Fresh off a 2017 campaign in which they reached the playoffs after a late-season surge, the Eau Claire Express are aiming to continue that success this summer. The Express, who open the season Tuesday at Rochester, won the second-half North Division title last year to clinch a Northwoods League playoff spot but were eliminated by Mankato in the opening round. They’ve got a talented bunch coming to town this year, pulling in players from some big Division I schools. Manager Dale Varsho
The Chippewa Valley is observing Memorial Day with parades and ceremonies today and Monday. The Memorial Day parade on Monday in Eau Claire will follow its traditional route, starting at Wilson Park on Barstow Street, continuing on Lake Street and ending on First Avenue at Owen Park near the UW-Eau Claire parking lot. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Army veterans and brothers Richard and Robert Drinkman will be the featured speakers at a Memorial Day program after the parade at Boyd Band Shell
Just as the homebuilding industry is revving up for summer, tariffs imposed on lumber imports are helping to send housing construction costs through the yet-to-be-completed roofs. Duties averaging more than 20 percent on Canadian shipments of timber to the United States imposed last fall by the Commerce Department, combined with rising labor costs caused by a widespread worker shortage, are dramatically increasing the cost to build homes in the Chippewa Valley and throughout the nation, said
GLENWOOD CITY — If there’s one thing Bud Jancoski knows, it’s that when he stops by Norm’s Barber Shop, the coffee will always be on and the conversation will be easy. He also knows that owner Norm Hagen, 86, will trim his hair just the way he likes it, as he’s done for decades. Jancoski, also 86, is one of Hagen’s many loyal customers, who come in as much for the culture and camaraderie as they do for the cut. “It’s our hangout,” said
The voicemail message on Ritchie Narges’ phone was an indication of things to come. Narges, principal of Cumberland High School, stopped by his office shortly before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, on the way home from watching a game involving his son Max and other members of the school’s baseball team. Narges checked the message on his phone and was surprised to have received a call from Biloxi, Miss. A TV station there wanted to speak with him about a class prank by
ALTOONA — Home runs have been a much-used tool for the Altoona offense this year. But when freshman Averie Varsho stepped up to the plate in the sixth inning with the go-ahead run on second base against Elk Mound on Friday, she had something else in mind. “I was just thinking base hit,” she said. She wasted no time in delivering. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Varsho sent a double to left field, which ended up being the game-winning RBI and gave the Rails a 4-3 win over
Numerous people were recorded either fully or partially nude this spring at a Cumberland tanning salon by a secret camera installed by a customer, according to Barron County authorities. Randy L. Schamberger, 42, of Cumberland faces seven felonies and three misdemeanors for recording at least eight people undressing without their consent and invading their privacy. He had his initial appearance in court Friday, and Barron County Judge J.M. Bitney set a signature bond for his release while the
MENOMONIE — Since the spring semester at UW-Stout ended weeks ago, the university has been preparing to briefly welcome a slew of new students to its third educational summer camp. It’s called the Summer STEAM Experience, which is a collaboration of UW-Stout’s art and design camp and its science, technology, engineering and math camp. Students grades 8 to 12 can pay to take a week-long course June 17-21 to see if they would be interested in pursuing a study in college.
SPRING VALLEY — This winter, about 200 bats spent their hibernation nestled into corners and cracks seven stories below ground at Crystal Cave in Spring Valley. The year before, there were 800 of them. The nocturnal, furry creatures that play a large part in the state’s pest control have been hit by white-nose syndrome, said Crystal Cave’s executive director, Eric McMaster. “They end up starving to death, really,” McMaster said of the fungal disease.
The state Department of Transportation has designated $4.7 million in bridge funds toward replacing the Cobban Bridge, but county officials now must find a way to come up with more than $2 million to pay for the rest of the project. According to the Chippewa County Highway Department, the original estimate to replace the bridge, which crosses the Chippewa River approximately halfway between Jim Falls and Cornell, was about $8.5 million. But the state now operates under a “replace in