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Meth's damaging effects run deep

I received a classic good news-bad news call in the wake of covering the methamphetamine awareness forum Wednesday night at Chippewa Valley Technical College.

1 day ago
Boosting the juice to downtown, River Prairie

Traffic lane closures and detours that have cropped up around downtown for almost a month are tied to boosting electricity for new development in parts of Eau Claire and

4 days ago
Menomonie school staff survey shows engaged staff, concerns with time to do jobs

MENOMONIE - A survey of Menomonie teachers and staff showed a lot of positive news with 99 percent of those surveyed saying their work contributes to the district. Ninety

4 days ago
Imagine all stores closed for holidays

It's been interesting in recent weeks to hear of stores announcing that they will be closed for Thanksgiving, which is wonderful. I understand there are some businesses who

1 week ago
Two recognized for their work in starting Dunn County Criminal Justice Collaborating Council

MENOMONIE - Retired Dunn County Judge Bill Stewart and Barb Gorman, retired from the State Public Defenders Office, received the first-ever Lighthouse Awards from the Dunn

1 week ago
Former Dunn County agent inducted into Wisconsin 4-H hall of fame

Sauk and Dunn County 4-H agent and 4-H specialist Melanie Miller was recognized for outstanding service and inducted into the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Hall of Fame

2 weeks ago
Movie review: "Dr. Strange" is a compelling Marvel comics character

Movies based on comic book characters are truly a recent phenomenon for one simple reason – the technology has finally caught up to make the action on the screen look

3 weeks ago
Silent film and live organ performance equal great entertainment

Scary films aren’t my favorite.

3 weeks ago
Rough (political) week at the office

With all of the talk about folks on both sides of the aisle — most notably our new President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters — being upset with the

3 weeks ago
Last-minute tips for voters on candidates, IDs, rides, polling places

As a public service before Election Day, I am providing a few last-minute tips to help the big day go smoothly.

3 weeks ago
Dunn County adds two new recycling options

MENOMONIE - The Dunn County Solid Waste & Recycling Division is now taking alkaline batteries and compressed gas cylinders for recycling, according to a news release.

4 weeks ago
Voters on Eau Claire's west side get polling place switch

Eau Claire residents in a few west side voting wards will have a different polling place on Election Day as their usual location suffered a fire.

1 month ago
Elections: I'll back the winners

I will be one of those shaking their heads when entering the voting booth for the general election.

1 month ago
Stepping Stones: ALICE lives here

About 43 percent of Dunn County households live at the poverty level or have an income below a basic cost-of-living threshold meaning they have difficulty affording even

1 month ago
Women's Giving Circle grant helps start diaper bank for domestic violence shelter

An $1,800 grant from the Women’s Giving Circle through the Community Foundation of Dunn County has helped start a diaper bank at The Bridge to Hope, the domestic

1 month ago


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