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 ...

New State Guidelines Designed to Help Businesses Reopen Safely

Wisconsin retailers, restauranteurs, motel operators, manufacturers, and numerous other businesses owners have new guidelines on how to reopen and operate safely when “Safer at Home” restrictions are eased. On Friday, Gov. Tony. Evers ...

COVID-19 Emergency Fund Helps More Than 300 UWEC Students

hundreds of donors have given nearly $100,000 to fund for Blugolds

UW-Eau Claire students who are scrambling to get through a chaotic and stressful spring semester have a message for the hundreds of people who contributed nearly $100,000 to an emergency fund that is helping them make ends meet during the pandemic ...

National Guard to Help With COVID-19 Testing in Western Wisconsin

details about drive-through sites, hours announced

Part of the statewide effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and re-open Wisconsin depends on ramping up testing for the virus. Gov. Tony Evers announced that the Wisconsin National Guard will help work toward that goal by setting up drive-through testing sites throughout ...

‘The New Normal’ – Read the Whole Issue Online

Can’t get your hands on a printed copy? We’ve got a solution

Read our special May 2020 issue, “The New Normal: Part II of Pulling Together While Staying Apart” online. Click the link ...

Reader Alert: L.E. Phillips Library to Start Pickup Service May 11

Are you stuck reading the same books you were before the pandemic hit? If you’re a patron of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire, now you’re in luck: The library announced Friday that it will begin a library pickup service ...

Chippewa Valley Virtual Event Roundup *Updated May 6*

an ongoing collection of online events hosted by local artists, educators, and more during COVID-19

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many local event organizers have pivoted into the virtual realm. Here's an ongoing, frequently updated list of online events in the Chippewa Valley ...

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 ...

Chippewa Valley Restaurants Step Up to Help Residents in Need

Loopy's delivers free meals to elderly, sick in the community

As Chippewa Valley eateries try to survive during Wisconsin’s now-extended stay-at-home order, a number of them have decided to help the community despite being shut down for several weeks ...