CHIPPEWA FALLS – A newborn bison is running through the fields in the Irvine Park zoo. The tan-colored animal – born a couple weeks ago – brings the number of bison in the park up to seven. It is always worth celebrating a birth at the zoo – breeding animals in captivity can be challenging. The park’s zoo staff deserves praise for its work in caring for all the animals year-round, and creating the nurturing environment that allows for newborns to survive and
The Chippewa Falls school district’s $65 million referendum passed Tuesday with about 53 percent support from the general public — about 18 months after a fairly identical proposal was defeated. A quick examination of the election results show the proposal had fairly widespread support across the vast boundaries of the school district, and wasn’t just carried by the residents who live closest to the new elementary school. The town of Anson led the way in supporting the
By Chris Vetter Leader-Telegram staff No one likes to move. It is an exhausting experience, carefully packing up all your belongings and hauling them to a new home. But when you move, I’d recommend avoiding midweek. And try not to move in February. Last year, my wife and I welcomed our second son. But our tiny home suddenly felt crowded for the four of us, plus two dogs. My wife began looking online for bigger homes. I insisted we stay in Chippewa Falls city limits; numerous times, I
The new TV show that analyzes the Bill Marquardt murder cases is nothing short of fantastic. “True Conviction,” a new series on the Investigation Discovery (ID) network, recreated the case in a compelling story that is easy to follow. I joined the Leader-Telegram staff in 2001, a year after the Marquardt murder in rural Chippewa Falls took place, so I wasn’t here for the initial stories. But, I have written numerous stories and followed the twists and turns that led to
Dick Leinenkugel emerged from his office Thursday, dressed head-to-toe in a Minnesota Twins uniform. The white jersey displayed his name on the back, and he looked ready to get back on the field. Leinenkugel, 60, got the sharp uniform when he participated in the Minnesota Twins Baseball Fantasy Camp earlier this month in Fort Myers, Fla. He put the jersey back on as Twins Hall of Famer Tony Oliva, World Series hero Dan Gladden, and two current Twins stopped by the brewery for a tour.
CHIPPEWA FALLS – There have been times I’ve walked through Irvine Park and struggled to find the bison, antelope and Watusi cows. The animals are all fortunate to have large fields to roam, and they can hide in the distance from the fence line. However, the Chippewa Falls Parks Department has taken major steps this week to make the animals easier to view than ever. Shrubs and smaller trees on the exterior of the animal pens – between the fence and the road – have been
CHIPPEWA FALLS – The 400th felony criminal complaint in Chippewa County for 2017 was filed on Monday. If that seems like a lot of felony cases, well, it is. In 2016, the 400th felony case was filed on Sept. 6. In 2015, it wasn’t filed until Sept. 15. And in 2014, it was filed on Oct. 10. Over the past nine years, the 400th felony was filed four times in September, four times in October, and in 2010, it wasn’t filed until Dec. 20. So, why so many felony cases already this