Issue #394 Oct. 2, 2019

Can a Lake Have Rights?

Voters in Toledo say it can. What does this mean for our waterways?

Tori Johnson

Four years after the water supply for 500,000 people in Toledo, Ohio, was reported as toxic and unsafe for drinking in 2014, a small community group decided enough was enough ...

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Issue #291 October 14, 2015

The Land Towards Which They Were Going

the story of James Zwerg, a Wisconsin freedom rider

BJ Hollars

In late February 1961, 21-year-old James Zwerg – a native of Appleton – took his place in a Nashville, Tennessee, movie theater line alongside all the rest. The tall, white Midwesterner was quiet but anxious, confident though a little afraid. To the ticket seller at the front of the line, his exterior surely pegged him as the perfect patron ...

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Issue #183, Aug. 4, 2011

The 400 Block

an ambitious downtown project in Wausau funded mostly by the community

Wausau’s “400 Block” town square-ish area just received a long-awaited makeover that includes a kidsy water feature, bandshell, alfresco tables, and more. It also allows for outdoor concerts, art fairs, farmers markets, and Chalkfest.

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Issue #182, July 21, 2011

When Drivers Can't Steer Traffic

major cities around the globe downplaying cars

Trevor Kupfer

While the discussions on what’s best for the streets of downtown Eau Claire rage forward, an article just released by The New York Times begs – nay, practically demands – us to stop and ask if we’re going the right direction.

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Issue #160 September 9th, 2010

A Hero in All of Us

international group the Real Life SuperHeroes

Eric Larson

One glance at Rascón Córdova – overweight, middle-aged, and by all means slower than a speeding bullet – and it’s clear that, by traditional standards, he’s far from super.

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Issue #148 March 25th, 2010

The Art of Aging

experts say involvement in arts keeps you young

Jenna Campbell and Kinzy Janssen, photos by Sarah Word

On depression and loneliness, those participating in art had better scores. But the results went beyond the qualitative. The painters, singers, and writers reported fewer doctor visits and fewer falls than the others.

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Issue #127 May 28th, 2009

What We Do Here

photo book proves we’re not entirely about cows, beer, and cheese

Claire Jeffries

Though the title of the book and images suggest that it artfully captures occupations, it’s quite clear that the people and their sense of place are its centerpiece.

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