MENOMONIE — A Menomonie High School graduating senior has her sights set on challenges that lie outside the nation’s borders. Hannah Mommsen will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz., this fall to study global security. She plans to leverage that degree to land a career in law enforcement or a government agency. “I’m really into law enforcement,” she said. Her mother, Susan, the Wakanda Elementary School principal, said Hannah has had
Here are some facts, schedules and other information you might want to know for the 2018 Memorial Day holiday: Weather forecast Hot will be the theme for the Memorial Day weekend. Expect highs near 90 Saturday through Monday. Saturday and Monday will feature sunny skies while there is a chance for afternoon thunderstorms on Sunday. Parades/ceremonies • The Memorial Day parade on Monday in Eau Claire will follow its traditional route, starting at Wilson Park on Barstow Street,
Sometimes things happen in life you just know you’re going to write about — eventually. Such is the story of how local author and lawyer Rick Pendergast’s first book came to be, 25 years after the fact. Pendergast, who served as an officer for the Eau Claire Police Department for seven years in the 1990s, still vividly recalls a night in his first year with the department when he saved a man from jumping off the Madison Street bridge. “The idea for
In the box score, only Marjie Willer is credited with an assist for Payton Swoboda’s hat trick in Regis/McDonell’s 6-0 win over Arcadia on May 8. Swoboda thinks one more name could be added to that list. It belongs to her biggest supporter: Her father Kevin, who passed away almost exactly one year prior to that game. “I knew that he was going to be with me that game, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I got that hat trick. I think he definitely is still
Regulations were eased on food trucks that want to operate in Eau Claire parks and on streets, but their ability to set up shop downtown will remain limited. The City Council voted 11-0 Tuesday on revisions to its food truck ordinance but opted not to let mobile eateries use a downtown city-owned parking lot. The revisions approved Tuesday cut a $250 license fee down to $120 for mobile food vendors who want to use parks. Food trucks also now can stay for six hours in a park or along a street,
Toughening gun laws, cracking down on bullying and increasing mental health services for students were among the suggestions for improvement that emerged Tuesday night during a town hall discussion on school safety. While community leaders sitting on the panel talked about all of those topics and emphasized the need for residents and organizations to work together to improve safety in schools and lessen the likelihood of school shootings, it was the lone student panelist, North
MENOMONIE — Rehab tavern owner David Zempel said he is shocked the Menomonie City Council intends to not renew his liquor licenses and plans to meet with the council next month. The council Monday night decided to notify the owners of Rehab, 631 Broadway St. S., that it intends to not renew its Class B beer and Class B liquor licenses, which would go into effect July 1. Zempel has applied to renew his licenses, which he has had for five years. City officials have been discussing
Inspiring. Empowering. Encouraging. These are the words women used to describe the 15th annual Women’s Business Conference Tuesday in Eau Claire. The event in UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center featured 20 breakout sessions with 55 speakers, approximately 100 exhibitors and hundreds of community members — almost all of them women. Breakout session topics ranged from social media to bookkeeping to the local resources available to people looking to work in collaborative spaces. The
MENOMONIE — A woman accused in the stabbing death of an Eau Claire man is competent to continue with court proceedings. Dunn County Judge James Peterson on Tuesday found Ezra J. McCandless, 20, of Stanley competent after reviewing a doctor’s report. Her attorney, Aaron Nelson, entered a not guilty plea on her behalf. McCandless remains in the Dunn County Jail charged with first-degree intentional homicide. Dunn County authorities on March 23 found the body of Alexander L.
A Whitehall man has a protective covering on the bulldozer he was driving to thank for being alive after he and his machine were submerged in a detention pond for 2½ hours Monday morning at a Hi-Crush sand mining operation in Trempealeau County. Shortly before 8 a.m. the bulldozer Robbie Gunderson, an employee of Tomah-based Gerke Excavating, was driving slid into the detention pond at the Whitehall sand mining facility and was quickly covered by a mix of water, sand, clay and silt.