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Aiding Pregnancies with Love and Encouragement

Posted: Sunday, August 5th, 2018

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Name Removed

Posted: Sunday, August 5th, 2018

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What You Need to Know About Homeschooling

Posted: Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

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The Growing Popularity of Alternative Birthing Options

Posted: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

There are options for where and how to deliver your child.

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Community & Great Coffee!

Posted: Monday, May 14th, 2018

Caffe Tempo offers more than just great coffee.

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Monopoly Money vs Gold

Posted: Monday, March 12th, 2018

Gold is the best way to preserve cash wealth and Purpose Drivers can show you how to accomplish converting cash into gold.

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"Progressive" Peace of Mind

Posted: Friday, February 9th, 2018

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Jobs for Kids

Posted: Friday, February 9th, 2018

Real-life business lessons for your children.

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Prosecution Continues Against Mother

Posted: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

The child abuse case continues against Eau Claire's Amanda Parramoure.  As previously reported in The Eau Claire Journal, Parramoure's two children were taken by Eau Claire County Social Services last fall after bruising was found on one of the children's bottom.

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Cooking Corner - Basic Stock (Broth)

Posted: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Here I am, writing another article after taking a few months off to bond with my new son and adjust to life as a mother of two. My relationship with food and nutritional viewpoint has changed a fair amount since you last heard from me.

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What's the Big Deal with Fiber Anyway?

Posted: Friday, November 2nd, 2012

  In the last few years there has been a lot of hype about fiber consumption. Even the ADA has been recommending Americans consume more of it. They push fiber containing foods such as fruits, vegetables, and oatmeal. Why is fiber important? "Populations that consume more dietary fiber have less chronic disease"-taken from Volume 108, Issue 10 of the ADA health publication. The ADA recommends adult men consume 38g/day and adult women 25g/day.

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E.C. Sheriff Evicts Elderly Amish Couple

Posted: Friday, November 2nd, 2012

An Eau Claire County Sheriff padlocked the front door of an elderly Amish couple's home while a group of Amish men stood by. A young Amish woman cried as she watched the police bar the doors and drive off while the old couple watched helplessly. The battle with the county has gone on for more than five years and now the couple is "turned out into the street" all because their house doesn't meet state building code requirements.

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Corporations, People, and Free Speech

Posted: Friday, November 2nd, 2012

This paper has published a number of articles on the issue of corporate influences over the government.  As a conservative paper, we boldly defend the right of an individual to speak freely and to use his property, including his money, however he wants, as long as it doesn't violate the rights or property of others.

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Third Parties Must Start Local

Posted: Friday, November 2nd, 2012

   It is abundantly clear that third parties running for President have no chance to win. Everyone knows that.  Yet third parties are a way for some to exercise their voting power while preserving their consciences in the matter.  You may agree or disagree with this route, but that matters not in light of what all those promoting a third party need to strongly consider.

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Eau Claire City Council and the Green Agenda

Posted: Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

    Recent activities by the City Council have shown that efforts to save the planet from the burning of fossil fuels are underway in Eau Claire.                  During the recent City Council meeting, resolutions and ordinances were introduced that are designed to lower the emissions from vehicles within the city limits.

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Healthy Competition

Posted: Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

   A Neillsville Clinic Joins a Growing Number of Affordable Healthcare Providers            Dr. David Paustian of Paustian Medical and Surgical Clinic, and Tina Opelt, Nurse Practitioner, of Opelt Primary Care LLC have teamed up to provide the Neillsville area with an affordable and quality healthcare alternative. "There is a growing number of people with either no healthcare insurance or high deductible healthcare insurance," said Dr. Paustian. With the need for a more affordable alternative for these people, he and Tina opened their clinic this summer.

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Eau Claire Is not Getting Better

Posted: Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Forgive me for the title, but it seemed necessary to get across an important point regarding the very city in which we reside.  As much as we have touted the innocence and safety of the city of Eau Claire, things are changing.

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Local Involvement Greatly Needed

Posted: Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Once again with a national election looming on the horizon, more people than usual have turned their attention to political matters - especially national matters.  However, what cannot be accomplished from the national stage is the influential role of an informed citizen involved on the local level and active in the local community.  Yes, vote and influence those running for President and Congress as you see fit. But, and I say "but" with an emphasis, realize the best use of time in my opinion is local involvement.

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Cooking Corner - Breakfast Menu

Posted: Friday, July 27th, 2012

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Troubled Waters in Lake Eau Claire

Posted: Friday, July 27th, 2012

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Building Codes and Property Rights

Posted: Friday, July 27th, 2012

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The Life and Legacy of Jim Swanson

Posted: Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

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E. C. County Referendum to ask if Corporations are People

Posted: Thursday, June 28th, 2012

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A Real Tea Party

Posted: Thursday, June 28th, 2012

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State Oppresses Property Owner Over Birds

Posted: Thursday, June 7th, 2012

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Can Chippewa Falls Forcibly Buy Property?

Posted: Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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Art Center Alternatives

Posted: Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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Pitting Neighbor Against Neighbor

Posted: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Some of my neighbors are getting biased information from anti-mining, and anti-hydrofracing activist websites.

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City Licensing and the Garbage Cartel

Posted: Saturday, May 5th, 2012

The City only allowing five companies to haul away garbage basically sets up a monopoly or rather, a pentopoly where no other companies can compete unless they can persuade the city council to let them become part of the "big five".

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Can Chippewa Falls Forcibly Buy Property?

Posted: Friday, May 4th, 2012

...for some people, there is nothing uglier than the mighty hand of the government forcing someone off of their property because of some city planner's dream.

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YMCA and Menomonie St. Blight

Posted: Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

The property should be developed by the person willing to pay the highest price for the property.  If you think the new owner's ideas are ugly, then offer the City a higher bid.

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Should Homosexual City Employees Get Marriage Benefits?

Posted: Thursday, April 26th, 2012

"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical." -- Thomas Jefferson, Statute of Religious Freedom, 1779.

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Executive Order/EPA to Hinder Frac Sand Mining

Posted: Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

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County Orders Garage Torn Down

Posted: Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

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Frac Sand Mining Facts

Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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Cooking Corner - Easter Side Dishes

Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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What Is the Definition of Success?

Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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Cooking Corner- Herbaceous Falafel

Posted: Thursday, March 1st, 2012

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Cooking Corner - Eat Fat, Lose Fat

Posted: Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

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Take the Challenge

Posted: Friday, February 3rd, 2012

  At 276 pounds, Brian LeQue was concerned about his future. "I was getting to the point in my life where I was turning 40, I saw that I was going to get diabetes or something because of my diet, my wife was concerned, I knew that I needed something but I also knew in my head that for the last 20 years nothing worked."

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The Right To Work

Posted: Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

"I agree with Mark Mix's subtitle.  After stating we have the right to work he wrote "A Fundamental Freedom."  Do you?  If so, then realize it is gone.  We are no longer free to work as we please.  That is too bad.  What a shame.  And shame on those who suppress this God given right."

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Float In Peace

Posted: Friday, January 6th, 2012

"Fears of drowning while boating or floating down the Chippewa River will now be alleviated slightly. Xcel Energy, which owns and manages the dams along the Chippewa, will be installing nine warning sirens along the Chippewa River in Eau Claire and Chippewa Counties. The sirens will alert users and those living near the river of a sudden rush of water due to the breaking of an upstream dam."

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Cooking Corner - Hors d'oeuvres

Posted: Friday, January 6th, 2012

"I have just come from celebrating and remembering the birth of our dear Saviour and I can't help but think about how richly he has blessed so many of us with family, friends, and even material things. Most of us were able to enjoy cozy homes filled with loved family and warm laughter, beautiful gifts, and delicious brunches and dinners. Though these precious memories are fresh, New Year's Eve is just around the corner, which usually means more time to enjoy friends and family. It's a special time for celebration and reflection, and throwing a hors d'oeuvres party is a perfect way to end the year."

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Eau Claire Poverty at a Minimum

Posted: Monday, December 12th, 2011

Eau Claire is blessed to have little poverty. What we do have can be corrected. But when the courts and the state support (indirectly at the minimum) and promote the very break-up of the family by financial assistance and easy divorce, it is not surprising we have the problem with poverty we do have.

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Local Leadership Needed

Posted: Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Granted, there are, no doubt, in my opinion, several in Eau Claire who understand and believe in limited government, but none have succeeded in leading out in it in a noticeable way. Maybe I am wrong.  If such a person exists, and they are getting the whole city thinking about restoring it to a practice of constitutional sanity, than please correct me.  Have that person write or you write out what they are doing and we will print it!

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Eau Claire City Council Voting Records

Posted: Thursday, December 1st, 2011

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Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors Voting Records

Posted: Thursday, December 1st, 2011

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Are We Truly a Compassionate People?

Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2011

"True compassion is voluntary and springs from feeling for the person suffering, then, like the Good Samaritan, doing something about it.  It causes men, women and children to reach into their pockets and to help those in need, whatever that need may be."

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Cooking Corner - Chow-Chow and Pintos

Posted: Monday, November 14th, 2011

"I recently spent some time with my mother and we put away many, many jars of applesauce after which we worked on canning a family favorite relish, passed down from my grandmother, called 'chow-chow.'  This relish serves one main purpose in my family, which is to accompany a simple Southern meal of pinto beans and cornbread."

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Town of Otter Creek Reacts to Proposed Sand Mine

Posted: Thursday, November 10th, 2011

"This past Thursday evening the Town Board of the Town of Otter Creek requested and received from the town's people 'Village Powers.' This move by the town board was prompted by the recent application from Gerald Martinson to allow High Country Sand Co. (formerly Great Northern Sand Co.) of Winona, Minnesota to establish a silica sand mining operation on his farm in the town of Otter Creek, near Augusta, Wisconsin."

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City Funded Economic Development Hindered

Posted: Friday, November 4th, 2011

"Gateway Park is one of a number of government funded economic development programs in Eau Claire.  It is also another example among many nationwide that are having troubles accomplishing their goals in government-funded job growth. Nationally, the Obama administration has come under fire for loaning millions of dollars to green-manufacturer Solyandra which is currently facing financial failure instead of creating jobs."

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Conflict Over Property Rights Lead to Firing

Posted: Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

"Blaine Kvapil was fired in June of 2008 over conflicts between himself and the zoning administrator over his activities on his own property."

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What Libertarians Need

Posted: Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

"The attempt to divorce God and a religious or moral people from our documents is historically inaccurate and nationally suicidal.   There is always a why behind every thing.  Think about it for a minute.  If you had a law that condemned and criminalized adultery (which was unlawful in the near past), but eventually put adulterers and other sexually immoral people in charge of that law, what would happen?  You know the answer.  The law would change."

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Windows to the Soul

Posted: Thursday, October 6th, 2011

"Every artist dips his brush into his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures."  - Henry Ward Beecher

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Eau Claire City Council Voting Records

Posted: Saturday, October 1st, 2011

"Repealing and recreating of the city codes to forbid the concealed possession of firearms and other weapons, and the forcing of organizers applying for permission to hold any special event that is charging admission or serving alcohol to either post signs stating that concealed firearms and other weapons are not allowed, or prove to the city government that the health, safety, and welfare of those attending is ensured, Referred to Next Meeting."

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Summoned to Jury Duty

Posted: Saturday, October 1st, 2011

"Recently, I had the privilege of being a possible juror in a criminal case in our county. I choose the word "privilege" deliberately because trial by jury is an excellent system, in some ways superior to allowing a single judge (called a bench trial) or even a panel of judges. Though the judges may know the law better than the average citizen, they are not necessarily better equipped to determine a just verdict."

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Cooking Corner - Vegetable Salad

Posted: Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

"While it is true that almost anything can be utilized in a salad, it is best to think of the texture and flavor when combining your ingredients and dressings. For example, the mild taste and bold crunch of iceberg lettuce is complemented well by tomato and cucumber with a creamy ranch dressing."

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Bus Service Now Provided to Duluth

Posted: Thursday, September 15th, 2011

"Jefferson Lines is a "family company" based in Minnesota.  Founded by the Zelle family in 1919, the company was named after the Jefferson Highway which ran from Winnipeg, Manitoba to New Orleans.  Today they provide service 'to more than 4,000 destinations in the USA, Canada and Mexico.'"

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Government Grant Helps Fund New Downtown Grocery Store

Posted: Friday, September 2nd, 2011

"Like many cities, Eau Claire has seen a loss in the activity of its downtown area.  Though lifestyle and business style changes can be given as a reason for this, much of the blame can be laid at the feet of the local, state, and federal government as well."

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A Mayor's Dilemma

Posted: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Since becoming mayor, Quinn has worked to turn that around, "We have a cash on hand policy, we carry over at least 22.5% of our annual budget in cash so that way we're never stuck, we're never short, we're never borrowing for things that we usually pay for in cash."

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Modern Day Jamaica: Life After Dudus - Part One -

Posted: Thursday, August 25th, 2011

"In May 2010 a JaDanielle Small in Jamaicamaican drug lord named Dudus, who was wanted by the U.S., forged a stronghold in Jamaica in an attempt to resist arrest. His blockade in downtown Kingston, Jamaica resulted in a state of emergency. Seventy people were killed, and innocent Jamaicans, like my family, had to be barricaded within their homes to be safe from the gun battles outside their homes."

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Many Surprises at the Farmers Market

Posted: Thursday, August 18th, 2011

"The market begins in May when they are open only on Saturdays until the garden production really starts up in June. From June first on until October twenty-ninth (this year) they are open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Wednesday and Saturday's times are 7:30 am to 1:00 pm and Thursday's time runs from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm."

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Cooking Corner - Garden Salsa

Posted: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

"With tomatoes, peppers, and onions all coming into season at once, I couldn't refrain from studying salsas and sharing one of my favorite salsa recipes. They are one of my favorite summer foods and a fresh bowl of it seems more like a treat to me than something healthful to eat."

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A New Approach to Healthcare

Posted: Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

"Dr. Usher is aDr. David J. Usher, MD board certified family physician and has practiced medicine in the Chippewa Valley for the past 12 years. Since 1999 He has served patients at Mayo Health System in Eau Claire as a Family Practice Physician. For 5 of his last 6 years he has served as the department chair for Mayo's largest department of physicians--Family Medicine. For about 8 years he also served as the Medical Director for the Weight Management Services department."

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City of Eau Claire to Buy Forest Land

Posted: Saturday, August 6th, 2011

"Instead of selling excess city land for extra revenue, the City of Eau Claire, last month, decided to purchase more land."

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Cooking Corner - Camping Granola

Posted: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

"The granola can be made as frugally (using sugar, canola oil, and peanuts) or as extravagantly (using maple sugar, raw, organic coconut oil, and macadamia nuts) as you choose, and the tastes can be adapted to your liking. Dried fruits such as raisins, craisins, date pieces, cherries, blueberries, apples, bananas, and strawberries can be added as you like, making sure to add them after baking."

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Eau Claire City Council Voting Record, July 26th

Posted: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

"Authorization of the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department to ask the DNR to give them other Wisconsinites' money to help buy some woods off of Menomonie Street, Passed."

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Why It's Unwise To Accept Federal Funds

Posted: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

"For the City of Eau Claire, 23% of revenue comes from other governments.  The same can be said for most of this State's local governments.  The percentages have only increased due to the stimulus bill passed in 2009.  Much of that extra money has already run out."

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Public Education Has Value

Posted: Saturday, July 30th, 2011

"Let us then not make the mistake of clamoring for a system of education that is second best, at best.  Rather let us return to not what will bring some value, but to what will be the most valuable - an education devoid of public support and oversight.  The state has its place and purpose.  In regards to education, it is to praise them that educate their children.  No more and no less."

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Eau Claire City Council Raises its Debt Ceiling

Posted: Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

"Over a century ago, private individuals managed these programs.  Perhaps the City's budget problems would be solved if we would return "to the old paths" as the Bible says."

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Eau Claire Reconsiders Permitting Chickens

Posted: Friday, July 22nd, 2011

"If the trial succeeds, perhaps Eau Claire should consider merely removing the word "chicken" from the list of banned animals.  The fact that people on both sides of the issue have not even mentioned the idea of property rights shows that very few in this city, especially on the city council, understand the individual's true right to property."

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A Tribute to a Public Servant

Posted: Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

"Roger 'Jody' Hahn has been described as talkative, witty, wise, friendly, an advocate for justice, having a good sense of humor, a family man, and a lover of his pets and animals. All of these statements are true, and certainly more could be said about Jody, but his passion was to serve his constituents."

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Cooking Corner - Bratwurst

Posted: Friday, July 15th, 2011

"The word 'bratwurst' is just a compound German word basically meaning finely chopped meat. There isn't just one traditional recipe or way to make bratwurst, and there are actually many different kinds named after different places or methods of preparation."

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Phobia of Guns Drives Eau Claire County Board to Oppose Conceal Carry

Posted: Monday, July 11th, 2011

"What is it about guns that stirs such irrational fear by the majority of our county board members? There is no statistical evidence to support their fears. Let's examine some statistics."

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Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors Voting Records, June 21st, 2011

Posted: Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

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Eau Claire's Comprehensive Plan Transfers Citizen's Property Rights to Public Control

Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2011

"The Eau Claire City Planning Commission is in the process of a five-year Comprehensive Plan review. The Comprehensive Plan Review Group will be meeting Thursday, June 23rd at 7 PM at the RCU community room. This isn't much notice, but liberty minded individuals, and those interested in preserving their property rights need to get involved. Even if you live or own land outside the city limits of Eau Claire, the Comprehensive Plan will affect you."

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Homophobic Foolishness: Why We Can't Talk About Certain Things

Posted: Friday, June 24th, 2011

"There is an axiom in journalism that an article's value is judged by its sources or lack thereof.  In other words, the more support given by outside sources the better, with the opposite being true.  This is certainly in general not a bad observation.  But, I dare say, some things are so plain that the writer needs not quote anyone."

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Eau Claire City Council Voting Record June 14th, 2011

Posted: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

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Cooking Corner - Daniel's Potatoes

Posted: Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

"It's hard for me to believe that summer and Father's Day are just around the corner! It seems like spring took its sweet time arriving, but now that it has, the warm weather and plant growth has been phenomenal. As this will be my husband's first Father's Day as a father, I decided to write this particularly in honor of him and one of his favorite foods:  The potato."

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Life in Kabul, Afghanistan

Posted: Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

"Diane wore a scarf except when she was in the home with just the family. To appear on the street she required a male escort. Never could she give a casual greeting to a male and look him in the eye. Diane rather wearied of looking at male feet."

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Blessings in the Midst of Tragedies

Posted: Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

"Their joy was dampened when their little daughter, Ruby, was diagnosed with Arthrogryposis, rare muscle disorder that causes joint and muscle contracture and muscle weakness. 'The doctors said that she would never walk or be able to function in normal society,' Jim remembered, 'It was very emotionally stressful.'"

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Comments on the Proposed Patent Reform Bill

Posted: Monday, May 30th, 2011

"The proposed patent reform bill rearranges the deck chairs on the Titanic. But, if I had to pick a side, I'd say it might actually provide slight benefits to traditional US small inventors. Here's why:"

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Eau Claire County Board Rejects Attempt to Oppose Concealed Carry Bill

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

"Out of the approximately twenty-five citizens observing the board meeting on Tuesday evening, the large majority appeared to oppose the resolution. Only one person spoke in support of the resolution."

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Backyard Beekeeping

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

"When Gordon got his bees, he started with just one small hive. Eventually, Gordon would have 250 hives and end up teaching bee entomology at the University of Arizona."

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Cooking Corner - Eating Day Lilies

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

"In fact, every part of this original variety of daylily is edible. The shoots are tastiest in the spring, the buds and blossoms are excellent in the summer, and the roots (or tubers) have the best flavor in the fall."

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Six Towns Surrender Property Rights to the City of Eau Claire

Posted: Saturday, May 14th, 2011

"Comprehensive planning is nothing more than a tool of the bureaucrats to manipulate land and home values designed to increase tax revenue, and pad the pockets of attorneys. The minimum 10 acre lot size required in the Urban Sewer Service Area and Extraterritorial Review Area supposedly "... serves to protect the future capacity of the city to expand its tax base and secure economic growth, and also to help preserve working farms and rural development patterns until the time that the land is converted to urban use."

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State Employee Unions Threaten Local Business

Posted: Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Ken Vance Motors of the Eau Claire apparently received numerous threatening phone calls from teachers or other state employee union members, causing Jason and Ken Vance and Representative Warren Petryk, representative of the 93rd Assembly District, to consider canceling Warren's May 2nd listening session originally planned to be held in the Ken Vance Motors conference room.

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Eau Claire City Council Voting Record April 26th 2011

Posted: Saturday, May 14th, 2011

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EC County Board to Open Meeting with Moment of Reflection

Posted: Saturday, May 7th, 2011

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State Employee Unions Threaten Local Business

Posted: Thursday, April 28th, 2011

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Sen. Terry Moulton and Rep. Kathy Bernier Listen to Constituents

Posted: Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

"Several of the constituents, like special ed teacher, Heidi James, expressed their frustration with the lack of response and/or the nature of the response they received from Sen. Moulton and Rep. Bernier during the budget repair bill process. Both Sen. Moulton and Rep. Bernier said they regretted not being able to respond to all of the thousands of e-mails and letters received. As freshmen Representatives they are only allowed one staff person, therefore it simply was not possible for them to respond to everyone."

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Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors Voting Results April 19th, 2011

Posted: Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

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Letter to the Editor - Good Bricks Don't Make Good Schools

Posted: Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

"Union bosses interview school board candidates. Those who promise to go after your money are endorsed. Carol Craig has always been in league with the union. Wendy Johnson said in the Leader Telegram, 'We need to increase educational spending every single year no matter what the economy does."

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Does Eau Claire Need Stoplights?

Posted: Monday, April 18th, 2011

"On Thursday, March 31st, downtown Eau Claire experienced a power outage and an hour of life without stoplights. It was great."

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Blood Brothers

Posted: Friday, April 15th, 2011

"The slain lawmen were widely known and respected around western Wisconsin, and in the hours after the shooting they became martyrs and heroes. Forty year old Charles Coleman, former sheriff of Durand and still sometimes lawman, had served during the Civil War and acquired a reputation as a brave and gallant soldier."

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In the Garden 4-8-2011

Posted: Thursday, April 14th, 2011

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Township Board of Review Rebuffs Taxpayer's Challenge

Posted: Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

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Supreme Court Election: Recount Likely as Votes Carefully Tallied

Posted: Friday, April 8th, 2011

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Local Notices

Posted: Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

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Local Writer Experiences New York

Posted: Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

"I decided that I needed to get over my homesickness through socialization. I admit, I was afraid to talk to people because I was new but also because I was under the illusion that my artsy, chicly dressed, New York peers were, by nature, mean and snobbish.  This was an assumption I heard often. I heard variances of it through many moves and travels growing up."

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Cooking Corner - Bread

Posted: Friday, March 18th, 2011

  "Before the era of readily available yeast, bread was made from starters, typically known today as "sourdough". These starters used wild yeast from the air to ferment and grow breads. In the pioneer days, a young bride's most valued wedding gift was a piece of starter dough."

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Teacher Grades Unions Low

Posted: Friday, March 18th, 2011

"Because 85% of my dues went to WEAC and the NEA, I decided that I had to declare myself a 'fair share' member of the union. The local union bosses sent me a letter stating that I would still pay the full dues; I just could not vote."

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Eau Claire Gun Show - Something for Everyone

Posted: Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

   There were about 400 eight ft. tables loaded down with everything a hunter, or a marksman could possibly want. This included everything from handmade hunting knives to Civil War memorabilia. Guns of every size and brand, new guns and old guns, used guns and antique guns, camping equipment and emergency food supplies, and military and war memorabilia. Truly something for everyone.

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This Maier Knows Wieners

Posted: Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

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Local Navy Girl Visits Lost Inca City

Posted: Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

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NASA Hinders True Space Exploration

Posted: Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

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Corporate Checks and Balances

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

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Carson Park: The People's Playground

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

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More Representation - Not Less

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

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Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors Voting Results

Posted: Monday, September 27th, 2010

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In the Garden

Posted: Monday, September 27th, 2010

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Eau Claire City Council Voting Results

Posted: Monday, September 27th, 2010

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Whose Job is it to Control Violent Video Games?

Posted: Monday, September 13th, 2010

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Cooking Corner - Cooking School

Posted: Monday, September 13th, 2010

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America's Immigrants: A Christian Perspective - Part One -

Posted: Monday, September 13th, 2010

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What Will Your Child Be Taught this Fall in a Public School?

Posted: Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

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Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors Voting Results

Posted: Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

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In the Garden

Posted: Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

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A Local Marine's Expedition to Peru

Posted: Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

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Cooking Corner - "Slippery Jims"

Posted: Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

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Eau Claire County Voting Results

Posted: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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Cooking Corner - Homemade Mayonnaise with Olive Oil

Posted: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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What Happens on Election Day?

Posted: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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A Tribute to Pastor M.R.Siemens

Posted: Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

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Local Housing Market Update

Posted: Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

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Cooking Corner - Breads

Posted: Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

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Eau Claire City Council Voting Results

Posted: Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

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Shaping Your Life's Dream

Posted: Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

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Eau Claire City Council Voting Results

Posted: Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

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In the Garden - Flowers

Posted: Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

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Say NO to a Con Con

Posted: Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

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Mike Conlin Announces Candidacy

Posted: Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

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City of Eau Claire Voting Results

Posted: Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

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In the Garden

Posted: Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

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The Missing Element in Marriage Today

Posted: Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

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Cooking Corner

Posted: Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

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Come Meet the Jaquishs - Married 65 years

Posted: Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

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City of Eau Claire City Council Voting Results

Posted: Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

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Larson's Garden

Posted: Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

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County Board Decisions

Posted: Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

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Cooking Corner - Oogerade

Posted: Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

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Eau Claire Debates Raw Milk Bill

Posted: Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

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Wastewater Treatment Hearing in Augusta

Posted: Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

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Cooking Corner - Raspberry Creamcheese Dessert

Posted: Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

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Public Hearing on Raw Milk Bill

Posted: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

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The Blessing of the Elimination of All Property Taxes

Posted: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

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The Eau Claire Tea Party Begins Plans For Another Tax Day Rally

Posted: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

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Is a Debt-Free Eau Claire Possible?

Posted: Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

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Marriage in Crisis

Posted: Sunday, August 5th, 2018

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The Meals You Make Matter

Posted: Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

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Good Bye, Cruel Facebook

Posted: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Misuse of data is the least of Facebook's failings.

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Gyros, Greek Salad, Good Times…OPA!

Posted: Monday, May 14th, 2018

Gyros, Greek Salad, Good Times...OPA!

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The Bible in your Home

Posted: Monday, March 12th, 2018

Reading your Bible will change your life.

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No Exceptions

Posted: Friday, February 9th, 2018

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Action Tax-Just Nice Folks

Posted: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

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How ObamaCare Affected Me (So Far)

Posted: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

What do you want to be when you grow up?  This question is posed to children at the youngest of ages by parents, grandparents, friends and relatives.  It is entertaining to hear the answers, because so often, little kids' visions of their future is influenced by their toys, TV shows, commercials, games they've played, or perhaps what their parents do for a living.

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Sheriff Bridles WI Dept. of Ag.

Posted: Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Could other sheriffs in their respective counties put a stop to these over-zealous bureaucrats? Apparently they can. Sheriff Herrick exercised and proved his authority over DATCP.

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Child Discipline Challenged in Court: A Local Example

Posted: Friday, November 2nd, 2012

  A young mother in Eau Claire, WI was recently charged with "child abuse" in regard to spanking her seven year-old daughter. The issue centers on a mother's right and responsibility to discipline her child as she sees fit. While there are certainly cases of reckless child "beatings" creating bodily and emotional trauma, this should not be compared to the firm and loving action of a mother's corporal discipline.

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Helping Others In Need

Posted: Friday, November 2nd, 2012

  Have you ever been in need of work or met someone in that position? In this economy there are so many reasons a person could be unemployed. Think of these possibilities: a professional who has been laid off, a stay at home parent, a homeless person, a student paying their own tuition, a recovered (or recovering) addict, a business person whose business went under, an elderly person whose social security check doesn't pay the bills, an ex-jail or prison inmate, someone recovering from illness or surgery, a retired person needing or wanting something to do, or the soldier whose job wasn't there when they returned home.

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Paying For Health Care- Out of Pocket

Posted: Friday, November 2nd, 2012

        A local small business owner describes his quest         to find affordable medical care         It's almost a truism in today's society to say that the healthcare system is broken.  The blame falls alternately on insurance companies, malpractice lawsuits, government regulation, or inefficient data systems. 

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City Planning - A Bad Idea and Practice

Posted: Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Tom Weese, in writing concerning the APA (the American Planning Association), finally connected, at least with this reader. He addresses a report that the APA put out that supports this international movement that is going in right now in part in the city of Eau Claire and cities all across the nation:

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Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors Update

Posted: Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

As the Editor of the Eau Claire Journal, I think that it is good to occasionally update the readers on what is going on during the Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors meetings and comment on some things that happen regularly there.

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Dinty Moore Beef Stew

Posted: Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Once again, Ellen has taken this month off to recover from giving birth to her son, Benjamin Thomas.  My time machine broke so I couldn't find a substitute author for this month's Cooking Corner.  I guess I will have to quickly do it.  I married at age 19 so I haven't done much cooking in a long time.  Hopefully my memory will serve me well.  So on short notice, here it goes.

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Lasting Change For Haiti

Posted: Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Why do people travel?  For some it is a necessary evil of business life.  For others, it is for pleasure and new experiences.  For a few, it is to give themselves for the benefit of those who have no means to repay them.  This is what Doctor Severson and several others in Wisconsin have done as they volunteered their time and skill in the island of Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

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E.C. Schools and Nationwide Standards

Posted: Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

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Local Bonds Highly Questionable

Posted: Friday, July 27th, 2012

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How Special Assessments Work

Posted: Friday, July 27th, 2012

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Should Eau Claire Enhance its Waterways?

Posted: Friday, July 27th, 2012

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Doing Good Work

Posted: Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

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Cooking Corner - Pasta Salad

Posted: Thursday, June 28th, 2012

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Authentic Mexican Food at Magaly's Bamba

Posted: Thursday, June 14th, 2012

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City Licensing and the Garbage Cartel

Posted: Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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Eau Claire Municipal Band Starts Summer Concert Series

Posted: Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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Cooking Corner - Summery Fruit Salad

Posted: Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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Arts Center, Government, and Private Property

Posted: Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Clear Vision Eau Claire wants to build a community arts center in order to fulfill Eau Claire's "common goal and purpose"  Do you agree?

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What Can Eau Claire Do About our Nation?

Posted: Saturday, May 5th, 2012

You can be sure that if only a dozen or so likeminded people began to get to know their elected officials face-to-face, have an interest in them (pray for them), inform them, persuade them logically and promote sound thinking and actions, it would have an effect.

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Local Example of a Successful Charter School

Posted: Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

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Becoming a Stay-At-Home Mom (even if you're not Ann Romney)

Posted: Friday, April 27th, 2012

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Cooking Corner - Farm Fresh Eggs

Posted: Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

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City Zoning Unnecessary

Posted: Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

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Support Your Local Tea Party

Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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A Day at the Chain Saw Races

Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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Why Eau Claire Needs to Stop Supporting the Unwed

Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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State Law Limits Local Independence

Posted: Thursday, March 1st, 2012

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Eau Claire Schools: A Downward Trend

Posted: Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

  "Instead of school business being about the allocation amongst adults, we can return the emphasis to the education of children which is what we should be doing.  If I can do this, I will consider it years well spent."

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Chippewa Falls Hides Reckless Spending?

Posted: Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Where is the money the State gave the City to repair and maintain this street? According to Mayor Hoffman, those funds from the State were not mandated to be spent on maintenance or resurfacing River Street. So to avoid the bond process and debt several years ago, the City used that money for other projects.

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Wolves No Longer Federally Protected

Posted: Monday, January 16th, 2012

"Starting in January, the Gray Wolf, which has been Federally protected in Wisconsin since 1978, will no longer be listed as endangered or threatened on the Endangered Species Act.  This will allow states in the Great Lakes region to manage the population as long as they don't become threatened or endangered again."

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Hope for the Desolate

Posted: Monday, January 9th, 2012

"To most Americans, orphanages are a thing of the distant past, the stage of Dickens's novels and Victorian stories.  However, to the children of Jamaica, orphanages are an everyday reality.  Although the total population of Jamaica is only 2.7 million, there are 880 orphanages. In early December, Amanda Rodriguez of Eau Claire wanted to reach out to some of these orphanages. "I went because it was an orphanage and we can't really experience something like that [in the US] and I love children," said Amanda.  She chose to serve in a Jamaican children's home called the Robin's Nest."

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USPS Distribution Center Closing To Delay Service

Posted: Friday, January 6th, 2012

"While official plans are for the processing plants to be closed in April, our congress has attempted to come to the rescue, asking the USPS to delay the closings until May so they can figure out a solution.  The agency has agreed to the delay."

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County Employees to Lose Special Privileges

Posted: Saturday, December 17th, 2011

On a November 16th meeting, the County Board members were presented with the changes. The changes include the ability to lay off employees regardless of seniority, changes in grievance procedures and performance evaluations, additional employee holidays, an increase in accrual of sick leave hours, a reduction of unpaid leave time allowance to 6 months...

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Cooking Corner - Peach Cranberry Pie

Posted: Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Pies generally have two defining characteristics: crust and filling. These characteristics are fleshed out in many ingredients, styles, and even degrees of difficulty. I'm going to keep it pretty simple here and talk about pie crust.  Having a decent knowledge of what pie crusts are and what they're good for will save you from that misleading recipe you might find online.

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Pushing the Electric Car Craze

Posted: Monday, December 5th, 2011

On November 7th, local Congressional Representative Ron Kind announced that almost a million dollars will be given to the City of Eau Claire in order to help them buy gas-electric hybrid buses to replace three aging buses of the government run Eau Claire Transit.

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Eau Claire's Hastings Way and Social Engineering

Posted: Thursday, December 1st, 2011

The big push behind Smart Growth (which is not any "smarter" than the old zoning ordinances) is integration of property uses. Now they want to encourage everyone to live in residential clusters where all our activities are within walking or bicycling distance. So, though I've never seen anyone walking along Hastings Way to go shopping, millions of dollars have been borrowed to build sidewalks and a pedestrian underpass that will seldom be used. Why?

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Conflict Over Property Rights Lead to Firing

Posted: Saturday, November 19th, 2011

"Kvapil believes he was fired over exercising his right to free speech and to petition for redress of grievances.  "Basically I lost my job over my rights.  I didn't do anything wrong in my job.  I didn't have one reprimand on my record."

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Gold and Treasure Expo Comes to Western Wisconsin

Posted: Monday, November 14th, 2011

"There were seminars running all day on both days about a variety of topics ranging from where to look for gold in Wisconsin, how to process material, advantages of joining local groups of prospectors, metal detecting, and many other topics related to gold and treasure hunting."

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Health Benefits of Homemade Soap

Posted: Friday, November 11th, 2011

"The proponents of lye soap claim that it can cure acne and eczema, and eases the symptoms of rosacea and psoriasis.  I have personally heard of people using it to cure poison ivy.  Soaps can be scented with essential oils for added health benefits as well.  Left plain, they are used to block human scent for hunters."

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Meeting Held on Running for Local Office

Posted: Monday, November 7th, 2011

"On Tuesday October 11th the Chippewa Valley Campaign for Liberty had their monthly meeting.  This month's meeting was focused on running for local office. We had a great meeting with over 25 people in attendance! We had reports on the garbage that the local city, county, and school board have been doing in the area including banning weapons from public buildings and raising taxes as well as a tea party report to find out what was happening with the local tea party."

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Alternative to Chemo-Therapy

Posted: Friday, November 4th, 2011

"Even as long ago as the 1940's, there has existed another method of treating cancers, and on December 6th and 7th, two nutritionists will hold evening seminars explaining the effective and healthy nutritional treatment methods of Dr. Max Gerson."

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Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors Voting Records - October 4th and 18th

Posted: Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

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Local Housing Update

Posted: Monday, October 10th, 2011

"It is a buyer's market without question.  For those buying, especially if they have the financial ability, the ability to negotiate is fully to their advantage.  They can buy now at a good price which at times will be as low as houses were five or more years ago."

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Eau Claire County Board of Supervisor's Voting Records

Posted: Saturday, October 1st, 2011

"Acceptance of $213,800 of Wisconsin taxpayer money to install an automatic Vehicle Location-Global Positioning System on winter roadway maintenance trucks in order to conserve supplies, fuel, and vehicle wear and tear, Passed."

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Cooking Corner - Potato Tomato Casserole

Posted: Saturday, October 1st, 2011

"The vegetables available at this time of year are some of the most comforting ones around. This is chiefly true of the humble potato.  I suppose the vegetable in and of itself isn't particularly comforting, but when it takes on the form of succulent stews, well-paired roasts, seasoned mashes, and a wide variety of sides, potatoes bring great satisfaction."

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"You Will Use It Someday"

Posted: Monday, September 26th, 2011

"I must admit that I am not a strong believer in this age old adage.  Yet my teachers told me this whenever asked "Why do I have to learn this?  I will never use it." (Now my children do the same thing).  Time has passed, enough so as to test the wisdom of this well worn answer.  And grudgingly I must admit there is some truth to it.  Notice I said "some" truth to it."

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Modern Day Jamaica: Life After Dudus - Part Two -

Posted: Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

"I started to remember all the different worlds I saw in Jamaica. I remembered the local painter I met at the villa in Ocho Rios. Who, from age seven, gave tours to the influx of tourists living in the villas. He was also a soccer player and dancer and dreamt of traveling abroad someday. I remembered when on a road trip with my dad we picked up two hitchhikers who were coffee bean pickers for the world famous Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee company."

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In the Garden - Sweet Corn

Posted: Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Today there are hundreds of varieties and more are being developed every year.  If you look in your Gurney's or other seed catalogue, familiar names like Double Delicious, Kandy Korn, or Honey 'n' Pearl describe the pictures.  Those pictures cause our mouths to water with anticipation while we wait for winter to be over!

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Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors Voting Records

Posted: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

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Eau Claire City Council Voting Records

Posted: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

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Another Concert Season Ends

Posted: Saturday, August 20th, 2011

"On TEau Claire Municipal performing at Owen Parkhursday August 4th, the last concert by the Eau Claire Municipal Band was performed in the band shell at Owen Park. As in all the concerts, the band impressed the large audience with a wide variety of music from various cultures and suiting various interests, beginning with the "Star Spangled Banner" and ending with 'America the Beautiful.'"

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Walker Exposes Misuse of Education Funds

Posted: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

"Protests at the capitol Eau Claire South Middle Schoolseem to have been self-serving acts to prevent the public and school districts from discovering an abuse of tax dollars and other unscrupulous actions. The public needs to know that when the WEA Trust offers the low bid, some school districts will continue to purchase health insurance from the WEA Trust although it historically ignores fiduciary obligations to taxpayers."

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Eau Claire City Council Voting Records August 9th

Posted: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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Valley Construction- Experience, Quality, and Reliability

Posted: Thursday, August 11th, 2011

"Besides windows, Valley Construction does remodeling,Front Row(left to right): James Schroeder, Installation Manager; Roger Sawatzky, owner; Melanie McLaughlin, Office Manager.  Back row: Bear E. Warm, Public Relations siding and sun rooms.  Keeping in line with their emphasis on quality, all of the siding has a lifetime guarantee. The sun rooms are not your typical 3-season porches, but a strong stick-built, well insulated room with premium quality glass that will make a beautiful addition to your home."

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What to Do With the Fairfax Pool

Posted: Thursday, August 4th, 2011

"The conclusions of the report were that the pool should stay open.  The filter system needs replacement they said, and the mechanical room is leaking, which could damage the pool's equipment."

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Accomplishments of the Eau Claire City-County Health Department

Posted: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

"Over half of their accomplishments (7 out of 13) had to do with in-house activities.  They addressed space issues, they made efforts to strategically plan for loss of space due to the new courthouse addition, they entered into an agreement with an architectural studio to write out a report on long term spacing needs, they figured out how the loss of state funding would affect their department, they hired a service to complete a study concerning compensation packages for the department..."

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Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors Voting Record for July 19th

Posted: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

"Approval of changing the overall plan as to how everyone in the county can develop their own properties to include the Town of Union's ideas as to how property owners in that township can develop their own properties, Passed."

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Larson's Garden

Posted: Monday, August 1st, 2011

"In the Larson garden this week, we have harvested some leaf lettuce planted by our 2 ½ year old granddaughter.  The corn looks great after the recent rains and next week the green beans will be ready to pick.  Bob's melons are setting on blossoms and so are the tomatoes.  My Perennial flowerbed is also in need of some TLC.  Those weeds you know!!!"

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Whose Problem Are the Homeless?

Posted: Thursday, July 28th, 2011

"You do something about it. "Love your neighbor as yourself," Jesus said. Notice "as yourself." There. That is what is needed and all that is needed. Not the city, but a fresh application of the Golden Rule. And until then, Mr. Grande, live with it. Welcome to a fallen world."

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Cooking Corner - Blueberry Lemonade

Posted: Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

"In the heat of summer, a cool drink is hard to beat. From the simplest glass of ice water to the most exotic smoothie, a refreshing beverage is always enjoyable. A special lunch, dinner, or even a group gathering provides an excuse to get creative with drinks."

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Eau Claire City Council Voting Record July 12th

Posted: Friday, July 22nd, 2011

"Eau Claire City Council Voting Record July 12th"

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Eau Can Enjoy a Taste of Chicago

Posted: Monday, July 18th, 2011

"Samboney's Hot Dogs is not a franchise, just a local family trying to build their own business and give Eau Claire a little taste of Chicago. "It brings my boyhood to Eau Claire," according to Sam. "There's nothing like this."

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Support Your Local Gun Range

Posted: Friday, July 15th, 2011

"As I have become more politically minded, I have begun to appreciate the American tradition of gun ownership and its importance to the well-being of this country.  But though one may be able to delineate the motives behind the Second Amendment, that doesn't mean that they know how to shoot a gun, or know how to properly and safely handle, use, and become accurate with this deadly weapon.  This is where a shooting range comes in. "

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Eau Claire City Council Voting Record June 28th, 2011

Posted: Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

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Cooking Corner - Strawberry Picking

Posted: Monday, July 4th, 2011

"Strawberry picking, a summer activity I especially enjoy, is about to begin. Although the berries had a late start with the cold spring, I am told that the plants are very healthy and are bearing plenty of blossoms and green fruits. I called my favorite berry picking farm, Appledore Woods Farm, in Eau Claire and Phil said that the berries look like they'll be ripe by sometime next week, which should be just about the same time you pick this paper up."

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Should Eau Claire Subsidize Skateboarding?

Posted: Monday, June 27th, 2011

"Perhaps the skateboarding industry may make money off of a free skate park, which may be why Scheels and the Tony Hawk Foundation donated $10,000 towards the project.  But you and I shouldn't be forced to contribute."

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Letter to the Editor - College Education is Useful for Many

Posted: Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

"While college is truly not for everyone, a blanket statement that college is not worth it is not true. I went to college for my education degree, UW-Stout, and the courses I took helped guide me into knowing how to write curriculum for my courses as well as writing textbooks. Because of this knowledge I have written 5 books and have my own publishing company. I am sure there would be many more testimonials from graduates in colleges."

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Eau Claire Bike Cabs: an Asset to Downtown Culture

Posted: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

"Germany, New York City, Bangladesh, India, San Diego and Eau Claire all have one thing in common: bike cabs. Bike cabs or pedicabs are human powered tricycles that carry passengers from one destination to another. Normally seen in large cities, bike cabs offer a scenic and intimate way of exploring the innards of a city."

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Counter-Terrorism Training Comes to Eau Claire

Posted: Saturday, June 18th, 2011

"There is the question as to whether a city should be accepting federal funds to support local law enforcement, especially when the federal government has no money. If the citizens of Eau Claire want their police force to be trained in terrorism and to be given military style weapons, ammunition, and equipment they should provide the funds."

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Eau Claire Relies on Washington for Welfare

Posted: Monday, June 13th, 2011

"Very few people question whether the city should accept this money. In fact, many would consider it foolish not to accept this since it's free and will benefit the community. But lately there has been an increase of those reconsidering taking Federal money."

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Eau Claire City Council Voting Record May 24th, 2011

Posted: Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

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County Supervisor Replaces God's Help with Government's Help

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2011

"Hopefully Christians on the county board will use their opportunity for reflection to proclaim that God is our only help."

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Cooking Corner - Morel Mushrooms

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

"Many people fear mushroom hunting because of the danger of misidentifying and possible poisoning (this is a very healthy fear, and one we should all possess to some degree). Karla has very little fear, as she was trained by an expert and never strays from what she knows."

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Should the Federal Government Help Pay for Our Airport?

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

"Consider the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. United Express currently provides air service to Western Wisconsin. But Republicans in the House of Representatives have voted to eventually eliminate the Essential Air Service Program that gives the regional airline assistance in providing flights to airports like ours."

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Fresh, Locally Baked Goods!

Posted: Monday, May 16th, 2011

Augusta bakery is a full-line bakery that offers breads, buns, cakes, wedding cakes, doughnuts and cookies for both retail and wholesale.  Much of the bakery's business comes from wholesales to local caterers but many  people are drawn to their shop by the superior quality and freshness of their baked goods.  John claims, "the taste is the number one difference between something you buy here and something you buy at a grocery store."

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Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors Voting Record for May 3rd, 2011

Posted: Saturday, May 14th, 2011

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Eau Claire Starts Selling Excess Land

Posted: Saturday, May 14th, 2011

"The first plots of land to be sold, as approved by the City Council late last month, are located in between Gooder Street and Statz Avenue in between La Salle Street and the North Crossing."

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How To Stimulate Eau Claire's Economy

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

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Eau Claire County Board Considers Banning Prayer

Posted: Friday, April 29th, 2011

"No, we ought not to remove God nor His influence (if we are theists, but especially if we are Christians) from our lives in any place of life, including government. This letter is merely an attempt to intimidate the county board to be as godless as the atheist or anti-Christian already is (and claims to be). Be ungodly if you want, but don't try to push your ungodliness on us. Stand or sit and don't pray. We care not."

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Cooking Corner - Mother's Day Breakfast

Posted: Thursday, April 28th, 2011

"Featured as the recipe of the fortnight is Eggs Blackstone, which was derived from the classic Eggs Benedict. The difference lies in the type of meat used-Eggs Benedict uses Canadian bacon (smoked eye of a pork loin) while Eggs Blackstone uses regular slab bacon along with a thick slice of tomato."

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Letter to the Editor - Counter-Protester Bullies Not Worthy of Respect

Posted: Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

"I was taught to respect people, especially those in authority.  But I'm sorry, anyone who sides with these disgusting tactics  is not worthy of respect.  They claim to be defending a right to collective bargaining, but that right does not exist in the constitution."

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Eau Claire City Council Voting Record April 12th 2011

Posted: Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

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Separation of Church and State? How About Separation of School and State?

Posted: Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

"Every year, I am forced to give hundreds of dollars through local, state, and federal taxes to fund the teaching of this lie to the children of this state who until recent decades, were forced to attend the schools that taught these delusions.  It is time to acknowledge that it is 'We the People.'  Just because the majority of Americans believe in the falsehood of evolution and the old earth theory, does not mean we should let them force this on our children - and that I should pay for it."

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Cooking Corner - Ham

Posted: Friday, April 15th, 2011

"Today's typical ham would have been unrecognizable as such even 50 years ago. The process for mass-producing meat is an interesting one. Pigs are now bred per manufacturer's specifications. Most are extremely lean with small ears and no tail due to amputation (in order to avoid damage in the cramped quarters they live in.) After its short life of about 5 months, it is butchered and the ham portion or rear leg is separated from the rest of the hog, the ham is then injected with water and phosphates to achieve a moist, juicy product."

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The Importance of Physical Therapy

Posted: Thursday, April 14th, 2011

"There are many misconceptions concerning physical therapy.  One is that a therapist is going to cause more pain to the body than is worth enduring in order to recover.             'That's the last thing we are going to do,' says Dr. Hickok. 'Instead, we're showing them ways to protect the joint or change the way they do something or make things more comfortable so they can continue their activities of daily living.  A lot of different diagnoses don't require painful therapy to recover from.'"

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Eau Claire Votes to Spend over $51,000,000 to Upgrade School Buildings

Posted: Thursday, April 14th, 2011

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UWEC Guest Speaker Beyond Questionable

Posted: Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

"It was my lot in life to meet up with Barker's book - 'Losing Faith in Faith' - and material about five years ago. It was shortly after he had come to the University at that time as a guest speaker also. As a result, we prepared and did a public rebuttal of his claims and teachings. He was ask to participate, but didn't. In fairness, he had a short notice and truly may have been booked. The result of the preparation and presentation that I did personally that evening in the Schofield Auditorium in UWEC was to conclude and reveal Dan Barker is not what he appears to be. How so?"

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Cooking Corner - Sourdough Bread

Posted: Thursday, April 7th, 2011

"In my quest to learn all I can about sourdoughs, I found that the basic structure of commercialized loaves and old-fashioned sourdoughs are fundamentally different, terminology and uses for a sourdough's starter is debated and gets confusing, and it's actually much easier to make and more versatile than most people imagine."

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The Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Posted: Monday, April 4th, 2011

"Julia's husband saw the business as an asset to the family.  "It was a way that she can still be at home.  When I'm gone at work she can spend a few hours a day working and still make pretty good money without having to be out of the home," said Matt.  The family continued with Julia doing sporadic work for the next couple years when the economy declined causing Matt's hours at a lumberyard company to be cut.  It was then that Matt started to take an interest in furthering the business."

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Local Announcements

Posted: Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

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Local Unions Rush Contract Approval

Posted: Friday, March 18th, 2011

Eau Claire City council passes union contracts in emergency meeting

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Just Local Foods- Reconnecting the Community

Posted: Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

A reason to buy local is because you can know exactly where your food comes from and how it's raised.  If you want plants and animals raised well for optimal nutrition, if you want small farms to continue, vote for them with your purchasing power.

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Can Our Union be Saved?

Posted: Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

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Local Marine Talks of Life in Afghanistan

Posted: Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

We've all seen the movies and read the articles about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's safe to say that a soldier's life in war is anything but easy.

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Where to Find Your Guns and Gold

Posted: Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

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Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors Voting Results

Posted: Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

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Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors Voting Record

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

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Cooking Corner - Gawin Favorite Autumn Chowder

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

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Eau Claire City Council Voting Results

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

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Dennis Clinard for the 92nd State Assembly District

Posted: Monday, September 27th, 2010

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Where Families Eat and Friends Meet

Posted: Monday, September 27th, 2010

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Constitution Party Message for our "TEA Party" Friends:"We are With You...in So Many Ways!"

Posted: Monday, September 13th, 2010

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Deb VanWyke: Granddaughter of a Master Painter

Posted: Monday, September 13th, 2010

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Rob Taylor for U.S. Senate

Posted: Monday, September 13th, 2010

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Cooking Corner - Oatmeal Wheat Bread

Posted: Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

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Tom Woods Speaks in Eau Claire on Nullification

Posted: Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

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Eau Claire City Voting Results

Posted: Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

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An Old Time Neighborhood Barber Shop

Posted: Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

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Eau Claire City Council Voting Record for August 10th meeting

Posted: Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

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Eau Claire City Voting Results

Posted: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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An Open Letter for Representative Ron Kind

Posted: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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Unemployment Numbers Reflect Damage of Kreitlow's Job-Killing Actions

Posted: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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In the Garden August 1, 2010

Posted: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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In the Garden - Composting

Posted: Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

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District Attorney Won't Prosecute All Gun Laws

Posted: Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

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In the Garden - Herbs

Posted: Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

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Why Ma and Pa Stores are Better

Posted: Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

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Cooking Corner - Freshe Berry Tiramisu

Posted: Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

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Why Terry Moulton is Running for the 23rd Senate District

Posted: Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

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Cooking Corner

Posted: Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

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In the Garden

Posted: Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

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Quote of the Week

Posted: Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

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Kathy Bernier Runs for Assembly

Posted: Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

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Cooking Corner

Posted: Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

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The Effects of TV on Families and the Nation

Posted: Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

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Amish Freedoms Come at a Price

Posted: Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

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Cooking Corner - Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Posted: Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

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County Of Eau Claire Voting Results

Posted: Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

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April 6th Election Results

Posted: Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

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Picture Your Life in the Wild

Posted: Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

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Duty is Everything

Posted: Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

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A Tribute to Our County Board

Posted: Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

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Dan Kapanke Runs for Congress

Posted: Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

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Cooking Corner - Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Posted: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

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Why Parents Are the Most Qualified to Direct Their Children's Education

Posted: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

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A Way To Help The Poor

Posted: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

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The County Jail Dilemma

Posted: Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

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Who is Responsible for Teaching My Child?

Posted: Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

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