Off Beat

recent offbeat stories

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 week 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

2 weeks ago
Off Beat: No planes, but trains, automobiles

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

1 month 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,

4 weeks 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.

1 month 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

1 month 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.

1 month 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

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

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

2 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

2 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

2 months ago
No age limit for breast cancer

Sara Martinek considers herself lucky.

3 months ago
Cadott native aims to be seen, heard

Patrons of the arts numbering in the tens of thousands saw the work of Cade Sikora at American Players Theatre this summer.

3 months ago
Articles bring area's homeless issues out of the cold

One night shortly before Christmas 2013 I ventured from the warmth of the Leader-Telegram office where I work out into the bitter subzero air, making my way to the nearby

3 months ago
Off Beat: Solar energy gaining power

From the time I was a young boy, the concept of harnessing the sun’s free energy to power homes and devices seemed more like science fiction than reality TV.

3 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