Monthly Archives: December 2015

American Indians portrayed in news media

There has been a longstanding issue with the portrayal of American Indians in entertainment. Movies, television, and novels have portrayed the indigenous peoples as monolithic, ecological, and vanishing. The news has the opportunity to display Indian life as it really … Continue reading

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Job Shadow: Production manager works behind the scenes

By Nick Schauer Having worked his way up to Operations Director at WEAU, Tom Benson doesn’t have many opportunities to direct newscasts and other productions anymore, but enjoys stepping in when he can. After graduating high school Benson knew he … Continue reading

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Job Shadow: Columnist at work interviewing with headquarters tour

By Lara Bockenstedt A columnist for the Star Tribune, Gail Rosenblum, interviewed two people for her upcoming feature and gave me a tour of the Star Tribune Minneapolis headquarters Friday, Oct. 16. Previously, I found her work to be both … Continue reading

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Former civil rights activist calls audience members to action

By Lara Bockenstedt A former civil rights activist called audience members to action at UW-Eau Claire through personal stories and shared insight. “We’ve come a long way. There’s still a long, long way to go,” activist Joanne Bland said. Some … Continue reading

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Local folk artist gives old materials new life

By Andrew Simser One man’s trash may often be another’s treasure. For Roger Adams this means taking pieces of scrap wood, metal, or fabric and turning it into something new. “What do you do with an old cupboard door?” he … Continue reading

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Air Force vet gives back to other military veterans

By Michael Roemer     For 50 years the American Legion in Fall Creek has helped military veterans, addressing their needs in many ways. Over the last few decades, Norm Brunkow has played a major role in expanding the American … Continue reading

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Area substitute teacher finds passion in coaching

By Nick Schauer As the gymnasium begins to fill with fans at Gilmanton High School in West Central Wisconsin, the assistant coach tends to her players, making sure they are stretched out and mentally prepared for the night’s match-up. It’s … Continue reading

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Local artist incorporates modern dance into her art

By Lauren Hoium Barbara Shafer shows her love for modern dance on her canvas. “I always wanted to be a ballerina,” said Shafer, who works as a modern dance instructor in addition to being a self-employed artist. Over the past … Continue reading

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Eau Claire baker makes bread, sweet buns, a tradition

By Lara Bockenstedt If showing up is one of the more important things to be done in life, Sue Ranney is an expert. Long before the sun makes its appearance, Ranney shows up at Sue’s Deluxe Bake Shop each weekday … Continue reading

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Dance instructor creates family bonds in the studio

By Sydney Purpora When a dancer in Carly Sigears’ class experienced the death of her mother, her team was there every step of the way. The girl had no other relatives, so the dancers and their mothers helped the young … Continue reading

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