A routine traffic stop for a suspended driver’s license last week in Eau Claire turned into an illegal drug bonanza for law enforcement officers. The vehicle, police say, contained marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and numerous prescription pills. Two men, as a result, were arrested. Alexander V. Best, 24, 2874 116th St., Chippewa Falls, and Trenton J. Wik, 30, 827 Fairfax St., Altoona, were each charged Monday in Eau Claire County Court with a felony count of possession of marijuana
CHIPPEWA FALLS — With warmer weather finally here, the Irvine Park Zoo small animal building opened over the weekend, where a new animal was unveiled in the park. Two Patagonian maras — South American rodents — are now on display in the park. The plant-eating mammals are about 2 feet tall and hop like rabbits. “They are very unique,” said Chippewa Falls parks director Dick Hebert. “They remind me of a small kangaroo.” Hebert said the animals are used
Editor’s note: Gimme 5 is a five-question interview on a topic of local interest. Who: Hugh Crane, co-organizer, Chippewa Falls SpringFest. Talks about: SpringFest. Details: Friday through Sunday at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls. Information: springfestchippewafalls.com. You have been averaging 2,500 visitors in recent years to Spring Fest. What are your expectations this year? We think we’ll have massive crowds. It’s going to
Lake Wissota State Park in Chippewa County closed for a few hours Sunday evening after a grass fire burned around 20 acres and forced an evacuation of the area, according to Anson Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Rick Schemenauer. At about 4:53 p.m., Schemenauer said the Anson Volunteer Fire Department received a call about a grass fire in the park, not knowing any more information until they arrived on scene. Adam Dewitz, an EMS officer for the Anson Volunteer Fire
5 years ago — 2013 Will Allen, the founder of Growing Power, a nonprofit urban farm in Milwaukee, speaks to a packed house in Schofield Auditorium at UW-Eau Claire. 10 years ago — 2008 Local gasoline prices soar past $3.50 for the first time ever and are up 14 cents in three days. 20 years ago — 1998 Second-graders at St. Olaf School are mentioned in USA Weekend’s “Make a Difference Day” edition. 35 years ago — 1983 Members of a Chippewa Falls
A Chippewa Falls man will be sentenced July 13 for allowing a 10-year-old child to smoke methamphetamine and not stopping his girlfriend from having sexual contact with her children. Three of the women’s children were younger than age 4. Anthony A. Lee, 38, 17077 57th Ave., pleaded no contest recently in Eau Claire County Court to felony counts of causing mental harm to a child, methamphetamine delivery and failure to protect a child. Five misdemeanor charges against Lee were dismissed.
A plethora of area athletes committed to compete collegiately during the spring National Signing Day period on Wednesday. At Chippewa Falls, softball player Autumn Olson signed a National Letter of Intent to play next fall at NAIA Division II Viterbo University in La Crosse. At North, Savannah Palmer committed to run cross country and track at UW-Platteville, as did Jason Voelker. Arik Skifstad will compete in track and field at UW-Eau Claire, while Joey Neuenfeldt will participate in
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the spring issue of Business Leader, a quarterly magazine produced by the Leader-Telegram. View back issues of Business Leader and other magazines at leadertelegram.com/magazines. CHIPPEWA FALLS — A growing company that just moved to Chippewa Falls is making quite a splash in its service industry. Fischer Brothers Enterprises is one of just a handful of waterslide restoration service companies in the United States, said co-owner
The following area business registrations, such as limited liability companies and corporations, were filed in November. Bloomer: T&G Farms LLC, Todd Fanetti, 1616 Thompson St.; Throwing Bricks LLC, Steven E. Gengler, 1406 Main St. Boyceville: Petemporiums.Com LLC, Doreen E. Olson, E3028 1210th Ave.; Sign Results.Com LLC, Jeff R. Utphall, N11738 Highway 79. Cadott: Gamma Jo’s Book Stop LLC, Joan M. Moriarity, 119 E. Chippewa St. Cameron: Travis Tool Distributor LLC, Travis L.
The following bankruptcies were filed during March in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Western District of Wisconsin. Chapter 7 Liquidation of a debtor’s property and distribution of the proceeds to creditors. Altoona: Amy S. Britten, John K. Perkins. Baldwin: Gerard J. and Sheryl J. Buechter, Malissa J. Kubarek, Matthew J. and Laurie B. Malyuk. Barron: James E. Cline. Birchwood: Amy L. Schmidt. Black River Falls: Reiss Blackhawk, Denise A. Stahl, Tracy A. Calverley. Bruce: