Residents in Northwest Wisconsin know that winter is not just a season; it is a force in our lives that deserves to be celebrated. Organizers of the Lake Superior Ice Festival want to do just that through a family-friendly event that celebrates all things winter. The Lake Superior Ice Festival is a community driven festival that takes all of the coolest aspects of our region and brings it together for a weekend of fun. The festival runs from January 26, 27, and 28 and is held at Barkers Island
PHILADELPHIA — Hey Philly, maybe it’s time to forget Carson Wentz. Nick Foles might be good enough to win the Eagles their first Super Bowl. Foles was on fire Sunday night against the stingiest scoring defense in the NFL. Philly made big play after big play on both sides of the ball in a stunning 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings for the NFC championship. Next up after their most-lopsided playoff victory: the Eagles’ first Super Bowl appearance since 2005, against the team
Winter Storm Jaxon was expected to work its way into northwestern Wisconsin early today, according to the latest National Weather Service report. Currently, the NWS predicts an accumulation of 7 to 11 inches in the Eau Claire area during daytime hours today. The Rice Lake area can expect about 5 to 9 inches of snow, while Black River Falls will receive 3 to 7 inches. Temperatures will reach a high of 34 degrees and a low of 18 degrees. The NWS said no blizzard conditions
Two local agencies that help homeless families find housing and connect them to other services will lose as much as $269,000 in annual federal funding to assist that population beginning July 1, a fact likely to leave more of them living on Eau Claire’s streets. Western Dairyland Community Action Agency and Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley leaders learned last week they will lose nearly all of the money they use to help house the homeless families they assist after U.S.
Editor’s note: Gimme 5 is a five-question interview about a topic of local interest. Who: Suzanne Becker, assistant director, Feed My People Food Bank. Talks about: The Empty Bowls benefit that raises money to provide food to hungry families across west-central Wisconsin. When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1. Where: The Florian Gardens, 2340 Lorch Ave., Eau Claire. Cost: $8 per person for a soup meal or $20 for soup and a bowl. Information: fmpfoodbank.org or 715-835-9415.
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Agencies and organizations that help the homeless and people in poverty in Chippewa Falls are scattered across the city, in a variety of locations. However, a new nonprofit agency called the Legacy Community Center has leased a downtown building with the goal of providing an emergency food closet and counseling services for those in need. The Legacy Community Center has signed a lease for 26 W. Grand Ave. in downtown Chippewa Falls. It is roughly 2,500 square
Slovenia has a lot of great ski jumpers. Nik Fabijan may not be considered one of them at home. For sure, he is No. 1 at Silver Mine Hill. The 20-year-old powerhouse planted two jumps near the bottom of the mountain in Saturday night’s 132nd anniversary tournament of the Flying Eagles Ski Club to set off a full house crowd of more than 4,000 spectators. Fabijan took the lead with a first jump of 93½ meters or 307 feet and then cemented his second straight victory with the
The Eau Claire school board on Monday will vote whether to remove and destroy an old stage curtain at the Administration Building that could contain an image of the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers, but contains asbestos. According to a report delivered to the board at its Jan. 8 meeting, district officials recommend disposing of the curtain to avoid asbestos contamination. Additionally, it’s unclear whether the image printed on the curtain is of the rivers’
The city of Eau Claire’s lowest-paid workers would see a wage increase if an amendment to the city’s pay plan is passed by the Eau Claire City Council. Minimum hourly pay rates would change from $7.75 to $8.75 for temporary recreation employees, according to an ordinance amendment that could be voted on by City Council members on Tuesday. That affects 43 temporary employees, said city human resources director Vicki Seltun. Most are seasonal positions impacting staff who run
Following President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration one year ago, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets donning pink hats and carrying handmade signs raised above their heads as part of the nationwide Women’s March. On Saturday, it returned. Coinciding with hundreds of other anniversary marches, the Wisconsin chapter of Women’s March planned three rallies across the state, including one in Eau Claire. The other two were held in Green Bay and