Dog park

Two play during November’s opening of a new dog park on Eau Claire’s north side. The city is holding a meeting next week to show plans and get public input on a third dog park.

Meeting held to discuss dog park

A proposal for a new dog park planned for Eau Claire’s southwest side will be on display at a meeting next week for the public to view and give feedback.

That meeting will be 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the conference room at the city’s Central Maintenance Facility, 910 Forest St.

Staff from the city’s Parks, Recreation & Forestry Division will be on hand at the meeting to answer questions about the plan and take input from the public.

The dog park and a boat launch are planned for city property at the south end of Ferry Street near the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Eau Claire’s original dog park is at 4503 House Road on the city’s southeast side and a second one opened this year on the north side at 4703 Robin Road.

VA loans rising

Veterans Administration purchase loans in Eau Claire surged 43 percent in fiscal 2018 compared with five years earlier, according to a report from Veterans United Home Loans, the nation’s largest VA lender.

Despite that significant increase, it lagged behind the 59 percent rise nationally and the 79 percent jump in Wisconsin since fiscal 2013, the report indicated.

Nationally, the VA backed more than 610,000 loans in fiscal 2018 worth more than $161 billion.

“This historical benefit program has experienced a resurgence since the housing crisis,” said Chris Birk, director of education at Veterans United.

“More veterans have used this $0 down loan in the last five years than in the prior dozen years combined,” Birk said.

The lender indicated VA loans now make up about 10 percent of the mortgage market.

Officials look into threat at school

CHIPPEWA FALLS — For the second time in about two weeks, the Chippewa Falls School District is investigating a threat made at the high school.

In a letter sent home with parents, Superintendent Heidi Taylor-Eliopoulos wrote that a student on Thursday “reported a comment making a threat of harm against the school.” That threat was to be carried out Friday.

Taylor-Eliopoulos said this may be a “copycat” of last week’s incident. School continued on Friday, but with increased law enforcement there.

“Comments such as the one made in this incident, even in jest, evoke fear and leave staff, students, parents and the community feeling unsettled,” she wrote.

In the Nov. 27 incident, the school identified a student who left a threatening note in a bathroom shortly after it was discovered.

From staff reports