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The State of Trees

the past, present, and future of Eau Claire's towering timber

Eric Rasmussen, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Sometimes, we forget to look up. And other times, when we remember, we look up too far and get lost in the clouds. The sky holds other features worthy of our attention, higher than the horizon, lower than the stratosphere. Trees.

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Opening Letters

Finding the Unexpected When the Fireplace Fails

brick by brick, a homeowner learns rebuilding is more than a ton of work – eight tons in fact

Justin Patchin

I wasn’t there when the deluge of water began gushing through the haphazardly-patched hole in the roof, but the expletive in the text message I received from my wife during a thunderstorm suggested trouble at home ...

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The Rear End

The Darkest Holiday

Halloween is the best and that’s that

Mike Paulus

Pale dead weeds flank the wrought iron gate. Dark, dirty windows gape at you from the rickety walls. The roof has many angles and lots of little places to hide. The house stands three stories ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Oct. 16, 2019

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Emily Lau

“While attending UW-Eau Claire, I wanted my artwork to be an instant read. One look and everything is clear. The wish to have the viewers understand is still important, but I have discovered that I love ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Oct. 16, 2019

photos by James Bartelt

To create this image of downtown Eau Claire, Volume One contributor James Bartelt modified his camera to shoot infrared, visible light, and ultraviolet. The colors you see come from using an infrared bandpass filter.

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Music

Music Quick Hits | October 16, 2019

Eric Christenson

The Nunnery is the solo project of Sarah Elstran, a former local that now makes a unique brand of atmospheric looping folk a cappella from out of the Twin Cities. That special vibe is on full display ...

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A Bon Hiver for Eaux Claires

Ani DiFranco and more converge for winter version of Eaux Claires Nov. 21-24

Eric Christenson

The organizers of the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival have announced the full details and lineup for Eaux Claires Hiver, a special winter extension of the fest happening at the Pablo Center ...

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Catching a Drift

new programming gets locals on the Pablo stage

Bonni Knight, photos by Lee Butterworth

What do homegrown acts The Ben Shaw Band, LASKA, and Pit Wagon have in common? In terms of musical genres, not much. After all, one brings a gritty, yet folksy, Americana, another features ...

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Words

Write Off the Page

Chippewa Valley Book Festival makes reading a social affair with 20 author events

Tom Giffey

Reading is typically a solitary act. True, a reader can commune with the mind of a writer via the printed page, but it’s a one-way process. So for readers, meeting authors – hearing directly ...

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Local Lit
Local Look
Food / Drink

Spooky. Beer. Fun.

Brewing Projekt hosts Halloween bash

Maddy Mortimer

The Brewing Projekt partners with Converge Radio to throw an exciting grown-up Halloween bash. This event features live music from Annie Mack and the Black-Eyed Snakes, as well as a ...

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Other Stuff

Little Frights in the Big Woods

bizarre tales of spirits tossing axes and tearing bibles in the 1870s

Tom Giffey

In the 1870s, bizarre tales of spirits tossing axes and tearing bibles drew attention to a western wisconsin farm. Was it all the work of a troublesome poltergeist?

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Ghosts From the Past

check out these eerie old images of Chippewa Valley kids celebrating the spooky season

Photos by Chippewa Valley Museum , by Tom Giffey

Sure, you won’t find a Transformer or Pokemon in the bunch, but many of the Halloween costumes in these photos from the early- and mid-20th century look surprisingly ...

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