Issue #306 May 18, 2016

Swords and Rewards

locals' fantasy board game gets majorly kickstarted

by Caleb Gerdes

The game is called Ravingspire: Assault on the Tower of Madness. The stats: A deck-building, rotating-dungeon board game of swords, sorcery and madness ...

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Issue #297 January 13, 2016

In Wisconsin Can You Really Marry Your House?

A bunch of trivia websites claim you can do just that. We found out the truth.

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

While researching Wisconsin wedding laws (and by “researching” I mean “googling”) a year ago, I kept running across one of those “unbelievable but true” factoids that I decided was truly unbelievable. Reproduced on numerous websites ...

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Issue #297 January 13, 2016

Asking the Wedding Experts

talking to local photographers, florists, and more about all the crazy weddings they’ve attended

photos by Randy Lee

“I saw a bride’s wedding dress nearly get pooped on by her bare-bottomed toddler. I didn’t know the child was about to poop and ended up with a picture of the moment.”

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Issue #297 January 13, 2016

‘I’m Right There With You’

as she prepares for her fast-approaching wedding, Renee gives new brides tips for minimum stress

photos by Randy Lee

If you could just pay attention for one minute here and remove the god-forsaken glue gun from your hand (the wedding favors can wait), I want to give you all a written hug. This wedding planning stuff is for the birds ... unless you actually like it – then feel free to go back to Pinterest. This letter isn’t for you.

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Issue #289 September 16, 2015

Change is Possible

civil rights trio will open UWEC’s season of Forums

by Tom Giffey

As daily headlines demonstrate, the movement for civil rights and justice in the world has not been consigned for the history books. It’s a long-term struggle that requires the participation, in large and small ways, of countless human beings – starting with you. I Am the Change is the theme ...

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Issue #283 June 24, 2015

So Hoppy Together

rabbits are America's third most-popular pet. longtime bunny lover Jennifer Hoffman tells us why.

Jennifer Hoffman has been in love with rabbits ever since she got one as a pet while stationed in Hawaii with the Army 17 years ago. Seeking a small household companion that wasn’t a cat (she’s allergic), she found a bunny in a pet store. “It was love at first sight,” she explains. Her first rabbit ...

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Issue #283 June 24, 2015

Veterinary Visitors

voyaging vet service comes right to pet owners' doors

by Tom Giffey

When pet owners need to get shots or other medical treatments for Fido or Fluffy, their options are usually limited to squeezing angry, anxious furballs into carriers and listening to them howl and yowl all the way to the veterinary office and back. The experience can be unpleasant for animals and humans alike. But what if – like the fabled ...

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Issue #283 June 24, 2015

Doggone Better

the canine components of Mayo’s Paws Force help stressed patients, family members, and caregivers

by Barbara Arnold

Bella and Teddy, two little white fido furballs of fun, and their owners have experienced firsthand the benefits of pet therapy – for patient, pet, and volunteer – at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. More pets and volunteers are needed now that Mayo’s Paws Force program is expanding to Mayo’s Barron, Bloomer, Menomonie ...

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Issue #283 June 24, 2015

Just Plane Brilliant

air show shenanigans include a jet engine in a truck

by Mike Seitz

What’s that in the sky? It’s a bird … It’s a Blugold … nope! It’s the 2015 Chippewa Valley Air Show! The show takes flight at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport on July 4 and 5 with a first class (heyo!) line up of performers. Among the performers will be none other than the Blue Angels, with their stunning twists and flips. Making up a total 16 ...

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Issue #275 March 4, 2015

Gettin' Scrappy

scrapbookers, stampers stampede to annual expo

by Barbara Arnold

Where can you experience nine scrapbook and stamp vendors from the upper Midwest in less than seven hours for only $4? Why, the 2015 Stampede Stampin’ and Scrappin’ Expo, of course. Now in its ninth year, the event will be ...

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Issue #274 Febuary 18, 2015

Backgammon On a Roll

UWEC hosts inaugural tourney for ancient game

by Emily Kuhn, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Despite the ease with which you can play games like Solitaire, Mah Jong, and even Candy Crush on computers and mobile devices, there continues to be an interest in competing against live opponents on physical board games around a table ...

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Issue #274 Febuary 18, 2015

Keith Olsen Pokemon Master

a chat with a local 10-year-old Pokemon card player who’s ranked fifth in the country and 25th in the entire world

by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Olsens were shocked when their 10-year-old son, Keith turned a simple “it’s-all-part-of-growing-up” Pokémon card hobby into something much, much more. Ranked fifth in the US and 25th best on Earth at playing Pokémon, Keith is not exactly your ...

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Holiday Handbook 2014

Behind the Beard

legendary Chippewa Falls Santa Chuck Card chats about candy canes, carols, and fake whiskers

by Tom Giffey

For a quarter of a century, community booster extraordinaire Chuck Card has brought Santa Claus to life in Chippewa Falls. Whether you attend the annual Bridge to Wonderland Parade (mark your calendars for Dec. 6 this year), line up to sit ...

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Issue #266 October 30, 2014

International Fabrics

annual campus culture fair celebrates the world’s cloth

by Barbara Arnold

“Fabrics of the World” is the theme of UW-Eau Claire’s International Folk Fair on Sunday, Nov. 2, from noon to 4pm in the Davies Center. The event will feature the patterns, styles, and textures of fabrics, textiles, and artifacts ...

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Issue #264 October 2, 2014

Steaming Ahead

Augusta steampunk gathering seeks lovers of retro sci-fi

by Tom Giffey

Get out your driving goggles, leather top hats, and clockwork-operated ray guns: A steampunk convention is headed our way with the unstoppable momentum of a coal-driven dirigible. The first-ever Port Venture Steampunk Con will bring enthusiasts ...

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Issue #263 September 18, 2014

More Than a Muir Concert

Beaver Creek show celebrates legendary conservationist

by Steve Freuhauf

John Muir was one of the most influential naturalists and preservationists in American history. His influence on wilderness activism helped save places like Yosemite Valley and the Sequoia National Park, and he’s still remembered ...

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