Clearing the air: NSF grant to help UW-Eau Claire researchers contribute to ozone solutions
A new National Science Foundation grant will help Dr. Patricia Cleary and student research collaborators gather new data to help improve strategies for regulating air quality in southeastern Wisconsin. Full story.
Campus to host "The Climb" event Aug. 4: Tackling mobility challenges head on
On Sunday, Aug. 4, UW-Eau Claire will be the site of a fun new event designed to give students and other people with missing limbs or other mobility limitations an opportunity to take on the challenge of ascending the campus hill with success. Full story.
Sawdust City Sounds Like Home
The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire is seeking local musicians for its online streaming music platform, Sawdust City Sounds. Artists of all genres are encouraged to submit their music for consideration now through Saturday, August 31. Library staff and local music experts will select up to 25 albums that will be available through Sawdust City Sounds.
To ensure that Sawdust City Sounds hosts a wide variety of music representing the current Eau Claire music scene, there are a few requirements for work to be considered:
The collection will be limited to albums produced since January 1, 2014.
Albums must have at least 7 tracks to be considered.
- A maximum of one album will be accepted per musical act each selection period.
- If a musician is in more than one musical act, each musical act can submit to be part of the collection.
- The collection will include music from musicians currently performing and/or based in the Eau Claire area.
- The minimum audio quality accepted will be 256kbps.
- The collection will include song covers only if the original song is available in the public domain, is under a creative commons license, or if the musician has obtained the legal right, in writing, to reproduce and perform the cover.
Sawdust City Sounds has opened up digital access to local music, helping listeners find what they’re looking for, and musicians build their fan base. Anyone will be able to stream the music; no library card is required. If you are interested in submitting music for consideration, please visit www.sawdustcitysounds.org/submit.
The first submission round yielded 23 albums by local performers: Nick Anderson and the Skinny Lovers; Blixtfalt; CollECtive Choir; Eggplant Heroes; Jim Engandela; FM Down; Giants of Midgard; Greg Gilbertson; The Heart Pills; Sage Leary; LWB; Jim Nelson; Peter Phippen; picard; Jim Pullman; The Rattlenecks; The Rhythm Kings; Bethany Shuda; TeawhYB; Tonebox; Whale House; Wrestle the Reaper; and Yata, Sinz and Orfield.
“As someone who’s absolutely infatuated with this music scene, I couldn’t be more thrilled with Sawdust City Sounds,” says Converge station manager and Sawdust City Sounds selection committee member Scott Morfitt. “The breadth of genres showcases just how blessed the community is with amazing musicians across the board. This selection offers a great starting point for anyone looking to see what the Eau Claire sound is all about.”
Thanks to the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Endowment Fund, a $200 honorarium will be offered for each album that is selected. While artists will give the library permission to share their music on the Sawdust City Sounds platform for at least one year, the artists will retain all rights to their work.
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.
Sterling Culligan Water Promotion Making a Splash in the Business Community
It is with great pleasure that we announce the promotion of Ron Wampler to the position of area director. Ron will be filling the role vacated by the retirement of Darrell Sather, and he looks forward to making an impact in the local communities served by Sterling Water. As area director, he will be overseeing all five Wisconsin and Minnesota territories.
Ron first joined the team in 2016 as general manager of Sterling Water’s dealership located in Rothschild, Wisconsin. Under his leadership, the business saw increased sales production, enhancements in bottling facility compliance, the launch of 5-gallon bottle production and steady financial performance.
Sterling Culligan Water President and CEO Bret Tangley said it best when reflecting on this promotion. “I am very excited about what Ron can bring to this expanded role in our company and look forward to working with him more closely. We are assembling a world-class team that will launch Sterling Water strongly into the future and continue improving its offerings for all customers.”
HSHS Sacred Heart Foundation Golf and Tennis Classic event raises $58,000
EAU CLAIRE – HSHS Sacred Heart Foundation held its 29th annual Golf and Tennis Classic at the Eau Claire Country Club on July 29 with 190 attendees, including golfers, tennis players and volunteers. Proceeds from the event – $58,000 – will benefit mobile mammography, which will provide better access to cancer detection in the communities the hospital serves.
“Over its history, more than $1.25 million has been raised at the Classic to benefit patient care at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital,” Ann Kaiser, CFRE, development director, HSHS Sacred Heart Foundation. “It’s an honor to receive such extraordinary charitable support from our community.”
This year’s Classic marked the 12th year of an annual tradition – the Thrill of Victory Award. Each year, the award is given to a hospital patient who has made an outstanding recovery in his or her health. This year’s recipient was Kathy Shear, who was diagnosed with breast cancer one year ago and is currently undergoing her final chemotherapy appointments.
The radiology team at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals was also honored with an award – the sixth-annual Heart of Excellence Award – for providing highly skilled care with respect and compassion.
Next year’s Golf and Tennis Classic will be held July 27, 2020.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital to host free Youth Mental Health First Aid class Aug. 15
EAU CLAIRE – HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is hosting a free all-day Youth Mental Health First Aid class, open to anyone who would like to learn the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents. This class builds understanding of the importance of early intervention and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents.
The free session will take place Thursday, August 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 West Clairemont Ave., in the Monsignor Klimek Auditorium. Lunch will be provided. To register, call 715-717-7479 or https://www.sacredhearteauclaire.org/Events-Classes.
HSHS hospitals offer breastfeeding support group to anyone in the community
EAU CLAIRE – HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are offering a new breastfeeding support group open to any moms who’d like to learn new ideas, share experiences and gain confidence in breastfeeding. Led by a certified lactation specialist, the support group will address topics such as infant feeding cues, latching, milk supply, low weight gain, nutrition, pumping, breast milk storage and more.
This free support group meets every Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 West Clairemont Ave., in Bishop Hall or Treacy Hall (lower level of the hospital). To register, visit
“The goal of this support group is to create camaraderie among our new mothers and babies with common goal of exclusive breastfeeding,” said Teresa DeMoe, RN, IBCLC. “They’ll be able to share ideas of what worked well for them.”
Broadband in Western Wisconsin on “The West Side” August 5
Broadband in western Wisconsin will be discussed on “The West Side” at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 5 on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The Ideas Network stations 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.
Host Dean Kallenbach welcomes Rep. Ron Kind (D- WI 3rd District), who was recently selected to be a member of the U.S. House Task Force on Rural Broadband Expansion; State Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point), who is among the sponsors of legislation that would create tax exemptions for telephone company properties used to provide broadband service; Dennis Bachman, CEO of Citizens Connected Co-op in New Auburn; David Danzinger, Buffalo County Board supervisor; and Steve Bauder, director of engineering for the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board. Topics of discussion will include the current state of broadband in western Wisconsin and efforts to expand it.
“The West Side” is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin. The show airs at 10 a.m. on Mondays on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a live stream at www.wrfw887.com. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615. Archives are available at www.wpr.org.
Weld Riley, S.C. Adds Two New Attorneys
Eau Claire, WI - The law firm of Weld Riley, S.C. is pleased to announce two new attorneys have joined the firm, Samuel D. Bach and Brian K. Oppeneer.
Weld Riley President John R. Behling said, “We are very excited to have these attorneys join our team, expanding our municipal, labor, and employment law sections.”
Samuel D. Bach has joined Weld Riley’s municipal section. Prior to joining Weld Riley, Bach received his undergraduate degrees from Winona State University, with a B.S. in Public Administration and B.A. in Political Science. He earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he graduated cum laude.
Brian K. Oppeneer has joined Weld Riley’s labor and employment section. Oppeneer was born and raised in Wisconsin, and also has wide experience in labor and employment law in his previous employment with Kohler Co., ADP, Inc., Spherion Corp., and Randstad. He graduated cum laude from St. Olaf College in 1993 with an economics degree and business management concentration, and he graduated from Marquette Law School in 1996 where he was a member of law review.
“With diverse backgrounds and years of experience, both of these individuals will bring excellent and unique talents to our team,” added Behling.
Weld Riley, S.C. was formed in 1991 and is comprised of Litigation, Labor and Employment, Business, Estate Planning, Real Estate, and Government Relations Sections. The firm employs 91 people in its Eau Claire, Menomonie and Black River Falls, and Wausau offices.
For more information on Weld Riley, log on to www.weldriley.com
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AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in WISCONSIN Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Wisconsin! They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout your area in October 2019. AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them. As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way. Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them. AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 855-OLD-RUST. facebook: @GotAPick
SFB Awards $4,500 in Scholarships to Area High School Graduates
Eau Claire – Paul Rudersdorf, president and CEO of Security Financial Bank (SFB), is pleased to announce that nine area recent high school graduates each have been awarded a $500 scholarship to be used to further their education.
- Aspyn Arendt, a graduate of Bloomer High School, will major in business administration from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
- Nicholas Barka, a graduate of Eau Claire Memorial High School, will major in sport management at Minnesota State University – Mankato.
- McKenzie Brion, a graduate of Durand High School, will major in business administration at Winona State University.
- Julia Hayden, also a graduate of Durand High School, plans to major in accounting at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
- Mikayla LeBakken, a graduate of Bloomer High School, will be majoring in elementary education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
- Jonathan Nelson, a graduate of Flambeau High School, plans to study agribusiness at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. (no picture submitted)
- Jacob Miller, a graduate of River Falls High School, will major in economics and political science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
- Hans Schultz, a graduate of Ladysmith High School, will study business administration at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee.
- Melissa White, a graduate of Altoona High School, plans to study business communications at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Each year, SFB awards up to two $500 scholarships in each of its markets to graduating high school seniors. Recipients are chosen based on involvement in school, youth organizations and community events with particular preference given to students pursuing a career in finance, accounting or business administration.
About Security Financial Bank
Established in 1934, Security Financial Bank is a locally-owned financial institution focused on business and agriculture with offices in Bloomer, Durand, Eau Claire, Ladysmith and River Falls. SFB strives to provide products and services that exceed its clients’ needs and provides guidance that enable them to succeed. For more information on SFB, please visitwww.sfbank.com or call 888-254-0615. SFB is an equal opportunity provider.
Heyde Center for the Arts Water Exhibit on “Spectrum West” August 1, 2019
A new art exhibit at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls will be featured on “Spectrum West,” which airs at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 1 on The Ideas Network stations 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show also highlights a Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra performance in Rice Lake, a downtown Eau Claire street concert and the upcoming season for the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson.
Allan Servoss, exhibit artist, and Deb Johnson, Heyde Center for the Arts director, talk with Al Ross about a new Heyde Center exhibit, “Ebb and Flow – Water,” now on display. It features the works of 16 artists, many regionally well-known and some new to the area.
Peter Phippen, world flute performer and historian, joins the program to discuss his upcoming performance with the Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra, with Ivar Lunde Jr. conducting. The event takes place on August 6 in the Band Shell of Veteran’s Park in Rice Lake.
Special correspondent Katharine Thomas brings details of “Oxbeaux III,” the street concert returning to Galloway Street in downtown Eau Claire on August 9-10. Guests include Cassandra Lueck, event coordinator, and Serena Wagner and Eric Christenson, members of “Sniffle Party,” one of the musical acts performing.
John Potter, executive director of the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, will provide details on the upcoming 2019-2020 season. The Phipps Center will enjoy another busy season of theatre, music, exhibits and special events.
“Spectrum West” is a weekly program exploring the music, arts and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts and much more. It is heard weekly from 10 a.m. to 11a.m. Thursdays on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a live stream at www.wrfw887.com and a repeat broadcast at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie. Archives are available athttp://www.wpr.org/programs/spectrum-west-al-ross.