Tom Giffey

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Wed. Oct. 16th, 2019

Ghosts From the Past

Photos by Chippewa Valley Museum , by Tom Giffey

check out these eerie old images of Chippewa Valley kids celebrating the spooky season

Wed. Oct. 16th, 2019

Write Off the Page

Tom Giffey

Chippewa Valley Book Festival makes reading a social affair with 20 author events

Thu. Oct. 3rd, 2019

The Right Age to Play

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Chippewa Valley seniors are recognizing the benefits of an active lifestyle – and for many of them, pickleball is key

Wed. Oct. 2nd, 2019

For Whom the Belfry Tolls

Nathan Hopp, photos by Tom Giffey

former church housing gift shop to be demolished

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Sep. 24th, 2019

New Wilson Park Fountain? Eau Claire Wants Your Input

Tom Giffey

The fountain in Eau Claire’s Wilson Park – a downtown fixture for more than a century – hasn’t worked for nearly a year and needs to be replaced, and the city is seeking input from community members on what a new fountain could look like ...

Mon. Sep. 23rd, 2019

Infinity, Revised

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

updated version of retired prof’s play staged in Twin Cities

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019

Flynn Elementary Is Looking for an Artist in the Classroom

Tom Giffey

Are you a local artist interested in sharing your talent, technique, and vision with eager youngsters? The Eau Claire Public School Foundation has issued a call for artists for the annual Artist in the Classroom ...

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019

Strange States

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

exploring the paranormal in the most normal of places: the Midwest

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019

Carson Park Pillars Being Restored to 1930s Look

Tom Giffey

A project is underway to restore the eight-decade-old stone pillars and adjacent stone walls that greet visitors at the east entrance to Eau Claire’s Carson Park. Cleaning and tuck-pointing the ...

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019

Showing They Care

Tom Giffey

more than 900 volunteers will spend their Friday working on community projects

Thu. Sep. 19th, 2019

Building New Stories

Tom Giffey

library seeks $7 million to upgrade aging building

Thu. Sep. 5th, 2019

Pedal Your Way over to the City Bike Survey

Tom Giffey

The City of Eau Claire wants to level up its ranking as a Bicycle Friendly Community, and you can help. The city recently submitted an application to the League of American Bicyclists ...

Thu. Sep. 5th, 2019

5 Wisconsin Politicians Who Left the Job Early

Tom Giffey

Duffy, a Republican congressman from Wausau whose district includes parts of the Chippewa Valley, announced in August that he would resign effective Sept. 23. He and his wife, TV commentator Rachel Campos-Duffy ...

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019

5 Famous Blugolds

Tom Giffey

No, for the last time, the super-enthusiastic white-haired guy in the old Menards TV spots wasn’t John Menard ...

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019

Construction Completion

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

campus projects at UWEC, UW-Stout wrap up as students return

Thu. Jul. 25th, 2019

5 Unusual Artifacts From the Chippewa Valley Museum Collection

Tom Giffey

Museums often are given artifacts from historical eras that aren’t easy to verify. How likely is it that these artifacts are authentic? In this column, originally published in the Chippewa Valley Museum’s newsletter, Currents, writer Diana Peterson looks at a few of them ...

Wed. Jul. 24th, 2019

Saving for College Made Easy

Tom Giffey, photos by Ken Teegardin

It’s never too late – or too early! – to save for your children’s future higher educational expenses. In Wisconsin, parents (and anyone else, actually) can save for kids’ college costs through one of the state-designated ...

Wed. Jul. 24th, 2019

Xcel: Clean Energy Helps Hold down Rates

Tom Giffey

Xcel Energy is crediting its investment in “clean energy” for a recent agreement it reached with several consumer groups that would keep utility rates below 2018 levels through 2021. The proposal ...

Tue. Jul. 23rd, 2019

The Local Poverty Puzzle

Tom Giffey

local poverty rates are among the worst in the state, but the reasons why aren’t exactly clear

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 ...