Editor’s note: The weekly “News & Notes” editorial offers opinions on items that might not always make the regular news pages of the Leader-Telegram.
Eau Claire recently made the “2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live” list ... with little room to spare.
The city was 81st in rankings compiled by Livibility, an online resource that specializes in uncovering top small- and medium-sized cities in which to live, work or visit. Cities with a population of at least 20,000 but no more than one million were considered.
“Once a lumber town, Eau Claire has transformed into a creative hub,” reads the city’s description on Livibility’s website, “with indie music and art galleries shaping the thriving arts and culture scene.”
Eau Claire was one spot ahead of New Orleans, while Madison (3rd) and Appleton (56th) also made the list. Boise, Idaho, topped the rankings. Minneapolis and Duluth, Minn., were, respectively, 13th and 35th.
More than 1,000 millennials were surveyed and dozens of data points were considered in eight core categories: amenities, demographics, education, economy, health care, housing, social and civic capital, and transportation and infrastructure.
We know the rewards of living in the Chippewa Valley. It’s nice to know others are taking note as well. Visit livability.com for more information.
• On a related note: Chippewa Falls recently was deemed the fourth-best city in Wisconsin for retirees, according to SmartAsset, a financial technology company. The city finished behind Pewaukee — a Milwaukee suburb — Antigo and Rice Lake.
Jackie Boos, tourism director for the Chippewa Area Chamber of Commerce, told the Chippewa Herald’s Glen Olson that once people visit the area, she’ll get inquiries about what it has to offer for those who move there.
“When you experience it first hand, then you can see yourself living here,” Boos said. “The quality of life is so much.”
• Getting what you pay for: The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection released its weights-and-measures numbers for 2018.
The agency conducted 258,720 inspections at 6,580 businesses last year. Thankfully, Wisconsin gas pumps and tests on scales used to weigh products were correct nearly 100 percent of the time and prices at the register and labels on products sold by weight had accuracy rates of nearly 99 percent.
• Residual damage: Blain’s Farm & Fleet recently sent out tips for those who may suffer flooding when the snow finally melts.
Most of the advice is practical — such as shoveling snow away from our foundation and removing snow and ice from downspouts and gutters — but we certainly hope the final of 11 bullet-pointed suggestions isn’t necessary: “Just in case the flooding is really bad, a kayak may serve as a rescue boat.”
— Liam Marlaire, assistant editor