Off Beat

recent offbeat stories

A place for the pagoda

New York has the Statue of Liberty, San Francisco the Golden Gate Bridge and St. Louis the Gateway Arch.

4 days ago
Off Beat: For Faanes brothers, managing Badgers a family affair

One of the first things Nigel Hayes and other stars of the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team did after last weekend’s Senior Night victory over Minnesota

2 weeks ago
Off Beat: Arts, music drive downtown beat

For more than a century, Eau Claire’s main economic drivers involved sawdust and smokestacks. 

3 weeks ago
Off Beat: Lyft launches in Eau Claire

The small businesses that make up the Eau Claire area’s taxicab industry now have a little more competition.

1 month ago
Off Beat: Family of boy who died in 1996 grateful that memorial in his honor continues

Twenty years ago Jana and Pat Hughes dealt with every parent’s worst nightmare: the death of a child.

1 month ago
Off Beat: ‘Turning wood into works of art’

Tim Brudnicki stared intently at the partially finished structure in front of him, thought for a moment as he envisioned the next step building it, then said quietly “I

1 month ago
Off Beat: Paying the Tax piper

The countdown has begun.

2 months ago
Off Beat: Dogs aid veterans with PTSD

Lucas Solie of Altoona might have returned from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the war continues inside him.

2 months ago
Off Beat: Brave souls embrace the cold, beauty of winter

Silver-white translucent puffs of air hovered above the Chippewa River in downtown Eau Claire Friday, forming a beautiful blanket of fog above the water’s surface

2 months ago
Off Beat: No planes, but trains, automobiles

Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays. 

3 months ago
Thin Ice: Two hunters, one hunting spot. In this dilemma kindness is the winner

It’s an encounter that’s often awkward at best, confrontational at worst. Two deer hunters, strangers, meet in a parking area on public hunting land in the frigid,

3 months ago
Off Beat: Decorating is a family tradition

On a recent night at Eric and Ashleigh Partlow’s home in Altoona, multiple vehicles drove by slowly to take in the outdoor Christmas magic.

3 months ago
Off Beat: Amicable restaurateur nears retirement

Standing amid tables packed with chatting customers and waitresses hurriedly rushing to serve them, Mark Smith talked amicably with one patron of his restaurant. Then, a

3 months ago
Off Beat: Businesses get advice through Idea Challenge

Katy Stevens has been a high school teacher, marketing professional and stay-at-home mother of three.

3 months ago
Off Beat: Season of giving for our animals

Not wanting people to have to choose between feeding themselves or their pets, two area organizations have teamed up to collect pet food and cat litter, which will be donated

4 months ago


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Chippewa News Bureau
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City Government Reporter
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Assistant Editor
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Pamela Powers
Menomonie News Bureau
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