Category Archives: Inside Eau Claire

New library science instructor dabbles in creative space

By Rachel Schmidt It’s calm and quiet in the Chippewa Valley Technical College library. About two dozen students fill the space but the only sounds are the clicks of computer mice, muted beeps from the circulation desk and the whirr of the printer as it spits out sheets of paper for a waiting student. Shelves

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Local Musician Credits Eau Claire for Musical Success

Matt Hasenmueller didn’t start singing until he was 16. In fact, he didn’t even know he could sing. “Originally, I thought I couldn’t sing,” said Hassenmueller, “I just liked a girl in choir so I joined and that’s when I found out I could sing well. It just came super natural.” Local artist Matt Hasenmueller,

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Disabled students encounter obstacles on campus

By Matt Halverson Living with a physical disability can transform the simplest activities into a problematic experience. Something as mundane as an ankle sprain generates newfound difficulty in daily tasks. The three harmless steps on the front porch become a formidable barrier. An awkward shove on the bus becomes an awkward scene. Physical disabilities can

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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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Chippewa Valley is taking strides to improve veteran-specific addiction and mental health services

By Sydney Purpora It was May 2005 and David Carlson, who was about 21 years old at the time, had been in the U.S. Army National Guard for a little under a year. After searching for HVTs for hours in 100 degree weather on foreign ground and finding nothing of interest, Carlson and his dismounted

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Obesity rates are climbing, but hope is coming in Wisconsin

By Taylor Pomasl and Elizabeth Gosling Mariah Ruehle goes out to parties, treats herself to ice cream after writing a long paper and sprawls out on the couch to watch Netflix. The 20-year-old college student, however, made a commitment last summer and hasn’t turned her back on it since. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire criminal

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Parents of special needs students fight for kids’ education

By Samantha West The doctor’s appointment was supposed to be like any other 5-year-old check-up. But Bruce Jens wasn’t like other children his age. He was having meltdowns at daycare regularly; his parents Jessaca and Stephen didn’t know why. He wasn’t doing well in his early education program; they didn’t know why. As she would

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