Maybe it was curiosity. Maybe it was the desire to witness the first-ever game. Maybe it was the desire to get winter sports under way. Whatever the reason, 1,112 fans packed the Chippewa Area Ice Arena a week ago for the debut of the Chippewa Steel. The NAHL hockey team, which relocated to Chippewa Falls this year, played a memorable debut game that sent fans home happy. After falling behind 1-0 in the first period, they rallied for a 2-1 lead, and added an empty netter in the final minute to
CHIPPEWA FALLS – On any given day all summer long, I’ll drive by 1125 W. River Street in Chippewa Falls and see a large camper parked at a public dumping station alongside the road, unloading its raw sewage into a large pipe. City engineer Rick Rubenzer said it is a service the city has provided for years, and the infrastructure is already in place. “We make sure it’s all RVs and proper dumping,” Rubenzer said. “We keep an eye on it as much as we can.
When I joined the Leader-Telegram staff in 2001 and moved to Chippewa Falls, the city had 27 sworn police officers. Through the recession years, several vacant positions were eliminated, and the number of officers dropped to 23. At a Chippewa Falls City Council meeting this month, police Chief Matt Kelm made a plea for more officers. He made a request during the 2017 budget process for two officers, but that request didn’t move forward. While the population of Chippewa Falls has
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.