Chippewa Valley looks for changes in new year

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) New hopes for a new year are here with many setting their sights on goals as individuals, a nation and a society.

“I'd like to see more harmony throughout the world, starting with Washington and getting more people to agree and if we can start locally and work to nationally,” Kathleen McLaughlin of Chippewa Falls said.

Congress returns from recess Friday, with much work to do. Also, midterm elections will bring new voices in on where we go next.

“For the Packers to win the Superbowl,” was the wish of Barbara Husar of
Chippewa Falls.

The Packers start their quest for a fifth Superbowl title Sunday as three-point underdogs in Las Vegas, with 20-1 odds on winning it all.

“I'd like to see us bring the troops home,” Cory Layman of Chippewa Falls said.

The war in Afghanistan’s combat mission expires at the end of this year, but that doesn't mean all troops will return before 2015, according to statements made by senior administration officials last year.

Isabella Biederman of Chippewa Falls said she wants to see warm weather.

We saw temperatures 20 degrees below our average high in Eau Claire Wednesday, and won't see what some might consider warm, a 60 degree high, until late Apr., on average.

“I want to see fanny packs come back,” Nick Martinez from Colorado said.

He may get his wish after designer Tory Burch releases fanny packs in its Spring 2014 collection.

Some look to achieve personal goals.

“I'd like to spend some time with my grandson, fishing,” Tom Weyenberg of Chippewa Falls said.

“I would like to see Chi Hi men's swim team make it to state,” Max McCanna of Chippewa Falls said.

But even more commonly, people are thinking of others.

“I’m looking for good health for me and my friends,” Doug Hanson of Chippewa Falls said.

“Just healthy wishes to all my friends and family,” Husar said.

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