Issue #316 September 21, 2016

Wisconsin's Big Idea

More than a century ago, Wisconsin’s education leaders decided the boundaries of the university should reach the boundaries of the state – and beyond. Today, the Wisconsin Idea is still making Badger State life better.

by Katie Venit

At the beginning of the last century, the Wisconsin Idea was brought up alongside its older brother, progressivism. This philosophy calls for government to exist for the benefit of its citizens. While that may seem ...

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Issue #316 September 21, 2016

Entering the Oxbow

downtown’s newest hotel has unbreakable local spirit

by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Nick Meyer

In a few short days, the doors will finally swing open on The Oxbow Hotel, a brand-new boutique hotel at 516 Galloway St. in downtown Eau Claire On Sept. 28, the 30-room lodge will start housing ...

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Issue #315 September 7, 2016

Ready for Referendums

Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls school boards seek funding boost from voters on Nov. 8

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Voters in two of the Chippewa Valley’s largest school districts will decide whether to increase school funding via referendums on the Nov. 8 election ballot ...

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Issue #315 September 7, 2016

A Name to Remember

donations will ensure that Confluence art collection is named for Laurie Bieze

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

For years, Laurie Bieze was the living embodiment of the Chippewa Valley’s artistic spirit. A talented stained-glass artist, a visionary community leader, and a warm-hearted friend to countless people ...

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Issue #314 August 24, 2016

Pedaling Toward a Plan

effort aimed at making the Chippewa Valley better for bikes and pedestrians

by Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Public input is being sought regarding the Metropolitan Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which is being developed by the Chippewa-Eau Claire Metropolitan Planning Organization and an advisory team of local governments, state agencies, and advocacy ...

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Issue #314 August 24, 2016

Chippewa Celebration

annual conference melds resource protection, recreation

by Vanessa Meyer

The third annual Celebrate the Chippewa River Conference, a chance for natural resource professionals and community members to join together in their shared interest of protecting and enjoying the river, will be Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10 ...

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Issue #314 August 24, 2016

Building Fresh

program helps at-risk youths rebuild lives, one two-by-four at a time

by Tom Giffey

Before signing up for the Fresh Start Program, the biggest thing Travis Rosciszewski had ever built was a skateboard ramp. Now the biggest thing he’s ever built is a house.

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