Katie Larson

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Fri. Mar. 24th, 2017

Look Ma! No Hands! The Freedom of Wearable Breast Pumps

Katie Larson

Giving birth to a child is the most precious feeling, and new moms everywhere can’t help but revel in the fact that their bodies are finally theirs again. Although this feeling is amazing ...

Thu. Feb. 9th, 2017

6 Ways to Make Storytime More Magical

Katie Larson

I will admit it: I am in love with the smell of my daughter’s hair. I smell it every night as I rest my chin on the side of her face while cozying up to read a book in the most uncomfortable ...

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

Schools' Open Enrollment Begins in February and Ends in April

Katie Larson, design by Serena Wagner

It’s that time of the year: Open enrollment season for the 20-18 school year! Open enrollment is an inter-district public school program that allows parents to apply for their children to attend any public ...

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

Youth in Government Students Learn From Experience

Katie Larson

In the Resource Room at the Eau Claire YMCA on a dark December night, 15 teens representing all three Eau Claire high schools assembled for the first Eau Claire Teen Issues Forum, hosted ...

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

Pausing to Learn a Lesson in Translation

Katie Larson

Over the past few weeks, when I find myself awake late at night – listening to my husband’s deep, peaceful breaths – a particular story has been popping into my head ...

Thu. Jan. 26th, 2017

WeBop Gets Kids Hip to Jazz Jive

Eric Christenson, photos by Katie Larson

There’s a room full of people and instruments buzzing. A rhythm section taps out a basic tune while kids, their parents, and other musicians alike are dancing, moving, and singing together ...

Thu. Jan. 26th, 2017

Illuminating Trip: Winter Lights in the Twin Cities

Katie Larson

Just shy of a two-hour drive from the Chippewa Valley one will find the wonders of light and mixed mediums in Bruno Munro’s Winter Lights exhibit at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum ...

Fri. Dec. 30th, 2016

Learning to Code: It's Not Just for Teens Anymore

Katie Larson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The message inscribed on a Post-it note and passed from one colleague to another during the first professional development day at the Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School is pretty telling of the misconceptions ...

Tue. Dec. 27th, 2016

Dynamite Duet

Katie Larson

local jazz great returns for homecoming dinner concert

Tue. Dec. 27th, 2016

Big Events: New Year’s Eve in the Valley

Katie Larson

New Year’s Eve celebrations aren’t just for adults any more. The City of Eau Claire is hosting its inaugural Light Up Eau Claire New Year’s Eve Celebration, and various businesses, museums, and local attractions are hosting events for all ages to enjoy ...

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

Ladies' Night Out at Apricot Lane

Katie Larson

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be about everyone else but you. Apricot Lane Boutique, the newer fashion store in Oakwood Mall, hosts private Ladies Night Out fashion parties to help encourage you to think about yourself for at least one ...

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

6 Tips for New Year's Eve With Kids

Katie Larson, design by Serena Wagner

New Year’s Eve celebrations don’t have to be an early boring night just because the kids are present. In order to prove it, I put together a list of six easy to accomplish party planning tips that are sure to get the party started and keep it going until the last ball drops...

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

Leap Into Self-Reflection: Journal Prompts for the New Year

Katie Larson

Every good writer follows the old saying: “write what you know.” No one knows you better than yourself, so this set of writing prompts will challenge you to dig deep down into the depths of 2016 as you discover what went well and what could be a challenge in 2017...

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

Helping Teens Plan for the Real World

Katie Larson, photos by Jessica Vollmer

Preparing for the real world isn’t something that a typical eighth grader thinks about. After all, there are so many other day-to-day issues that take precedence, like determining what to do after school or deciding whether or not to post the latest selfie on Instagram ...

Fri. Nov. 18th, 2016

Free E-Books Are Only a Library Card Away

Katie Larson

When the chill of autumn gives way to the frost of winter, there is no better companion than a book to keep you warm. But what happens when you need a book and a trip to the library doesn’t fit on your to-do list? No worries, there are two apps for that: Overdrive and Freading.

Fri. Nov. 18th, 2016

Understanding the Struggle of Dyslexia

Katie Larson

The first sign for Heidi Olson that the tutoring offered by the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin paid off came in the form of a simple sentence etched on a Styrofoam plate: “I went fishing.” The idea that her son was enjoying some quiet recreation while the family slumbered wasn’t unusual for her sixth-grade son. But what was unusual was that the words were spelled correctly...

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Kids Don't Need More Than a Spoonful of Sugar

Katie Larson

It is no surprise that excess sugar leads to tooth decay and stunts taste buds from maturing in children under two-years-old. Or that it is linked to the development of risk factors for heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes in children, teens and adults. But just how much sugar should be introduced in the average American’s diet is up for discussion and debate.

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Young Volunteers Make a Difference

author & photographer by Katie Larson

Lakeshore Elementary School teacher Kelly Ballard believes in showing her fifth grade students the value of community service and volunteering. Every year, she encourages her students to volunteer their time and energy at the Feed My People Food Bank...

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

The Power of the Arts

Katie Larson

Individuals who go out of their way to ensure the arts don’t die in their schools deserve recognition for continuing to support the activities that enrich student’s lives...

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Children's Museum Shows Off New Digs

Katie Larson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Most people love to experience something new when in a familiar space. The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire played with this notion by combining several creative ideas and funds, generated from 9 months of consecutive revenue growth...

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Helping Keep Each Other Warm

Katie Larson

Over the winter months, there is nothing better than the warmth generated from a soft, cozy blanket, especially when you are sick. HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are in need of new, clean, and comfortable blankets for their palliative care patients...

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Safe Spaces and Familiar Faces

Katie Larson

The Eau Claire Police Department, other area law enforcement agencies, and 24-7 & West Wisconsin Telcom, have joined forces to promote safe practices and the Green Bay Packers by handing out trading cards...

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

You Can Help With Lights & Sights at Irvine Park's Christmas Village!

Katie Larson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The staff at Irvine Park needs some help setting up the Christmas Village display this year. Slated to light up the park at 5pm on Thanksgiving Day, there is still a lot of work that needs to be accomplished before the opening ceremonies can commence...

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Play Ball! Jeffers Road Park Is Now Open

Katie Larson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

To the delight of kids in the Eau Claire community, the new playground at Jeffers Road Park on Eau Claire’s northwest side is officially open...

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Are We Addicted to Cheese? Yes? Ok.

Katie Larson

Ever have that moment at a football party when the cheese and sausage platter gets placed on the dining room table, exciting you to the point of jumping over the coffee table,

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

The Lights at the Rotary Lights Display Are a Sight to Be Seen

Katie Larson

Much like the Irvine Park lights display in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, the Rotary Lights display in La Crosse puts the Griswold family’s light display to shame. So if you love holiday lights and sights ...

Wed. Nov. 9th, 2016

Serving up Local Meat

Katie Larson

Last year I challenged myself to make an entire Thanksgiving feast for all of the family to enjoy. It was my husband, daughter and I’s first year back to Eau Claire, and I wanted to celebrate by giving thanks ...

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Manners and Magic Words: politeness goes a long way

Katie Larson

My husband and I have recently been trying to teach our 3-year-old daughter to use her manners, with a strong emphasis on those magic words: Please and thank you. Because this has been a constant point ...

Tue. Oct. 4th, 2016

Breaking Ground for Inclusion

Katie Larson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The cry of “Let’s play ball!” will be heard at the newly developed baseball and softball fields at Jeffers Road Park next spring. However, come June 3, those words will be directed for the first time at the players ...

Fri. Sep. 23rd, 2016

6 Tips for Family Movie Night

Katie Larson

Is your movie night stuck in a rut? Try some of these six simple (and cheap) ways to spruce up your next family movie night.

Thu. Sep. 22nd, 2016

Your Coats Can Help Warm Up Cold Families

Katie Larson

The idea of not having a winter coat or proper winter apparel when the cold weather approaches is a scary thought for some Chippewa Valley residents ...

Thu. Sep. 22nd, 2016

Car Seat Safety Made Easier by the Pros

Katie Larson

Loading the kids into the car can be a sweaty, stressful, hair-raising chore, which means that the importance of safety is, unfortunately, often overlooked ...

Thu. Sep. 22nd, 2016

The Right Night Out

Katie Larson, photos by Katie Larson

Oakwood Mall fashion boutique gives back and looks good doing it

Thu. Sep. 22nd, 2016

Increasing the Tempo

Katie Larson

downtown coffee shop Caffe Tempo opening Water Street location

Thu. Sep. 8th, 2016

Children’s Museum Closes to Spruce and Add Attractions

Katie Larson

The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is getting a good scrub down, some new paint, and a few new attractions, so it’ll be closed September 4-19. All of this is meant to delight even its smallest, most playful participants.