Off Beat

recent offbeat stories

Off Beat: Greener pastures close to home

On this 100th birthday of the National Park Service, I can’t resist reminiscing about unforgettable visits to such American treasures as Yellowstone, Acadia, Everglades

2 weeks ago
Dogged determination: Two years after accident, Lab lands spot in wedding

Planning his wedding to Stephanie Larson, Jason Parker knew who he wanted to be part of the nuptials — his beloved 9-year-old black Labrador, Gunnar.

3 weeks ago
Major League magic

MINNEAPOLIS — Before me was the emerald green of a finely manicured ballpark outfield flanked by glittering skyscrapers.

4 weeks ago
Off Beat: UW-EC student sails away her summer

‘Hands to set head rails,” bellows a crew member.

1 month ago
Thin Ice: Writers’ hideaway

The gentleman with graying hair settled into his chair, one of 11 people seated on an eclectic collection of furniture in the great room of the country log home. They were

1 month ago
Off Beat: North tennis player has heart of a champion

When North High School senior Jackson Lindquist took the court at UW-Madison’s Nielsen Tennis Stadium last weekend after qualifying for his third straight WIAA state

1 month ago
Off Beat: Wetterling book seeks truth

Just after 9 p.m. Oct. 22, 1989, Jacob Wetterling, his brother, Trevor, and a friend left a video store in St. Joseph, Minn., hopped on their bikes and headed for home.

1 month ago
Off Beat: One man's quest to find photos of all state Vietnam service members who died ends successfully

The successful effort to find photographs for 450 Wisconsin military service members killed in the Vietnam War was born of one man’s broken heart and his desire to

1 month ago
Thin Ice: We’ll drink to area's brewpubs

OSSEO AND BLOOMER — Craft Beer Week wraps up this weekend. My editor suggested I visit two area brewpubs that at first glance seemed to be on opposite ends of the

2 months ago
Off Beat: Remembering Mrs. B

Family and friends encouraged Mary Burch to record her memories and the numerous, not to mention humorous, stories of her mother, Carol “Sue” Burch.

2 months ago
Thin Ice: To Coach, with love

When they announced the seven new members chosen for the New Richmond High School Athletic Hall of Fame, I was delighted to see the names included coach Bernie Lyksett.

2 months ago
Making up for lost time with camp experience

I never went to summer camp, or any other kind of camp, when I was a kid.

2 months ago
Off Beat: Eleva boy with disabilities is growing out hair to donate to charity

ELEVA — Gavin Thompson may not tell you, but it’s clear he understands his long blonde hair is something special.

3 months ago
Thin Ice: Serving as reminders: chief's funeral stirs up old memories

Reporters sometimes find ourselves covering new stories over old ground. It happened to me a couple of weeks ago when I traveled to Hudson to report on the funeral services

3 months ago
Offbeat: Presidential candidates converge on city

Eau Claire typically isn’t the kind of place where national presidential candidates gather, but Saturday wasn’t a typical day. 

3 months ago


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Chippewa News Bureau
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Dan Lyksett
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Julian Emerson
City Government Reporter
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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