Off Beat

recent offbeat stories

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.

4 days 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.

2 weeks 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. 

1 month ago
Off Beat: Altoona ballplayers soon can thank Boy Scout for new dugouts

Isaac Colbert is about to join a select group.

1 month ago
Off Beat: Woman uses grandmother's treadle sewing machine to make aprons for her family

Having sewn for decades, Patricia Hawkenson made her mother, Frances Snippen, a memory pillow, featuring family photos for her 80th birthday.

1 month ago
Viewpoint: Nonpartisan election sure is political

For the next three weeks until Wisconsin’s officially nonpartisan Supreme Court election on April 5, the candidates will be competing to see who can paint themselves as

1 month ago
Off Beat: Acceptance of new LED streetlights takes time

As I entered my home one late January night, I wondered at the bright white light illuminating my living room. 

2 months ago
Off Beat: Couple open hearts, home to senior dogs

For Karen King, it’s all about the eyes. Big, brown eyes.

2 months ago
Off Beat: Fuzzy Thurston, Tim Krumrie make Super Bowl High School Honor Roll

One was an offensive lineman who garnered glory playing for the Lombardi-era Green Bay Packers, leading the team’s vaunted power sweep running game.

2 months ago
Arts, cultural scene helps attract business

One area of responsibility Mike Schatz has as economic development director for the city of Eau Claire is to attract businesses to the region and retain those already here.

3 months ago
Off Beat: Packers fan carries a piece of team history with autographed football

As a 16-year-old, Dick Freitag didn’t grasp the significance in February 1967 when he was presented with an autographed football for being the top recruiter for his Boy

3 months ago
Off Beat: Blood donors sought

Jack Felmlee of Chippewa Falls has been a blood donor for at least 20 years.

3 months ago
Thin Ice: Musician strums memories of golden age of country western in Chippewa Valley

The younger observer might marvel at Eau Claire’s recent emergence as a force in the Midwest music scene, with live music returning to local venues and festivals

3 months ago
The Community Table director says goodbye

When Rachel Keniston quit her job as an elementary school teacher in the mid-1990s, she feared she had lost her opportunity to pass on knowledge to others. 

3 months ago
Off Beat: Sage advice

Steve Dye spun off a small industrial product line from Honeywell in 1999, and the venture had clients on its first day in business.

4 months ago