Local reminders of his ancestors’ craftsmanship abound for Rolland Freid. “Dunnville sandstone” was used in the building of the Mabel Tainer Center for the Arts in Menomonie and a number of schools, institutional buildings and homes, not only in the region but across much of the United States. Family lore has it that Freid’s grandfather, Alfred, had a hand in carving the eagle that rests atop the federal building and courthouse in downtown Eau Claire. Rolland Freid, a
Sisters Michelle Lien and Amanda Olson had taken guided food tours on their international journeys. Closer to home, Nick White came away impressed after participating in the Hudson Food Walk. Roughly a year ago, the three formed Three Foodies LLC in Eau Claire. The company is now offering the Downtown Eau Claire Food and History Tour. Two test runs have been completed, and the first public date is a sellout with 12 guests. “I just thought, if Hudson can do this,” White said,
More than 6,100 miles separated Karyn Bye-Dietz from the action on the ice Wednesday night. But that couldn’t dampen a jubilant celebration in Hudson when the Team USA womens hockey team took Olympic gold with a 3-2 shootout win over Canada in Gangneung, South Korea. Bye-Dietz was watching from home with her 14- and 12-year-old sleep-deprived children in a game that spilled into the next day for Wisconsinites. “My kids wanted me to wake them up to watch the end, so at 12:30 a.m.
Michael Gooderum had just returned from a relatively benign task Monday at one of his rental properties. He sipped coffee in the warmth of his kitchen as a snowstorm blanketed Eau Claire. Gooderum gazed out over his 4-acre South Lowes Creek Road property on the city’s south side. The first “crack” was somewhat subdued. Others that followed were less so. A plume of snow erupting from his yard provided the finale. “I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing,
Mark Hatcher, who played four years of football at UW-Stout, is well aware of the risks associated with competing in the sport. “Playing football, there are injuries almost every day,” he said. “Everyone plays hurt, everyone battles through rehab and injuries throughout their careers. “Seeing this in myself, and also my teammates, and being an avid fan of the sport itself led me to pursue this project.” That “project” is
Giving back has long been a priority for Jane Mahoney, who is hoping a relatively new statewide program can provide additional tools that enhance both her work with older people and her community. Mahoney, who resides just south of Menomonie, is an Older American Act consultant for the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, or GWAAR. The Madison-based nonprofit agency supports aging programs delivered by each county. Services include home-delivered meals, caregiver support and Medicare
CAPE COD, Mass. — It’s a place where breathtaking beaches and abundant seafood drive the local economy. Its year-round population of roughly 230,000 more than doubles during the summer months. Named Cape Cod in 1602 by early explorers, the arm-shaped southeastern region of Massachusetts reaches into the Atlantic Ocean. Shortly thereafter, the Pilgrims landed at its northernmost tip, Provincetown, before settling in Plymouth, Mass. Cape Cod retains its old-world charm today, as
Although Hugh Leasum’s father and grandfather were physicians in Osseo, his first vocational interest came from another relative. Leasum fondly recalls the hectic nature of a childhood home that also served as a health care clinic. He remembers people coming to the house after car crashes or serious illnesses and then being rushed to Luther Hospital in Eau Claire. It was his maternal grandfather’s job as a Philadelphia police officer, however, that ignited Leasum’s interest