Issue #373 December 12, 2018

A Heart for Family, Community

Councilman Michael Xiong gives back to the city that welcomed him 34 years ago

Lauren Fisher, video by Joel Pearish

Eight daughters aged 6-27, a grandson, and a loving wife are the reason why Michael Xiong, who has served on the Eau Claire City Council as an at-large representative since 2013, will not pursue a third term of service come April.

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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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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

High Fives All Around

phoenix park yoga gathering is accessible, warm, and peaceful

Pan Thao, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Summer: the season of flip-flops, melted popsicles, and pollen dancing with the breeze. We all crave it (minus the allergies) after the long, cold darkness of winter ...

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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

Telling Our Fitness Stories

human health report's fitness testimonials jerk tears, inspire personal action

Eric Christenson

Jeff Rogers is a local personal trainer who has dedicated almost a decade of his life to helping people get more fit, become more active, and prioritize their personal health ...

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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

Party in the Park

public places for your gathering abound

Tom Giffey

Park pavilions in the city of Eau Claire were rented more than 1,000 times last year, and it’s no surprise. From traditional open-sided shelters full of picnic tables perfect for family ...

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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

Stage a Shindig in the Street

the city of Eau Claire is making it easier to block off your block and throw a party

Tom Giffey

Have a hankering to throw a backyard barbecue this summer? Maybe a few burgers and a couple of lawn chairs? Think bigger, people. Instead of firing up the grill for just the family ...

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Issue #306 May 18, 2016

Coming Up Green

Down to Earth's expansion mirrors housing market growth, national trends

Tom Giffey

Like a healthy perennial, Down to Earth Garden Center has blossomed to life this spring bigger and better. The garden center on Eau Claire’s south side has just completed ...

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