Issue #339 Aug. 23, 2017

Buckshot's Big Birthday

Eau Claire’s original run celebrates 35 years helping Special Olympics

Haley Wright, photos by Kelsey Smith

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Buckshot Run – an event that originated in the Chippewa Valley, is exclusive to the Chippewa Valley, and is named after a Chippewa Valley notable. The anniversary is cause for special celebration ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

FEATURE: It's Only Natural

Beaver Creek Reserve isn’t just for kids. It offers tons of opportunities for adults to fall in love with nature, too.

by Amanda Foxcroft, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Did you know there are 38 kinds of mollusks living in the Chippewa River? You can see shiny examples of them all in a display case at Beaver Creek Reserve. I discovered this fact during the first week of June, when I attended Wisconsin Master Naturalist training ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Drop In, Roll Up

skateboarding contest features prizes, resources, more

Measha Vieth, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Western Dairyland Fresh Start Program helps build strong communities by involving at-risk young adults, ages 17 to 25, in the construction and rehabilitation of homes in western Wisconsin ...

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Issue #335 June 28, 2017

A Way on the Water

local leaders announce river trail plan, map

Tom Giffey

For millennia, the Chippewa River has been a conduit for travel, commerce, and recreation. Now, thanks to collaboration among a broad swathe of local groups, the 4.2 miles of the river that flow through the city of Eau Claire are officially a water trail ...

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Issue #335 June 28, 2017

Get Your Gear, Then Get Camping

your family’s northwoods adventure begins with some simple planning and basic camping gear

Elisabeth Brown

Summer is almost upon us and camping season is in full swing. Interested in getting out, but not really sure what to do? No worries. With a little bit of planning and some basic gear, camping is easy and can be lots of fun ...

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Issue #335 June 28, 2017

Within These Cabin Walls

First the family built a northwoods retreat. Then they built generations worth of memories.

Rob Reid, photos by Rob Reid

My father, my brother, and I built our cabin the summer between my freshman and sophomore college years. And when I say we built the cabin, I mean my father bought the land, designed the structure ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

Rock, Run, & Roll

Charity Classic levels up with food trucks and live music

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Run, walk, bike, do whatever you need to do to get yourself over to Phoenix Park on Saturday, June 24 for Rock the Riverfront featuring the Charity Classic. This year for the first time ever, the Royal Credit Union Foundation is turning the Charity Classic – its longstanding annual, early morn charitable run/walk ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

Ignition Achieved

new gym sets fire to metabolisms, adds to downtown Eau Claire growth

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The fitness professionals behind Eau Claire’s FitELITE want to light a fire under your workout regimen with their new gym in downtown Eau Claire ...

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Issue #332 May 17, 2017

Nurturing Nature

Audubon Society event includes field trips, lectures

Emily Kinzel

Take part in a nature-filled weekend from June 2-4 with speakers, birdwatching, canoeing, and much more. They Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society is hosting the annual Chippewa Valley Nature Festival ...

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Issue #332 May 17, 2017

A New Place to Fish

Erickson Park will have accessible fishing pier, boat launch

Tom Giffey

By next year, a vacant piece of land across from Chippewa Falls’ famed Irvine Park will be transformed into a new park complete with a handicapped-accessible fishing pier and boat launch, a family area and pavilion ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

Opening Weekend

the first morning of fishing season is usually cold, but the memories formed couldn’t be warmer

Justin Patchin, photos by Justin Patchin

The opening weekend of walleye fishing season is practically a state holiday where I grew up in northern Minnesota. And I suspect the same is true for many folks here in western Wisconsin. I rarely miss an opportunity to get together with my dad to fish “the opener” ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

GEAU CLIMB

outdoors or indoors, climbing can be a rigorous adventure

Hannah Mumm

When we think about rock climbing, places like Yosemite or the Rocky Mountains come to mind. Serious climbers don’t waste their time dawdling in the Midwest, right? Of course, California and Colorado ...

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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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