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Ceremony Friday for Bloomer school addition

A ceremony to dedication an addition to the Bloomer Middle School will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at the Bloomer Middle School Auditorium.

An open house will be held from 5:45-7 p.m., and refreshments will be offered.

Voters by a nine-vote margin in April 2016 approved a $3.5 million addition to the school. The work adds six classrooms to the building. The addition is 12,360 square feet.

Another 1,890 square feet of the school was remodeled.

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Nobel Prize has local connection

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded—and one winning team member’s wife has a local connection.

Kathleen Santineau, wife of member and signee of the winning team Todd Etzel, is from Chippewa Falls and is an alumna of University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire. Etzel is from Green Bay, Wis. and De Pere, Wis.

The pair now lives in Azusa, Calif.

Etzel contributed to the LIGO Gravity Project Inception project, for which Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne will be recognized.

Heyde Center welcomes 'Fire & Rain' Saturday

Singer-songwriter double act Swearingen & Kelli will return to Chippewa Falls with their tribute to beloved tunes of the ‘70s and the artists who performed them with their folk-pop performance “Fire & Rain” at the Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 S. High Street, Chippewa Falls.

The group will sing and play tributes to Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Carole King at their performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.

AJ Swearingen is a singer-songwriter and producer who has performed in many orchestras across the country. Jayne Kelli began writing and recording her songs at the age of 15. She has shared the stage and opened for artists such as John McCutcheon, Crystal Gayle and more.

Admission is $15 for adults $14 for seniors $8 for youth. Tickets can be purchased at