The best part about being a reporter, in my opinion, is listening to people’s stories and then having the privilege of sharing those stories with the rest of the world — hopefully making an impact on at least a person or two.
Upon hearing that Eau Claire’s proposed 2019 budget would essentially keep the status quo, some City Council members uttered the idea of asking voters if they’d be willing to pay more.
Jack Nicklaus is renowned for winning six Masters titles. The same goes for Roger Federer and his eight Wimbledon championships and Tom Brady and the five Super Bowl rings he has earned with the New England Patriots.
Wednesday’s Chippewa Valley appearance by Vice President Mike Pence is the fourth time I’ve had the opportunity to cover the appearance of either a sitting president or vice president as a reporter for the Leader-Telegram.
Sometimes, things just fall into place.
This week Menomonie school district will be visited by seven Japanese students from Menomonie’s sister city Nasukarasuyama, Japan.
With city leaders taking a stand on a national political issue and changing city documents with more politically-correct language, a former councilman questions if they’re focusing enough of their attention on running Eau Claire.
Maybe it was curiosity. Maybe it was the desire to witness the first-ever game. Maybe it was the desire to get winter sports underway.
How lucky we are to live in a slice of the world with such easy access to the outdoors.
The storm currently ravaging the East Coast brought memories of a childhood vacation long ago to South Carolina.
Eau Claire leaders lauded a neighborhood association’s pledge to help improve a public park, but also worried that other outdoor spots in the city where homeowners aren’t as active in their community could fall behind.
As I think back on my first couple of weeks returned to the Leader-Telegram as a newly minted full-time reporter, what stands out to me is one important, beautiful reminder of just how essential local newspapers are to their communities — and forever will be.
West-central Wisconsin has plenty to do on weekends, so my wife and I try to take advantage of what the region has to offer when we can.
Just a few years ago, ash trees accounted for a third of Eau Claire’s urban forest along streets and in parks.
As the lights dimmed in the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, my best friends and fellow Swifties began to scream in excitement, throwing our hands up in the air as smoke lifted, the screens on stage parted and our idol walked in amid “Ready For It..?”
We all have days where we’re glad to be able to come home from work because we had a particularly tough day on the job.
This summer, I watched as employees at the Eau Claire County Courthouse removed photos of judges from the walls on the court floor, repainted and started putting pictures back up.
The lush, green rolling hills and winding roads south of Mondovi seemed unfamiliar at first, but the farther I traveled on this late July afternoon, the more I recalled them.
CHIPPEWA FALLS – On any given day all summer long, I’ll drive by 1125 W. River Street in Chippewa Falls and see a large camper parked at a public dumping station alongside the road, unloading its raw sewage into a large pipe.
On July 25, The Dunn County Board voted by a 26-1 margin to move its offices in the Dunn County Government Center, 800 Wilson Ave., into the Dunn County Community Services Building at 3001 U.S. 12 E.
There was plenty of room for the Eau Claire’s City Council to fit into its temporary home for the next year as it held its first meeting on Monday in the county Courthouse, 721 Oxford. Ave.
While sitting on a bench one sunny summer afternoon at SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar, a man approached me and struck up friendly conversation.
I walked into the optometrist’s office for my annual eye appointment recently and the counter worker gave me his familiar greeting, “Hey, it’s the guy who names his kids after 1960s quarterbacks.”
Last week I had the good fortune of talking to a UW-Eau Claire music composition alumni who has had success composing and orchestrating music for major films in Los Angeles — not a task for the faint of heart.
Eau Claire’s sewage treatment plant is doing such a good job of removing solid waste from water flushed out of homes and businesses that it needs more room to store the stuff.
A Wisconsin senator has introduced the Go Pack Go Act, which would guarantee that all state residents, no matter where they live, can watch Green Bay Packers game broadcasts.
Pieces of Eau Claire’s past were rediscovered as city employees packed up their offices at City Hall for temporary relocation to a building on the north side.
A local woodworker and a guitar aficionado had a hand, literally, in the powerful music emanating from the stage during the headline performance by the band The National at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival July 7.
My youngest dog, Chance, should have been named Houdini. During the first seven of our 11 years together, he mastered the art of escaping.
Beekeeping might appear to be an intimidating venture for some, myself included, so I reached out to Dunn County Beekeepers Association Vice President Willie Miller for some pointers. Here’s what I found:
While out on assignment at Red’s Back Alley Market on Thursday, I took a moment to muse at the number of female entrepreneurs popping up in the area.
An effort to adopt more politically correct terms for disabled people and low-income residents led a few on the City Council to ponder if “citizen” and “pedestrian” could bother some Eau Claire residents.
Don’t think that the rude, demeaning and sexist comments and actions that prompted the #MeToo movement have somehow sidestepped journalism in the Chippewa Valley.
After a rainy start to Saturday morning, Altoona’s P10 Festival got underway.
At the top of a hill at the end of a dead end road that’s seen better days is a large metal gate.
CHIPPEWA FALLS – A newborn bison is running through the fields in the Irvine Park zoo. The tan-colored animal – born a couple weeks ago – brings the number of bison in the park up to seven.
Milestone birthdays have never been a big deal.
Despite all of the “fake news” allegations that are so trendy these days, journalists in my experience strive to not only be accurate but to stay on the sidelines.
My black Labs love to go for car rides, but this time of year I rarely allow my pair of pooches to ride along. Unfortunately, the recent hot temperatures seem to have melted the brains of some pet owners.
Something seemed a little different in Phoenix Park in my latest bike ride through Eau Claire’s downtown.
While working on a story this week, I ran into a roadblock that many a reporter has encountered over the course of their career.
Talking with Ka Ying Vang of Menomonie, a soil conservationist with U.S. Department of Agriculture, it’s clear that getting children involved with the environment early is the best way to create future conservationists.
It seems like only yesterday that the spring high school athletic season got under way.
This blog contains spoilers from John Krasinski’s film “A Quiet Place.”
NAPLES, Fla. — Those who have never heard of pickleball or still think it’s just some fringe game for old folks would not have believed their eyes had they joined a 10-person contingent of Chippewa Valley players competing at the recent U.S. Open Pickleball Championships in Naples.
Of the three charge cards in my wallet, only one made it to its ripe old expiration date.
There appears to be growing opinions from some people that the future of our great American sport of football is in trouble.
Is there too much of a good thing?
First-time author Carol Awe never expected a children’s book to sprout from the seeds she plants each year.