WKEB Local News Archives for 2020-03

Registration Open for Brewers Summer Slugger Program

Registration Open for Brewers Summer Slugger Program


As we stay safe at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19, we can still come together online for our community and our youth.

The Brewers and MLB have teamed up with EVERFI to create Summer Slugger -- a FREE online educational platform that uses baseball to help kids (ages 8-11) maintain their math and literacy skills away from the classroom.

The super fun challenges and activities cover a variety of crucial educational areas throughout the program -- perfect for young baseball fans to learn from home:



Unit of Measurement

Place Value



Comparing Values




Phonetic Awareness





To register your child for Summer Slugger and learn more about the program, simply visit SummerSlugger.com/Brewers, select "I Have A Code", and use code BREWERS.


Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Issue Safer at Home Order

Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Issue Safer at Home Order


MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm 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 Weds., March 25, 2020 and will remain in effect until 8 am Fri., April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued. 


“I know the COVID-19 outbreak has been difficult and has disrupted the lives of people across our state. Issuing a Safer at Homeorder isn’t something I thought we’d have to do and it’s not something I take lightly, but here’s the bottom line: folks need to start taking this seriously,” said Gov. Evers. “Each and every one of us has to do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 so we can flatten the curve to ensure our doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers have the opportunity to do their important work.  Let’sall do our part and work together.”


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, such as getting food and supplies, pet food and supplies necessary for staying at home;

Care for a family member in another household; and

Care for older adults, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons.


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;


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.


The order contains detailed information regarding the exemptions provided to certain businesses. If a business is unsure about whether or not they are exempted from this order, please contact the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation . 


The public should follow simple steps to prevent illness and avoid exposure to this virus including:

Avoid social gatherings with people of all ages (including playdates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, non-essential workers in your house);

Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water;

Covering coughs and sneezes;

Avoiding touching your face; and

Staying home. 


This is a rapidly evolving situation and we encourage you and the public to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates, and to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

High Speed Internet Options Explored 

High Speed Internet Options Explored    2/24/20 


  The Taylor County broadband consortium update was given by Mike Bub to the full Taylor County Board.  The group of individuals have been studying the interest and methods of supplying high speed internet to Taylor County.  A survey was made available to residents of the county which hoped to determine the level of satisfaction with current internet levels.  Mr. Bub said the group was amazed that 650 people responded to the survey.  The respondents were overwhelmingly in favor of having the county provide a means of improving internet speed and capacity in Taylor County. 
  A possible solution could be what’s called a middle mile network.  With such a concept, the county would go into the underserved areas of the county and have fiber optic hung from existing utility poles.  That would eliminate the need for new poles.  In areas where there are no utility poles, the fiber could be underground. 
  The hopes would be that the county contractor would install the dark fiber.  Then the network would be opened up for bids to existing providers who would sign an agreement to lease the dark fiber from the county.  That is how the county would recoup their investment.  The contractor and ultimate internet provider would offer fiber optic connections to interested homeowners and businesses.  That would be followed by the energizing of the optic.  In isolated areas of the county where running fiber optic isn’t feasible, wireless transmitters with a range of about 3 miles could be installed. 
  Preliminary cost estimates to provide a middle mile network dark fiber installation to the bulk of the county would cost about $7 to $8 million.  The estimated cost of a bull-blown energized network covering the county is about $118 million. 
  Mr. Bub indicated fiber is being installed around the perimeter of Medford.  In the meantime the group continues to search for methods and options to offer reliable high speed internet to Taylor County. 

Dam Repairs With More Bang For The Buck 

Dam Repairs With More Bang For The Buck    2/24/20 


  Taylor County is involved in upgrading and repairing 3 dams.  While the Camp 8 and Miller Dam projects don’t have many options, the Chelsea Lake project does offer a choice of 2 methods of repair and upgrades.  Those 2 choices bring with them 2 different costs.  The top-shelf option brings a cost of about $199,000 for replacement of the spillway structure and extension of downstream slope while a new option has a cost estimate of about $60,000 less, or $131,000. 
  County board members haggled about the benefits of spending the extra money all while wondering what the extra expenditures would provide. Supervisor Scott Mildbrand indicated that the less expensive option would have an estimated life of 45 years.  The higher price option would provide an estimated service life of 80 years.  Supervisor Gene Knoll questioned the 80 year service life by saying perhaps the dam itself would be fine for 80 years, but the large earthen berm which comes at the dam on both sides has no guarantee of 80 years.  While the county now owns the dam, the large span of the earthen dike is primarily all on private land.  One board member quietly chided, and it’s leaking, but that’s not our concern. 
  To show his support for the less expensive option, Supervisor Scott Mildbrand questioned the logic of putting an overpriced concrete dam structure downstream from an earthen structure.        Mr. Mildbrand said he supported the idea of the cheaper option.  Supervisor Lester Lewis commented that for too many years Chelsea Lake operated with water levels which were too high which took a toll on the berm and dam.  The upgraded dam will provide for a consistent manageable water level.  The vote on adapting the higher priced dam repair passed, barely.  The final vote count to go along with the $199,000 repair option instead of the $131,000 option passed with 9 yes votes and 8 no votes. 
  The forestry department will apply for the DNR dam grant cost share program. 


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