L.E Phillips Memorial Public Library
The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire will be closed Monday, January 20 to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
Employees will be participating in development sessions throughout the day. The library will resume its normal hours on Tuesday, January 21.
Race to Your Library!
The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire is off to the races this winter with its adult winter reading program, the IditaREAD Winter Reading Race. The program runs from Monday, February 3 through Friday, March 20. Adults ages 18 and up are invited to register starting February 3 at www.ecpubliclibrary.info/iditaread, or at Information & Reference.
Read or listen to three books and assign them a “Tails Up” or “Tails Down” rating to complete a reading slip. All completed reading slips will be entered into a drawing for fun prizes at the end of the program. This year’s grand prize is a Triple Play Membership, which grants the winner an annual membership to Beaver Creek Reserve, the Children’s Museum, and the Chippewa Valley Museum.
The Eau Claire County Humane Association will also be joining in the fun. Find your new mush pet at a special “Books & Beasts” adoption event from 2–4 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 at the library. Unable to adopt at this time? You can still enjoy book time with furry friends. Read for 20–30 minutes to “mush pets” at the shelter to get your Mush Pet reading slip initialed. Mush Pet slips will be entered into the prize drawing, just like reading slips.
For information, stop at Information & Reference on your next visit to the library, call 715-839-5004, or email the library at email@example.com. To learn more about library programs, check the library website at www.ecpubliclibrary.info.
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Community, campus events honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day
UW-Eau Claire commemorates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with two community events on Jan. 20 and a campus event on Feb. 5. Full story.
'Ask a Scientist' series resumes Feb. 13 with new focus
The long-running campus/community series called "Ask a Scientist" launches its spring lineup with a new area partnership, a new coordinator and a renewed purpose — cutting through today's mixed messaging to bring facts and understanding to our community. Full story.
UW MBA Consortium program among top online programs in the nation
U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium program among the top 10 programs in the nation in its 2020 Best Online MBA Programs rankings. Full story.
Cyberbullying experts propose new strategies to address teen sexting
A growing number of teens are participating in sexting, an indication that current efforts to discourage these behaviors are not effective, says a UW-Eau Claire cyberbullying expert. New strategies are needed to minimize harm to teens who do sext, he says. Full story.
Successful, sustainable farming to be focus of 'Thursdays at the U'
Author and journalist Brian DeVore will present "Wildly Successful Farming: Public Policy and the New Agricultural Land Ethic" from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Feb. 6 to open the spring lecture and performance series at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County in Rice Lake. Full story.
Prevea Launches Podcast, “Plug in to Health”
Now available on Apple, Spotify and prevea.com
Green Bay, Wis. – Prevea Health is pleased to announce the launch of Plug in to Health, a podcast focusing on various health topics, the latest developments in health and medicine, and more. It is available for free on Apple, Spotify and other podcasting platforms, as well as at: www.prevea.com/podcast
According to The Podcast Consumer 2019, a report conducted by Edison Research, the audience for podcasting has grown significantly in the past year: Today, 51 percent of Americans 12+ has ever listened to a podcast, with 32 percent having listened in the past month and 22 percent in the past week.
“At Prevea Health, we are passionate about improving the health and wellness of our communities,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO at Prevea Health. “Plug in to Health is another way to connect with not only our patients and communities, but others across the globe that have an interest in learning more about their health, medicine and those who dedicate their lives to it.”
Plug in to Health is hosted by Angela Deja, public relations coordinator at Prevea Health. Prior to her role at Prevea Health, Angela spent nearly a decade as a television news reporter in Wausau at WSAW and in Green Bay as “Angela Kelly” for WLUK’s morning news program, Good Day Wisconsin. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
“Prevea Health has numerous experts in primary care and in more than 60 types of medical specialties,” said Deja. “We also have many on the front lines of implementing change across the entire health care landscape – from tackling the opioid crisis to introducing new technologies and treatments. All of these experts have incredible knowledge to share and inspiring stories to tell. I look forward to putting my interview hat back on and diving into the topics our listeners most want to learn about.”
Episodes currently available on Plug in to Health focus on: Creating healthy habits; coping with anxiety known as “The Sunday Scaries”; and how carrying “the mental load” for their families is having a mental and physical impact on women.
“We encourage our listeners to let us know what they would like to learn more about in the world of health and medicine – whether it be about a common or little-known medical condition, or a maybe a new development on the horizon,” said Deja. “This podcast is not about what Prevea Health wants to promote, but rather, what our listeners want to learn about.”
Those interested can submit episode ideas, questions and feedback by visiting: www.prevea.com/podcast
The information provided in Plug in to Health does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to replace interactions with a health care professional. Those who are concerned about their health care should consult with a health care professional.
HSHS St. Joseph's Hospitals
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital offers prenatal class series in February
CHIPPEWA FALLS – If you’re a soon-to-be parent, you likely have a lot of questions about what to expect during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and more. HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Women and Infants Center is offering free prenatal education classes for first-time parents Mondays, Feb. 3, 10 and 17, at 6 p.m. in McDonald Hall at the hospital, 2661 Co Hwy I.
The class series is free and registration is not required. For more information, call 715-717-7421.
Volunteer Partners of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital to offer six $1,000 scholarships
CHIPPEWA FALLS – The Volunteer Partners of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital will once again be offering six scholarships of $1,000 each in 2020 for people who wish to further their education in health-related fields. Applicants must reside in Chippewa County or must be an employee, spouse of an employee, or child of an employee of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital.
The scholarship applications are due to the Volunteer Office at St. Joseph’s Hospital by April 1. The winners will be notified by May 31, and the scholarship will be presented at the annual Volunteer Partners luncheon meeting in July.
To complete an application, visit: www.stjoeschipfalls.org/Volunteer/Scholarships.
For more information, call HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Volunteer Office at 715-717-7439.
Wisconsin Public Radio
WPR Special Election Coverage Features Primary Debate For Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District
Eau Claire, Wis. – Primary candidates for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District will debate live on The Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR). Democratic candidates Lawrence Dale, Eagle River, and Tricia Zunker, Wausau, will debate on Jan. 30. Republican candidates Jason Church, Hudson, and Tom Tiffany, Minocqua, will debate on Feb. 6. Both debates will air live at 10 a.m. and will be moderated by Shereen Siewert, host of WPR’s Wausau-based talk show “Route 51,” and Robin Washington, host of Superior-based WPR talk show “Simply Superior.” Listeners will also be able to question the candidates by calling 800-780-9742.
Dale, an insurance professional and Vietnam veteran, previously ran for the seat as a Green Party candidate in 2014 and for Wisconsin State Assembly District 34 as a Democrat in 2016. Zunker is an Associate Justice of the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court and president of the Wausau School Board. Church served in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, retiring as Captain, and was an aide to U.S. Senator Ron Johnson. Tiffany was elected as State Senator for Wisconsin’s 12th District in 2012 and has served two terms. He previously served one term in the State Assembly.
In western Wisconsin, the debates will be broadcast live at 10 a.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 on 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls, and streamed at wpr.org/western. They will be re-broadcast at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 on 89.7/Eau Claire and 90.7/Menomonie.
Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District includes Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Vilas, and Washburn Counties. It also includes portions of Chippewa, Jackson, Juneau, Monroe and Wood Counties.
The special election was called by Gov. Tony Evers to replace Republican Sean Duffy, who resigned for family reasons last fall. The primary election is on Feb. 18, with winners facing off in the general election on May 12.
wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2020
WI Farm Technology Days 2020 Finalizes Innovation Square Exhibits
To Feature Apple, Kidney Bean, Dairy, Organic Greens, Horseradish, and Salmon Farms
Eau Claire, WI (Jan 16, 2020) – The Innovation Square Committee has finalized its farm exhibits for 2020 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days (WFTD) in Eau Claire County, July 21-23. Five Eau Claire area farms representing the wide diversity of farming in Western Wisconsin, including Apple, Kidney Bean, Dairy, Greens, Horseradish and Salmon production, will exhibit in this year’s Innovation Square at the center of the Huntsinger Farms, this year’s host farm.
“The Chippewa Valley area is a truly diverse agricultural area, with deep roots and a proud heritage of innovation and ingenuity across its many different farms,” said Andy Ferguson, co-owner of Ferguson’s Orchards, and chair of WFTD 2020’s Innovation Square Committee. “Farmers and the general public alike will be amazed at the presentations our five exhibitors are putting on for Farm Technology Days.”
The five 2020 Innovation Square Exhibitors are:
· Chippewa Valley Bean Company, the largest kidney bean grower and processor in the world, on the leading edge of nutrition trends providing an efficient plant-based protein;
· Ferguson’s Orchards, one of the Midwest’s largest commercial apple growers with 250,000 apple trees, and Western Wisconsin’s premier fall ‘agritourism’ destination with apple and pumpkin picking, corn mazes, wagon rides, and more.
· Penterman Farm, a 350-cow dairy farm, home of Marieke Gouda, an international awardwinning cheese company that uses farm-fresh milk from its Brown Swiss and Holstein herd to create farm-fresh, raw-milk cheese every day;
· Silver Spring Foods, owned by Huntsinger Farms, the host farm for WFTD 2020, the world’s largest grower and processor of horseradish; and,
· Superior Fresh, the largest aquaponic farm in the world, specializes in organic leafy greens, and Atlantic salmon and Steelhead, as well as regenerative agriculture to restore the environment on its land. Superior Fresh grows its organic greens year-round, providing Wisconsin and neighboring states fresh, locally grown lettuces throughout the year, regardless of weather.
The five exhibits represent “the best ideas, innovations, and entrepreneurs that Wisconsin’s modern agriculture and farmstead companies have to offer,” said Marieke Penterman, CEO of Marieke Gouda.
Each Innovation Square farm will feature rich exhibits from modern farming equipment, to taste tests, demonstrations, crop plots in different stages of maturity, recipes to take home, and fun games to test your knowledge. Brandon Gottsacker, president of Superior Fresh, said, “We hope to get people of all ages excited about agriculture, by giving everyone an up close and personal experience as to how and why we grow food the way we do.”
Added Cindy Brown, president and co-owner of The Chippewa Valley Bean Co, Inc., “Innovation is what it takes to be successful in farming. We’re excited to be alongside our four neighbors to show the rest of Wisconsin what we’re doing across the Chippewa Valley area.”
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. Eau Claire County hosted Farm Progress Days in 1992 and has been chosen as the host for the 67th annual event in 2020.
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.
WNB Financial is pleased to announce Andrew Kieffer, Vice President and Financial Advisor, as the recipient of its 2019 fourth quarter Community PRIDE Award.
Community PRIDE Awards recognize WNB employees for exceptional volunteer service to programs, organizations, and initiatives that contribute to the strength and vitality of the communities served. This includes volunteering efforts made during and outside of work hours.
Kieffer serves the Board of Directors for the Winona Family YMCA, specifically volunteering his time on the Finance Committee and in the area of youth sports. He can also be found at many golf fundraisers in the Winona and La Crosse communities.
As a Community PRIDE Award recipient, Kieffer received $100 to donate to the non-profit organization of his choice, which he chose to donate to Winona Family YMCA youth sports scholarships. In addition, he received a certificate of recognition and a Bank logo shirt.
In 2019, 45 WNB Financial employees donated 2,110 hours of service to 97 organizations. WNB gifted over $375,000 to the community in the areas of education and youth programs, fine arts and culture, health and wellness, economic development, and community service.
Chippewa Valley Technical College
CVTC Board Calls for April 7 Referendum
$48.8 million measure would improve facilities, technology
Eau Claire, WI – The Chippewa Valley Technical College District Board on Thursday, Jan. 16 approved a resolution calling for an April 7 referendum on borrowing $48.8 million to fund projects identified in its facilities plans.
“Our goal is to address workforce and safety training needs throughout the district,” said Paul Bauer of Ellsworth, board president. “We have a growing labor shortage and need to make structural changes to accommodate new technology and meet the expectations of employers. Our training facilities for emergency services workers are in need of an upgrade.
The proposal includes construction of a new Transportation Education Center for $28 million, an addition and remodeling at the Emergency Services Education Center for $9.2 million, the addition of an Automated Fabrication Lab at the Manufacturing Education Center for $3 million, and purchase of land adjacent to the River Falls campus for $2.5 million. Also included are the development of mobile labs, purchase of new technology, remodeling at the Menomonie and Chippewa campuses, a storage facility, and additional labs.
“The projects we have outlined would have a direct positive impact in all of our communities. The new facilities would help ensure a highly skilled workforce for local businesses, as well as opportunities to retrain or upskill employees,” said Bruce Barker, CVTC president. “The improvements in the emergency services area, for example, would not only better prepare students entering those fields, but enable the first responders in your community who keep you safe to update and improve their skills.”
If the referendum passes, the tax impact would be spread over the 11-county district, resulting in an average property tax increase of $13 per year on $100,000 of equalized property value. The projects would be completed over three years, with much of the construction taking place in 2021-22.
The board approved the following wording of the referendum question:
"Shall the Chippewa Valley Technical College District, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds or promissory notes in an amount not to exceed $48,800,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of capital expenditures for the purchase or construction of buildings, building additions, remodeling and improvements, the acquisition of sites, and the purchase of fixed and other equipment at District locations, including, but not limited to, Eau Claire, River Falls, Chippewa Falls, Menomonie, the Emergency Services Education Center, the Manufacturing Education Center, a new Transportation Education Center, and land near the current River Falls Campus?"
Prior to taking action, the board authorized a community survey to gauge support for various facilities projects and tolerance for the tax impact and held a public hearing on the proposal.
With over 155 programs offered both online and on-campus, Chippewa Valley Technical College delivers superior, progressive technical education which improves the lives of students, meets the workforce needs of the region, and strengthens the community. CVTC programs are designed with input of business and industry to prepare graduates for today’s jobs, with 95 percent employed within six months of graduation and associate degree graduates earning an average annual salary of $46,816.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.