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Editor’s note: Astronomy Update is published on the third Saturday of the month, is provided by the Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society and is compiled by Lauren Likkel of the UW-Eau Claire physics and astronomy department.

INDUCTED: Anna Achter of Menomonie is one of 19 Wartburg College students inducted into the Alpha Chi honor society in 2018.

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Nearly 150 people shared their stories in the Leader-Telegram’s annual Holiday Memories essay contest this year.

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The holiday is Christmas, year 2002. Dad has been in the nursing home since October 2001 when he fell and broke his hip at home. He has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimers in December, 2000. We all feel blessed to have Dad with us yet...we celebrated his 90th birthday in October.

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I walked into a banquet room and immediately gasp. It’s all gorgeous. I’m breathless. Everything seems unreal.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College has received two $100,000 Wisconsin Fast Forward grants from the state Department of Workforce Development for training high school students in northwestern Wisconsin.

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5th grade, Altoona Intermediate School

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I hate notes, only presents. Never have liked them, never will… One Christmas Eve, a very special Christmas Eve, my family and I went sleigh riding.

LAKE HALLIE -- A Lake Hallie man who was arrested Saturday for leading police on a high-speed chase and drunken driving has now been arrested three times in a 10-day span.

GIVE A KID A BOOK: Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, a nonprofit volunteer organization in Eau Claire, is collecting new, unwrapped books for the 24th annual Give a Kid a Book project.

A total of 95 employees were recently honored at UW-Stout for reaching service milestones ranging from 10 to 40 years.

DINNER DRIVE: The Chippewa Valley After Hours Rotary Club conducted its third annual Thanksgiving Dinner Drive in November to put a traditional Thanksgiving meal on the tables of local families in need.

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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.

The following students from west-central Wisconsin have been named to the dean’s list:

GENEALOGY: The Genealogical Research Society of Eau Claire will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Paul Bunyan Museum in Carson Park.