Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017

Sweet, Sweaty Sweaters

Ugly Sweater 5K offers exercise, fashion failures

Emily Kinzel

As the Christmas season begins, some are excited for eggnog and presents, while others enjoy trimming the tree next to a cozy fire. Yet in recent years there has developed a country-wide mania for “ugly” holiday sweater ...

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Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017

Forming a Friendship

former Eau Claire resident pens second faith-based children’s book

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

No matter who you are, Ava Gustafson wants you to feel welcome under the willow tree. Gustafson, formerly of Eau Claire, recently authored her second illustrated children’s book, Willow’s New Friend ...

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Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017

Red Letter Roundup

up-and-coming women-owned businesses

Cassandra Kyser

Twice a year, the Red Letter Grant is awarded to female entrepreneurs right here in the Chippewa Valley. Becca Cooke, owner of Red’s Mercantile, 224 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire, started the grant to encourage women to pursue ...

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Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017

Chosen to Lead

female officeholders challenge the status quo

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It’s been nearly a century since Wisconsin became the first state in the union to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote, and yet women hold less than ...

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Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017

Lots of Dots

Eau Claire-founded network connects dynamic women in business

Emily Kinzel

Women nationwide and beyond are banding together in the community-based organization, Polka Dot Powerhouse. This women’s network, founded in Eau Claire by Shannon Crotty, allows members ...

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Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017

A Lifetime Climb

Chippewa Valley woman heads up Eau Claire manufacturing company

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Sue (Kildahl) Tietz, president/CEO of McDonough Manufacturing, truly is a Chippewa Valley Woman in the Lead. She is a trailblazer as leader of an Eau Claire-based company that has been in business since ...

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Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017

Power of the Purse

local women use collective giving to support community

by Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Dozens of local women gathered Dec. 6 for the Eau Claire Women’s Giving Circle Gift of Giving Breakfast, where the organization awarded more than $40,000 in grants to eight local community support programs. Thanks to ...

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