Since Teri and Steve Neumann took over ownership of Great Harvest Bread Co. on Valentine’s Day 18 years ago, it became a running joke that the two were married to the job. But they’ll soon be parting ways with their bread winner as they head into retirement, though not before the successful south side bakery is sold to a successor. “We realize that if it takes a little while to sell the bakery, we want to be fresh all the way through,” said Steve, who along with his
The game plan was simple for Eau Claire North. Grind down a hard-working but young Chippewa Falls team in the first two periods and pounce in the third. The Huskies sped up that process by about 24 minutes on Tuesday night. Thanks to a four-goal avalanche in the final 5:35 of the first period that put the game in a Huskies vice grip, second-seeded North advanced to its second sectional final in the last three seasons with a 5-2 win over third-seeded Chippewa Falls at Hobbs Ice Center.
CHIPPEWA FALLS — A plan to keep Stillson Elementary School in the town of Lafayette failed Tuesday on a 3-3 vote. With board member Pat Allen on vacation, the Chippewa Falls school board couldn’t agree on where the new $22 million elementary school should be located if a $65 million referendum is approved by voters in April. The board had previously decided to build the new school on a 19-acre parcel it owns east of the intersection of Highways I and 178, east of HSHS St.
Two incumbent county supervisors made it past Tuesday’s primaries but appear to face tough competition from their challengers that will join them on April 3 ballots. Retired UW-Extension nutrition educator Nancy Coffey won double the votes that incumbent and businessman Mike Conlin got in the primary for the District 10 seat on the Eau Claire County Board. Coffey had 316 votes, while Conlin received 159. Another challenger, beautician and cosmetologist Kris “Krissy”
CHIPPEWA FALLS — The Chippewa Falls Fire Department is seeking donations to buy two power cot systems for their ambulances and refurbish four existing cots at a total cost of about $58,000. Chippewa Falls fire Chief Mike Hepfler presented the plan Tuesday to the city’s Transportation, Construction, Public Safety and Traffic Committee, although he started raising money last month. “A year ago we got donations from TTM (Technologies) and (HSHS) St. Joseph’s
The owner of a historic building tied to Eau Claire’s lumbering history is proposing to relocate it across the street, an effort he said is intended to comply with city officials’ wish to keep the structure standing. On Tuesday James Rolbiecki said moving the former Kaiser Lumber Co. office building from its 1004 Menomonie St. location to a lot he owns along nearby Ninth Street would save the building from the wrecking ball while setting the stage for him to proceed with
A building tied to Eau Claire’s lumber history will remain standing for now after a new construction proposal that would have included demolishing the structure was rejected Monday. Eau Claire Plan Commission members denied a general development plan amendment for the building at 1004 Menomonie St., saying the failure of property owner James Rolbiecki to start a business there as planned in recent years provided little evidence his new plan would work. Rolbiecki sought to tear down the
Gov. Scott Walker visited Eau Claire Tuesday to promote his $200 million plan to help lower premiums for people buying health insurance in the private marketplace. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the measure Tuesday; it now goes to Walker for his signature. The bill calls for Wisconsin to seek a waiver from the federal government to launch a so-called reinsurance plan that would cover expensive medical claims for health insurers participating in the Affordable Care Act
CHIPPEWA FALLS — If re-elected, Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk would receive a one-time 13 percent wage hike next year, under a plan approved Tuesday by the county’s Executive Committee. In 2018, Kowalczyk earned $87,543, as set by a County Board resolution four years ago. However, Chief Deputy Chad Holum will earn $94,161, county records show. Kowalczyk explained that when the county applied a wage study in 2013, Holum’s wages increased substantially when he was
A 23-year-old Eau Claire man is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl and sending nude photos of a woman to other people. Joshua J. Weichert, 3104 Garner St., faces nine felony counts, including sexual assault of a child, sexual exploitation of a child, possession of child pornography and distributing intimate images without a person’s consent. If found guilty of the most serious of those charges, Weichert could face up to 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Weichert was