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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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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