COVID-19 Presentation

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St. Croix County Public Health and EDC Team Up on COVID Topics for Businesses

On June 25th, St. Croix EDC partnered with the St. Croix County Health Department to present information on the COVID-19 pandemic to business and industry.

Kelli Engen, from the St. Croix County public health office and public health supervisor Laurie Diaby presented timely information to around 50 people through the Zoom meeting platform.

Slides from the event can be downloaded here and the recorded, 60-minute presentation can be viewed or downloaded here.

Additional information on COVID can be found at A data dashboard, including reported cases by census tract, confirmed cases, recovered cases, negative tests, and reported death(s) can be viewed can be viewed at this website.

“We’re All In” Deadline Extended

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“We’re All In” Deadline Extended

The deadline for the “We’re All In” program has been extended. The new deadline is Friday, June 26 at 11:59:59.

Update: As of this afternoon (6/24/20) we have had 2,244 applications from the Momentum West Ten-County Region. Breakout by County:

500         Eau Claire

367         St. Croix

310         Chippewa

265         Barron

209         Dunn

201         Polk

156         Pierce

110         Clark

73           Rusk

53           Pepin

On This Fourth: Reflection


On This Fourth: Reflection


At a residence in St. Croix County a couple weeks ago, the owner decided it was time to replace a tired old American flag that flies from a pole attached to the garage. The old flag had truly seen better days, and a few more rain showers will work the fold lines out of the new one.

The home owner’s reference to his ratty old flag turned into ragged old flag. He recalled hearing a song with the same title, but from where?

Sure enough, “Ragged Old Flag” was used in a video tribute leading up to Super Bowl LIV’s kickoff this past February. During its airing, Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Kyle Carpenter raised Old Glory to the top of a pole. Corp. Carpenter medically retired from the U.S. Marines in 2013 as a result of significant injuries received in service to his country. He is the youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor

“Ragged Old Flag” is the title song on an album with the same name released by country singer Johnny Cash in 1974. Watch the Super Bowl LIV tribute at It ends with Corp. Carpenter saying a phrase typically used by presidents at the end of speeches.

On this Fourth of July, carve out some time for reflection – where this country has been, where it is today, and the continued challenges on the road going forward. And reflect upon this, e pluribus unum, Latin for out of many, one.

The United States is a country composed of many beliefs and backgrounds; it’s still a melting pot after all these years, and unified by 50 stars and 13 stripes. “And I believe she can take a whole lot more” as the line in “Ragged Old Flag” points out.

Here’s from 1776 to 2020 and counting.

St Croix County Public Health and EDC – COVID 19 Zoom Session

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St Croix County Public Health and EDC – COVID 19 and Start-up Practices for Business and Industry

St. Croix County Public Health and St. Croix Economic Development Corporation want to support organizations and businesses
as they reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic!

Please join us for an interactive meeting with SCC Public Health Administrator Kelli Engen and SCC Public Health Supervisor Laurie Diaby. They will answer your questions and provide information on the following:
• The most current St. Croix County Covid-19 data
• What to expect when someone tests positive
• Review recommendations for safe operation

12:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Via Zoom

RSVP to Nita Dusek, St. Croix EDC, at or (715) 381-4383. Meeting instructions & link are provided below.

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“We’re All In” Application Deadline Extended to Tuesday, June 23rd

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We’re All In Application Deadline Extended to Tuesday, June 23

Wisconsin small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may qualify for grants administered through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Grants range from $2,500 to $30,000 and are designed to assist businesses with 20 or fewer employees assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages and inventory.

WEDC recently announced the EXTENSION of the deadline to submit applications. Online grant applications may be submitted starting at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 15th, through the NEW deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23rd.

The application is posted at and includes program details, frequently asked questions, and application checklist.

For more information, businesses are encouraged to contact their respective town, village, or city hall, or chamber of commerce, or St. Croix EDC at (715) 381-4383 or

Applications Open on June 15, 2020 for “We’re All In” Small Business Grants

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Applications for “We’re All In” Small Business Grants Open on June 15, 2020

The state’s lead economic development organization, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), will begin accepting online applications for its We’re All In small business grant program at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 15, 2020. The application process ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 21st.

Governor Tony Evers announced the $75 million small business grant program in mid-May. It was largely funded by federal dollars received by Wisconsin through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed and signed into law in late March 2020.

The cash grants will assist Wisconsin’s small businesses with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory.

An estimated 30,000 businesses with 20 or fewer full-time employees will qualify for the $2,500 grants.

Businesses may apply for the grants if they:
-Were in business as of February;
-Are Wisconsin-based and for-profit.
-Employ 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, including the owner.
-Have more than $0 but less than $1 million in annual revenues.

National chains are ineligible unless the businesses are third-party franchises.

Agriculture industries and landlords covered by other CARES Act-funded programs are not eligible. These are crop production, animal production or aquaculture, and lessors of residential buildings and dwellings

More information can be found at

Got Milk? It’s Wisconsin’s Brand


Got Milk? It’s Wisconsin’s Brand


At 70+ miles per hour, Wisconsin’s welcome signs are but a blur to motorists. The signs are as iconic to Wisconsin as beer, cheese, and the Green Bay Packers. But did you know? They measure 10 feet tall by 11 feet wide and contain three massive logs depicting the pillars of Wisconsin’s economy, Recreation, on the left; Industry, across the top; and Agriculture, on the right. The design is unchanged over the last 50-60+ years, even with the advent of modern branding.

Almost 25 of the signs exist across Wisconsin and most are located at shared borders with Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan or near travel centers for visitors to enjoy, photograph, and post on social media. St. Croix County has three welcome signs – along eastbound I-94 in Hudson, eastbound State Highway 64/35 just across the St. Croix Crossing bridge in the Town of St. Joseph, and at the bottom of the Houlton Hill near the historic Lift Bridge, also in St. Joe. The Houlton sign affords walkers, runners, and bicyclists the opportunity for photo opp’s at a more leisurely pace since the Lift Bridge opened as a recreational amenity.

Wisconsin’s ag agency says agriculture is a big economic driver, contributing almost $105 billion (with a “b”) to the state’s economy. And, there’s more to Wisconsin than milk and cheese. Snap beans, cranberries, ginseng, mink pelts, dry whey, milk goats, and corn silage all rank Number One in the U.S.

June is dairy month. For dairy farmers, so are the other 11 months. It’s an around-the-clock operation, filled with science, technology, and innovation. Wisconsin is home to over 7,000 dairy farms, more than any other state, and 1.28 million cows. That’s over 14 cows for every resident of St. Croix County. Before 600+ varieties and 3.36 billion pounds of cheese can be produced, there’s a four-legged, brown-eyed beauty involved. She’d be a top draft choice in professional sports, based on pedigree alone. This is important when deciding on Asiago, Gorgonzola, aged cheddar, or Gouda at a grocery store.

Despite several tough years, there’s a place for the dairy industry in all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. Grandpa and grandma and their parents may look back romantically when they talk about a big, 40-head farm. Dairies have gone the way of bigger just like manufacturers or software development businesses.

Challenges are ahead for dairy operators and among them is land and environmental stewardship. Livelihoods depend on it. A Google source says a mature dairy cow weighing 1,400 pounds may generate around 14 gallons of waste per day. Spreading and on-site storage create long-term troubles. A nice size dairy may have 1,200 or 1,400 cows, so a guesstimation on waste can easily be calculated. Enough said. It’s time to address the problem.

Gaining traction around the globe are technologies like anaerobic digesters and biogas digesters and spin-off products like renewable natural gas (RNG). Large systems process dairy waste and convert it to a couple of byproducts, a dry fertilizer and pipeline quality RNG. Dairies, wastewater treatment plants, and landfills are all good sources for capturing RNG. Best of all, greenhouse gas reductions are possible – all from dairies and those brown-eyed beauties.

Going back to the welcome signs, let’s keep agriculture top of mind. St. Croix County’s branding tagline is Innovation Through Cooperation. There’s a role for county government and dairies to find solutions. It will involve innovation and cooperation. Meanwhile, here’s to milk and cheese and ice cream. Make it a double scoop of innovation and cooperation.