Watching Alabama’s Randy Owen shake his hips and swing across the stage reminiscent of how (I assume) he did more than 20 years ago, you can’t help but be impressed. The man is in love with his music and, even more, in love with sharing it with a crowd. Which is what he and the rest of the band did for more than 90 minutes Thursday on opening night of Country Jam USA on the festival grounds in the town of Union west of Eau Claire. Owen prevailed, despite on-again, off-
Eau Claire leaders have a smaller gap between next year’s expected costs for running the city government and anticipated revenues thanks mostly to a boom in local construction. The City Council got its first look at financial projections Thursday evening at a work session that kicked off drafting of the city’s operating budget for 2019. “That starts us out with an operating deficit of about $300,000 before we start making the budget,” finance director Jay Winzenz said.
When Evy Casey talks about Country Jam USA, the Eau Claire resident can get emotional. Casey’s mother, who died in 2008, brought her daughter to the music festival for the first time in 1995, and Casey, 57, has been a faithful attendee every year since. “I was in absolute awe,” Casey, after wiping away some tears, said of her first year at the festival just west of Eau Claire. “The whole entire festival’s camaraderie, listening to people talk about
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Whether the turf is sun-baked or rain-soaked, brown or green, no matter if players attack with driver or proceed cautiously with irons, Carnoustie showed Thursday in the British Open that it can hold its own. In what might be the easiest conditions of the week, Kevin Kisner took only 22 putts, one of them for a long eagle that sparked his 5-under 66. It gave him a one-shot lead and little more than bragging rights in the house of stars where he is staying. One
Undaunted by polls showing they are trailing front-runner Democrat Tony Evers, two other Democrats seeking to unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November made campaign stops Thursday in Eau Claire. Milwaukee attorney and former Democratic Party Chairman Matt Flynn and former state Rep. Kelda Roys of Madison stopped to greet supporters, generate awareness of their candidacy and talk with local media on their campaigns. According to a Marquette University Law School poll released this week,
CHIPPEWA FALLS — The Chippewa County Health Department reports a dead crow found in Chippewa County on June 28 has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Chippewa County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1, according to a news release posted on the county’s official website. “The positive bird means that residents of Chippewa County need to be more vigilant in their personal
MENOMONIE — A new face is overseeing operations at The Neighbors of Dunn County nursing home facilities. Carmen Flunker, a Menomonie native, is the new administrator at the Dunn County-owned operation at 2901 Forbes Ave. She replaces Anthony Manzella, who retired in April after being the administrator for 12 years. Flunker said she has been focusing on settling in with the 120 residents on the campus. Flunker was born in Menomonie and moved to Eau Claire to attend elementary
Biplanes and pilots are in the sky and on the ground this weekend at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. The American Barnstormers Tour arrived Thursday and continues from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday. The event is free to attend, but plane rides will cost $80 per passenger. This is the fifth Barnstormers Tour, which started in 2006, and the second time the tour has landed in Chippewa Valley, event producer Jill Manka said. The last time was in 2012. Manka said the tour is built to
As an elementary school teacher in Phoenix and Minneapolis, Katie Julsrud learned some of her students were missing key pieces of knowledge about food. “I kept finding that there are so many kids who don’t know what fresh vegetables look like,” she said of her students, many of whom came from impoverished families. “Everything was coming out of cans, or it was already prepared and ready to go.” While that extreme may not apply to all kids in Eau Claire,
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Chippewa County district attorney Wade Newell said he is mulling possible charges against two town of Woodmohr officials for misconduct in office. Woodmohr town Supervisor John Seibel and town Chairman Jerry Johnson are accused of improperly — and possibly illegally — profiting from brush work and tree removal done in the town and overcharging the town for work done, according to a Chippewa County sheriff’s office 35-page investigation.