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Living with cerebral palsy

By Kelsey Smith Karley Rae McMahon who is now 25-years-old, was born nine weeks early. McMahon was hospitalized with several medical complications for the first two months of her life. “It was touch and go for a while, but it all worked out in the end,” Karley’s mother Pam McMahon said. McMahon is diagnosed with

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Eau Claire fitness instructor becomes studio owner

By Jenna Ambrosius One woman went from running around taking care of children to running around in a fitness studio. After taking Zumba classes at a local gym, Emily Balow, owner of Dragonfly Dance and Wellness, decided to become a certified Zumba instructor and began leading classes once a week at the studio under its

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Eau Claire artist attempts to the city’s viewing of art

By Kiersten Clifford   Basements, garages and abandoned trucking company complexes. When you think of these spaces you don’t necessarily think art gallery. But, one Eau Claire resident is trying to change the way you think. “We just want to change the way that people in the community are viewing contemporary Art,” Kelsey Wenburg said. Wenberg

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Freedom of speech: Infringed upon by UW System speech codes or securely navigated by bias response teams?

By Lara Bockenstedt Where should the line be drawn for how far universities should interfere when potentially inflammatory words are said on a college campus?   The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) disagrees with many UW speech codes deciding just that, yet for many students, speech codes in the form of bias response

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A Focus on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Leads to the Search for a New Assistant Chancellor Level Leadership Position

 By Jack Martinek During the week of April 24, 2017, the three final candidates for the newly minted position of Assistant Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion presented to an open audience of students and faculty. These three hour-long presentations represent a milestone moment on a years-long mission undertaken by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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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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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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Library director pushes changes forward

By Hannah Pitzl During her 27 years of experience as a library director, you can bet that Pamela Westby has seen her fair share of change among libraries over the years. Westby joined the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in March 2016. Her job entails managing the budget, people, collections and the facility. “If you

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Eau Claire native opens escape room on west side

By Emilee Wentland They lock you in and don’t tell you how to get out. Typically, this is all participants know about escape rooms prior to visiting Escape EC, Eau Claire’s newest escape room co-owned by Jack Trautlein. “This is most of the people’s first escape room,” Trautlein said. “So we’d like to make it

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Snow didn’t keep plungers from freezin’ for a reason

By Cheyenne Wolfe and Riley Schmidt Wisconsin hosts more than 10,000 Special Olympics athletes, and national events like the Polar Plunge help fund these athletes and programs. On Sunday, more than 600 plungers raised $150,000 for Special Olympics. Josh Stringer was one of only three to earn the title “super plunger” by raising $1000 and

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