Much has changed since 1994 — video stores and telephone cords are now nearly extinct; taking pictures of ourselves has become not only accepted but celebrated behavior; and the number of Starbucks locations has increased from 425 to nearly 30,000.
Talk about being in the right place at the right time.
The email arrived Sunday, and it felt like we’d really turned the corner after a record-setting winter.
Even a week of mostly above-freezing temperatures did little to affect the scene of an accident at the Third Ward home of Jon and Jen Theisen.
Top o’ the mornin’ to you.
Hearing actor Luke Perry died Monday after suffering a massive stroke took Tammy Tisdale by surprise. He was 52, and she is 53.
As I gazed at the world of white piled high everywhere around me, I felt momentarily overwhelmed, as if I didn’t know where to begin.
It would be decidedly surreal to watch two NHL teams square off at Hobbs Sports Center or another local skating rink.
As anybody who has braved the elements or even looked out a window lately realizes, the Chippewa Valley has been buried in snow over the past two weeks.
Sitting next to his wife, CeCelia, Wayne Zorn looked at the binder in front of him as the music from “The Rose” began to play.
For Chris Wood, a trip a few years ago to Madison began as an intimidating journey but ended with a newfound sense of enlightenment.
A man from Central America who covered his face and spoke only in whispers because he feared death at the hands of drug lord emissaries.
Before she leaves this Earth, Lori Bednarczyk hopes to find out what happened to her oldest daughter.
Judy Choi, who holds a Harvard degree and resides in Sun Prairie, was taken aback a few years ago when she came upon her niece writing in a journal.
It’s that time of year when people love to wish everyone good health and happiness for the holidays and the upcoming new year.
Thinking back to family holiday celebrations, many of them involved board games — Trivial Pursuit, Mouse Trap and, of course, Monopoly.
Never one to sit still for long, Jeff Dohlby’s passion for the outdoors accelerated in 1996 when he met his wife, Shelly.
Perched in a tree stand near Gordon last weekend, Andy Stanley heard a noise.
Cathy Sultan is thankful to be alive after having survived civil war in Lebanon.
Finding himself on “kind of a dogleg hole,” Ken Bell wanted to hit his golf ball as hard as he could.
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Hundreds of headlights lit the dark night as one vehicle after another followed in orderly lines before finding parking places in the Halmstad Elementary School parking lot on Chippewa Falls’ south side.
Think Eau Claire.
The inspiration for this column, strangely enough, came while cleaning out a closet in my basement last weekend.
Before boarding a plane to Honduras several years ago, Teresa Ritzinger told her husband, Steve, “This is going to change you.”
Marvin Pospishil has been officially retired for more than 30 years.
When Bilhenry Walker first saw the property surrounding First Presbyterian Church a little more than two years ago, he said, “There needs to be a garden here,” recalled his wife, Kathryn Reid Walker, pastor of the Eau Claire church.
As he stood in the spacious, high-ceilinged entryway to Plymouth United Church of Christ Thursday afternoon, David Huber couldn’t help but reflect on a very different view he had of that site two years ago.
Though my family typically prefers to vacation in national parks and places known for their scenic beauty, this year we chose a completely different route. We decided to tackle the urban jungle.
There are 79 original pieces and 43 photographs by 32 artists and 170 students on display at the Milwaukee Bucks’ grandiose new arena, the Fiserv Forum.
A frightened little girl who had been sexually abused was brought to a child advocacy center in Texas to tell a stranger what had happened to her. When the forensic interviewer left the room for a moment to speak with detectives, the child hugged a dog named Petra.
The 10,000-mile roundtrip journey wasn’t without its challenges and close calls.
MONDOVI — Nash Weiss had lots of options this summer, especially after recently completing an internship with NBC News in Washington, D.C.
Kat Schilling experienced every parent’s worst nightmare on March 30, 2012. She lost her oldest son, Zach. He was 16.
Sara Hendricks explored a number of possibilities before deciding on her current career path.
CHIPPEWA FALLS — The spark for Dan Cooper’s recent wilderness adventure came from an unlikely source: his television.
When probably the most prominent labor leader in Chippewa Valley history died earlier this year, it marked the end of an era.
The voicemail message on Ritchie Narges’ phone was an indication of things to come.
Local reminders of his ancestors’ craftsmanship abound for Rolland Freid.
Hearing a shot in the woods, a couple of boys went to investigate and found a coyote dead and a small bundle of fur sitting by her.
Many students enjoy wearing their school colors to show off their school pride.
As some people headed to the polls Tuesday, I left the office to see Jesus.
Even a trip to the local convenience store is an educational experience for Willie Henning’s four kids.
Organizers of a new student group on the UW-Eau Claire campus wish they hadn’t felt compelled to start the organization.
Back in December, I accompanied my good friend Gene Krhin, a World War II veteran, to a holiday party for veterans at the Eagles Club in Lake Hallie.
I sat in my theater seat in the large, dark room, watching the action of the science fiction thriller movie “Star Wars” play out on the big screen before me.
Michael Gooderum had just returned from a relatively benign task Monday at one of his rental properties.
Dennis Miller knows firsthand about the traumatic impact on local families when Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. closed its Eau Claire plant in June 1992.
Two pieces of Eau Claire’s history — a bell and an engraved slab — have a home at The Monastery Cemetery at St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, Minn.
It’s the week before Christmas, and my tree is still in the bag — all because of that darn cat.