Issue #330 April 5, 2017

A Passion - Not a Hobby

president of Wisconsin Car Enthusiast Club talks the future of Midwest car collectors

Hillary Bell

A car might be just a car to some people, something to get them to work, to home, and to places in-between, but to the president of the Wisconsin Car Enthusiast Club, Alex Martinez, cars ...

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Issue #330 April 5, 2017

Be the Most Fun Triathlete

why can’t all triathlons be like Float Fly Pie?

Haley Wright

A fantastic evening of fun awaits teams and families alike at the 2nd annual Float Fly Pie Triathlon and Beacon House Fundraiser on April 23 at Action City. The Beacon House (also called Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley) ...

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Issue #330 April 5, 2017

The Hunt Is On

if you look hard enough, you can find some amazing wild mushrooms with these helpful tips from the experts

Hannah Mumm

April showers bring May … mushrooms? It’s true. As the weather warms and the snow melts, hundreds of fungi are preparing to break through the forest floor. For Tavis Lynch, a Wisconsin-based mycologist ...

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Issue #326 February 8, 2017

FEATURE: Sisters on Separate Trails

as her twin sister – a first-time skier – tackles the American Birkebeiner, writer Katie Venit ponders the very different paths their lives have taken

Katie Venit

Breathless from half-jogging, half-skating from the parking lot, I squeezed between two people ringing cowbells to peer over a rope line. Skiers rounded a bend a few hundred yards away, leaving thick woods behind as the trail straightened into the finish gates ...

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Issue #324 January 11, 2017

Going Yoga? How to Find a Teacher

Hot? Cold? Fast? Slow? The valley offers a vast array of yoga options

Christopher Hayden, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Having grown up around here in the 1980s and ’90s, I think I can safely say that the alternative health boom of the ’90s was only distantly echoed in the Valley. Practitioners of yoga, for instance, were few and far between, and yoga schools even fewer and farther ...

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Issue #323 December 28, 2016

Rebuilding Pinehurst

local nonprofit, volunteers turning vision into reality

Brendon Paucek, photos by Kelsey Smith

The former ski hill at Pinehurst Park has steadily evolved into a fresh and exciting new recreation area. Led by local nonprofit OutdoorMore Inc., Pinehurst Park is on its way to becoming not only ...

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Issue #323 December 28, 2016

A New Place to Skate

growing Chippewa youth hockey program has new rink

Tom Giffey

The cliché about Wisconsin weather – wait a few minutes, and it will change – often rings true, even in winter. Sure, it’s usually cold, but warm spells, snow, sleet, and other types of precipitation keep ...

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Issue #323 December 28, 2016

Frigid Fun After Dark: Winter After Hours starts in Boyd Park in January

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Timothy Mather

Winter can be an isolating time, and sometimes even we hearty Wisconsinites need a nudge to break our routines and actually get outside and enjoy the season’s snowy splendor instead of complaining about it. We need motivation to pull on our stocking caps and dig our ice skates out of the closet or even strap on some snowshoes ...

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Issue #319 November 2, 2016

Slow Time & Sudden Space

a meditation on hunting in wisconsin

Jason Splichal, photos by Jason Splichal

The wind chill was -25 degrees when I left my friend’s cabin. It was the second week of December. As if they were powered by the howling wind itself, the stars of Orion’s belt had just begun pulling a dim smudge of dawn above the jagged, inky serration of pines that formed the horizon ...

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Issue #316 September 21, 2016

Kickin' It Old School

Kickball Classic is back to rock you at Cinder City Park

by Amanda Foxcroft, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It’s officially autumn, and that means more than just back-to-school specials at the Farm & Fleet. That’s right; it’s time again for the Chippewa Valley Rock-n-Roll Kickball Classic!

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Issue #315 September 7, 2016

New-Look Blugolds

UWEC launches new era with redesigned football uniforms

Luc Anthony

Most sports fans base their excitement for a coming season upon new player acquisitions, a new coach, or a potential for a breakthrough to a championship. For me – resident uniform/logo geek ...

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Issue #315 September 7, 2016

Ready for Kickoff

season outlook is pretty strong for the Packers, while Vikings, Blugolds are expected to struggle

Luc Anthony

Regardless of any given team’s realistic chances for success in a given season, all teams have a degree of hope as training camp begins. Some are picked to go all the way, some to make the playoffs, some to be “on the clock” for next year’s draft before this season is done ...

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Issue #314 August 24, 2016

Floating Yogis Find Balance

new business teaches yoga atop paddleboards

Sammy Gibbons, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Practicing yoga involves an unbelievable amount of balance. But imagine taking that to the extreme, standing in a one-legged tree pose on a wobbly board, fighting the forces of gravity that are attempting ...

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

Arcadia Hearts the Arts

Ashley for the Arts returns with top name talent

Barbara Arnold, photos by Luong Huynh

Where can you spend $10 for three days of world-class entertainment, art and crafts, and family fun while benefiting countless charities? Answer: At the Ashley for the Arts festival ...

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