Highly trained law enforcement and a community on edge continued the desperate search for missing and endangered 13-year-old Jayme Closs Tuesday while trying to piece together the violent deaths of her parents nine days ago. About 2,000 volunteers from Wisconsin, Minnesota and states as far away as Montana and Arizona mobilized in the cool, fall morning air to search around the Closs home for clues to Jayme’s disappearance. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said groups recovered
The world feels a little less "tip-top" this week to many journalists across the country. That's because Henry Lippold, the legendary former broadcast journalism professor at UW-Eau Claire who lit up the faces of his students for decades with that signature rosy assessment of how he was doing, died Saturday at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. He was 89. Lippold, a fixture at public events and local government meetings even after his 2001 retirement, guided thousands of students during
In a first for the Chippewa Valley, country's rising star and Platinum-selling artist Maren Morris will be taking the stage at Country Jam USA's 30th anniversary festival. Morris, who recently won Billboard's 2018 top country female artist, will be making her debut appearance in the area, having never performed at Country Jam nor Country Fest, the nearby rural Cadott music festival. "We are incredibly excited to have Maren perform at Country Jam," Meredith Kervin, marketing consultant for the
MENOMONIE — A Boyceville man was sentenced to 17 years in prison Monday for killing a mother and injuring her daughter in a head-on collision while driving intoxicated. Todd R. Dormanen, 47, E4103 1116th Ave., Boyceville, was found guilty of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and operating a vehicle causing injury. His sentences will be served consecutively. Dunn County Judge Rod Smeltzer sentenced Dormanen to spend 17 years in prison and 15 years extended supervision. Several
MENOMONIE — The school board unanimously approved the 2018-19 budget Monday, which includes a decrease to the property tax rate and an increase in state equalization aid. For the 2018-2019 school year, Menomonie school district residents will see a tax rate of $8.59 per $1,000 of equalized valuation, which is down from the $9.65 rate last year. The total tax levy equals $15.8 million compared to last year’s $17.2 million. The district will be receiving $20.3 million in state
Barron County officials say they have identified two cars that may be “vehicles of interest” in the disappearance of 13-year-old Jayme Closs from her home Oct. 15 in Barron. One is likely either a black Ford Edge, model year from 2006 to 2010, or it is a black Acura MDX, 2004-2010 model. The other is a red or orange Dodge Challenger, likely built 2008 to 2014. “They were in the area at the time of the incident,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Monday during
The Eau Claire school board on Monday voted to approve the proposed 2018-19 budget — but not without “heavy hearts” while seeing again the district’s continued budget issues at work. With a proposed operating budget of $142.5 million and a revenue budget of $139.2 million, the 2018-19 budget creates an estimated $3.3 million deficit. In addition, the budget will cause the district’s operating fund 10 expenditure to dip to an unprecedented 16.5 percent.
As clouds covered the southwestern Wisconsin sky and deposited a light snowfall late Saturday morning in Platteville, Sam Burzynski gained a feeling. He and his UW-Eau Claire football teammates were having a throwing session on the turf of Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium to loosen up before the Blugolds bout with perennial NCAA contender UW-Platteville. The Blugolds came in riding a four-game losing streak, but the Stanley-Boyd alumnus knew right then and there this game would be different.
With one two-year term under his belt, state Rep. Treig Pronschinske is seeking a second term in the state Assembly so he can continue to work with his colleagues to ensure local schools are fully funded, health care costs continue to decline and funding for workforce development increases. Challenger Rob Grover, a Galesville Democrat, shares the same goals as Pronschinske, R-Mondovi, but he’d like the chance to go to Madison, roll up his sleeves and get the work done for the people in
CHIPPEWA FALLS – The $2.2 million Erickson Park renovations took another step toward completion Monday as paving began on the trails and parking lot. Ron Bakken, chairman of the Fish Chippewa! organization that led the capital campaign, said he’s thrilled to see the park coming together. “It’s much bigger than I envisioned,” Bakken said Monday. “I hesitate to speak because everything is going so well – construction is on schedule and under budget. You