Of the many cultural touchstones Wisconsin has to offer, none are more celebrated (and with greater zeal) than our legendary (and endless arra…

I click on the article “Want to Fall in Love with Your Partner Again? Science Says to Ask Them These 36 Questions” for the same reason I’m wea…

Almost a month ago, the singer-songwriter Bill Withers passed away. His death was no doubt overshadowed by the COVID-19 quarantine, President …

I stumbled upon the Facebook group “Our Old Town Chippewa Falls” just after its January launch. I wasn’t hooked until Deb Stone posted a pictu…

An hour before her death, I reached for the skillet, then prepared for Cici — our 12-pound mixed breed — the best fried egg this side of Heave…

Generations of Chippewa Falls children knew family doctor Charles Kemper as “the bird man.” Southside kids like me often rode our bikes throug…

A few weeks ago, several hundred pounds of accumulated snow calved off the roof of our outbuilding effectively burying the small door our chic…

My husband and I watch the daily movement on freezing-thawing-refreezing Lake Hallie. First come what Bruce calls “Jesus Geese” who appear to …

When a father meets his child for the first time, he’s left speechless. What words, after all, could possibly speak to the majesty of such an …

WARNING: This essay contains copious amounts of blood. Pig blood, to be exact. Reader discretion is advised…

In 1953, Joe and Virgie See and their three preschool daughters were living in a 1-bedroom cold-water Chippewa Falls apartment when they bough…

After last February’s record snowfall, I’m filled with more dread than usual about what these 29 days will bring. All of us who survived damag…

On the last day of its nearly 60 years in existence, my son and I walked into Thompson’s True Value and Variety Store in Eau Claire for one la…

New Year’s Day was beautiful, the sun intermittently breaking through banks of gray cloud and the temperature in the upper 20s, with thick pow…

For the first time in history five generations coexist at work. From the breakroom to the boardroom the silent generation (now in their mid-70…