Off Beat

recent offbeat stories

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 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

2 months 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

2 months 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.

3 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.

3 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

4 months ago
Off Beat: Blood donors sought

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

4 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

4 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. 

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 Assistant Local News Editor. 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