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Chippewa Valley year in review 2017


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.

A Father's Love: C.F. man has stitches tattooed on his head in honor of his son. 

Cornell family gets new care:  Cornell officer battling cancer is surprised with a new car.

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