Off Beat

recent offbeat stories

Off Beat: Dog mobility on the move

Two accidents changed two dogs’ lives.

3 days ago
Bunyan’s journey

For 33 years a 10-foot-tall fiberglass and wood statue of the fabled Paul Bunyan greeted visitors to the logging camp museum that bears his name in Carson Park, a larger-than

1 week ago
Off Beat: School halls buzzing before the bell

Another school year is nearing for the Chippewa Valley and reaches beyond western Wisconsin.

2 weeks ago
Off Beat: Family time aided by a canoe and a lake

My arms swung forward, stretching to my front and right, followed by a small splash of water. Then I pulled back toward myself, lifted the paddle slowly and leaned forward

1 month ago
Off Beat: Disabled dogs at Bob's House touched many lives

Pulling up to Bob’s House for Dogs recently, I expected to be greeted by three familiar faces — Bear, Scooter and Midnight.

1 month ago
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

1 month 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.

1 month ago
Major League magic

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

2 months ago
Off Beat: UW-EC student sails away her summer

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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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.

2 months 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

3 months 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

3 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.

3 months ago


Chris Vetter
Chippewa News Bureau
Chris Vetter is a reporter in the Leader-Telegram's Chippewa Falls news bureau.… Read More
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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
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Special Projects Reporter
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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