Cassandra Kyser


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Thu. May. 9th, 2019

Confronting Mental Illness

Cassandra Kyser

Half of all mental illnesses occur before the age of 14. And sadly, suicide is the third leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 24.

Wed. Apr. 17th, 2019

Indigenous Performance Group to Headline at Pablo Center

Cassandra Kyser

Last year, Iron Boy’s performance at Eaux Claires was a rare indigenous presence at a mainstream festival. If you missed Iron Boy then, don’t worry: They’re coming back to town in May ...

Mon. Feb. 25th, 2019

Author Mike Perry Seeks Father-Daughter Tales

Cassandra Kyser, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Michael Perry is working on a new book about the relationship between fathers and daughters, and he wants to hear from you. “Fathers, if you could share one bit of advice with your daughters ...

Thu. Jan. 10th, 2019

New Year, New Reading List

Cassandra Kyser

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is making sure patrons don’t get stuck in a reading rut this year. The library is running a yearlong Diversity Challenge to encourage adult readers to broaden their ...

Wed. Nov. 14th, 2018

Giving Thanks

Cassandra Kyser, photos by Andrea Paulseth

aunt/niece duo team up for children’s book

Thu. Oct. 18th, 2018

Fifteen and Change: Young adult novel in verse tackles fair wages

Cassandra Kyser, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Writing under the pen name Max Howard, Emily Anderson of Eau Claire released a novel in verse, Fifteen and Change, on Oct. 1. Published by West 44 Books, the novel is part of a “hi-lo” book series: high ...

Wed. Sep. 19th, 2018

The Stuff of Life

Cassandra Kyser, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Taylor tackles Poetry Sex Love Music Booze & Death

Tue. Jul. 24th, 2018

Northwoods Rock Rally: ‘Party or Stay Home’

Cassandra Kyser

If Buckcherry, P.O.D., Lit, and Alien Ant Farm sound like your dream mixed tape from the ’90s, you’re in luck. They are just a few of the bands that will be playing at this year’s Northwoods Rock Rally Aug. 16-19 in Glen Flora ...

Thu. Apr. 5th, 2018

Grammys and Curds: Elk Mound native sings in Grammy-winning opera

Cassandra Kyser, photos by Jamie Schultz Photography

In the days following Sept. 11, 2001, members of Elk Mound’s high school choir were dining out. The restaurant was unusually quiet as patrons watched the news unfold on TV. A spur-of-the-moment decision led to ...

Mon. Mar. 19th, 2018

Lovable Pup, Lifesaving Nose

Cassandra Kyser

Caleb Bicknell’s family welcomed a new member in February, an English Labrador puppy named Buddy. At just 2½ months old, Buddy is starting the long training path to be a service dog for 7-year-old Caleb, who has ...

Mon. Mar. 12th, 2018

A Model Story: Eau Claire native publishes debut novel

Cassandra Kyser

When T.K. Ambers was a student at Eau Claire’s North High, she spent every free moment she had writing, ducking into empty classrooms or the lunchroom to jot down a few words ...

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

Literary Sister Act: Sibling duo publishes YA sci-fi novel

Cassandra Kyser

A lot has changed in young adult literature over the last decade, and no one is more aware of that than Caroline Akervik and Ruth Rankin. The two sisters just published Halcyon, which was first ...

Fri. Jan. 19th, 2018

Empowering Home Birth

Cassandra Kyser

Parenthood is full of decisions that must be made. Today, parents have several choices as to where they will deliver their babies, and what skilled care providers will be in attendance. Home birth, once a ...

Fri. Dec. 29th, 2017

Grandma’s Coffee Pot

Cassandra Kyser

a story of family, loss, and how we grow up without even realizing it

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017

A Room With a Book: “Emily” explores love in many forms

Cassandra Kyser, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Hideaway Resort in Chippewa Falls has been in Matt Elstran’s family for three generations. His grandparents opened the resort in the early 1950s. Growing up, he spent time there with his cousins ...

Tue. Dec. 12th, 2017

Red Letter Roundup

Cassandra Kyser

up-and-coming women-owned businesses

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

Who will be my friend?

Cassandra Kyser

The Chippewa Valley’s youngest readers have a new book to enjoy at story time. Colfax author Jeanne Styczinski has published her third book, Who Will Be My Friend?

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

Reading to your baby can really add up

Cassandra Kyser

Your baby may not be old enough for their own library card, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy books. Everyone is welcome at your local public library, where librarians are eager to make reading suggestions for all ages, including board books for babies.

Wed. Oct. 18th, 2017

Leaving a Living Legacy

Cassandra Kyser

tips on sharing stories and skills gathered over the course of a lifetime

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017

Reading to a Baby Adds Up

Cassandra Kyser

sharing 1,000 books before kindergarten encourages future literacy

Wed. Oct. 4th, 2017

Choosing Home Birth

Cassandra Kyser

some women discover that delivering at home is an empowering option

Tue. Oct. 3rd, 2017

Lending a Hand to Help a Paw

Hillary Bell, Cassandra Kyser

Many organizations throughout the community donate food and money to feed people in need of a helping hand. What many donors don’t realize is that these people frequently have pets ...

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Who Will Be My Friend?

Cassandra Kyser, photos by Andrea Paulseth

that’s the question asked (and answered) in a retired teacher’s colorful tale