Off Beat

recent offbeat stories

Off Beat: Family of boy who died in 1996 grateful that memorial in his honor continues

Twenty years ago Jana and Pat Hughes dealt with every parent’s worst nightmare: the death of a child.

6 days ago
Off Beat: ‘Turning wood into works of art’

Tim Brudnicki stared intently at the partially finished structure in front of him, thought for a moment as he envisioned the next step building it, then said quietly “I

2 weeks ago
Off Beat: Paying the Tax piper

The countdown has begun.

3 weeks ago
Off Beat: Dogs aid veterans with PTSD

Lucas Solie of Altoona might have returned from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the war continues inside him.

1 month ago
Off Beat: Brave souls embrace the cold, beauty of winter

Silver-white translucent puffs of air hovered above the Chippewa River in downtown Eau Claire Friday, forming a beautiful blanket of fog above the water’s surface

1 month ago
Off Beat: No planes, but trains, automobiles

Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays. 

2 months ago
Thin Ice: Two hunters, one hunting spot. In this dilemma kindness is the winner

It’s an encounter that’s often awkward at best, confrontational at worst. Two deer hunters, strangers, meet in a parking area on public hunting land in the frigid,

2 months ago
Off Beat: Decorating is a family tradition

On a recent night at Eric and Ashleigh Partlow’s home in Altoona, multiple vehicles drove by slowly to take in the outdoor Christmas magic.

2 months ago
Off Beat: Amicable restaurateur nears retirement

Standing amid tables packed with chatting customers and waitresses hurriedly rushing to serve them, Mark Smith talked amicably with one patron of his restaurant. Then, a

2 months ago
Off Beat: Businesses get advice through Idea Challenge

Katy Stevens has been a high school teacher, marketing professional and stay-at-home mother of three.

2 months ago
Off Beat: Season of giving for our animals

Not wanting people to have to choose between feeding themselves or their pets, two area organizations have teamed up to collect pet food and cat litter, which will be donated

3 months ago
Off Beat: North grads get engaged at Lambeau Field

Cody Matthes wanted the proposal to his girlfriend to be a memorable one.

3 months ago
Thin Ice: Local writers cross that final ‘t’

It was an intriguing invitation. A local writer’s group was gathering to read and discuss their latest assignment: Compose your own obituary. Would someone from the

3 months ago
Off Beat: History in real time

Never mind the fact that they’re too young to vote. Fifth-grade students in teacher Vance Mead’s class at Northwoods Elementary School are learning plenty about

3 months ago
No age limit for breast cancer

Sara Martinek considers herself lucky.

4 months 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 Reporter
Eric Lindquist joined the Leader-Telegram news team as a part-time regional reporter while attending UW-Eau Claire in… 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
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