Category Archives: Profiles

Eau Claire Marathon Runner Crosses Finish Line for Credit

By Jessie Meyen Rachel Ann Haviland is training for a marathon. It’s something that she’s had her heart set on since high school. “Ever since I can remember I’ve been running. It’s amazing to still be running in the college level environment and training for something as big as a marathon.” Haviland is a sophomore at

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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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New head coach readies the Mounder track team for victory

By Katie Gerber Ka-ta-ka-ta, Ka-ta-ka-ta.  Dozens of pairs of Nike, Asics, UnderArmour, Brooks and Puma tennis shoes rhythmically beat the eight cracked and faded asphalt topped lanes of the Elk Mound High School track. Some 800 meters later, the Elk Mound track and field team swarm onto the football field. Throughout the laughing, jostling and the latest gossip, the

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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 Firefighter Celebrates 25 Years of Fighting Fires

By Kiersten Clifford In October of 1996 wildfires ripped through 35,000 acres of California. Thousands of firefighters scattered across the state to control the fires. Among them was local volunteer firefighter Brian Walther. It wasn’t his first wildfire, nor his last, but it was his biggest. “There’s a kind of adrenaline that comes with wildfires,”

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Red’s Mercantile Owner Supports Women through Grant

By Lexi Ehlenbeck Becca Cooke stood behind the counter. Her hands moved back and forth methodically as she prepared pieces of jewelry for display in her store. She spoke as she worked; eyes watching the store, hands on the merchandise. “I had always had this desire to be my own boss,” said Cooke. This dream came

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Beauty pageants help sexual assault victim find healing

By Kenzie Mueller A typical Monday for Sara Axness begins with a morning meeting to discuss the week’s events, followed by a brainstorming session to think of new leads, and, if there is time, a lunch break before dashing off to a client meeting. As the afternoon rolls around, a second, if not third cup

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Softball coach hopes passion will lead team to victory

By Alyssa Layton Once spring comes around that means softball is starting. Rain or shine, the passion on and off the field is something that the Johnson Creek Softball program does not take lightly according to coaches and fans. Dean Herman became the head coach in 2015 and changed the softball program. Herman has been

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Downtown arts store focuses on supporting local artists

By Rachyl Houterman From what was once a high school dream, one owner of the downtown Eau Claire arts collective, Tangled Up In Hue, made her dream of owning her own business a reality when she and her business partner opened the  store in 2009. Jamie Kyser and Erin Klaus had the initial vision of

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Educator teaches in the classroom and on the ice

   By Libby Schauer For Mary Summers, teaching special education classes at Eleva-Strum High School is not simply just a job. It’s a career that she excels in, evident by the awards and praises given to her year after year. These awards include the 2015-2016 Cardinal Pride Teaching Excellence Award, the WEAU Sunshine Award, given

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Eau Claire YMCA Offers Teacher New Outlook

By Taylor Johnson Laughter and tears surround Sarah Jiskra on a daily basis. Kids running in all directions describe the scene, don’t tell us it’s “normal” at the YMCA Child Development Center in Eau Claire. Jiskra has become an expert at managing chaos. Jiskra’s family says she has always loved spending time with kids, and

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