How a Broken Chainsaw Saved Lives During the Pandemic

and, no, it wasn’t by fighting off zombies

When the good folks of the Chippewa Valley realized that some sort of lockdown/shelter-in-place order was coming, everyone rushed out to prep for prolonged isolation. Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and Handi Wipes became impossible to find. But out here, in the town of Seymour ...

UW-Stout Alumnus Dives Into Career Pursuing COVID-19 Vaccine

December grad working at Mayo Clinic on lab project, preparing for medical school

Less than six months after graduating from UW-Stout, Jack Hemsath admits that it’s surreal to put on a lab coat and walk into work at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Hemsath is a ...

[PHOTOS] Enjoying the Sunshine During Quarantine

springtime brings Wisconsinites outdoors (at a distance, of course)

Spring weather brought Chippewa Vallians into the great outdoors over the first weekend of May to paddle, pedal, fish, walk, and just lounge while soaking up ...

A Productive Pandemic

thanks oh so much for all the great quarantine advice!

How’s it going, Chippewa Valley? Anything new happening? Any world-shattering current events affecting us here at home? Any paradigm-shifting incidents gripping the planet, making things weird here in ...

When It Comes to Mental Illness, COVID Solidarity Brings Comfort

‘Now, we’re all hibernating at home, scared of being sick’

About a week before the president of the United States declared a national emergency regarding the novel coronavirus, I traveled back home to Rochester, Minnesota, due to what can best be described as a mental breakdown ...

Voters Approve $48.8M CVTC Referendum; Here’s What Happens Next

nearly two-thirds of voters approved ballot measure

Chippewa Valley Technical College leaders are expressing their thanks to voters in the 11-county district for their approval a $48.8 million referendum, which will allow the college to move forward with facilities plans ...

Why I Volunteered to Work at the Polls During a Pandemic

On Election Day, I witnessed laughter, compassion, and an abundance of patience

I sat at my kitchen table on my imposed vacation day scrolling mindlessly through Facebook. That’s when I saw a post urging Chippewa Falls residents to become election officials for the spring election a week ...