Voters don’t have to look far to find policy differences between the two candidates vying to represent the 91st Assembly District. Democrat Jodi Emerson and Republican Echo Reardon have starkly different takes on the most basic question: Is Wisconsin on the right path? For Emerson, 46, of Eau Claire, the answer is unquestionably “no” after eight years of Republican control of state government. She doesn’t support the state pledging $4.5 billion in incentives to
Age: 46. Address: Eau Claire. Political party: Democratic. Political experience: None. Occupation: Former director of public policy and community relations at Fierce Freedom. Education: Eau Claire Memorial High School graduate; took courses at UW-River Falls. Family: Married, two adult children. Website: emersonforassembly.com; Jodi Emerson for Assembly on Facebook.
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Gov. Scott Walker on Sunday said he will fight to protect Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions and emphasized the importance of voting during a campaign stop in Chippewa Falls. “We’ve got a plan to keep moving forward,” the governor said to a crowd of about 50 outside the Republican Party of Chippewa County office, 13 E. Spruce St. Walker openly opposes the Affordable Care Act, which guarantees health care to individuals with pre-
Age: 55. Address: Eau Claire. Political party: Republican. Political experience: None. Occupation: Independent health care contractor providing nurse anesthetist services; holds Illinois real estate license; former small-business owner; part owner of her family’s farm in Illinois. Education: Bachelor’s degree in nursing, Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University; master’s degrees in nursing, Bradley Univer-sity, and in finance, University of Miami.
Editor’s note: Gimme 5 is a five-question interview on a topic of local interest. Can you briefly explain the event? Pooches and Pumpkins is an annual event that Down to Earth holds for the community to give people an opportunity to get creative and bring their dog out, with or without a costume, for some fun and treats. People get really creative with the costumes and it’s a lot of fun. What is your favorite part of the event? The pooches. This is a great chance for we dog
Facing the possibility that a long-awaited park in their neighborhood might never happen, residents of the Princeton Valley neighborhood on Eau Claire’s north side banded together this summer to push for the initiative. Their effort was successful when the City Council decided in August to require developers Haselwander Bros. to include land for a park in that neighborhood as part of a housing project there. Their work also prompted the formation of the Princeton Valley
MENOMONIE — For the last week, Scout Stokes has visualized how Saturday’s race would play out. The Eau Claire Memorial sophomore would try to hang with the lead pack — which included teammate and training partner Zak Sather — until the two-mile mark, and then he’d try as hard as he could to make some kind of a move in the last third of the race to hang on with that lead group. His first two miles went according to plan. But never did he imagine how the
MORRISTOWN, Tenn. — More than 90 years ago, Richard Mihalek was born to single mother who worked as a live-in maid in Cleveland. Over the ensuing decades, Mihalek, an only child, lived a remarkable life. Raised by extended family, first in Cleveland, later in Wisconsin, he became a World War II veteran, a chemistry teacher, a father, and eventually a grandfather. In all those years, Mihalek never learned the identity of his father. Then, his grandson took a DNA test and, after 90 years,
Gov. Scott Walker’s policy of economic development by blackmail worked so well for Foxconn that Kimberly-Clark decided to give it a try. After Foxconn extracted $3 billion in incentives and cash payments from Wisconsin taxpayers in exchange for building a new factory, who can blame other business owners for wondering why they shouldn’t get their fair share of corporate welfare? Now, Wisconsin legislators have called the Senate in for a lame-duck session, after the November
Lisa Ecker entered UW-River Falls in 2014 after growing up in the small town of Wanamingo, Minn. Upon graduation in 2017, she was offered a job as a project engineer at GEA in Hudson with a starting salary of $65,000 a year. She is now working on projects that allow her to travel around the country. “Reflecting back on my time at UW-River Falls, I am very grateful for the opportunities I had as part of a friendly campus of just over 6,000 students,” Ecker said. “I had the