When Sophia Vuelo was 16 years old, she spent much of her summer bent over a field of cucumbers in the hot sun with her family. She remembers the ache in her back and the sweat that would soak through the gloves and long-sleeve shirt she wore as protection against the low-growing plant’s prickles. Vuelo’s mother was a faster cucumber picker than her youngest child. Often when Vuelo looked up from her sweaty work, her mother was rows and rows ahead of her in the seemingly endless
Editor’s note: The weekly “Thumbs Up-Thumbs Down” editorial offers opinions on highs and lows in the news during the past week. Thumbs up: Jim and Gloria Ganther are making a habit of giving away their money to the Chippewa Valley’s young people. The Ganthers don’t know most of these youth, but they still want to recognize their accomplishments with a token of their appreciation. For the past five years, the Ganthers have noted the achievements of students they
5 years ago — 2013 The Eau Claire metro area has the 20th-largest Hmong community in the U.S., a new study finds. 10 years ago — 2008 The Eau Claire City Council OKs the sale of land near the Menomonie Street Carson Park entrance to the YMCA. 20 years ago — 1998 Metrodome officials step up their legal attempts to keep the Twins in Minnesota. 35 years ago — 1983 A Fall Creek man’s car is vandalized, allegedly by teens with whom he refused to drag race.