RCU Foundation Names New Board Member
Eau Claire, WI – Annie Brose has been named a Board Member to the RCU Foundation Board of Directors. In this role, Brose will help the Foundation meet its core purpose to create a positive impact and support capital projects for the arts, education, and health in communities served by Royal Credit Union.
“I’m delighted to join the RCU Foundation Board and bring my perspective and insights about the St. Croix Valley,” shared Brose. “I have been a Member at Royal Credit Union for more than a decade and look forward to working with the board to make a positive impact in the communities we serve.”
Brose has been practicing law in Wisconsin and Minnesota for 30 years. In 2006, she joined Doar, Drill & Skow in New Richmond, WI, and practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration and business succession planning. Brose and her husband raised three sons in the St. Croix Valley and she has been active in the community, serving on youth sports boards and as an instructor for Junior Achievement and Art Adventure, a program bringing art from the Minneapolis Art Institute to elementary students.
The RCU Foundation makes capital gifts in communities served by Royal Credit Union across Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota. “Annie will bring a valuable perspective since she is based in New Richmond and has connections within that community and the broader St. Croix Valley,” noted John Sackett, RCU Foundation Board President. “The board strives to touch all of Royal’s communities and Annie will help us broaden this reach.”
Learn more about the RCU Foundation, including its annual fundraiser Rock the Riverfront, at rcu.org/foundation.
About RCU Foundation
The RCU Foundation (Foundation) was established in 2012 to support organizations and initiatives in communities where Royal Credit Union operates in western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. The Foundation focuses on large-scale, capital projects that help build community and create the spaces where people come together. Focus areas include education, health, and the arts. The Foundation hosts the annual Rock the Riverfront-Charity Classic event in Eau Claire. Currently, it has awarded more than $5 million in grants. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About Royal Credit Union
Royal Credit Union is a federally insured credit union proudly serving over 230,000 Members in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Royal is driven by a core ideology built on a strong purpose and values. You can open an account or apply for a low-rate loan at Royal Credit Union if you live or work in 26 counties in western Wisconsin or 16 counties in Minnesota. Counties served in Wisconsin include Adams, Ashland, Bayfield, Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Lincoln, Marathon, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Washburn, and Wood. Counties served in Minnesota include Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Olmsted, Pine, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Wabasha, Washington, Winona and Wright. Realtors in the state of Wisconsin or Minnesota are also eligible to join the credit union. Visit rcu.org or call Royal Credit Union at 800-341-9911 for more information.
Taking care of you heart health: HSHS hospitals provide healthy eating and exercise tips during American Heart Month
Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, WI – Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every four deaths is from heart disease or stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These conditions are also leading causes of disabilities which prevent people from working and enjoying family activities.
While there are some health risks you may not have control over when it comes to heart disease, such as family history, there are things you can do to reduce your risk such as maintaining a healthy diet and incorporating exercise into your lifestyle.
During American Heart Month – a month dedicated to raising awareness about the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are committed to educating the public on how to lead a healthier lifestyle and keep hearts beating strong.
Knowing which foods to eat more of and which foods to limit is a good place to begin your heart healthy lifestyle.
HSHS dietician, Susan Kasik-Miller said symptoms can vary widely for heart disease, and some heart disease goes undetected until a catastrophic event such as a heart attack or sudden death.
“That makes preventive measures all the more important,” she said. “You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.”
Activity and Exercise
According to the American Heart Association, a healthy level of exercise for adults is at least 150 minutes per week (about 20 minutes a day) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week (about 10 minutes a day) of vigorous aerobic activity or a combination of both spread throughout the week. Any physical movement is good and burns calories, but aerobic or “cardio” activity benefits your heart.
If you have a chronic condition or disability, talk with your health care provider about what’s right for you before making too many exercise or dietary changes.
To learn more, visit the American Heart Association website.
About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.
About HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1885, it has served the people of the Chippewa Falls area with health care that is high tech and high touch. Known locally for the quality of the care it provides patients, the hospital has been recognized nationally for its outstanding patient satisfaction levels.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states - Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.
Chippewa Valley Rally On Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The West Side” Feb. 26
Eau Claire, Wis. – Due to the pandemic, Chippewa Valley business and community leaders will advocate for the region’s economic interests with capitol lawmakers virtually for the first time during the annual event known as the Chippewa Valley Rally. The details will be discussed on “The West Side” at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26 on The Ideas Network stations of Wisconsin Public Radio: 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls.
Host Dean Kallenbach will welcome Scott Rogers, vice president of governmental affairs at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce; Jennifer McHugh, vice president of community engagement at Royal Credit Union who is also a member of the Eau Claire Chamber Government Affairs Committee; Jackie Boos, tourism director with the Chippewa Falls Chamber of Commerce and Doug Mell, special assistant to the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stout who is representing the Menomonie Chamber of Commerce.
“The West Side” is broadcast each Friday at 10 a.m. on The Ideas Network stations 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls and live streamed at wrfw887.com/listen-live.html. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at (800) 228-5615, or email the show at email@example.com. Archives of “The West Side” are available at wpr.org/programs/west-side.
About Wisconsin Public Radio
For over 100 years, Wisconsin Public Radio has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, music, talk and entertainment. On air, online and in the community - we work for Wisconsin. WPR is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Listen, learn more and donate at www.wpr.org
After a successful first virtual event, Chippewa Valley Book Festival hosts Brandon Taylor on March 12
Following an impressive first event that drew in over 990 registrants and viewers from across 40 states, the Chippewa Valley Book Festival looks forward to hosting award-winning author, Brandon Taylor, for a discussion about his book, Real Life. A Conversation with Brandon Taylor will take place virtually on March 12, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. (CST). Registration is required for this FREE event. Learn more at www.cvbookfest.org/festival-events/taylor.
Brandon Taylor is the author of Real Life which was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction and was named one of the best books of 2020 by numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, The Paris Review, and VICE. Plans were announced in December for a film adaptation starring Kid Cudi. The program is expected to touch upon themes presented in the book including racism, sexuality, and trauma. Moderated by Lopa Basu, Ph.D., the program will include a reading from the novel and questions and answers with Taylor.
Real Life takes place on a Midwestern campus with more than a passing resemblance to the one that Taylor attended in Madison, Wisconsin. It’s the last few days of summer break. Wallace, a queer, Black man from Alabama, is a graduate student whose laboratory project has gone awry. Could it be the result of deliberate sabotage? Although the events that follow are packed into a single weekend, issues of race, gender, sexuality, history, and trauma all come to bear upon personal reflection, furtive romance, and one of the most disastrous dinner parties in recent fiction.
“Breathlessly physical…steadily exciting and affecting…[a] charged experience.”– Booklist (starred review)
Author photos, book jacket graphics, social media graphics, as well as Chippewa Valley Book Festival logos can be found at: www.cvbookfest.com/media
The Chippewa Valley Book Festival partners with the Pablo Center at the Confluence, and the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Foundation to provide literary programming for all Chippewa Valley residents.
Charter Bank Promotes Five Employees
WNB Financial is pleased to announce the promotion of Amanda Wenzel to Controller.
In her new role, Wenzel will manage the Bank's Accounting Department and ensure financial reporting by the Bank and its affiliates is timely, accurate, and in compliance with GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) and regulatory standards.
Wenzel has been an employee of WNB for 17 years, primarily within the Business Banking Area. Read More below.
Wisconsin Public Radio
Jason Anderson, executive director of the Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire, will be joining host Al Ross this week on “Spectrum West” at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7 on The Ideas Network stations 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/ River Falls. The show will also be featuring an Eau Claire singer/songwriter, an Eau Claire teacher and author, and the organizer of a Menomonie film festival.
Host Al Ross will welcome back frequent guest Executive Director Jason Anderson to talk about the ongoing situation at the Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire. Anderson will share information about some of the grants and government relief packages that are helping the venue, which has postponed the majority of its in-person programming through March 2021.
Parker Reed, a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Journalism graduate, will be visiting with Ross this week. Reed contributes to both The Chippewa Herald and Eau Claire’s Volume One and is both a singer and songwriter. He distributes much of his work via Facebook and YouTube.
Eric Rasmussen, a Memorial High school English teacher, will be joining Ross to share about his various activities as a teacher and writer for Volume One and his blog www.theotherericrasmussen.com. The two will reflect on 2020 and hopes for the new year.
Red Cedar Film Festival originator Peter Galante, a University of Wisconsin-Stout professor, will be on to talk about the festival, which was cancelled last summer due to the pandemic. The festival of 28 films will be held virtually this month, from Jan. 14 through 21.
An update on the state of the coronavirus pandemic in western Wisconsin, and prospects for public access to vaccinations in the region will be the focus on “The West Side” 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8 on The Ideas Network stations of Wisconsin Public Radio: 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls.
Host Dean Kallenbach will welcome Angela Weideman, director of the Chippewa County Department of Public Health; A.Z. Snyder, public health director for Pierce County; KT Gallagher, director of the Dunn County Health Department; and Audrey Boerner, who is serving as the Public Information Officer for COVID-19 Response with the Eau Claire City/County Health Department.
“The West Side” is broadcast each Friday at 10 a.m. on The Ideas Network stations 88.3 Menomonie/Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls and online at wrfw887.com/listen-live.html. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 800-228-5615. Archives of “The West Side” are available at wpr.org/programs/west-side.
NEW YEAR, NEW STATION!
99.9FM is now WGNW The Family
The Family’s mission is to broadcast the hope of Jesus Christ to strengthen and encourage listeners. The Family looks forward to connecting with their new listeners in the 99.9 FM area through their hope-filled music and messages of encouragement. They are also excited to support local crisis programs in the Chippewa Valley through their annual “Help for the Homeless” hygiene drive and “Christmas Blessing” fundraiser.
“It’s always exciting to see a family grow! For more than 50 years The Family has been broadcasting hope to listeners in Northeast and then later, Central Wisconsin. We couldn’t be more thrilled to include the Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley communities in our listening areas!” said Sonia Barham, CEO of The Family Radio Network, Inc.
The Family Radio Network currently covers Central Wisconsin (Wausau/Stevens Point) via 88.5FM, Northeast Wisconsin (Appleton/Oshkosh) through 91.9FM, Green Bay and the Lakeshore at 91.5FM, and Plymouth/Sheboygan via 91.3FM.
The 99.9FM coverage area is roughly a 65-mile radius, which will include Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Menomonie and many other communities throughout the Chippewa Valley and Western Wisconsin. The station can also be heard on The Family Radio Network’s App and streaming online on https://999.TheFamily.net. You can also connect with The Family on Facebook (@thefamilyfm) or the 99.9 The Family’s Facebook group. For more information go to www.thefamily.net.
CVTC Has Critical Role in Supplying Healthcare Workers
COVID-19 has increased the importance of CNA’s, LPN’s
During the time of COVID-19, that work has become more important than ever. There has long been a shortage of CNA’s in the Chippewa Valley, and throughout the nation, but recently, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation has become critical.
CNA’s take care of patients’ day-to-day needs, including feeding, showers, bathroom assistance, getting patients in and out of bed, and sometimes administering of medications. Their work is essential to the operations of healthcare facilities.
Eau Claire Area School District
Return to Blended Learning, December 10, 2020.
Gerald Jacobson, president of Northwestern Bank in Chippewa Falls, Wis., was elected by the member banks as a Class A (banker) director and will serve a three-year term. Jacobson joined Northwestern Bank in 1978 as an auditor. Prior to becoming president of Northwestern Bank, Jacobson served as chief operating officer.
WNB Financial is pleased to announce that at a recent meeting of the Bank’s Board of Directors, Mary Polus was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.
Farm Technology Days
295 Exhibitors Already Committed To Wisconsin’s Largest Outdoor Agricultural Event
EAU CLAIRE, WI (December 3, 2020) –– Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2021, now scheduled for July 20-22, 2021, will take place at Huntsinger Farms, the largest grower and processor of Horseradish in the United States. Originally scheduled for July 2020, the Eau Claire show moved to 2021 given safety protocols required because of COVID-19.
The Executive Committee and its sub-committees have been meeting virtually since late summer 2020 and are moving forward with extensive planning for a safe and successful show in July 2021. 295 exhibitors from across the Midwest and Canada have already committed to the 2021 show, and based on inquiries, attendee anticipation is high for next year’s show.
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days has more than a 65-year history of bringing producers and service providers together to share what is new and innovative in agriculture.
“We are optimistic and excited about the 2021 show,” said Mike Gintner, Executive Chair Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, Eau Claire. “We are grateful to the Rygg family for their generosity in hosting the show on their Huntsinger Farm Eau Claire property, which has taken important acreage out of commission for an extra year.
“The Committee is excited to produce an outstanding show for exhibitors, sponsors and attendees alike,” added Gintner. “Everyone has doubled-down on their commitments, extending their volunteer service by an extra year, and working to improve on our already-exciting plans.”
The show has launched a new, robust website at https://www.wifarmtechdays.org which features a real-time map showing exhibitor and exhibit locations, as well as a visitor “My Show Planner” feature that visitors can use to get the most out of the three-day show.
Companies are invited to reserve their spots for the July 2021 show on the website. Available spaces appear in blue. Website users can also click on the Agribusiness Tents and view the exhibitors and available spaces inside. Reserved spaces appear in gray and show the exhibitor’s name; by clicking on any exhibitors’ space, a window opens showing contact information and a link to that company’s website.
Companies interested in participating in the show, should contact the Marketing Team at 920-644-3551 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Wisconsin Farm Technology Days
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is a three-day outdoor event showcasing the latest developments in production agriculture, including practical applications and recent research and technological developments. This is the only farm show of its size in the United States that is organized and run entirely by volunteers. As the largest outdoor agricultural event in the state, it welcomes more than 45,000 attendees, with more than 600 commercial and educational vendors. The first WFTD show was named Farm Progress Days and was held in Waupaca County in 1954.
About Agriculture in Eau Claire County
Agriculture works hard for Eau Claire County every day. Family-owned farms, food processors and agriculture-related businesses generate thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of economic activity while contributing to local income and tax revenues. Eau Claire County, though dominated by the dairy industry, raises everything from meat goats to milking sheep to apples, grapes and vegetables. The county has seen farm numbers rise, while farm acreage has declined to an average farm size of 155 acres. Migration from the city to rural areas has resulted in smaller farms producing a variety of products. A diverse population has created opportunities to fill ethnic and specialty food niches. Meanwhile, county institutions and farmers have joined forces to produce fresh, healthy products to meet a growing demand for local food.
HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph's Hospitals
Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, WI – HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are proud to announce that board member, Jeff Halloin, has received the 2020 Trustee Award from the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA).
“I am honored to receive this award, but it is reflective of the work done by members of both boards,” said Halloin. “Without all their good work through the years, this recognition would not have happened.”
The Trustee Award has been in existence for more than 60 years and recognizes individuals who demonstrate an exemplary commitment to his or her hospital(s) and community.
“With more than a decade of service to the HSHS hospital boards and numerous committee and board assignments within the hospital and throughout the community, Jeff Halloin is well deserving of this award,” said Eric Borgerding, WHA President and CEO.
Halloin has served as a voluntary board member for HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital for a total of 12 years with an additional 5 years on the HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital board of directors. He currently serves as chair of the boards of directors for both HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals, a role he has held since 2018. He also leads the Board Executive Committee and the Governance Committee for each hospital.
“The board members have had a front row seat to the hard work the HSHS colleagues are doing during the pandemic,” said Halloin. “They are the folks who really embody the hospital Sisters’ mission to care for all people, so while this award may have my name on it, they are the ones we should celebrate.”
Halloin was nominated for the WHA 2020 Trustee Award by Andrew Bagnall, president and CEO of HSHS Wisconsin, which includes 6 hospitals across the state, and Mary Starmann-Harrison, president and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) based in Springfield, Illinois.
In her nomination letter, Starmann-Harrison said Halloin has not deterred in his dedication to the hospitals during this extremely challenging year.
“He has helped us make some major decisions to overcome many unforeseen challenges,” she said. “Jeff is a true leader who is passionate about improving health care and helping our communities.”
Besides his commitment to the hospitals, Halloin serves on numerous community boards, including the newly formed Steering Committee of the Greater Chippewa Valley COVID-19 Task Force, which collaborates with the hospitals.
For more information about the HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital boards of directors, visit www.hshs.org.
Cardiothoracic surgeon at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire
Eau Claire – Prevea Health is pleased to welcome Samuel Durham, MD, FACS, FACC, a board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiothoracic surgeon, to its family of care in the Chippewa Valley.
Dr. Durham specializes in coronary artery bypass surgery; repair of thoracic aneurysm and aortic dissections; carotid artery surgery; heart valve repair and replacement; minimally invasive thoracic endovascular aortic repair; minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement; flexible bronchoscopy; and surgery for lung cancer. He practices at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 W. Clairemont Ave. in Eau Claire, and appointments can be made by calling (715) 717-6600.
Dr. Durham is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, completed residencies in surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, and completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Wendel, a nationally recognized architecture, engineering, energy efficiency, and construction management firm, is pleased to announce that Robert W. Krzyzanowski has been appointed to the position of Associate Principal. This appointment recognizes professionals for their exemplary leadership and commitment to excellence.
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Chippewa Valley Technical College‘s agriculture education programs have been honored as one of only six nationwide to receive the 2020 National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Outstanding Postsecondary Agricultural Program Award. The award was presented to Program Director Adam Zwiefelhofer during the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention, Nov. 30-Dec 4.
Royal Credit Union
Marshfield Clinic Health System is offering free flu vaccine clinics for adults age 19 and older in December at its medical offices throughout central and western Wisconsin. Adults who qualify for this vaccine program do not need to show proof of insurance. Flu vaccination clinics will be held at the following locations and dates:
Marshfield Clinic Wausau Center – Main Entrance
2727 Plaza Drive, Wausau
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5
Marshfield Clinic Lake Hallie Center
112961 27th Ave., Chippewa Falls
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12
Marshfield Clinic Rice Lake Center
1700 West Stout St., Rice Lake
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13
Marshfield Clinic Stratford Center
212800 Stainless Ave., Stratford,
5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8
Marshfield Clinic Colby/Abbotsford Center
111 Dehne Drive, Colby
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12
Marshfield Clinic Neillsville Center
216 Sunset Place, Neillsville
5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, and 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10
No appointment is needed at any of these flu clinics; walk-ins only.
Flu vaccinations are strongly recommended this season, particularly with the continued COVID-19 pandemic. The body needs at least two weeks to develop an immune response. Flu season ranges from December to February. Continuing to wear a mask, washing hands frequently, sneezing into your arm, and staying home when you are sick are important to halt the spread of both COVID-19 and influenza.
The Clinic also may be participating in community events or extend hours specifically for flu shot clinics. Those dates and times, along with other flu resources, can be found at www.marshfieldclinic.org/flu.
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