COVID-19 Updates

COVID updates 10-06-2020
This week would have been WhistleStop Week. This week has been quite surreal to Maribeth, JoAnn, and I.  Monday we historically would have started to “Schlep” our trailers and supplies to the Bay Area Civic Center and Ashland Area Development Corporation.  We start building our city down on 3rd and 3rd and everyday we add more and more infrastructure to the area.  WhistleStop has been the signature event for the chamber for 24 years.  Maribeth, JoAnn, and I are both emotionally and physically attached to this event and this week is hard for us to not be in the WS mode of working day and night now for the next two weeks.  We know the right choice was made especially given the current circumstances with COVID-19. We wanted our businesses, volunteers, and runners to know that we have always appreciated your support!  We appreciate it now, and we look forward to appreciating in the future!  I love the saying, “this too shall pass”, and that phrase means more to us now than ever.  We will miss you all this year!!

There are a lot of headlines from the Governor’s new Emergency Order, to the new programs that are being launched by the state to help small businesses, to trick or treating so let’s get to it!

The New Emergency Order #3 from Governor Evers takes effect on October 8th through November 6th, 2020.

Yesterday, we received a communique from the State Department of Tourism and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announcing some new programs.  The We’re All In Grants Phase II will be geared towards businesses that may have not been eligible for the first go around, or didn’t receive a grant from the phase I grant.
Governor Tony Evers doubled down on his commitment to Wisconsin’s tourism economy by announcing approximately $100 million in new grants largely targeted at Wisconsin’s tourism industry.   We will forward information as soon as we receive it to the business community!  This is sure to be welcoming news to small businesses!

Thanks so much to the City of Ashland and Ashland County for coming up with suggestions and recommendations for Halloween Trick or Treating.

Here is a sneak preview of a 30 second Girl’s Getaway commercial we are working on!  We will be running them late 2020 & 2021. Thanks to Lisa & Greg Martinsen for allowing their daughters to star in this commercial!!  It is sure to put a smile on your face.

Here is  a sneak peek at the 15 second fishing – for social media!

Ashland Homecoming…. the COVID-19 way! Let’s Paint the Town PURPLE!!! It’s homecoming week and the kids need to know we haven’t forgotten about them. We would love to have downtown painted purple with Oredocker Pride for this Friday, October 9th! If you have creative juices and would like to make some signs to hang downtown please let us know. If you need paper…we have it! #Oredocker Strong.

Power of the Purse 2020 – Finale.  October 10, 11am-5pm at the Neighborly Bar.  All proceeds go to the Chequamegon Humane Association

Color Our World – New Day Advocacy Center Virtual Fundraiser
This October, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we will be hosting a 31-day virtual fundraising event! Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic our world is currently facing, our fundraising efforts have had to pivot to an online platform. New Day Advocacy Center (NDAC) is kicking off its first ever VIRTUAL DRAWING! (Monday through Friday drawings, each morning. See Rules for more details.)
NDAC has been a partner in the Ashland/Bayfield communities offering vital services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. In the midst of the current pandemic NDAC has remained open and fully operational but has had to be creative in ways to serve the community, keep staff and clients safe and continue to meet its mission each and every day. NDAC fundraising efforts have taken on the same challenges and we are excited to bring a new twist to raising money and engaging with our community family and friends!
Come join us to help raise money to keep these vital services in our community while having a chance to win prizes in many different drawings (All Things Apple, Mr. Fix-it, Eat-Stay-Shop Local, Outdoor Adventures, Honorary Holidazzle, etc.).
Read the rules below and check out the photo each day to see what you could win!
To enter the drawing, click the link below. Suggested donation is $5 per entry. Multiple entries are permitted – suggestion donation of $20 for 10 entries and $50 for 30 entries into the drawing pool!
Donate here:…. No purchase necessary.
Email or call 715-682-9566 with any issues entering online. This is a fundraiser for the essential operations of this organization. In order to comply with Charitable Gaming Laws, we must honor any request for free entry, but we hope that you can find it in your heart to make a donation to this wonderful cause.
1. Drawing items will be posted at 7am each business day through the month of October – Monday through Friday. Friday’s post will be for Monday’s drawing.
2. Entries are valid from 7am – 8pm each day there is a drawing. Winners will be announced at 9am the following morning – the winner will be contacted on Facebook Messenger and by email. Any entries received after 8pm will be automatically be put into the following day’s drawing pool.
3. If there is no response by the winner by 3pm the following day then another drawing will be conducted from the same entry pool.
4. All entries will be entered into a spreadsheet. Drawings will be done using Facebook Live around 9am Monday-Friday! Numbers will be drawn from a hat. The person who entered the names into the spreadsheet will not be participating in the live drawing. Whichever number is drawn will correspond with a name on the spreadsheet and that person will be the winner!!
5. Winners will arrange for pick-up of item(s) at New Day Advocacy Center. If you are unable to leave home and live within 10 miles of NDAC, we can arrange a no-contact delivery.
*This fundraiser and drawing are not in any way sponsored by Facebook. No purchase necessary

Scarecrow Contest – Business AND Residential Contest sponsored by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce and Heartland Communications
October 12-21, 2020
It’s time to build a scarecrow! Let’s have some fun!!
Businesses:  Attention, Chamber Business Owners:  Have fun being creative as you design and build a scarecrow out of whatever materials you like. (Scarecrows must be displayed outdoors to be eligible win).  First place prize is $75 in Chamber Dollars, Second place prize $50 in Chamber Dollars, Third place prize $25 in Chamber Dollars.  Completed scarecrows should be on display October 12 through October 21.  Be sure to call (715-682-2500) or email the chamber @ register your scarecrow with the Chamber!   Winner will be announced on October 23rd.
Residential:  Attention, Residents:  Have fun being creative as you design and build a scarecrow out of whatever materials you like. (Scarecrows must be displayed outdoors to be eligible win).  First place prize is $75 in Chamber Dollars, Second place prize $50 in Chamber Dollars, Third place prize $25 in Chamber Dollars.  Completed scarecrows should be on display October 12 through October 21.  Be sure to register your scarecrow with Brian at or Rick St. Nick at!  Winner will be announced on October 23rd.

Bayfield Applefest Foods CSA Box
Available from October 4 – 24, 2020.
This year since the Bayfield Applefest is cancelled. We are promoting this box for local pick-up or door delivery to WI, MN, and IL! It comes with a bunch of local apple goodies like apples, apple cider, apple preserves, apple pie, caramel apples, apple granola, oatmeal, and things like that for people to get in the apple season spirit this year without having to travel, and it supports the local orchards in the area! You can read more about the box here!


Places that have COVID Supplies available.

  • Benoit Cheese  715- 746-2561.  Open  Monday – Saturday 9am – 3pm.  Closed Sundays.  Selling handmade masks for $6 and disposable vinyl powder free gloves $5.50 a box!
  • Red Bicycle 715-292-5185.  New masks are in! Both pleated and fitted. The fabrics pictured are reversible, both sides shown.  Please call 715-685-4114 to make an individual shopping appointment.

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As per Memorial Medical Center:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Screening Available at No Cost
Ashland, WI – Memorial Medical Center is working closely with our community partners in response to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Several of our partners are offering free screenings online via e-visits or by calling their toll-free numbers if any of the following is true:

  • You begin to experience respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.
  • You have had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 or who is under investigation for COVID-19, or is ill with respiratory illness.
  • You have traveled internationally or been to an affected area in the United States where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring.

In order to protect our community and prevent spread, it is important that individuals who believe they may have been infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19) use the following process to direct your care. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

  • Essentia Health is providing free screenings to anyone experiencing symptoms by calling their toll-free phone number at 1-833-494-0836 or through an e-visit on their heath portal, MyHealth. The e-visits provide 24/7 access to connect to an Essentia Health Care Team without requiring you to leave home. E-visits can be found at
  • St. Luke’s Chequamegon Clinic is also offering two, free E-Care visits per user. You can also call their toll-free phone number at 1-218-249-4200 to complete a COVID-19 screening. E-Care is open 7:00am – 8:00pm and can be found at, and the toll-free line is open 24/7.
  • NorthLakes Community Clinic can be reached at (715) 685-2200.
  • Main Street Clinic can be reached at (715) 682-5601.

Physicians and advanced practice providers will make the decision to test patients for influenza and COVID-19 in consultation with local health departments.

For those that have flu or cold-like symptoms, please stay home from work or school, and practice social distancing. If symptoms worsen, or you have any concerns, please call your primary care provider before visiting a doctor’s office, urgent care or emergency department.

In order to protect yourself, the CDC strongly encourages the following recommendations:

  • Wash your hands often, and for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Get the flu shot
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people
  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily


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