GOLDEN RULE: Chippewa Falls High School student Joe Jasper and McDonell High School student John Lyberg were recently honored as “Golden Rule Students” by the Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club. 

In honor of their recognition, the club donated $50 to the charities of the students’ choice.

Jasper, son of Pat and Sherry Jasper, selected the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Lyberg, son of Hans and Becky Lyberg, chose the Tilden Lions Club.

Throughout the year, the Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club chooses seniors from the two Chippewa Falls high schools, nominated by the respective schools’ teachers and staff, using specific criteria including:

• Respect for all nationalities, race, ages and gender.

• Would be willing to stand up for the rights of others.

• Be active in doing community service.

• Being goal-oriented.

• Taking responsibility for one’s own actions.

The club meets at noon Wednesdays at Avalon Hotel & Conference Center, 1009 W. Park Ave., Chippewa Falls. For more information about the club, visit

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AWARD: Bee Vang, who has worked with the Upward Bound program at UW-River Falls since 2010 and served as program director since 2011, has received the 2018 UW System Board of Regents Diversity Award in the individual category.

The Upward Bound program at UW-River Falls is in its fifth cycle of partnership with the Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul.

The program is supported through UW-River Falls’ Outreach and Continuing Education Department.

Vang is the second consecutive UW-River Falls employee to win the Regents Diversity Award.

In 2017, psychology professor Cyndi Kernahan was honored.

Each recipient receives $5,000 to support professional development or continue the program being honored.

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DONATION: UW-River Falls alumni David and Patricia Stone donated $100,000 to the university to establish the Stone Geology Fund.

The fund will support scholarships, equipment, student recruitment and program activities in geology.

The geology program already offers a variety of extracurricular experiences for its students, but the gift from the Stones will create new opportunities and help offset the cost to students for things like regional field trips.

The new funds might also support collaboration with a faculty member on a research project. 

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GRANT: Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield Foundation is issuing a $5,000 Triple Play grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley-Mary Markquart Center to provide programming encouraging healthy eating and physical activities for club members. 

The Triple Play grant is part of a five-year, $10 million commitment from the Anthem Foundation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America to promote healthy lifestyles.

“With this grant, we hope to continue to provide new and much needed healthy lifestyles programming to kids who need it most, and create a positive foundation for them to grow and thrive,” siad Roxie Schmidt-Flanders, director of the Mary Markquart Center.

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SCHOLARSHIPS: Two area high school seniors have been awarded a prestigious scholarship to attend UW-Stout next fall.

The Stout Scholars Scholarship is $5,000, renewable for up to four years, or a maximum of $20,000 for each student.

The recipients are Julia Otten of Abbotsford High School, who plans to major in graphic communications, and Sarah Webber of Rice Lake High School, who plans to major in packaging.

Financial support for the scholarship is provided by donors through the Stout University Foundation.

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ELECTED: Cody Filipczak, Joni Gilles, Brent Goska and Scott Nicastro were elected to the Eau Claire YMCA’s board of directors for three-year terms at the YMCA’s 2018 annual meeting.

Beth Blackburn was selected for a second three-year term.

Following will be the YMCA’s 2018-19 executive committee: Scott Lau, president; Connie Pedersen, vice president; Pam Haller, vice president; Jason Wudi, secretary; Sara Nick, treasurer; and Jenny Fesenmaier, past president.

The board of directors recognized the following outgoing members: Andy Cooper, Mark Gilbertson, Michelle Heinzen, Doug Johnson, Mark Rometti and Samuel Stagliano.

Dave Hanson received the Steven J. Anderson Award.

Hanson, the president of HOOPS and Imagineering, has been a lifelong supporter of the YMCA,

Serving on the board of directors under former executive director Mark Hanke from 1997-2002, Hanson has supported the YMCA in many ways, including the funding of the YMCA’s software transition in April 2017. 

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LEGACY STUDENT: The Bob Jones University Alumni Association in Greenville, S.C., recently recognized Rae Chantel Tapp, a senior interior architecture and design major from Woodville, as a legacy student.

Each year the Alumni Association recognizes second-, third- and fourth-generation legacy students. To be eligible, students must have at least one parent who graduated from Bob Jones University.

Graduating legacy students are presented with a medallion signifying the multi-generational history during commencement.

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NEW POSITIONS: UW-Extension has announced three new hirings in Dunn and Eau Claire counties:

Stephanie Hintz, Dunn County Youth and Family Educator; Luisa Gerasimo, Dunn County 4-H Program Coordinator; and Miranda Nelson, Eau Claire County 4-H Program Coordinator.

These new positions are in the new wave of hires in the UW-Extension Next Generation Project.

Gerasimo studied anthropology and sociology and recently earned a master’s degree in leadership from Augsburg College. She has worked in nonprofit, for-profit and educational settings, and participated in 4-H as a child and parent.

Hintz has a bachelor’s degree in applied social science from UW-Stout and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. She has worked with Dunn County UW-Extension as the 4-H program assistant for more than a year.

Nelson holds a bachelor’s degree in dairy science from UW-River Falls and is working on her master’s degree in agriculture education professional development. She brings 15 years of experience as a 4-H member and volunteer, has worked on her family farm, worked as an assistant complex director at UW-River Falls, and as the manager for the Eau Claire Sport Warehouse. 

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GRANTS: The Rotary Club of Menomonie has awarded $5,000 in grants to eight local nonprofit organizations as part of its 2018 foundation grant cycle:

• Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley-Menomonie Center, $1,000. Support setting up a “Junior Chef” initiative within its Healthy Habits program in which children will learn about and prepare healthy food on a weekly basis. The curriculum teaches participants recipes for quick, inexpensive, easy and healthy recipes using a mixture of fresh, frozen and canned foods.

• Chippewa Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America, $750. Help cover the costs of printing Scouting for Food door hangers. Conducted each spring, Boy Scouts leave food collection notices on neighborhood doors and return the following week to pick up food items, which are taken to area food pantries.

• Dunn County Genealogical Society, $600. For binding loose copies of The Dunn County News from January 2011 through December 2013 into hardbound book form. Doing so will preserve recent history, prevent deterioration, damage or loss, and make perusing those editions of the newspaper easier for the public.

• League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley, $1,000. Assist individuals in the voter registration process, both online and by paper application. Funds will primarily be used to purchase two Chromebook tablets, a printer and supplies. The goal is to meet with voters in a variety of locations throughout Dunn County.

• Town of Colfax, $500. Promote accessibility and enjoyment of Felland Park by the Red Cedar River for people with physical challenges. To help people using wheelchairs, an Americans with Disabilities Act-adapted picnic table and park grill will be purchased and installed by town staff.

• Family Resource Center Inc., $350. Fund one of three monthly “Parent Cafe” events. To be held at River Heights Elementary School, each 90-minute cafe features a communal meal, followed by parent-and-child activities, and ends with a topic-focused discussion for parents while children play with child care staff.

• Dunn County Crimestoppers, $500. Purchase media materials to educate the public and increase awareness of Dunn County Crimestoppers. Overseen by a volunteer board of community members, the program consists of a 24-hour phone line, website and Facebook page to receive anonymous tips to local law enforcement agencies.

• Menomonie Community Gardens, $400. Fund a composting program.

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BEST TASTING WATER: Arcadia was judged to have the best tasting water in America for 2018 by the National Rural Water Association.

In 2017, Arcadia was judged to have the best tasting water in Wisconsin by both the Wisconsin Rural Water Association and the American Water Works Association.

The latter organization also judged Arcadia to have the best tasting water in Wisconsin in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

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DONATIONS: Ashley for the Arts, which hosted more than 50,000 visitors at the three-day music and art festival in Arcadia last August, raised more than $425,000 for more than 40 participating school districts and nonprofit organizations.

The monetary donations are based on involvement. Each group raises money per volunteer that assists at the event, as well as additional money for schools that perform at the event.

The following schools or school districts were supported from the 2017 event:

Alma, Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan, Aquinas Catholic School, Arcadia Holy Family Catholic School, Arcadia, Black River Falls, Blair-Taylor, Cochrane-Fountain City, Cotter, Eleva-Strum, Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau, Holmen, Hope Lutheran High School, Independence, Melrose-Mindoro, Mondovi, Osseo-Fairchild, St. Boniface Catholic School, St. Matthews Catholic School, Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School, West Salem, Whitehall and Winona.

The 2017 event supported the following nonprofit organizations: 

Frenchville Cloverleaves 4-H, Merrick Park, Montana Ridge Pioneers, Blue Angels Gymnastics, Owen-Withee-Curtiss Fire Explorer Post 521, Team Vogel vs. Cancer, Trempealeau County Horse Project, Trempealeau County Fair, Troop 43 (Boy Scouts), Venturing Crew 13 (Boy Scouts), American Cancer Society, Arcadia Ambulance, Ashley’s Angels, Arcadia Lion’s Club, Arcadia Lioness Club, OLPH Mission, and Rita Tranberg Memorial. 

Ashley for the Arts created the Humanitarian Award, which recognizes people who are role models and inspire others. Recipients are awarded from participating school districts.

This year’s Humanitarian Award recipients are:

Marie Bentz, Alma; Jeanine Strandberg, Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan; Donna Cramer, Aquinas Catholic School; Antoinette Johnson, Arcadia Holy Family Catholic School; Luis Cruz, Arcadia; Peter and Jone Hoffman, Black River Falls; Carolyn Frederixon, Blair-Taylor; Jenny Ehlenfeldt, Cochrane-Fountain City; John Broadwater, Cotter; Debbie Wright, Eleva-Strum; Chris Petersen, Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau; Trygve Mathison, Holmen; Larry Finke, Hope Lutheran High School; Keith and Nancy Edson, Independence; Tory Lockington, Melrose-Mindoro; Lori Vetterkind, Tessa Harmon and Jim Rud, Mondovi; Buzz Thompson, Osseo-Fairchild; Darlene Slaby, St. Boniface Catholic School; Duane and Cindy Paubicki and Rich and Andrea Frick, St. Matthews Catholic School; Ryan Nelson, West Salem; Richard Staff, Whitehall; and Ray Felton, Winona.

The 2018 Ashley for the Arts will be Aug. 9-11 at Memorial Park in Arcadia.