Standing With Healthcare Professionals

After three calendar years on the frontlines of the pandemic and over 8 months of bargaining in good faith with Aspirus Health, healthcare workers are joining together with their neighbors to demand a fair contract from Aspirus, who received millions in federal relief money while the frontlines remain in a staffing crisis. Together, we can win better wages and working conditions and create a better environment for our patients! A fair contract can keep nurses at the bedside where patients need them, but unfortunately, Aspirus refuses to listen. On Monday, June 27 we ...

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Democracy 101: Senator Agard’s Guide to Engaging in Our Government

Due to the outpouring of concern and interest, especially after the recent Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision by the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) overruling Americans constitutional right to abortion and severely threatening the progress we’ve made as a nation over the past half-century, I have created this resource guide for all who are looking to help shape our collective future. Below you will find a menu of options for folks who are looking to unite, engage, and get to work defending reproductive freedom. Please share this with your networks as ...

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Ruminations On The 2022 Wisconsin Elections

There is good news and bad news about this year's upcoming Wisconsin elections. On the positive side, the 7th Congressional district in N.W. Wisconsin finally has a declared Democratic candidate. In the U.S Senate race four good Democratic candidates are pulling ahead in the crowded field. All of them are a breath of fresh air in comparison to the Republican incumbent. Governor Evers should have a good chance at being re-elected given the economy is pretty good and Biden's infrastructure and COVID relief money are helping many people in the state. On the negative side ...

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Happy Freedom Day

Recap from the Juneteenth celebration in Wausau! Thank you, Mayor Katie, for announcing the proclamation declaring Juneteenth in Wausau Thank you to William for his inspiring remarks about the grandmother of Juneteenth, Opal Lee. As always, we appreciate the wisdom and knowledge from Darryl and his reminder that we are all Americans. I am so incredibly proud of Cara, and Faith and their entire family for sharing the story of Carma and keeping her memory alive. We passed our hundreds of Black history books for kiddos! Thank you to everyone who donated ...

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The Pride of Wisconsin’s Fathers

On this Sunday, June 19th, also known as Juneteenth and Father’s Day, it is worth remembering how Wisconsin's fathers played a role in the abolitionist movement, and how the pride of fatherhood and family propelled the progressive and labor movements in our state. As many Wisconsinites know, the Republican Party was formed in 1854 in the small town of Ripon by a bunch of egalitarian Scandinavians who were super angry at how the fugitive slave act allowed southern slave owners and their hired bounty hunters to come into our state and force escaped slaves ...

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Communities United by Water

June 24-26, 202Water Protector Celebration Ashland, WI www.communitiesunitedbywater.org

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U.S. healthcare System working to be Part of Global Change

The US Healthcare system is a substantial contributor to climate change, responsible for about 10% of the nation's carbon emissions and 9% of harmful non-greenhouse air pollutants. If the global health sector were a country, it would be the 5th largest emitter on the planet. Fortunately, there are a growing number of cutting-edge Wisconsin and national health care facilities that have made significant progress by voluntarily incorporating sustainability into their work. Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse leads Wisconsin's pioneers. In 2008, then CEO Jeff Thompson, MD ...

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Ron Johnson’s Ads Are Ridiculous

I normally do not watch much television but will tune in to CBS Sunday Morning. Most of the time, I am blissfully spared the ridiculous political adverts that are known to cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and high blood pressure; all things I could do without. This last Sunday morning, I tuned in early to watch a bit of fluff known as local news coverage; basically, sports and weather. A lot of people running for office look to buy up time during local news programming, and none are taking up more air than Ron Johnson. It is laughable that he is trying to run as ...

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Wausau is the Kohlrabi Capital of North America

ANNOUNCING: KOHLRABI DAY! The Wisconsin Farmers Union was at the Wausau Farmers Market on June 18 for Kohlrabi Day! There was  a Kohlrabi Cornhole game and recipes galore!  Mid-morning there was a special Proclamation by Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg  proclaiming Wausau as the Kohlrabi capital of North America. June 18 is officially Kohlrabi Day in Wausau.

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A Photo Memorial to Our Dear Friend Wayne Olson

October 31, 1938-May 31, 2022 Rest in Power Dear Friend

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