Tom Giffey

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Thu. Jul. 11th, 2019

5 Ways Wisconsin Helped Put a Man on the Moon

Tom Giffey

When the first men to walk on the moon splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969 – 50 years ago this month – the first human being they encountered was Lt. Clancy Hatleberg, a 25-year-old ...

Wed. Jul. 10th, 2019

Valley’s Jobless Rate Is Low, While Population Rises

Tom Giffey

The job market in the Chippewa Valley – and the nation – is strong, thanks in part to a historically long economic expansion. While this has translated into near record-low unemployment, it hasn’t ...

Wed. Jul. 10th, 2019

Hot Jobs for the Future

Tom Giffey

Looking for work? Here are the region’s high-paying, high-growth occupations.

Wed. Jul. 10th, 2019

5 Great Antique Shops Hixton

Tom Giffey, photos by Tom Giffey

tiny Wisco village is great destination for antique lovers

Wed. Jul. 3rd, 2019

Becoming a Butterfly’s Best Friend: Raising Monarchs Offers Kids Lessons on Biology and More

Tom Giffey, photos by Conrad Leighton

My family already has two cats and a dog, but the number of “pets” in our home always increases exponentially during the summer. The additional critters don’t stay in the household long: They are monarch butterfly caterpillars, harvested from the milkweed plants in our yard and carefully raised ...

Wed. Jul. 3rd, 2019

Momentum Builds to Upgrade Boyd Park

Tom Giffey, photos by Tania Matthews

A vision to revitalize Eau Claire’s Boyd Park is becoming clearer thanks to local volunteer and fundraising efforts. This spring, workers from Xcel Energy and Zielie’s Tree Service cleared excess vegetation from the bank of the Eau Claire River on the park’s north side, opening up access to what was ...

Wed. Jul. 3rd, 2019

Mondovi District Gets Grant to Help Create Charter School for 6th-12th Graders

Tom Giffey

With the help of a newly issued state grant, a group of Chippewa Valley parents are working with the Mondovi School District to open an innovative new school for sixth- through 12th-graders in the fall of 2020. The Anthony Acres Charter School will be housed in a former elementary school ...

Wed. Jun. 26th, 2019

New Park on Glen Loch Officially Opens

Tom Giffey

The newest recreational area in Chippewa Falls, Erickson Park, will officially open June 27 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5pm. The 15-acre park offers 400 feet of frontage on the southeast side of Glen Loch, across from the popular Irvine Park. While the land ...

Wed. Jun. 26th, 2019

UPDATE: Funds for UWEC Science Hall Back in Budget, Head to Governor

Tom Giffey

The state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee has approved $109 million in funding for the first phase of a new science and health science building on the UW-Eau Claire campus. The facility, which would replace 50-year-old Phillips Science Hall, will cost an estimated ...

Wed. Jun. 26th, 2019

Jump-Start Could Launch Your Great Idea

Tom Giffey

If you’ve got an entrepreneurial dream, it’s time to get it off the ground with the help of the 15th Annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition sponsored by Downtown Eau Claire Inc. This business plan competition ...

Wed. Jun. 26th, 2019

A Plethora of Places to Pedal

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

from recreational trails to commuter routes, the network of infrastructure for bicyclists is growing

Tue. Jun. 25th, 2019

Acres of Potential

Tom Giffey

Mondovi district gets grant to help create charter school

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019

Grant Can Help Enhance Your Business (And Downtown)

Tom Giffey

If you are the proprietor of a downtown Eau Claire business with a plan to do something new that will make your business – and the neighborhood – better, listen up: The semiannual deadline is fast approaching ...

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019

Timber Recyclers, Art Center Among Eco Award Winners

Tom Giffey

A local energy co-op, two businesses that repurpose urban wood, and downtown Eau Claire’s new art center are among the winners of the fourth annual Sustainable Eau Claire Awards, which were handed out June 5 ...

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019

From Now on It’s ‘Dr. Menard’

Tom Giffey

Eau Claire’s John Menard is many things: home-improvement chain founder, richest man in Wisconsin, auto racing aficionado. Over the last weekend of May, he added another title to the list – doctor – thanks to an honorary ...

Mon. Jun. 17th, 2019

Planned Park Will Let Doggos Run Along Chippewa River

Tom Giffey

Eau Claire will have a big new dog park by the end of next year that will allow pooches – and their owners – to splash along the banks of the Chippewa River. In late May, the Eau Claire City Council approved ...

Fri. May. 31st, 2019

Bill Would Launch Creative Economy Grant Program

Tom Giffey, photos by Taylor Smith

A bipartisan bill pending in the state Legislature would set aside half a million dollars for grants to encourage Wisconsin’s creative economy. The bill would create a program – to be administered ...

Fri. May. 17th, 2019

Plugged in to Talk

Tom Giffey

broadcaster launching topical talk show online

Fri. May. 17th, 2019

City Again Seeks Bids for Former Firehouse

Tom Giffey, photos by Travis Dewitz

Valley Media Works, which operates Eau Claire’s public-access TV channels, still hopes to buy a former Eau Claire fire station even though the city will soon be seeking other bids on the building. In November ...

Thu. May. 16th, 2019

Double-Barrelled Strategy

Tom Giffey

Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation balances attracting outside investment, growing and gardening existing businesses

Mon. May. 6th, 2019

Milwaukee Artist Tops Artswest

Tom Giffey

The winner of the Best of Show prize at the 40th annual ArtsWest exhibition isn’t from western ...

Fri. May. 3rd, 2019

Look Ma, No Driver!

Tom Giffey

Eau Claire subject of study about feasibility of driverless buses

Fri. May. 3rd, 2019

A Plus for the Park

Tom Giffey

Boyd Park revitalization begins with brush removal

Fri. May. 3rd, 2019

5 Ways Eau Claire Is (And Isn’t) Developing

Tom Giffey

Nearly half of all residential development in Eau Claire last year occurred on the west side, according to a new report from the city’s Department of Community Development ...

Thu. Apr. 18th, 2019

Love the Earth? You’ll Love These Awards

Tom Giffey

If you know of a person, business, or group that embodies the slogan “Earth Day is Every Day,” consider nominating them for a Sustainable Eau Claire Award. Now in their fourth year, the awards honor ...

Thu. Apr. 18th, 2019

New Faces, Old Barriers

Tom Giffey

Benjamin, Lor proud of council victories, but say they will represent city as a whole

Wed. Apr. 17th, 2019

Weld at the Helm

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

councilman pledges middle course as he takes over presidency

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Apr. 16th, 2019

Work Begins to Light up Grand Ave. Bridge

Tom Giffey

Weekday walkers, bikers, and other peddlers and perambulators will have to find a new way around downtown for the next few weeks because of the second phase of work on the Grand Avenue Pedestrian Footbridge. The installation of architectural lighting ...

Thu. Apr. 4th, 2019

Marieke Makes a Gouda Showing at National Cheese Contest

Tom Giffey

The world-famous cheesemakers from Marieke Gouda in Thorp came away from a competition in Titletown last month with a pair of new titles. The judges at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay ...

Thu. Apr. 4th, 2019

Traveling Museum Exhibit Explores History, Impact of Prohibition

Tom Giffey

You’ll soon be able to lift a glass – literally – to toast a museum exhibit telling the story of the Prohibition Era in the United States. The traveling exhibit, “Spirited: Prohibition in America,” will be on display ...