Matt Cooper enjoyed his time back with his UW-Eau Claire alumni buddies. So much that he cruised to runaway victory in Saturday morning’s Water Street Mile. The 2016 Blugolds graduate led almost all the way and threatened the course record, winning in 4 minutes, 15.4 seconds — 17.1 seconds ahead of runner-up Patrick Treacy, who set the course standard at 4:14 minutes flat two years ago. “This is an awesome feeling,” said the 24-year-old Green Bay resident.
One thousand vocal area residents “felt the Bern” Saturday morning as Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., told a crowd with Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., at a campaign rally in Eau Claire that the stakes are too high for everyone to not be politically active and informed. Baldwin spoke from a stage at The Lismore Hotel against special interests in Washington, D.C., the possible reversal of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision and President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court justice
A proposed $30-per-vehicle registration fee that seemed to be speeding toward approval shortly after it was announced a month ago by Eau Claire County officials appears less certain amid growing questions about the measure’s fairness. In the days after the county announced a plan to implement the fee projected to raise $2.39 million annually for county road maintenance, a majority of the County Board’s 29 supervisors appeared to back the measure, saying it is necessary for
Eau Claire’s south side is getting two new extended-stay hotels — one poised to open in September and the other hopes to break ground next month. The newest announced hotel planned for the city is a Home2 by Hilton, which would be built behind Oakwood Mall. If everything goes as planned, the 84-suite, four-story hotel will begin construction in August and open in summer 2019, according to Mike Patel, president of the Eau Claire Lodging Group that will own the Home2. The hotel
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Martina McBride says she’s had a blessed career to be able to perform for three decades. “I’ve been able to do this a very long time; I’ve been very blessed,” McBride said midway through her 18-song, 75-minute concert Friday at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair. With a packed crowd numbering about 7,000, McBride showed off her impressive voice, belting out one hit after another. Her voice was strong, albeit flat at times and
As an avid outdoorsman who spends as much of his time on the water and in the woods as possible, Matt Steinbach’s position with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department should come as little surprise. Steinbach joined the agency in March as environmental sciences division manger. His most public role: Helping to determine whether local beaches should be temporarily closed due to health concerns. He began his career in natural resources management, but his role shifted from biology to
It’s barely been a month since the Michigan Tech women’s basketball program named one of its most decorated alums — Durand native Sam Hoyt — as head coach, the first time she’s been one in her young career. But getting ahold of her is already a tough task, and you’d best be around the phone when she calls. You may not get a chance again soon. This week, for instance, she was camped out in the Chicago area recruiting for several days straight.
Two books have found their way home — despite the many years and miles in their way — to L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire. This week the library received returns of a novel titled “The Glass Town Game” and a children’s picture book called “Babar and Father Christmas.” Anna Zook, reference and digital services librarian, said the former came from a woman in Moab, Utah. Zook said the woman, named Sarah Myers, sent the library a
MENOMONIE — The Minneapolis man charged in the beating death of a UW-Stout student from Saudi Arabia was sentenced Friday to four years in prison following a jury trial that found him guilty of aggravated battery. Cullen M. Osburn, 28, was acquitted in April of the more serious charge of felony murder for the October 2016 incident that turned fatal for Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, outside a pizzeria in downtown Menomonie. Dunn County Judge Rod Smeltzer sentenced Osburn to four years in
A 65-year-old Eau Claire man was sentenced in Eau Claire County Court Friday for providing a teenage girl money for sexual favors. Richard A. Johnson, 1831 Whipple St., will spend five years in prison and five years on probation for the crime. Judge Shaughnessy Murphy sentenced Johnson after citing the seriousness of his offenses and his three previous times in prison as reasons. As part of his sentence, Johnson must register as a sex offender. Johnson was previously found