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News: A majority of Eau Claire County voters favored legalizing marijuana in an advisory referendum on Nov. 6. Shortly thereafter, the City Council lowered the local fine for pot possession to $1.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ defense of a lame-duck session this week to limit the influence of a new governor and attorney general was, at best, unsettling.

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I have walked on my path for decades thinking that I would never see another close call of death like I had gone through in life.

The fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) report, released just after Thanksgiving, issues dire warnings about the impacts of climate change to the national economy, local communities and individual lives.

The local movement is strong in Eau Claire. Shop local. Eat local. Support local artists. Retain local talent. Encourage local development. The movement makes good economic sense and builds community pride.

In mid-November, a photo circulated showing a group of nearly 60 boys last spring at Baraboo High School giving what appeared to be a Nazi salute. On Nov. 19, I gave a talk at the school. What follows is adapted from those remarks.

“Imagine all the people, sharing all the world.”

President Trump last week confirmed what his administration has been signaling all along: It will stand behind Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman even if he ordered the brutal murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In a crude statement punctuated with exclamation points,…

Those in the Chippewa Valley braving long lines and fellow sale-seekers Friday can take heart in at least one finding: Personal safety likely won’t be an issue.

As a former health education instructor with over 30 years of experience, I have done extensive work with alcohol and drug prevention since the late 1970s.

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