Friday, September 21, 2018

Local Briefs

Around Town Briefs 3/8/18

GENEALOGY: The Genealogical Research Society of Eau Claire will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Carson Park.

A short business meeting will be followed with a presentation on Irish genealogy by Travis Melville.

The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 715-874-6678 or visit

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BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER: A French toast breakfast, Beaver Creek Reserve’s longest-running fundraiser, will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The breakfast features all-you-can-eat French toast with Beaver Creek’s maple syrup and breakfast sausage from Augusta Meats.

Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12. At the door, tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 2 to 12. Children under age 2 will be admitted free.

Included in the price of the breakfast are family-friendly activities and crafts throughout Beaver Creek Reserve’s campus including free admission to the Nature Center, Nature Nooks, and Storybook Hiking Trail.

The breakfast also features the Chippewa Valley Water Artists’ Exhibit and Sale. Members of the group will instruct visitors on the basics of watercolor painting.

The Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society will have an open house and activities at the Hobbs Observatory.

An open house and bird banding demonstration will be at the Citizen Science Center.

Visitors can also learn about the history of maple syruping, tour the sugar bush and learn how to tap trees.

Beaver Creek Reserve is three miles north of Fall Creek on Highway K.

For more information, visit

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MEAT PROCESSING: UW-River Falls is hosting the Wisconsin-Minnesota Meat Processing School March 20-21.

The school is jointly sponsored by UW-River Falls, UW-Extension, the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors and the University of Minnesota-Extension.

Participants will learn the practical science and art of sausage making and meat curing from a team of university instructors, supplier specialists and award-winning “wurstmachers.”

Information will be covered at a basic, applied level and is aimed at operators who have minimal meat curing and sausage-making experience.

There will be several processing demonstrations and product evaluations.

Registration fee is $325 per person and includes course materials, refreshment breaks, lunches and an “Old World” dinner on March 20.

Participants will have opportunities to interact informally with the instructors.

Registration deadline is Tuesday.

For more information and to register, visit​products/​meat-processing-school.

For questions about the school, send an email to

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COFFEE WITH A COP: Residents are invited to meet officers from the Menomonie Police Department from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 16, at McDonald’s, 1505 N. Broadway St., Menomonie, to discuss community issues and build relationships over a cup of coffee.

Coffee with a Cop allows for one-on-one interactions between police officers and Menomonie residents.

Ask questions and learn more about the Police Department. 

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IRON BRIGADE: “Forged in Blood: How the Iron Brigade Earned Its Metallic Moniker,” will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Eau Claire Room of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St.

Author Eric Schlehlein will discuss the Civil War’s “Iron Brigade,” which included three Wisconsin regiments comprised of men from all over the state.

The brigade would go on to suffer the highest percentage of casualties for any Union brigade.

Books will be available for purchase following the program.

For more information, call 715-839-5004 or send an email to

From staff reports 

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