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Statistics show smoking ban didn't choke off hospitality industry sales

When Wisconsin enacted a workplace smoking ban in 2010, some of the state's restaurant and tavern owners worried the move would drive away its smoking customers.

3 hrs ago
Help out a talented area kid

Mondovi’s Collin Evans has a pretty darn good story. The senior-to-be has made himself into one of the country’s most promising young wheelchair basketball

2 days ago
Cup plants rise to new heights

Beware of cup plants, a friend told me when I said I had plans to start a small patch of prairie in what used to be our front yard. They looked innocent enough when I

3 days ago
Menomonie students garner gold and silver medals at FCCLA conference

Eight Menomonie students recently participated in the Students Taking Action with Recognition at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s 2015 National

4 days ago
Keep those Packers tickets under wraps

Now even Green Bay Packers ticket holders have to be diligent with their prized possession to keep clever thieves from ruining their day.

4 days ago
'Fairer' justice system a two-way street

I read with interest President Barack Obama’s recent call to reduce or eliminate harsh mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent offenders. Obama even went so far as

5 days ago

The Marvel superhero Ant-Man was one of the original Avengers in 1963, alongside Thor, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk. Ant-Man, real name Hank Pym, is a scientist who

6 days ago
Concert review: Skillet & Colton Dixon at Sonshine Festival

SOMERSET – While two other music festivals in western Wisconsin got all the headlines over the weekend, the Sonshine Festival, of Christian music, quietly packed in a

1 week ago
Avenged Sevenfold closes out final-ever Sunday of Rock Fest

CADOTT – If this truly was the final-ever Sunday night Rock Fest show, Avenged Sevenfold closed it down in an epic fashion, with flames rising from the stage, fireworks

1 week ago
Help me pick who should be on a Packers Mount Rushmore

More than 67,000 people bought tickets to attend Brett Favre’s induction ceremony into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Saturday night at Lambeau Field.

1 week ago
How much is $100 worth?

The Tax Foundation has published an online map that allows users to click on any metropolitan area in the U.S. and find out the real value of $100 in that locale.

1 week ago
MOVIE REVIEW: “Terminator: Genisys”

The original 1984 film “Terminator” was an intriguing, fresh story about a time-traveling robot that was sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor, who will

2 weeks ago
Ladies night out in downtown Menomonie Thursday

Downtown Menomonie is hosting Ladies Night Out Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m., an event that encourages all to shop, socialize and enjoy the downtown. 

2 weeks ago
Leave fireworks to the professionals

I’ve never understood the fascination some people have with lighting their own fireworks.

2 weeks ago
Wakanda Park to get pickleball courts and tennis court

There is a demand for pickleball courts in Menomonie and the city of Menomonie plans to help meet the need by adding six pickleball courts and a tennis court to Wakanda Park.

2 weeks ago


Jason Cox
Sports Reporter
Jason Cox joined the Leader-Telegram as a sports reporter in August 2012. His beats include football, girls basketball… Read More
Jesse O'Brien
Sports Reporter
Jesse O'Brien has been with the Leader-Telegram since August 2013.A Michigan native, O'Brien graduated from Michigan… Read More
Joe Ziemer
Sports Editor
Joe Ziemer joined the Leader-Telegram sports department in January 2006 and has been the sports editor since April 2012.… Read More
Mike Klees
Sports Copy Editor
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Andrew Dowd
City Government / Home & Garden Reporter
A lifelong Wisconsin resident, Andrew Dowd grew up in the suburban Madison area, graduating in 2000 from Verona Area… Read More
Blythe Wachter
Lifestyles / Food / Travel
Blythe Wachter is the Lifestyles/Food/Travel editor for the Leader-Telegram.… Read More
Chris Vetter
Chippewa News Bureau
Chris Vetter is a reporter in the Leader-Telegram's Chippewa Falls news bureau.… Read More
Christena T. O'Brien
Health / Religion
Christena T. O'Brien is a Leader-Telegram reporter, covering police and general assignment pieces, and section editor,… Read More
Chuck Rupnow
Regional Reporter
Reporter at the Leader-Telegram since 1976, serving as assistant sports editor from 1976-82 and assistant regional… Read More
Dan Holtz
Dan Holtz
Courts / Police / Community Reporter
Dan Holtz is a Leader-Telegram reporter.… Read More
Dan Lyksett
Online News Editor
Dan Lyksett came to journalism later in life, previously working as a machinist, bartender, card & gift store manager… Read More
Don Huebscher
Don Huebscher
Don Huebscher has been editor of the Leader-Telegram since 1999. Before that he was the newspaper’s managing editor… Read More
Elizabeth Dohms
General Assignment Reporter
Elizabeth Dohms joined the Leader-Telegram news team in January 2015. As a general assignment reporter, she covers… Read More
Emily Miels
Entertainment Editor
Emily Miels joined the Leader-Telegram in February 2014 as a general assignment reporter after graduating from UW… Read More
Eric Lindquist
Special Projects Editor
Eric Lindquist joined the Leader-Telegram news team as a part-time regional reporter while attending UW-Eau Claire in… Read More
Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson
Local News Editor
Gary Johnson has worked at the Leader-Telegram since 1986 as a reporter and editor. He was a reporter in the… Read More
Julian Emerson
Assistant Local News Editor
Julian Emerson is the Leader-Telegram’s Assistant Local News Editor. He enjoys uncovering the news behind the news. … Read More
Liam Marlaire
Business Editor
Liam Marlaire is the Leader-Telegram business editor who provides business news and, at times, opinions that don't… Read More
Pamela Powers
Menomonie News Bureau
Pamela Powers is a Leader-Telegram reporter based in Dunn County and covers all types of stories in Menomonie and the… Read More