Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017

Red Letter Roundup

up-and-coming women-owned businesses

Cassandra Kyser

Twice a year, the Red Letter Grant is awarded to female entrepreneurs right here in the Chippewa Valley. Becca Cooke, owner of Red’s Mercantile, 224 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire, started the grant to encourage women to pursue ...

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Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017

Chosen to Lead

female officeholders challenge the status quo

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It’s been nearly a century since Wisconsin became the first state in the union to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote, and yet women hold less than ...

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Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017

Lots of Dots

Eau Claire-founded network connects dynamic women in business

Emily Kinzel

Women nationwide and beyond are banding together in the community-based organization, Polka Dot Powerhouse. This women’s network, founded in Eau Claire by Shannon Crotty, allows members ...

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Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017

A Lifetime Climb

Chippewa Valley woman heads up Eau Claire manufacturing company

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Sue (Kildahl) Tietz, president/CEO of McDonough Manufacturing, truly is a Chippewa Valley Woman in the Lead. She is a trailblazer as leader of an Eau Claire-based company that has been in business since ...

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Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017

Power of the Purse

local women use collective giving to support community

by Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Dozens of local women gathered Dec. 6 for the Eau Claire Women’s Giving Circle Gift of Giving Breakfast, where the organization awarded more than $40,000 in grants to eight local community support programs. Thanks to ...

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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

High Fives All Around

phoenix park yoga gathering is accessible, warm, and peaceful

Pan Thao, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Summer: the season of flip-flops, melted popsicles, and pollen dancing with the breeze. We all crave it (minus the allergies) after the long, cold darkness of winter ...

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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

Telling Our Fitness Stories

human health report's fitness testimonials jerk tears, inspire personal action

Eric Christenson

Jeff Rogers is a local personal trainer who has dedicated almost a decade of his life to helping people get more fit, become more active, and prioritize their personal health ...

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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

Party in the Park

public places for your gathering abound

Tom Giffey

Park pavilions in the city of Eau Claire were rented more than 1,000 times last year, and it’s no surprise. From traditional open-sided shelters full of picnic tables perfect for family ...

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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

Stage a Shindig in the Street

the city of Eau Claire is making it easier to block off your block and throw a party

Tom Giffey

Have a hankering to throw a backyard barbecue this summer? Maybe a few burgers and a couple of lawn chairs? Think bigger, people. Instead of firing up the grill for just the family ...

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Issue #306 May 18, 2016

Coming Up Green

Down to Earth's expansion mirrors housing market growth, national trends

Tom Giffey

Like a healthy perennial, Down to Earth Garden Center has blossomed to life this spring bigger and better. The garden center on Eau Claire’s south side has just completed ...

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Issue #306 May 18, 2016

Ethics and the Soil

how we treat gardens, yards, and fields impacts life - from microorganisms to human beings

Eli Gottfried

It seems odd to connect ethics with soil. I doubt that bacteria, fungi, and nematodes spend much time debating the ethics of eating each other. Mostly they just react to what’s around ...

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Issue #306 May 18, 2016

Capturing History at Home

building on one of the last open lots in Eau Claire's Third Ward, company honors the neighborhood's historical style

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A beautiful new home created with the inspiration of paying homage to the past has been built in Eau Claire’s historic Third Ward neighborhood and will be featured ...

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Issue #300 February 24, 2016

11 Steps To Mindfulness

for super busy folks, living life to the fullest may mean doing less

Leo Babauta

The idea of being mindful – being present, being more conscious of life as it happens – seems a bit impossible to many of the super busy.But not only is it possible, I’d submit that it’s desirable, and that it’ll help the busy (and non-busy) achieve their goals and enjoy life more fully. If you are the super-busy type ...

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Issue #300 February 24, 2016

Happy, Mindful Employees

local companies factor mindfulness into normal business practices

When we feel threatened, our brains are naturally inclined to set off a full-scale panic response, better known as “fight or flight.” While this reactionary state once aided us in handling, oh, I don’t know maybe a bear-sized hyena, it does little to help us with what we would consider stress today – like hitting “reply all” on an office email ...

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Issue #300 February 24, 2016

Staying in the Moment

mindfulness expert Ann Brand sounds off on its many benefits

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Many of us rush through our days mindlessly going from one place to another as part of a routine, without enjoying the experiences we partake in, and totally unaware of the remarkable things happening right in front of us. Then something happens – an accident, for example – and we are forced to slow down ...

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Issue #296 December 23, 2015

Seasonal Ice

rip-roarin’ winter festival puts ATVs, cars, on frozen Lake Wissota in the spirit of chilly fun

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Second Annual Winter Fest and Games on January 29 through 31 on Lake Wissota will be a chilly and unforgettable event – complete with a snowmobile parade organized to break the current record in the Guinness Book of World Records, auto and ATV racing on the ice, snowmobile drag racing, fat bike racing ...

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Issue #294 November 25, 2015

Inga's Holiday Cocktails

make merry with these custom holiday cocktails from Inga Witscher of WPT's Around The Farm Table

by Inga Witscher, photos by Ty Randerson

Entertaining friends and family during the holidays is one of life’s great pleasures. There is no better time to whip out the cocktail shaker or put the kettle on and turn ordinary booze into merry cocktails. You don’t need a fully stocked bar to impress your guests or give Aunt Barb the buzz she needs to make her interesting ...

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Issue #291 October 14, 2015

Feeling the Financial Squeeze

It’s no surprise that most of us stress over money. so what can we do about it?

Tom Giffey

News flash: Money causes stress! As far as headlines go, that’s about as surprising as “Sky appears blue” and “Wisconsin produces cheese.” However, because confronting a problem is the first step to overcoming it, it’s important to examine just how and why finances cause such stress for us ...

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