Loyal Student is Wisconsin State Winner of Prestigious Essay Competition
Loyal High School student Olivia Piller was recognized as the Wisconsin state winner of the SIFMA Foundation’s Fall 2020 InvestWrite competition with her essay on how challenges can create opportunities in the global economy and in life.
The InvestWrite national essay competition bridges classroom learning in math, social studies, and language arts with the practical research and knowledge required for saving, investing and long-term planning.
Piller was introduced to the InvestWrite competition through her participation in the Draper Hills Financial Literacy Program, which serves students in the School District of Loyal. This program is funded by the Draper Hills Financial Literacy Endowment, a fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation.
Founded by Dr. Eldon Hill, a native of Loyal who spent many years as a doctor in Eau Claire, the vision of the Draper Hills Financial Literacy Program is to “equip, encourage, and empower Loyal students to become financially free.”
Save the Date: Healthcare Appreciation Event
Please join us on Thursday, April 22nd, for breakfast or lunch, or Friday, April 23rd for breakfast, as we show our appreciation for your dedication and hard work as we continue to push through this pandemic. Bring a business card or fill our your information to win some prizes!
Eau Claire’s Women’s Giving Circle Invites the Community to its Annual Spring Gathering
Come join members of the Women’s Giving Circle for their annual Spring Gathering! This free online event will begin at 6:00 p.m. on May 3, 2021. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Women’s Giving Circle and hear from some of the nonprofit organizations they've supported. You don't have to be a WGC member to attend; everyone is welcome!
The Women’s Giving Circle awarded the following grants for use in 2021:
Creative Economy Month Launches on May 1, 2021
Eau Claire, Wis.: Eau Claire is celebrating the contributions of the arts to the economic and cultural fabric of our community in May, and events will include some big reveals for public art in the community.
More than 20 events will take place throughout the month. Some highlights include a kickoff event featuring the artists at Artisan Forge Studios on May 1 and 2, a month-long Gallery Window Walk featuring local art exhibits at 26 businesses in Eau Claire, silk painting lessons, pasta making class, a culinary entrepreneur panel discussion, Pablo Center’s launch of the 2021 GO Paint! series, and Pablo Streams musical performances.
Three events during May will provide public art for the community long after Creative Economy Month. Kicking off on May 1st at Artisan Forge Studios, the ”Scraposaurs” traveling exhibit by Dale Lewis, including 14 large dinosaur sculptures, will be revealed and on display for several months. The ever-popular Sculpture Tour Eau Claire will be installing and unveiling new sculptures for the 2021 season the week of May 17. The tour, now in its 11th year, will have the sculptures on display in the downtown area for the next 11 months.
On May 29, a sculpture will be unveiled in Haymarket Plaza. Designed and created by San Francisco-based sculptor, Michael Szabo, the 16-foot Eddies sculpture will be on permanent display in the plaza.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley - 2021 Virtual Youth of the Year Gala
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley announces our 2nd virtual Youth of the Year Gala. Join us for the weeklong event from April 26th -30th . Throughout the week we will feature our Clubs located in Black River Falls, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, and Menomonie: highlights to include tours of the Clubs, Junior Youth of the Year Interview, and activities around our programming for that day, with Friday celebrating Art Day and a compilation of the week’s events.
Join in the fun starting on Monday, April 26th featuring the Lunda Center in Black River Falls, highlighting how we keep kids active and engaged through our Sports & Recreation Programming! Tuesday, April 27th will be Leadership Day in our Chippewa Falls Center showcasing what the kids do throughout the community. Wednesday, April 28th is Education Day in our Menomonie Center highlighting our Academic Achievement programs. Thursday is Health & Wellness Day at the Lee & Mary Markquart Center in Eau Claire where you can watch the kids utilize the skills that they learn. Friday is an all-center Arts Day! Kids will be sharing various art projects that they have been working on for the last few months and that will be showcased in our silent auction!
Business Partners & EPIC21 Peer Groups Bring Renown Motivational Speaker to Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI—The local Business Partners Peer Group and EPIC21 Peers-in-Conference are pleased to bring Dan Meers, Kansas City Chiefs Mascot to the area. His presentation will be delivered as a hybrid event by Perigon with WIN Technology at 29 Pines Conference Center in Eau Claire on Wednesday, May 5, from 8:00 am-10:00 am.
Dan strives for the best in life and will encourage you to do the same through an entertaining event. He will encourage participants to enhance their personal and professional career through an impactful and inspirational speech, drawing from his own near-death experience on a bungee and zip line stunt at Arrowhead Stadium. Dan plummeted 75 feet into the stadium seats. He will share important lessons about leadership and life drawing from this harrowing event.
Dan travels throughout the United States and the world entertaining thousands of people both in and out of costume. Dan is in high demand not only as a mascot but also as a humorous and motivational speaker to audiences of all ages. His enthusiasm, optimism, and love for life are contagious and makes Dan an inspiration to all those he meets.
Protect Your Identity with Free Document Shredding Services
WESTERN, WI— Add document shredding to your spring cleaning list! WESTconsin Credit Union is offering free, community shred events in the area. Prepare for the new season by taking steps to protect your identity, and securely dispose of sensitive documents at one of the following times:
Tuesday, April 27
Eau Claire Jazz Festival And Dean Kallenbach On Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Spectrum West”
Eau Claire, Wis. - Director and Head of Jazz Studies at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Robert Baca joins host Al Ross on “Spectrum West” at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 22 on The Ideas Network stations 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls.
Baca previews the upcoming 2021 Eau Claire Jazz Festival, a virtual event set to take place on Friday, April 23. The event, “A Night of Local Legends” features Sean Carey, Sue Orfield, Jeremy Boettcher and Josh Gallagher.
Ross continues to celebrate National Poetry Month with Bruce Taylor, UW-Eau Claire emeritus professor and former Eau Claire poet laureate. Taylor will share his recent work and reflect on the past year.
Freshly retired as WPR’s western Wisconsin Regional Manager, Dean Kallenbach returns as a guest of the program. Kallenbach reflects on his 35-year career on public radio as regional manager and host of the regional news show “The West Side.”
Special correspondent Jim Oliver is back, and shares his conversation with Patricia Skalka, author of the Dave Kubiak Door County mysteries. “Death Washes Ashore,” is the fifth and latest edition to the series.
“Spectrum West” is a weekly program exploring the music, arts and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show is broadcast at 10 a.m. Thursdays on The Ideas Network stations 88.3/Menomonie/Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls and streamed live at wrfw887.com/listen-live. It’s also heard at 7 p.m. Fridays on NPR News & Music stations 89.7/Eau Claire and 90.7/Menomonie. Archives of “Spectrum West” are available at wpr.org/programs/spectrum-west-al-ross.
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.
Earth Day On Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The West Side”
Eau Claire, Wis. - Local farmers and their relationship to the western Wisconsin environment will be the topic on the Earth Day-themed episode of “The West Side” at 10 a.m. Friday, April 23 on The Ideas Network stations of Wisconsin Public Radio: 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls.
Host Clara Neupert welcomes Steve Anderson from Anderson’s Maple Syrup in Cumberland, Randy Rykal, a honey bee keeper from Cadott, and Yvonne Swope, owner of the Meadowbrook Cranberry Company in Exeland. Neupert and her guests will discuss their work, and how they’re changing their businesses to meet demands for environmentally conscious, locally-produced goods.
“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
Junior Achievement Awards Scholarships at Annual JA Business Challenge
Eau Claire, WI—More than 50 students from 5 high schools across northwestern Wisconsin competed for scholarships last week at the Northwest Central Regional Virtual JA Business Challenge. After a morning of strategizing with local business professionals, high school students reaped the benefit of their efforts and won post-secondary scholarships. Junior Achievement is pleased to announce this year’s JA Business Challenge 2021 scholarship winners:
First Place: Thor Sather, Kyle Jarmusic, and Wylee Huset from Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School each won $600 scholarships provided by the Great Northern Corporation’s Mark Orendorff Memorial Scholarship. The team was mentored by Doug Westholm from Jennie-O Turkey Store.
Second Place: Madison Andrews, Lacota Brown, and Kyle Lipke from Boyceville High School each won $400 scholarships provided by WESTconsin Credit Union. The team was mentored by Sam Gearing of State Farm Insurance Company.
Third Place: Bash Nielson and Jacob Granley from Boyceville High School each won $200 scholarships provided by Market & Johnson. The team was mentored by Sam Gearing of State Farm Insurance Company.
The first and second place teams will compete at the state Wisconsin JA Business Challenge competition set for Tuesday, May 4, 2021, through a web-based videoconferencing platform.
Prevea Health now accepting walk-ins for COVID-19 vaccination at community clinic locations in Green Bay, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and Chippewa Falls
Green Bay, Wis. – In an effort to make receiving a COVID-19 vaccine even easier for our community, Prevea Health is now accepting walk-ins at four of its Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic locations in Wisconsin during specific times until further notice:
Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at UW-Green Bay, Kress Events Center, 2358 Leon Bond Dr., Green Bay
Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St., Oconto Falls
Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus, One University Dr., Sheboygan
Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Jacob’s Well Church, 3211 N. 50th Ave., Chippewa Falls
Walk-ins will be accepted at these locations at specific times of the day. This information can be found by visiting www.prevea.com/vaccine or calling 1 (833) 344-4373. Per the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, everyone in Wisconsin ages 16 and older is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.
Anyone who wishes to receive a vaccination at the above locations outside of the walk-in-hours, or at our other locations not listed above – must make an appointment. All Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic locations, times and vaccine information can be found at: www.prevea.com/vaccine
How to make an appointment
The fastest way to get an appointment scheduled is with MyPrevea; all available appointments will be current in MyPrevea. Visit www.myprevea.com to set up an account at no cost. You do not have to be a Prevea patient to make an appointment or to sign up for a MyPrevea account. MyPrevea is also available as an app on any smartphone or other device. If you do not have access or are unable to use the internet, please call 1 (833) 344-4373.
About Prevea Health
Founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, Prevea Health is a health care organization that provides high-quality, primary and specialty health care in 80+ locations across Northern, Eastern and Western Wisconsin in clinic and hospital settings. It is partnered with six Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin to provide patients a system of highly-coordinated care, close to home: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls; HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire; and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.
Free virtual presentation on non-surgical options for hip and knee pain: May 12 via Zoom with Prevea Health’s Dr. Berkin Ulgen
Eau Claire – Those who suffer from hip or knee pain are invited to a free virtual presentation hosted by Prevea Health on Wednesday, May 12, via Zoom.
The presentation will be led by Prevea Health sports medicine and family medicine physician, Dr. Berkin Ulgen and will focus on non-surgical treatment options for hip and knee pain. The Q&A discussion will also highlight some of the newest options for treatments. There is no charge for the virtual presentation, but you must register ahead of time.
Free virtual event: Hip and knee pain and treatment options with Dr. Berkin Ulgen
About Prevea Health
Founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, Prevea Health is a health care organization that provides high-quality, primary and specialty health care in 80+ locations across Northern, Eastern and Western Wisconsin in clinic and hospital settings. It is partnered with six Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin to provide patients a system of highly-coordinated care, close to home: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls; HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire; and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. For more information, viswww.prevea.com.
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital offers community garden plot: Gardeners needed to grow and donate food
Chippewa Falls, WI – For the ninth year, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is offering free garden plots to community members who need fresh produce due to limited resources. Individuals, service organizations, and other groups willing to grow and donate their entire harvest to local food pantries and kitchens are also welcome to rent plots for $35.
Roger Elliott, a long-time volunteer with HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital says this program allows gardeners to get their hands dirty while helping their neighbors in the Chippewa Valley.
“It’s always rewarding to see how many people come forward to help,” he said. “Sometimes families will rent a plot to teach kids about gardening and the importance of giving back.”
Upkeep of the garden, located off Scheidler Road in Chippewa Falls, is provided by staff from HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital. The garden is surrounded by an eight-foot-tall fence to deter wildlife. It is also protected by locked gates. An irrigation system is used, and a water hydrant is provided for gardeners to wash produce on site. Gardening tools are also available for use for those who don’t have their own.
Elliott and other hospital volunteers accept the gardeners’ produce and deliver it to food pantries and kitchens weekly. To date, produce from the garden has provided a total of more than seven and half tons of food to families in need in Chippewa County.
There are 24 plots available for rent; each is 12 feet wide by 24 feet long. Applications are being taken now and the garden plots will be ready for planting in mid-May. For more information, or to pick up an application, call Roger Elliott at 715-563-2069 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
REALTORS® Association of Northwestern Wisconsin Celebrates 100 Years
Eau Claire, WI - 2021 marks 100 years strong for the REALTORS® Association of Northwestern Wisconsin. To commemorate this amazing accomplishment, RANWW is hosting an Open House at its office on Monday, April 26th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
"As an association, we've been through countless challenges, name changes, and jurisdiction expansions in the past 100 years," said REALTORS® Association of Northwestern Wisconsin Executive Vice President Brenda Barnhardt. "It is quite amazing to see the progress the association has made since its inception."
RANWW began as the Eau Claire Real Estate Board in 1921 and went through multiple name changes before settling on the REALTORS® Association of Northwestern Wisconsin in 2003. RANWW members are invited to stop by Monday to learn more about the history of RANWW, enjoy a food truck, and win freebies and prizes.
CVTC Names Finalists in President Search: Public can meet the four candidates in virtual forums
Eau Claire, WI - The Chippewa Valley Technical College District Board has selected four finalists in its search for a new president, Board President Paul Bauer announced Tuesday, April 20.
The four candidates in alphabetical order are:
Sunem Beaton-Garcia, Ed.D., is north campus president and vice provost for academic services and interim south campus president and vice provost for academic resources at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She previously served as interim central campus president and vice provost for teaching excellence and learning at Broward College. Dr. Beaton-Garcia earned a Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL; a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL; and a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Marketing from University of Phoenix in Tempe, AZ.
Kathleen Linaker, Ph.D., is vice president of academics at Western Technical College in La Crosse, WI. She previously served as assistant vice president of academics at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY. Dr. Linaker earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago; a Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN; and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, CA.
Nicholas Ouellette, Ph.D., is superintendent/CEO of the School District of Hudson in Hudson, WI. He previously served as superintendent/CEO of Odebolt-Arthur and Battle Creek-Ida Grove Community Schools in Odebolt, IA. Dr. Ouellette earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University in Ames, IA; a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Aurora University in Aurora, IL; a Bachelor of Arts in Technology Education with a minor in General Industry from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA; and a Certificate of Advanced Studies, Superintendent Endorsement from Iowa State University.
Kristen Raney, Ed.D., is vice president of academic affairs at Saint Paul College in Saint Paul, MN. She previously served as interim vice president of student affairs at Saint Paul College. Prior to joining Saint Paul College, Dr. Raney served in multiple roles at CVTC between 2003-2015, including dean of academic development and services. Dr. Raney earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Edgewood College in Madison, WI; a Master of Science in Education from University of Wisconsin-Stout; and a Bachelor of Arts in English from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN.
CVTC Building Houses, Partnerships: College works with private construction companies on class project
Blugold's custom fishing rod business takes off during pandemic
Joe Swanson was looking for a way to fill his days early in the COVID-19 pandemic when he decided to start building more custom-made fishing rods, something the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior had learned to do when he was a kid.
A year later, Swanson has built and sold nearly 300 custom rods, many to people in the Chippewa Valley who share his passion for fishing.
The Osceola native has turned his love of fishing and his talent for making custom rods into Gold Standard Outdoors, a thriving small business that is taking his future career planning in an unexpected but exciting direction.
“This is really taking off,” Swanson says of the business’ rapid growth during the yearlong pandemic. “I realized this past year that there is a pretty big market for custom rods in the Eau Claire area and no one else does it. Basically, because of COVID, I had time off from sports and that’s never happened in my life. Obviously, COVID isn’t a positive thing but it’s why I had time to focus on building rods and it’s led to things I never expected.”
New grad takes research to a new level during her years as a Blugold
Caitlin Hedberg took undergraduate student research to a whole new level during her four years at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
In her time as a Blugold, Hedberg was part of five research projects involving three different faculty mentors. While she is a physics major, just one of the research projects came from within the physics department.
“Caitlin has embraced research in a very different way compared to most students,” says Dr. Matt Evans, a professor of physics and director of the Blugold Fellowship program, a research scholarship program that connects freshmen and sophomores to research mentors. “I admire her persistence throughout her four years in searching out such varied projects. She has grown her skill set well beyond the boundaries of a single major.”
Hedberg will graduate in May with a degree in physics, minors in mathematics and interdisciplinary linguistics, and a certificate in Mandarin Chinese.
Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for UW-Eau Claire's Upward Bound participants
Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Upward Bound program announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for its Upward Bound participants.
The Summer Food Service Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are typically unavailable. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under. Persons over 18 years of age who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private nonprofit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.
Free meals will be served this summer at UW-Eau Claire's Hilltop Center for only those students enrolled in Upward Bound. The dates are Monday-Friday, June 14-July 16. The following week, Monday-Friday, July 19-23, is a scheduled field trip. Meals are provided to eligible children regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.
The amount of reimbursement received by a Summer Food Service Program sponsor is based upon the household incomes of the enrolled children. Children who are members of households receiving Foodshare, FDPIR, W-2 (Wisconsin Works - Cash Benefits Only) benefits are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits at eligible program sites.
View USDA income eligibility guidelines in effect from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.
Virtual Invitation to Media Event
On Monday, April 26, UW-Eau Claire will announce our new partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprises and the establishment of the Blugold Center for High-Performance Computing. You are cordially invited to virtually attend this media announcement, featuring: remarks from UW-Eau Claire, HPE, and UW System leaders; media Q&A; and videos featuring UWEC faculty, staff, and students.
UW-Eau Claire and HPE Media Event
Announcing the Blugold Center for High-Performance Computing
Monday, April 26 | 1:00 p.m.
Meeting ID: 876 9919 6630
Join meeting by phone: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Find your local number: https://uwec-edu.zoom.us/u/koFvehF6z
The partnership and associated supercomputing equipment will promote nationally-distinctive undergraduate research experiences, as well as enhanced opportunities for area industries to conduct research, recruit interns, and develop an engaged, prepared workforce through collaboration with UWEC’s departments. We hope you will be able to join us.
If you do have questions prior to or after the event, please send them to email@example.com.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.