Eau Claire (WQOW) - News 18 has compiled a list of the top news stories around the Chippewa Valley for 2017. (Note: this is both parts of a 2-part story.)
You can read each story by clicking on the appropriate headline.
Arcadia floods: Several inches of rain in July breached a dike, causing road closures and forcing many people out of their homes.
Solar Eclipse: A full solar eclipse darkened the sky in Eau Claire for the first time since 1979.
Chetek Tornado: One person was killed and several others were injured after a tornado ripped apart portions of Barron and Rusk Counties.
Chetek Plane Crash: Chetek High School student Owen Knutson was killed in a May plane crash just weeks after the tornado.
Shooting in Chetek: Three people, Natalie Turner, Brenda Turner and John Hengst were killed in October. Police said Hengst killed both Natalie and Brenda before killing himself.
Murder-Suicide in Eau Claire: An Eau Claire man reportedly killed his wife before killing himself at their home on Crescent Ave in February.
Homicide in Eau Claire County: A rural Eau Claire County man was charged with reportedly murdering his sister and her boyfriend.
Dunn County Fatal Crash: Three people were killed after being hit by a wrong-way driver on I-94 in July.
Woman accused of sexual assault: An Eau Claire woman was accused of sexually assaulting five children all under ten years old.
Chippewa County man indicted by federal grand jury: Shane Johnson was arrested on Thanksgiving for the overdose death of Nicholas Buck.
Chippewa County meth lab: A Chippewa County man was charged with setting up a meth lab in his uncle's basement.
Meth deal turns into a gun call: Three people were arrested after a woman paid two others for meth, and when they didn't deliver, she showed up with a gun.
Gordy's Closures: Gordy's Market suffers from financial difficulties, leading to the closure of many stores.
Two Festival Foods stores open in Eau Claire: Festival Foods opened two stores in E.C. after Gordy's Market closed all Eau Claire locations.
Fleet Farm builds in Eau Claire: Fleet Farm begins construction on a new store in Eau Claire at the corner of I-94 and Hwy. 93.
Hobby Lobby announces store in Eau Claire: Hobby Lobby announces plans to move into former Macy's location at Oakwood Mall.
Marshfield Clinic Cancer Center opens: Despite lawsuits from HSHS Sacred Heart, a new cancer center opened in Eau Claire with plans for a hospital to follow.