Heartland Contractors Inc. promoted Justin Utpadel to director of operations for its commercial building division based out of Chippewa Falls. Utpadel will be responsible for its daily operations and staff oversight. He joined the Heartland team this past fall and has more than 16 years of construction experience in both the commercial and civil industries.
Marieke Gouda earned five awards at the World Championship Cheese Contest held recently in Madison. This year's event saw a record number of entries: 2,955 entries of cheese, butter and yogurt from 23 countries and 31 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. Marieke Gouda swept the entire Flavored Gouda Class:
- 1st Place--Marieke Gouda Caraway: Creamy and rich with flavor notes of caraway
- 2nd Place--Marieke Gouda Truffle: Decadently rich made with black truffle and truffle oil
- 3rd Place--Marieke Gouda Burning Melange: Creamy and herbaceous with a blend of stinging nettle, parsley, and garlic.
The UW-Eau Claire teacher education program announced that Lindsay Alger is a recipient of its 2016 Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education awards. Alger, a mathematics teacher at Northstar Middle School in Eau Claire, is UW-Eau Claire's 2016 Early Career Educator Award recipient. The award is presented to an outstanding educator within the first three years of his or her professional career. The award recognizes the recipient educator's positive impact on schools and communities, innovation in designing learning experiences, and advocacy for students. Alger is a 2013 UW-Eau Claire mathematics education graduate