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UW-Eau Claire's student radio station.
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
By Travis Nyhus and Mike Roemer Every morning before Sean O’Brien went to school, he got up to walk his dog, then drove to downtown to visit a drug treatment clinic in Eau Claire. His story is not uncommon as many people across the country are dealing with the impact of opioid addiction. O’Brien says
By Mike Roemer Every Saturday from May to October Suzy Sivertson wakes up early and gets her produce ready to take to the Eau Claire farmers market. Before she arrives at along the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers, Sivertson stops by Oak Leaf Clinic to drop off in-season vegetables to members of
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
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
By Parker Reed & Seth Abrahamson A hot cup of coffee after you rise out of bed is not like anything else. To your daily coffee drinker, a day would not be the same if it did not involve that cup or two of java each morning. The sensation of sipping that black liquid cannot
By Erica Jones and Elizabeth Gosling After a long day of high school, Brian Ellingboe, who is now 20 years old, intended to go home and sit down to face his homework. Instead, he would let the “pings” of social media notifications take his attention elsewhere. “Back in high school, when I was addicted to
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
By Travis Nyhus, Sydney Purpora, Justin Dade Paralyzed with fear, 9-year-old Darius Sims stood frozen in place, suddenly staring down the barrel of a gun. A few minutes earlier he was playing in his friend’s yard a few blocks from home. Without warning, a police car pulled up in front of his cousin’s car and
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.
By Tiah Marr An Eau Claire local is trying to change the way young people receive sex education through research, implementation and entrepreneurship. “The older I get, the more ‘Aha’ moments I experience -and they suck.” CEO of Bending Paperclips, Mack John, discusses finding their answer to the question: What is sex? “My goal is expediting those aha
By Grant Geier Tan shirts blanketed with badges filled the room of Jacob’s Well Church. The young Boy Scouts eagerly watched on to their troop leader who was instructing them on the various starting and finishing strategic moves that were necessary to winning a game of chess. Nick Shoemaker, a member of the regional Chippewa Valley