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.

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.

The storm currently ravaging the East Coast brought memories of a childhood vacation long ago to South Carolina.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.