Author Archives: Bellford

Eau Claire Poverty Summit moves toward final phase

By Nicole Bellford It all began as a community conversation. Nearly 10 years ago, when former Eau Claire City Manager, Michael Huggins, helped form Clear Vision, a citizen-based community visioning and strategic planning initiative, he wasn’t sure what kinds of problems the program was going to tackle. By 2015, rising poverty levels in Eau Claire

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Treatment courts provide an alternative to incarceration

 By Nicole Bellford She had lost custody of her first two children. She was five months pregnant with her third child. Her teeth had begun falling out. In early 2016, Jaclyn Reidel said she decided she had finally reached a breaking point in her battle with a methamphetamine addiction that had lasted nearly two decades.

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Brain trauma victim inspires others through injury

By Nicole Bellford Eager to see familiar faces, family, and sleep in her own bed, Audrey Nelson made the familiar trip from Northwestern College in St. Paul to her home in Cornell, Wisconsin. An icy patch of road near Highway 27 between Cadott and Cornell triggered a head on collision between the car that the

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