Off Beat

recent offbeat stories

No age limit for breast cancer

Sara Martinek considers herself lucky.

7 hrs 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.

1 week 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

2 weeks 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 weeks ago
Off Beat: See it, report it

The recent bomb explosions in New York and New Jersey, along with a knife attack closer to home at a mall in St. Cloud, Minn., should remind us all to be vigilant and report

4 weeks ago
Bridging the gap

The Chippewa Valley Trail System is unquestionably one of the gems that has improved the region’s quality of life over the past two decades.

1 month ago
Off Beat: Dog mobility on the move

Two accidents changed two dogs’ lives.

1 month 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

2 months ago
Off Beat: School halls buzzing before the bell

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

2 months 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

2 months 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.

3 months 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

3 months 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 months ago
Major League magic

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

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

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

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 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