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Opening Letters

Wheel of Misfortune

tripping her way into the puzzle of retirement

Jane Linton

Thirteen below zero, with wind chills lower still, as I scrape scraps from the hearty casserole we’ve just eaten into the disposal. The recipe claims it’s just what we need to keep the cold outside ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Jan. 23, 2019

learn more about this issue's cover art from Andrew Ritchie

“With this piece I wanted to visit the post-apocalyptic literature and art of the 70s & 80s, but put an updated spin on it by changing out the typical characters.”

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Jan. 23, 2019

photos by Taylor Smith

EMBERS TO REMEMBER. A bonfire on a frigid day was well-received at the 133rd Silver Mine Invitational ski competition, held Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19, just outside of Eau Claire. The Silver Mine complex celebrated its 50th anniversary of hosting the event, as locals enjoyed the ski jumpers, food, drink, and more.

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Opening Davey J’s Garage

Emilee Wentland

Spontaneity commonly sparks quirky haircuts, weekend getaways, and – in the case of UW-Eau Claire English Professor David Jones – a creative space for original, independent music. After his lease ...

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EllieMay Kay Benefit Gig

Measha Vieth

Nashville country artist EllieMay Kay is coming back to her roots for a Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity benefit concert. Known for her true country style with a mix of 70s classic rock instruments ...

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Spoken Word Showcase Starting Up

Tori Johnson

A new showcase for those whose talents fall into the category of spoken word is starting soon, and it’s destined for great things. Presented by Clear Water Comedy and hosted at The Plus, Loud Secrets Open Mic will begin on Feb. 4 ...

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Visual Art

A Crawl to Enthrall

10th annual Banbury Art Crawl on the way

Breana Good

The Banbury Art Crawl is celebrating its 10th year the weekend of Feb. 8-9 with displays from more than 60 artists. The crawl is organized by co-chairs Christina Geissler and Holly Gums. Geissler is looking forward ...

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Strength Rings True

Menomonie jeweler follows principles to finished pieces

Lauren Fisher, photos by Timothy Mather

Robert Giede wears two rings when he isn’t at his work bench. On his right hand ring finger is a rust-red and orange fire agate nearly the size of his fingernail, mounted adjacent to a small white diamond on a yellow gold band ...

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For Home, for Family

local woodworker expands with family name

Nick Endle, the craftsman behind Endle Home Goods (formerly Nick’s Wood Shop), is rapidly expanding his local business. Endle, a full-time web developer, started working with wood in 2014 ...

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Working Together

CoLAB will be a cooperative coworking environment

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Upon stepping into the open-concept second-floor office in downtown Eau Claire, there’s little indication that this space played a critical role in the growth of one of Eau Claire’s most talked-about companies ...

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Rallying for the Valley

more than 100 Chippewa Valley residents will bend lawmakers’ ears on Jan. 30

Tom Giffey

More than 100 Chippewa Valley residents will caravan to the state Capitol on Jan. 30 as part of the 25th annual Chippewa Valley Rally, a unique gathering that offers an opportunity to speak directly ...

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Local Look

Tuning in to New Digs

Valley Media Works, EC’s community TV center, aims to buy old fire station

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The 70-year old masonry block block building on North Hastings Way still looks a lot like what is used to be: a fire station. To Valley Media Works, the organization that operates Eau Claire’s community ...

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Affordable Housing Slated for Cannery District

plan would create as many as 121 apartments

Tom Giffey

One component to addressing the Chippewa Valley’s identified shortage of affordable housing may come in the form of a new apartment building in the Cannery District on Eau Claire’s near west side ...

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Educational Events Mark Ager’s 150th

Barbara Arnold

Two February presentations at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library will discuss immigrant identity as part of the 150th birthday of Waldemar Ager. A Norwegian immigrant, Ager moved from Chicago ...

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Still Tangled After All These Years

Tom Giffey

Back in 2009, Jamie Kyser and Erin Klaus opened a downtown art collective called Tangled Up in Hue, a communal space where members of the Valley’s burgeoning artistic scene – from potters to painters ...

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Food / Drink

The Art of Slow Cooking

Karl’s Bar-B-Q Express gives catering success a Chippewa Falls home

Diana Peterson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Karl Hartkemeyer isn’t just a barbecue chef; he’s a barbecue artist. While attending school for engineering, he became a restaurant cook to pay for his schooling. Hartkemeyer honed his culinary skills ...

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