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Our Public Plaza Takes Shape

Nick Meyer

The latest images of what the public plaza next to the Confluence Arts Center in downtown Eau Claire could look like have just been released and it seems things are going in the right direction ...

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The Rear End

Puddle Jump

learning from unexpected winter warmth

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

Here in February, the sun’s been pushing a cosmic blob of heat against Wisconsin like a sponge, scrubbing away much of the scuzzy snow and ice we’ve been tiptoeing around for weeks. It’s been melting away our cold wintry scowl, softening our cheeks into a smile ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Feb. 22, 2017

learn more about V1's cover art from Daniella Painter

“Fluid belongs to a series that began as an abstract expression of the body. However, the work evolved into a controlled and methodical study of material and process. Using powdered charcoal, water ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Feb. 22, 2017

photos by Chaia Kochendorferlseth

JOUST ANOTHER BIKE RACE? Competitors snag a shiny ring – just one challenge found in the 9th Annual St. Valentine’s Day Hustle held Feb. 9 in Menomonie. Bikers raced around scenic Lake Menomin in this friendly alleycat-style bike race. A portion of the proceeds went to the Dunn County Humane Society.

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Athletic Aesthetic

Out of His League

columnist learns lessons about teamwork and hustle in tryout for Chippewa Valley Predators

Luc Anthony

How many times have you been watching a football game, saw a defender whiff on a tackle, and said out loud, “That guy’s terrible, I could do better than that.” ...

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Eaux Claires Puts Lineup in Print

Wilco, Paul Simon, John Prine, Chance The Rapper grace EXC year three

Eric Christenson

The Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival announced this year’s full lineup of artists in typically underground fashion. Last fall, the festival put a small amount of tickets on sale just a few short weeks ...

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Sunde Squad

J.E. Sunde’s sophomore album finds lushness and strength in its collaborators

Eric Christenson

ter many years of crafting and performing meticulously gorgeous folk music with The Daredevil Christopher Wright, the legendary local band ...

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Under the Covers

Decadent Cabaret bringing a wild weekend of music

Natalie Rosenkranz, photos by Lee Butterworth

A tradition of fishnets and memorable musical performances is approaching its 38th year! Decadent Cabaret – which features local bands dressing up and performing tribute sets – is the longest-running music festival in Eau Claire ...

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Unraveling the Heart

best-selling local author Butler explores fathers, sons in powerful new novel

BJ Hollars, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Entering the Court-n-House late one Wednesday night, I scan the room to spot best-selling author Nickolas Butler punching his selections into the jukebox along the far wall. Bearded and baseball-capped ...

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Spoken Art

award-winning writer Loeb hosts reading, discussion

Hannah Mumm

Karen Loeb’s work spans genre, style, and form. At once a writer of riveting short fiction and terse yet impactful poetry, the stories she tells garner intense emotional reactions from readers ...

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Visual Art

Forging New Things

Artisan Forge open house offers peek at artists, expansion

Barbara Arnold

Artisan Forge Studios is opening its doors for “A Night at the Forge” on Saturday, Feb. 25. The purpose: To host an evening for Chippewa Valley residents to meet the studios’ talented denizens ...

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Let's Get Weird

MidWest WeirdFest doles out horror and sci-fi gems

Hillary Bell

It’s almost here; a film festival that will look into the strange, the frightening, and the unbelievably weird – MidWest WeirdFest – the first ever in the area. This special film festival will be taking place on March 3-5 at the Micon Downtown Cinema in Eau Claire ...

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Local Lit

Passion for Health Becomes Business

skin care line a result of natural ingredients, family support

Denise Olson, photos by Steph Seymour

Tracy Adkins did not set out to start a business. In fact, the last thing this mother of five young girls was seeking was a way to make life busier – she was simply hoping to cure her toddler’s eczema without harsh steroids ...

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Grab a Cup, Grow an Idea

1 Million Cups meetings designed to inspire entrepreneurs

Tom Giffey

For many of us, coffee is much more than a hot beverage that provides a quick pick-me-up: It’s a caffeinated catalyst for relationships and opportunities. That idea is the nucleus of 1 Million Cups ...

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Little Business Leaders

local inventor creates contest for young entrepreneurs

Haley Wright

Kim Nimsgern, the Menomonie-based inventor of the Click n Curl and creator of Casual Panache Inc., has found a way to support and inspire young female entrepreneurs in the Chippewa Valley ...

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Pursuing Entrepreneurial Excellence

Eau Claire consultant Dawn Garcia has tips for turning your idea into a profitable business

Jacob Johnston

There is little doubt about the entrepreneurial passion in the Chippewa Valley, and with that comes the need for local consulting expertise. Dawn Garcia, founder and principal of Pursuit of Excellence in Eau Claire, has more than a few tips for local businesses ...

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Local Look

Historic Training

UWEC history students seek national recognition for city’s railroad sites

Tom Giffey, photos by Tina Ecker, Janae Breunig, Andrea Paulseth

Physical reminders of Eau Claire’s railroad history are still around if you know where to look. Now, a UW-Eau Claire class is working to ensure that these sites are recognized, preserved, and interpreted for future generations ...

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Planning the Plaza

design revealed for public space at the confluence

Tom Giffey

What is now a muddy construction area where the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers meet will soon be transformed into an eye-catching community centerpiece – and for once we’re not talking ...

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Fight Hunger, Bowl by Bowl

food bank fundraiser Empty Bowls pairs charity, art

Emily Kinzel

your schedule for Thursday, March 2, and join the community for the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser at Florian Gardens. Not only will you get to chow down on delicious soup in a bowl handcrafted and donated

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Kid Culture

Mindfulness in the Classroom

students, teachers say meditative practice improves kids’ lives

Kristin Schrader, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Mindfulness, one of the many forms of meditation, is gaining recognition in educational systems throughout the world. In the Chippewa Valley, there are many teachers either applying formal mindfulness skills or skills such as deep breathing to help students be more ...

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Fab Lab for Everyone

Children’s Museum’s latest gets creative with science

Zach Schultz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

‘Aship in harbor is safe,” author and professor John Augustus Shedd once wrote, “but that is not what ships are made for.” Those core concepts of being willing to make attempts and risk failure have led the leadership ...

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Other Stuff

Label-Free Mindfulness

collaboration bringing Zen Buddhists to a Christian church shows benefits of meditative practice regardless of spiritual affiliation

Chris Hayden

When people think of “mindfulness,” they may associate it with a particular religious or spiritual path, such as Buddhism. But in Menomonie, a seemingly unlikely alliance has brought about the creation ...

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