. Prevea Virtual Care assesses the patient’s symptoms and provides information about the virus. If additional care is needed, patients will be provided specific directions about where to go for lab testing and follow-up care to ensure they receive the care they need while maintaining a safe distance from others. If a patient needs additional lab tests or follow-up care, it will be billed to the patient’s insurance provider. Prevea Virtual Care is available to anyone in the state of Wisconsin and you do not need to be an established Prevea patient to use it. Those with symptoms of COVID-19—including fever, cough and shortness of breath—should stay home and use Prevea Virtual Care online or call (715) 717-4582 to receive a free assessment by phone. 

USPS Wants You

posted Mar 27, 2020, 8:20 AM by News Room

Friday March 27, 2020 - The United States Postal Service is looking to fill hundreds of positions throughout western Wisconsin. To search the openings and to apply go to usps.com/careers. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older and be a US citizen or have permanent alien status. All applicants must be able to pass a drug screen and background check. 

Heavy Truck Limits Extended

posted Mar 27, 2020, 5:04 AM by News Room

Friday March 27, 2020 - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announced on Thursday a two-week extension for overweight permits that allow truckers to supply grocery stores impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the 489 fleet permits already issued, which cover more than 15,000 trucks, no action is required for the automatic extension. New applications for the permits can be made on the WisDOT website. 

DNR Burning Ban

posted Mar 26, 2020, 9:16 AM by News Room

Thursday March 26, 2020 - The Wisconsin DNR announced today that beginning on Friday (March 27) all burning is suspended until further notice. All annual burning permits, both electronically and written in-person, will not be issued. All burning in barrels, debris piles, or grass and wooded acres is suspended. Special burning permits for agricultural site prep and time-sensitive development will be granted. Visit the DNR website and search key word "burn" for more info and updates. 

Barron County Trails Closed

posted Mar 25, 2020, 9:32 AM by News Room

Wednesday March 25, 2020 - The Barron County Sheriffs Department announced on Wednesday that all Barron County ATV trails are closed.  The Cattail Trail and Wild Rivers Trail remain open all year.  The Intensive Use Area is closed until May 1st.  All road routes remain open. 

State Parks and Trails Waive Entry Fee

posted Mar 25, 2020, 9:28 AM by News Room   [ updated Mar 26, 2020, 3:56 AM ]

Wednesday March 25, 2020 - Wisconsin State Parks and Trails that are still open are now free to enter. The restrooms will remain open but all state park offices, visitor centers, and non-essential buildings will be closed for the duration of the public health emergency. All campsites are closed through April 30th. The Wisconsin DNR reminds everyone that staying home as much as possible is the best way to slow the spread of the infection but if you need a place with space, getting outdoors can have both physical and mental health benefits. Just be sure to limit groups to ten or fewer and practice social distancing guidelines when at the parks or trails. For more info and updates visit the DNR website. 

Dunn County Sheriff on Enforcing Safer at Home Order

posted Mar 25, 2020, 5:30 AM by News Room

Wednesday March 25, 2020 - In an open letter to residents of Dunn County, Sheriff Kevin Bygd said that his office will not stop traffic without reasonable suspicion that a violation of the law has occurred, the same standard as before, but that the department will take action to enforce blatant violations of the Safer at Home order. 

Gov. Evers Safer at Home Order

posted Mar 24, 2020, 9:16 AM by News Room

Tuesday March 24, 2020 - Gov. Tony Evers today directed the Department of Health Services (DHS) to issue a Safer at Home order that prohibits all nonessential travel, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order. 

 The order is effective at 8 am on Wednesday and will remain in effect until Friday April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.

 Individuals do not need special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with this order as to when it is permissible to leave home.

 Similarly, if a business is an Essential Business or Operation as defined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue its work that is done in compliance with this order.

 Under this order, Wisconsin residents are able to: 

Perform tasks essential to maintain health and safety, such as obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor;

Get necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members;

Care for a family member or loved one in another household.

 

Businesses allowed to operate under the Safer at Home order include, but are not limited to: 

Health care operations, including home health workers;

Critical infrastructure;

Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable individuals;

Fresh and non-perishable food retailers,

Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences;

Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities;

Child care facilities, with some limitations; 

Gas stations and auto repair facilities;

Banks;

Laundry businesses and garbage collection;

Hardware stores, plumbers, and electricians;

Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning;

Roles required for any business to maintain minimum basic operations, which includes security, and payroll; and  

Law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action.

If a business is unsure about whether or not they are exempted from this order, please contact the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

List Businesses Allowed to Operate Under the Safer at Home Order

posted Mar 24, 2020, 8:50 AM by News Room   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 8:58 AM ]

From the office of the Governor: Businesses allowed to operate under the Safer at Home order include, but are not limited to: 

  • Health care operations, including home health workers;
  • Critical infrastructure;
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable individuals;
  • Fresh and non-perishable food retailers, including convenience stores, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and food banks;
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences;
  • Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities;
  • Child care facilities, with some limitations; 
  • Gas stations and auto repair facilities;
  • Banks;
  • Laundry businesses, dry cleaners and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence, including garbage collection;
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, and electricians;
  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning;
  • Roles required for any business to maintain minimum basic operations, which includes security, and payroll; and  
  • Law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action.

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