Category Archives: News

Mondovi all-natural meat farm to be featured on ‘Wisconsin Foodie’

By Samantha West MONDOVI — Gone are the days of small family farms — the days when most of America grew up on a farm, or at the very least, children had their grandparents’ farm to play freely on and to understand where food comes from. Stephanie and Andy Schneider had been raising cattle, pigs

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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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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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UW-Eau Claire students of color report feeling unwelcome

By Taylor Pomasl and Allison Anhalt Joel Sweeny prefers to sit in the back of his University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire classes. When topics of diversity are brought up, he says, he is often singled out to speak on an entire race’s behalf. Sweeney, an African American student, says that how people on campus see him

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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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Local author finds human connection through his writing

By Evan Hong The summer sun rose over the small town of Hayward, Wisconsin, giving light to a new day. Hardly anyone walked the streets at 6:30 a.m., as most people sought the maximum amount of sleep before their early morning shifts. But there sat Dalton Hessel, all alone in the local coffee shop with

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University mentor helps students of color navigate college

By Scott Procter Making the campus of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire more diverse has long been a goal of the university. Expecting an influx of multicultural students without the faculty and resources to keep them here has made the task more difficult, according to one former student turned college mentor. “As an African-American male at a

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ECCT Director Opens The Curtain On Another Show

By Kailin Schumacher  The lights go out. The curtain drops and the auditorium bursts into applause. Behind the curtain children scream and giggle as they prepare for curtain call. The kids all take their turns bowing and receiving hoots and hollers from the audience. The audience members rise from their seats to give a standing

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Local education administrators discuss Betsy DeVos, implications of voucher school programs

By Gabriel Lagarde Reporter Gabe Lagarde sat down with local educators to discuss the controversial appointment of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and what it means for local schools, both the public institutions and the voucher programs in the city of Eau Claire. While both men agreed DeVos’ influence is expected to be small, the

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