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: Ben Loomis’ dream came true a little earlier than expected, but he’ll take it. At 19, the Eau Claire native this week qualified for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games that begin Feb. 8 in PyeongChang, South Korea, according to a Leader-Telegram story by Ron Buckli. Loomis will compete in the nordic combined event, ski
With UW-Eau Claire moving forward on plans for a major event center on Menomonie Street, city officials are studying the community’s needs for a convention facility to see how the two projects could be intertwined. The latest step of the city’s convention center feasibility study occurred this week when the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce launched a survey of its members seeking input on local companies’ needs for space for conventions, meetings, banquets and other events.