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This is the area for all things about the Chippewa Valley - for general purposes we're considering this to be Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, and Pepin Counties..


Menomonie Special School Board Meeting 1/27/2020

Menomonie WI School Board Special Meeting 1/27/2020

Our coverage of the Menomonie School District board meetings will resume tonight after missing several meetings due to staff conflicts. The agenda is attached and video of the meeting will become available some time on Tues., Jan 28.

Updates to Joe Luginbill Story

Joe Luginbill

We have some short updates to the story yesterday about Joe Luginbill. , Luginbill's family today released a statement:

Dear Eau Claire friends and neighbors,

Where in the World is Joe Luginbill?

Updated to reflect previous small claims court issue at the foundation's previous address. Note also that recent information that has come to light brings much of his backstory mentioned below into question. Many of the previously-published stories about his life may be in error or exaggerated. 

Affordable Housing in Dunn County


Menomonie Wi Affordable Housing Panel 2

The city of Menomonie is working on a 20-year housing plan. The goal of this plan is to increase the amount of affordable housing in the area. Affordable housing is defined as housing that can be rented by families making 60% of the median income in the are, or purchased by families making 120% of the median income. 

Train Derailment Near Knapp - photos


We have seen very recent reports of a train derailment at Highway 12 at 190th St. near Knapp. Scanner reports indicate that 20-30 cars are off the tracks. There were no injuries from the accident and no hazardous leaks have happened, but highway 12 is closed at the accident. 300 gallons of diesel fuel ran out from the train into a field, and that is being cleaned up.

You Can't Win Weather Continues - update


Update - we are seeing numerous reports from different sources that the roads, particularly in Eau Claire County, are getting dangerous as the temperature drops and black ice is forming on the roadways. Be very careful in the evening commute.

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Today, February 20

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    UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend a presentation titled “The Science of Empathy,” to be held from 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Ho-Chunk Room (Room 320E) in Davies Center.Featured speakers are health care practitioners at Mayo Clinic Health System and Jyl Kelley, professor of art & design, who will introduce a collaborative assignment. Mayo speakers are Dr. Todd Wright, an orthopedics physician; Wendy Sheasby, a licensed clinical social worker and licensed marriage and family therapist; and Dr. James Deming, a physician providing hospice and palliative care.The speakers are among the Mayo Clinic Health System professionals collaborating with UW-Eau Claire students in this semester’s “Digital Photography” class taught by Kelley. The presentation is part of a class assignment, “Imaging Empathy: Photo Tableau,” in which students will explore the concept of empathy as it relates to the work of health care providers and create artworks inspired by what they learn from their Mayo Clinic Health System collaborators. Kelley said the theme of empathy was introduced by Dr. Todd Wright and multiple UW-Eau Claire and Mayo staff, who met in early 2019 to brainstorm creative ways to include UW-Eau Claire students and Mayo Clinic Health System staff in exploring the topic.“The department of art & design joins other humanities faculty on campus who also have created recent collaborative projects with Mayo Clinic Health System,” Kelley said.UW-Eau Claire administrators and faculty involved in the project include Kelley, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Patricia A. Kleine, art & design department chair Dr. Karen O'Day, and art & design professor Wanrudee Buranakorn.“As an art instructor, I believe empathy is a very important theme for students to grasp, because empathizing gives us new perspectives that allow us to understand something bigger than ourselves,” Kelley said. “Having professionals from Mayo Clinic talk about the science of empathy is a gift to the students in my photography class as well as the entire university.”

    Davies Center location:
    Ho Chunk Room (Room 320E)

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Yesterday, February 19