MONDOVI — Nash Weiss had lots of options this summer, especially after recently completing an internship with NBC News in Washington, D.C. He pondered a fellowship in New York, among other possibilities. Instead, he’s spending the summer in a distinctly different setting than the nation’s capital or the Big Apple. Weiss decided to return to his hometown to serve as editor of the Mondovi Herald-News, the weekly newspaper in this Buffalo County city of 2,500.
As news of a mass shooting at a Maryland newspaper spread around the Leader-Telegram newsroom on the afternoon of June 28, my co-workers and I reacted with a mix of shock, horror and resignation. Shock and horror are understandable responses to any event in which someone walks into a venue and shoots and kills helpless victims. In this case Jarod W. Ramos entered the office of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., and shot to death four journalists and a sales assistant
The voicemail message on Ritchie Narges’ phone was an indication of things to come. Narges, principal of Cumberland High School, stopped by his office shortly before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, on the way home from watching a game involving his son Max and other members of the school’s baseball team. Narges checked the message on his phone and was surprised to have received a call from Biloxi, Miss. A TV station there wanted to speak with him about a class prank by
I sat in my theater seat in the large, dark room, watching the action of the science fiction thriller movie “Star Wars” play out on the big screen before me. The first film in that series that garnered international acclaim and spawned ongoing sequels that continue today involved whole other galaxies and planets, spaceships shooting lasers, fights involving highly trained Jedis armed with lightsabers and more characters of all sorts than my 7-year-old brain had
What started as a simple phone call in 2003 seeking help working on a statewide effort to implement treatment instead of incarceration policy has become a broad-based movement to address a wide array of poverty-related issues in the Eau Claire area. That phone call 14 years ago led to the organization of Chippewa Valley residents who decided to help push for treatment options as an alternative for people sentenced to jail and prison. Local residents played an instrumental role in further
During Matthew Desmond’s time living in a trailer park and a rooming house in Milwaukee, he learned firsthand about the difficult, often dire situations faced by people desperately clinging to the bottom rungs of the economic ladder. Desmond lived amid Milwaukee residents facing economic challenges, spending time with and learning about families who were evicted from their homes there, and the impacts of that action on them. Those experiences moved Desmond toward a definitive
Gordy Bischoff and Tim Brudnicki huddled around a work table, discussing how to turn nearby multigrained pieces of wood into high-end guitars. “Look at this,” Bischoff said as he pointed to a figure of a phoenix drawn on a small piece of paper before him at his workshop south of Eau Claire. “This is going to be tough to incorporate. But it’s going to look so cool if I can make it work.” Brudnicki shook his head in affirmation. Then he pointed to a nearby