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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 02:37 PM

Great posting from Minocqua Brewery....WTFU Wisconsin!

It has been a sad week in Northern Wisconsin and around the state. Many of us are first starting to hear about people we know dying from Covid, or people dying on a nightly basis in our healthcare facilities.

Before this, it was mainly theoretical. Yes, the numbers, over 200K dead from Covid in America, were astonishing, but were they really real? Wisconsin didn't seem to have it that bad all summer, so were the stats really true?

Hopefully for those who were hesitant to believe the reports from main stream media will start believing them now. It's heartbreaking that is has taken the actual deaths of our neighbors to convince some people up here to take this seriously.

Unfortunately, much of our community STILL doesn't believe that Covid is deadly.

It's surreal. It's truly surreal that faced with the deaths of our neighbors, businesses and customers are still throwing caution to the wind and thumbing their nose at simple things like wearing masks to protect their neighbors.

It is simply surreal that our law enforcement up here, after swearing oaths to protect and serve, refuse to enforce Governor Evers' mask mandate, in the face of actual death from Covid. Even if they issued a few fines, a great many more people would probably get on board.

History books will show that Wisconsin's Republican politicians who sued our Governor every time he tried to protect our citizens put us in more danger than at any other time in our state's history. Moreover our Republican leaders have overseen the biggest misinformation campaign in Wisconsin's history, which has ultimately pitted neighbor against neighbor on stupid things like mask wearing, and now is leading to unnecessary death.

Since it is literally the wild west up here, and no politicians nor law enforcement care to help their constituents, we asked our fans to provide feedback on what businesses were both doing great at following safety protocols and who were not. Of course its not our job to police our community, but Jesus, no one else is taking the lead so we thought we could at least provide information to potential customers up here on places that seemed safe and places that seemed unsafe based on your feedback.

Yes we were called at best, tattletales, at worst, Nazis. We can take it. People are dying, this is much bigger than supporting ALL local small businesses, this is about caring for the health of our neighbors.

What do we hope achieve here?

First, the businesses practicing great safety should be rewarded. Please frequent them and give them your business.

Second, we're hoping the businesses that people mentioned were unsafe will remind them that they are part of a community that depends on them to do the right thing so people don't get sick.

Who are we to suggest we are the appropriate platform for this? We aren't, but no one else is doing it. We've heard about some amazing Platforms coming out of Portage County showing the safe businesses, and that these platforms are gaining traction. We hope someone in our community can run with this and do something similar. Hopefully there is already something up here and we don't even know about it.

So here's our list and a few pictures sent to us. Be safe everyone, and hopefully we can get over this with a vaccine soon and start to heal as communities. Please know that this is by no means exhaustive or scientific. It is just feedback from the responses we got on a post we made several days ago.

List of Local Biz good at Covid safety standards, including Mask wearing, social distancing, and limited restaurant capacity

Kobe Sushi—Minocqua
El Tarasco—Minocqua
Great Northern Coffee House—Minocqua
Pukall Lumber—Minocqua
Wildberry—Minocqua
Placid Inn--Lac du Flambeau
Woods Cafe--Woodruff
Hunan Chinese—Woodruff
Aqualand Alehouse—Boulder Junction
Bath and Body Works—Rhinelander
Bonnie’s Lakeside—Three Lakes
Pike’s Pine Isle—Three Lakes

List of local biz generally not enforcing mask wearing among customers and/or Employees, or otherwise not practicing Covid safety standards

Thirsty Whale—Minocqua
Trigs Floral—Minocqua
Minocqua Pizza Company—Minocqua
Moonlighting—Rhinelander
AlGen—Rhinelander
Golden Harvest—Rhinelander
Shell Station K and 47—Rhinelander
Shell Station—St. Germaine
Schaefers—Crandon
Bitters + Bulls—Lake Tomahawk
Lizzies Tamarack Tap
Northfork Fin and Filet—Arbor Vitae
Lumpy’s Bar and Grill—Eagle River
Eagle Lanes—Eagle River
Friendship—Eagle River

*taken from their Facebook page with permission

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Reply Great posting from Minocqua Brewery....WTFU Wisconsin! (Original post)
Heartstrings Oct 17 OP
LakeArenal Oct 17 #1
Heartstrings Oct 17 #2
dem4decades Oct 17 #3
Heartstrings Oct 17 #5
dem4decades Oct 17 #6
Heartstrings Oct 17 #7
dem4decades Oct 17 #4

Response to Heartstrings (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 02:40 PM

1. Everyone one should start keeping lists.

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 02:44 PM

2. Two establishments in Dane Cty dropped their Tavern League memberships

That’s a start!

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Response to Heartstrings (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 05:04 PM

3. I'm going to that brewery's website to see if they have t shirts.

They should be rewarded.

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 05:49 PM

5. Thank you!

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Response to Heartstrings (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 06:01 PM

6. Didn't see any but i emailed them to ask and thank them.

A Blonde Bass Ale t shirt would be great to wear when fishing.

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 06:06 PM

7. They'll get back to you!

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