Jefferson Award Winner: Rick Wayne

Instead of asking what Rick Wayne has been involved in, the better question is what hasn't he helped organize, create or build in Durand?

Jefferson Award Winner: Pat Hannack

Pat Hannack might work under the title of ‘pharmacy technician’, but those who know Pat says that does not begin to describe all the work she does at the Open Door Free Clinic in Chippewa Falls.

Jefferson Award Winner: Abigail Beguhn

We’ve all heard that age is just a number, but 91-year-old Abigail Beguhn says the real key to a long life is making life better for those around you.

Jefferson Award Winner: Pat Rumpel

It’s said, that after awhile, you mirror the traits of those you spend the most time with. Well, when you see Pat Rumpel, Kelsey the golden retriever usually isn’t far behind. 

Jefferson Award Winner: Cheryl O’Connell

When the last bell rings, signaling the end of the day at Eau Claire’s Longfellow Elementary, the work begins for Cheryl O’Connell. But she wouldn’t call it that. ..

Jefferson Award Winner: Ardie Kelly

Over 20 years ago Ardie decided she wanted to volunteer at The Community Table so she began washing dishes on her lunch break. You can still find her there today! 

Jefferson Award Winner: Ron Decker

500 hundred hours on the road and more than 300 meals delivered. Those would be some impressive numbers for any sub shop or pizza parlor employee but Ron Decker has spent all that time behind the wheel unpaid. 

Jefferson Award Winner: John Henningsen

Across the county 1 in 5 people do not have access to affordable health insurance. They are our neighbors, coworkers, friends and even family. A retired physician from Rice Lake is working to change that, but the work of this remarkable volunteer doesn’t stop at the city limits.


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A quiet change to the weather after a stormy 24 hours

The heat and humidity built up and it feels like this oppressive summer weather finally 'popped'.

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