Off Beat

recent offbeat stories

Off Beat: Lending a hand when others really need it

It’s all hands on deck after a tornado tore through northwestern Wisconsin last week and flooding persisted in several communities across the region.

6 days ago
Off Beat: Love spurs Acres for Joy

Stirred by their love for their late daughter, her struggles and their knowledge that many struggle with issues each day, Jeff and Margaret Jackson are carrying her desire to

1 week ago
Off Beat: Mystery of the ring leads to '56 Eau Claire grad

I’ve always been a sucker for a good mystery, so when my cousin Larry King sent me an email a few weeks ago about one he was hoping to solve, I jumped at the chance to

3 weeks ago
UW-Eau Claire grads awarded for entrepreneurial drive

Both Andrew Holland and Joe Craven seemed destined for entrepreneurism.

1 month ago
Off Beat: Pastor installs a good sign

Some people entering the worship center at Central Lutheran Church on Ash Wednesday stopped in their tracks. Others came in and looked and then sat down and looked some more.

1 month ago
Off Beat: More people are taking active role in politics locally and beyond

MADISON — In groups of a half dozen or so, 65 Chippewa Valley residents made their way Thursday through the stately marble halls of Wisconsin’s state capitol

1 month ago
A place for the pagoda

New York has the Statue of Liberty, San Francisco the Golden Gate Bridge and St. Louis the Gateway Arch.

2 months ago
Off Beat: For Faanes brothers, managing Badgers a family affair

One of the first things Nigel Hayes and other stars of the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team did after last weekend’s Senior Night victory over Minnesota

2 months ago
Off Beat: Arts, music drive downtown beat

For more than a century, Eau Claire’s main economic drivers involved sawdust and smokestacks. 

2 months ago
Off Beat: Lyft launches in Eau Claire

The small businesses that make up the Eau Claire area’s taxicab industry now have a little more competition.

3 months ago
Off Beat: Family of boy who died in 1996 grateful that memorial in his honor continues

Twenty years ago Jana and Pat Hughes dealt with every parent’s worst nightmare: the death of a child.

3 months ago
Off Beat: ‘Turning wood into works of art’

Tim Brudnicki stared intently at the partially finished structure in front of him, thought for a moment as he envisioned the next step building it, then said quietly “I

3 months ago
Off Beat: Paying the Tax piper

The countdown has begun.

3 months ago
Off Beat: Dogs aid veterans with PTSD

Lucas Solie of Altoona might have returned from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the war continues inside him.

4 months ago
Off Beat: Brave souls embrace the cold, beauty of winter

Silver-white translucent puffs of air hovered above the Chippewa River in downtown Eau Claire Friday, forming a beautiful blanket of fog above the water’s surface

4 months ago


Chris Vetter
Chippewa News Bureau
Chris Vetter is a reporter in the Leader-Telegram's Chippewa Falls news bureau.… Read More
Christena T. O'Brien
Health / Religion
Christena T. O'Brien is a Leader-Telegram reporter, covering police and general assignment pieces, and section editor,… Read More
Chuck Rupnow
Regional Reporter
Reporter at the Leader-Telegram since 1976, serving as assistant sports editor from 1976-82 and assistant regional… Read More
Dan Lyksett
Online News Editor
Dan Lyksett came to journalism later in life, previously working as a machinist, bartender, card & gift store manager… Read More
Eric Lindquist
Special Projects Reporter
Eric Lindquist joined the Leader-Telegram news team as a part-time regional reporter while attending UW-Eau Claire in… Read More
Julian Emerson
City Government Reporter
Julian Emerson is the Leader-Telegram’s city government reporter. He enjoys uncovering the news behind the news. … Read More
Liam Marlaire
Assistant Editor
Liam Marlaire is the Leader-Telegram business editor who provides business news and, at times, opinions that don't… Read More
Pamela Powers
Menomonie News Bureau
Pamela Powers is a Leader-Telegram reporter based in Dunn County and covers all types of stories in Menomonie and the… Read More