I never enjoyed myself so much in an orchestra hall than I did in early December when both the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra shared the stage. In one sense they did not play together; each ensemble played their pieces separately (at least before in…

SWEETHEART PANCAKE BREAKFAST: St. Peter School’s 17th annual Sweetheart Pancake Breakfast will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 11358 Highway Q, Chippewa Falls.

America is flush with personal stories, those bits and pieces of history often told ‘round a crackling campfire or on a grandma’s warm lap. Nonetheless, as memories gray and young’uns colorful images fade, repeated tales stretch — with a wink or two.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The brutal weather of the past couple of weeks has reminded me how much easier it is these days to postpone outdoors excursions until conditions improve.

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Tax season is approaching, and Social Security has made replacing your annual Benefit Statement even easier. The Benefit Statement is also known as the SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S. Now you can get a copy of your 1099 anytime and anywhere you want using our online services.

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PIZZA TO HELP THE PARTNERS: The Volunteer Partners at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital are encouraging community members to enjoy dinner from 4 to 8 tonight at the Pizza Ranch, 2451 Truax Blvd.

Two decades ago, work began on the first new fully illuminated Bible — The Saint John’s Bible — to be created in centuries. Each of the roughly 800,000 words of the Holy Scriptures were gracefully written by hand, and artists used their gifts to illuminate those words beautifully.

CHRISTIAN WRITERS GUILD: The Western Wisconsin Christian Writers Guild invites writers to join them at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church, 123 W. Hamilton Ave., for an evening of critique. Recommended by writers, editors, and publishers, this is key to progress in your skill…

RICE LAKE — Four months after Annie Weiss passed near Rice Lake early into her 1,200-mile journey on Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail, the ultra trail runner returned last month to share the story of her record-breaking endeavor.

CHILDREN’S ORAL HEALTH: Tooth decay is the most common chronic health problem affecting children in the U.S. In western Wisconsin third graders, 1 out of 6 kids has untreated dental decay.

DAY OF MINDFULNESS: A traditional day of mindfulness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Schoolhouse at Simply Dunn, E4606 Highway C, Downsville.

FISH FRY: The St. Olaf Men’s Club is having its all-you-can-eat fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Father Agnew Parish Center, 2407 North Lane.

FEBRUARY PROGRAMS: The Healing Place, a free service of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital that helps anyone who has experienced a loss and is in need of spiritual and emotional support, is offering the following free programs and sessions in February. All sessions will take place at The Healing Pla…

MID-WINTER BREAKFAST: The St. James the Greater K of C Roundtable will be serving its mid-winter breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 2502 11th St.

NEW PASTOR: The Rev. Karen Behling Sunday is joining Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1300 Mansfield St., Chippewa Falls.

At the end of their 80 miles, or in some cases 160 miles, walkers and bikers were reaching the end — mostly with smiles — Sunday on the Wild Rivers Trail.

Eau Claire native and newly elected state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski recently was unanimously voted chairwoman of the state Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.

FISH FRY: The St. Olaf Men’s Club is having its all-you-can-eat fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Father Agnew Parish Center, 2407 North Lane.

PASTOR INSTALLATION: The Rev. Mary Erickson will be installed as pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, 2226 Eddy Lane, at the 9 a.m. Sunday worship service.