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Visualizing the population of Wisconsin

How many Empire State Buildings would it take to hold every man, woman and child in Wisconsin?

6 hrs ago
Buckle up for a bumpy ride

Years ago driving on Eau Claire streets was often a bumpy experience, thanks to pothole-ridden roads that had gone too many years without repairs. 

3 days ago
Great respect for snowplow operators

The sun was out. Surely the roads couldn't have been as bad is predicted.

3 days ago
Mural selfie contest sponsored by Main Street Menomonie

Selfie takers it’s time to practice your skills and help say goodbye to a iconic mural in downtown Menomonie.

1 week ago
Dude. Be Nice activities and speaker planned in Menomonie to promote kindness

MENOMONIE – Menomonie students are ready to encourage more kindness.

1 week ago
Brown bag lunch series launches Jan. 26 for nonprofit groups to network

MENOMONIE - Local nonprofit professionals have come together to launch a series of networking “brown bag” lunch meetings designed to bring local, charitable

2 weeks ago
Nick Erickson: Takeaways from North and Memorial's overtime thriller

One game story simply was not enough to cover everything that happened in Tuesday night’s thriller between North and Memorial, one in which the Abes won 4-3. Here are

2 weeks ago
The top 10 stories of Chippewa County in 2016

CHIPPEWA FALLS – It has been another really good year for news in Chippewa County, as Chippewa Falls has seen continued development and the county as a whole is on an

3 weeks ago
Photo reminds me of the preciousness of life

I took the photo at a court hearing in late May. It's been in my view at work since.

3 weeks ago
Food For Fines takes in over 400 items for Dunn County food shelf

MENOMONIE – Over 400 items will be donated to Stepping Stones of Dunn County by the Menomonie Police Department after the department held its first Food For Fines

3 weeks ago
Eau Claire relaxes blacklist for certain trees along streets

Several kinds of trees were taken off Eau Claire’s blacklist in a push for more diversity along city streets and recognizing that newer varieties reduced traits that

1 month ago
DeLong students sing, make donations for a good cause

On Tuesday a couple dozen DeLong Middle School choir students used their voices to spread holiday cheer as they sang a series of classic Christmas tunes. 

1 month ago
Some Interviews not used, but not forgotten

When Leader-Telegram readers pick up a copy of the newspaper and dig into an article, what they read is rarely all the information a reporter has on that story.

3 weeks ago
Stepping Stones holiday food drive continues; shelter needs volunteers

MENOMONIE - The holidays are upon us. It is the time of year most people are thinking about family, fun and food.

1 month ago
Rural Wisconsin needs more broadband Internet access

A recent National Public Radio report points out that Wisconsin is nearing dead last in the nation in Internet speeds – ranking 49th among the states and Washington D.C.

1 month 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
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
Mike Klees joined the Leader-Telegram sports department in August 2012 and has been assistant sports editor since… Read More
Nick Erickson
Sports Reporter
Nick Erickson joined the Leader-Telegram sports department full time in August 2015 after working two years as a part… Read More
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Andrew Dowd
Business/County Government Reporter
A lifelong Wisconsin resident, Andrew Dowd grew up in the suburban Madison area, graduating in 2000 from Verona Area… 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
Elizabeth Dohms
Education / Home & Garden Reporter/ Her Impressions Magazine
Elizabeth Dohms joined the Leader-Telegram news team in January 2015. As a general assignment reporter, she covers… Read More
Emily Miels
Entertainment Reporter
Emily Miels joined the Leader-Telegram in February 2014 as a general assignment reporter after graduating from UW… Read More
Eric Lindquist
Special Projects Reporter
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 has worked at the Leader-Telegram since 1986 as a reporter and editor. He was a reporter in the… Read More
Julian Emerson
City Government Reporter
Julian Emerson is the Leader-Telegram’s city government reporter. He enjoys uncovering the news behind the news. … Read More
Lauren French
Lauren French
General Assignment Reporter
Lauren French joined the Leader-Telegram news team full time in November after working as a part-time reporter and… Read More
Liam Marlaire
Assistant 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