MENOMONIE — Menomonie Police Sgt. Tyler Hamann knows the stresses of responding to emergency calls, not having time to take meal breaks, getting called in early for shifts and missing planned exercise time.

MENOMONIE — He graduated from college when Jimmy Carter was president and served in the military for 34 years, including in Iraq. He was a high school teacher, owned and operated a dairy farm, and recently he was diagnosed with cancer.

MENOMONIE — Like most homeowners in west-central Wisconsin, Mike Smith of Menomonie has had it up to his eyeballs — almost literally — with the record amount of snow that has fallen recently.

While many Blugolds travel the world exploring new places and immersing themselves in new cultures, other UW-Eau Claire students find similarly life-changing opportunities a bit closer to home.

UW-Eau Claire students clearly thirst for adventure and exploratory learning, as evidenced by the high number of Blugolds who study abroad, and the international study opportunities just grew in important ways.

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

Another UW-Eau Claire alumna has been named a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award recipient, bringing to four the number of Blugolds who have received the prestigious honor this year.

MENOMONIE — One in six Americans, or roughly 48 million every year, get sick from foodborne illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

It took 16 years for Jennifer Georgeson to find her home, and several years after that before she found a school that she could call home to continue her education. 

Noah Nelson struggled some in his first-ever attempt at climbing an electric power pole wearing the gear line workers depend on. 

With a long plastic sleeve over her arm, Cadott High School senior Vanessa Hanson reached into the back end of a cow, all the way up to her shoulder.