Off Beat

recent offbeat stories

Buffalo County plane crash remembered

Northwest Airlines Flight 421 left Chicago at 3:50 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29, 1948, bound for Minneapolis. However, the Martin 2-0-2 would never make its final destination, and

6 days ago
Off Beat: Businesses backing team building

In Los Angeles, you've been kidnapped by a cannibalistic serial killer and have 45 minutes to find keys, clues and trap doors to escape.

1 week ago
Thin Ice: Trip fit friends to a tee

One Friday back in 1975 three of us working at the Eau Claire Academy — Jim Werlein, Mike Burns and myself — decided to go out for a couple of drinks

2 weeks ago
Off Beat: Healing musical tree is sprouting branches

Seven weeks ago I mustered up the courage to do something way out of my comfort zone: I posted a video on Facebook of me singing.

2 weeks ago
Off Beat: Frost heave presents a bump in the road for U.S. 53 freeway

After the U.S. 53 freeway opened east of Eau Claire, a bump appeared in the southbound lanes about 80 feet south of the North Crossing bridge. When winter subsided, so did

3 weeks ago


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 Lyksett
Online News Editor
Dan Lyksett came to journalism later in life, previously working as a machinist, bartender, card & gift store manager… 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
Joe Knight
Joe Knight
County Government / Getting Out [Outdoors] Editor
Joe Knight is an outdoor reporter for the Leader-Telegram.… 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