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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..


2019 Half-Moon Dragon Boat Festival Canceled

Dragon Boats

The 2019 Dragon Boat Festival has been canceled. According to a statement from Mayo Clinic today, the event will not be held this year due to a lack of participating teams.  This is disappointing as the festival has always been a fun event for participants and attendees. Let's hope it comes back again in the future. The photo is from last year's festival. We had noticed earlier in the day that the Facebook event and all associated web pages suddenly disappeared.

Menomonie School Board Transparency - What do you think?

Menomonie School Board Meeting 6/24/2019

One of the topics of conversation in this week's Menomonie School Board meeting was making the board's activities more transparent. We started video taping the school board meetings because of some issues of transparency raised by some of our readers. The school board is currently considering multiple ways that the board can make its activities clearer to the Menomonie citizens. 

Menomonie School Board 6/24/2019

Menomonie School Board Meeting 6/24/2019

Community Communication discussions on the strategic plan and what the plans are going forward.

Amy Riddle-Swanson asks question on what book should be read for the issue of trust, and to have the board read it and study together.

Menomonie Cares has donated $400 from Menomonie Cares for a Native American Dance event next school year.

Discussion and Policy Review

Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Committee seeks input


The Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Committee is seeking input from the public on their proposed CWD Surveillance Recommendations. These recommendations would require testing of deer killed in the surveillance area, and would require in-person registration of these deer. This would include portions of Dunn, Eau Claire, and Pepin counties. More specifically the area is Rock Creek, Albany, Brunswick, Drammen, Pleasant Valley,, and portions of Washington township.

Budget Vote This Week: Rhetoric or What’s Right

State Senator Jeff Smith

Two weeks ago, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) passed their version of the state budget 12 to 4, along party lines. The full Senate scheduled a vote this week on the budget, a vote that may demonstrate the true callousness of politics in our state.

All Clear for beaches and roads

Weekend Update: Roseanne Rosannadanna on Smoking - SNL

A quick note - the Eau Claire County Beaches are now all open, so let the water skiing and other activities begin. Bacteria levels have finally dropped to acceptable levels.  And the road buckling on Highway 53 is now fixed, so it's all clear on the roads as well.  On the other hand there is the weather to deal with, as the weather bureau has placed the area under an enhanced risk for severe weather tonight. Take it from my friend Rosanne Rosannadanna, it's alway something.

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Today, February 28

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    Grammy elected and Blues Hall of Fame Australian artist, Michael Charles and his band will claim the stage with an elevated level of energy and take you through a musical journey of thirty-six years and thirty-six releases. Leading off with an explosive blues number, you'll be captivated by the well-rehearsed precision, experiencing MC’s original rock-hard blues and inspiring ballads, as well as some well-known covers. As in all of Michael Charles’ performances and recordings his guitar is kept forefront and is the driving force behind his music!

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    Join us for our first Stones Throw gig of 2020! We LOVE this space and has been home to many incredible memories for us and many of our fans.


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    Join Senator Smith and Representative Emerson for a listening session in Eau Claire. Ask questions and hear updates on what is happening in the Senate and Assembly.

    Open to the public. Doors open at 5:15.

    Contact Crystal at 608-266-7461 with questions.

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    PLEASE SHARE! The Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association Steering Committee will host the third input session for the Boyd Park redesign on March 5th at 6:30pm at Spirit Lutheran (1310 Main St.). Please come! We're in the final stages of the conceptual design process and need your input before taking the plans to the city ...

    At the meeting, two plans will be presented and discussed. It’s important to know these are not the final plans, and we will not simply pick one or the other. Both plans include different presentations of the concepts, amenities, and arrangements suggested by our prior input sessions (with help from the EHNA Steering Committee and input from the City of Eau Claire’s parks and planning departments).

    The March 5th input session will give us all a chance to consider all of the various options and indicate what we like, don’t like, and see as missing. That input will be used to craft a final plan, to be presented to Eau Claire’s Parks and Waterways Commission later in March.

    The plans are posted in the comments thread of this event posting and at If you plan on attending the Input Session, please take some time to look them over prior to the meeting. The park’s designer from Ayres Associates will lead our discussion.

    ADDITIONAL INFO: As required by the City of Eau Claire, a fourth and final input session – this one citywide – will be held at Eau Claire's City Hall on March 12 (7-8:30pm).

    If the plan is approved by the Parks and Waterways Commission, we will more forward. If not, we will need to make changes and resubmit. Once a final plan is approved, Ayres Associates will create 3D renderings. This will mark the culmination of Boyd Park Plus - Phase One, which encompasses the fundraising, input gathering, and planning for the redesign. We’d like to thank the many people and organizations who donated their time, talent, and funds to make this happen.

    Finally, please know that even after a plan is approved, there will be much work to do and many funds to be raised. There will be further public input on specific park details, and we will need to assess our fundraising capabilities, construction timelines, and more.

    *The March 5 input session will be held in Spirit Lutheran’s Fellowship Hall (lower level).